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Disturbing Charges Against a JonBenet Photographer

Randall Simons accused of downloading images via an Oregon restaurant's WiFi

(Newser) - The charges themselves are disturbing enough, but the connection to JonBenet Ramsey makes them all the worse. A 66-year-old Oregon photographer known for taking images of JonBenet in the months before her 1996 murder has been arrested on child pornography charges, reports KEPR . Police in Springfield say Randall Simons downloaded... More »

Police Say JonBenet Confession Is Nothing New

Gary Oliva has confessed before, they say

(Newser) - A convicted pedophile's alleged confession isn't a major breakthrough in the JonBenet Ramsey case, police in Colorado said in response to a report in the Daily Mail . The British newspaper reported that Gary Oliva, an early suspect in the 1996 killing of the Boulder 6-year-old, confessed in letters... More »

JonBenet Ramsey Case Expert Shot Outside Office

Police don't yet know if the killing of Dr. Steven Pitt was connected to his work

(Newser) - A forensic psychiatrist who assisted in the investigations into the 1996 death of JonBenet Ramsey in Colorado and a string of killings in Phoenix more than a decade ago was fatally shot outside his Arizona office, reports the AP . Witnesses heard a loud argument and gunfire Thursday outside Dr. Steven... More »

$750M Suit JonBenet's Brother Filed Against CBS Advances

Judge refuses to dismiss it

(Newser) - A judge declined to dismiss a $750 million defamation lawsuit filed against CBS by JonBenet Ramsey's brother. The Boulder Daily Camera reports a circuit court judge in Michigan on Friday denied a motion by CBS and other defendants who asked that he toss the case. Burke Ramsey sued CBS... More »

A 'New Take' on JonBenet Case Coming to Netflix

'Casting JonBenet' will premiere at Sundance, then head to theaters, Netflix

(Newser) - Interest in the JonBenet Ramsey case was resurrected with the 20th anniversary of the 6-year-old's December 1996 death, and now Netflix is joining the revival. Per Variety , the company has acquired the rights to Casting JonBenet, a documentary by Kitty Green set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival... More »

JonBenet Ramsey's Brother Sues CBS for Pointing Finger at Him

Defamation lawsuit says CBS special ignored heaps of evidence

(Newser) - Burke Ramsey is suing CBS over its attention-getting special about his sister's murder , The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey, Dan Abrams' LawNewz reports. "CBS perpetrated a fraud upon the public," the defamation lawsuit states, accusing CBS of failing to do its own new investigation and instead relying on... More »

JonBenet Grand Juror: I've Seen Secret Evidence

Juror suggests it points to beauty queen's killer

(Newser) - The parade of JonBenet Ramsey-focused TV specials beats on, now with a 20/20 special airing Friday. A press release on the hour-long show zeroes in on two of the handful of people who sat for interviews: First, a member of the grand jury that voted to indict John and Patsy... More »

JonBenet Ramsey Case Takes Another New Turn

State plans to conduct sophisticated DNA tests on clothing

(Newser) - The 20th anniversary of JonBenet Ramsey's murder has led to all kinds of renewed speculation about the case, but now comes an actual development in the criminal investigation: The state plans to conduct new DNA tests on the panties and long johns the 6-year-old was wearing when she was... More »

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 »

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