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Posted on 07/09/2008 12:49:51 PM PDT by blu
DA clears Ramsey family By The Denver Post Article Last Updated: 07/09/2008 01:44:05 PM MDT
The Boulder District Attorney's Office announced today that new DNA evidence discovered in the clothing worn by JonBenet Ramsey identifies "the perpetrator of the homicide" and excludes all members of the murdered girl's family.
District Attorney Mary Lacy said in a letter posted on the DA's website and first reported by Paula Woodward of 9News that the Ramsey family "be treated only as victims," and she apologized to them.
Six-year-old JonBenét was discovered Dec. 26, 1996, with a garrote around her neck in the basement of her parents' Boulder home.
No one has ever been charged in her death, Boulder police once said "an umbrella of suspicion" was over her parents, Patsy and John Ramsey.
Tabloids pointed the finger at their son, Burke Ramsey, who was 9 when his sister was killed.
But today, in a letter to John Ramsey, Lacy said her office wantwd "to state that we do not consider your immediate family, including you, your wife, Patsy, and your son, Burke, to be under any suspicion in the commission of this crime.
"I wish we could have done so before Mrs. Ramsey died."
Patsy Ramsey died June 26, 2006, of ovarian cancer at age 49.
Lacy's office took over the investigation into JonBenet's death in December 2002. Last year, Lacy attended a National Institute of Justice program on forensic Biology and DNA that introduced her to a new techology called "touch DNA," she said in the release.
"Forensic scientists scrape a surface where there is no observable stain or other indication of possible DNA in an effort to recover for analysis any genetic material that might nonetheless be present. This methodology was not well known in this country until recently and is still used infrequently," she said.
At the end of last year her office opted to work with Bode Technology Group near Washington, D.C., on the Ramsey case.
I guess we will now be told by some here on FR that the Ramseys hired some one to kill here.
It is sad that the mother had to go to her grave with this suspicion over her. It is sad that John Ramsey has been looked upon as a potential killer of his own child. It is sad that they have no idea on the suspect. Even sadder the prosecution bungled this case like they did from the beginning!
It is sad the family had to go through that, not only the death of their daughter but the years of public scrutiny. It would be remarkable if they could still get the guy, but they will have to do it with 1/1000th of the evidence of the OJ case.
OK this is new to me.
It would be interesting to know what they scraped and how they would know that the DNA found by this method would be the DNA of the perp.
What about that ransom note, folks?
Perhaps if competence had played a role in the investigation they could have done a more thorough job.
Colorado has got to have the biggest law enforcement screwups in the country. They make Reno911 seem like a documentary. I can see why South Park is set there.
She looked guilty, and that’s all that mattered to some.
I agree on all counts. They always want to pin it on the parents, usually the Dad—and perhaps with good reason. But I always think of the little girl in FL who was murdered, Jessica and that her Dad was the first suspect. What a horrible thing to go thru when you’re already enduring the nightmare of losing your child.
Did OJ do it?
I’m with you. One other question about this type of new DNA analysis, has this house been sold and other people living there? If so, then maybe the new evidence is from one of them.
THAT was quick!
They scraped the leggings the child was wearing. I still don’t see how this clears the Ramsey’s. I mean someone who washed the clothes for the family may have got some skin cells on the clothes, but it doesn’t make him the killer. Also, the DA in the case is very close to the Ramsey’s attorney. I think this case is still being mishandled!
That's irrelevant. The tested sample, as the article states, comes from the clothing that JonBenet Ramsey was wearing at the time of her death.
The odds are that at some point in the future, the killer will be in police custody and his DNA will match what they found. Few people commit such a crime just once in their lives.
Only question I have is did anyone like a laundry operator touch the child’s clothing? Maid? Someone who wasn’t the killer.
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