The murder of JonBenét Ramsey, the six year old girl killed in her own home more than 24 years ago, hasn’t been forgotten. Two granddaughters of a longtime detective on Ramsey’s case are still focused on what really happened to the child on Dec. 25, 1996, the day she was murdered.
Originally, police and JonBenét’s parents believed that the child had been kidnapped after finding a three-page ransom note which told the parents not to call the police, and to wait for a call from the kidnapper “tomorrow” between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The “kidnapper” also asked for a ransom of $118,000.
The parents called 911, and police came and searched the family’s home in Boulder, Colorado.
According to reporting by ABC7:
“John Ramsey later found JonBenét in the basement, a part of the home that police had neglected to search.
JonBenét’s cause of death was determined to be strangulation with a makeshift garrote, a weapon that, in this case, involved a string wrapped around a piece of one of Patsy Ramsey’s paintbrushes. The child had also suffered an 8-inch skull fracture, shocks from a stun gun and sexual abuse with a broken piece from the paintbrush used in the garrote, according to Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent and ABC News contributor who wasn’t involved in JonBenét’s case.”
Two granddaughters of Lou Smit, the longtime detective in JonBenét Ramsey’s case, are following in his footsteps, keeping his legacy alive, and trying to honor JonBenét’s memory. Smit, who dedicated his life to proving that the Ramsey family was innocent in the murder of their daughter, passed away in 2010 after a long battle with colon cancer.
ABC dedicated an entire episode of it’s 20/20 show to the ongoing investigation of the child’s murder. The episode featured the two granddaughters, Lexi Marra and Jessa Van Der Woerd, whose podcast, The Victim’s Shoes, focuses on JonBenét’s murder, and the endless speculation and theories surrounding it.
“They know a lot about the case, my two girls,” Lou’s son-in-law Kent Marra told ABC’s 20/20. “They loved their grandfather.”
“First and foremost, we wanted to continue our grandpa’s legacy,” Lexi told 20/20 about their efforts to solve the case. “That was one thing he asked for before he died. He wants the case to remain alive.”
“In order to put this case to rest, it’s finding out who did it and also putting all of the misconceptions and myths about the case to rest,” Jessa added, noting that the goal of their podcast and research is to finally offer clarity for the people still grieving over the loss of JonBenét.
ABC, Jessa, and Lexi are not the only ones still focused on keeping the case alive. A new documentary called JonBenét Ramsey: What Really Happened? is streaming on Discovery+, and includes new, previously unreleased audio from Lou Smit.
In addition, a new documentary called JonBenét Ramsey: What Really Happened? is currently streaming on Discovery+ and includes previously unreleased audio from Lou.
It seems there is still hope that we could finally see justice for JonBenét.