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Theories of the Case

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JonBenét Ramsey Case Encyclopedia

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Perp Profiles

As of early 2004, there were roughly 140 "possible suspects" in the JBR case (Shapiro 2001). As of August 2006, Boulder DA Mary Lacy asserted "I’m guessing between the BPD and our office, we’ve probably looked seriously at 200 people...." "Seriously. At 200 people. Uhm and done investigation into those 200 people. That’s not saying that we’ve done buccal swabs on all of them. We haven’t. There are DNA samples taken on a lot of different suspects." (Transcript by Internet poster Jayelles.)


Click on Perp Profiles to view the debate over a) did the perp know the family? b) how old was the perp? c) was the perp a sexual predator? and d) was the perp experienced? Internet poster oneeyedJack has reported that "Dr. Robert Keppel, who worked the Green River Killer case, brought a lot to the table in that case because of the way he dealt with the voluminous files. He became a consultant on dealing with these huge cases in later years, and he said that in over 90% of cases, the name of the offender was in the police files within the first month or so." Thus, it's far more likely than not that the killer is someone already identified by police, but not all the 140 "possible suspects" alluded to above are necessarily known to the public.


Similar Cases

  • 14-Year Old Dancer. "Nine months after the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, a girl who attended the same dance studio as the young beauty queen and lived just two miles away was assaulted in her bed by an intruder while her mother slept nearby." Possible similarities to the JBR killing include:
    • Girl performed at same dance studio as JBR took lessons: Dance West.
    • She had performed in several public functions in Boulder in the year before her death.
    • Girl lived 2 miles from Ramseys and the assault occurred only 9 months after JBR died.
    • The family was out of the house from late afternoon on the eve of the crime, until after dark.
    • The intruder may have waited at least four hours before entering the girl's second-floor bedroom,
    • Perp found girl in bed and assaulted her in the house while mother was sleeping.
    • Girl was sexually assaulted by penetration of finger or object and orally.


Books Sorted By Theory of the Case

When sorted by theory of the case, the ~60 books that have been written about this case fall out as follows:

  • Neutral/Noncommittal = 8 [7]
  • Intruder Did It (IDI) = 20 [13]
  • Ramseys Did It (RDI) = 11 [10]
  • John Ramsey Did It (JDI) = 2 [2]
  • Patsy Ramsey Did It (PDI) = 10 [7]
  • Burke Ramsey Did It (BDI) = 5 [3]
  • William Ramsey Did It (WDI) = 1 [1] 


The first number represents the total number of books published, including a) duplicate versions of the same book, e.g., hardback and paperback (electronic versions not counted separately from print versions); b) instances in which a book was significantly updated and re-released many years later; and c) multiple volumes used to present a single theory of the case. The figures in brackets eliminate this duplication by showing the number of separate theories of the case that are presented in these books. Full publication details for these books are here



  1. Archuleta 2015. Pam Archuleta. Patsy Ramsey: What the Pilot's Wife Knew. 
  2. Bellamy 2005Patrick Bellamy. JonBenét Ramsey: an Investigative Murder Case
  3. Gentile & White 2003. Don Gentile and David Wright, editors, JonBenet: The Police Files.
  4. Lee & LaBriola 2001. Henry C. Lee and Jerry Labriola. Famous Crimes Revisited: From Sacco-Vanzetti to OJ Simpson. 
  5. McMenamin & Choi 2002. McMenamin, Gerald R., and Dongdoo Choi. Forensic Linguistics: Advances in Forensic Stylistics
  6. Sauers 1998. Bonita Sauers. The Bonita Papers. This book describes events in a way that makes all the Ramseys (including Burke) look suspicious (e.g., emphasizing contradictory accounts they made in statements to police, highlighting beheavior viewed as "unusual" etc.), but never definitively points a finger at any of them.
  7. Schiller 1999. Lawrence Schiller. Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (Hardcover)
  8. Schiller 1999a. Lawrence Schiller. Perfect Murder, Perfect Town : The Uncensored Story of the JonBenet Murder and the Grand Jury's Search for the Final Truth (Paperback). 


