JonBenet

JonBenet

Inside The Ramsey Murder Investigation

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Finally, the information you've been waiting for: who really killed JonBenet?

Perhaps the most compelling murder case of our day, the death of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey galvanized the nation-and years after it occurred, the mystery still endures. Who killed the young beauty queen and why? Who is covering up for whom and who is simply lying? In JonBenet, the most authoritative and comprehensive study of the Ramsey murder, a former lead Boulder Police detective, Steve Thomas, explores the case in vivid and fascinating detail-pointing the way toward an analysis of the evidence some deem too shocking to consider. Here, Thomas raises these and many other provocative questions:

-How was the investigation botched from the beginning-and why did police so carelessly allow the crime scene to be tampered with?

-Why were John and Patsy Ramsey protected from early questioning and any lie-detector tests, even though their stories and behavior were erratic, suspicious and inconsistent?

-Why was crucial evidence ignored, why were certain key witnesses unquestioned by detectives, and why were the Ramseys privy to sensitive information about the case and even police reports?
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780312253264
0312253265
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 RAM THO
Characteristics: 356 p

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Feb 15, 2018

Has anything changed in Boulder? One can only hope after reading this maddening, riveting, infuriating account of the Jon-Benet Ramsey murder case. Detective Thomas offers us a top tp bottom inside look at a crime investigation that went over the cliff almost immediately, doomed from the onset thanks to a perfect storm of police incompetence, craven city officials, and especially and most damning a corrupt and cowardly D.A.'s office, all of which fed a sometimes irresponsible and callous media frenzy. That Thomas (and other dedicated investigators) endured the lunacy for as long as he did before leaving in disgust is a credit to his dedication and sense of justice.

Sadly, there ultimately was no justice for little Jon-Benet, thanks to her parents, John and Patsy. Instead of cooperating fully with law enforcement officers as you would expect grieving (and innocent) patents to do, they avoided the police at every turn, immediately surrounding themselves with layers upon layers of lawyers and public relations experts, using their wealth and social standing to subvert justice. This is what fear and money did to Boulder, CO on a cold night in December 1996 and a lot of nights afterward.
Recommended, but at some point you'll want to throw this book against the wall in frustration and disbelief.

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moose7766
Jan 06, 2017

I did not need to read this book to know that the Ramseys were involved in their daughter's murder, but this book is a fascinating read into how bad the investigation was handled by the Boulder D.A.'s Hunter and Lacy (or, as i call them, worse and worser). How Steve Thomas escaped this case with his sanity intact is beyond me. Simply mind boggling to me that the Ramseys were never charged.

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Sep 05, 2015

Steve Thomas, one of the lead detectives involved in the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation presents an inside account of what went terribly wrong right from the start. From incompetent police detectives who allowed the crime scene to be compromised to John and Pasty Ramsey lawyering up on a grand scale and stonewalling the investigation, the stories he tells will make your blood boil. But even more infuriating is how a corrupt Boulder DA and his kid gloves approach to criminal justice railroaded this case into the ground. While some will point to the 2008 exoneration of the Ramsey parents by the District Attorney, Thomas proves beyond a reasonable doubt that anything said by the DA shouldn't be taken seriously in regards to this murder. From the beginning, they colluded with defense lawyers and obstructed justice in a way that made Thomas quit in disgust. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the case of a girl, who the author argues, was murdered by her parents.

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