Other than an unidentified footprint and a shard of glass near the basement window, no signs of forced entry were found at the Ramsey house. Experts who have listened to the 911 tape believe Patsy Ramsey sounds fake, like she is exaggerating the situation and her emotions. JonBenet’s older brother, Burke, who was 12 at the time of the murder, was at one time a prime suspect. He was eventually ruled out, but some still have
doubts. Both John and Patsy claim that Burke slept through the entire ordeal- yet police were able to make out a voice in the background of the 911 call that did not belong to John or Patsy Ramsey. If JonBenet was already dead and the voice was not the parents’ was it Burke’s? Of course, 12 seems quite young to have commited such a terrible crime, but maybe young Burke felt jealous of the attention his sister always got. Maybe he was jealous enough to take matters into his own hands.
Since the autopsy revealed injuries to JonBenet’s head, one theory is that Patsy Ramsey was angered by the fact that JonBenet had wet the bed that night. This would explain the urine-stained pajamas that JonBenet was apparently last seen in, and the fact that her body was found in clothes other than the ones her parents claim she went to bed in. Perhaps Patsy was already in a bad mood, stressed about the trip ahead, and let her steam off on JonBenet. She may have felt that a beauty queen shouldn’t have a bedwetting problem. In her anger, it is possible that she knocked JonBenet’s small body accidentally to the ground. JonBenet’s head may have hit the bathtub, which would most likely have knocked her unconcious. In a panic, and thinking her daughter was already dead, Patsy may have tied up her small daughter and thrown her violently into the basement room where she was found. Or was Patsy’s murder scheme planned? Was she trying to frame someone else?
There is more evidence that works against John and Patsy Ramsey. One of JonBenet’s favorite foods was pineapple. Fragments of a “yellow to light tan fruit” were found in her stomach after the autopsy was performed. These fragments were at such a stage of digestion that they had to have been eaten only hours before the murder. Therefore, JonBenet did not eat the pineapple at the previous night’s Christmas party. So someone had to have either fed the girl (both John and Patsy deny feeding her this fruit) during the night, or JonBenet prepared the food herself. But it’s hard to believe that 6 year old girl of JonBenet’s size could have correctly opened the can of pineapple and poured it into a bowl that just happened to be covered in Patsy Ramsey’s fingerprints. Woud an intruder feed a little girl her favorite food to make her comfortable? Why couldn’t either parent explain it? Could only a close relative have such sensitivity? Perhaps the most prominent piece of evidence against Patsy Ramsey comes in the form of something both Patsy and JonBenet loved: clothing. Patsy was seen in pictures from the Christmas party wearing a red sweater set. When she emerged the next morning to greet police, she wore the exact same sweater set and full makeup. It’s hard to believe that woman who so
valued her appearance would sleep in full makeup and wear the same outfit twice in a row. Does this mean that Patsy Ramsey was awake all night? Did she ever really change into pajamas that fateful night at all? And was she wearing that sweater set (fibers of which were found on the blanket covering JonBenet’s dead body) when she viciously murdered her only daughter? That’s something we may wonder for a very long time.
Patsy, JonBenet, Burke, and John Ramsey on a family trip.
Patsy Ramsey holds a young JonBenet.
Just as there is evidence against JonBenet's family, there is evidence that supports the theory of an intruder killing JonBenet.
1) the print from a Hi-Tec brand hiking shoe was found in the snow outside the basement window near where JonBenet's body was found. None of the three other family members present (Burke, John, and Patsy) owned any shoes of that brand.
2) An unidentified palm print was found on the door to the wine cellar: it was later confirmed that this print did not belong to Burke, Patsy, or John.
3) The duct tape and rope used to silence and choke JonBenet did not match anything found in the Ramsey home.
4) Broken glass was found under the window of the basement room where JonBenet was found, and the window was a tiny bit ajar.
5) A scuff mark appeared on the wall beneath the window, suggesting a shoe had slid against it while an intruder entered through the window.
6) A seemingly strategically placed suitcase was found beneath the window in the basement, fully packed, and included a children's book.
7) The Ramseys stated that many friends of the family held keys to the Ramsey home. If all of those people close to the family had keys, why was there a need to enter through the window? This part doesn't add up.
Perhaps JonBenet's murderer had seen her in a pageant and become obsessed. The Ramseys told police of recent remodeling jobs done on their home. This would have given strange people an opportunity to see JonBenet, get to know the house, and possibly devise a plan for murder. Some find it hard to believe that any family member could EVER do such a thing, and it's especially hard to believe that anyone in a family as so tightly knit as the Ramseys could murder their own little girl. This is yet another reason to believe that an outside, non-related intruder killed JonBenet.
This garrote, used to strangle and kill JonBenet, was made with rope that couldn't be found in the Ramsey home.
JonBenet in a pageant.