After looking through the evidence, experts tasked with investigating the mysterious 1996 death of JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colo., concluded that her brother, Burke Ramsey, did it.
Part 2 of the CBS docuseries aired Monday night, following an investigative team as it combed through evidence in the 20-year-old case. JonBenet was 6 years old when she was found dead at her home under suspicious circumstances.
In the opinion of the CBS panel, it all came down to a bowl of pineapple and a flashlight. Their scenario said Burke Ramsay, who was nearly 10 years old at the time, hit his sister with a flashlight because he was angry at her for taking a piece of pineapple from a bowl.
The panelists don’t believe her brother killed her intentionally, but they believe that the children’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, created an elaborate cover story for the crime. That story included a ransom note and a kidnapper who came into the house to abduct her for money.
But the experts didn’t know how someone could climb in through her bedroom window; they couldn’t squeeze through that window when they tried. They also discounted evidence of a mark from a stun gun found on JonBenet’s skin; they believe the marks may have come from Burke’s railroad toy set.
In an unearthed interview, a family friend recounted an incident in which Burke hit his sister in the face with a golf club, a detail the investigators showed meant the siblings had some tension in their relationship.
The Ramseys also said Burke was asleep when this happened, but he was heard in the background of the 911 call.
Several other details pointed to a cover-up, the panel found:
- A ransom note that was likely written by Patsy Ramsey
- John Ramsey’s coincidental “discovery” of JonBenet’s body in the basement hours after JonBenet was reported missing
- The Ramseys’ reluctance to cooperate with investigators in Boulder
Burke Ramsey, who graduated from Purdue University and lives in central Indiana, didn’t participate in the CBS docuseries.
He did, however, talk to Dr. Phil about the case. In an interview that aired Monday, Burke Ramsey maintained his and his parents’ innocence and pointed to DNA evidence that exonerated them.
He said he remained hopeful that the case would be solved in his lifetime.