Aug 17, 2006

But Did John Mark Karr Really Kill JonBenet?

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John Mark Karr at a Thai news conferenceLeft: 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.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ooooo! I was thinking the same thing. What if this guy is just a twisted wannabe? That would be so terrible for the family!

Anonymous said...

He also said he "picked her up at school and brought her to the house". My memory might not be accurate, but I thought the parents had put her to bed earlier in the evening.

I think this is some sad, obsessed guy who had nothing to do with this murder.

Name withheld to protect the guilty said...

Former Allegheny County Coroner Cyril Wecht agrees with you. But this is the guy who was the Coroner featured in Fox's "Alien Autopsy" video, and it's clear from his personal demeanor that he's insane, so you can take that with a grain of salt... :)

Jason said...

I hope to God that the authorities have some reason to believe that he did it besides the mere fact of his confession. If not, they could end up looking REALLY stupid.

AristocratJim said...

The parents either did it or were directly involved, pure and simple.

Jason said...



The parents either did it or were directly involved, pure and simple.


The evidence doesn't really point to that.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Even after 10 years, this whole story is still sick and disgusting.

And now, we will be forced by the media pimps to relive it yet another time.

Oh joy :-(

Sometimes I have to wonder if anyone understands what "rest in peace" is supposed to mean...


Oh, and I agree, this person is most likely a wannabe.

Anonymous said...

This guy is an obsessed wannabe, and the case will stay wide open until both those parents are taken in for the crime. The mom for conspiracy and aiding and abetting, because she knew about it the day it happened, and the dad for raping and strangling his own daughter. I still think the dad did it that morning. I felt it in my gut the hour I heard of the crime, and nothing on earth will ever shake that conviction.

Anonymous said...

OH: the mom's dead? Well, she got away with collusion, but she'll damn sure pay on the other side. Arrest her perv murderer husband and get this overwith. "Refused to take a polygraph" my ass. If that had been my child, I would have taken that test first thing then helped the cops search for her murderer. But then, had JonBenet been my daughter, I would never have tarted her up to look like a whore in the first place. That poor child, that poor, poor little child. :(

Anonymous said...

His ex-wife's name is Lara not Laura

Anonymous said...

hooda,
It sure takes the news off of what is happening with Israel, Iraq and the November election, doesn't it? The American public is much more interested in a juicy sex murder than who will be running their life next year. Makes you wonder about the timing???

-Sepp said...

Suposedly, Karr provided a number of details about the crime that were never released to the public and, that he was an early suspect. As for his ex-wife, if she had provided his alibi before and then recanted it now, she would be getting some jail time.

Jason said...

I felt it in my gut the hour I heard of the crime, and nothing on earth will ever shake that conviction.

Well that's certainly a rational way to approach the world.

"Refused to take a polygraph" my ass. If that had been my child, I would have taken that test first thing then helped the cops search for her murderer.

Anybody who takes a polygraph is a sucker. It's pseudo-science, and is less than meaningless.

Anonymous said...

The confession is a crock. When have you ever seen anybody confess but not provide an account of what happened?

Karr claims to have been in contact with the family and is clearly an odd person. Here's my theory: the DNA evidence clears him (he knows he won't be convicted, but is careful with his word selection as added safety), and he's been paid by the family to provide a false confession to clear its name. His "research" of the case will give him enough background to take the media for a ride, and he'll face his outstanding charges from 2001, but ultimatley profit handsomely from it. His finances should be placed under tight scrutiny.

I'm not suggesting the family was or wasn't involved in the murder, just that this confession seems to convenient and contrived (check that video on cnn.com; this guy's nuts). By the time he's been cleared on DNA evidence, the focus will be fully away from the Ramsey's, which is the objective.

Jason said...

Now that's a conspiracy theory!

I too am skeptical of the veracity of Karr's confession, but I seriously doubt that he is part of an elaborate scheme devised by the Ramseys...who after all, weren't in any trouble.

kaya said...

You know I had never heard of Jonbenet Ramsey untill a week ago as I sat and watched the news in the hotel and as it was in thai, I couldnt understand a word. Back from my vacation I have now read a bit and dont understand why the information given out to the public is so limited and misleading.
But whether this wretch did it or not, does not deny the fact, that he is a pervert and should be dealt with severly.

Anonymous said...

John Mark Karr couldn't have picked her up from school, because school is not in session during Christmas break!

And to this Anonymous person....

"OH: the mom's dead? Well, she got away with collusion, but she'll damn sure pay on the other side. Arrest her perv murderer husband and get this overwith. "Refused to take a polygraph" my ass. If that had been my child, I would have taken that test first thing then helped the cops search for her murderer. But then, had JonBenet been my daughter, I would never have tarted her up to look like a whore in the first place. That poor child, that poor, poor little child. :("



Please think before you write something! That is the dumbest thing I've ever read :)
There is no evidence and no real motive to have arrested the parents in the first place. If there had been they would have been in jail for the past 9 years.... THINK ABOUT IT. (And yes I realize Patsy has passed away)