On the premiere episode of Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals, Walters revisits the JonBenet Ramsey case. Reviewing archive footage, talking with experts and speaking with John Ramsey, we get an intimate look at the Ramsey family and the current state of the troubled investigation.
In her interview with John Ramsey, Walters examines how the police mishandled the investigation, how the tabloid frenzy led millions to condemn the JonBenet’s parents and how limited DNA technology failed to close the case.
While we may never know who killed JonBenet, a lot of new information has come to light since the December 1996 murder. Below we share where the Ramsey family is today, possible clues that could break the case and advice to victims of violent crime.
Boulder Break-in Eerily Resembles The Ramsey Case
Several months after JonBenet’s murder, an intruder broke into a little girl’s room in Boulder, Colorado. Although authorities claim that the case differs from the Ramsey homicide because intruder did not commit murder, John Ramsey questions their logic. Ramsey argues that had the intruder not been scared off, he very well could have committed a more heinous attack. Adding to the conflicting views of the case, the intruder was never apprehended, so authorities were unable to compare his DNA to the evidence found on JonBenet’s clothing.
John Ramsey Pushes For New DNA Procedures
In 2008 new “touch DNA” technology cleared all members of the JonBenet’s family. Along with clearing the Ramsey family and their close friends, the Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy wrote a formal apology letter to John Ramsey. In the years since the DNA revelation, John has advocated that anyone arrested for a felony should have their DNA added to a database, similar to the procedure in place for fingerprinting. Ramsey asserts that a robust DNA database would solve 1,000 murder cases overnight.
Where Is JonBenet’s Brother Today?
Many people remember when tabloids turned their attention to JonBenet’s older brother, Burke. Rumors swirled that the older Ramsey child was involved with the death of his sister. Despite the damning media attention, police never found evidence to connect Burke to the gruesome murder and officially cleared him in 2008. Despite losing his sister and mother, Burke was able able to build a life for himself. Now, at the 28-year-old has moved past the media frenzy and is working as a computer software developer.
Financial Advice For Anyone Dealing With Tragedy
Prior to JonBenet’s murder, John was valued at several million dollars. Following the murder of his daughter, John says he made several dramatic life choices which lead to his financial ruin. John quit his job, sold his house and moved his family back to Atlanta, GA. John soon realized that finding another job would be almost impossible. John says employers openly told him that while he had valuable skills, his name was too much of a PR risk for any perspective employer. Nearly two decades later, John advises anyone going through a traumatic event to not make any rash finical decisions, reminding viewers that victims of violent crimes are more likely to file for bankruptcy.
A lot has changed for John Ramsey, but one thing remains the same — no answers about the murder of JonBenet. Do you think the DNA evidence will be able to solve the case? Share your thoughts below.
Watch the full episode on ID GO Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals.