No charges in murder of JonBenét Ramsey
Oct. 13, 1999 A chorus of protest and outrage greeted the news that, after a 13-month grand jury investigation, no charges would be filed in the death of JonBenét Ramsey, the six-year-old beauty-pageant star whose murder made headlines around the world. Suspicion had fallen on the girl’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, after her bludgeoned and strangled body was discovered in the basement of the family home in Boulder, Co., on Boxing Day in 1996. The aftermath of the high-profile killing was marked by police in-fighting, lawsuits and inflammatory accusations. “Mistakes were made” during the investigation, Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter said while announcing that the grand jury had not turned up enough evidence to proceed with a prosecution. More than 20 years after her death, JonBenét’s killer still has not been identified, although more than a dozen books, television movies and documentaries have attempted to solve the mystery.