This article was written before I saw the interview of Burke. After hearing him speak and describe how he went back downstairs after everyone was in bed asleep, he placed himself at the scene of the crime, with opportunity & motive. This really changed my opinion about his guilt. I recommend reading the Burke timeline article.
It was Patsy Ramsey who accidentally killed daughter Jon Benet Ramsey. Not Burke.
Patsy told police that Burke was sleeping until police arrived. However, Burke could be heard on the 911 call in the background asking what was going on. He wouldn’t have done that if he killed his sister. He was just a child at the time.
The ransom note was a long 3 page wordy letter with specifics on John’s bonus amount. It was written on Patsy’s writing pad with Patsy’s pen from inside the house. Several previous letter attempts were found discarded. No kidnapper would sit in the house writing a long letter. They would have brought the letter with them and it would be short & brief. Women write long wordy letters. Rarely men and certainly not kidnappers. Why would anyone leave a random note and not take the child if Jon Benet was not abducted.
The family was planning to leave on a plane flight early in the morning. A wet bed left unattended could start a spontaneous combustion fire so a mother rushing to pack & get ready to leave would have been enraged at having to deal with washing sheets and the mattress. Jon Benet had also gotten up and eaten pineapple.
I would suspect she was not allowed to eat or drink at bedtime to prevent wetting so this would have broken the rules. So Patsy would have been outraged about the wet bed & her daughter up eating pineapple because she was pressed for time for their early flight.
Patsy either woke up because she heard her daughter was up or else she had gotten up to get everything ready for their plane flight early that morning. She found Jon Benet in the kitchen eating pineapple (which was still on the table when the police arrived). Her mother likely knew the bed was wet from the odor on her daughter and was angry about the wet bed and her daughter eating pineapple at night which was probably against the rules. Eating & drinking at bedtime promotes bed wetting.
I think Patsy angrily took Jon Benet into the bathroom, washed her bottom with the washcloth police found & tests determined it had urine on it from Jon Benet. Only a mother would have washed her child to remove the urine. So this proves Patsy was awake after the bed had been wetted because the soiled washcloth was found by police. Then Patsy gave her clean underwear to wear instead of her soiled garments which Jon Benet probably removed before her mother found her. No intruder would have given her clean dry underwear from her dresser after she wet the bed.
Then Patsy may have pushed her daughter’s head against the toilet (like pushing a puppy’s nose into the spot where it peed) and said “that’s where you are supposed to pee!” She probably pushed her head down too hard and cracked the side of her head on the toilet.
Jon Benet likely immediately began to go into convulsions from the brain injury and died. That would have been very scary for her mother to see. Patsy likely became hysterical and went into panic. A temporary insanity and fear of going to jail.
It doesn’t take much force to crack a skull when impacting a hard surface. I had my forehead split open when the edge of a goose’s wing clipped me. I was holding a large, adult pet goose and he decided to fly. I barely felt the bone on the edge of the wing because it was covered with feathers. It just felt like a mild bump on the head. I didn’t know I was injured until the blood ran down my face.
I think her mother accidentally pushed Jon Benet’s head against the toilet a little harder than she had intended. Or she could have hit her head on the sink or the bathtub. But the toilet is the most likely. Porcelain is very hard.
I don’t think it was intentional abuse. Patsy was tired and stressed. They had come home late from a party and only had a few hours sleep before she had to get the family ready for their trip early that morning.
Likely, Jon Benet began convulsing and died. Patsy panicked. Jon Benet had a 7 or 8 inch impact injury on the side of her head. A perfect match for a toilet impact which could easily have created the injury. Instead of calling the hospital and saying her daughter slipped on the wet bathroom floor barefooted and struck her head or that she had found her daughter lying on the bathroom floor… Patsy was terrified she would go to jail and her son would grow up without a mother.
I suspect her husband John helped. Either because he didn’t want his wife to go to jail or because Patsy blackmailed him to help. Either way, the girl was carried downstairs and her hair tangled with the garland on the staircase on the way down… the garland tangled in her hair indicates she was being carried downstairs. So the injury occurred upstairs after she was washed and after she ate pineapple.
