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JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation

JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation

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by Steve Thomas, Donald A. Davis, Don Davis

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ISBN-10: 1250054796

ISBN-13: 9781250054791

Pub. Date: 11/15/2000

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Finally, the information you've been waiting for: who really killed JonBenet?

Perhaps the most compelling murder case of our day, the death of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey galvanized the nation-and years after it occurred, the mystery still endures. Who killed the young beauty queen and why? Who is covering up for whom and who is simply lying? In JonBenet,


Finally, the information you've been waiting for: who really killed JonBenet?

Perhaps the most compelling murder case of our day, the death of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey galvanized the nation-and years after it occurred, the mystery still endures. Who killed the young beauty queen and why? Who is covering up for whom and who is simply lying? In JonBenet, the most authoritative and comprehensive study of the Ramsey murder, a former lead Boulder Police detective, Steve Thomas, explores the case in vivid and fascinating detail-pointing the way toward an analysis of the evidence some deem too shocking to consider. Here, Thomas raises these and many other provocative questions:

-How was the investigation botched from the beginning-and why did police so carelessly allow the crime scene to be tampered with?

-Why were John and Patsy Ramsey protected from early questioning and any lie-detector tests, even though their stories and behavior were erratic, suspicious and inconsistent?

-Why was crucial evidence ignored, why were certain key witnesses unquestioned by detectives, and why were the Ramseys privy to sensitive information about the case and even police reports?

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Table of Contents

Author's Noteix
Part 1Little Miss Christmas1
Part 2A Gathering Storm85
Part 3Rocky Road to Nowhere157
Part 4Not So Grand Jury225
Part 5Laying Down the Badge295
Dramatis Personae354

