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JonBenet Ramsey's parents should have been indicted, grand jury said: DA disagreed

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JonBenet Ramsey.
The 1996 killing of six-year-old beauty-pageant regular JonBenet Ramsey is arguably Colorado's most famous unsolved murder case -- one that continues to fascinate a significant percentage of the public more than a decade and a half later. For proof (something in short supply when it comes to the incident), look no further than the hullabaloo over the revelation that a 1999 grand jury voted to indict the girl's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, for the crime, but then-D.A. Alex Hunter declined to do so.

The revelation is at the center of a massive investigation by the Daily Camera, the paper of record in Boulder, where JonBenet was killed. The Camera quotes district attorney Alex Hunter at an October 13, 1999 press event to announce the grand jury's end. "I and my prosecution task force believe we do not have sufficient evidence to warrant a filing of charges against anyone who has been investigated at this time," he said.

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A Ramsey family photo.
Hunter didn't mention that the members of the grand jury felt differently -- but his reticence to move forward may have had something to do with a lack of certainty among those who urged an indictment. One juror quoted by the Camera says, "We didn't know who did what, but we felt the adults in the house may have done something that they certainly could have prevented, or they could have helped her, and they didn't."

Had Hunter indicted Patsy (who has since died of cancer) and John (still among the living and remarried), Boulder would have played host to one of the biggest media circuses in the state's history, but would justice have been served? Well, in 2008, Mary Lacy, Hunter's successor as Boulder district attorney, announced that DNA had cleared Ramsey family members -- not just John and Patsy, but JonBenet's brother, Burke. And while plenty of observers felt this declaration was questionable, including KHOW's Peter Boyles, who's spent years beating the drum for an indictment, such evidence might well have led to the overturning of previous convictions...if such a conviction had been possible in the first place.

The Camera explores the question of whether Hunter (who offered a vague statement about the secrecy of grand juries in lieu of an interview) violated Colorado statute by refusing to sign the indictment. But Bill Wise, a member of Hunter's team who confirmed the grand jury's actions and spoke at length to the paper, believes his former boss did the right thing by declining to drag the Ramseys into court.

Be that as it may, authorities seem no closer to convicting JonBenet's killer than they were the day her body was found. She remains frozen in time, a smiling icon infinitely more famous in death than in life.

Here's a Camera video featuring comments from Wise.

More from our News archive circa 2008: "DA Lacy Clears Ramseys; Skeptics Remain Skeptical."


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42 comments
ahveazey
ahveazey

Fact is, they tarted the kid up and way oversexualized her. This was a sexual crime, all right, but not one committed by the parents. Helgoth has always looked like the one to me, though I can't completely count out Wolf either. JMO.

mlswogan
mlswogan

Readers may not recognize Travis Henry's Impressive Authority on The Matter of Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey due to the fact that is is based upon "thousands of conversations" with notable journalists friends like "B.J. Plasket". B.J. is long gone from "The Daily Times-Call", no longer in print anywhere. He was pretty much discredited not only for his insane Team Ramsey bias & yet also was referred to as "Bagdad Bob" for his bizarre stance on Iraq.

For facts about who killed JonBenet: http://www.formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/

I also profiled Jessica Ridgeway's killer accurately, which many readers here read:http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/2012/10/jessica-ridgeway-we-are-looking-for-her.html

mlswogan
mlswogan

Travis: I am an experienced Former Criminal Prosecutor who specialized in child abuse, sexual abuse, rape & homicide. I successfully prosecuted mothers who killed their little girls. Unlike Former DA Alex Hunter.

The garbage you cite from Judge Carnes is attack dog Lin Wood savaging a target of the Ramseys in his home court of Atlanta, Georgia. He doesn't do as well in public when questioned himself. Read this, "crime reporter": http://www.mediaite.com/tv/piers-morgan-to-herman-cain-lawyer-lin-wood-you-dont-want-to-tell-me-the-facts/

I certainly respect quality journalism. My son was named News Writer of The Year in 2010 out of 80 newspapers for a 5 state region. http://ips.jhu.edu/pub/J-B-Wogan-MPP-12-named-News-Writer-of-the-Year-by-the-Washington-Newspaper-Publishers-Association

I doubt you have anywhere near the familiarity that I do of the evidence which I link to in my blog

As to your suggestion that I might not be a real person: you are suffer from an inflated ego & an inability to read my blog which contains links to many newspaper articles about my work

mlswogan
mlswogan

If you have never seen the crime scene photos, the autopsy report, the 3 page "War & Peace" of fake ransom notes written by Patsy Ramsey, why don't you review the EVIDENCE before you decide there was "an intruder" who came in thru a window still covered in cobwebs & left no foot prints in the fresh snow?

I have all the evidence on my blog & will put up more crime scene photos every single day.

THE EXAMINER IS NOT A NEWS SOURCE. NO JUDGE EVER RULED THERE WAS AN INTRUDER.Debunking all the myths. All the lies. All the reasons why the The Ramseys were allowed to kill their daughter & walk away. They were rich people in Boulder, you know. 20 miles surrounded by reality. NO IMPARTIAL JUDGE EVER MADE ANY RULING.http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/ It isn't 4/20 yet, right? Time to look at the truth..a child was killed by rich people who got away with it.

mlswogan
mlswogan

I am now covering the bombshell that the Grand Jury DID indict the John & Patsy Ramsey for the murder of Jonbenet. I explain why there was a coverup of THE TRUTH. There is no statute of limitations on MURDER. The case should be re-opened & John Ramsey should be tried for killing his helpless 6 year old child. http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/ I know how to get a conviction. There is a lot of information never made available to the Grand Jury. It can & should be done.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The current DA -- Stan Garnett -- has solved and successfully prosecuted numerous old murder cases that were left over from the gutless incompetents of the Alex Hunter - Mary Keenan eras.

Remember, Mary Keenan not only failed to prosecute the Ramseys, but went so far as to specifically exonerate them. ... after getting punked by the british media whore Michael Tracy into extradicting the freak John Mark Karr from Thailand.

Same Mary Keenan whose DUI busted SON received a special dismissal of all charges by a hand-picked part-time judge.


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

But the Ramsey's are white and it's Boulder ......

Beth Harris
Beth Harris

No. It is too long ago and the people involved are aging, retiring, or dying off.

No Snakes
No Snakes

Nice.  I guess the DA in Boulder had... "other priorities..."  Butt munch...

Kym Bloom
Kym Bloom

Are we really still talking about this?

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

Yeah, let me solve it. The parents did it...piece of cake!

Craig Talbert
Craig Talbert

... AND who killed Tupac Shakur? Ohh, and have you all heard that single by the Spice Girls?!? I think it's called Wannabe. I like Sporty Spice.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

HELL..O HAVE YA NOTICED the Colorado Government negligence?

Wendy Winger
Wendy Winger

so the DNA they never matched anyone too is not a factor?

Andy Jackson
Andy Jackson

A) there was never any sign that someone broke into the house. B) he was old enough at 12 (at the time) & strong enough to choke her and probably very jealous of her!

Andy Jackson
Andy Jackson

Her brother killed her! I thought everyone knew that! Boulder PD protected him at the request of the family

Diane Kendrick Dufresne
Diane Kendrick Dufresne

This crime will never be solved, and that is sad. I can't help but think the father had something to do with it but that will never be proved. I am sorry that sweet little girl will not have justice.

mlswogan
mlswogan

@travishenry THE EXAMINER IS NOT A NEWS SOURCE. NO JUDGE EVER RULED THERE WAS AN INTRUDER.Debunking all the myths. All the lies. All the reasons why the The Ramseys were allowed to kill their daughter & walk away. They were rich people in Boulder, you know. 20 miles surrounded by reality. NO IMPARTIAL JUDGE EVER MADE ANY RULING.http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/

mlswogan
mlswogan

@Juan_Leg Yes, but now it is Karma time. Joh Ramsey is married to a hooker from Las Vegas.

Alex Hunter's own son died of a drug & alcohol overdose off campus at CSU.

