JonBenet Ramsey Dead 17 Years, Book Nears Completion

    December 26, 2013
    Kimberly Ripley

JonBenet Ramsey was just six years old when her body was found in the basement of her family’s Boulder, Colorado home 17 years ago. Her killer remains at large. Paula Woodward, a former investigative reporter for Boulder’s 9News has spent the last four years writing a book about the unsolved murder case. That book is now nearing its publication date. Mr. Ramsey, Listen Carefully!: Facts, Fictions, Lies and Legends in the Murder of JonBenet Ramsey is due for publication in 2014 by Kensington Publishing Corp.

A tentative date of August 26, 2014 has been set, but even Woodward isn’t certain that will be the book’s release date.

“That’s going to be decided after the holidays,” she said.

Approximately 400 pages in length, it will no doubt be very interesting to see what the former 9News reporter has written.

JonBenet Ramsey’s father, John Ramsey, found her partially clothed body in the basement of their home on December 26th, 1996. Eight hours earlier Patsy Ramsey had found a ransom note on a staircase within the home, demanding $118,000 for JonBenet’s return. Both of JonBenet’s parents were considered suspects in her murder, as was her older brother Burke. All have long since been cleared of any wrongdoing in the little girl’s death. Many suspect the Boulder Police for botching the case from the start.

Paula Woodward’s book is being written with cooperation from John Ramsey. Patsy Ramsey died of ovarian cancer back in 2006.

“I visited with him in Charlevoix (Mich.) in 2009 and asked him to participate in the book, and explained my reasons for doing the book,” she said. “I have cooperation from John Ramsey, from law enforcement people, from Ramsey attorneys, from people involved on the periphery. A lot of people seemed willing to talk. Some were anonymous, but they are known to me — and my editor, of course.”

It will certainly be interesting to read whatever Paula Woodward has compiled in her book about JonBenet Ramsey’s death. It would definitely be wonderful after all these years if something would lend some clues to cold case investigators that might lead to an arrest.

Woodward dismisses any notion that she believes all members of JonBenet’s family are innocent.

“That case was full of misperceptions, and nobody knows what I thought then and after reviewing it for four years, nobody knows what I think now,” she said.

Do you think John, Patricia and Burke Ramsey are all innocent of wrongdoing in the death of JonBenet Ramsey 17 years ago? Do you think Paula Woodward’s new book will help point fingers at a suspect in the case?

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Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.