The JonBenet Ramsey is not an official cold case. In fact investigators are presently tracking down JonBenet's brother Burke, to ask him questions about the nearly 14-year old murder investigation.
Can Burke Ramsey Provide New Clues?
According to CBSNews, Burke Ramsey was just 9 years old at the time his sister was brutally murdered in the family's Boulder, Colorado home. Now at 23, investigators are hoping some new questions may help jog his memory so he can provide them with some information on the case.
Investigators speculate that since Burke was just 9 when JonBenet died, he could have suppressed memories of events leading up to the time of her murder. They also wonder, since he is an adult now, if questions may result in information that didn't seem relevant to a 9-year old boy.
"Perfect Murder, Perfect Town"
Lawrence Schiller is the author of "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town," one of the most accurate books on the JonBenet Ramsey case. AOL News reports that he explained the reasoning behind investigators wanting to question Burke Ramsey 14 years after the murder.
"You have to remember," Schiller explained, "number one, he was 9 years old, a frail kid. Not very large in size. His sister was younger. There's a lot of evidence that has still been unexplained over the years. Footprints have been identified, but some have not. Handprints and palm prints have been identified in the room where her body was found. Some still not. In essence, the body was placed there. It wasn't dragged in. And then it was wrapped in a blanket.
"Now, if he was a witness to some event that night, something that may, in essence, now connect with something else, you have to remember, this murder took place in a community that was embarrassed by it. Wasn't prepared for it. Did not have a history of violence. The police are never going to give up on this case. There's no statute of limitation on murder."
New Lead in 14-Year Old Case
It is entirely possible that the investigators in Boulder have come up with some new evidence that, with Burke's corroboration, might lead to JonBenet's killer. Burke Ramsey was exonerated as a suspect in the case via DNA testing.
JonBenet Ramsey was sexually assaulted and murdered in Boulder, Colorado on December 25, 1996, while her parents and brother slept. The tiny beauty queen's case saturated the media worldwide. JonBenet's parents were initially considered unofficial suspects in the case. Investigators feared her mother, Patsy Ramsey, had a hand in murdering the little girl. Patsy Ramsey died in June of 2006 from ovarian cancer. She didn't live to learn she had been cleared of all suspicion in the murder of her daughter. That was officially determined in 2008.
Will the new questions investigators ask Burke Ramsey lead to JonBenet's killer? While the crime has remained unsolved for nearly 14 years now, some investigators have never lost hope that a murderer will be found. Perhaps this will be the catalyst for finding the person who killed the little beauty queen.
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