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JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  544 ratings  ·  48 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
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
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
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
Patty
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.
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
Mr Stewart
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
Megan
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.
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
Linda Lipko
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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Lucille Zimmerman
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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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

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
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
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
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
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
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.
Rachel
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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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Jessica
**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
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
Carolyn
Recently I saw the new movie THE CHANGLING with Angelina Joli. I was totally horrified that such unethical and corrupt behavior could exist within a police force. I soothed myself with 'well, that was then, this is now..."

Then I read the account of JonBenet's murder and subsequent investigation, and even that illusion was shattered. Written by a leading detective on the case, it details the obstructive behavior of the Ramsey lawyers, the pandering to the desires of JonBenet's parents and the spi
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Rhonda Mcanulty
I started this book Friday and could not put it down. Gave great insight into the murder investigation. At times seemed to slightly ramble for me and I had difficulty keeping up with the who was who in the book. Overall a good read and a slight chance I could read again.
Kristen Stillwell
JonBenet

Wow first I want to say is you and the other detectives that honestly worked her case did not fail her you know who did it just like this little angel knew. It is crazy that you had so many people working agents you. I was young when this tragedy happened and I always believed that pasty was responsible your book was hard to read it made me feel as though I was sitting next to you working the case alongside you never once did you make yourself out to be better then anyone else or that yo
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Brittany Teaster
Thorough and informative. More about the corruption and mishandling of the case than information about the actual murder.
Samir
Steve Thomas almost nailed it. Steve gives a good account of what went wrong in DA's office, media's half written stories and some pertinent questions about the behavior of Ramseys immediately after the body was found. Of course the cops could have done a better job once the body was found. I am convinced it has to be an inside job and a huge cover up that went on. I do feel for the 6 year old. The entire family and system has let her down. For me the biggest piece of evidence is the enhanced 91 ...more
Susan Donk
Well that certainly was one bungled investigation.
Kathleen
Will anyone ever know who killed her?
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