Lt. Joe Kenda Answers The Question Everyone Is Asking About The JonBenét Case

Not a week goes by when Lt. Joe Kenda isn’t asked about his take on the JonBenét Ramsey case. With over 20 years of experience and a 92 percent success rate at solving homicides, it’s no wonder that many think of Lt. Kenda when they look for justice.

We reached out to Kenda for his insights on the Ramsey investigation. Hear his take on the infamous murder case and watch an exclusive video interview:

“I had just retired from the CSPD when this crime occurred in Boulder, Colorado. I was approached and consulted with well after the event by the Boulder Police Department, so I am quite familiar with facts not known to the public. In my opinion, gross deficiencies occurred during the initial stages of this investigation by the Boulder Police Department. These deficiencies were so great they produced fatal errors and preclude any possibility of this matter ever being presented in court. Murder cases are like a spinning top on a table: One should admire it first and study it carefully before proceeding. Touch it too soon, and it goes off the table. And you never get it back. That little girl remains in her grave, and no one will pay for it.”

– Lt. Joe Kenda

For more of Lt. Joe Kenda’s insights follow @Ask_Kenda on Instagram.

And for more about the Ramsey case, watch the three-night special JonBenét: An American Murder Mystery on Investigation Discovery, starting Tuesday, September 12 at 10/9c.

Main photos: [Courtesy of Investigation Discovery]


  • Shannon

    He is 100% correct ..”a murder case is like a spinning top on a table, look at it spin with your hands in your pockets because the second you reach out & touch it , it goes spinning off the table and you can’t get it back, the Ramsey case went off the table 20 years ago”. ANY good defense attorney would be able to build enough reasonable doubt to get a suspect off & any really good evidence was trampled on

    • Pryz Fytr

      An unsolved murder occurred in the house in which I now live, some sixteen years ago. Plenty of evidence, zero suspects, no progress.

  • Carolyn Lee

    he knows who did it ,but he cant say because there is no positive evidence to produce ,I know that without even watching the video ,just reading the blurb ,poor little girl

  • kelly

    Words of wisdom Lt. Joe Kenda. Reminds me what i have to be grateful for!💙

  • Roscoe Clark

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  • Sue Jenkins George

    There are a lot of strange twists to this murder. The family was having an open door Christmas celebration that night with people dropping by coming and going all night long…in and out..walking all over the house .. When it was discovered that JonBenet had been missing, the police did not section off the crime scene…friends and relatives of the family started coming over to console the parents, contaminating the crime scene. The parents searched every room looking for her and did not find her….later, another sweep was made of the house and she was found in a cellar room that was not used very often. John ran into that room…picked her up and ran up the stairs with her…. The note on the stair case was written with the mother s paper/pen from her writing desk in her office and mentioned the exact amount of ransom that John was to receive as a bonus that year…I feel the Mother wrote the note…..and I feel the father placed the body in that room……..they may have not killed her…but they contaminated evidence and by producing a note …planted evidence……..just my opinion….

    • Jams Jameson

      That night, in fact, the Ramseys didn’t have a pary, they attended a family dinner at the Whites’ house. The party they had three days earlier was not “open door” at all. Please do some research before posting more misinformation.

      • Sue Jenkins George

        Read the complete summary written by two authors : Vincent Bridges and Jay Weidner they give a complete account of what happened the night Jon Benet was killed .It should clear up the facts for you.

        • HarleyQuinn

          You are the one who needs the facts cleared up. Read any police transcript, even accounts from John and Patsy themselves in interviews or their book that they wrote- the Ramseys did not have their own party on Christmas night. Their house was not open to the public at any time on December 25, 1996. On Christmas evening in 1996, they attended a party at Fleet and Priscilla White’s home. Again, this is is a fact that even the Ramseys have detailed.

          The house tour that you are thinking of, during which an estimated 2,000 people walked through their home, happened in December of 1994, two years before the murder.

    • Ana

      They didn’t have an open door celebration that night. It was a Festival of Homes parade days earlier. No one was home that night. The Ramseys were out visiting friends and carried a sleeping Jon Benet upstairs to bed when they got home.

      • janeasinner

        Only the open door thing happened two years earlier, in 1994 not 1996. but the rest is correct.

      • Sofus Lexner

        So why were the alarms not on?