Patsy put duct tape over her daughter’s mouth and created a ligature around her neck with a broken handle from one of her paint brushes and some rope. (the police determined these items were all Patsy’s) The ligature rope and tape had been bought by Patsy just a couple days earlier… probably to use for sealing boxes for shipping. They found the receipt and proof of her purchase. The rope and tape used on Jon Benet matched the ones she bought.
What crook would have used Patsy’s writing pad, her pen, her paintbrush handle, her rope and her duct tape? There was no evidence that Jon Benet fidgeted or expressed her tongue against the tape over her mouth… meaning she was unconscious or dead when she was strangled. There was no petechial hemorrhaging in the eyes… meaning she was not alive when she was strangled. Patsy wanted it to look like an intruder. Jon Benet was also wrapped in a blanket but not the wet blanket from her bed. She was still in her underwear so the blanket was an act of a parent’s compassion to not lay their child on a cold basement floor even if she was dead. The child clearly died from the 8 inch impact on her head according to the report. Likely from hitting the toilet but the police didn’t figure that out. However, I still think this was an accident during a sudden surge of anger due to the stress of rushing for an early plane flight.
Patsy was not thinking clearly. She made it look like an intruder, then she sat down and wrote that 3 page rambling letter…. making several attempts which she discarded in the trash. She was also trying to disguise her handwriting. She probably wore gloves and tried to make it sound like one of those Patty Hearst terrorist kidnapping ransom letters. But kidnappers don’t leave the child nor leave a letter when the child is dead in the house. Nor do they sit for 2 or 3 hours composing a letter using Patsy’s writing pad and pen. Nor would they leave a ransom note spread out on a step on the narrow spiral staircase. It wasn’t even the main staircase. It was a back staircase to the kitchen (I think). A genuine kidnapper would leave it in the child’s bed or on the front door or in the kitchen on the table. And it would have only been a couple sentences long. A genuine ransom note would not be 3 pages rambling and a bizarre exact sum of John’s Christmas bonus of 118,000.
A genuine ransom note would be something like, “We have your daughter. We want $120,000 for her return. Do not call police. We will contact you with instructions.” Not nonsensical terrorist ravings.
Interestingly, John waited until the police arrived and he had a friend as a witness to accompany him in a search for his daughter when the police asked him to take another look around the house for his daughter or anything out of place. That was when John and his friend went downstairs and walked right to Jon Benet’s location as if he knew exactly where to go. He picked up the child and carried her upstairs, disturbing the crime scene with his friend who could witness and back up his story that he had innocently found the dead child. John also claimed to have broken into that basement window a few days earlier when he was locked out… just in case he needed to explain any evidence of his presence at the scene without being blamed for staging. There were no footprints outside in the snow except perhaps one but not sure about prints but they had contractors there.
The fact that John and his friend went directly to the location of the child when the police asked him to look around the house again, indicates John was aware of Patsy’s situation and either helped Patsy or he remained quiet… either for fear of arrest or blackmail or trying to help keep Patsy out of jail. He took an unsuspecting friend with him so he could have a witness.
I also doubt the police bothered to check the cars to see if the hoods were warm from being driven.
Why would a crook, strangle a dead child? They also said there were signs of molestation without semen or saliva. This could have been done with a paintbrush handle or broom handle to make it appear to be a molestation. They were never specific on this issue. Again, part of the crime staging. Patsy was clearly in a panic and not thinking. But in a bad enough panic to do terrible things to her child’s dead body to make it look like an intruder.
As I suggested, she should have said she found the child dead in the bathroom or have said the child slipped and hit her head. But people don’t think straight when they are scared of ending up in prison for life and fear for their other child. If the local police are notorious for going after the innocent that could also be a significant reason.
As I previously stated on my other post, the DNA on the “Outside” of her underwear was found years later. Little girls drop their underwear around their ankles and let it lay on the floor when they go to the bathroom…. where it can pick up all sorts of DNA from a bathroom floor. Little girls also sit on the floor or carpets with their underwear contacting the floor or furniture when they sit while wearing a dress. Again, this picks up DNA from those places. As for the single pubic hair on the blanket, men who wear boxer shorts are constantly shedding pubic hairs. Especially when they scratch themselves. It drops down the leg of their pants onto the floor as they walk around. Jon Benet was wrapped in a blanket on the basement floor where workmen had been renovating. See how easily DNA could convict an innocent man? You should think twice about those boxer shorts. A stray hair transported on a shoe could convict an innocent man. Courts & jurors are so certain of DNA infallibility. A discarded used Condom could be used to set up an innocent person as a killer or rapist. The contents, if immediately used to possibly impregnate for paternity.
