It has been more than two decades since 6-year-old beauty queen, JonBenet Ramsey, was shockingly murdered on Christmas Day in 1996. Despite an investigation that lasted for months and made headlines all over the world, the death of the young pageant winner remained a mystery due to lack of evidence.
Many theories have emerged since, some of which claimed that the girl was killed by her own mother, Patsy Ramsey, a former beauty queen herself. The mother’s handwriting was linked by experts to the two ransom notes discovered at the murder scene. Patsy, who died from ovarian cancer in 2006, strongly denied any involvement in her daughter’s death.
Twenty years later, a private investigator hired by the girl’s family has come forward with new, previously unheard revelations about JonBenet’s destiny. Ollie Gray, after conducting his own investigation, claimed that Ramsey was murdered by Michael Helgoth, a man aged 26 at the time who committed suicide shortly after. The private eye claimed to have enough evidence to convince the American public.
But to continue in the mysterious vein of the whole case, Gray passed away himself in April this year before he could prove anything. The Colorado Springs investigator died as a result of ‘serious health problems’. In May 2016, he had told TODAY that he was working on the case pro bono.
“Based on what we know, I believe Helgoth and his accomplices committed the crime,” he told InTouch.
Another man, John Kenady, who used to work for Helgoth, agrees with the assesment.
“There was a tape recording made by Helgoth,” Kenady said. “And in it, he said he killed JonBenet.”
Kenady told InTouch that the incriminating tape still exists but the police have allegedly overlooked it as evidence.
According to the CBS show 48 Hours, Helgroth told Kenady that “he and a partner were going to make a great deal and they each will bring in around $50,000 or $60,000.”
Eight hours after she went missing, the 6-year-old was found in the basement of the family home in Boulder, Colorado. She was strangled and bludgeoned, undergoing a fractured skull in the process.
Kenady told InTouch that he remembers hearing Helgroth saying that he was wondering ‘what it would be like to crack a human skull’.
JonBenet’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, called police when their daughter went missing and found a ransom note demanding $118,000 for her return. The two were prime suspects before their names were cleared in 2008.
Kenady suspects that Helgoth commited suicide, citing the sinister positioning of the gun and the bullet in relation to his former employer’s corpse. “He was murdered to keep his mouth shut,” Kenady claims.
Helgoth’s name was cleared when no DNA was found at the crime scene. Now, with Ollie Gray gone, many are giving up hope that the name(s) of JonBenet Ramsey’s murderer(s) will ever be revealed.