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DNA Analysis Raises New JonBenet Questions

DA's decision to exonerate family is questioned

(Newser) - After just short of 20 years, the murder of JonBenet Ramsey is as much of a mystery as ever—especially in light of a new examination of DNA evidence. A joint investigation by the Boulder Daily Camera and 9News calls into question former District Attorney Mary Lacy's decision to... More »

JonBenet's Brother Files $150M Suit Against Pathologist

Werner Spitz accused Burke Ramsey of killing his sister

(Newser) - When CBS convened a panel to re-investigate the murder of JonBenet Ramsey 20 years after the fact, forensic pathologist Werner Spitz could not have been more clear in his assessment: "It's the boy who did it," he said , referring to JonBenet's older brother, Burke. Now, Burke... More »

JonBenet's Family Livid, Vows to Sue 'Disgusting' CBS

Says report concluding Burke killed JonBenet was full of 'lies, misrepresentations'

(Newser) - It was a "false and unprofessional television attack" full of "lies, misrepresentations, distortions, and omissions." That's how a lawyer for the family of JonBenet Ramsey sums up a "disgusting and revolting" CBS documentary and its panel's conclusion that Burke Ramsey likely killed his sister... More »

CBS Panel: Burke Ramsey Killed Sister JonBenet

Investigators say parents John and Patsy then covered it up

(Newser) - A team of investigators who pored over evidence in the JonBenet Ramsey murder 20 years after the fact presented its conclusion Monday night: Brother Burke Ramsay did it. The scenario laid out by the panel: Burke, who was just a shade under 10 at the time, hit his sister in... More »

911 Dispatcher: Something Off in JonBenet 911 Call

She says the whole thing seemed 'rehearsed'

(Newser) - When Patsy Ramsey called 911 to report her daughter, JonBenet, missing, 911 operator Kim Archuleta took the call. In a new interview with CBS for Sunday night's The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey premiere, Archuleta revealed that after Patsy had apparently hung up the phone, she could still hear people... More »

JonBenet's 'Socially Awkward' Brother Breaks His Silence

Burke Ramsey gives first-ever interview to Dr. Phil McGraw

(Newser) - JonBenet Ramsey's brother, Burke, has given his first-ever interview to Dr. Phil McGraw; the first segment aired Monday , and it will continue airing Tuesday and next Monday. Burke, 29 and now a computer security analyst, was 9 when his 6-year-old sister was murdered in 1996, and he says his... More »

In Old Interview, JonBenet's Brother Recalls Day of Killing

A&E documentary includes police interview with Burke

(Newser) - A&E kicked off what Rolling Stone calls "television's most anticipated true-crime event of the season" with its documentary re-examining JonBenet Ramsey's murder as the 20th anniversary of her death approaches. One new bit was a never-before-seen police interview with brother Burke from 1998, two years after... More »

After 20 Years, JonBenet's Brother to Break Silence

'Dr. Phil Show' says he has 'shocking' details

(Newser) - The Dr. Phil Show says "never-before-heard details" about the JonBenet Ramsey murder will be aired this fall when her brother speaks to the press for the first time. Burke Ramsey, who was 9 years old when his younger sister was found beaten and strangled to death in their Boulder,... More »

JonBenet Suspect Held in Child Porn Case

Gary Oliva hasn't been ruled out in 1996 murder

(Newser) - A longtime suspect in the Christmas Day 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey is back in custody and back in the news. Gary Oliva, a registered sex offender who has admitted being obsessed with the 6-year-old beauty queen, was arrested last week on charges of sexually exploiting a child and is... More »

Police Messed Up JonBenet Case, Says Ex-Chief

Mark Beckner now regrets Reddit AMA comments

(Newser) - Nearly 20 years after the murder of JonBenet Ramsey , interest in the Colorado 6-year-old's case is still strong—stronger than former Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner may have realized. In remarks he now says he regrets making, Beckner told a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session on Saturday that... More »

Indictment: JonBenet's Parents Aided Killer

1999 documents released

(Newser) - In response to a lawsuit to have the 1999 indictment against JonBenet Ramsey's parents released, four pages of grand jury documents were revealed today; they show that John and Patsy Ramsey would have been indicted with two counts each of child abuse resulting in death, in connection with their... More »

Journo Sues to See JonBenet Indictment

Charlie Brennan had reported on secret indictment in January

(Newser) - JonBenet Ramsey's 1996 death remains in the spotlight. A Boulder Daily Camera exclusive published in January revealed the grand jury had in 1999 voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey (the charge: child abuse resulting in death), but then-DA Alex Hunter refused to sign the indictment. Now, Camera reporter... More »

13 Years Later, Big Reveal in JonBenet Ramsey Case

Grand jury had actually voted to indict her parents

(Newser) - Another major decade-old case is getting fresh press thanks to a Boulder Daily Camera exclusive. As the paper reports, the district attorney's Oct. 13, 1999, announcement that the grand jury investigation into the death of JonBenet Ramsey had concluded without "sufficient evidence to warrant a filing of charges... More »

Cops Aim to Quiz JonBenet Brother

Investigators will 'never give up,' says journalist

(Newser) - Colorado cops are seeking to again question the older brother of murdered beauty pageant tyke JonBenet Ramsay. Burke Ramsay was just 9 when his 6-year-old sister was found bound with cord, bludgeoned and strangled in the basement of their Boulder home. Burke was questioned and cleared by DNA after the... More »

Ex JonBenet Suspect Stalking Me: Teen

19-year-old says John Mark Karr threatened to kill her

(Newser) - A 19-year-old girl has taken out a restraining order against John Mark Karr, the man who falsely claimed to have murdered JonBenet Ramsey, the AP reports. San Francisco resident Samantha Spiegel says she met Karr, who now calls himself Alexis Valoran Reich, when she was 9; he worked at her... More »

Boulder Cops Take Over JonBenet Case

(Newser) - Police in Boulder, Colo. are taking control of the investigation into JonBenet Ramsey's 1996 murder, the Colorado Daily reports. Reclaiming the probe from the Boulder County DA, police plan to include state and federal investigators and apply new technology to the cold case. “Some cases never get solved, but... More »

DNA Clears JonBenet's Family

Colo. DA apologizes to family; no new leads in search for killer

(Newser) - New DNA evidence in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case has exonerated the entire Ramsey family, the Boulder Daily Camera reports. Scientists analyzed a sample from JonBenet's clothes, using new technology called "touch DNA," and found no match to JonBenet's parents, brother, or anyone in law enforcement databases. The... More »

Natalee's Mom, JonBenet's Dad Hook Up

Parents in tabloid tragedies now an item, Fox reports

(Newser) - The father of slain pre-teen beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey is dating the mother of missing Aruba tourist Natalee Holloway. Fox News broke the romance today, offering its detail-hungry viewers only that the bereaved pair met at a fundraiser and have "been spotted openly holding hands and kissing" in Alabama. More »

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