If the child had been molested that day, the DNA would be inside her panties and on her body where she was handled. Most child molesters are oral sex addicts. So saliva would be there. Especially since a child her age would not be able to accommodate an adult male. Also, the child would not have been wearing underwear if someone were molesting her. Why strangle a dead child and put her underwear back on her?
If you had tape across your mouth you would be trying to remove it and using your tongue to unstick it. Also, strangulation causes the tongue to protrude and pinpoint hemhorraging in the eyes. Jon Benet showed no sign of struggle or strangling.
By the time Patsy finally agreed to a polygraph… quite some time after the event, she had been under the advice of a lawyer and was taking medicines to keep her calm. Drugs which would surpress the indications of deception during a test. Patsy also took many practice polygraph sessions setup by her lawyer. So she was well covered by her lawyer for a polygraph. I remember it was a long time after. Their lawyer did an excellent job of threatening to sue the police every time they suggested the possibility that the parents knew something. There was also something weird about their relationship with the DA who did not follow the jurors recommendation to try the parents for the child’s death.
Even the police felt Patsy’s handwriting significantly matched the ransom letter. But there was never enough evidence to try the parents. Plus they left the state and made it impossible for the police to do their jobs… as did the DA who seemed to be a friend or beholding to John. Perhaps they were both Freemasons… or Jaycees. You often see politicians and business owners join these organizations for contacts and they have a code to support each other. It would be the most likely explanation for the DA’s behavior. They may also have been friends and Ramsey may have funded or helped the DA’s political campaign or had dirt on the DA. I heard some talk about that at the time. Whatever the case, the DA refused the grand jury’s recommendation to indict the parents and try them for the death of their daughter… and had the records sealed for over 10 years to hide the grand jury’s decision.
As I said, I think it was an accident when Patsy was upset about her wetting the bed and having to prepare everything for an early plane flight. Patsy just hit her daughter’s head against the toilet too hard in her anger… as I said, it doesn’t take much of an impact to cause such damage to the head when skull bone hits a hard surface. Patsy panicked when her daughter convulsed and died. Instead of saying the child slipped and hit her head, Patsy went into a panic meltdown and tried to make it look like an intruder. But hospital’s were always terrorizingly questioning children if their parents hurt them and not taking no for an answer. They did this to my child when he was 2 years old & he got his finger caught in the window of a toy truck. 6 hospital employees descended upon him when he was in x ray and they separated us. They kept badging him over and over if his parents did this and he kept saying cruck for truck. Thankfully he stuck to his cruck but what if he hadn’t from their bullying of him. This is how they terrorized innocent parents and children. His finger was barely red. I just wanted to make sure his finger wasn’t injured. It was not. It teaches you not to trust hospitals. So I can see why Patsy panicked with this type of mentality. If she had said her daughter slipped they would have descended upon her. Children also get bruises playing but Child services sees every bruise as abuse. I am covered with bruises every day as an adult & I don’t remember most. My entire family bruises easily.
Patsy was guilty of involuntary manslaughter but I just wanted to show the mentality of authorities & why she panicked.
Also, the fact that the child had been washed off after peeing her bed indicates there was no intruder. An intruder would not stop to wash off the child or feed her pineapple. Give her clean, dry underwear. She was clearly carried downstairs because her hair had tangled with the garland on the staircase. So she had eaten the pineapple then went back upstairs where she was washed and hit her head. Either from being pushed into the toilet like scolding a puppy for peeing… or possibly slapped and fell against the toilet.
Again, an intruder would not have fed her, taken her back upstairs to wash her, give her clean underwear, wrap her in a clean blanket, attach the tape to her mouth, then carried her back downstairs where her hair tangled with the garland, taken her to the basement, then struck her in the head, molested (without leaving DNA on the body), strangled her with Patsy’s rope tape & paintbrush handle, replaced the child’s underwear, then gone back upstairs and spend a couple hours to write a long wordy 3 page letter with specific details about John’s bonus no one else would know… using Patsy’s pad and pen and throwing out letter starts in the trash can (in the kitchen I think) which shows the location where the letter was written, leaving the wordy 3 page ransom on the stairs for a dead child which was left lying inside the house in the very basement room where John had broken the window… then the instruder left without leaving footprints. Does any of this sound likely to you?
