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BOULDER, COLORADO (WITI/CNN) Former Boulder, Colorado Police Chief Mark Beckner spoke out about the JonBenet Ramsey murder case on Reddit this past weekend, in an Me Anything session on the site. He made remarks at least some of which he now apparently regrets.
Beckner was the police chief during the JonBenet Ramsey case. Six year old beauty queen JonBenet was found murdered in the basement of her home in 1996. The case, full of lurid twists and turns, gripped the nation.
The Denver Post reports Beckner on Tuesday, February 24th said he didn realize his comments on Reddit would filter out to the public at large.
talked to the organizer and my impression was that this was a members only type group that talked about unsolved mysteries all around the world. In fact, they had to give me a password to get in. I didn know it was an open architecture type thing, or I wouldn have done it. It was a misunderstanding and naivete on my part. I tried to put the media attention behind me, Beckner told the Denver Post.
The Me Anything Q session Saturday, February 21st garnered more than 600 comments, the Denver Post reports.
Now, with the out of the bag, so to speak, Beckner was asked whether there is anything he wishes to take back, add to or clarify.
tried to be honest and fair, and I think the only thing I would emphasize is that the unknown DNA (from JonBenet clothing) is very important. And I not involved any more, but that has got to be the focus of the investigation. In my opinion, at this point, that your suspect. The suspect is the donator of that unknown DNA, and until you can prove otherwise, I think that the way you got to look at it, Beckner told the Denver Post.
Beckner said on Reddit the JonBenet Ramsey case isn currently being actively worked something the current Boulder police chief disputes.
an open homicide investigation, Boulder Police Chief Greg Testa told the Denver Post.
During the Q on Reddit, the Denver Post reports Beckner admitted to the initial botching of the crime scene by his department to the lasting detriment of the case.
was the Christmas holiday and we were short staffed. We faced a situation as I said earlier that no one in the country had ever seen before or since, and there was confusion at the scene as people were arriving before we had enough personnel on the scene. I wish we would have done a much better job of securing and controlling the crime scene on day one. We also should have separated John and Patsy and gotten full statements from them that day. Letting them go was a big mistake, as they soon lawyered up and we did not get to formally interview them again until May of 1997, five months after their daughter was murdered, Beckner said on Reddit, according to the Denver Post.
Beckner said on Reddit he is considering writing an autobiography that would include the Ramsey case.
Perhaps the most telling of all, Beckner said on Reddit he does not believe anyone will ever be convicted in the JonBenet Ramsey case.
Beckner may regret the AMA, Reddit users were impressed with his candor, and we still learned some really interesting things from his answers:
1. What happened physically to JonBenet
Beckner: know from the evidence she was hit in the head very hard with an unknown object, possibly a flashlight or similar type item. The blow knocked her into unconsciousness, which could have led someone to believe she was dead. The strangulation came 45 minutes to two hours after the head strike, based on the swelling on the brain. While the head wound would have eventually killed her, the strangulation actually did kill her. The rest of the scene we believe was staged, including the vaginal trauma, to make it look like a kidnapping/assault gone bad. His personal theories on who did it
Beckner: have avoided saying who I believe is responsible and let the facts speak for themselves. There are several viable theories. Patsy Ramsey infamous handwriting test
Context: The day JonBenet was found dead, her mother Patsy claimed she found a 2.5 page handwritten ransom note in their home, demanding $118,000 for JonBenet return. The police later determined the note was written on paper from a notebook in the Ramseys house. The Ramseys underwent handwriting analysis to determine whether they could have written the note. John Ramsey sample seemed to show he didn write it, but Patsy Ramsey sample was labeled and police at the time said they would pursue samples to examine. However, in the letter to John Ramsey, District Attorney Mary Lacy mentioned that she did not consider anyone in Ramsey immediate family to be under any suspicion in the commission of the crime.
Q: Patsy wrote out the sample ransom note for handwriting comparison, it is interesting that she wrote out fully in words (as if trying to be different from the note). Who writes out long numbers in words? Does this seem contrived to you? handwriting experts noted several strange observations. The uniqueness of the 2.5 page ransom note
Beckner: FBI told us they never seen a 2.5 page ransom note. note has ever been written at the scene, and then left at the scene with the dead victim at the scene, other than this case.
Beckner: the crime scene was not handled properly and this later affected the investigation. [The Ramseys position in the community may have had something to do with decisions made that day, but I think the primary reason was a perfect storm type scenario. It was the Christmas holiday and we were short staffed, we faced a situation as I said earlier that no one in the country had ever seen before or since, and there was confusion at the scene As a result, some evidence was compromised. after that initial day, we felt pressure from the DA office not to push too hard on the Ramseys. This was a constant source of frustration and much could be written about this and the reasons for it. Whether the motive for the killing/assault was purely sexual
Context: A 1999 grand jury report indicated there was reason to believe JonBenet was assaulted. Details from an autopsy and comments from some experts, including one cited in a 1997 Vanity Fair article indicated the girl had abnormal genital injuries or conditions that could suggest sexual contact of some sort prior to the day of her death.
Beckner: just didn seem to fit the totality of the circumstances. Remember, she was hit on the head first, hard enough to render her unconscious. Then there was the staging of a kidnapping. Why do that if the motive is purely sexual? What he thought about the John Mark Karr confession
Context: John Mark Karr was a father and teacher residing in Thailand who, in 2006, claimed he was sexually involved with JonBenet at the time of her death and that her killing was accidental. However, DNA tests confirmed he was not a match to DNA found in the girl underwear, and there was no reason to believe he was anywhere near the scene.
Beckner: gut reaction was that [District Attorney] Mary Lacy did not know the facts of the case and was making a big mistake. His confession, once they shared it with us, did not match the evidence at the scene. After she asked for our help in proving he did it, we knew in about 18 hours he was not the guy. We were able to confirm he was not even in Colorado at the time by just doing some routine checking and then obtained photos of him in Georgia at the time. The DNA test, which she thought would prove he did it, proved her wrong. How the case affected his career
Beckner: me, it actually helped propel me to the chief position once Tom Koby left. It also gave me some credibility in the community based on a different approach I took with the media. I was more open and forthcoming with the media and I think that helped. Why people are so fascinated with this case