A lot of people have asked me many questions about the JonBenet Ramsey case perhaps because I’m the only person to have been tried and acquitted in the political circus in the aftermath of the bungled investigation.
Who did it? How did it happen? Will there ever be justice? Good questions with answers more obvious than most will admit. After all, JonBenet sold more newspapers then did the O.J. Simpson case without a trial.
As to who did it, Patsy Ramsey wrote the ransom note. Fanatical defenders of the Ramseys deny the importance of the practice note, tablet, and pen found at the home. The press, seekers of advertising sales in support of manufactured “truth,” engineered an industry of denial. But, as John Adams once said, facts are stubborn things. Patsy wrote the ransom note. She may not have struck the child with a flashlight, twisted a garrote an inch deep into the child’s neck, and then sexually assaulted the corpse, but her handwriting on the note establishes her involvement in the staging of the crime and the impractical subterfuge of a kidnapping.
How did it happen? Someone inside the home lost their temper and did something crazy. Crazy is hard to imagine for a sane person, but rage helps to clarify it. Recently, CBS television came to the conclusion that Burke did it because of jealousy or overwhelming anger for some childish action by his sister. That appears more likely than John or Patsy administering a death blow. But, then there’s the note, the sick strangulation and staged sexual assault stretches far beyond a nine year old’s ability or imagination. The parents’ faithfulness to each other and the fantastic story of an intruder places the culpability at their doorstep.
Will there ever be justice? No.
Here’s the ugly truth. A botched police investigation didn’t matter. The grand jury, which Boulder D.A. Alex Hunter hoped to keep silent, voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey for child abuse resulting in death. Those two candidates for prison didn’t have public defenders or low budget lawyers. The law firm of Haddon, Morgan & Foreman had the political connections, experience with grand jury fixes, and especially the money, to free their clients. No law firm anywhere ever did a more masterful job defending the wealthy or the guilty.
So, the “mystery” continues. As Alex Hunter said, the decision to prosecute, or not, was one of politics. His replacement D.A., Mary Lacy, continued the charade by declaring the Ramseys’ innocent without a trial and despite her knowledge of the grand jury vote. Politics have been compared to blood sport, and never bloodier than the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey. Justice is an ideal. Politics are as real as mankind’s flawed nature