The Infamous Murder of JonBenét Ramsey
Who was JonBenét Ramsey?
- JonBenét Ramsey was a six year old girl living in Boulder, Colorado when she was murdered in her home on December 26th, 1996.
- Her murder is one of the most widely known cases in the history of true crime because of the mystery surrounding her death.
- To this day, the murder of JonBenét Ramsey remains an unsolved case.
How did JonBenét die?
- JonBenét cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation by strangulation. Meaning that JonBenét died as a result of her brain being deprived of oxygen for a prolonged amount of time. JonBenét was strangled to death in the basement of her house.
- Another possible cause of her death is subarachnoid and subdural hemorrhage cause by a traumatic brain injury. A subarachnoid hemorrhage is a type of stroke that occurs when there is bleeding around the brain. In JonBenét’s case, it was caused by the head injuries she had, causing blood to pool within her brain. A subdural hemorrhage occurs as a result of the pressure that is left when blood is surrounding the brain. It is well debated on whether she was killed by her brain injuries or strangulation.
The main evidence:
A three page random note was found at the scene asking for $118,000 dollars in exchange for returning JonBenét Ramsey home unharmed.
The weapon used to strangle JonBenét was an unidentified piece of string attached tied around the handle of a paintbrush found in JonBenét’s home.
JonBenét was murdered in the room pictured above. As investigators looked around the room, they noticed a broken window, shards of glass still on the floor. A suitcase was pushed up against the wall underneath the window. John Ramsey, the father of JonBenét said that the window had been broken the summer before JonBenét’s murder and they had yet to fix it.
- Among JonBenét’s stomach contents, pieces of undigested pineapple were found. Pictured above is a bowl of half eaten pineapple and milk found on the table in the Ramsey house.
- On average, it takes approximately 30-45 minutes for fruit to be digested, meaning that JonBenét would have been killed within that time frame after eating the pineapple.
- Patsy Ramsey claims to have no knowledge of JonBenét eating pineapple that night.
- Interestingly enough, the pineapple and milk may be a clue as to premeditation of JonBenét’s murder. It is commonly thought that pineapple and milk should not be eaten together because it will be a toxic combination that results in death. This has been proven to be false, as the combination has been shown to cause only an upset stomach. Though the possibility that somebody fed JonBenét the pineapple and milk in an effort to poison her because they thought the two ingredients were a toxic combination, is a plausible theory.
JonBenét‘s possible sexual abuse:
- JonBenét‘s autopsy report had several pieces of evidence that point towards sexual abuse.
- Dry blood was found on the exterior of JonBenét’s vagina and on her underwear.
- A 1 cm hymenal abrasion found on the interior of JonBenét’s vaginal canal. Hymenal injury is very common in victims of sexual assault.
- JonBenét exhibited hypermia along the right side of her vaginal wall. A hypermia is an excess of blood collecting in a part of the body. Hypermia is very common in victims of sexual assult as a result of being penetrated by something.
Who killed JonBenét Ramsey?
There are many theories as to who killed JonBenét below I will discuss the most compelling ones.
Patsy Ramsey - JonBenét’s mother.
- Many theorists speculate that it was JonBenét’s mother was the one who killed her.
- The writing in the ransom note showed striking similarities when compared to Patsy’s handwriting.
- Patsy was the one who discovered the “ransom” note and made the 911 call to the police.
- Fibres matching those from Patsy was wearing the night of her daughter’s murder were found on the paintbrush caddy that help the broken brush that was used as an aid to strangle JonBenét.
- The same fibres were also found in the blanket used to wrap JonBenét’s body, on the duct tape used to cover JonBenét mouth and tied into both of the knots of the string used to strangle JonBenét.
- This theory does not explain the sexual assault JonBenét suffered the night of her murder.
John Ramsey - JonBenét’s father.
- Another theory is that John killed his daughter.
- The autopsy findings showed evidence that JonBenét had been sexually abused for a prolonged amount of time. Many speculate that she was abused by her father.
- Dark fibres that matched John’s shirt were found in JonBenét’s crotch.
- It is thought that John killed his daughter after thinking she was going to talk about her sexual abuse.
- This theory does not explain the ransom note.
John and Patsy Ramsey - JonBenét’s parents.
- The theory that John and Patsy were co-conspirators in the murder of their daughter.
- John molested JonBenét the night of her murder, explaining the fibres from his shirt found in her crotch.
- John decided to use his makeshift noose to practice erotic asphyxiation with JonBenét, accidentally strangling her to death.
- Patsy discovered John abusing his daughter and covered up her murder because she was jealous and ashamed.
- The broken window and suitcase were for an alternate cover-up, discarded for the ransom one.
Burke Ramsey - JonBenét’s brother.
- This is the theory that Burke murdered his sister and his parents covered it up.
- Burke was jealous of the attention his sister received from pageants.
- His fingerprints were found on the bowl of pineapple JonBenét ate shortly before she died.
- He may have heard the myth that pineapple and milk poison a person, feeding it to JonBenét to try to kill her.
- When he realized that she was not dying, he hit her several times with the flashlight sitting on the kitchen counter, the noise waking his parents.
- Burke’s parents both aided in covering up JonBenét’s murder because they did not want to lose their son.
- This theory does not explain the sexual assault.
Though there are many theories about who killed 6 year old JonBenét Ramsey, it is likely that we will never truly know who did. There are many other theories out there if you would like to do further research into the death of JonBenét Ramsey. Though the murder of JonBenét Ramsey, will likely forever remain the haunting unsolved mystery that shocked the world.