雷电竞娱乐All the pomp and circumstance of the pageant scene became tainted with holiday murder in the unlikeliest of homes — and at the heart of it was an innocent six-year-old child.

The discovery of JonBenét Ramsey’s brutally murdered body on the morning after Christmas in 1996 in a spare room in the basement of the family’s in the Chautauqua neighborhood of Boulder, Colorado, shocked the nation. But it was the events that unfolded after that truly raised eyebrows and scratched heads — to the extent that there is no definitive answer as to what happened on that winter evening more than two decades ago.


December 25, 1996: The Ramseys attend a Christmas party at a family friend's house

雷电竞娱乐JonBenét for Christmas. After hosted by family friend Fleet White, the Ramseys go home — and JonBenét goes to bed.

. Indeed, the undigested tropical fruit was found in her stomach.

, she discovers a two-and-a-half page handwritten ransom note on the back stairs leading to the kitchen that says her daughter has been kidnapped, according to the . “You will withdraw $118,000.00 from your account. $100,000 will be in $100 bills and the remaining $18,000 in $20 bills,” the note demanded, according to . Oddly, that was the exact amount of John’s Christmas bonus. The note also said to not call the police. Patsy calls 911.

Before 6 a.m. Police officer Rick French arrives at the home and does a search. He pauses by the door that JonBenét was later found behind, but doesn’t open it, according to .

Early Afternoon: The first detective on the scene, Linda Arndt, pulls aside John and White, who had come over to console his friends. Arndt tells them to do a “top to bottom” search of the home. It was during that search that John opened the door to the basement’s spare room (ironically where the Christmas presents had been hidden) and saw JonBenét’s body.

and they willingly give hair, blood and handwriting samples. 

雷电竞娱乐The police later state that John's grown children, John Andrew and Melinda, were out of town when the murder occurred, so are not suspected.

December 29, 1996: The family flies to Atlanta

Just days after the murder, the Ramseys go back to their former hometown of Atlanta.  

December 31, 1996: JonBenét’s funeral is held

雷电竞娱乐The six-year-old is laid to rest in Marietta, Georgia, next to her older half-sister Elizabeth, who had died in a tragic car accident in 1992. About 200 family and friends attend a ceremony at the family’s old church.

JonBenet Ramsey's headstone

JonBenét Ramsey's headstone

January 1, 1997: John and Patsy give a New Year’s Day interview

JonBenét’s parents give a “very difficult” 45-minute long from Atlanta, where they were now staying with family. While the Boulder police had been reassuring the community there wasn’t a murderer on the run, Patsy said on television, “There is a killer on the loose… if I were a resident of Boulder, I would tell my friends to keep — keep your babies close to you, there's someone out there.”

She added, “America is suffering because have lost faith in the American family,” citing the example of the mystery of what had really happened with O.J. Simpson. “We are a Christian, God-fearing family. We love our children. We would do anything for our children.”

January 2, 1997: Investigators follow the family to Georgia

A team of five detectives from Boulder fly to Atlanta, according to . Investigators were shocked the Ramseys granted the TV interview since they had claimed to be too emotional to talk to the police.

January 3, 1997: Detectives reveal the ransom note was written inside the house

雷电竞娱乐Detectives announce that the note was written on a paper pad from inside the house, meaning it was likely written after the murder.

John and Patsy return to Boulder.

雷电竞娱乐Boulder cops also go to Charlevoix, Michigan, to search through a summer home the Ramsey family owns.

January 6, 1997: School resumes at JonBenét’s school

雷电竞娱乐After the Christmas and New Year holidays, class resumes at JonBenét’s former school. Teachers and counselors help the young children try to understand what happened, even though it continues to be a mystery.


April 19, 1997: JonBenét’s parents become the prime suspects

John and Patsy become the prime suspects of the investigation, according to . “Obviously, the focus is on these people," Boulder’s D.A. Alex Hunter says.

April 30, 1997: Patsy is questioned for six-and-a-half hours

雷电竞娱乐“Formal interviews” are conducted with John for two hours and Patsy for six-and-a-half hours. These new statements replace the initial ones made right after the murder.

May 2, 1997: John and Patsy speak to local media

The victim’s parents talk to the local press, including . John stumbles over his daughter’s name and addresses the rumors of her possibly being sexually molested, calling those “most hurtful innuendos.” Patsy says, “I’m appalled that anyone would think that John or I would be involved with such a hideous and heinous crime, but let me assure you I didn’t not kill JonBenét.”

John and Patsy Ramsey meet with local Colorado media after four months of silence in Boulder, Colorado in May 1997

雷电竞娱乐John and Patsy Ramsey meet with local Colorado media after four months of silence in Boulder, Colorado in May 1997. Patsy holds up a reward sign for information leading to the arrest of their daughter's murderer.

May 14, 1997: The DNA results have “no surprises”

Sources report that there are “no surprises” in the results of the DNA test, but don’t specify what that means.

July 12, 1997: JonBenét’s bedroom furniture is moved to Atlanta

The former child beauty queen’s belongings are moved across the country on a moving truck.

July 14, 1997: Autopsy reports are released

雷电竞娱乐The previously sealed autopsy results are released. They confirm “a deep ligature around the victim's neck and another around the right wrist — evidence she was bound and strangled” and also say that “blood and abrasions were found in the girl's vaginal area — and that she was struck on the head violently enough to cause bleeding and an 8.5-inch fracture to her skull,” according to .

January 15, 1998: The Ramseys refuse to interview with authorities

The Ramseys ask to review evidence before giving more interviews to the police. Their request is rejected, according to the .

January 29, 1998: John and Patsy submit the clothes they were wearing

Two months after the police requested the parents hand over the clothes they were wearing the night of the crime, the Ramseys turn in two shirts, a pair of pants and a sweater.

for the first time. He’s now 11.

August 6, 1998: Denver detective Steve Thomas resigns, calling the case “crippled”

Detective Steve Thomas writes an eight-page resignation letter, saying that Hunter’s office has “crippled” the case since elements have been “thoroughly compromised,” according to the 雷电竞娱乐. Governor Roy Romer inquires as to whether he needs to step in. He eventually does.

August 19, 1998: White asks for Hunter to be dismissed

雷电竞娱乐Family friend White asks to have someone other than Hunter assigned to the JonBenét case.

August 20, 1998: Burke’s voice is reportedly overheard on 911 call

Originally, the Ramseys had said Burke was asleep the morning his sister was discovered missing — and didn’t wake up until the police arrived. However, in the 911 tape that has now been enhanced, Burke’s voice is reportedly heard in the background.

September 15, 1998: The grand jury begins their investigation

Even though they were selected five months prior, the grand jury starts their investigation, according to .

September 24, 1998: Another detective quits

雷电竞娱乐Citing too much focus on the Ramsey parents, homicide detective Lou Smit quits and says in his resignation letter that a “very dangerous killer is still out there.” This gives the Ramseys the fuel they need to convince authorities to shift the focus of the investigation.

at the age of 49 from ovarian cancer. She had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in 1993.

June 29, 2006: Patsy is buried next to JonBenét

Patsy is buried in Marietta, Georgia, next to her daughter JonBenét.

September 12, 2016: Burke breaks his silence — but reveals no answers

After 20 years, JonBenét’s brother Burke with Dr. Phil. “It probably was some pedophile in the pageant audience,” he said — twice.