Friend of beauty queen JonBenet’s family backs theory brother killed her and parents covered it up.
By CAROLINE IGGULDEN in New York
25 September 2016Judith Phillips, a Ramsey family friend for more than ten years, told how she had often seen flashes of brother's temper.
IT is almost 20 years since the body of six-year-old beauty pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey was found bludgeoned and strangled in the wine cellar of her parents’ suburban home.
Yet the world’s fascination with the bizarre circumstances surrounding the Christmas murder shows no sign of fading.
Last week a US documentary claimed JonBenét’s brother Burke, who at the time was just nine years old, could be to blame for the death which his parents hastily covered up.
No charges have ever been filed and authorities have stated in the past that Burke, now 29, is NOT a suspect.
He strongly denies he or his parents were involved in the crime and has offered to take a lie-detector test.
But a fresh storm erupted this month as viewers say he was grinning while discussing his sister’s death with US TV psychologist Dr Phil.
The case unfolded on Boxing Day morning, 1996, when mum Patsy called 911 claiming her daughter was missing and she had found a ransom note in her home in Boulder, Colorado.
Just hours later, after detectives had arrived, John Ramsey discovered JonBenét’s body in the basement.
In addition to a fractured skull, the girl’s wrists were tied over her head and duct tape covered her mouth. She had been strangled with a garrotte fashioned from a broken paintbrush — the remnants of which were found in Patsy’s art box.
Footage soon emerged showing JonBenét in child beauty pageants, plastered in make-up with a bouffant. The images made the case unforgettable.
Now, in CBS documentary The Case of JonBenét Ramsey, a former investigator for Boulder’s District Attorney gave his theory that the little girl and her brother clashed over a snack of fresh pineapple.
JonBenét’s autopsy report showed undigested pineapple in her system. It was a clue which had baffled investigators, given her parents claimed their daughter was asleep when they returned from a Christmas party and had been put straight to bed.
Crime scene footage showed a bowl of pineapple and a glass of iced tea both bearing Burke’s fingerprints.
Patsy always denied knowledge of the pineapple or how it ended up on the table, despite her fingerprints also being found on the bow.
On the programme former investigator James Kolar states: “I think the Ramseys came home at around 9.30, 10 o’clock. I think JonBenét was asleep.
“I think John did carry her upstairs. Patsy remained downstairs with Burke and served him the tea and pineapple.
“Then she got JonBenét up to make sure she used the toilet.”
James claims JonBenét later went downstairs and grabbed a chunk of Burke’s pineapple causing her furious brother to hit her with a flashlight.
The TV documentary also pointed out two red marks on JonBenét’s lower back could have been made by a piece of Burke’s toy train track.
The new probe suggested Burke may have poked his sister with the track when he realised she wasn’t moving.https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1851552/friend-of-jonbenet-family-backs-theory-brother-killed-her-and-parents-covered-it-up/