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1997On Christ­mas Day 1996, child beauty pageant queen Jon­benét Ram­sey dis­ap­peared from her Boul­der, Colorado, home. A lengthy ran­som note was left in her bed­room, but eight hours later her fa­ther found her body in the base­ment; she had been stran­gled and blud­geoned. Her death trans­fixed mil­lions of Amer­i­cans, wrote Jerry Adler, with both “the grisly na­ture of the mur­der and the nov­elty of putting mas­cara on the lashes of a 6-year-old.” Her par­ents—briefly sus­pected—were ex­on­er­ated by DNA ev­i­dence. Decades later, Ram­sey’s mur­der re­mains un­solved.

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