Left: John Mark Karr at a Thai news conference, courtesy CNN
(Boulder, CO) The news that a suspect, 41-year-old John Mark Karr, had been arrested in the death of JonBenet Ramsey after almost ten years was startling. The major media (and quite a few bloggers) have been working overtime to provide information on the confessed killer and the heinous crime.
But one question remains: did John Mark Karr actually commit the crime for which he is accused and to which he has confessed?
Lara Karr, the ex-wife of the suspect, says that he was with her in Alabama at the time of the killing. Why would the ex-wife of a man with a prurient interest in child pornography - and facing murder charges - fabricate an alibi for him?
In video segments at a Thai news conference early today, Karr appeared quiet. He answered "no comment" to a series of seemingly innocuous questions, such as: "How did you get into the house?"
Yet he was quite willing to discuss the killing, his "love" for the 6-year-old JonBenet, and his remore for the crime. Why would Karr admit on camera the most damning evidence, while deferring simple questions that are, at best, side details?
It might be that Karr doesn't know the details.
While the world applauds the capture of John Mark Karr, pieces of his story do not seem to mesh with the history of the crime.
I have this gnawing suspicion, lurking deep in my gut, that Karr - while clearly disturbed - might not be the real killer of JonBenet Ramsey, and that would be a tragedy beyond comprehension to a family that has lost two children and its mother.