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Umbrella of Suspicion

Investigating the Death of JonBenét Ramsey


Published:  August 22, 2012


JonBenét Ramsey, a six year-old girl, was found brutally murdered in her home on
December 26, 1996 in Boulder, Colorado. There were no signs of forced entry.
Her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, refused to cooperate with the police and responded by hiring attorneys and conducting television interviews. On the other side, the Boulder Police and District Attorney’s Office drove an investigation fraught with infighting and confusion. Along the way, the truth escaped.   


The case received national and international attention.  From the beginning, the case was riddled with problems.  The police allowed the crime scene to be compromised.  They failed to immediately interview the parents, though many of the police detectives assigned to JonBenét’s murder thought Patsy, and possibly even John Ramsey were involved in her death.  The District Attorney’s Office was more skeptical and decided not to indict either of the Ramsey's.  Just as the police and lawyers had differing opinions, so did most of the public, with many believing her parents killed her while others thought an intruder murdered her.  


Almost twenty years after the horrific murder of a young girl, the case still remains  unsolved.  Published in 2012, Umbrella of Suspicion unravels many of the mysteries surrounding JonBenét’s death, but it also poses new questions.