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JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  772 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Finally, the information you've been waiting for: who really killed JonBenet?

Perhaps the most compelling murder case of our day, the death of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey galvanized the nation-and years after it occurred, the mystery still endures. Who killed the young beauty queen and why? Who is covering up for whom and who is simply lying? In JonBenet, the most authorit
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Paperback, 413 pages
Published November 15th 2000 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published May 5th 2000)
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Dennis Littrell
May 11, 2010 Dennis Littrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Thomas, Steve with Don Davis. Jon Benét: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation (2000) *****
A real inside look at what happened

This is the fourth book I've read on the Jon Benét case and easily the best one.

Former Boulder police Det. Steve Thomas, who was one of the chief investigators in the Ramsey case, does not mince words here and leaves the reader with no doubt about who killed Jon Benét. He also makes it abundantly clear why the case never went to trial and why it is highly unlikely that i
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The Wee Hen
Aug 16, 2012 The Wee Hen rated it really liked it
If you care about justice this book will make you so mad you will want to find all the members of the Boulder DA's office from back in the 90's and slap them silly. You will also want to hunt down a few higher-ups in Denver LE from back then and slap them around as well. Of course you want to do alot more than slap the Ramseys around, despite the fact that one of them is dead.
Thomas was the lead detective on the Ramsey case and he makes it clear that things were messed up beyond belief even bef
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Angela
May 14, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
Another disgusting account of how there is a fine line for justice between the poor and the rich. This is about as close to the truth as anyone is ever going to get with this case. It saddens and shocks and enfuriates me how political gain, money and greed were more important to the Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter than solving the murder and getting justice for a 6-year-old innocent little girl who was murdered in her home on Christmas Night. Author and Detective Steve Thomas wasn't ...more
Elizabeth
Jun 20, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Wow. True crime books make me flip pages faster than any other books, I swear. This book is AMAZING. Truly all I knew about JonBenet was that her case was never solved, and that the parents were in the spotlight of potentially being involved in the crime. But I honestly thought she was maybe kidnapped, and they never found what happened. I had no idea that she was brutally murdered and in her own home.

Any true crime book written by someone actually involved in the investigation are always the be
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Ben Loory
Mar 16, 2016 Ben Loory rated it really liked it
Well, I read another one. This one is by one of the lead detectives on the case (and the guy whose public resignation letter finally took the case out of the DA's hands and made the governor step in and call for a grand jury investigation (though of course in the end the DA just ignored their secret, sealed indictment recommendations anyway)). I liked this book much more than Schiller's Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, if only because Thomas was an involved party, not a journalist, and hence writes ...more
Patty Abrams
I read this and it's clear, the mom did it. Then I read the mom's book and it's clear, a stranger did it. Hmm. This is good coverage of the case and makes you wonder.
Mr Stewart
Jun 16, 2015 Mr Stewart rated it it was amazing
I had done some research about the Ramsey case prior to reading this book. I expected a badly botched investigation stemming from errors made in the first two days after the initial 911 call. Steve Thomas' perspective indicates, to me, a willful move on the part of the Boulder County DA's office to obstruct investigation on this case and refusal to prosecute it against the only clear suspect there is; i.e. Patricia Ramsey. It was my assumption that the DA's office couldn't bring this case to tri ...more
Kirk
Feb 17, 2016 Kirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Attempting an argument about which heinous Colorado crime is the worst is a lot like a child imagining what the monster under his bed looks like: the evils get worse the more you think about them. The Columbine High School, Aurora Cinemark Theaters, and Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shootings alone claimed 28 innocent lives and permanently altered 100 more, and have resulted in a legacy of active shooter training for students and emergency personnel alike. Despite the wickedness, notoriet ...more
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
There is something compelling about reading a true-crime story from one's home town. I was in Boulder for my first year in college the year JonBenet died, though thankfully I was too immersed in trying to pass my 2nd semester physics class to worry much about following this case when it started. Almost 20 years later I finally read a whole book on this murder drama, and having read lots of crime genre novels recently, I was amazed at how little the investigation into JonBenet's murder followed b ...more
Lucille Zimmerman
Dec 24, 2014 Lucille Zimmerman rated it it was amazing
I vividly remember the morning I pulled open The Denver Post and read the story of a little girl killed in Boulder on Christmas Day. I was at my dad's house having coffee and asked my dad about the case. My dad was a street-smart doctor. I said, "Who do you think did this?" His immediate reaction was that the mother exploded in rage over a daughter's bedwetting. "The Mother?" I asked in horror? How could a mother do that?" I looked over at my own 6-year old child (now 23 years old).

