Father of murdered JonBenet Ramsey petitions Colorado Gov to allow agency to help solve case

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The father of JonBenet Ramsey is calling on the Colorado governor to allow an independent agency, rather than the Boulder Police Department, to conduct DNA testing in his murdered daughter’s case in an effort to help finally identify her murderer.

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John Ramsey made the announcement at the CrimeCon 2022 convention in Las Vegas on Saturday as he continues to seek answers in his daughter’s famous 1996 murder. 

‘It’s a petition to hopefully get the state of Colorado to intervene and have the items from the crime scene that could be tested for DNA that haven’t been tested,’ Ramsey told Fox News Digital at CrimeCon. 

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The new petition, which garnered more than 600 signatures immediately after Ramsey’s speech, appeals to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to use his ‘power’ to intervene and allow for an independent DNA analysis.

‘You have the power,’ the petition reads. ‘Given the lack of progress by the Boulder Police, we the undersigned petitioners ask you to move DNA decisions in this case away from the BPD to an independent agency so that JonBenét has a last chance at the justice she deserves.’ 

The six-year-old beauty queen was found dead in the basement of her family’s Boulder home on December 26, 1996, bludgeoned and strangled, several hours after her mother Patsy Ramsey called 911 to say her daughter was missing and a ransom note had been left behind.  

Her death was ruled a homicide, but no one was ever charged in the case. 

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‘It’s going to take a lot of help to get that moving again,’ Ramsey said of her case on Saturday. ‘But, you know, the government is very reactive, and we’re talking about politicians, and we want them to do the right thing.’

He added that if Colorado officials ‘know there’s enough people behind’ the petition ‘asking them to do the right thing, they’ll do it.’

Six-year-old JonBenet was found dead in the basement of her family's Boulder home on December 26, 1996, bludgeoned and strangled, hours after her mother reported her missing

Six-year-old JonBenet was found dead in the basement of her family’s Boulder home on December 26, 1996, bludgeoned and strangled, hours after her mother reported her missing

John Ramsey is calling on Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to allow an independent agency, rather than the Boulder Police, to conduct DNA testing in his slain daughter's case in an effort to help finally identify her murderer

John Ramsey is calling on Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to allow an independent agency, rather than the Boulder Police, to conduct DNA testing in his slain daughter’s case in an effort to help finally identify her murderer

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In December 2021, police marked the 25th anniversary of JonBenet’s murder stating they are looking into ‘genetic DNA testing processes to see if they can be applied to this case moving forward’ and are working closely with state investigators on ‘future DNA advancements.’ 

The new petition by John Ramsey, which garnered more than 600 signatures immediately after his speech on Saturday, appeals to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (pictured) to use his 'power' to intervene and allow for an independent DNA analysis

The new petition by John Ramsey, which garnered more than 600 signatures immediately after his speech on Saturday, appeals to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (pictured) to use his ‘power’ to intervene and allow for an independent DNA analysis

They also announced they had processed more than 1,500 pieces of evidence and ‘reviewed or investigated more than 21,016 tips, letters and emails.’ 

But on Saturday while speaking on a panel with investigative journalist Paula Woodward, John Ramsey criticized the department for its ‘arrogance,’ ‘pride,’ ‘ego’ and inexperience at the time his daughter was killed. 

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‘The Boulder police were totally inexperienced, and I don’t blame them for that,’ Ramsey said during the conference. ‘I fault them for not accepting help from people who knew what they were doing.’

Boulder Police said in a statement in December that due to advances in DNA technology, ‘multiple suspects have been run through the system to check for matches’ and that investigators have updated more than ‘750 reference samples with the latest DNA technology.’ 

JonBenet Ramsey a child beauty queen was brutally murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado. Her parents John and Patsy Ramsey as well as her older brother Burke have at various times been considered suspects in the case but no charges have been filed

JonBenet Ramsey a child beauty queen was brutally murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado. Her parents John and Patsy Ramsey as well as her older brother Burke have at various times been considered suspects in the case but no charges have been filed

‘As the Department continues to use new technology to enhance the investigation, it is actively reviewing genetic DNA testing processes to see if those can be applied to this case moving forward,’ BPD said at the time.

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Cold case detectives have increasingly turned to genealogy DNA databases to crack crimes, and in 2018 used it to uncover the identity of the Golden State Killer who terrorized neighborhoods in the 1970s and 80s.

Former cop Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 72, was arrested after DNA testing linked him to some of the 12 murders and 51 rapes carried out during that time.

