How the Murder of JonBenét Ramsey Became a National Obsession


Investigators attempted to get something out of 2010 by conducting a new round of interviews. “I understand that they met with Burke and gave him a card and said, ‘If you want to talk to us, here’s how you would contact me,'”Ramsey family attorney Lin Wood Boulder’s Daily CameraNewspaperOctober 2010. “But the police have not interviewed Burke.”

Wood, “Whatever the reason for any type of approach with Burke, it would have nothing to do with the case other than with the reality that John and Burke could help the Boulder police as witnesses in the investigation. For all I know, they have gotten some tip and think Burke could give them some information.”

John Ramsey spoke Barbara Walters in an interview in 2015 that he still predicted either DNA would solve his daughter’s murder “or someone who knows something will become angry or bitter against this person and will tell.”

Looking back on the immediate days following JonBenét’s death, John said, “When something really tragic happens in your life, put your life in park. Give your checkbook to a trusted friend. Avoid making any big decisions. Because you’re just not capable of making good decisions.”

For each person involved in the case, this can be repeated. Stan GarnettThe Boulder D.A. Mary Lacy was succeeded by the Boulder D.A. “legally insignificant,” Tell the Daily Camera he wasn’t bound by her actions should the case move forward under his watch.

As former state’s attorney Troy Eid also told the paper in October 2016, “It’s incredible the number of cases that get solved later. And also as DNA testing gets better, it sometimes removes doubt and sometimes adds doubt.”

He concluded, “It’s still possible to do justice.”

(Original publication September 19, 2016, 6:01 a.m. PST)

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