JonBenet Ramsey’s REAL murderer is 26-year-old son of a junkyard owner who killed himself after her death, claims investigator hired by the child beauty queen’s parents.
- The private investigator hired by John and Patsy Ramsey to find out who killed their daughter claims it was Michael Helgoth
- Helgoth’s family owned a junkyard on the outskirts of town and he confessed to the killing on a recording claims one of his former workers
- John Kenady, Helgoth’s former employee, claims to have heard details about the confession and says someone close to Helgoth has the tape
- Helgoth committed suicide less then two months after JonBenet’s murder, but according to the Ramseys’ investigator, Ollie Gray, he was killed
- JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her Boulder, Colorado home on December 26, 1996
- Her parents were the primary suspects in the case for over a decade, but were finally cleared in 2008, two years after Patsy died of ovarian cancer
It has been almost 20 years since the body of JonBenet Ramsey was found in the basement of her family home in Boulder, Colorado just one day after Christmas, and the investigator hired by her parents to find the person or persons responsible for her death is now revealing who he believes killed the child beauty queen.
In an interview with InTouch, Ollie Gray, who continued to investigate the murder case even after he stopped working for the Ramseys, claims that the child’s killer was a local 26-year-old who family owned a junkyard on the outskirts of the city – Michael Helgoth.
‘Based on what we know now, I believe Helgoth and his accomplices committed the crime. There’s no doubt about it,’ said Gray.
That opinion was backed up by John Kenady, a man who used to work for Helgoth, who told the magazine; ‘There was a tape recording made by Helgoth. And in it, he said he killed JonBenet.’
Kenady also claims that someone close to Helgoth still has the tape, which was overlooked by police during the investigation.
Kenady claims that he first grew suspicious of Helgoth a month before the murder.
‘In late November, Helgoth had told me that he and a partner were going to make a great deal and they each will bring in around $50,000 or $60,000,’ said Kenady.
‘I was amazed. I thought it was a very odd thing to say.’
The body of JonBenet was found bludgeoned and strangled hours after she was reported missing and covered by a white blanket with a nylon cord around her neck, her wrists bound above her head and her mouth covered by duct tape.
Her skull was also cracked.
Her parents John and Patsy had called police to report her kidnapping and said they found a note demanding a ransom of $118,000 for her safe return – and that they had not contact the authorities.
Despite this, police arrived to their home shortly after in clearly marked vehicles.
John and Patsy would remain the primary suspects in their daughter’s death for more than a decade, and it was not until 2008 that police finally cleared them of any wrongdoing.
She was initially suspected by many of being the murderer after reports emerged that handwriting on the ransom note was similar to her own, but after she willingly provided a sample to police it was determined she did not write the note.
Many also suspected someone in the family as they claimed there were no footprints in the snow around the house and the ransom amount was the exact amount that John had just received in his annual bonus.
Gray however says that if police had just listened to Kenady they could have solved the case, but they refused to call him back despite the fact that he reached out almost 20 times with information about Helgoth.
‘Kenady provided very relevant information that should have been a priority lead,’ said Gray.
‘But I got the distinct feeling that the Boulder police had absolutely no interest in anything that took away from the theory that John and Patsy Ramsey killed their daughter.’
Then, on February 13, 1997, Alex Hunter, who was then the district attorney, held a press conference where he spoke to JonBenet’s unknown killer, saying; ‘The list of suspect narrows. Soon there will be no one on the list but you.’
Helgoth died of an apparent suicide two days later at his home. Kenady believes he was murdered by an accomplice or accomplices who were with him when he killed JonBenet.
‘The gun was found on Helgoth’s right side, but the bullet hole goes from left to right. It doesn’t make sense why someone would commit suicide in that manner,’ said Kenady.
‘He was murdered to keep his mouth shut.’
A few years after his death however Helgoth was cleared when it was revealed that none of his DNA was found under JonBenet’s fingernails or in her underwear.
‘If they could find out who killed Helgoth it could lead police to his accomplices in her murder,’ he explains.
Many however still believe it was a member of the family, something JonBenet’s father addressed in an interview with Barbara Walters that aired last year.
Appearing on Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals, John said that he and his late-wife Patsy did everything they could to protect their son Burke from learning that he was being accused of murdering his sister.
No one in the family was ever charged in the death of the six-year-old, but for years tabloids and members of the public believed they were the culprits of this unspeakable crime.
Most of these stories focused on parents John and Patsy, but some went so far as to claim that Burke had been responsible for his sister’s death – despite the fact that he was only nine-years-old at the time.
