As JonBenet Ramsey‘s shocking death gets a deeper look on The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey docuseries, forensic experts examined DNA evidence left on a pair of the 6-year-old’s underwear in December 1996, when she was found murdered in her own home. They used a pair identical to the ones worn by JonBenet in attempt to find new details in the investigation. While that obviously wasn’t going to prove anything in terms of who killed JonBenet, it did potentially prove that the attorney’s argument in the initial case might not have been accurate.
The experts discovered DNA on the replica underwear — which the gloved investigators didn’t touch — meaning that it had to have been left from the manufacturing process “when a worker handled the panty,” according to one examiner. How does this help further the investigation? It hints that maybe JonBenet’s family shouldn’t have been proven innocent so quickly. Watch the clip below:
At the time of JonBenet’s murder, Boulder District Attorney Mary T. Lacy exonerated her parents, John and Patsy, as well as her brother Burke Ramsey, citing a “match of male DNA” on two pieces of the little girl’s clothing. She said that made it clear “that an unknown male handled these items.” But with this latest underwear DNA discovery, investigator Jim Clemente said transferred DNA probably wasn’t enough to exonerate the three people closest to JonBenet.
Because of this, Jim suggested to the forensic experts, “[The Boulder police department] has to take your recommendations and retest with newer technology, with more reliable DNA tests, all the evidence that they have. DNA is reliable evidence if you interpret it properly.”
What this means for JonBenet’s father and her brother Burke — who recently confronted suspicion that he killed his sister on Dr. Phil — is still unclear, as the underwear development is part of a sneak peek clip. But it will be addressed in part two of the The Case Of docuseries, which airs on CBS on Sept. 19 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET. We’ll certainly be watching!
HollywoodLifers, do you think the underwear DNA will help lead to JonBenet’s killer? What do you think is the most important piece of evidence? Tell us below!