Seventeen years after JonBenet Ramsey was killed in Boulder, the question of what exactly happened to the six-year-old beauty queen continues to haunt many people across Colorado.
Now, thanks to the persistent efforts of a Boulder Daily Camera reporter and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the public may get a glimpse into what may have occurred.
A district court judge on Wednesday ordered the release of an 18-page indictment, sealed since 1999, handed down by a grand jury against JonBenet’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey.
The grand jury voted to indict the parents on charges of child abuse resulting in death, and the documents ordered to be released will show the evidence presented against the Ramseys.
However, no charges were filed against the couple because then-Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter refused to prosecute. He said there wasn’t enough evidence.
All of this is moot in terms of criminal prosecution. Patsy Ramsey has died, and the statute of limitations has long since run out for John Ramsey.
But at least the public will finally see part of what the grand jury learned. We will be able to evaluate that evidence against the Ramseys’ claim that an unknown assailant broke into their upscale Boulder home, grabbed JonBenet, left a ransom note, then deposited the body of the young girl in the basement of their house.