For the next
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Megan
Jul 17, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
I'd never really delved into the JonBenet case and asked in one of their forums if I wanted to learn more, where I should start and this book (and the next) are the two that were recommended.

Steve Thomas was a detective on the JonBenet case and he brings us through the entire murder investigation, detailing the missteps of both the Boulder Police Department and the DA's office - as well as a bit of history on the DA's office. Here's what I came away with ... if I'm a criminal, I'm moving to Boul
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J.M.
Oct 07, 2013 J.M. rated it really liked it
Excellent, in-depth look at the investigation into the death of JonBenet Ramsey with compelling testimony about why the Boulder authorities didn't arrest anyone in conjunction with the crime. This is the third book I've read about the case in a week and my suspicions are firmly in place as to who the killer was (accidental or intentional), but I'm going to continue researching it because it interests me. Despite all the evidence and available documentation, I'm sure the person behind the killing ...more
LeeAnn
May 27, 2016 LeeAnn rated it really liked it
"I want justice for a child who was killed in her home on Christmas night."

The worst part of this review is that there will be no spoilers. If you need closure when you read a book, this is not the book for you. If you want justice for a 6 year old murdered child, this is NOT the book for you.
In spite of everyone coming to the same conclusion *cough* PATSY *cough* about the case suspect, there will never be closure.

Steve Thomas makes for a wonderful author and detective. As the lead detective
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Colleen
Feb 20, 2016 Colleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: true-crime
This is one of three books I'm reading about the Jonbenet Ramsey case. Steve Thomas was an investigator working for the Boulder Police Department, and gives his account of the struggles the police had in working with their DA's office.

According to Steve Thomas, every step towards investigating the Ramseys was blocked by the DA. While I believe the case shouldn't solely focus on the parents, it is difficult to completely rule them out when the body was found in their basement.

Added to that is t
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Linda Lipko
Aug 15, 2015 Linda Lipko rated it liked it
Steve Thomas is one angry man. When reading the page after page of his litany, the reader understands his thoughts and feelings.

On Christmas night in 1996, six year old Jon Benet Ramsey was murdered. If we believe Thomas' clearly outlined reasons why he knows the parents were involved, then we also know that she died from a severe blunt force injury to the skull, and was strangled simply to ensure that she was really dead.

Clear evidence supported his beliefs that in a fit of rage, Patsy Ramsey
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Kerry-Anne Gilowey
Don't expect a work of great literary merit, but do expect to be saying, "WHAT THE HELL?!" every couple of pages. The facts asserted by the author (and I've found nothing so far to discredit him or his version of events) are quite stunning. It's hard to believe that justice and truth could be quite so derailed by politics and ego, but alas, here we are. People, huh? Toughest part of any job, it seems.
Ashlyn Hunt
Mar 18, 2015 Ashlyn Hunt rated it liked it

