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The death of JonBenet Ramsey: 25 years later

The body of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found on Dec. 26, 1996, in the basement of her family's home, and the case is still unsolved.

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks


Published: 4:40 PM MST December 17, 2021
Updated: 5:46 PM MST January 7, 2022

It's been 25 years since 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her family's home on Dec. 26, 1996, and her murderer still hasn't been found.

Her death became national news, as photos of the young beauty queen appeared on newspaper and magazine covers around the world, and her parents, John and Patsy, were interviewed on national TV.

The investigation has involved a ransom note, DNA testing, a grand jury investigation, lawsuits and an expert prosecution task force with members who were part of the O.J. Simpson defense team.

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The case boiled down to two theories: JonBenet was either killed by an intruder or by a member of the Ramsey family.

Multiple people over the years have said they killed JonBenet, but their confessions were ultimately discounted.

John and Patsy Ramsey were questioned multiple times. A grand jury that was convened in 1997 voted to indict them for child abuse resulting in death, but the Boulder County district attorney at the time wouldn't sign the indictment, saying there wasn't enough evidence to convict. Another district attorney cleared the family of suspicion in 2008.

The case is still open today.

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