Why Did John Ramsey Move JonBenet's Body? The Action Left Police Puzzled
During CBS' The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey, former FBI Agent Ron Walker recalled being one of the first responders in the JonBenet Ramsey case. And there was one moment in particular from the tragic day that stuck out to him: John Ramsey had moved JonBenet's body before investigators had a chance to observe it. Allegedly, the moving of the body happened before Walker had a chance to arrive, though Detective Linda Arndt updated him on what he had missed. Walker recounted Arndt's summary:
When she tells John we're going to search the house top and bottom — we're going to start at the top — Ramsey is there with Fleet White. He grabs Fleet by the arm and makes a beeline for the basement door. John Ramsey opens the door, says something about finding his daughter, then turns the light on ... John Ramsey brings the body upstairs.
Though John Ramsey's decision to move the body from the crime scene and place it on the floor in the living room raised suspicion, the family had always maintained its innocence and was cleared of involvement by DNA evidence in 2008. The evidence, which hasn't yet been matched to anyone, supports the "intruder theory," which suggests an intruder broke into the home on Dec. 26 and killed the child beauty queen.
According to ABC News, the case, which is still open, involves lots of pieces: 1,500 pieces of evidence; 20,000 tips; and 200 samples of DNA. During his interview, Walker explained that the moving of the body made piecing it together more difficult. "That's when it really first hit me about the nightmare that the forensic people were going to have," he said.
Though John didn't participate in the CBS' docu-series to explain his reasoning for moving the body, he has participated in numerous past interviews. During a 2000 interview with Barbara Walters, for example, Walters asked him whether he murdered his daughter. He said, "No, I did not," as did his wife Patsy.
Image: CBS' The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey