Aug 17, 2006

JonBenet Ramsey Suspect Charged with Child Porn in 2001

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John Mark Karr in undated photo Left: John Mark Karr in undated photo, courtesy of Reuters

(Boulder, CO) ABC News is reporting that John Mark Karr, the 41-year-old former schoolteacher who is wanted for questioning in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, was charged in 2001 with possession of child pornography in Sonoma County, CA.

Karr is also wanted in California for failing to appear in court, according to law enforcement sources. Karr taught in the Petaluma school district for several years, and as recently as 2002 met requirements.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing suspended Karr's license to teach on April 11, 2002. He was suspended because of a "complaint, information or an indictment that had been filed in court" against him alleging that he committed a sex offense or an offense "involving aiding and abetting the unlawful sale, use or exchange to minors of controlled substances," according to the minutes of the hearing.

Steve Bolman, a spokesperson from the Petaulma School District, said Karr had worked as a substitute teacher in Petaluma schools from December 2000 until April 2, 2001. Bolman declined to state why Karr was termintated on that date.

Mary Armstrong, from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, said that Karr was licensed to teach in California from December 2000 until May 2003. His credentials were revoked in 2003 as the result of the criminal conviction for posession of child pornography, she said.

Karr is being extradited to Boulder, CO so that investigators working on the case can interview him; he was detained in Thailand early Wednesday. The former elementary school teacher was arrested Wednesday at his apartment in downtown Bangkok and was being held pending arrival of U.S. officals, according to Thailand police.

John Mark Karr in Xeroxed photo Left: John Mark Karr in Xeroxed photo distributed by Thai police, courtesy of Reuters

CBS News is reporting that investigators found Karr because of a series of e-mails he allegedly sent them regarding the case. Officials have told several news outlets that the Ramseys knew Karr, but they have not disclosed how the Ramseys and Karr were acquainted.

Karr once lived in Conyers, GA, not far from where JonBenet Ramsey was born. MSNBC is reporting that Karr also lived in Boulder, CO around the time that the 6-year-old was murdered.

Nathaniel Karr, the suspect's brother, lives in Atlanta, and he confirmed the arrest of his brother in the case to KPIX late Wednesday afternoon.

"We have only positive things to say about my brother. We believe he is totally innocent and the evidence is circumstantial," he said.

Thai police, though, announced Thursday that Karr has admitted the killing while in custody.

"He told police while under arrest that he did kill the girl but so far he has not pleaded guilty in writing. This is needed as official evidence," said Lt. Gen. Suwat Tumrongsiskul.

John Mark Karr at Thai press conference Left: John Mark Karr at Thai press conference, courtesy of Reuters

A cached copy of Karr's resume is available here; the jobs4teachers.com website has pulled the original. On the resume he makes what now appear to be chilling comments about the young children he has recently cared for:
Two girls - 5 and 8; boy 10...I helped the 8 year old girl with her homework each day. I took the children outside for play. At days end, I made sure the children had their evening bath, then put them to bed and read to them before they went to sleep.
and also
Baby girl 9 months, boy 3, and girl 4: I taught English to the three year old boy and four year old girl, through conversational and instructional methods. I was very attentive to needs of the baby which included changing, feeding, and bathing her. I helped the baby when she learned to walk at 10 and a half months.
Thai police official Tumroungsiskul provided further details about Karr's confession.

"He killed the girl by accident," he told reporters after primary school teacher John Mark Karr, 41, was interrogated. "They fell in love with each other. She was very beautiful. So he kidnapped her and killed her by accident."

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Geez, nice work, Mike.

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Anonymous said...

... sorry, bad Google dig. Had John Mark Karr listed on the page on the page.

historymike said...

I saw that, Jeff, but decided to leave it out of the post.

The likelihood that John Mark Karr and John Mark Karr II are not related - and both living in Petaluma - is remote.

Kathleen Marie said...

It is amazing that this case has not been solved. Down right creepy really to think some pervert is still out there molesting innocent children. Does castration sound like a good punishment? It does to me but then, I am a female protecting offspring.

undercover black man said...

Actually, the "Stop Sceaming I'm Only Killing You" myspace page belongs to a "friend" of John Mark Karr II. John Mark II's myspace alias is (or rather, was) "johnthereaper616."