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JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
AngieRPR More than 1 year ago
Another disgusting account of how there is a fine line between justice between the poor and the rich. This is about as close to the truth as anyone is ever going to get with this case. It saddens and shocks and enfuriates me how political gain, money and greed were more important to the Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter than solving the murder and getting justice for a 6-year-old innocent little girl who was murdered in her home on Christmas Night. Author and Detective Steve Thomas wasn't out to make money with this book. He wasn't out doing talk shows and interviews. After writing this, he went back into leading a life of privacy and doing construction work. I believe he truly cared about this case, devoting his life 24/7 for years to try to get to the bottom of the mystery, and I believe he did. Truth and justice meant more to him than the DA, which is why he had to lay down his badge to speak the truth instead of remaining silent to the powers that be. It is amazing that there are still some "good guys" out there like Steve Thomas. It's too bad that his career and reputation were smeared by the DA and others for uncovering and speaking out against the extreme corruption in Boulder. After reading this book, it is evident that there was MORE THAN ENOUGH probable cause to arrest if not both of the Ramseys at least arrest Patsy Ramsey. Thank you, Steve Thomas, for being honest and exposing the DA for what he is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came into this being open minded, and not making any haste judgments about the illusive who done it theory. I came away from it feeling very frustrated with the justice system, and shocked of how this case was handled by the Boulder District Attorney, Alex Hunter. I think it was clearly evident there was proof beyond a reasonable doubt, who caused the death of this innocent little girl. I commend all of the investigators who tried to do the right thing, even with money and prestige trying to derail their investigation. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This account by Steve Thomas is on the money. It, in my opinion, is the closet we will ever get to the truth. While innocent until proven guilty, the Ramsey's certainly seem like they are hiding something or someone. Read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr Steve Thomas truly CARES about the victim in this case. I work in the legal arena and can honestly say the frustrations and VERY hard and diligent work by the Boulder police in this case has been maligned and degraded by the defense side in this case. It is a disgrace that cases today (and in 1996, when this started to snowball) are now tried in the media, without ANY regard for the murder victim. Kudos to Steve Thomas for wanting justice in this case. The truth will out, as Shakespeare once said. And shame on those who have known the truth but continue to inundate the media with lies. The American public deserves to know the entire truth of this case, and how JonBenet was denied justice.She would be a 22 year old college student if she were alive today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended. Lots of facts. Well written and very believable. It was well worth the money. It answered many of my questions. Another great book on the Nook right now is "The Partisan" by William Jarvis. This book is a novel but based on true facts. It is now only 99 cents. Both books are A+++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and compelling book...and very convincing as to who killed this child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so tragic. I read this book and I enjoyed it. It was so sad how such a young little girl died. I believe it wasn't the Ramseys' who killed her. I believe it was someone the Ramseys' knew. R.I.P. Jonbenet Ramsey 1990-1996
Guest More than 1 year ago
For me, this book proves the conspiracy in the cover-up and protection of the Ramseys. There's more going on here than just the Ramsey's money buying their innocence. Too many people over looked vital evidence. Too many got in the way of justice. There's something very fishy in Boulder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Such a sad messed up story. That police department should be very embarassed and most of them shouldve been fired
Dancing-Man92 More than 1 year ago
Steve was the lead investigator in the JonBenet case. His account of the story is a seemingly objective one which examines the direct and circumstantial evidence. Yes, there are some bias that are present in the text, but Thomas does a good job of keeping that to a minimum. Great read. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing because it told of the entire investigation through the truthful eyes of a man who investigated it the whole time. it was very sad and i felt horrible for the beautiful jon benet. it was truly sad to hear of how they found her and her sad death that has been plagueing the nation. i definitely recommend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading from Steve Thomas's point of view. He sounds so aware of the case. He breaks the case down so carefully you don't miss a thing. I also like that the author was one of the leading detectives on the case, instead of just a regular person aspect. I am positive this won't be a disapointing read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a 16 year old high school girl, and I truly enjoyed this book. From the moment I picked it up, I could honestly not drop it. As many people know it, teenagers do not like to read at all, but this book had me very much intrigued. I'm not a book worm or anything,I'm a regular 16 year old girl, and I loved this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an Excellent Book and i Would HIGHLY Recommend it to Anyone who would want to know the Inside Story!! I Think the Author did a Marvelous job on Writng it and I also Think He should be HIGHLY Commended for Standing up for What he Believed in!! It makes me Sick to Think That There May Never be any Justice for That Poor Little girl!! But I guess we Can ALL Hope and Pray That SOMEDAY, SOMEONE will talk or Finally the ones that did do it will Roast in Hell and I hope there's NOT a day that goes by that it doesn't haunt them in someway!! This was a Very Enlightening book!! Thanks again for a Wonderful Book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in this case. The author manages to be detailed yet focused, and to convey his frustration with the case without going off into a diatribe. It illustrates clearly what can happen when leaders become more concerned with posturing and maintaining power than with taking care of business, or making decisions which need to be made. It could not have been an easy task for the author to dredge up all this. The book is brave, riveting and heartbreaking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book which chronicles the John Benet Ramsey case. The material is based on first hand accounts of the evidence found as well as the goings on between the Boulder Police Department and Boulder D.A. office and the obstacles that answer the question : Why hasn't this case been prosecuted yet ? Author Steve Thomas deserves five gold stars for his fair, frank and informative book. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steve Thomas did a wonderful job of telling a story that has been told so many times that one walks away more confused than before. I never paid much attention to the Jon Benet story, but like a song on the radio that is played over and over -- I couldn't help but have the story burned in my memory. Yet I never really heard the facts, at least not until I read Steve Thomas' book. Steve Thomas is a modern day hero. A man that would not give up and would not back down. I saw him on Larry King Live and he looked Patsy Ramsey right in the eye and told her he thinks she did it. It was the first time I saw the always composed, Mrs. Ramsey - Blink!! So - I bought the book - and I could not put it down. For anyone that wants to know the truth -- I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was by far one of the best true crime books I have ever read. Mr. Thomas did an excellent job convincing me of Patsy Ramsey's guilt. I applaud Steve Thomas for his seemingly fine job during the investigation of this little girl's murder. JonBenet would be proud. If more people read his book maybe just maybe Patsy would get whats coming to her. This should be required reading for the entire Boulder Police Department as well as 'Team Ramsey'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just started this book today, and Ive read 3/4 of it so far!!! I cant put it down!!! Steve Thomas really did his homework in this investigation, something the DA failed to do...they were more on the Ramseys side then their own police officers it seems. This book is excellently crafted and well organized. It comes as close to proving the crime was an 'inside job' as a confession from the killer him/herself. It was really a shame that so much evidence was ignored, the crime scene infiltrated, this is the most botched investigation that Ive ever read about next to the OJ Simpson one. I feel that Steve Thomas' voice is one that deserves to be heard by all, so that maybe one day we will truly have justice for poor little Jon Benet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have become very interested in the JonBenet Ramsey case and thought Steve Thomas did an excellent job telling his story. I felt his anger and frustration through the entire book and hope this book helped him find some peace with this case.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written, articulate and gives you an in-depth picture of the whole case. Steve is an extremely smart and able police officer and his book proves it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! Steve Thomas does an excellent job with this one, blowing the whistle on the Boulder DA, sticking to the facts, yet at times showing how big his heart is. A hero in my mind and a role model for those in a position of responsibility and authority.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book very well written and detailed by the lead detective in the investigation of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. Found this book extemely believable and most interesting to read above all the others. Could not put it down until finished.I think Steve Thomas tells the truth and should be commended for doing so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book in two days. I could not put it down. I felt his frustration as every door was slammed in his face by the DA and I felt his true dedication to finding the truth behind this bizarre and heartbreaking murder. I agree with his conclusions and I hope someday for him and JonBenet this case will be settled and the real murderer brought to justice. Thanks Steve for having the guts to come forward and truly bringing us inside the case.
Anonymous 5 months ago
It infuriates me how the wealthy in this country can buy entitlement. This beautiful child was a pawn that was used to bring to fruition her mother's unfulfilled dreams. The author's theory about what happened makes sense. Why not own up to it. ? Because their reputations meant more to them.