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Grand Jury Wanted Child Abuse Charges for JonBenét Ramsey's Parents

JonBenét Ramsey Murder Case: Grand Jury Voted to Indict Parents on Charges of Child Abuse Resulting in Death

Originally posted 10/25/2013 12:15PM

According to court documents released Friday in Boulder, Colo., a grand jury voted in 1999 to indict the parents of murdered 6-year-old beauty pageant winner JonBenét Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death and of being accessories to a crime.

The indictment alleges that between Christmas Day and Dec. 26, 1996, John and Patsy Ramsey "unlawfully, knowingly, recklessly and feloniously permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child's life or health," which resulted in her death.

But the release of the documents is somewhat of a red herring. Seventeen years after the nation was shocked by news that the precocious pageant queen had been beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted, JonBenét's case is still considered unsolved.

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John Ramsey Says He Thought of Suicide

John Ramsey Says He Thought of Suicide

Originally posted 03/18/2012 02:45PM

In the months following his daughter JonBenét's brutal murder, John Ramsey contemplated ending it all.

"I wanted to escape from the pain," Ramsey – the author of a new memoir, The Other Side of Suffering, which recounts the aftermath of that fateful day in December 1996, when he found the 6-year-old's lifeless body in the basement of his and wife Patsy's Boulder, Colo., home – tells PEOPLE.

Long the targets of the Boulder Police Department's investigation, Ramsey, 68, says he and Patsy, who died of ovarian cancer in 2006, were prepared to go to jail, signing over custody of JonBenét's older brother Burke to a relative.

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JonBenet Ramsey's Father Remarries

JonBenet Ramsey's Father Remarries

Originally posted 07/28/2011 11:00AM

Five years after his wife Patsy died of ovarian cancer, John Ramsey, the father of slain Colorado child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, has remarried.

Ramsey, 67, tied the knot with Jan Rousseaux, 53, a twice-divorced Las Vegas designer, on July 21 in Charlevoix, Mich., reports the National Enquirer.

"I have no doubt she will be smiling," Ramsey tells the Enquirer of JonBenet, who would have turned 21 on Aug. 6.

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INSIDE STORY: New DA in JonBenét Case Proceeding Carefully

INSIDE STORY: New DA in JonBenét Case Proceeding Carefully

Originally posted 03/08/2009 05:30PM

Call him Mr. Cautious. Boulder, Colo., District Attorney Stan Garnett isn't about to make the same mistakes as his two predecessors by opening or closing the umbrella of suspicion on any suspects in the unsolved murder of 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey.

In a recent interview, Garnett tells PEOPLE the Boulder Police Department's task force met for the first time last week, and it's "a very impressive group." He says it was "a worthwhile couple of days," but when it comes to making promises on what comes next, Garnett goes back to what constituents told him back on the campaign trail: "Don't talk about the case unless you solve it."

Still one of the nation's most notorious murder mysteries, JonBenét's body – bludgeoned and strangled – was discovered in the basement of her parent's upscale Boulder home the day after Christmas 1996, hours after her mother called 911 to report a kidnapping. A rambling, three-page ransom note was also left at the scene. The child's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, quickly came under suspicion, although a grand jury convened in October of 1999 failed to indict anyone.

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JonBenet's Dad & Natalee Holloway's Mom Together

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JonBenet's Dad & Natalee Holloway's Mom Together

Originally posted 06/05/2007 11:00AM

The father of murdered child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey and the mother of missing teen Natalee Holloway now appear to share something beyond their tragic circumstances – each other.

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John Mark Karr: In His Own Words | John Mark Karr

John Mark Karr: In His Words

Originally posted 08/24/2006 02:00PM

While in custody in Bangkok last week, John Mark Karr, the suspect in the 1996 killing of JonBenet Ramsey, spoke with Thai officials. In its new issue, PEOPLE has exclusive excerpts of the interviews.

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Did He Kill JonBenét? | JonBenet Ramsey

Could This Be JonBenét's Killer?

Originally posted 08/24/2006 12:00PM

More on this story John Mark Karr: His Dark PastJonBenet Suspect Claims Her Death Was 'an Accident' It started with a stunning phone call: There was a new suspect in the case. Patsy Ramsey – her cancer spreading, her strength sapped – boarded a plane to Colorado last February and, with her husband, John, went to see Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy. There had been other suspects, and even a number of false confessions, but this time was different: This suspect seemed to know undisclosed details of the crime scene. The Ramseys – who for many years had lived with widespread public perception that they might have been involved in or knew more than they were saying about the crime – left the meeting with Lacy feeling hopeful.

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John Mark Karr Heading to Colorado

John Mark Karr Heading to Colorado

Originally posted 08/22/2006 01:25PM

The case of "The People v. John Karr" got underway Tuesday in the Los Angeles County Courthouse, where the man who claims he was with JonBenet Ramsey at the time of her 1996 murder in the basement of her parents' Boulder, Colo., home waived his right to contest extradition to Colorado – and will soon be on his way there to face charges against him.

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John Mark Karr Due in Court Tuesday

UpdatePosted 08/22/2006 08:25AM

John Mark Karr Due in Court Tuesday

Originally posted 08/21/2006 07:55AM

John Mark Karr is scheduled to be in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday morning for an extradition hearing, as the legal gears begin to turn for the suspect in the 1996 killing of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.

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Karr En Route to U.S. to Face Charges

Karr En Route to U.S. to Face Charges

Originally posted 08/20/2006 12:45PM

John Mark Karr, the 41-year-old teacher who admitted involvement in the 1996 death of JonBenet Ramsey, is now in transit to Los Angeles where he will face charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and child sexual assault, officials said.

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