Newly released court documents in the JonBenet Ramsey case have sparked renewed interest in the death of the little 6-year-old beauty queen we all remember from 17 years ago. The documents, which had been previously sealed, show that in 1999, a grand jury voted to indict JonBenet’s parents on charges of child abuse resulting in death, as well as being accessories to a crime.
The district attorney from back then decided not to file charges against John and Patsy Ramsey, saying that there was insufficient evidence to charge them.
On December 26, 1996, JonBenet was found deceased in the basement of her family home, and her murder has remained unsolved ever since.
The Boulder Police Department has always stood by their suspicions of the Ramseys and in a statement they just released about the unsealed documents, they make it pretty obvious. Below is a quote from their statement given to NBC News:
“The grand jury of 12 objective jurors ultimately agreed with investigators that probable cause existed for the filing of charges…Until this release, it was difficult to remain silent in reference to our knowledge of the true bills for so many years.”
This case isn’t so matter-of-fact, however. In 2008, in a very controversial decision, the DA publicly cleared the Ramsey family of JonBenet’s murder, saying there was new DNA evidence that proves an intruder had likely broken into the home.
An attorney for John Ramsey and his family wants the district attorney to publicly open the entire grand jury record and not just “4 pages from an 18-month investigation that produced volumes of testimony and exhibits.” I agree with this – what’s the point in releasing the grand jury’s conclusion without releasing the evidence behind it?
JonBenet’s case remains open, but it’s definitely considered a cold case. After all this time, I’m not sure it will ever be solved, but it seems like it will always be debated.