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JonBenet Ramsey: Closure on a Cold Case?

Following crime cases pretty regularly, the news in the JonBenet Ramsey case was quite a development.

BOULDER, Colo. — A former schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday in Thailand in the slaying of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey — a surprise breakthrough in a lurid, decade-old murder mystery that had cast a cloud of suspicion over her parents.

Ramsey family attorney Lin Wood identified the suspect as John Mark Karr, 41. Federal officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the name, and one law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Boulder police had tracked him down online.

Wood said the arrest vindicated JonBenet’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey. Patsy Ramsey died of ovarian cancer June 24.

“John and Patsy lived their lives knowing they were innocent, trying to raise a son despite the furor around them,” Wood said. “The story of this family is a story of courage, and story of an American injustice and tragedy that ultimately people will have to look back on and hopefully learn from.”

It truly is a shame that the press was hellbent on vilifying John and Patsy Ramsey in the public eye. I wondered a number of times today whether Patsy would have faced her cancer diagnosis with a stronger will had she and her family’s reputation not been muddied publically so long.

I can’t help but wonder.

I hope the media can figure out that their role should be to report news, and not try and convict people in their news stories. Well, one *can* hope, right?

Nancy said:

Are you talking about the mainstream media??? The same media that just reported a lady on a plane with vaseline, a screwdriver and a note referencing al Queda? (They later had to recant) I believe there were a couple other people in the Ramsey case that the media had "implicated"...wonder how THEIR lives are today? This will be interesting to follow because one report says that Karr's ex-wife states the he was with her in Alabama at the time of the murder. What were YOU doing ten years ago? By the way, glad to see you've "recovered"!!!! hehehehe

Chris said:

Think about the damage done to the brother, who was so often cast as a "media suspect" by the talking heads. I have to admit, after the trail grew cold I sometimes wondered if it was the family, so I feel guilty about that. Not proud to admit it but not going to lie about it.

Hopefully the press and public will learn. Makes you wonder if Jordan Vander Sloot is just a scape goat as well.....

Merri said:

Of course, now they are saying that they aren't so sure this guy did it....yikes.

Chris - I felt the same way throughout the case. I think many of us did. Which is why the mainstream media needs to take great caution in how they present information to the public.

I wonder at what point people accused of crimes will be able to say "I cannot get a fair trial per the Constitution because of the media coverage"

I'm going to wait for the justice system to play out, but this guys story sounds a little hinky.

Merri said:

I agree, Teach. As time goes on, the story seems to get more unbelievable. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Nancy said:

I saw on Fox News that he was preparing for a sex change there in Bangkok???? Stranger and stranger....

xtremefun said:

I got to know about this girl through Dr. Henry Lee's book "Cracking More Cases". To be honest, I seriously dont know how to react on this news. I still think the family should be checked. If you read this book, Lee talks about a lot of things that this family was hiding from the police for no specific reason. I dont know.

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