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JonBenet Ramsey

Real name: JonBenet Ramsey
Birthdate: August 6, 1990
Status: N/A
Partner: N/A

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In the afternoon of the same day, Boulder Police Detective Linda Arndt asked Fleet White, a friend of the Ramseys, to take John Ramsey and search the house for "anything unusual." John Ramsey and two of his friends started their search in the basement first. After first searching the bathroom and "train room," the two went to a "wine cellar" room (not actually used for that purpose) where John found his daughter's body covered in a white blanket. Later that evening, a search warrant was issued that authorized the police to remove the body. Normally this procedure would be performed under consent of the parents.

Investigators determined that the ransom note was written on a sheet of paper that belonged to the Ramsey family. A Sharpie felt-tip pen similar to the one used to write the note was found in a container on the Ramseys' kitchen counter, along with other pens of the same type. A practice sheet for the ransom note was found on the same pad of paper, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. No fingerprints could be detected on the note. The text of the note had many odd features, including the fact that $118,000 was demanded—$100,000 in $100 bills and $18,000 in $20 bills., a figure that closely matched a $118,117.50 company bonus that John Ramsey had recently received., and his financial liabilities, recorded on a home computer, of $1,118,000 . The police regarded the ransom price as a suspiciously low amount of money in proportion to John Ramsey's income and net worth (in excess of $6 million, also reported on the home computer). The writer of the note claims "We are a group of individuals that represent a small foreign faction. We respect your bussiness (sic) but not the country that it serves." The parents have always maintained that the crime was committed by an intruder, and a group of investigators in the employ of the Ramsey family favor that theory.

In November 2006, Rod Westmoreland filed a defamation suit against a Keith Greer, who posted a message on an Internet forum using the pseudonym "undertheradar". Greer had accused Westmoreland of participating in the kidnapping and murder. Greer has defended his statement.

The Ramseys have consistently held that the crime was committed by an intruder. They hired John E. Douglas, former head of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, to examine the case. While retained by the Ramsey family, he concluded that the Ramseys were not involved in the murder. He also concluded that it was unlikely that anyone would resolve the case. He detailed his arguments in his 2001 book, The Cases That Haunt Us. Lou Smit, a seasoned detective who came out of retirement to assist Boulder authorities with the case in early 1997, originally suspected the parents, but after assessing all the evidence that had been collected, also concluded that an intruder had committed the crime. While no longer an official investigator on the case, Smit continues to work on it.

It is also suspected that the incompetence of the Boulder police allowed someone to destroy precious evidence that could have given some sort of legal proof to the case.


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