Thursday, August 10, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
They always say “expect the unexpected”. For this family in Boulder, Colorado, this was
exceptionally true. Christmas is a time of togetherness. Friends and family celebrate this
traditional holiday, the day before as well as the day after, to express their love towards one
another. December 26, 1996, Jon Benet Ramsey is found dead in her basement (“JonBenét
Ramsey Biography.com.”). There will be two conspiracy theories. The first theory is that Burke
Ramsey killed his younger sister. The second theory is that the parents John and Patricia Ramsey
killed their daughter Jon Benet. Let’s file into the death of JonBenet Ramsey.
JonBenet is still known today as a southern beauty queen. Born in Boulder, Colorado, she started participating in pageants by the mere age of six. Stealing the show at almost every pageant she attended, she won Little Miss Colorado, America's Royale Miss, National Tiny Miss Beauty, Little Miss Charlevoix, Colorado State All-Star Kids Cover Girl and many more ("What Beauty Pageants Was JonBenet Ramsey In? She Won Quite A Few."). After gaining experience in pageantry, JonBenet had won a total of nine trophies before she passed. When people remember JonBenet the first thing that comes to mind is her being a natural performer. From the time she got on stage till when she got off she was sure to give the audience something to take home, to conclude, she was a ball of fire.
From the big blonde curls, lips painted in red to the heavy mascara- it was almost impossible to not recognize her face. According to the “Remembering JonBenet” interview with Pasty Benet, JonBenets’ mother, she recalled JonBenet being a gregarious young girl. She claimed she had a “fun and glowing” personality as well as stating she loved her puppies, her family and her passion for entertaining. For JonBenet Ramsey, and her family, they knew how to grip Americas attention by coming off as the family who had it all together. Patsy, the mother, being a participant of pageants herself was the winner of the title Miss West Virginia in 1977, and John, the father, being a businessman, as well as an author. The two were married from 1980 to 2006.
60,000 file pages later, this police investigation still continues on to this day. There are a few notable conspiracy theories that surround the JonBenet case. Did JonBenet's parents murder their daughter? Let’s take a deeper look into this case, with all eyes on John and Patsy. JonBenet's mother claims she wasn’t aware JonBenet was dead until she discovered the three-page ransom note left at the bottom of the staircase (“All the theories about who really killed JonBenét Ramsey”). The ransom note appeared to have been written by a woman because of all the quotes that related to movies. After claims of Patsy being a strict mother, it has been said that she punished JonBenet for having an accident in bed and accidentally killed her out of anger. In order to avoid any legal action that would’ve taken place, she staged her murder as a kidnapping to cover up. Because of Patsy's involvement and her actions throughout the whole case this led her to thrust towards the spotlight.
John Benet raised eyebrows when police started to piece the puzzle together. John was the one who found JonBenet downstairs in the basement wine cellar. Instead of calling for assistance and wanting professional instruction on the next steps to take, John himself removed the tape from his daughter’s lifeless body, carried her up the stairs, set her under the Christmas tree and covered her limp body in her favorite blanket. This destroyed any evidence that could’ve solved this case and although neither Patsy nor John were charged with murder they still remained under the umbrella of suspension.
The second conspiracy that we will be covering is that Burke Ramsey murdered his younger sister JonBenet out of jealousy. It has been recorded many times that Burke Ramsey wasn’t pleased with the amount of attention Jonbenet received, being that she was the apple of Pasty and Johns eye. Burke was perhaps living in a realm of sibling rivalry. With Burke having a terrible temper and anger probblems, it was even said that eighteen months prior to JonBenets death, he struck her with a golf club on her head. John and Patsy Ramsey were appalled when they found out JonBenet was dead so for the next few years to follow they shielded Burke from the press and saved him from harm’s way.
To conclude this case, either Burke, John or Patsy Ramsey murdered their daughter JonBenet on the night of December 26th, 1996.
Two conspiracy’s will forever remain unsolved when it comes to the death of JonBenet Ramsey:
1. Did John and Patsy Ramsey murder their daughter?
2. Did Burke Ramsey murder his sister?
Just imagine attending a funeral of a six-year old child. Jon Benet Ramsey was an American Beauty pageant queen born on August 6, 1990, and was killed in her home in Boulder, Colorado, on the night of December 25-26, 1996, at the age six. Let us take a deeper look into Jon Benet’s death, and who killed her. The death could have been done by either the mother, father, or the brother.
Externally Jon Benet Ramsey was a young and beautiful, six- year old who- enjoyed playing dress-up as a beauty queen. Every time Jon Benet competed in the pageants her make-up was flawless. Her hair was in curls. She wore ribbons, and hats to match her dresses, and costumes. “Jon Benet Ramsey was a dream child that was smart, talented, and blessed. She was entered into every child beauty pageant possible. Wearing lipstick, heavy make-up, and provocative costumes that cost thousands of dollars. Her hair was bleached, and teased. Jon Benet flirtatiously paraded down run ways, exuding a sophistication beyond her years” (“Smith”).
Internally Jon Benet Ramsey was a happy little girl. Every photo that was posted on the internet of Jon Benet she really did not seem to be worried or upset about anything. The picture of Jon Benet on vacation showed her smiling and laughing (Attachment 1). There was no actual evidence that she did not love her family. To many friends and associates suggested that someone in the Ramsey family might be responsible seemed a little incredible. “There was never anything wrong in the home,” said Joe Saportas, who lived next door to the Ramsey’s in Atlanta, where they lived until 1991” (“Hewitt and Bane”). Saportas said “I would leave my kids with them anytime” (1). A photographer Randy Simmons, spent a day shooting a portfolio of Jon Benet and recalls being struck by the uncommon devotion between mother and child.
