JonBenét Patricia Ramsey (/ˌdʒɒnbəˈneɪ pəˈtrɪʃə ˈræmzi/; August 6, 1990 – December 25 or 26, 1996) was a six-year-old American child beauty queen who was murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado, in 1996. Her father, John Ramsey, found her body in the basement of the family home about eight hours after she was reported missing. She had been struck on the head and strangled. The case remains unsolved, even after several grand jury hearings, and continues to generate public and media interest.
Boulder law enforcement agencies initially suspected JonBenét's parents, and her nine year old brother, Burke. However, in 2008, DNA taken from the victim's clothes completely cleared her family. In February 2009, the Boulder Police Department took the case back from the district attorney and reopened the investigation.
Media coverage of the case has often focused on JonBenét's participation in child beauty pageants, her parents' wealth, and the unusual evidence found in the case. Media reports have also questioned the police's handling of the case. Ramsey family members and their friends have filed defamation suits against several media organizations.
JonBenét Patricia Ramsey was the youngest daughter of John Bennett Ramsey and his second wife Patricia Ann "Patsy" Paugh. JonBenét followed in her mother's footsteps early as a six-year-old American child beauty queen. JonBenét went missing on Christmas Day in 1966. An unusual ransom note was found later that day, and that evening her father found her battered and tortured body lying on the floor in the back of the basement of their mansion. Twenty years later the case is still remains unsolved.
JonBenét Patricia Ramsey, b. 6 Aug 1990 Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA, d. Boulder, CO, 25 Dec 1996, bur. St. James Episcopal Church Cemetery, Marietta, GA
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) publishes a Patriot Index, a list of persons whose honorable service in the cause of independence during the American Revolution renders their female descendants eligible for membership in the NSDAR. Several ancestors of JonBenét Ramsey appear in the Patriot Index, including:
Isaac Cox (number 476) Philip Cox (number 238) Nathaniel Hayden (number 464) Richard Ramsey (number 128) Isaac Stelle (number 956) John Stelle (number 478) Waling Van Winkle (number 938) Isaac Wiseman (number 260) Joseph Wiseman (number 130)
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