Cops Mis­han­dled the Case

In Touch (USA) - - Cover story -

From the moment Jonbenét’s mom, Patsy, fran­ti­cally called 911 at dawn on Dec. 26, 1996, to re­port that her daugh­ter was miss­ing and she’d found a ram­bling, two-page ran­som note, cops in the up­scale com­mu­nity of Boul­der were in over their heads. They failed to se­cure the home as a crime scene and even al­lowed the lit­tle girl’s fa­ther, John, to search the house. He’s the one who found her body in the base­ment eight hours later and car­ried her up­stairs, po­ten­tially de­stroy­ing valu­able ev­i­dence. In­ves­ti­ga­tors also mis­in­ter­preted clues, like a bro­ken base­ment win­dow, that could have in­di­cated that some­one from out­side the home com­mit­ted the crime. “There was the rush to judg­ment by Boul­der au­thor­i­ties that the child’s par­ents, John and Patsy Ram­sey, were guilty of the crime,” pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Ol­lie Gray tells In Touch. “Other sus­pects over the years were dis­missed.”

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