EXCLUSIVE: JonBenet Ramsey’s half brother speaks out on her 1996 murder in new TV special slamming cops for pointing the finger at the family – and he believes DNA technology will reveal the REAL killer
- John Andrew Ramsey is speaking out in a new 20/20 special about the murder of his younger half-sister, JonBenét
- JonBenét was found dead in the basement of her parents home on Christmas Day 1996; the case has not been solved and continues to captivate the world
- John Andrew believes his dad, John, and his step-mom, Patsy, were not involved in JonBenét’s death, despite the fact police found them suspicious
- John Andrew was a staunch supporter of Lou Smit, a homicide detective who worked on the case
- Smit did believed JonBenét was murdered by an intruder, but he died in 2010 before he was able to end his investigation
- However, he left a list of prime suspects with his family, who are continuing with his detective work
- John Andrew believes Smit’s work, combined with advancements in DNA technology, will help identify his half sister’s killer
- ABC’s 20/20 special on the case airs Friday at 9PM Eastern and features John Andrew’s exclusive interview, as well as some of Smit’s files never before seen
JonBenét Ramsey’s half brother is speaking out about the pageant queen’s murder in a new 20/20 TV special, blasting cops for pointing the finger at his family.
Six-year-old JonBenét was found dead inside the basement of her parent’s palatial home in Boulder, Colorado back in 1996, and the case captivated the world.
Almost a generation later, the murder remains unsolved, but the new 20/20 special – airing Friday night on ABC – sheds new light on the case, which continues to fascinate Americans to this day.
JonBenét’s wealthy parents, John and Pasty, were considered prime suspects in the initial stages of the investigation, but the pair protested their innocence.
JonBenét’s older half-brother, John Andrew, was 20 years old at the time and was not living at the home.
However, the now 45-year-old – who was one of three children from John Ramsey’s first marriage – steadfastly believes that his dad and step-mom had nothing to do with the death.
John Andrew was a supporter of Lou Smit, a former homicide detective who was brought out of retirement to investigate the murder of the child beauty queen.
Smit was initially hired by the prosecution but quit the case when his investigation convinced him that an outside intruder was responsible for JonBenét’s murder.
Six-year-old JonBenét was found dead inside the basement of her parent’s palatial home in Boulder, Colorado back in 1996, and the case captivated the world
JonBenét Ramsey’s half brother is speaking out about the pageant queen’s murder in the 20/20 TV special, blasting cops for pointing the finger at his family
John Andrew was one of three children from John Ramsey’s first marriage. He is pictured top right with his father (center), full sister Melinsa (top left), step-mom Patsy (front center), JonBenét (front left) and half brother Burke (front right)
Lou Smit was initially hired by the prosecution but quit the case when his investigation convinced him that an outside intruder was responsible for JonBenét’s murder.
‘Lou Smit was a legendary detective,’ John Andrew states in a preview of the 20/20 special, obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com.
‘He had a history of closing cases,’ ABC News Legal Analyst Jami Lloyd states in the clip.
Smit quit the case in 1998, but went on to work for the Ramsey family to help establish their innocence.
He made comprehensive video diaries detailing his investigation – some of which will air for the first time on 20/20.
Tragically, Smit passed away in 2010, before he could crack the case. However, he handed a list of potential suspects to his family who are continuing on with the investigation.
John Andrew believes that Smit’s work, combined with advancement in DNA technology, will bring the real killer to light.
‘This case can be solved,’ he triumphantly states during the 20/20 special.
The 20/20 special on the case airs Friday at 9PM Eastern