JonBenet Ramsey investigator's new book rejects intruder theory in child's death

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JonBenet Ramsey.
The 1996 Boulder murder of JonBenét Ramsey was one of the biggest stories in the country for years, and questions about the unsolved case continue to be asked, albeit at a lower volume than was heard a decade and a half ago. Note that former detective A. James Kolar's Foreign Faction: Who Really Kidnapped JonBenét?, which largely rejects the intruder theory that led to JonBenét's family being cleared, is being self-published -- yet it still garnered a big spread in The Daily Beast.

The Beast piece is authored by Carol McKinley, who's covered the story since the beginning for a variety of outlets (KOA and Fox News, most prominently). In "New Clues in JonBenet Ramsey Murder," she focuses on a handful of discoveries made by Kolar, who delved into the slaying between 2004 and 2006 as an investigator for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office.

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A. James Kolar.
Among them: an intact cobweb across a window, as seen in a video taken at the scene of the crime that's on view below. Some theorists believe an intruder entered the Ramsey's Boulder home through that window, but Kolar feels the web makes that improbable, if not impossible.

In addition, he offers his view about two marks found on JonBenét's body. Investigators working for the Ramsey family -- father John, late mother Patsy and brother Burke, who was an elementary schooler at the time of his younger sibling's death -- have floated the opinion that they could have been caused by a stun gun used by an intruder. In contrast, Kolar thinks they were made by a child's toy found in the basement.

McKinley's article includes quotes from other principals in the Ramsey investigation, including ex-Boulder DA Mary Lacy, who ultimately released a statement exonerating family members from suspicion in the killing. She recalls an evidentiary presentation Kolar made back in 2006 that caused viewers to roll their eyes: "This was a person who had gotten to the point that he was obsessed," she says.

Likewise, neither current DA Stan Garnett nor Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner offer the slightest indication that they see the case as suddenly having been cracked. As for longtime Ramsey attorney Lin Wood, he says, "I firmly believe this murder will be solved by the DNA evidence. It was the DNA evidence that led to the public exoneration of the Ramsey family by the district attorney's office [under Lacy], and it will be DNA that one day identifies the killer of this child."

There's another possibility as well: The case might never be solved, allowing future generations to join in the speculation that's still percolating nearly sixteen years after the shocking crime.

Here's the video featuring the cobweb, which appears at about the 3:36 mark.

More from our Follow That Story archive: "Michael Tracey, CU prof in Ramsey family-John Mark Karr debacle: Negative job evaluations."

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TeamJBI
TeamJBI

Thanks you for all of your hard work. You have show us many things that are importance to this case.

There is still work to be done and there are people working on this case as we speak.

Lets solve this case.

Team JBI

justmyopinion
justmyopinion

Has anyone read M'Linda Kula's story about who she thinks killed JonBenet?  She is either right on the money or she made it all up, and is a liar or under a grand illusion. Personally hers is the only story that has made any sense to me concerning this case. I read in the book  Schiller wrote (Perfect town, Perfect Murder)  that a key that they used to keep under the mat has disappeared, maybe he found that while they were at the party before they came home. It is hard for me to believe that those two kids who just got all the Christmas presents went down stairs that night to play with the old toys that were lying around there for so long. All the good stuff was upstairs. I just am not buying that the family had the guts to sit down and write that terrible letter to cover up tracks. I think that Patsy would have called an ambulance and made up some kind of story , but not this, it is ridiculous to think their family did this. It was a kidnapping gone awry. M'Linda said the guy was very angry and  upset when he came back to the karate class, I think he may have cared for JonBenet, in his own way, but was way too self centered to ever admit his crime.  Read her story first before you decide. Check out M'Linda Kula online  

Rose
Rose

Forget the cobwebs - I can't get over the first thing I saw in this video - the "Officer and a Gentlemen" Movie Poster - the 'ransom note' contained numerous references/quotes from various movies - and the word 'gentlemen' was used - just noticing.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Intruder "theory" = pathetic lies asserted by Team Ramsey to deflect their own GUILT !

Dr Imran
Dr Imran

No does not add anything new all the info was in the handwritten note left by Mrs Ramsey Ramsey is a important name 

Maureen
Maureen

No. He spent his retirement money and most of his life savings for this. There's a possibility he could be sued. It's not for money.

Jessica Insertghettonickname C
Jessica Insertghettonickname C

Wht about that suitcase, how did an "intruder" not knock that over...and why would the cops have a family friend case the house for a kidnapped little girl? shouldnt the cops contain the scene of the crime

Cathy
Cathy

Just another low-life trying to make money off of the misery of others. And by the way, that cobweb is in the small corner of the window. It means nothing.

rockymissouri1
rockymissouri1

@justmyopinion Thanks for that info... VERY INTERESTING....and CHILLING..! I wonder what her opinion is NOW..??

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