    • Pico

      i agree except for the part that they had a party…i thought they were at the Whites….but really, the dad knew to go to the celler that fast? the mom was probably stressing out and wrote the exact amount of the bonus….the foreign dna could really be from a factory worker….come in, it IS possible that the dna on the panties is from a worker…science has it down to a T about dna….a factory i doubt, has a worker down to a science to NOT leave dna…..just sayin

      • Evianna13

        She also had DNA under her fingernails that was never identified.

        • Donna Maree

          That turned out to be from a contaminated nail clipper used to clip her nails after her death.

          • Martine

            It was DNA that was not a match to any of the Ramsays. That fact still stands.

        • Sofus Lexner

          The microscopic DNA that was detected is neither indicative of a sexual assault nor exonorates or convicts the Ramseys. The forensic pathologist only tested for 4 markes and Dr. Han tested for 16 markes and again the microscopic DNA is uninformative, inconclusive and not indicative of a sexual assault. The microscopic DNA found on her fingernails is uninformative.

      • Miss M

        There was also DNA found on her pajamas that matched the DNA of the blood on her panties. That was what exonerated the Ramsey’s in 2008.

        • Sofus Lexner

          There was on microscopic bloodstain in her oversized underpants. The microscopic DNA that was detected is neither indicative of a sexual assault nor exonerates or convicts the Ramseys. The forensic pathologist only tested for 4 markes and Dr. Han tested for 16 markes and again the microscopic DNA is uninformative, inconclusive and not indicative of a sexual assault

  • Jams Jameson

    He is wrong, this can be solved using DNA.

    • Shannon

      No he is not wrong ! ANY good defense attorney would be able to create enough reasonable doubt even with DNA after 20 YEARS of speculation , finger pointing, police incompetence, etc.

      • Rose

        After watching years of ID shows, I’ve come to the realization people tend to overthink homicides. If and when one is solved and explained, it’s like “Of course, now it all makes sense”.
        In the JB case, I still think it’s tied to the half brother who was attending school nearby. Possibly a roommate or friend. Either that or it was the Mexican garderner! A good interogator can get a confessiion if they get a DNA match.

        • Ana

          The half brother was in Marietta Georgia on Christmas day and was cleared by the Boulder police after cooperating fully. He is on record as saying he thought only someone with intimate knowledge of the family’s daily routine would have known they came down the back stairs each morning and know to leave the ransom note there.

          • Janet Williams

            We only have Patsy’s word for it that she found the kidnap note on the back stairs. She could have found it anywhere – or most likely, she found it right where she left it when she wrote it.

      • Trueblue1225

        I agree. So many mistakes the defense can use for contamination of evidence. Almost impossible to prove beyond a doubt now. Prosecutor won’t risk losing such a high profile case.

  • kelly

    Words of wisdom! Reminder of what i am grateful for! 💙

  • Valerie Riley

    I think the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey will be solved, but agree with Kenda that no one will serve any time due to the contamination of the crime scene. I don’t this the District Prosecutor in Boulder will even bring charges against the murderer.

  • Kristin_1979

    Uh yeah… there is nothing he said that all of us don’t already know..

  • Linda Raulerson

    It’s obvious to me that the killer had an “intimate” knowledge of the family, and their home. This is what happens when a very inexperienced team is put in charge of figuring out “who done it”? They focused on the easiest answer, it was plausible to them at the time, and because of that, she may never get “justice”. I do not know what their motives were, for wanting to take the route of “no resistance” in their “investigation”, but it brings up the question for me… are the people that hold those types of positions…. in it, to truly make a difference, to bring closure and “justice”, if at all possible? Or are they fulfilling a need, a job that brings stability, and it is more important to be successful, in bringing in the “most likely”, so it “appears” that you are competent in doing your job?

    Linda Lou

  • janeasinner

    Bed wetting is caused by the bladder not growing large enough in tune with the child’s growth. Unable to hold all the urine produced by the body, the bladder being too small, gives way.

    • Blossom

      Amazing how little babies manage to fill their nappies with their tiny little bladders then. Dream on …

    • Mia York

      Nonsense. I was a bed-wetter. It can be caused by a number of things, but too small of a bladder? No. In my case, it was caused by my having a weak urethra. I was a deep sleeper and I would just wake up in a soaked bed.

      • janeasinner

        So, you are telling me that the my reason is not a valid reason. Thanks. So kind of you.

