The murder of six-year old JonBenet Ramsey is a case the world will never forget. It is in the spotlight again after a former police officer has alluded online to who he thinks is the likely suspect.
A former police officer has made some remarkable comments about the unsolved case of JonBenet Ramsey, but he now claims he never knew what he was saying would go public.
The former chief of the Boulder Police Department who was in charge of investigating the death of six-year old JonBenet Ramsey in 1996 Mark Beckner, has just this week been the lucky guy who was the focus of an AskReddit session – where users of the website log on and ask questions of a guest. This particular guest was of great interest – and it seemed he had some very interesting facts to share, but he now says he didn’t realise his remarks would be widely quoted.
The case is one which has held the attention of the world since the news broke that the six-year was missing. A two-and-a-half-page ransom letter was found demanding $118,000 for her safe return. Eight hours later her body was found in the basement of her parent’s house in Boulder Colorado.
Suspicion lay initially with her parents, Patsy and John Ramsey but then in August 2006 American schoolteacher John Mark Karr was arrested in Thailand, after allegedly incriminating himself in JonBenet’s murder through a lengthy email correspondence with University of Colorado journalism professor Michael Tracey.
Karr was brought back to face charges but was abruptly cleared and released on the basis of DNA testing.
The case remains unsolved, even after several grand jury hearings. One grand jury voted to indict both John and Patsy Ramsey, however the then-Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter refused to sign the indictments, citing insufficient evidence to prove the charges at trial.
This week’s session on Reddit has revealed some interesting new facts abut the case including the fact that officers mishandled the initial case. Mark Beckner said that when the parents of JonBenet were first interviewed police should have separated them and obtained full statements that day.
“Letting them go was a big mistake, as they soon lawyered up and we did not get to formally interview them again until May of 1997, five months after their daughter was murdered.”
He said case was initially mishandled due to a confusion and staff shortage on the police force.
“It was the Christmas holiday and we were short staffed, we faced a situation as I said earlier that no one in the country had ever seen before or since, and there was confusion at the scene as people were arriving before we had enough personnel on the scene,” he wrote online. Beckner admitted that the Ramsey’s position in the community influenced how the case was handled.