Also, a neighbor heard a scream around 2 AM. I’m not sure of the exact time but it was early.
Just the letter alone should tell you that the guilty party was Patsy. When you include the fact that it was Patsy’s writing pad and the discarded pages still had imprints of previous things she had written in her own handwriting, her pen, her paintbrush handle, her rope, her tape, the wet washcloth used to wash the pee from the child,, the pineapple on the table and in the child’s stomach means she got out of bed to eat it since the parents claimed she was asleep when they returned home from the party and put her to bed without waking her up…. so she had to have gotten up after peeing the bed to eat and be washed where she was likely injured. Then wrapped in a clean blanket, carried downstairs, a staged molestation and strangulation ligature of a dead child, then writing the 3 page letter for ransom of a dead child still in the house which asked for the exact amount of money of John’s Christmas bonus.
Then there is Burke who was supposed to be asleep until the police arrived who could be heard in the background of a 911 call asking what was going on. This alone should clear him. He was a child. He wouldn’t have been asking what was going on if he did it. There probably aren’t any of the original investigators around who still remember about the 911 call 20 years ago.
It was clearly the mother… Patsy who did it by accident and staged a kidnapping to cover it up.
The only alternate scenario would be if Patsy had gotten up and found John molesting their daughter and he struck the girl for not cooperating and she accidentally struck her head or her mother hit her with something out of jealousy… then she blackmailed John to keep them both out of jail. They said there were signs of previous, older molestations. This is usually damage to the Hymen which covers the vagina until broken during sex when old enough to accommodate a male organ. It can be damaged with hands or objects when a child is very young. But Patsy could have known about previous molestations her husband had done. My sister sat back and allowed her husband to molest his and her own daughter and others. So if you think a mother would not permit such an act, you are wrong.
Patsy had Jon Benet dressed up to look like a miniature woman for those pagents and even to show her off at parties and such. The perfect lure for a predator, including a family member or even a father. But dressing her up like that with makeup, hair styles and outfits like an adult was painting a target on her daughters back. We can not be sure her father was the culprit or if Jon Benet was ever molested at all… but it could have been a catalyst in this alternate scenario. But I think John was compelled to help due to blackmail or panic or sympathy for his wife to keep her out of jail. He either kept quiet or helped in some minimal way. The extent of his involvement is unclear. I think most or all was done by Patsy while panicking and she had already done the staging to cover her tracks before John ever woke up. From the 911 call, Burke clearly had just woken up when they made the call to report their child was missing and finding a ransom note because Burke did not know what was happening in the background of the recording. So he is clear for sure… although he may have learned details later. So that TV show, which I did not see, made a huge error in blaming him. He was also a child at the time.
The parents immediately lawyered up. I believe they may have called the lawyer before calling police. There is nothing wrong with this because the police often accuse innocent parents instead of searching for a criminal. Police make so many errors and almost always go after the parents, so it would be unwise to talk to the police without legal protection. It is not a sign of guilt to get a lawyer. Everyone in a similar situation should always have a lawyer immediately. But in this case, the lawyer was so effective that the Ramsey’s were never held accountable. But since I believe it was an accident, there wouldn’t be much point or anything to be gained by imprisoning the parents… however, they should have spent a couple years in prison for tampering with the crime scene and the abuse of the child’s body in making it appear to be a crime scene and false testimony to the police, but Patsy could have gotten off since she was clearly temporarily insane with panic over what she had done and all reason and common sense had left her. Again, no point in taking her to trial. So you can see how the police just dropped the issue. They either saw no point or they just did not have enough solid evidence. Only circumstantial evidence which clearly pointed to Patsy but would not be enough to convince a trial jury to convict. The grand jury could see the evidence pointed to Patsy and possible John was an accessory after the fact… but when it comes to finding someone guilty and sentencing them beyond a reasonable doubt, that is where the system would fail. No jury could convict beyond a reasonable doubt on the circumstantial evidence despite the fact it overwhelmingly pointed to Patsy. The jury would not be able to look past the “beyond reasonable doubt” part of the trial sentencing or guilt. Her prints on the ransom letter would have been the type of evidence needed. But I don’t think they found any prints at all. Or if they even checked for prints from the hand. She likely wore gloves when writing it. So these are the possible reasons they never tried the case.