Recently I've been intrigued with true crime stories, particularly high-profile cases that inundated the world media. The first-person perspective of detectives, district attorneys, and or the victims families in such investigative accounts adds a tangible authenticity for me that the media almost deliberately overlooks. The JonBenet murder was just one of those cases the not only the fourth estate had their grubby hands in, but sadly, a large portion of the law enforcement team investigating th
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Alaina Blight
Mar 14, 2014 Alaina Blight rated it really liked it
I dont think we'll ever find out who killed Jon Benet Ramsey but surely if it was your child who had been brutally killed you would do everything and anything you could do co-operate with the police in order to find the killer? The Ramsey's refusal to be interviewed and the sharing of evidence by the DA's office certainly plants suspicion in their camp. Definately recommend this book
Sandi
Mar 03, 2015 Sandi rated it really liked it
A true whodunit page turner by a detective intimately involved and personally invested in the case. The facts speak for themselves and leaves little room for doubt as to the identity of the killer. This was (and still is) tragedy on a grand scale, exacerbated by the unethical and deplorable acts of the Boulder DA, a man charged with protecting the public, whose betrayal of the justice system was tantamount to obstruction of justice and worst. The only prayer of bringing justice to the small, swe ...more
Kate
Jul 08, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: kidnappings
Reads like the author has a serious axe to grind. The one and only point he made that made me think "hmm, maybe they are hiding something" is when he reveals Patsy is wearing the exact same outfit the next morning as she wore to the party the previous evening.
Jenny
Jun 03, 2007 Jenny rated it liked it
I learned A LOT about the case by reading this book. There was so much information inside that I would have to read it three or four times to remember it all. It's written well, however I think it's very biased because the author was a detective on the case.
Tabatha
Aug 26, 2008 Tabatha rated it really liked it
This is a true horror story that will keep you up at night. Many details of the case are reviewed which may cause vomiting and/or sleepless nights. It's really too much information; made even more incredibly sad that no one was ever punished for it.
Aubrie
Nov 16, 2015 Aubrie rated it really liked it
This was an engaging read that does an excellent job of bringing the reader inside of an investigation that so many of us watched unfold (or not unfold, I guess) in the mid-to-late 1990's. Though I myself am really not much older than JonBenet, the images that flashed across the tv screens of my childhood so frequently are forever imprinted in my mind, so much so that I sought to do a bit of reading on the case.

I will say that this book is thorough and the evidence presented is compelling. My o
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Rachel
Feb 03, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I need this book is probably at least slightly biased and I know I should read about this topic some mire, but if even a fraction if the things in this book are true, the Boulder DA should be ashamed if themselves and the government too, fir allowing this to happen. The Ramseys did not co-operate and clearly acted in all the wrong ways. They seemed to do everything they could to prevent a proper investigation and why do that if they were innocent? Highly suspect.
Any family would bend ove
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Melissa Wells
Aug 31, 2015 Melissa Wells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good read but it was very frustrating to see the hard work of these top investigators be shot down time and time again by the DA and their merry band of followers. It's disgusting to see such a corrupted system and to see no justice dealt them or the Ramseys. After reading this book I'm without a doubt convinced not only of their corruption, but of the guilt of Patsy Ramsey. The woman got away with the murder of an innocent little girl, her daughter no less. However, while she may have ...more
Marian Powell
Apr 18, 2015 Marian Powell rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Investigators
Recommended to Marian by: A law officer in Birmingham Alabama
This book written by Steve Thomas opened my eyes to the reality of political power that can change history from being true to make believe. We will never know the real story behind the death of this precious little girl. While many facts that the writer introduced in the book were en-lighting to know, I found it somewhat redundant through the book. This book was lent to me by a law officer who has seen justice not being served or wrongly served through his tenure of service. Politics are allowed ...more
Rhoda D'Ettore
May 10, 2014 Rhoda D'Ettore rated it it was amazing
Steve Thomas gives an excellent account to the discovery of the body and the occurrance that led to and from the death of this beautiful child. Almost 20 years later, and still, there is no justice for this child.

As an investigator in the midst of the case, the author gives first hand information as to who could have and who could not have committed the crime. He discusses improper police procedures in a rich town that has inept police.

The power of money is incredible, and it comes through in th
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Stephanie Brush
Apr 24, 2016 Stephanie Brush rated it it was ok
This book was meh, it's very slow and boring...... That is all I have to say....
Jessica White
Jul 09, 2015 Jessica White rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
**THIS REVIEW IS TAKEN DIRECTLY OFF OF MY BLOG A READER'S DIARY**

I'm sure you all remember the murder that shocked America in 1996. The killing of 6 year old pageant queen, JonBenét Ramsey in her own house on Christmas Day. 18 years later and the killer still has not be found... Many details about this case have left me wondering for years, why would someone leave a ransom note if the child was already killed? Why were there so many specifics in the note if it wasn't the family or someone close
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Manal Ramadan
Jun 26, 2015 Manal Ramadan rated it liked it
First off I think the book could have been more condensed it was far too long. While I think the parents are hiding something...and my belief could come from the media coverage at the time they werent portrayed in a positive light. I might be biased. I feel the same of the author. He may be right that the mom did it. However, I find it a little hard to believe the DAs office is truly that idiotic. I wonder if the author has an axe to grind or is being entirely objective. I would have liked less ...more
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