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Queen`s Bishop Four?
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Wednesday, 16 August 2006 16:28

First off, I would like to apologize to Steve Huff of CrimeBlog.US, Dan Riehl of Riehl World View, and my various loyal readers for providing the mistaken identity of the JonBenét Ramsey murder suspect. When yesterdays news broke on the psychology and law listserv, the first thought that came to mind was, "Finally! The Ramseys will be vindicated!" and I set out to find out who the suspect was. Initial news accounts claimed that he was a "convicted sex offender" who was being held in Bangkok, Thailand on "unrelated sex charges," and that he "had confessed to certain details of the murder that are known only to investigators." In light of such a common name as "John Carr", I applied--quite wrongly, I might add-- Occams Razor and searched the Sex Offender registries for that name, thus arriving at the name I reported in yesterdays article.

That being said, I was living and working in Colorado when the news of JonBenét Ramseys murder was reported nearly a decade ago. In fact, I recall the local stations reporting first, the kidnapping, and then, the tragic news that the body of JonBenét had been found. The ensuing media feeding frenzy was nothing short of a grotesque spectacle--replete with the unauthorized release of crime scene photos and under-the-table book deals by those close to the case to accusations of incest and jealously. The public was enthralled by the grisly murder of the tiny beauty pageant princess. And the tabloids could not seem get enough of the gore as they trotted forth speculations, accusations, condemnations, and rumors about the grieving family.

Im an archivist by nature and the world wide web was still in its formative stages in the winter of 1996. Thus, it was fairly easy to archive the various information that was disseminated through that venue. One of the most comprehensive sites by far was Jamesons. Although the majority of Americans thought the Ramseys were guilty as sin--and some still do--I had my doubts. And because of this, I began constructing my own web site on the case in the spring of 1997--which remained up through October of 1999. I still have an archive of that site. Of course. Even then, I avoided proffering an opinion and have remained largely silent, outside of maintaining what I have believed, for the most part, all along. That the Ramseys were innocent.

By the summer of 1997, a colleague of mine wryly noted that I had to be the only person in the United States who thought the "most likely suspects" of two very high-profile murder cases--Simpson & Ramsey--were innocent. Although I had initially wondered about JonBenéts brother, I was quickly disabused of that idea by a federal forensic pathologist who was close to the case. The same can be said for the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. The information disclosed by the forensic pathologist about those two cases, along with later similar information disclosed by a couple of individuals at a 1999 HTCIA conference, admittedly sealed my opinion.

Yesterdays initial reports were scant, so I grudgingly turned on the TV to see what the talking heads had to say. I wanted a name (of course). I had wondered if the suspect was Randy Simmons. Or was it Bill McReynolds, the Santa? As it turned out, the suspect was neither McReynolds nor Simmons. In fact, he wasnt even one of the " Whos who" from the original 1997 list of guests, friends, and neighbors. While reading through the various articles and listening to reports, a couple of thoughts came to mind. The first was child sex slave trafficking, which I touched upon in this article. The second was a February 2000 report involving a 37 year-old woman who claimed to have suffered abuse in a child sex ring that had similar elements to the case of JonBenét. While the womans allegations were never corroborated, I wondered then, and I still do.

Whatever the case, this news report (hat tip to MagZ of Southern Sass) seems to tell a bit of a different story from original reports. Again, thanks to MagZ for the link to the Petaluma article, the suspect is apparently John Mark Karr, a Petaluma, California substitute teacher who is wanted in California on charges for possession of child pornography. From this news report, Mr. Karr is alleged to have communicated with University of Colorado journalism professor, Michael Tracey, who eventually became suspicious and reported him to law enforcement. In the same report, Mr. Karr denied having made any confessions and his ex-wife claims "he was with her in Alabama at the time of the murder."

A later report notes that he is alleged to have said, "They fell in love with each other. She was very beautiful. So he kidnapped her and killed her by accident." (NB: MSNBC has a video of Mr. Karrs confession). If the latter allegations are true, it gets curiouser and curiouser. Or rather, sicker and sicker. Which begs the question, is the latter a false confession of an obsessed, but twisted JonBenét fan? Or the true confession of the real killer? If its the former and the man was really in Alabama with his ex-wife ( as she alleges) that Christmas, and he was obsessed with stories of murdered little girls ( as his brother claims), then his downloading child porn may very well have been the onset of moving his sick fantasies to reality.

In any event, hopefully the numerous descrepancies between the various reports will be cleared up when the Boulder County DA holds their press conference at 10 a.m. For not only the Ramseys sake, but for societys sake as well, lets hope they have the killer. For if they dont, then this recent turn of events may indeed be a fools mate.

Legal:
Karr case files
Ramsey case files
Boulder DA press releases

 

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