Although the death of JonBenét Ramsey has been exhausted over the years, people are still curious about the little girl’s family — particularly the six-year-old’s mother, Patsy Ramsey, who was at one point considered a suspect before her death in 2006.
With a new Netflix documentary about the case premiering on April 28, amateur sleuths have once again become fascinated by the 1996 murder, which has never been solved. Here’s what we know about her mom’s involvement.
Patsy reported her daughter missing after finding a lengthy ransom note.
The then 39-year-old told police she discovered a ransom note demanding $118,000 on a staircase in the family’s Boulder, CO, home. Although they couldn’t prove it, the Bureau of Investigation stated there were indications Patsy had written the letter based on handwriting analysis as well as evidence that it had been composed onsite.
Patsy and John Ramsey in 1997.
She was almost indicted on charges of child abuse in 1999.
A grand jury voted to indict both Patsy and her husband John less than three years after JonBenét’s death, but District Attorney Alex Hunter didn’t sign the papers. According to multiple sources, the indictment didn’t go through because there was insufficient evidence.
Patsy died before being cleared of any wrongdoing.
The Boulder District Attorney’s office cleared JonBenét’s parents in her death on July 9, 2008, a little more than two years after Patsy succumbed to ovarian cancer. New DNA evidence collected from the little girl’s clothing pointed to an "unexplained third party,” while modern "touch DNA" suggested that a male of Hispanic origin left traces on her underwear and leggings. In October 2016, forensic analysis uncovered that the original DNA actually contains genetic markers from two individuals rather than just one, and her murder continues to be an active homicide investigation.
Casting JonBenét will begin streaming this Friday, April 28, on Netflix.