The Murder of JonBenet Ramsey

Felicia Huffman
12 min readDec 20, 2020

The case of JonBenet Ramsey is another case that looks like it will remain unsolved, but we all desperately want to know who brutally murdered that young girl. As the decades pass, she would have been 30 this year, the answer looks less and less likely. The search for her killer has taken several twists and turns over the years. There are numerous false confessions and DNA evidence found at the crime scene that made it look like somebody in the family could have done it, however, these things only created more questions.

The discovery of JonBenet’s body on the morning after Christmas in 1996 in the basement spare room of the family’s home in Boulder, Colorado, shocked the nation. But the events that unfolded after is what has really caused us to scratch our heads. While the timeline of events before the discovery is a bit muddied, but let’s go over what we think we know.

On December 23, 1996, a 911 call was made from their home. Nobody knows why, and on January 10th, it was reported that it was probably a mistake made by one of their drunk party guests.

On December 25, The Ramsey’s went to a Christmas party at a family friend’s house. JonBenet had gotten a bike that morning, and after they went to a Christmas party at Fleet White’s house. After they get home, JonBenet went to bed. There are some theories that she snuck back downstairs and fought with her brother over a snack of pineapple. They did find undigested tropical fruit in her stomach.

On December 26, JonBenet is missing. Patsy gets up at 5:30 AM to make coffee and finds a two-and-a-half page written ransom note on the back stairs that lead to the kitchen. The note said, “You will withdraw $118,000 from your account. $100,000 will be in $100 bills and the remaining $18,000 in $20 bills.” Oddly, that was the exact amount John had received as his Christmas bonus. The note also said not to call the police, but that is exactly what Patsy did.

Officer Rick French was there before 6 AM and did a search of the house. He pauses momentarily in front of the door where JonBenet would later be found, but he did not open it. During the early afternoon, the first detective arrived on the scene, Linda Arndt. White had come over to console his friends. Arndt pulled White and John aside and asked them to do a “top to bottom”…

Felicia Huffman

Hello, I am F.A. Huffman. I am a writer and crafter at heart, but currently work FT to pay the bills. Find me at, FB, Insta, & Twitter.