The case remains officially unsolved nearly 22 years after JonBenét was discovered sexually molested, bludgeoned and strangled to death in the basement of the family’s Boulder, Colo., home on Christmas Day 1996.
But Burke, 31, is about to blow the case wide open — after slapping broadcast giant CBS with a $750 million defamation lawsuit for fingering him as his sister’s killer in the 2016 docuseries The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey.
He’s claiming the murder accusation is a fraud — and he’s determined to clear his name while exposing the real killer!
Legal teams for both Burke and CBS are now pressuring investigators to release contents from their files, which Burke claims will prove he did not kill six-year-old JonBenét.
The total files include more than 60,000 pages of confidential police and FBI records, handwriting analyses, DNA evidence, medical examinations and emails amassed during the investigation — and could finally reveal who authorities believe is the murderer.
The Boulder Police Department is fighting to keep the files under wraps, arguing that releasing them to the public will ruin their still-active inquiry into JonBenét’s slaying.
Burke’s lawyers have scoffed at this, claiming authorities have been leaking information about the case to the public, media outlets and private investigators for years.
In the docuseries, a panel of law enforcement experts relied on that information to conclude Burke murdered JonBenét.
But in his lawsuit, Burke claims key evidence about the contents of JonBenét’s stomach was deliberately left out of the docuseries in order to make him look guilty.
According to the scenario presented in the show, then-nine-year-old Burke was furious at JonBenét for stealing pineapple from his bowl, so he smashed her over the head with a flashlight, killing her.
But Burke’s lawsuit claims the pineapple found in JonBenét’s body was in the intestinal tract below her stomach — meaning it had been eaten two to three hours before she died.
What’s more, grapes and cherries were found in her system, which the docuseries failed to disclose.
Burke’s suit also cites experts who testified JonBenét would have died within three minutes of a blow to the head, meaning she wouldn’t have digested the pineapple — and making the docuseries’ theory implausible.
The show’s law enforcement panel also believed the children’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, faked their daughter’s kidnapping to cover for their son.
A filing in Burke’s lawsuit blows holes in that theory, stating: “Defendants cannot avoid the impossibility that, within three minutes, John and/or Burke could have found JonBenét alive but unconscious with no visible signs of head trauma, and instead of calling 911, created a plan to stage the crime scene as a sexually motivated kidnapping gone wrong, created the garrote, sexually abused JonBenét with the paintbrush and then strangled her to death.”
The Ramsey family attorney, L. Lin Wood, insisted to RadarOnline.com: “Burke is innocent.”
A 2003 federal court ruling on the case also concluded there is “virtually no evidence” anyone in the Ramsey home committed the murder.
The most popular theory is that an intruder broke a basement window, slipped into the home and up to JonBenét’s bedroom, then knocked her out before taking her to the basement.
Authorities have investigated several persons of interest in the case, including convicted pedophile Gary Oliva, local electrician Michael Helgoth, false confessor John Mark Karr, housekeeper Linda Hoffman-Pugh and local rapist Keith Schwinaman. Each one was eventually eliminated as a suspect.
A year-long investigation pointed to Glenn Meyer — a now-deceased drifter who was secretly living in a basement apartment across the street from the Ramseys’ home — as a likely culprit.
In February, Meyer’s widow, Charlotte Hey, 86, detailed how she believed her ex-husband was responsible for JonBenét’s murder.
“When I asked him if he murdered her, he would just smile at me. He wouldn’t deny it,” Hey recalled.
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