JonBenet Ramsey Murder Being Rehashed in Book by TV Reporter

Image: JonBenet Ramsey Murder Being Rehashed in Book by TV Reporter Patsy and John Ramsey during a short news conference in Atlanta, Aug. 29, 2000.

Monday, 30 Dec 2013 12:49 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Thursday marked 17 years since the death of prepubescent beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey. While prosecutors believe the case may never be solved, a new book about to be published by a reporter may add to the drip of information on the famous murder case.

The six-year-old's murder in 1996 created a media circus and made long-time suspects out of her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey. Her parents reported her missing from their home Dec. 26 and a ransom note was found, according to KMGH-TV.

The girl's strangled body, though, was later found in a room in the family basement.

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A grand jury secretly indicted the parents in 1999 for child abuse in death and accessory to a crime, but district attorney Alex Hunter declined to prosecute the case because he felt he could not prove the Ramsey's guilt, KMGH-TV reported.

The public did not learn of the indictments until October after Boulder Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan reported on it.

"The case is still open, but is not actively being investigated and there are no new leads," Boulder police chief Mark Beckner told KMGH-TV. "While we believe at this point it is unlikely there will ever be a prosecution, the Boulder Police Department still holds out some hope that one day the district attorney and the Boulder Police Department will be able to put together a case worthy of presenting to a jury."

The cold case still seems to generate plenty of interest among the public. Former local television reporter Paula Woodward told the Daily Camera she is close to publishing a book on the murder case.

Woodward told the Daily Camera that she has spent the past four years researching the book.

Patsy Ramsey died of cancer in 2006. John Ramsey remarried and lives in Michigan, stated the newspaper.

Former district attorney Mary Lacy exonerated the Ramseys in July 2008 based on DNA evidence, but the Daily Camera said that declaration is not binding.

"I have cooperation from John Ramsey, from law enforcement people, from Ramsey attorneys, from people involved on the periphery," Woodward told the Daily Camera.

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She conceded case followers may perceive her point of view that the family is innocent.

"A lot of people seemed willing to talk. Some were anonymous, but they are known to me – and my editor, of course," said Woodward.

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