Within minutes of Karr's name being announced on TV, I too located that myspace page with a photo of "John Mark Karr II," then clicked over to John Mark II's page. It pays to move fast; within a couple of hours, that page was taken down. Also, John Mark II's friend photo was removed from the "Stop Sceaming" page.

John Mark II, who described himself as a 15-year-old (making him, chillingly, roughly the same age as JonBenet), featured a picture of himself with an electric guitar. The words "Bay Area Metal" were featured on his page, but any further content was restricted to registered "friends."

If this is indeed the accused murderer's son, imagine the hell that he's in for now, carrying what may become one of the most notorious names in the annals of American crime.

And if indeed he is the accused murderer's son, you'll soon be hearing about him in the mainstream media, as tabloid and non-tabloid reporters alike swarm all over this story.

Anonymous said...

I'm still really interested to hear about the ransom letter. A lot of this still doesn't make sense. How do you break in, kill a child, then down in the basement, and the whole family doesn't hear anything?

Wouldn't it be really weird if Jon and Patsy wrote a fake ransom letter being afraid that they would be suspects? Patsy never did pass the forensic test for not having written the note. Such a strange, strange case.

Anonymous said...

What about the fact that Laura Karr, John Karr's wife at the time of the murder, is being reported as having declared that he was with her at their home in Alabama at the moment of the murder??

Anonymous said...

If I woke up and found my daughter brutally killed in my basement, I'd call the police immediately. I don't think I'd have the composure to sit down and consider if I'd be seen as guilty...let alone have the composure to write a fake ransom note.
The ransom note really doesn't make sense in the context of everything else, though.
After leaving the note, the suspect has unforeseen trouble kidnapping JonBenet and has to kill her (seemingly taking his/her time in doing so) before even leaving the house with her? Even if the suspect has to kill her, why would he leave her there in the basement?? WEIRD STUFF. That's what doesn't add up for me.

Anonymous said...

It makes sense, if you consider that he's obviously crazy.

He wrote the letter, left it, then went upstairs for the kidnapping. Possibly he tried to talk her into it, but she put up a fight, so he freaked and strangled her.

An adult male strangling a small girl will have few problems keeping her quiet. Then, he could just as easily carry her downstairs. She couldn't be more than 50 lbs or so.

Then, he put her in the basement, possibly reflective of the fact that he's going straight to Hell.

Anyway, the noise factor could be kept down significantly. All he needed was a layout of the house and an ability to move quietly.

- Jojo

aristocratjim said...

I put this in another place on the blog, but her parents did it, or were directly involved, pure and simple. The reason Boulder Police and other authorities have not been able to find the "other" suspects was because they had their true suspects right in front of them, but they botched up the invesitgation from minute one.

Anonymous said...

What kind of idiot kidnapper (crazy or not) writes their kidnapping note at the scene of the crime at all? Rather than A) bring the note to leave with him or B) do the movie inspired thing and send the note after the fact. The more I hear about the guy, the more contrived his role sounds....

Anonymous said...

Well, when this all occured I was 8 years old. This is a case that haunted me as a child. I really don't know what to make of any of it, but I do have one speculation.

The Ramsey's lived in a 15 room home. Now, I live in a 6 room home, and I'm not too sure that if someone was being killed in my basement right now that I would hear it over the rest of the noise of the house.

jonbenet's tiara said...

they should just fry him for looking ultra creepy. how can this guy be married w/ kids? ugh. he looks like a friggen bobblehead.

Anonymous said...

Karr says that he picked JonBenet up from school, drugged her, then killed her.

1 - school was not on that day, it was winter break
2 - they found no trace of drugs in JonBenet's autopsy
3 - why would he take her home from school in the first place?

They should lock up Karr for a lot of things, but I have my doubts about his involvement here.

renee said...

I saw on a news broadcast on i think msnbc john mark karr being brought to pubic cameras, while being escorted, a man was rubbing on his arm.. I wonder who this man was..

Valerie said...

Hey, the link to this page is at Time.com's website. I live in Denver and the papers here have printed many columns on Mark Karr, but did not have the resume.

paulinedrouin@videotron.ca said...

I wrote a book on this story. It is not directly related to all the details of the facts, but it is a fiction about the mother's character. How a sick ? or possesed
by evil power woman can be brought to kill her own chil. The book has about 300 pages. In these pages I tried to explain the unexplainable
in a story who has its credibility.
Otherwise I am Canadian, with any contact and I wonder how I could publish my book. Could someone help me by its advices?...