One of the most notorious murders of the late 1990s involved the horrific death of tiny beauty pageant winner, JonBenet Ramsey. The murder shocked the nation as the 6-year-old little girl was allegedly killed in the basement of her family home by an outside intruder hoping to receive ransom money from her wealthy parents. Many criticized local authorities in Boulder, Colorado, for botching the investigation by allowing the crime scene to become contaminated and for focusing too heavily on the Ramsey family instead of following legitimate leads regarding the possibility of an intruder. Now a private investigator that has been working on the case for over two decades says he knows who killed JonBenet Ramsey and that a confession tape exists.
The Daily Mail reports that a private investigator hired by John and Patsy Ramsey, Ollie Gray, believes he knows who killed 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey in 1996. Gray says that after investigating the case for two decades he says there “is no doubt about it” when it comes to at least one of the alleged murderers. Gray says that a young man named Michael Helgoth killed the pageant star just two months before he was found dead from either suicide or murder.
The private investigator says that Michael Helgoth was a “hellraiser” and an early suspect in the JonBenet murder. However, he says that police were so focused on the Ramsey family that they overlooked key evidence in the murder case. In fact, Gray says that the Boulder Police Department never interviewed Helgoth because he was found dead before they got around to following up on the leads.
According to Gray, Helgoth is a prime suspect in the murder because he was a disturbed young man who had told John Kenady, a man who used to work for Helgoth, that he and a friend were about to come into some money, roughly $50,000 to $60,000 a piece. The comment was made just one month before JonBenet would be found dead. A ransom note at the scene asked for $118,000 for the girl’s safe return which would have equaled $59,000 a piece if Helgoth and his friend were the perpetrators.
In addition to noting that he would soon be coming into some money, Helgoth also reportedly told the friend that he had always wondered what it would be like to “crack a human skull.” JonBenet would be found with her skull cracked at the murder scene. However, the evidence against Helgoth doesn’t end with the statements made to Kenady.
The man also reportedly confessed to killing JonBenet and a friend supposedly taped the confession. Kenady says he called police at least 20 times to report the strange statements made by Helgoth prior to JonBenet’s death and to report the possibility of a confession tape, but he says he was ignored and that police never followed up with on his calls.
“Kenady provided very relevant information that should have been a priority lead. But I got the distinct feeling that the Boulder police had absolutely no interest in anything that took away from the theory that John and Patsy Ramsey killed their daughter.”
Gray notes that with police focusing so heavily on John and Patsy Ramsey, they overlooked key evidence in the case and lost their chance to speak with Helgoth. The private investigator notes that Helgoth would be found dead just two months after the JonBenet murder and just two days after police revealed to the public that their search for suspects was narrowing and that soon the list would narrow to just one name, the name of the person who killed JonBenet.
Gray says that while Helgoth’s death was ruled a suicide, there are many inconsistencies that lead him to believe that Helgoth may have been killed by someone else, possibly his accomplice in the murder. Kenady agrees with Gray that something isn’t right in the suicide report. He notes that the handgun used in the supposed suicide was found on the right side of the deceased Helgoth’s body. However, the gunshot went through the man’s head from left to right. This means that Helgoth would have needed to cross his arm over his body to shoot himself in the left side of his head with his right arm, something that would not make sense for someone committing suicide. Instead, Gray believes that an accomplice in the JonBenet murder may have felt threatened by the fact that Helgoth was allegedly admitting to the murder in front of family members; therefore, decided to kill him in a bid to keep the murder a secret.
“The gun was found on Helgoth’s right side, but the bullet hole goes from left to right. It doesn’t make sense why someone would commit suicide in that manner. He was murdered to keep his mouth shut.”
Gray says that with so much evidence pointing to Helgoth he feels the police should be looking at his possible accomplices and securing the reported confession tape. The Ramsey family was exonerated as suspects in the case in 2008 noting that DNA evidence proved that the Ramsey family was not directly involved in the murder as unidentified DNA was found in JonBenet’s panties that did not belong to any member of the Ramsey family.
The private investigator says that he still believes that the case can be solved and that Helgoth can formally be deemed JonBenet’s murderer. However, he says that there is the possibility of at least one other accomplice that should be explored and that police should be working to bring the real killer or killers to justice. Gary notes that he is positive that Helgoth is one of the murderers and believes that if they can find Helgoth’s killer they will find the second person responsible for JonBenet’s death.
“Based on what we know now, I believe Helgoth and his accomplices committed the crime. There’s no doubt about it. If they could find out who killed Helgoth it could lead police to his accomplices in her murder.”
What do you think about private investigator Ollie Gray’s two decades worth of research into the JonBenet Ramsey murder? Do you think he has finally solved the JonBenet Ramsey case?
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