JonBenét Ramsey’s Murder: Timeline of the Child Pageant Star’s Death and Investigation


Found in the basement of her Colorado home the day after Christmas 1996, the truth behind the 6-year-old girl’s killing remains a mystery to this day.

All the pageantry and condition of the show scene got corrupted with occasion murder in the unlikeliest of homes — and at its core was a blameless six-year-old youngster.

The disclosure of JonBenét Ramsey’s fiercely killed body on the morning after Christmas in 1996 of every an extra room in the storm cellar of the family’s 7,000-square-foot home in the Chautauqua neighborhood of Boulder, Colorado, stunned the country. However, it was the situations that developed after that really caused a stir and scratched makes a beeline for the degree that there is no complete answer regarding what occurred on that winter evening over twenty years prior.

While the timetable of occasions paving the way to the disclosure of the body are indistinct, those that unfolded after are all we are aware of who killed JonBenét.

December 23, 1993: A 911 call is produced using the Ramsey home

Three days before the body is discovered, a 911 call is produced using the home. Yet, on January 10, it’s accounted for that it was likely a mix-up made by an alcoholic gathering visitor, as indicated by CNN.

December 25, 1996: The Ramseys go to a Christmas celebration at a family companion’s home

JonBenét gets a bicycle for Christmas. In the wake of going to a Christmas celebration facilitated by family companion Fleet White, the Ramseys return home — and JonBenét hits the sack.

A few speculations state she snuck back first floor and battled with her sibling over a late-night nibble of pineapple. Undoubtedly, the undigested tropical organic product was found in her stomach.

December 26, 1996: JonBenét disappears

5:30 a.m.: When Patsy gets up to make espresso, she finds a more than two page manually written payoff note on the back steps prompting the kitchen that says her little girl has been abducted, as per the Denver Post. “You will pull back $118,000.00 from your record. $100,000 will be in $100 notes and the remaining $18,000 in $20 notes,” the note requested, as per Psychology Today. Strangely, that was the specific measure of John’s Christmas reward. The note additionally said to not call the police. Patsy calls 911.

Before 6 a.m. Cop Rick French shows up at the home and does a pursuit. He delays by the entryway that JonBenét was later found behind, yet doesn’t open it, as indicated by Newsweek.

Early Afternoon: The main criminologist on the scene, Linda Arndt, pulls aside John and White, who had approached reassure his companions. Arndt instructs them to do a “through and through” search of the home. It was during that search that John made the way for the cellar’s extra room (incidentally where the Christmas presents had been covered up) and saw JonBenét’s body.

It seemed as though she had been choked and her mouth and neck were secured with channel tape. He got the body and ran shouting higher up. Arndt later drew the body nearer to the Christmas tree higher up — by bringing her higher up and leaving the storm cellar entryway open, a great part of the proof got polluted.

10:45 p.m. The Boulder County coroner’s group eliminated the little youngster’s body from the house.

December 28, 1996: The Ramseys help out specialists

The family goes to the Boulder police headquarters and they enthusiastically give hair, blood and penmanship tests.

The police later express that John’s developed youngsters, John Andrew and Melinda, were away when the homicide happened, so are not suspected.

December 29, 1996: The family travels to Atlanta

Only days after the homicide, the Ramseys return to their previous old neighborhood of Atlanta.

December 31, 1996: JonBenét’s burial service is held

The six-year-old is let go in Marietta, Georgia, close to her more established relative Elizabeth, who had kicked the bucket in a heartbreaking fender bender in 1992. Around 200 loved ones go to a service at the family’s old church.

January 1, 1997: John and Patsy give a New Year’s Day meet

JonBenét’s folks give an “exceptionally troublesome” 45-minute long meeting to CNN from Atlanta, where they were presently remaining with family. While the Boulder police had been consoling the network there wasn’t a killer on the run, Patsy said on TV, “There is an executioner totally free… on the off chance that I were an occupant of Boulder, I would advise my companions to keep — keep your infants near you, there’s somebody who might be listening.”

She included, “America is enduring on the grounds that have lost confidence in the American family,” refering to the case of the puzzle of what had truly occurred with O.J. Simpson. “We are a Christian, God-dreading family. We love our kids. We would do anything for our kids.”

