Aug 16, 2006

Suspect Arrested in JonBenet Ramsey Case

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JonBenet Ramsey in a 1995 recital Left: JonBenet Ramsey in a 1995 recital

(Boulder, CO) A man suspected in the strangulation of 6-year-old child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey nearly a decade ago was arrested Wednesday in Thailand, acording to District Attorney Mary Lacy.

No official information has been provided about the identity of the suspect, but a law enforcement source told CNN that the suspect is 41-year-old John Mark Karr, a one-time 2nd-grade school teacher.

Federal officials, speaking with the Associated Press on conditions of anonymity, said the suspect was being detained in a Bangkok jail on unrelated sex charges.

Karr is being extradited to the US, and is believed to be en route to Boulder.

Grave of JonBenet Ramsey in Saint James Episcopal Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia Left: Grave of JonBenet Ramsey in Saint James Episcopal Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia

JonBenet, 6, was found in the family's Boulder home on December 26, 1996. Her parents have been considered suspects by the Boulder police, but a grand jury issued no indictments against the couple.

The Ramseys steadfastly maintained their innocence, despite incessant media speculation. Mrs. Ramsey died of ovarian cancer in June of this year at age 49.

Developing...

Addendum, 6:37 pm: KUSA is reporting that the suspect has confessed to certain aspects of the case that would be unknown to the general public.

District attorney Lacey has scheduled a press conference for 2:00 pm Thursday (4:00 pm EDT).

Addendum, 6:54 pm: Everyone's favorite celebrity coroner Henry Lee weighed in on the news of the arrest, and said he was not surprised of the break in the case.

"No, in my department, we have a cold case squad, and we have had arrests in cases 36 years later, 20 years later," he said. "We have arrests so many years later, nothing surprises me."

Addendum, 7:46 pm: Text of the press release from the Boulder County District Attorney's office is available at this link.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whoa. After all this time!

Dariush said...

Really?

Mr. Ramsey was on a sex tour of child brothels in Thailand?

Each person grieves (and looks for "the real killer") in their own way, I suppose.

historymike said...

Yep. The Ramseys have been through two kinds of hell - a murdered child and the media circus that surrounded them and almost destroyed their family with wild speculation.

historymike said...

Tsk, tsk, Dariush.

veggiedude said...

I doubt this is the real killer. He is trying to dodge hard jail time in Thailand, what better way to escape than to confess to this one? Also, his ex-wife says it is geographically impossible for him to be involved in this murder.

Anonymous said...

How would you explain his DNA at the scene then, veggiedude?

veggiedude said...

The only DNA found so far are the one's found in the word kiDNApping.

Anonymous said...

His DNA wasn't at the crime scene and he was not even in the US at the time.He just said he killed her because as he said he loved her and he felt awfull that she was dead.If you go onto youtube and watch perfect murder perfect town it gives you alot of information on the case.The murderer's out there still and the case is practically neglected.When it first came up people didn't work hard enough on it and just accused the Ramseys.Now Patsy is dead and doesn't know who killed her little girl,at least their together now.

Anonymous said...

Also on Christmas eve Jonbenet was at a friends house and told her friend that her Santa was visiting her after Christmas as he told her so (apparently).Her friend repeated this to her mum who told this to the investigators this isn't publicly known but it's in perfect murder perfect town.Sorry i read this massive article on the case and i watched the film so i know alot about the case.Also at the time Mark Carr confessed i was at my nan's in Scotland and i was dead bored so i watched the news and read about it alot as it was THE headline!

Anonymous said...

I THINK THAT BOTH OF THE RAMSEY'S PLOTTED TO KILL JONBENET RAMSEY BECAUSE 1 THE POLICE SAID THAT THE NOTE THAT WAS WRITTEN WAS THE SAME PAPER THAT WAS TORN OUT OF THE NOTE PAD. PLUS THE HUSBAND HAD FOUND HER DEAD IN A ROOM, HE KNEW WHERE SHE WAS.

WHAT A SHAME, IF THEY DIDN'T WANT KIDS WHY HAVE THEM