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 December 19, 2023

JonBenét Ramsey's father says he wants to make murder of a child subject to federal prosecution

The father of JonBenét Ramsey, a Colorado girl aged 6 who was murdered in an enigmatic manner in 1996, is resolute in his efforts to prevent a recurrence of reported errors in his daughter's investigation.

JonBenét would have been in her early thirties at this time if the heinous crime had not taken her life. As of this moment, her passing continues to be shrouded in mystery and raises numerous unanswered inquiries, as KTLA reported.

Elizabeth Vargas of NewsNation was briefed by her father, John Ramsey, on his new objective: criminalize the homicide of children at the federal level.

“There was so much that could have been brought to bear to solve this crime. … Big egos and inexperienced, poor leadership ended up in a tragedy, frankly, for our family,” John Ramsey said.

JonBenét, age six, was discovered lifeless in her residence's cellar on December 26, 1996. Her mother had called 911 several hours prior to report that her daughter had gone missing and that a ransom note had been left behind.

Although the death JonBenét was ruled a homicide, no one was ever prosecuted. At present, only specific situations qualify as homicide being classified as a federal crime—such as the death of a senator or a federal law enforcement officer.

Nevertheless, detectives in Boulder have continued to investigate the incident.

Boulder police issued a press release last year stating that the department has investigated "every lead" received, which includes over 21,016 reports, letters, and emails. Police announced in May 2022 that investigators had traveled to 19 states to interview or communicate with over a thousand individuals.

“We have a shared goal to bring justice — and hopefully some peace — to JonBenét’s family and everyone who was impacted by her loss,” Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said at the time. “Our investigation with federal, state and local partners has never stopped.”

A report by Our Community Now claimed In the early days of the investigation, many questions were raised: How did notepad paper from Ramsey's phone become a ransom note? Why would someone hurt the girl?

Because so many people were in and out of the house the morning she disappeared, the crime scene was ultimately contaminated. The autopsy revealed JonBenét died from asphyxia and skull trauma.

The investigation first targeted John and Patsy Ramsey. The family faced public criticism for their daughter's participation in child pageants, as media depicted her in makeup, and pouty poses.

The family was uncooperative, but they say law enforcement had many issues that made the case tough. Their CNN appearance before talking to the media increased scrutiny, hurting their cause.

Boulder's district attorney convened a grand jury after two years. During the 13-month trial, Ramsey's son, Burke Ramsey, testified, but John and Patsy did not. The DA dropped charges in JonBenét's death.

Boulder Daily Camera Reporter Charlie Brennan discovered that the grand jury unanimously agreed to prosecute John and Patsy Ramsey, one of the biggest turns in the case.

The grand jury indicted for child abuse resulting in death and accessory to first-degree murder. The then-DA refused to acknowledge the results, therefore no charges were filed.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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