A child's murder remained unsolved for over 20 years, now new evidence may be at hand.
The Ramsey family from Colorado had a life as close to perfect as could be imagined.
Dad John Ramsey was a wealthy businessman, president of Access Graphics, a successful computer system company; and he was married to the lovely Patsy Paugh Ramsey, a former beauty queen who had been crowned "Miss West Virginia" in 1977, according to Intouch Weekly.com on the 4th of April 2018.
The couple had two children, Burke, 9 years old, and JonBenét who at 6 had already won the titles of America's Royale Miss, Little Miss Charlevoix, Little Miss Colorado, Colorado State All-Star Kids Cover Girl, and National Tiny Miss Beauty.
The Ramsey family seemed the embodiment of the American dream, but that Christmas of 1996 the dream became a nightmare.
Patsy Ramsey came down the staircase of their luxurious Boulder home to find a ransom letter demanding the payment of $118,000.00 for the return of her daughter, JonBenét.
Patsy telephoned the police and within minutes officers were at the Ramsey home. Plans were set in motion to pay the ransom, but there was no further attempt at contact by the supposed kidnappers.
Later that day a search of the house found JonBenét's body in the basement. Her mouth was covered with duct tape, a nylon cord was bound around her wrists and neck, and her torso was covered by a white blanket.
“Meyer had a unique writing style that’s consistent with the ransom note — making it highly likely he wrote it.”
Roscoe Clark, Intouch Weekly.com, 4th of April 2018.
An autopsy would later ascertain that JonBenét had been strangled and suffered a blow to the head. Either would have been deadly. Though there was no evidence of rape or sexual abuse, there were abrasions on the genital area indicating it had been scraped or cleaned roughly.
Who killed JonBenét? The mystery became the obsession of thousands, even as authorities struggled with contaminated crime scenes and tainted evidence.
Public opinion first targeted the Ramsay family as the killers, then theory after theory, each more outlandish then the other was bandied about.
Twenty-two years later, new evidence points to one suspect: Glenn Meyer. Meyer had been questioned as a person of interest at the time of JonBenét's death, but had been discounted; now authorities reveal that he could have been the author of the ransom note.
Meyer has passed away, but his wife has come forward, admitting that she believed her late husband was responsible for the JonBenét murder. Forensic expert Roscoe Clark has compared Meyer's handwriting to the ransom note, and claim that his handwriting is a “perfect match.”
The question is: was the killer the author of the note? Or was it someone who discovered the crime and thought to take advantage of the situation?
Meyers is dead, no possible conclusion presents itself, and once again America steps back from the unquiet grave of a little girl robbed of her life and her golden future by a malignant and still unidentified hand.