The infamous JonBenét Ramsey case has captivated the attention of the nation since her mother, Pasty Ramsey, first reported he 6-year-old beauty queen daughter missing nearly 20 years ago. That fateful 911 call was made in December 1996, and for the first time, the 911 operator who spoke to a “frantic” Patsy Ramsey that morning is sharing her thoughts about that call and the JonBenét Ramsey case.
As People reports, Kim Archuleta was the Boulder, Colorado dispatcher who answered Pasty Ramsey’s call in the wee morning hours before the world had ever heard of JonBenét Ramsey. She spoke publicly about that call and her reaction to it for a television show that aired Sunday. That show, CBS’s “The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey” is the first in a new series that tackles notorious crimes in America.
Here’s the infamous 911 call from the decades-old JonBenét Ramsey murder case that suddenly has the world talking once again.
During her televised commentary, the 911 operator so deeply ingrained in the JonBenét Ramsey murder case had something almost unbelievable to reveal. Something even more inexplicable that her misgivings about the demeanor of Patsy Ramsey. According to Archuleta, she has never been interviewed about the 911 call she received on the morning that JonBenét Ramsey was found brutally murdered in the nearly 20 years since the crime was discovered.
“This is the first time that anyone’s asked for my opinion in 20 years. I just remember having that sunken feeling, like something wasn’t right. The problem was, if you hear the frantic [tone] in her voice when she’s speaking to me, where she couldn’t even answer my questions, it immediately stopped.”
According to the 911 operator and official police records, the call reporting the disappearance of little JonBenét Ramsey came into Boulder authorities at around 5:00 a.m. the day after Christmas 1996. The caller was JonBenét Ramsey’s mother, Patsy, and she told Archuleta that she had found her daughter missing as well as a ransom note.
That note, a vital and disputed clue in the JonBenét Ramsey case, was lengthy and demanded $118,000 for the (safe) return of then-missing 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey.
The conversation between the 911 dispatcher and Patsy Ramsey was incredibly short, under two minutes, but according to Kim Archuleta, she never felt right about it. She says that there were other voices in the background, and she always felt as though Patsy Ramsey had rehearsed what she was going to say to authorities before she made the fateful 911 call.
“It sounded like there were two voices in the room, maybe three different ones. I had a bad feeling about this. To me, it seemed rehearsed… that’s never changed.”
While it is unlikely that what was being said in the background of the 911 call could have saved little JonBenét Ramsey (her tiny body was found just a few hours later in the basement of her own home, tape over her mouth, noose around her neck), it may have made a difference in the investigation of the JonBenét Ramsey murder case. At least that’s what 911 operator Archuleta believes.
During her Sunday interview, the 911 dispatcher in the JonBenét Ramsey case says that she was silenced by authorities shortly after the little girl’s body was discovered. She claims that someone involved in the investigation of the case came to her home and told that she wasn’t allowed to speak out about what she knew or thought. Rather, she was told that she was under a gag order and had to be quiet about what she knew until “charges were brought” in the case.
Unfortunately for Archuleta, nobody has ever been charged in the case. Nor was she subpoenaed to give her testimony before the grand jury proceedings that took place in 1999.
“There were things being said that somebody needed to know. It was never addressed. I think it would have really turned the case around.”
Those grand jury proceedings had been convened to consider filing charges against Patsy Ramsey and her husband, John, in JonBenét’s murder. Ultimately, the DA at the time said that there was not enough evidence to prosecute JonBenét Ramsey’s parents for her death.
Patsy Ramsey passed away a decade ago, and while neither she nor her husband nor their son Burke (only 9-years-old at the time of JonBenét’s murder) have ever been charged with a crime in connection to the case, there has always been rampant and widespread speculation that a family member may have been involved in the case.
One reason for that belief centers around the ransom note found a the scene. Many investigators into the JonBenét murder case believe it had nothing to do with the crime at all, but was rather planted at the scene as some kind of decoy. According to the Sunday television program, it appeared to have been written by a “woman over 30 years of age.”
As the 20th anniversary of the JonBenét Ramsey murder looms, the case has generated renewed interest. JonBenét’s older brother Burke recently appeared on The Dr. PhilShow to discuss the case publicly. Many followers of the case have stated that the interview makes the young man look dishonest and anxious.
In another 20th anniversary twist of fate, one of the primary DNA experts in the JonBenét Ramsey case has recently been discredited by a Colorado judge and District Attorney. Richard Eikelenboom, according to Colorado prosecutors, lied about his credentials, is “self-taught” and has committed numerous errors during his time as a renowned forensic DNA expert. As such, he was recently barred from testifying as an expert witness in a rape case in the state.
“In cases where little girls were murdered, entire families were killed, women were raped, people are going to know that when he came to Denver he wasn’t an expert. And a judge is going to look at that and have a long pause if they let him testify as an expert again.”
It is unclear whether or not this recent revelation about one of the DNA experts in the JonBenét Ramsey case, the testimony of the 911 operator who answered Patsy Ramsey’s call, and/or a forensic analysis of that call could lead to a break in the infamous murder case of little JonBenét Ramsey.
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