She was the beloved daughter of wealthy parents, and the only little girl in the world with that name. And we all know how things ended, only we don’t.
The two best books on the subject, to date, are Lawrence Schiller’s Perfect Murder, Perfect Town and Detective Steve Thomas’ JonBenét, Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation.
There’s no need to outline the events which are known, or to detail the weirder aspects – the “War and Peace” of all ransom notes, the $118,000 ransom, the playwright across the road who wrote it all before it happened, the false confession, Burke’s voice on tape when it shouldn’t have been.
Detective Thomas makes no bones about his list of the most likely culprits – Patsy Ramsey, Patsy Ramsey, Patsy Ramsey and Patsy Ramsey. Schiller is more circumspect.
John and Patsy wrote a book, The Death of Innocence – JonBenét’s Parents Tell Their Story and it is quite convincing. A psychopath whose knew the family got into the house and killed JonBenét.
Joyce Carol Oates, who famously called JonBenét “the most famous little girl in the world” fictionalised the story in her novel, My Sister, My Love, where it’s ice-skating not beauty pageants, and although the mother and brother are implicated, it is all a horrible accident.
In one of the worst books I have ever read on the case, JonBenét Knows Evil Love, author Richard Rubacher posits that we can find the answer to the crime by payng intention to insanely cryptic clues in the note and in “backwards talking”. This pile of rubbish was so meretricious and poisonous that I burnt it.