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JonBenét Ramsey (August 6, 1990 - December 25 or 26, 1996) was a 6-year-old beauty pageant queen who was murdered in her family's Boulder, Colorado home. The crime remains unsolved.
A kidnap note containing many spelling errors and demanding an odd sum of money was found in the home. The note threatened that JonBenét would be "beheaded" if her father, John Ramsey, and her mother, Patricia (Patsy) Ramsey, did not pay the ransom. Within a few hours of Patsy discovering the note, however, John found JonBenét's body in the basement after a police search had failed to find her.
It remains unclear what the exact circumstances of the murder were. Critics of the parents claim that the evidence, and the history of child murders, implicates one, or both, of them. Other investigators and pundits interpret the evidence to point to an intruder as the likely perpetrator. The evidence in the case has proven insufficient to bring any suspect to trial. Critics of the Boulder, Colorado police investigation claim that the evidence was mishandled and contaminated by flawed procedures.
JonBenét's parents have undergone a great deal of criticism due to their daughter's career as a child model and perennial beauty pageant contestant.
In December 2003, forensic investigators extracted enough material from a mixed blood sample found on the deceased's underwear to establish the killer's DNA profile. It appears that he was male and genetically unrelated to the family.
In fictional portrayals of her life, JonBenét has been played by Dyanne Iandoli and Mackenzie Rosman.