      • Sophie

        Yes, but it was still a medical problem, and not caused by being sexually abused. I think that’s the issue that’s being made here, because so many people seem to think that bed wetting has something to do with being sexually abused (in a child of six, who “normally” no longer wets the bed). In fact, there are several medical, and other, reasons for it.

    • sue450 .

      jon benets sheets were dry that night per crtime scene photos..whatever you believe make sure the facts are correct

    • Sophie

      A very plausible and probable reason for bet wetting. I get so sick of reading that bed wetting in a six year old “must” be a sign of sexual abuse. Oh for crying out loud! I knew a nine year old girl who was still wetting the bed and she lived with a single mother where there were no men in the house; I can tell you that her mother was not sexually abusing her and the doctor put it down to precisely what you have mentioned above.

  • janeasinner

    Who is this ‘family pediatrician’ ? Maybe he was sexually abusing this poor girl.

    • Donna Maree

      Someone was abusing her, but it wasn’t her pediatrician.
      Who had access to JonBenet on a daily basis? Who could lure her down the stairs without her being afraid? Who learned how to tie complicated knots in his younger years (at a training facility with the initials SBTC, no less)? Who was on the phone to his pilot, arranging a flight out of town, twenty minutes after the victim’s body was discovered? Who was the ransom note addressed to?
      Once you answer these questions, you have the identity of the killer – one who had the motive and the opportunity to commit the murder, and the power and money to get away with it.

  • Ceci

    Sounds like they know who did it but can’t prosecute because things were bungled. Guess without a confession, the case will never be “solved.”

    • friend2u2

      The police were obviously covering something up. There was also a little girl attacked 6 blocks away, and the mother saw the man, Yet the police didn’t even try to find him. I believe it was a police officer. Why? They carry tazers, they have the right shoes, they have intimate knowledge of the areas they work, and they have the training and means to enter houses and other structures without detection. I don’t know if the police ever considered this theory, but if they did, they didn’t act on it, and covered for whomever they knew anything about. They were so busy transferring the details elsewhere, maybe they have known all along and are covering for someone in their own department.

      • Ceci

        I think it was an inside job. Someone in the family. Patsy Ramsey most likely wrote that ransom note and why else would she write it but to cover up for a family member or herself. I think it’s very telling that JonBenet had the pineapples in her stomach and the only prints on the bowl of fruit and the spoon was Patsy Ramsey and son Burke. I haven’t finished watching the stories on this but from what I understand so far, I think a likely scenario is that Patsy and Burke were in the kitchen eating the pineapples. JonBenet came downstairs and joined them and had a few pineapples. Maybe Patsy noticed JonBenet had wet herself yet again and got extremely annoyed. An accidental push of JonBenet down the basement stairs and the girl seriously bangs her head and falls unconscious (that or someone clocked her in the head in the kitchen). Patsy freaks out and sends Burke to his room. Seeing the severity of the injury, Patsy panics and decides to kill JonBenet and make it look like an intruder did it. John probably noticed Patsy gone for a while and meandered downstairs after the killing and decided to help cover up with his wife.

        • sue450 .

          jon benet did not wet herself that night, the sheets were dry per the crime scene photos,,,whatever you believe, make sure the facts are correct

          • Ceci

            Thank you very much but I didn’t say she wet her bed. I believe I read in the coroner’s report that she had wet herself.

        • friend2u2

          For me that theory doesn’t hold water. Why would Patsy spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for the pagents and making her famous. That Lady loved her child and there is just no evidence to support that she did anything other than just that.

          • Ceci

            No where in my statement did I say anything about Patrick Ramsey loving or not ,
            loving her child. It has nothing to do with that.

      • Shauna Falco

        Right! Exactly, letting people trample through a crime scene is a big NO, NO! Not separating the family and taking their statements was also a big mistake. There were so many mistakes in this investigation. But, usually the prosecution has things that they only share with the defence in discovery. But, when there is no charges filed and no trial, the police may have evidence that they have never related to the public. That maybe the reason that the Grand Jury wanted to indict, but like I said before many attorney’s they looked into this case said it wasn’t winnable.

        • friend2u2

          Hi Shauna, I believe that it was a policeman or the family member of one. If they have evidence to this, John should ask for an outside investigation. I was married to an officer, and I know they cover for each other. I also believe every case is winnable, with the right info. Too bad Patsy will never know.

