This Christmas marked the 20th anniversary of the death of child pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey, whose 1996 murder by strangulation shocked the nation and prompted nonstop tabloid speculation. But this year, for the first time in a while, there has been a bounty of interesting leads in the case—raising the possibility that your pet theory about the identity of the 6-year-old’s killer could be proven by the end of 2017.
Earlier this month, police said they are looking into new DNA testing technology to crack open the cold case. “With the emergence of new DNA testing technology, the Boulder Police Department is working with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations to determine if this new technology could further this investigation,” Boulder Police said in a brief statement on Dec. 14.
“Members of the Boulder Police Department will not be participating in interviews related to this investigation or make further comments about the possible testing of evidence related to this investigation,” the statement continued. “Department officials will continue to reserve any additional comments until there is new information to announce.”
And just over a week ago, a handwriting expert claimed that it was “highly probable” that Ramsey’s mother Patsy Benet wrote the ransom note for $118,000 that she claimed she found on the morning of Dec. 26, shortly before her husband, John Ramsey, found JonBenét’s tied and gagged body in the wine cellar of the family’s mansion. Patsy Benet has since died of cancer.
Also this year, a CBS docuseries made the case that JonBenét’s brother, Burke, was the culprit—at the age of only 9. The documentary alleges that his parents helped cover up their son’s actions out of fear of losing him. Burke Ramsey has adamently denied this.
See? 2016 wasn't all bad.