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Old 08-16-2006, 08:31 PM   #1
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Suspect Arrested in JonBenet Ramsey case

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By CATHERINE TSAI, Associated Press Writer

BOULDER, Colo. - A former schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday in Thailand in the slaying of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey — a surprise breakthrough in a lurid, decade-old murder mystery that had cast a cloud of suspicion over her parents.

Federal officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the suspect as John Mark Karr, a 42-year-old American, and one law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Boulder police had tracked him down online.

The Ramsey family's attorney in Atlanta pronounced the arrest vindication for JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey. Patsy Ramsey died of ovarian cancer on June 24.

"John and Patsy lived their lives knowing they were innocent, trying to raise a son despite the furor around them," Lin Wood said. "The story of this family is a story of courage, and story of an American injustice and tragedy that ultimately people will have to look back on and hopefully learn from."

The attorney said the Ramseys learned about the suspect a least a month before Patsy Ramsey's death. "It's been a very long 10 years, and I'm just sorry Patsy isn't here for me to hug her neck," Wood said.

Karr was a teacher who once lived in Conyers, Ga., according to Wood. The attorney said the Ramseys gave police information about Karr before he was identified as a suspect.

Wood would not say how the Ramseys knew Karr. But JonBenet was born in Atlanta in 1990, and the Ramseys lived in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody for several years before moving to Colorado in 1991.

A source close to the investigation said Karr confessed to elements of the crime. Also, a law enforcement source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the AP that Karr had been communicating periodically with somebody in Boulder who had been following the case and cooperating with law enforcement officials.

District Attorney Mary Lacy said the arrest followed several months of work, but she said no details would be released until Thursday.

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Don't you love CNN tripping over itself about how tragic this all is when they were the ones feeding the "those parents dunnit!" for YEARS. The media is so shameless.
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Indeed, it is very interesting. The whole case was so media-ized (if that is a word) it is surprising that they even have a suspect this many years later.
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The media will play this to death over the next few days.
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http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/arr...407918895.html

I was just about to post a thread on this, sula!

Our media here is rather behind the times, and I have only really gained any understanding of it through the book Perfect Murder, Perfect town.

The media frenzy is akin to Lindy Chamberlain. It's just sickening.
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Yeah, the media is going to go berzerk over this.
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My comment from the other thread....

Wow. I'll definitely have to follow up on that. I've tried to keep up with this case, watching all the specials and reading all the articles, most of which are trash. For some reason, the case has always stuck with me.

If you're really interested in the facts of this case - not the latest from the tabloid rags - you MUST read Lawrence Schiller's book. In fact, you should probably read it twice.
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I never believed the Ramseys did this to their child. and I don't know why but it just didn't fit.
I wondered about the son/younger brother at one point only because she was found in the house. It just seemed so close to the family.
Then again, I knew of the Polly Class murder I truly felt it could have been some sort of evil related to the family but not them..
I don't know what has been found, but I hope it gives everyone some kind of peace. This was a haunting case, even for people like me, who never knew these people at all.
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There's one thing that bothers me about this....and it relates to OJ Simpson.

O.J. Simpson has maintained his innocence since his trial and acquittal yet he's also lived under suspicion and he's been the butt of jokes for years....EVERYONE thinks he did it.

In light of Ramsey news, could it be totally possible that O.J. IS innocent after all? Could it be that the real killer is still out there?

What do you think?
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What do you think?
That if detectives are at a loss, they will always default to assuming that (ex-)spouses/partners or parents are guilty, if it is an adult or child murdered, respectively. It is, in many ways, the dirty secret of criminal justice.

People like O.J. Simpson and the Ramseys can elude conviction, because they are rich. However, we also have the case of Scott Peterson, who was not rich and was convicted and sentenced to death based solely on circumstantial evidence.

It should remind everyone that the American criminal justice system was always intended to be "innocence until proven guilty," but amongst all the rabble, we're all too ready to condemn the suspect on Day 1.

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Is it just me or does having the murder suspect sitting at a press conference and answering questions from the press and making public statements seem incredibly bizarre?

Umm, this guy hasn't been proven guilty either and a confession doesn't mean he did either. He is a child molester and unless is story is verifiable with the facts of the case, he might be just another wacko looking for attention.
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http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/arr...407918895.html

I was just about to post a thread on this, sula!

Our media here is rather behind the times, and I have only really gained any understanding of it through the book Perfect Murder, Perfect town.

The media frenzy is akin to Lindy Chamberlain. It's just sickening.
I always remember the arguments that used to break out at BBQ's over Lindy, that poor woman spent what?.....3 years in prison.....accused of killing her child.

And what's worst , Jonbenet's mother died only back in June from Cancer with half the world thinking she killed her own child!
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i didn't care then, i don't care now.

(but i care enough to say that i don't care)
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People like O.J. Simpson and the Ramseys can elude conviction, because they are rich. However, we also have the case of Scott Peterson, who was not rich and was convicted and sentenced to death based solely on circumstantial evidence.
But Peterson did have celebrity attorney Mark Geragos.
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