The Murder of JonBenet Ramsey

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  • The Ramseys host a Christmas Party

    The Ramseys host a Christmas party at their home in Boulder, Colorado. About 30 people attend.
  • The Ramseys attend a Christmas Dinner

    The Ramsey family visit their neighbours, the Whites, for a Christmas dinner at around 5:00 PM. They return home at about 10:00 PM.
  • JonBenet is found missing from her bedroom

    JonBenet is found missing from her bedroom
    Patsy Ramsey places a 911 call to the Boulder Police Department explaining that her daughter, JonBenet, is not in her room and that a ransom note was left behind.
  • JonBenet is found dead

    John Ramsey discovers JonBenet's body in the basement at around 1:00 PM. The Ramsey home is declared a crime scene.
  • The police arrive at the Ramsey home

    The police arrive at the Ramsey home
    At approximately 6:00 AM, the Boulder Police arrive at the Ramsey house after Patsy's call. They order a search of the mansion.
  • JonBenet's cause of death is ruled a homicide

    The county coroner determines that JonBenet died from asphyxiation due to strangulation.
  • Evidence and handwriting samples are collected from the Ramseys

    Evidence and handwriting samples are collected from the Ramseys
  • JonBenet is buried in Marrieta, Georgia

    JonBenet is buried in Marrieta, Georgia
  • The Ramseys declare their innocence on CNN

  • Police finish collecting evidence from the Ramsey home

  • John and Patsy Ramsey hire handwriting analysts

    John and Patsy Ramsey hire handwriting analysts
  • Police collect DNA samples from Bill McReynolds

    Bill McReynolds dressed up as Santa Claus at the Ramseys' Christmas party on December 23.
  • Two of JonBenet's half-siblings are cleared

    John Ramsey's children from a previous marriage, John and Melinda Ramsey are cleared of any involvement in the crime.
  • Beginning of DNA tests on evidence found at the crime scene

  • JonBenet's full autopsy report is released

  • The Ramseys are outed as possible suspects

    The Ramseys are outed as possible suspects
  • The Ramseys are interviewed by police in formal sessions

  • Boulder Police Chief, Tom Koby, admits to making mistakes in the investigation

  • JonBenet's brother, Burke, is questioned for 6 hours by police

    JonBenet's brother, Burke, is questioned for 6 hours by police
  • A grand jury overhears evidence

  • The District Attorney announces that there will be no indictment issued for the case

  • The debate over whether a stun gun was used on JonBenet begins.

  • The Ramseys publish their book "The Death of Innocence"

    The Ramseys publish their book
  • Fleet White attempts to press charges

    Fleet White seeks to press criminal charges against journalists who implied his involvement in the killing of JonBenet.
  • Detective Andrew "Lou" Smit states that DNA evidence was found underneath JonBenet's fingernails

    Detective Andrew
  • The Ramseys try to sue CourtTV

    The Ramseys try to sue CourtTV
    John and Patsy Ramsey seek to sue CourTV for mentioning Burke as a possible suspect in the slaying of his sister. Burke was only 9 years old at the time of the murder.
  • Patsy Ramsey's ovarian cancer reappears

  • The investigation is handed over to District Attorney, Mary Keenan

  • An Atlanta judge concludes that an intruder killed JonBenet

    An Atlanta judge concludes that an intruder killed JonBenet
  • The Ramseys' attorney states that DNA found on JonBenet's body has not turned up any criminal matches

  • Patsy Ramsey dies of ovarian cancer

    Patsy Ramsey dies of ovarian cancer
  • New suspect, John Mark Karr, is arrested in Thailand after claiming he killed JonBenet

    New suspect, John Mark Karr, is arrested in Thailand after claiming he killed JonBenet
  • The charges against John Mark Karr are dropped

    The charges against John Mark Karr are dropped
    John Mark Karr is free after his DNA did not match that found at the crime scene.
  • New Touch DNA clears Ramseys of involvement in JonBenet's death