Intruder Did It (IDI)

  1. Bee 2015. Sweetie Bee. Little Girl Blu The JonBenet: Inside Circle Theory.
  2. Benish & Seifner 2006 . James Benish (author) and Katherine Seifner (editor). Closed Eyes-"Who's killing our children?" (Paperback).   
  3. Benish & Seifner 2008James Benish (author) and Katherine Seifner (editor). Closed Eyes-"Who's killing our children?" (Hardcover).  
  4. Bennett 2007S. I. Bennett, AKA Jameson. A Rebuttal to Sam Dennis McDonough’s Book
  5. Bennett 2011S. I. Bennett, AKA Jameson. A Rebuttal to Steve Thomas’ Book “JonBenét - Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation.”  
  6. Cameron 2014. John A. Cameron. It's Me, Edward Wayne Edwards, the Serial Killer You Never Heard Of. 
  7. Douglas & Olshaker 2000. John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to JonBenét Ramsey, the FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries That Won’t Go Away (Hardcover).
  8. Douglas & Olshaker 2001. John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to JonBenét Ramsey, the FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries That Won’t Go Away (Paperback)
  9. James 2012Bill James. Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence.  
  10. Jameson 2012. Jameson (AKA Susan Bennett) Murdering JonBenet.  
  11. Kerns 2016. Johnny Kerns. The Coldest Case: Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey. 
  12. McLean 1998. Linda Edison McLean. JonBenét's Mother: The Tragedy and the Truth!  
  13. Ramsey 2012. John Ramsey. The Other Side of Suffering: The Father of JonBenet Ramsey Tells the Story of His Journey From Grief to Grace. 
  14. Ramsey & Ramsey 2000. John and Patsy Ramsey. The Death of Innocence: The Untold Story of JonBenét’s Murder and How Its Exploitation Compromised the Pursuit of Truth (Hardcover). 
  15. Ramsey & Ramsey 2001. John and Patsy Ramsey. The Death of Innocence (Paperback).  
  16. Singular 1999. Stephen Singular. Presumed Guilty: An Investigation into the JonBenét Ramsey Case, the Media, and the Culture of Pornography. 
  17. Singular 2016. Stephen Singular. Presumed Guilty: An Investigation into the JonBenét Ramsey Case, the Media, and the Culture of Pornography (Kindle Edition). 
  18. Tracey 2008. Michael Tracey. From Christmas to August: An Essay on Murder, Media Mayhem and the Condition of the Culture.  
  19. Whitson & Smit 2012. Robert A. Whitson and Andrew Lou Smit. Injustice: Why JonBenét Ramsey Was Murdered by a Sadistic Psychopath--Not Her Parents.
  20. Woodward 2016.  Paula Woodward. We Have Your Daughter: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét Ramsey Twenty Years Later.  


Ramseys Did It (RDI)

  1. Davis 2004. Walter A. Davis. An Evening with JonBenet Ramsey
  2. Lakin 2005. Peggy Lakin. Journey Beyond Reason. 
  3. Lee and O'Neil 2004. Henry C. Lee and Thomas W. O'Neil. Cracking More Cases: The Forensic Science of Solving Crimes
  4. Miller 2007. Thomas "Doc" Miller. JonBenet Ramsey: Prostitution of Justice
  5. Rubacher 2000. Richard Rubacher. JonBenét Knows Evil Love.
  6. Smith 2015. Laurence Smith. The Last Christmas of JonBenét Ramsey 
  7. Smith 2016. Laurence Smith.  The Last Christmas of JonBenet Ramsey II: A Freakish Accident, Murderous Cover-Up, And a Shameless Plea-Bargain. 
  8. Stobie 1999. Jane Gray Stobie. JonBenét's Gift: A Miracle for the Millennium. 
  9. True Crime Detectives Guild 2016Listen Carefully: Truth and Evidence in the JonBenet Ramsey Case.  
  10. Walker 2001. John H. Walker. JonBenét Ramsey: The Travesty of Innocence-Now Hear the Truth. 
  11. Wecht & Bosworth 1998. Cyril H. Wecht and Charles Bosworth, Jr. Who Killed JonBenét? A Leading Forensic Expert Uncovers the Shocking Facts.  


John Ramsey Did It (JDI)

  1. DocG 2015Ruled In: Solving the JonBenét Ramsey Case.
  2. Von Duyke & Wallington 1998. Eleanor Von Duyke and Dwight Wallington. A Little Girl's Dream? A JonBenét Ramsey Story. 