The first conspiracy theory, did the mother Patsy Ramsey kill her daughter Jon Benet Ramsey? Jon Benet was said to “have soiled her clothes”: (Janofsky). Patsy Ramsey also was said to have strangled Jon Benet in a panic on Christmas night 1996, after accidently causing a serious wound to Jon Benet’s head. (1) “A detective Steve Thomas concluded that Mrs. Ramsey did strangle Jon Benet” (“Hewitt, and Bane”). Her lawyer, L. Lin Wood disputed the accusations calling them “fiction and utter nonsense” (1), and other Boulder officials are believed to have views that differ from Mr. Thomas’s. Mrs. Ramsey’s lawyer, Mr. Wood said in an interview that Mr. Thomas’s theory “is refuted in it’s entirety by medical evidence” (1). Patricia Ramsey, Jon Benet’s mother, a former Miss America, contestant reported her daughters’ death after finding a ransom note located on the stairs of their Boulder, Colorado, home. A note that was thought to have been written by Patsy Ramsey for $118,000 was never proven true. A handwriting expert was said to “have analyzed the note and compared it to Mrs. Ramsey’s handwriting, and it did not match” (1). Before being indicted on charges of her daughter Jon Benet Ramsey’s death, Patsy Ramsey died of ovarian cancer in 2006.
The second conspiracy theory, did the father John Bennett Ramsey kill his daughter Jon Benet? John Ramsey was a very wealthy businessman. In 1989, John Ramsey founded the Advanced Product Group, one of three companies. He became President and Chief Executive Officer of Access Graphics. That was one of three companies merged together. In 1996, Access Graphics grossed over $1 billion that got him “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the town of Boulder, Colorado Chamber of Commerce(Flanagan). Soon after his daughter Jon Benet’s death, he was temporarily replaced so that he could mourn over her death. John Ramsey was a suspect in Jon Benet. He was suspected of staging the crime scene to protect his oldest child, Burke Ramsey, from killing his little sister, Jon Benet. After Jon Benet was found in the basement with a broken skull and a garrote around her neck, several reports suggested that John was an abusive father (1). John Benet’s ex-wife, Lucinda Pasch, his brother, and his sister-in-law all gave statements to the media defending John’s character. Also, two of his children from his first marriage told interviewers that “their dad has always been a loving and gentle parents” (1). In 2008, new DNA evidence seemingly exonerated John Bennett Ramsey.
The third conspiracy theory, did Burke Ramsey, Jon Benet Ramsey’s nine- year old brother kill his little sister? Twenty-five people were asked and out of the twenty-five people, fifteen said yes. Acquaintances wonder if all the attention lavished or focused on Jon Benet, however innocent and well meaning, had not left brother Burke Ramsey feeling slightly left out. One neighbor recalls that Jon Benet seemed to get all the attention (1). “Hers was the name everyone heard all the time,” says Diane Hayes, a Colorado, Springs mother who met the Ramsey’s through pageants. “I do not think Burke ever got much of a reference” said Diane Hayes, a neighbor. The photographer, Simons recalls Patsy telling Burke of Jon Benet, “This is not just my daughter this is my best friend(Fore). Judith Phillips, a family friend for more than ten years, told The Sun how she had often seen flashes of Burke’s temper and believed the theory that he was the culprit: “Burke was quiet, reserved, and very into computer technology. I had seen him have emotional outbursts” (Iggulden). Judith first met the Ramsey’s when the family lived in Atlanta, Georgia. They became neighbors again when the Ramsey’s moved to Boulder several years after Judith and her family had relocated to the town. Judith said: “When Burke was born he was the absolute apple of Patsy’s eye” (Iggulden). Then, along come this little girl who stole all the attention. “He could well have been very jealous (1). Judith also claimed Burke hit his sister with a golf club a year before her murder, leaving her with a scar on her cheek” (1), Phillips also added “To me it seemed odd they would give a big television interview but not work with police” (1) Judith admitted: “I agree with the theory that Burke killed Jon Benet but I do not think he meant to do it” (1) Burke’s voice can be heard asking: “What did you find?” (1) His parents have always claimed he was asleep at the time.
“Not much else is known about Burke Ramsey these days, but just recently Dr. Phil McGraw aired a three-part interview with Burke to coincide with a docuseries on: The Case of Jon Benet Ramsey” (McGuire). “He’s going to be talking about the incidents of violence, of hitting his sister in the head with a golf club. He is going to talk a very significant answer about a bowl of pineapples that was found on the table in the house that was not there when everyone went to bed” (Iggulden). Pineapples were found during the autopsy in Jon Benet’s stomach. He is also going to talk vey specifically about how the pineapples came to be in Jon Benet’s stomach the night she was found dead”. Dr. Phil said, “Burke was socially awkward, and laughed, and smiled throughout the interview” (1). After all the evidence the conclusion is that Burke Ramsey could have murdered his six-year old sister, Jon Benet Ramsey.
Now again imagine attending the funeral of a six-year old child. The case of Jon Benet Ramsey was never solved and a lot of unanswered questions still hang in the balance. This case has been twenty years in existence. As of today Jon Benet would have been twenty-six years old, and may never get justice.
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