The public has always demanded an explanation and the name of the guilty party who could have killed such a beautiful child. They would not be able to step back and see it as an accident or unintended manslaughter. They simply want someone to pay. At the very least, the public would like to know who did it and why. It is a shame Patsy did not leave a sealed confession with her lawyer to be read after her husband died. It is unfortunate that the boy is now unfairly being blamed for his sisters death. He is completely innocent of killing or even staging his sister’s death. The 911 recording exhonerates him… although he may have found out the truth later by accident… but I don’t think so. Patsy was the type who obsessed on what other people thought. She was a former pageant queen herself. So she would never confess to anyone, even if it was an accident. As I said, she should have said the child slipped in the bathroom… unless there were marks on the child from a spanking, slap or other issues which prevented her and she had to create a fictitional villain to cover it up. The letter was the most foolish and even sounded like her when the letter said John would need to get rest and sleep for the ransom instructions he would be receiving. And of course, none ever came because the entire letter was a piece of fiction as was the terrorist group she invented. What terrorists would go after the owner of a business franchise and why bother with a child when they could kidnap the owner of the business…. John Ramsey himself. You have to step back and look at the entire picture to see how ludicrous the staging was. However, the proof the child was dead before the strangling was definitely solid. That does prove her cause of death was staged to hide the evidence of the injury to the side of her head.
I can clearly remember every detail of the Jon Benet killing from the very day it occurred and all the details which followed as I can also remember all the minute details for Laci Peterson, OJ Simpson and Darlie Routier. Every detail about Jon Benet Ramsey was broadcast daily for years. So I remember each item as they found out about it. Not like the millenials who were spoonfed only selected details after the fact. The same for the X generation who were still in their teens when Jon Benet was killed. It is the parents of the X gen and those older generations who were old enough at the time Jon Benet was killed to remember the details.
Here is a general list of things I remember:
- Patsy’s note pad
- Patsy’s pen
- long, wordy 3 page letter
- listed exact amount of John’s bonus. Not rounded off
- several discarded letter starts
- Letter written in house. Likely took a couple hours to write it.
- Impressions of previous letters on pad
- neighbor heard scream about 2 am (?)
- Patsy’s broken paint brush handle
- Rope and tape Patsy purchased day’s earlier
- No DNA on child or inside underwear
- No petechial hemhorraging
- No evidence of struggle or movement behind tape on mouth
- No tongue protrusion from strangling
- wetted bed
- Wet washcloth in bathroom used to wash child after bed wetting
- Clean dry blanket lovingly wrapped around child.
- Hair tangled in stairway garland
- Pineapple in kitchen on table when police arrived
- Pineapple in child’s stomach. Was not served at party they attended.
- crime scene disturbed by John removing the child from basement.
- The house was filled with friends when police arrived.
- The entire crime scene was tainted by too many people
- Police did not control the scene or remove people from it
- police didn’t preserve much evidence from scene.
- No precautions to avoid contamination
- did not check vehicles for warm engines.
- home had also been contaminated with construction workers renovations
- Burke just woke up when parents called 911
- Burke’s voice in background asking what was going on
- I believe Patsy called friends and lawyer before calling police
- Friends were inside the house when police arrived.
- Parents would have called police first in true kidnapping.
- The crime scene contamination & asking friends over was deliberate.
- Parents did not cooperate much except for initial description of events
- Then parents lawyered up
- Procrastinated further interviews
- Refused police interview of son
- Procrastinated polygraph
- took medications during polygraph
- took practice polygraphs with attorney before police
- avoided police instead of helping to find supposed killer
- remained out of state to avoid investigation
- years later DNA tested. no chain of custody protection
- only found DNA on exterior clothing. It is often found on brand new clothing
- District Attorney refused to comply with grand jury recommendation
- Grand jury findings were sealed for over 10 years.
- Grand jury said parents were the likely culprits.
- Findings that head injury was cause of death
- likely was an accident in my opinion
- Scene was staged to look like kidnapping
- Child was never removed from home and was dead
- Yet a ransom note was left even though child was left behind.
- Findings that child had signs of older molestation injuries.
- Phony terrorist group