The AP today gave us news that John, Patsy, and JonBenet’s brother Burke were cleared of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey through a new DNA testing technique called “touch DNA”. The article says that some years back a blood stain on JonBenet’s underwear had DNA that did not match anyone in the family. What’s intriguing is the new “touch DNA” that’s been found matches the DNA of the blood stain. If this evidence is conclusive (I have a little doubt), then it adds a lot more weight to the theory that an intruder killed her. The lab where the newest test was done found the “touch DNA” where the attacker would have grasped her long underwear to pull it down.
The Boulder DA’s office released a statement apologizing profusely to the Ramsey family for putting them under a cloud of suspicion for more than a decade. John Ramsey expressed regret that his late wife Patsy was not alive to see this vindication.
The Boulder DA, Mary Lacy, said now that there is this preponderance of evidence, DNA databases can be scoured to see if a match to the real killer can be found. If this case could be wrapped up it would be a real victory. The embarrassment of the John Mark Karr affair was making me think we’d probably never find the killer, because it was more evidence that our crime authorities were acting like the Keystone Cops (no offense to the city of Keystone).