Australia has been was awestruck by new claims about the 20-year-old mystery of who killed JonBenet Ramsay.
Early on December 26, 1996, JonBenet’s mother called the police to report her daughter missing and the discovery of a ransom note demanding $US118,000.
Eight hours later, Mr Ramsey found JonBenet’s body in the basement of the family’s 15-room Tudor home in Boulder, Colorado.
Twenty years later The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey, a two-part documentary which hit Australian TV screens this week, claims to have the answers.
World-leading experts spent months working through every theory on the murder for last night’s dramatic documentary which called for the case to be reopened after they all came to the same conclusion: that she was killed by her nine year old brother.
The forensic experts, former FBI agents and psychologists concluded that after coming home from a Christmas dinner, John carried JonBenet upstairs to bed while Burke sat down to eat a bowl of pineapple and milk in the kitchen downstairs.
They theorised that Burke could have been angry at JonBenet over Christmas presents. When she came downstairs and tried to steal some of her brother’s snack, he allegedly hit her over the head with a nearby torch — before prodding her with a piece of train track to see if she was alive, leaving two marks in her back that some have claimed came from a stun gun.
The documentary alleges the parents placed her body in the basement to make it look as though an intruder was the cause.
The documentary also played a few previously unheard seconds of Mrs Ramsey’s 911 call that suggest Burke was there, with a child’s voice audible and her saying something sounding like: “What have you done?”
But why did it take twenty years for the case to be solved?
Former FBI special agent Jim Clemente explained:
“The Ramsey family did not want law enforcement to resolve this case and that’s why it remains unsolved,” he said.
The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey, a two-part series re-examining the unsolved murder of a child beauty queen. Catch up now on 9Now.