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Encyclopedia > JonBenét Ramsey

JonBenét Patricia Ramsey (August 6, 1990 - December 25 or 26, 1996) was an American beauty pageant queen who was murdered in her affluent family's Boulder, Colorado home at the age of six. The crime, which remains unsolved, attracted intense nationwide media interest. The tantalizing clues of the case have inspired numerous books and articles that purport to solve the mystery. August 6 is the 218th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (219th in leap years), with 147 days remaining. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 6 days remaining. ... December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, 361st in leap years. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ... A beauty contest, or beauty pageant, is a competition between people, based largely, though not always entirely, on the beauty of their physical appearance. ... Murder is both a legal and a moral term, that are not always coincident. ... Pearl Street Mall in Downtown Boulder Boulder (40n01, 105w16 MST) is a city located in Boulder County, Colorado, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 94,673. ... There are also three Colorado Rivers: two in the United States and one in Argentina. ...


JonBenét was born at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. The unique name is an amalgam of her father's first and middle names, John Bennett. The family moved to Colorado when she was one year old. Downtown Atlanta skyline Atlanta is the capital and largest city of Georgia, a state of the United States of America. ...


JonBenét held a number of titles, including (in no specific order): Little Miss Charlevoix Michigan, Colorado State All-Star Kids Cover Girl, America's Royal Miss, National Tiny Miss Beauty, Little Miss Merry Christmas, and Little Miss Colorado.


JonBenét's grave lies in Saint James Episcopal Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia, next to the grave of Elizabeth Ramsey (d. 1992), a child from John's first marriage who died in an automobile accident. Also buried nearby is JonBenét's grandmother. A total of 12 Ramsey headstones lie in the cemetery. Marietta is a city located in central Cobb County, Georgia6, and is its county seat. ...


In fictional portrayals of her life, JonBenét has been played by Dyanne Iandoli, Mackenzie Rosman, and Julia Granstrom. Dyanne Iandoli was born in 1991 in Long Island, New York, USA. She played murdered 6-year-old pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey in the 2000 telefilm Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenet and the City of Boulder, written and directed by Lawrence Schiller. ... Mackenzie Ryann Rosman (born December 28, 1989 in Charleston, South Carolina) is an American actress, most famous for her role as Ruthie Camden on 7th Heaven. ...

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The murder case

At 5:52AM on December 26, 1996, Patsy Ramsey (JonBenét's mother) telephoned 9-1-1. She told the operator, "we have a kidnapping", and explained that "there's a note left and our daughter is gone". She said she had just got up and found the ransom note. December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, 361st in leap years. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 9-1-1 or nine-one-one is the emergency telephone number for the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). ... The term ransom refers to the practice of holding a prisoner to extort money or property extorted to secure their release, or to the sum of money involved. ...


An initial police search of the Ramsey home found nothing. JonBenét's body was found later that day by John Ramsey (JonBenét's father) in a basement room of the home. A garrote was used to strangle her; her skull had suffered severe blunt trauma; and she may have been sexually assaulted. The "official" cause of death was asphyxia by strangulation associated with craniocerebral trauma. A garrote (alternative spellings include garotte and garrotte) is a handheld weapon, most often referring to a ligature of chain, rope, or wire used to strangle someone to death. ... Rape is a crime wherein the victim is forced into sexual activity against his or her will, in particular sexual penetration. ... Asphyxia is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body. ... Asphyxia is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body. ... In medicine, a trauma patient has suffered serious and life-threatening physical injury resulting in secondary complications such as shock, respiratory failure and death. ...


The police did not find any signs of forced entry into the home. Forcible entry is the act of entering a house or building with destructive methods. ...


The note

Investigators determined that the lengthy ransom note was written on a pad of paper that belonged to the Ramsey family. The Sharpie felt-tip pen used to write the note was found in a container on the Ramseys' kitchen counter, along with other pens of the same type. Sharpie Twin Tip Marker In the United States, Sharpie is a line of permanent markers manufactured by the Sanford company. ...


There were no fingerprints found on the note.


The text of the note has many odd features, among them the $118,000 demanded. Coincidentally, John Ramsey earned a bonus that year of $118,117.50.

Recent developments

In December 2003, forensic investigators extracted enough material from a mixed blood sample found on the deceased's underwear to establish a DNA profile. The DNA belongs to an unknown male. The DNA was submitted to the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), a database containing over 1.6 million DNA profiles, mainly from convicted felons. The sample has yet to find a match in the database, though it continues to be checked for partial matches on a weekly basis. December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January January 1 - Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ... Space-filling model of a section of DNA molecule Deoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions specifying the biological development of all cellular forms of life (and many viruses). ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... The Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) is the FBIs national databases of genetic identification codes. ...


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