JonBenet Ramsey (born JonBenet Patricia Ramsey in Atlanta, Georgia on August 6, 1990) was a six-year-old American girl who was tragically murdered in her home. At an early age, she began performing in beauty pageants and won the titles of America’s Royale Miss, Little Miss Charlevoix, Little Miss Colorado, Colorado State All-Star Kids Cover Girl, and National Tiny Miss Beauty. Her mother, Patricia “Patsy” Ramsey, discovered her daughter was missing after finding on the kitchen staircase a two-and-a-half-page ransom letter demanding $118,000 for her safe return. Despite the specific instructions in the ransom note that police and friends should not be contacted, Patsy telephoned the police anyways. The two officers who arrived at the Ramsey home conducted a cursory search of the house but did not find any sign of a break-in. JonBenet’s body was found after her father, John Bennet Ramsey, and two of his friends started their search in the basement. After first searching the bathroom and the “train room,” they went into a wine cellar room, where John found his daughter’s body covered in her special white blanket. The results of the autopsy revealed that she died by asphyxiation due to strangulation and craniocerebral trauma.
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JonBenet was best known for being tragically murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado, in 1996.
JonBenet was the second child of Patricia Ann Ramsey and John Bennet Ramsey. She also had an older brother named Burke Ramsey. Her mother Patsy was heavily scrutinized by the media after her death for her “pageant mother” behavior and she later died in 2006 of ovarian cancer. In 2010, JonBenet’s murder case was re-opened for investigation.