      • matt kemp

        Ummmm….you do know that the blonde guy who lived a mile away in a trailer and who committed suicide also had those kind of boots in his room and there was a taser in his closet.

  • Trueblue1225

    I think the Ramsey Couple staged evidence such as suitcase, footprint and broken window to try to deflect evidence off themselves. Here are why I think they are guilty. 1. If you are innocent – you would let police questions you separately to clear you and move on to real suspects – they refused. 2. Ransom note matched Patsy writing. 3. Patsy & Burke fingerprints were on pineapple bowl – dead Jon had pineapple in her stomach ate close to her death. 4. Patsy had on same clothes in morning next day she wore to party night before – rare for rich people. 5. If your that rich, why don’t you have a security system on doors and windows?

    • Lisa Johnson

      Why didn’t her brother wake up when he found out that his sister was missing, but instead he went back to sleep? Sounds abit suss, and in my option i think he has something to do with it.

      • chercher

        Sure Lisa Johnson ….a 4th Grader (9 years old) committed the perfect murder, leaving no evidence that baffled seasoned detectives. Even career criminals can’t accomplished that and usually get caught. Good thing police are not using your opinion in solving murders.

        • Big Richard

          Much of the evidence was compromised because of the bungling of the police department. That could explain how the brother got away with it (if he indeed did it).

          • thebyrdsfriend

            I also do not believe the brother at 9 years of age could have the strength, and wherewithal to tie that rope on that paint brush. He was a kid for crying out loud ~ I agree the police botched everything from the get go, but I do not believe the brother did this.

          • Ceci

            Maybe Burke didn’t do it alone. Possible that he hit JonBenet and knocked her unconscious. Maybe Patsy and Jon panicked and killed JonBenet and covered up the crime to save their son.

        • Paige Bradley Treadwell

          He had enough rage to smear feces on her bed and on her Christmas candy and swing and hit her under the eye and leave a scar with a golf club because of a temper flare up. The mysterious flashlight that matched the skull fracture found in the kitchen wasn’t claimed by anyone and yet it was completley wiped of finger prints and even the batteries were clean. The skull fracture didn’t rip her skin so he didn’t know he struck her that hard. Read my comment above about his interviews with the doctors. Very strange when I saw him reinact what he thought happened. I didn’t think it was possible with at all. Then I saw some behavioral signs. And parents that didn’t want to loose two kids.

          • Ceci

            Many people find it hard to believe that a 9 year old could be that diabolical. I think you are on to something. Burke probably hit her after catching her eating his pineapples. Maybe Patsy walked in on it afterwards (or Burke called his mother) and decided to cover up for her son. Makes perfect sense to me that she wouldn’t want to lose both kids. John, seeing no alternative, helped his wife cover it up.

          • Sophie

            “Lose” two kids. The rope was to “loose” around her wrists to be believable.

          • Alana Ronald

            “Too” loose, not “to” loose.

          • Jesme54

            I agree.and who else would either of those parents went to such lengths to cover up for then there other child ?

        • Sofus Lexner

          Idiot. Burke is an undiagnosed sadistic psychopath taking pleasure in his mothers agony and Dr. Phil is a cunning, exploitive buisnessman cashing in on a childs death. Who do you think staged the crimescene? Go figure.

    • chercher

      Do you even know that they might have been drinking, tired and just lay down and fell asleep …and this could be the reason they didn’t hear the intruder. If you live in house and you use utensils that are not washed, isn’t it normal for your fingerprint to be one them…..and what if all three of them ate pineapples from the same bowl …impossible?

      Most people don’t have a security system and maybe because they live in a crime free area they don’t choose to have one.

      The police jumped to conclusion instead of having an open mind and that’s why they bungled the case.

      • thebyrdsfriend

        I’ve also heard that it’s possible whoever did this, broke into the home while they were away that night at the White’s home. Then waited until they were sleeping. Who knows ~ maybe JonBenet came downstairs and saw the pineapple and saw whoever it was and then she was attacked. I don’t know, I just don’t think anyone in the home did this. The police were grossly incompetent, and focus was made on the parents and they were damned determined to make their theory correct.

