Four Pieces of Evidence in the JonBenét Ramsey Case That Just Don’t Fit

By The Forensic Outreach Team  June 20, 2016
At six years-old, JonBenét Ramsey was a child beauty pageant queen living in Boulder, Colorado with her parents, John and Patsy, as well as her nine year-old brother Burke. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just her shining smile and big blonde hair that would set her apart — although, ironically, these are the very features that are immortalised in countless newspapers. Instead, JonBenét was the victim of sick and twisted murder that remains unsolved to this day.

The ransom note

There are a few reasons why this ransom note can be considered somewhat odd. First of all, it was nearly two and a half pages long. In a Reddit AMA, former Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner who headed JonBenét’s murder investigation, said that experts had never heard of a ransom note of this length. It is quite bizarre to consider someone in a highly tense situation (like in the middle of a kidnapping) would take the time to write such a lengthy letter. The note was written on paper taken from a notebook in the family home, so it had to have been written at the scene.

The location of her body

JonBenét’s body was found in the basement of the family home — there was a nylon cord tied around her neck, her wrists were bound above her head and there was duct tape over her mouth.

Alone, the location of her body, dumped in the basement isn’t (aside from the obvious reasons) wholly unusual.

Her cause of death

Examination of JonBenét’s body during autopsy revealed further information about what had happened. In her autopsy report her cause of death is cited as being ligature strangulation — not surprising considering that she had been found with nylon chord around her neck. She had also received a blow to the head, possibly from a large torch or baseball bat, about an hour before she was strangled. You can download her full autopsy report here: JonBenét Ramsey autopsy report.

The pineapple in her stomach

Another interesting, and unusual find, that came to light during the autopsy was the undigested remnants of pineapple in JonBenét’s stomach suggesting she’d eaten shortly before her death. Both Patsy and John deny giving her this fruit. One theory stands that she was lured into her kitchen with the promise of food — possibly by someone she already knew — before being attacked.

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