JonBenét Ramsey’s brother reveals why he thinks police suspect his mother and says police haven’t done enough to find the killer

The brother of murdered pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey has revealed he thinks police still suspect her mother Patsy killed the six-year-old.

John Andrew Ramsey exclusively with The Sun on Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the death of a young sister that he felt the police were not doing enough to find her killer.

Patsy and John Ramsey are suspects in JonBenét's daughter's death


Patsy and John Ramsey are suspects in JonBenét’s daughter’s deathCredit: Alamy
JonBenét was found dead in the basement of her family home on December 26, 1996


JonBenét was found dead in the basement of her family home on December 26, 1996Credit: Alamy
John Andrews continues to fight for justice for his sister


John Andrews continues to fight for justice for his sisterCredit: Investigative Discovery

He has pushed for DNA testing to be used to narrow down suspects after other famous cases like the Golden State Assassin were solved using online genealogy and ancestry websites.

Boulder, Colorado, police said in a statement Monday that they did not rule out the use of DNA but did not disclose whether they plan to use genealogy tactics.

“If they don’t talk to Othram, Bodie and Parabon [genealogy labs], those are bad indicators,” John Andrews told The Sun.

“If they’re not trained in complex murders. It’s not reassuring.

“I give them an A-minus for communication strategy,” he added.

“I don’t have much faith in the investigative value of what they’ve told the public. I think more needs to be done.”

John Andrews was 23 years old when JonBenét was found murdered on December 26, 1996.

He was in Atlanta for the holidays when his father John and stepmother Patsy reported JonBenet is missing before finding her body in the basement of the family home eight hours later.

Police initially suspected JonBenét’s parents as well as her brother Burke were all at home at the time of her murder.

However, they were deleted in 2008 after the DNA of an unidentified third party was found on the young girl’s clothes.

John Andrews believes this DNA could play an important role in solving crimes.

“It was an unresolved match in her underwear and belt,” he said.

“It’s a very relative bit of information.

“I had some meetings [with the police] that I’ve been asking for for years,” he added.

“The aim is to encourage them to pursue DNA testing but it’s a one-way relationship.

“They didn’t say anything to me. They just said It’s an ongoing investigation.”


JonBenét’s death was treated as murder but no one was charged.

It has become one of the highest-profile mysteries in America as videos of young girls competing in competitions are widely released.

After her death, the family was immediately considered a suspect by the police.

A grand jury voted in 1999 to charge John and Patsy Ramsey with child abuse leading to the first-degree murder of their daughter – but the district attorney refused to sign the indictment.

John Andrews believes that despite this, and the DNA scan of JonBenét’s parents in 2008, the police have their own ideas.

“I think they still think Patsy did it,” he told The Sun.

His stepmother, also a beauty queen, passed away in 2006 after a 13-year battle with cancer.

It is speculated that Patsy may have killed JonBenét after a bedwetting incident, hitting the young girl in the head.

Sleuths points to the fact that a paintbrush from Patsy’s paint set was used in a homemade garrotte to tie a string around JonBenét’s neck.

The eerie two-and-a-half-page ransom note left in the house on Christmas Day was also written on a piece of Patsy’s stationery and using her own pen.

However, handwriting analysis showed that it was inconclusive that she wrote the note herself.


John Andrews added that his father, who is also considered a suspect, continued to fight for justice for JonBenét for a quarter of a century.

“My dad’s been doing this since day one. It’s exhausting work. The highs and the lows have an impact,” he said.

“Maybe this is him – and it took forever to get to that point – and then it turns out it wasn’t him and you hit a dead end and you’re back in the square.

“You’re reliving the injury every time you do it.

“He’s been measured. He’s always telling people to relax and wait for something definitive, that’s impressive. I’ve ridden the highs and lows.” John Andrews added.

“I saw a headline on the news and would get excited and then be disappointed.”

He claimed that when dealing with police Boulder “if you read between the lines, it’s not a rosy picture.”


It follows apprehension and the release of some suspicious characters.

In 2000, a copy of JonBenét’s magazine was found in a local Gary Oliva’s backpack when he was arrested on drug charges.

Oliva was a prominent sex offender in the area at the time of JonBenét’s death.

He was soon released but suspicions remained.

However, in 2016 he was again arrested for child abuse and is currently serving a 10-year sentence.

On January 10, 2019, it It has been reported that he has stated he killed JonBenét in a series of letters to an old high school friend.

Oliva wrote in her letter, seen by DailyMailTV, from a Colorado prison: “I’ve never loved anyone like I did JonBenét, and yet I let her slip and her head was smashed in half and I watched her die. It was an accident.”

However, the police deleted Oliva using DNA.

Another potential suspect committed suicide just two days after a 1997 press conference said police were narrowing down a new name.

Electrician Michael Helgoth is said to have had a property dispute with the Ramseys.

He also had his DNA removed.


DNA was used to remove the name of John Mark Karr, a former school teacher who perjured the murder of JonBenét in 2006.

He was branded a fame-seeking pedophile after officials failed to verify he was ever in Boulder.

“I try to be objective,” John Andrews said of the continued frustration in the case.

“I told them [Boulder police] We are all veterans of the same war. I don’t have an ax to sharpen with you.

“I’m here to litigate the past and find the killer.”

John Andrews says his family continues to search for JonBenét’s killer in the hope it will bring back a “peaceful beauty.”

“A lot of people have been affected by this; not just my family.”

“There are a lot of families in my position pursuing justice for a loved one. We benefit from more media attention and that’s not a bad thing.

“It’s a double-edged sword. We’re grateful that everyone has cared for the past 25 years.”


Boulder Police would not comment further on the case when approached by The Sun.

“The updated statement is the only information we are releasing at this time as it is still an active and ongoing investigation,” it said, noting a press release issued on Monday. last week.

The department said it was working with state investigators on “future DNA advancements” as the case progressed.

“As the Department continues to use new technology to enhance investigations, the Department is actively reviewing genetic DNA testing procedures to see if these procedures can be applied to this case in the future. or not”.

The statement added that nearly 1,000 DNA samples were taken.

JonBenet used to be a beauty queen


JonBenet used to be a beauty queenCredits: Rex Features
The Boulder House where JonBenét was found dead


The Boulder House where JonBenét was found deadCredit: Toby Canham
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