Patsy Ramsey Did It (PDI)

  1. Dresbold & Kwalwasser 2006. Michelle Dresbold and James Kwalwasser. Sex, Lies and Handwriting
  2. Hodges 1998Andrew G. Hodges. A Mother Gone Bad: The Hidden Confession of JonBenét’s Killer.
  3. Hodges 2000. Andrew G. Hodges. Who Will Speak for JonBenét? A New Investigator Reads Between the Lines.
  4. Hoffman-Pugh 2010. Linda Hoffman-Pugh. The Death of an Innocent
  5. Hughes 2014. David J. Hughes. An Angel Betrayed: How Wealth, Power and Corruption Destroyed the JonBenet Ramsey Murder Investigation.  
  6. McDonough 2016. Sam Dennis McDonough. 120 Clues That Show Who Killed JonBenet.
  7. Pietras 2014. David Pietras. The Tragic Little Pageant Princess.  
  8. Pietras & Shay 2015. David Pietras and Julia Shay. The Bloodstained Tiara
  9. Thomas 2000Steve Thomas with Donald A. DavisJonBenét: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation From a Leading Detective on the Case (Hardcover). 
  10. Thomas 2000a. Steve Thomas with Donald A. Davis. JonBenét: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation From a Leading Detective on the Case (Paperback). 


Burke Ramsey Did It (BDI)

  1. Kolar 2012A. James Kolar. Foreign Faction--Who Really Killed JonBenet?
  2. Taylor 2012John W. Taylor. Umbrella of Suspicion: Investigating the Death of JonBenét Ramsey.
  3. Van Der Beek & Wilson 2016. Nick Van Der Beek and Lisa Wilson. The Craven Silence.
  4. Van Der Beek & Wilson 2016a. Nick Van Der Beek and Lisa WilsonThe Craven Silence: Book 2.
  5. Van Der Beek & Wilson 2016b. Nick Van Der Beek and Lisa WilsonThe Craven Silence: Book 3.  


William Ramsey Did It (WDI) 

  1. Kula 2009M'Linda Kula. Santa Murderer of Mine! JonBenét's True Case History


Intruder Theories

Intruder Did It (IDI) theories include "stranger intruder" theories and "acquaintance intruder" theories.


Stranger Intruder Theories

Stranger intruder theories posit someone completely unknown to or by the family. These include:

  1. Gary Oliva ("The Saint")
  2. Mike McElroy ("The Prophet")
  3. "The Warrior"
  4. "Flippy Esso"


  1. BTK-style Serial Killer
  2. Robert Pachaly



  1. Profile Taunter
  2. Failed Frame Ramsey Theory



  1. Chris Wolf
  2. American Indian Movement (AIM) Activists
  3. Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC)
  4. Secret Evil Society
  5. Chinese Invisible Personnel


Acquaintance Intruder Theories

Acquaintance intruder theories posit someone loosely connected to the family who selected the Ramseys for a particular motivation, e.g., revenge or targeting JBR because she'd been seen in a beauty pageant. None of these individuals would have been invited into the house on Christmas night. These include:


  • Sexual Predators
  1. Michael Helgoth (\"Boots\")
  2. John Steven Gigax (Helgoth Accomplice)
  3. John Kenady (Helgoth Accomplice)


  • Pedophiles
  1. Pedophile Stalker
  2. Pedophile Sex Ring
  3. Street Santa


  • Serial Killers


  • Individuals Seeking Revenge
  1. Disgruntled Access Graphics Worker
  2. CIA Plot
  3. Disgruntled Law Enforcement
  4. Beauty Pageant Stalker


"Friendly" Intruder Theories

"Friendly" intruder theories involve someone well-known to the family and JBR herself, someone who may have even gained access to the house on the night of December 26 on "friendly" terms; but it also includes adults who were Ramsey workers, friends or close acquaintances of John or Patsy Ramsey (or even children of such friends) but who might have had an exploitative rather than friendly relationship with JBR.


Worked for Ramsey Family

These include:


Family Friends

These include:


Children of Family Friends

These include:


Ramsey Did It Theories


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