January 2, 1997: Investigators follow the family to Georgia

A group of five investigators from Boulder fly to Atlanta, as per CNN. Agents were stunned the Ramseys allowed the TV meet since they had professed to be too passionate to even think about talking to the police.

January 3, 1997: Detectives uncover the payoff note was composed inside the house

Criminologists report that the note was composed on a paper cushion from inside the house, which means it was likely composed after the homicide.

John and Patsy re-visitation of Boulder.

Stone cops likewise go to Charlevoix, Michigan, to look through a late spring home the Ramsey family possesses.

January 6, 1997: School resumes at JonBenét’s school

After the Christmas and New Year occasions, class resumes at JonBenét’s previous school. Educators and advocates help the small kids attempt to comprehend what occurred, despite the fact that it keeps on being a puzzle.

January 8, 1997: News comes out that there may have been a “practice” recover note

Apparently there is proof that the individual who composed the payment note originally rehearsed it on another bit of paper.

February 27, 1997: JonBenét’s relative is addressed

The plausible excuse of John Andrew is reevaluated, despite the fact that he was purportedly away when it occurred.

Walk 7, 1997: A penmanship investigation dispenses with John, however not Patsy

In view of master investigation, criminologists affirm that John didn’t compose the payment note, yet state there is an opportunity Patsy may have.

Walk 8, 1997: The police search the Ramsey’s Michigan home once more

The police head back there, supposedly searching for “unrehearsed” penmanship tests to check whether Patsy composed the payment note.

April 3, 1997: DNA testing happens

While there had just been a DNA test done by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, an optional one was finished by Maryland’s Cellmark research facilities, as indicated by the Denver Post.

April 19, 1997: JonBenét’s folks become the prime suspects

John and Patsy become the prime suspects of the examination, as per CNN. “Clearly, the emphasis is on these individuals,” Boulder’s D.A. Alex Hunter says.

April 30, 1997: Patsy is addressed for six-and-a-half hours

“Formal meetings” are led with John for two hours and Patsy for six-and-a-half hours. These new articulations supplant the underlying ones made just after the homicide.

May 2, 1997: John and Patsy address neighborhood media

The casualty’s folks converse with the neighborhood press, including 9News. John staggers over his girl’s name and addresses the bits of gossip about her conceivably being explicitly attacked, calling those “most harmful allusions.” Patsy says, “I’m shocked that anybody would feel that John or I would be engaged with such a revolting and horrifying wrongdoing, yet let me guarantee you I didn’t not murder JonBenét.”

John and Patsy Ramsey meet with neighborhood Colorado media following four months of quiet in Boulder, Colorado in May 1997

John and Patsy Ramsey meet with neighborhood Colorado media following four months of quiet in Boulder, Colorado in May 1997. Patsy holds up a prize sign for data prompting the capture of their girl’s killer.


May 14, 1997: The DNA results have “no curve balls”

Sources report that there are “no curve balls” in the aftereffects of the DNA test, yet don’t determine what that implies.

July 12, 1997: JonBenét’s room furniture is moved to Atlanta

The previous kid belle of the ball’s possessions are moved the nation over on a moving truck.

July 14, 1997: Autopsy reports are delivered

The recently fixed post-mortem examination results are delivered. They affirm “a profound ligature around the casualty’s neck and another around the correct wrist — proof she was bound and choked” and furthermore state that “blood and scraped spots were found in the young lady’s vaginal region — and that she was struck on the head brutally enough to cause draining and a 8.5-inch break to her skull,” as per CNN.

January 15, 1998: The Ramseys won’t meet with specialists

The Ramseys request to audit proof before giving more meetings to the police. Their solicitation is dismissed, as indicated by the Denver Post.

January 29, 1998: John and Patsy present the garments they were wearing

Two months after the police mentioned the guardians hand over the garments they were wearing the evening of the wrongdoing, the Ramseys turn in two shirts, some jeans and a sweater.

Walk 12, 1998: A great jury examination is called

Specialists once in the past require an excellent jury examination since 15 months have just gone since the homicide.

June 3, 1998: Evidential examinations proceed

The case’s lead examiner, Mark Beckner says there are “huge outcomes” from the 1,058 bits of proof taken from the home. Subtleties are not shared.

