If you've even so much as looked at a US Weekly at the grocery store checkout counter in the last 25 years, you probably know who JonBenét Ramsey is.
The six-year-old beauty queen's mysterious murder has been tabloid fodder for as long as most millennials can remember.
But beyond the made-up glamour shots and the basic details, how much do you really know about the case of JonBenét? Because it is probably weirder than you ever imagined.
JonBenét Ramsey was a six-year-old beauty queen.
Six-year-old JonBenét lived with her family in Boulder, Colorado: her mother, Patsy, her father, John, and her older brother Burke, who was nine at the time of the murder.
On Christmas night 1996, the Ramsey's hosted a party at their house in Boulder, Colorado.
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The Ramseys put JonBenét to bed around 9 pm. The next morning at 5 am, Patsy Ramsey woke to find a three-page ransom note on the stairs.
The note claimed that someone had kidnapped JonBenét.
The police were called.
JonBenét was missing. According to the ransom note, her parents would need to pay $118,000 for her safe return.
The note stated that the kidnappers were going to call between 8am-10am with instructions for how to drop off the money.
Whoever wrote the ransom note never called.
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The family and the cops waited, but no call came.
Some time after the ransom call window, the cops asked the Ramsey’s to check the house again for anything that was missing or out of place that they could use as evidence.
John was the one who discovered JonBenét.
John and a friend immediately went to investigate the basement after the cops asked them to scan the house.
A few minutes later, John came up the stairs carrying the body of JonBenét. He had found her in a backroom in the basement.
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