The DNA evidence in the unsolved JonBenet Ramsey case which helped exonerate the girl’s parents is now being looked at again. New analysis on the reports, which display results from tests on the girl’s clothing, have been revealed, according to Reuters, which throws previously-held conclusions back into the shade. Mary Lacy, a Boulder prosecutor, said in 2008 that the DNA conclusively belonged to a single male and it pointed to an unidentified intruder; however, the outside lab now says that the DNA obtained from the girl’s pajamas contained genetic markers from three different people (including JonBenet herself). This flies in the face of Lacy’s statements, which were used to clear the Ramsey family’s name.
The Boulder Daily Camera and 9News, both Colorado news sources, got an outside, third party lab to re-analyze the DNA reports and test results from the original 1996 murder case, according to AOL News. Experts say that the DNA results show no conclusive results whatsoever, and do not point to any one person who could be the killer. Rather, the results could just as easily be the result of innocent means, such as the girl’s clothing coming in contact with other people, or the DNA transferring through fabric contact – not exactly the grisly picture that Lacy painted when she cited the report, when she said that there was “no innocent explanation” for the presence of the DNA in the first place, and that it belonged to a single male who was both intruder and killer, according to Reuters.
By the same token, the DNA testing does not prove or disprove anything, according to the NY Daily News. It remains possible that an intruder was responsible for the murder, but the new analysis also does not clear the Ramsey family, as was once believed.
The JonBenet Ramsey murder case has been in the public spotlight for 20 years, and not just because 6-year-old JonBenet was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family home on Christmas Eve, 1996, in Boulder, CO. In addition to this tragic and horrific murder, the case has been plagued with in-fighting between investigators, a contaminated crime scene, and, ultimately, the fact that the murder has remained unsolved, according to AOL News. This latest revelation about the DNA analysis is just another twist in what appears to be a continuing saga.
In 1999, a grand jury actually voted to indict JonBenet’s parents, Patsy and John Ramsey, for child abuse that resulted in death, but the district attorney at the time declined to prosecute, citing a lack of evidence, according to AOL News. This piece of news was unknown to the general public until 2013, when the Boulder Daily Camera fought in court to have the document that revealed the information to be released.
According to Reuters, who quoted ABC News, Lacy has said that, in regard to her actions clearing the family, “I was scared to death that despite the fact that there was no evidence, no psychopathy and no motive, the case was a train going down the track and the Ramseys were tied to that track.”