I am now covering the bombshell that the Grand Jury DID indict the John & Patsy Ramsey for the murder of Jonbenet. I explain why there was a coverup of THE TRUTH. There is no statute of limitations on MURDER. The case should be re-opened & John Ramsey should be tried for killing his helpless 6 year old child. http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/ I know how to get a conviction. There is a lot of information never made available to the Grand Jury. It can & should be done.

JUSTICE FOR JONBENET!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

& FUCKING LOADED $$$ !!!

mlswogan
mlswogan

@Beth Harris Not true. All of the essential witnesses are very much alive.Det. Steve thomas, the housekeeper, this case should be re-opened. It will be much easire than you think to convict John Ramsey once you read the truth about what happened. http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/ 

I am now covering the bombshell that the Grand Jury DID indict the John & Patsy Ramsey for the murder of Jonbenet. I explain why there was a coverup of THE TRUTH. There is no statute of limitations on MURDER. The case should be re-opened & John Ramsey should be tried for killing his helpless 6 year old child. http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/ I know how to get a conviction. There is a lot of information never made available to the Grand Jury. It can & should be done

mlswogan
mlswogan

@No Snakes Yes, Alex Hunter was scared of The Ramseys & wanted to stay on the good side of the rich & powerful to keep getting re-elected. Did you know his own son died in 2010 of a drug & alcohol overdose off campus at CSU? He was a great father, too!

Read my blog to learn why the case was never tried.I am now covering the bombshell that the Grand Jury DID indict the John & Patsy Ramsey for the murder of Jonbenet. I explain why there was a coverup of THE TRUTH. There is no statute of limitations on MURDER. The case should be re-opened & John Ramsey should be tried for killing his helpless 6 year old child. http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/ I know how to get a conviction. There is a lot of information never made available to the Grand Jury. It can & should be done.

JUSTICE FOR JONBENET!

mlswogan
mlswogan

@Kym Bloom Yes, a  child was murdered & the killers walked away & sued anyone who dared speak the truth. I am now covering the bombshell that the Grand Jury DID indict the John & Patsy Ramsey for the murder of Jonbenet. I explain why there was a coverup of THE TRUTH. There is no statute of limitations on MURDER. The case should be re-opened & John Ramsey should be tried for killing his helpless 6 year old child. http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/ I know how to get a conviction. There is a lot of information never made available to the Grand Jury. It can & should be done.

mlswogan
mlswogan

@Aaron LeForce The murder of a helpless 6 year old little girl is not funny.

I am now covering the bombshell that the Grand Jury DID indict the John & Patsy Ramsey for the murder of Jonbenet. I explain why there was a coverup of THE TRUTH. There is no statute of limitations on MURDER. The case should be re-opened & John Ramsey should be tried for killing his helpless 6 year old child. http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/ I know how to get a conviction. There is a lot of information never made available to the Grand Jury. It can & should be done.

JUSTICE FOR JONBENET!

mlswogan
mlswogan

@Craig Talbert Tupac Shakur? Thug Life? He had been shot before. He got into it with some gang members after the Mike Tyson fight & then they chased down the car & shot him dead for good. Suge Knight, his manager/producer of DeathRow Records was also shot but not fatally as he was not the one who thought it was ok to hassle gang members in THEIR territory. Which ones exactly did the shooting? No snitchin' if you want to live in THUG LIFE. Tupac dug his own grave. And now you & Chris Rock know what happened.

mlswogan
mlswogan

@Wendy Winger Read my blog, the DNA story is a lie, not accurate in terms of science.A lot of lies were told. No meaningful DNA was ever found on Jonbenet's panties.I am now covering the bombshell that the Grand Jury DID indict the John & Patsy Ramsey for the murder of Jonbenet. I explain why there was a coverup of THE TRUTH. There is no statute of limitations on MURDER. The case should be re-opened & John Ramsey should be tried for killing his helpless 6 year old child. http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/ I know how to get a conviction. There is a lot of information never made available to the Grand Jury. It can & should be done

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Wendy Winger ... correct, it is entirely irrelevant.

A red herring exploited by the guilty Ramseys to distract an ignorant populace.


mlswogan
mlswogan

@Andy Jackson No Burke was only 9 years old. He didn't do it. Just another lie/myth.

