The man responsible for the JonBenet Ramsey investigation, former Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner, spoke to Reddit on Thursday, discussing his involvement in the Ramsey case, this past weekend. Beckner participated in a Q&A with the social-network site Reddit, where he discussed the murder case of JonBenet Ramsey. He told reporters he didn’t realize his comments would be made public to the rest of the world. He first began showing signs of regret after making some earlier comments on Tuesday.
Beckner was the police chief during the JonBenet Ramsey case. Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet was found murdered in the basement of her home in 1996. The case, full of lurid twists and turns, gripped the nation and made her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, into celebrities as well as persons of interest in the case. On Reddit, Beckner’s responses shed a lot of light on some of the more complex and questionable parts of the case. However, he later told the Boulder-based Daily Camera newspaper that he had misgivings about the online chat, calling it a misunderstanding and naiveté’ on his part. His comments have virtually disappeared from the Reddit forum; however, the Denver Post has archived copies of his answers.
He answered several key questions that people have continued to stump people who have studied this case for decades. Beckner discussed what physically happened to JonBenet: “We know from the evidence she was hit in the head very hard with an unknown object, possibly a flashlight or similar type item. The blow knocked her into unconsciousness, which could have led someone to believe she was dead. The strangulation came 45 minutes to two hours after the head strike, based on the swelling on the brain. While the head wound would have eventually killed her, the strangulation actually did kill her. The rest of the scene we believe was staged, including the vaginal trauma, to make it look like a kidnapping/assault gone badly.” He continues to remain silent on who he believes murdered Ramsey.
He also discussed the infamous writing test, which attempted to determine whether the parents wrote the ransom note. ohn Ramsey’s sample seemed to show he didn’t write it, but Patsy Ramsey’s sample was labeled “inconclusive” and police at the time said they would pursue “unrehearsed” samples to examine. However, in the letter to John Ramsey, District Attorney Mary Lacy mentioned that she did not consider anyone in Ramsey’s immediate family to be under any suspicion in the commission of the crime.
He agreed the crime scene was handled inappropriately. “Yes, the crime scene was not handled properly and this later affected the investigation. [The Ramseys’] position in the community may have had something to do with decisions made that day, but I think the primary reason was a perfect storm-type scenario. It was the Christmas holiday and we were short staffed, we faced a situation as I said earlier that no one in the country had ever seen before or since, and there was confusion at the scene… As a result, some evidence was compromised.” He also explained that they were receiving pressure from the District Attorney’s office not to focus too hard on the Ramsey’s.
Beckner tosses out a sexual motive for the killing saying, “It just didn’t seem to fit the totality of the circumstances. Remember, she was hit on the head first, hard enough to render her unconscious. Then there was the staging of a kidnapping. Why do that if the motive is purely sexual?” He explained the fascination of the case is caused by the media attention and intrigue of the mystery has attracted lots of people.