I cannot say that I appreciate beauty pageants at the best of times, perhaps this story counts towards why… the length’s some people seemingly go to just to make children look more adult? Why… let children be children. Anyway! Before this becomes a very personal rant instead of a report on a strange case here goes.

JonBenét was child beauty pageant contestant, she was murdered in her own home in 996. She was reported missing and found eight hours later in her own family home’s basement. The six year old had been struck on the head and strangled. Her case remains unsolved and continues to generate a great deal of interest.

Law enforcement initially favoured her parents and her brother, the the family were exonerated in 2003 due to DNA evidence from her clothing. Media coverage often focuses on her beauty pageant involvement, and some have questioned how the police handled it.

The ransom note discovered was supposedly to the value of $118,000 and despite instructions not to contact the police she did. A search was carried out by police and it was John Ramsey, her father, who found her body. DNA extracted in 2003 is ran through CODIS weekly.

An in-depth look at the tragedy can be found here 

Curiously a male-to-female transgender formerly known as John Mark Karr decided he would confess to the murder.  DNA excluded her but she continued to cause more problems. I find it sad that an already terrible tragedy was made worse by false confessions. I hope that the original killer is found, and that the poor young lady gets the justice she deserves.

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