      • Miss M

        Not to mention the house was 7400 square feet. That place is HUGE. The basement was a labyrinth too. It’s not hard to picture someone could hide out in one of the further corners and go unnoticed

    • Alana Ronald

      BUT: the police told the Ramsey’s they wouldn’t release JB’s body for burial until J & P submitted to a complete interrogation that could well have gone on for days, if not weeks. Their priority was to give JB a good Christian burial.

  • Rod R

    Good grief you people who think they are guilty are completely discount the 30 year experience of a seasoned detective with an anstronomical success rate. You think the Ramsey’s must be master criminals in order to stage the evidence to the point that it fools an said detective. They even go so far as to get some foreign blood to plant on her panties to further throw off the cops. The mother probably put away the dishes so of course her finger prints are on the bowl but no other DNA or trace evidence is on the garrote. (Killer wore gloves). If she didn’t have gloves on the bowl she put them on to strangle her? No. You believe the press misinformation. She was not previously sexually abused. That was not listed in the first coroners report. It lists marks that a prominent forensic pathologist had said was caused by vaginitis which is extremely common in children. Plus innocent people do retain lawyers. Do you think a police officer gives their interview after a shooting even when it’s clearly justified without the presence of their union rep or lawyer present? No. They don’t. They even have a 24-48 hour “cooling off” period so they can collect their thoughts and put the events in order in their head so they are not answering questions while still jacked on adrenaline while a detective fires questions “off the hip”. They exercise their right to counsel every time so should you. Their personal friend who is also an attorney asked the father of it was ok for him to put some things in place that they would need and he said yes without knowing it was arranging lawyers. In the Ramsey’s mind the police shouldn’t focus on them anyway because they didn’t do it. They didn’t do it they didn’t do it they didn’t do it.

    • Evianna13

      John Ramsey has said that he was contacted by a law enforcement source a day or 2 after the murder informing him that he and his wife were suspects and to get a lawyer.

      • monicakei

        riiiiight

    • Big Richard

      Patsy and John had separate lawyers. Why? Sounds very suspicious to me. Ransom note handwriting was similar to Patsy’s handwriting. The killer knew that John had just obtained $118K, and that’s exactly how much the killer asked for. I see red flags …

      • jaynay

        The son did it

        • Martine

          No. He looks shady, but he didn’t do it.

        • allaboutyou Julie “allaboutyou

          This is correct. He hit her in the head with the flashlight.

          • Kia_Ora World

            Which one, the 8yr old or the 20yr old? Which one makes more sense…. I believe it was the older son, known to have been obsessed with her. There was a witness who initially said he had seen him, then retracted. This also explains why a family who would video everything had no video from Xmas Eve. And why he lawyered up when he “had” the alibi of being another state.

  • Rod R

    Also don’t forget that there is evidence, even according to Kenda, that is still not know to the public. They always hold a few things back to be able to verify a confession.

  • Doncella Thompson

    20 years later this murder of a 6 yr old , still has me pause!!! The world knows that the police mess up, an all the people in house , shouldn’t been in there,a child that young shouldn’t be eatin pineapple when she should have been sleeping !!!.Brother in room sleeping, didn’t hear nothing!! Father,An Mother, didn’t hear nothing!!! That sounds like crap.!!! Mother has pass on !!! An the killer is still out !!! Rest in peace to this angel taken to soon. God knows who did an so do the sick twisted person !!! Bring justice to this sad murder of this 6 yr old!!! How many kids have to be hurt , kill, molest, before the world Wake Up!!!

  • Jacqui G

    This question is for anyone following the series on ID. I’ve been waiting for someone to mention the type of knot on the garret (used to strangle her) which looks like only someone with that knowledge would have been able to tie it. Has anyone else questioned why this isn’t being mentioned?

    • Rose

      Good observation. But you’re right, don’t think this information has been released to anyone.

    • Paige Bradley Treadwell

      They also said the ropes on her hands were 15 1/2 inches apart and over her clothes, and were loose so if she were awake she could have slipped them off. It looked staged. And the gourate was staged. The forensic dr said that was the first thing he would’ve called out to show it was staged. No one makes a knot like that to strangle a small child when they can easily put their hand around the neck.

      • Donna Maree

        It was a complicated knot, one that would have been familiar to someone who had perhaps spent time in the Navy, as John had. The garrote is ultimately what ended her life, so unlike the hand ties, I believe the garrote was more than mere staging. The blow to the head came first, then the strangulation about 45 minutes later – although she was brain dead, her heart was still beating and the killer needed to finish the job.