I am now covering the bombshell that the Grand Jury DID indict the John & Patsy Ramsey for the murder of Jonbenet. I explain why there was a coverup of THE TRUTH. There is no statute of limitations on MURDER. The case should be re-opened & John Ramsey should be tried for killing his helpless 6 year old child. http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/ I know how to get a conviction. There is a lot of information never made available to the Grand Jury. It can & should be done.

mlswogan
mlswogan

@Diane Kendrick Dufresne The crime WAS SOLVED by The Boulder Police. The DA suppressed the evidence because he was scared of the Ramseys. Read my blog to learn the truth.

I am now covering the bombshell that the Grand Jury DID indict the John & Patsy Ramsey for the murder of Jonbenet. I explain why there was a coverup of THE TRUTH. There is no statute of limitations on MURDER. The case should be re-opened & John Ramsey should be tried for killing his helpless 6 year old child. http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/ I know how to get a conviction. There is a lot of information never made available to the Grand Jury. It can & should be done.

JUSTICE FOR JONBENET!

mlswogan
mlswogan

@michael.roberts @travishenry Once again M.Roberts, hang your head in shame. Travis Henry defends garbage from "The Examiner" because he works there. http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/148858/examiner-com-editor-plagiarism-is-inexcusable-and-we-try-our-best-to-guard-against-it-as-do-most-media-orgs/ 

Gee, talk about an agenda with a bias."Examiner.com vice president of editorial Travis Henry says he first learned about his contributors’ plagiarism by reading yesterday’s Romenesko+ post"..

mlswogan
mlswogan

M. Roberts, hang your head in shame. THE EXAMINER IS NOT A NEWS SOURCE. NO JUDGE EVER RULED THERE WAS AN INTRUDER.Debunking all the myths. All the lies. All the reasons why the The Ramseys were allowed to kill their daughter & walk away. They were rich people in Boulder, you know. 20 miles surrounded by reality. NO IMPARTIAL JUDGE EVER MADE ANY SUCH RULING.http://formercriminalprosecutor.blogspot.com/

jayem
jayem

@mlswogan You would be more credible if you did not cut and paste so much.

Now go upstairs and help your Mom around the house, and then you can go back to your basement and annoy us later. You Pockmarked freak of nature

mlswogan
mlswogan

@travishenry How is "Bagdad Bob" (B.J. Plasket) doing these days, long gone from "The Daily Times-Call", no longer in print anywhere. Conversations, even thousands of them from discredited journalists aren't evidence of anything other than your idiocy.

Quoting garbage from "The Examiner" without disclosing that you were the Editor is also stupid as well unethical.

Lin Wood dragged innocent people from Boulder into his home court in Atlanta to bankrupt them as they lacked the financial resources to match the Ramsey firepower. Judge Carney's remarks are proof of that miscarriage of justice . Shame on you, the Judge, Lin Wood & child killers the Ramseys.

travishenry
travishenry

@mlswogan By your website and spam-like comments in the post I'm not sure if you are a bot or a real person, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and reply only once. If you read the article carefully, the information was taken from articles I wrote as a daily newspaper crime reporter. 

During the late 1990s and early 2000 I covered the Ramsey case on a daily basis and knew the ins and outs of this case better than anyone except perhaps Chris Anderson and B.J. Plasket, both of whom I had thousands of discussions with.

Unlike yourself, I am taking no stance on this and have no agenda. Quite simply, a  district judge (in Atlanta, not Boulder) ruled on the evidence %s  as part of a civil suit and I reported on it.  But don't take my word for it. Here's a copy of a newspaper article straight from Fulton County:%s

Perhaps Carnes said it best in 2009, when reflecting on her decision, "There are lessons to be drawn from the Ramsey case, she said. "What it teaches is that drawing broad inferences based on very limited and selective evidence is a very dangerous thing to do."

FormerProsecutor
FormerProsecutor

@jayem @mlswogan I am a former model turned Criminal Prosecutor, hooker wife #3 Jan. Bankrupt twice before your 3rd marrriage to child killer John Ramsey.Anyone who follows on twitter can see I am beautiful, unlike you sickos. %s That avatar is me, no makeup. Real beauty. Truth to Power.

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