June 10-12, 1998: JonBenét’s sibling Burke is addressed

JonBenét’s more seasoned sibling Burke, who was 9 at the hour of the wrongdoing and the main other one known to be in the house that night, is likewise addressed unexpectedly. He’s now 11.

August 6, 1998: Denver analyst Steve Thomas leaves, calling the case “disabled”

Investigator Steve Thomas composes an eight-page acquiescence letter, saying that Hunter’s office has “injured” the case since components have been “altogether undermined,” as per the Denver Post. Lead representative Roy Romer asks regarding whether he needs to step in. He in the long run does.

August 19, 1998: White requests Hunter to be excused

Family companion White requests to have somebody other than Hunter relegated to the JonBenét case.

August 20, 1998: Burke’s voice is purportedly caught on 911 call

Initially, the Ramseys had said Burke was snoozing the morning his sister was found missing — and didn’t wake up until the police showed up. Notwithstanding, in the 911 tape that has now been improved, Burke’s voice is allegedly heard out of sight.

September 15, 1998: The fabulous jury starts their examination

Despite the fact that they were chosen five months earlier, the fabulous jury begins their examination, as per CNN.

September 24, 1998: Another investigator stops

Refering to a lot of spotlight on the Ramsey guardians, crime investigator Lou Smit stops and says in his acquiescence letter that a “hazardous executioner is still out there.” This gives the Ramseys the fuel they have to persuade specialists to move the focal point of the examination.

October 13, 1998: The great jury starts hearing legal proof

The great jury begins hearing the case — finding out about legal proof, similar to DNA, hair and strands from the scene. They likewise visit the family’s home in Boulder nine days after the fact.

October 20, 1998: John faces Stephen Miles in court

Two stories in the National Enquirer had said an unknown source said John accepted picture taker Stephen Miles murdered JonBenét. John returns to Colorado to confront Miles in the common case.

December 3, 1998: More family DNA is gathered

Right around two years after the murdering, DNA proof is mentioned of five Ramsey relatives. In spite of the fact that they are not suspects however — specialists basically need to attempt to distinguish who the DNA in the house has a place with.

January 28, 1999: A teddy bear becomes the dominant focal point

Agents appeal to the online network to attempt to discover data about a Santa Claus teddy bear that was allegedly found in JonBenét’s room. They trust by finding the producer and where it was sold, they can interface more spots.

Walk 18, 1999: The principal criminologist looking into it leaves

One more renunciation. Arndt leaves on account of all the analysis.

May 19, 1999: Burke is not, at this point a suspect

Presently 12 years of age, Burke is furtively addressed by the excellent jury — and he is formally pronounced an observer just, not a suspect.

September 13, 1999: Detective Arndt says he realizes who slaughtered JonBenét

In a meeting on Good Morning America, Arndt says she knows who the executioner is, however won’t state who.

September 30, 1999: JonBenét’s half-kin affirm

John Andrew and Melinda — who had just been cleared in March 1997 — affirm before the stupendous jury.

October 13, 1999: The lead prosecutor says there is no “adequate proof”

Tracker says that there isn’t “adequate proof” to charge anybody in the homicide.

Walk 17, 2000: The Ramseys distribute a book

John and Patsy discharge The Death of Innocence about their girl’s killer, alongside an exposure mission to advance it.

May 24, 2000: John and Patsy hold a question and answer session

JonBenét’s folks hold a news gathering to report that lie indicator tests affirm they are guiltless in the demise of their little girl. Be that as it may, the test wasn’t controlled by the FBI and not adequate to agents.

June 24, 2006: Patsy passes on of malignancy

Without any answers in sight at the hour of her demise, JonBenét’s mom Patsy — a previous event sovereign herself — dies at 49 years old from ovarian malignancy. She had been determined to have Stage 4 malignancy in 1993.

June 29, 2006: Patsy is covered close to JonBenét

Patsy is covered in Marietta, Georgia, close to her little girl JonBenét.

September 12, 2016: Burke ends his quiet — yet uncovers no answers

Following 20 years, JonBenét’s sibling Burke plunks down for a meeting with Dr. Phil. “It likely was some pedophile in the show crowd,” he said — twice.