Wednesday, August 16, 2006

JonBenet Murder Confession

According to FNC, John Mark Karr, a forty-one year old American second grade teacher held in Thailand on sex charges, has allegedly admitted to the murder of five-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey a decade ago. After his confession to Thai police and ICE in Bangkok, he was subsequently arrested on charges pertaining thereto. In his confession, Karr purportedly included facts unknown to the public: however, authorities do not have any corroborating DNA or handwriting evidence from him. Reportedly, Karr sent e-mail for the last three to four years to individuals close to the case, including Patsy Ramsey, JonBenet's mother, describing in lurid detail the sexual assault and murder of JonBenet. [Allegedly, Karr lived in Conyers, GA, outside of Atlanta, near or in the same place where the Ramseys lived after they lived in Boulder: further, early sources indicated that Karr may have once resided in Colorado and was interviewed by police in the early stages of the investigation.] Reports indicate that Karr is to be brought back to the States this weekend and that the Boulder DA's office will hold a teleconference tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. E.T. about the case. JonBenet's father issued a statement shortly after the arrest of Karr that he and Patsy had been informed by the Boulder, CO, DA's office of the investigation of Karr and his imminent arrest and that he was (and as Patsy, now deceased as of June 24, 2006, undoubtedly would have been) pleased.

Cf. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_4921245,00.html, the Drudge Report, and FNC.

6 comments:

jharkansas said...

There is something really unusual about this guy and his confession.  I can't quite put my finger on it.  I think, essentially, I'm wondering if his confession is sincere.  

jakeho said...

Karr is definitely an odd one. However, it would be wonderful to be able to bring proper closure to this painful case of JonBenet's sexual assault and murder which stigmatized her parents and mesmerized the nation for a decade.

jharkansas said...

I'm concerned that this guy is some type of freak who gets off on the publicity and is trying to take credit for her murder.  Why anyone would do this is a good question, but I think that it's a possibility.  The public is so hungry for someone to skewer for her murder that they not consider this scenario.

jakeho said...

J, various pundits on FNC are echoing your sentiments. However, I find it hard to believe that one would put his life and liberty at stake to gain some egomanical infamy. Of course, if he's really loco, I guess all bets are off.

obfuscator22 said...

This whole sordid case gives me the creeps everytime I see it up on the TV.  As a matter of fact, the phrase "five year old beauty queen" gives me the creeps, as well.

You're right; it is possible that Karr is seeking publicity in a perverse way.  

jakeho said...

According to his father, Karr wrote a school paper on JonBenet: the teacher liked it so much that he suggested that Karr write a book. Who knows if this is his way to play the antihero in some film noir based on a script written in his mind? To use your term, G., it's very creepy.