        • Paige Bradley Treadwell

          They also showed small finger nail marks in the pics of possibly her trying to save her own life from the garrote.

        • John Doe

          She was not braindead at the time of strangulation as she left fingernail marks on her own neck trying to fight off the garrote. Therefore, the head blow came after the garrote.

          • Sofus Lexner

            Wrong. Listen to Dr. Cyrel Wrecht.

          • Donna Maree

            Those are not fingernail marks, they did not break the skin, as tearing at your neck would inevitably do. This is a fallacy that keeps being repeated. They were petechial hemorrhages caused by the strangulation. The blow to the head caused immediate unconsciousness, and the strangulation occurred anywhere between 45 minutes – two hours after the head blow.

        • Jesme54

          That knot was also in the exact same Boy Scouts manual that her brother had.

  • Janet Williams

    It seems strange to me the police would get a phone call saying a child has been kidnapped, arrive at the house and not do a completel thorough search of the house first thing. I know they had a kidnap note right off the bat so that is what they were investigating but still, I would think a search of the house would be top on the list of things to do.

    • Mandy

      They most likely didn’t search the house first because the first 24-48hours of a kidnapping case is the most important. If they spent say two hours searching the house they could be giving the kidnapper plenty of time to leave the state ect. You’ve then got the fact that witnesses start to forget details of a seemingly normal scene within the first 2-4 hours.
      It would have been a better idea to have a couple of officers searching the house while others start organising other searches.

      • Kelli Prewitt

        They DID search the house. All of you “Detectives” should read the case Files and the books written BY THE DETECTIVES themselves BEFORE commenting crap that is NOT true and is just plain WRONG.

        • Mandy

          If they did search the house how did the case get so badly messed up?

          • Martine

            They did search the house, and still the case got messed up. Its not that simple.

  • Big Yawn

    It drives me crazy to always read the word “murder” connected with JonBenet. The latest special with Jim Clemente and an extremely intelligent, tried and tested group of people come to a very plausible theory as to who accidentally killed JonBenet. The Ramseys worked more against the police than with them. And, if you agree with the Clemente team theory, any human being would understand why the couple were uncooperative with the police department. Of course, Boulder PD made a lot of “beginners” mistakes. The question that I want answered is who paid off the DA’s office to go against the Grand Jury’s decision to indict the Ramseys.

    • Donna Maree

      One does not “accidentally” fashion a garrote and twist it around a child’s neck so tightly, it cuts into the skin and causes death……

      Even if the blow to the head was an accident, the asphyxiation – which ultimately caused her heart to stop beating – certainly wasn’t. Therefore *someone* committed willful homicide, there is no way around that fact.

      • Shauna Falco

        Even if it was am accident, just the act to pretend to strangle your child seems pretty unlikely to me.

    • Sophie

      I have always admired Jim Clemente, but I still couldn’t get my head around Patsy and John Ramsey doing something quite as horrible as this. Nevertheless, overall I agreed with Clemente’s theory, but some piece was missing, I thought. I just could not see Patsy Ramsey violently shoving a paintbrush up JonBenet’s vagina and using the rope so that it stuck into her daughter’s neck, and then this occurred to me: What if the Ramseys wanted to protect Burke from two things. 1. From the possibility of being taken away from them to some kind of centre (British spelling) for disturbed children and 2. From the knowledge that he had killed his sister. Maybe part of the reason for the staging was to convince Burke that he had not actually killed his sister; that although he had knocked his sister out (temporarily), someone else – some hideous, evil person – had come into the house and strangled her with a rope and sexually assaulted her. Because Burke would have known that he did not do that, and the Ramseys could have convinced him that whatever he did do (ie: bashing her on the head accidentally) did not actually kill her, but simply temporarily knocked her out for a while.

      This is the only way I can see the Ramseys committing such a brutal crime. I believe they wanted to protect Burke on every level, and that’s also why he comes across as so weird now. He’s not actually sure whether or not he killed his sister, although by now he’s starting to put the pieces together.

