posted on Aug, 16 2006 @ 09:29 PM
It was Boxing Day, 1996, when in the posh suburbs of Pueblo Colorado, JonBenet Ramsey, a 6 year old child beauty queen was found slain in her own
home. More weird and unexpected twists and turns than any Agatha Christie mystery I’ve read, the suspects ranged from a dubious kidnapper to first
one then the other then both of the child’s parents. The kidnap note asked for the odd amount of $118,000 in ransom, but no further contact was
every had. While it is easy to cast blame on the police, it was the first murder in this affluent upscale community and the early crime scene was not
well preserved, in large part because the child’s body was not immediately found and it was not known what crime, if any had been committed.
The parents were questioned several times and may have been discussed by the last grand jury to hear the case, but no indictments were returned.
JonBenet’s mother, Mrs. June Ramsey died in June.
A curt announcement was made today by the Pueblo County District Attorney that a 41 year old American “schoolteacher” had been arrested in
Thailand on charges related to the murder. The man has not been identified. Although the US has an extradition treaty with Thailand, it may be the
possibility of death penalty issues will delay the early return of the suspect to the US.
It is more than gossip that many European and American men have traveled to southeast Asia including Thailand to have sexual relations with very young
children including young girls. I wonder if this kind of illicit attraction could have been part of the schoolteachers trip to Thailand?
In any case, after seeing so much of this case on tv over the past 10 years, it is hard to imagine how any accused person can get a fair trial in
Colorado. This is an issue that needs to be dealt with in my opinion. Some people have suggested professional jurors.
Others say our criminal justice system needs to adopt the Napoleonic Code system called the inquisitorial system where the judges not only decide the
case, but actually ask many of the questions in the trial. Our theory of getting an impartial jury in this day of instant commendations and the
desire of both the print and electronic media for a sensational news item to begin each day’s lead story, makes it very difficult to provide the
accused a fair trial, especially in a high profile case.
Post Script. A man named John Carr has been identified as the suspect arrested in Thailand. Carr was said to have lived in a half hour’s drive from
the Ramsey’s in Colorado at the time of JonBenet’s death.
[edit on 8/16/2006 by donwhite]