‘Friends would ask us, “What can we do to help?” We said, “Next time you go in the supermarket, call the manager over when you see our child’s photo on the front cover, and ask him to remove it.” A lot of them did that.’
Stories would point to the fact that Burke was in the house when JonBenet was reported missing, but his parents always stood firm on the fact that he was sleeping the entire time and did not wake up until after they called police.
He was exonerated by DNA evidence in May of 1999, a little over two years after the murder.
Burke – who is now 28-years-old – has never spoken publicly about his sister’s death and has kept a low profile for the past decade.
John also said that he still believes the killer will be found.
‘It will either be a DNA match or someone who knows something will become angry or bitter against this person and will tell.’
Male DNA was found on the underwear of JonBenet when her body was discovered, but authorities have never been able to match it to a suspect.
There was also a bowl of pineapples found in the kitchen when the young girl was first reported missing but police on the scene allowed someone to clean the bowl.
This ended up being a crucial error as JonBenet was found with pineapple in her stomach when her body was examined by the coroner.
The house was also not sealed off by police and friends and family were allowed to come and go during the initial investigation, contaminating the crime scene.
In addition to losing JonBenet, John had also lost his oldest daughter Elizabeth from a previous marriage in 1992 when she was 22-years-old after she was in a car accident.
As a result of what he has gone through, he now has advice for others who might face a similarly tragic situation.
‘When something really tragic happens in your life, put your life in park. Give your checkbook to a trusted friend. Avoid making any big decisions,’ said John.
‘Because you’re just not capable of making good decisions.’
The case will be revisited later this year on CBS, where they are planning an unscripted miniseries which will reunite members of the original investigation team and bring in new experts to re-examine the murder mystery.
JonBenet, who would now be 25 years old, is buried next to her mother Patsy in Georgia.
TIMELINE OF A TRAGEDY: THE INVESTIGATION OF JONBENET’S DEATH
December 26, 1996: JonBenet Ramsey, 6, is found dead in the basement of the family’s Boulder home, several hours after her mother called 911 to say the girl was missing and that she had found a ransom note. She was killed after she was strangled and suffered a fractured skull
January 1, 1997: Patsy and John Ramsey appear in first TV interview to protest their innocence
April 30, 1997: They undergo formal interviews at the Boulder County Justice Center
May 20, 1997: Mrs Ramsey, who authorities believe could have written the ransom note, gives them a fifth handwriting sample
Summer 1997: The Ramseys move from Colorado to Atlanta
March 12, 1998: Boulder police ask the DA to take the case to a grand jury
June, 1998: Boulder police present the results of their investigation to Hunter’s prosecutorial team and outside advisers; the Ramseys are interviewed separately over three days by investigators
August 12, 1998: Authorities say the Ramsey case will go to a grand jury and the following month, it begins
October 13, 1999: The grand jury disbands and the DA announces there is not enough evidence to file charges against the couple
March 29, 2001: The Ramseys file an $80 million libel and defamation lawsuit against officers at the Boulder Police Department who agree to an undisclosed settlement in the case
March 31, 2003: Federal judge says evidence is ‘more consistent with a theory that an intruder murdered JonBenet than it was with a theory that Mrs. Ramsey did’
December 2003: New DA confirms that DNA from a spot of blood from JonBenet’s underwear has been entered into the FBI’s national database – but that it’s not from her family
August. 16, 2006: John Mark Karr, a 41-year-old American school teacher who confessed to the crime, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand – but his DNA does not match that found on the body
July 9, 2008: DA makes public a letter she has written to John Ramsey explaining that new DNA tests have convinced her that no member of the Ramsey family should remain under any suspicion
September 2010: Reports surface that police seek to re-interview JonBenet’s brother Burke, who had been 9 at the time of her death, as they continue to investigate the death
July 21, 2011: John Ramsey remarries to Jan Rousseaux, 53, a designer
June 14, 2012: A. James Kolar, who worked as an investigator in the DA’s Office, writes in a new book that the Ramsey family ‘may have been involved at least as an accessory after the fact’
October 23, 2013: Judge rules that the court will release grand jury indictment about the Ramseys
October 25, 2013: Indictment is released, revealing that in 1999 it accused the Ramseys of two counts each of child abuse resulting in death in connection to the first-degree murder of JonBenet
Chris Spargo via DailyMail | Photos i.dailymail.co.uk | Case time line source Huffingtonpost.com
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