      I think there was a big fight between Patsy and John that night as to how to handle what Burke had done to JonBenet, and how to best protect him. I don’t think it was Patsy who did the “staging”. I think it was John Ramsey. He knew how to tie the knot from his navy days, and he can compartmentalise things in a way that Patsy cannot. He is far less emotional than she is. His rationale was that they’d already lost JonBenet and he was justified in doing everything he could to make sure his son stayed with them, (they didn’t know the law regarding ten year olds), and make sure his son did not grow up with the guilt of killing his sister.

      I don’t think Patsy saw any of the staging. This was done by a man. I think John Ramsey then dictated the ransom note to Patsy, with both of them then adding bits and pieces to it; trying to make it sound like it was written by someone less sophisticated than themselves, but giving themselves away.

      I think this is why they’ve been able to be so stoic throughout all the years of interrogation. In their minds, they acted out of love for Burke, and there’s no way they were going to let him suffer. Nothing else makes sense to me. Whatever you think of the Ramseys, they just don’t fit the profile of the kind of people who go out and murder their children. They somehow do fit the profile (to me anyway) of the kind of people who would do anything to protect the “honour” of their children. Sad story, but that’s how I think they saw it. Even if they knew that Burke could not have been charged due to his age, they could not have coped with the shame it would have brought upon them, and especially upon Burke; because this is a family that loved those two children. Also, they fully believed that JonBenet had already gone to God, so what did she have to lose? Funny way to use religion, but that’s how I see it.

      • Amanda

        I couldnt have said it better myself! Those are my thoughts exactly….

    • Shauna Falco

      The DA did not have enough solid evidence in this case to get a conviction of the Ramsey’s. So while a Grand Jury might say that they should be charged. Many reputable high profile and low profile attorneys said that they felt that, although the DA could bring charges against the Ramsey’s, that it was doubtful that they would ever be convicted. Since the DA only had one chance, because of double jeopardy, he needed to be sure that he had pretty close to a air tight case against them. I always wondered about the panties, they speak about them as if they were new and never washed. But, cleaning products can also skew DNA results, so with that in mind the DNA could be a wash. But, it’s kinda hard to believe that a worker could leave DNA after many washings and serile conditions usual with underwear, lots of robotics used the making of underwear.

      • Jesme54

        The panties were new in and unwashed.they were not even JonBenet’s panties but came from a new an open pack from Bloomingdale’s which we are meant for her cousin

      • Alice Malice

        even if clothing contains DNA that has been washed, it has been proven by science, that scientists can still extract DNA from washed
        material for testing.

  • Tony Gulledge

    The evidence, in my opinion, points to someone outside the family. The boot print under the window, the blood on JonBenet’s clothing not matching the family, and finally the garrote used is certainly not something a 9-year old would be able to create and use to strangle his sister. I think the garrote is the key piece of evidence that points to someone outside the family, and the DNA of the blood most definitely is the very best lead if the case is ever to be solved.

    • Sofus Lexner

      Its a staged crime scene. The microscopic DNA that was detected is neither indicative of a sexual assault nor exonerates or convicts the Ramseys. The forensic pathologist only tested for 4 markes and Dr. Han tested for 16 markes and again the microscopic DNA is uninformative, inconclusive and not indicative of a sexual assault.

  • Aleesha

    So many unanswered questions I have

  • Aleesha

    I have more questions about what wasn’t shared then what was shared. I feel like there isn’t anywhere to go on what we know already. The answers will be in what we would normally consider mundane but don’t yet have information about. I want to know about the neighbour who heard screaming.. where is this witness? I want to hear from the Ramsey’s friends.. the whites, where are they? What about teachers and friends of Burke? Medical record? Did/does Burke have or ever been diagnosed with a mental disorder? What about the Christmas gift for Jon benet that Burke had obviously taken issue with?

    • Jesme54

      Google the Bonita papers …it’s all there.

  • Georgia95Luciana Todesco

    This is about a paedophile child sex/torture ring with tentacles into the halls of power.
    No backup arrived for Linda Arndt of Boulder POlice because the FBI, Lockheed Martin and Washington had already been notified, and the message back to the ground was not to provide backup.
    There is a protocol in place that whenever a child of a large business like Lockheed Martin is abducted, the FBI send in people, locks down the area and takes over the investigation. The FBI had already been advised by Washington not to attend the Ramsey house.
    This is how little we look after our children. Politicans, judges, bankers who are involved in child torture rings are protected by other men.