Investigators linked nearly 40-year-old DNA from crime scenes to a distant relative, and eventually to a discarded tissue they surreptitiously sneaked from DeAngelo’s garbage can in suburban Sacramento. He was sentenced in August to consecutive life sentences.

John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of JonBenet Ramsey, meet with a small selected group of the local Colorado media after four months of silence in Boulder, Colorado on May 1, 1997

John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of JonBenet Ramsey, meet with a small selected group of the local Colorado media after four months of silence in Boulder, Colorado on May 1, 1997

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The body of JonBenet Ramsey (pictured) was found bludgeoned and strangled in her basement hours after she was reported missing on December 26, 1996

The body of JonBenet Ramsey (pictured) was found bludgeoned and strangled in her basement hours after she was reported missing on December 26, 1996

No one in the family was ever charged in the death, but for years tabloids and members of the public believed one or more were the culprits

No one in the family was ever charged in the death, but for years tabloids and members of the public believed one or more were the culprits

JonBenét Ramsey who was found dead inside the basement of her parent's palatial home in Boulder, Colorado in 1996 (pictured)

JonBenét Ramsey who was found dead inside the basement of her parent’s palatial home in Boulder, Colorado in 1996 (pictured) 

The use of the genetic DNA testing is the latest update in one of the most controversial unsolved crimes in American history that started when the body of JonBenet was found bludgeoned and strangled in her basement hours after she was reported missing on December 26, 1996. 

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She was covered by a white blanket with a nylon cord around her neck, her wrists bound above her head and her mouth covered by duct tape.

Her parents John and Patsy had called police to report her kidnapping and said they found a note demanding a ransom of $118,000 for her safe return, which instructed them not to contact the authorities. 

Despite this, police arrived to their home shortly after in clearly marked vehicles.

John and Patsy would remain the primary suspects in their daughter’s death for more than a decade, and it was not until 2008 that police finally cleared them of any wrongdoing.

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Patsy, who passed away in 2006 from ovarian cancer, was suspected by members of the public of being the murderer after reports emerged that handwriting on the ransom note was similar to her own, but after she willingly provided a sample to police it was determined she did not write the note.

Many also suspected someone in the family, as they claimed there were no footprints in the snow around the house.

Patsy Ramsey is pictured with her daughter JonBenet and son Burke in 1993

Patsy Ramsey is pictured with her daughter JonBenet and son Burke in 1993

Burke Ramsey was suspected of being responsible for killing his sister- despite the fact that he was only nine-years-old at the time

Burke Ramsey was suspected of being responsible for killing his sister- despite the fact that he was only nine-years-old at the time

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No one in the family was ever charged in the death, but for years tabloids and members of the public believed one or more were the culprits. 

Several years ago, CBS aired The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey, which concluded with investigators revealing that after extensive research into the events that happened on the night of the murder they believed Burke Ramsey was responsible for killing his sister- despite the fact that he was only nine-years-old at the time.

Burke sued the network and settled that case after demanding damages of $750million. 

John and Patsy would remain the primary suspects in their daughter's death for more than a decade, and it was not until 2008 that police finally cleared them of any wrongdoing

John and Patsy would remain the primary suspects in their daughter’s death for more than a decade, and it was not until 2008 that police finally cleared them of any wrongdoing

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In 2006 - 10 years after JonBenet's death - a 41-year-old schoolteacher named John Mark Karr confessed to killing the little beauty

In 2006 – 10 years after JonBenet’s death – a 41-year-old schoolteacher named John Mark Karr confessed to killing the little beauty

Private investigator Ollie Gray, who continued to investigate the murder case even after he stopped working for the Ramseys, claimed in 2016 that the child’s killer was a local 26-year-old whose family owned a junkyard on the outskirts of the city – Michael Helgoth.

On February 13, 1997, Alex Hunter, who was the district attorney at the time of the murder, held a press conference where he spoke to JonBenet’s unknown killer, saying: ‘The list of suspect narrows. Soon there will be no one on the list but you.’

Helgoth died of an apparent suicide two days later at his home.

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A few years after his death, however, Helgoth was cleared when it was revealed that none of his DNA was found under JonBenet’s fingernails or in her underwear.

In 2006 – 10 years after JonBenet’s death – a 41-year-old schoolteacher named John Mark Karr confessed to killing the little beauty.

He was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, but he was never charged with the murder because his DNA did not match that found on the girl’s body.  

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