    • Donna Maree

      Pedophiles do not leave phony ransom notes behind.
      They want to get in and out of the house as quickly as possible, they do not stick around writing three pages worth of instructions on how to deliver a ransom they have no intention of ever collecting.

      • Georgia95Luciana Todesco

        They do if they’re not an intruder. They do if they’re not an intruder who wants to confuse investigators. They do have time to write three pages worth of instructions if they’re from inside the house.
        When the Boulder police arrived at the house, it was noted that no one was interested in whether or not the phone rang; no one waited for a phone call from the abductor; no one was interested in collecting the ransom; when the time limit for ransom being paid (10.30) came and went, no one said anything. This means that John Ramsey knew the note was a scam; that there was no ransom to be paid. At no point did he withdraw the ransom amount from his bank account.

        • Clarice Kallies White

          I did read somewhere that John had contacted someone from the bank and did get the money listed on the ransom note.

        • John Doe

          Yes, John DID collect the ransom money with help from the banker he was friendly with and agreed to open the bank for this purpose.

      • Sophie

        I tend to agree. However, they might leave such a note if they were trying to put the police off and send them on a wild goose chase.

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  • Pamela McCray

    Excellent response Mr. Kendra.

  • Sofus Lexner

    I want to know why an 11 year old boy cant recognise or identify pineapple.

  • david skipsey

    Great tv, one question, why at intro, have solved more than 387!, is this due to others in additional, quoting more than 387 specific or not? e.g. was watching tv station, last night and UK based similar, was the Mary and Norma bell case, to my amazement, one of my dads work/and good friends interviewed, both in at time Northumbria Police, unfortunately my dad died a number or years ago, but know he was involved in case (same rank as person interviewed at time?

  • MaryAnn Justus

    Well I agree with Mr Kendra the Boulder Police botched the case from the beginning letting all those people walk in the house and destroy any chance of finding any evidence to the killer or killers. This case is exactly like the Jeffery MacDonald case the Military Police let everyone in the MacDonald house to walk around and destroy crucial evidence that could have exonerated Jeffery MacDonald,

  • Renee

    Why can’t Kendra work to solve this case now? Someone needs to get the SOB that did it so she may Rest In Peace.

  • matt kemp

    I just saw the Dr Phil show on the interview with Burke. Dr Phil sure is a Ramsey homer and is absolutely positive that The Ramsey’s didn’t do it,or Burke,and that the Boulder PD is a bunch of retards. A lot of Dr Phil’s opinions weren’t based on boths sides of the evidence,and he pretty much made it a show about the innocence of the Ramsey’s. I’m sure he was paid well for the interview and I think a lot less of Dr Phil after watching his 3 hour special,which had an extra hour added because of the rave reviews….according to him. Sorry Dr. Phil,but it was all about money,you big phoney! I guess your wife Robin needed some more plastic surgery and enhancements to keep trying to look like Marie Osmond!!!!

    • Alice Malice

      LOL!!

  • Leslie Wendle Wiebe

    You people are dicks with these fake headlines.

  • Josephine Harkay

    Everything is puzzling in this crime. Would a perpetrator coming from the outside first feed his/her victim pineapple, then club her into unconsciousness, then wait for at least another 45 minutes in that strange house before making a garrote of household materials to complete the heinous act; also write a lengthy ransom note and then leave the body behind? And the perpetrator took a blanket from Jon Benet’s bedroom and wrapped her body in it. The latter usually indicates a personal relationship with the victim. – I believe it was a terrible accident, the little girl was perhaps pushed by Burke or even by Patsy herself and fell down the stairs. Patsy simply panicked and may have thought she was dead. She may have acted alone in the cover-up, or she may have had help from John Ramsey. She staged the scene of a sexual offender’s break-in and kidnapping gone wrong. I believe both parents knew all along where the body was. Two police officer and a family friend have previously gone through the basement and opened the door to a small, pitch-black room seeing nothing. Then later on John Ramsey opened the same door and without turning on the lights immediately cried out: Oh my God!

  • Stephanie Ronan Crews

    Gotta love all the goofy-ass theories being floated around by armchair detectives who not only weren’t at at the crime but also don’t have a lick of law enforcement or investigative experience. Top it off with their insistence in believing everything they read and garnish with silly confidence in their sleuthing ability and what you have is a gourmet dish of fools crowing their own hypthesis and rudely correcting each other about a crime that will never be solved.

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