JonBenet Ramsey Killer Or Just A Kook?

It’s still very early in the game, but you’ve already got to wonder if this confession in the JonBenet Ramsey case is going to hold up.

Number one, according to his ex-wife, this guy didn’t live in Colorado at the time of the killing.

“Karr’s ex-wife, Lara Karr, told KGO-TV in California that she was with her former husband in Alabama at the time of JonBenet’s killing and she does not believe her former husband was involved in the homicide.”

Number two, no one has explained as of yet how this guy knew the Ramseys so intimately — and he would have almost had to have known the Ramseys intimately if he was guilty because the ransom note asked for $118,000, the amount John Ramsey had just received in a bonus (per Roger Depue in Good and Evil)

Number three, this guy has been obsessed with the Ramsey case for years. According to his father,

“His son’s troubles can be traced back to a decision while he was still in college to write a school paper about the JonBenét Ramsey murder case several years ago, Wexford Karr said.

John Karr’s college professor was so impressed with the paper that he encouraged him to write a book about JonBenét’s case, his father said. “He researched everything he could about her,” Wexford Karr said.”

There’s more:

“A University of Colorado spokesman, Barrie Hartman, said journalism professor Michael Tracey communicated with Karr over several months and contacted police. The university spokesman said he didn’t know what prompted Tracey to become suspicious of Karr.

Tracey produced a documentary in 2004 called “Who Killed JonBenet?” A woman who answered the phone at a number under his name said he didn’t live there anymore; his office phone mailbox was full.”

When you see that he’s done this kind of research, then it seems possible that he may have gleaned supposedly “unreleased” bits of info about the case in the process.

Does that mean that I think the guy is innocent? No, but something doesn’t seem quite right. Maybe more info will come out that explains it — or maybe this is a kook who confessed to a crime that he didn’t commit. That does happen. At the moment, let’s just say that the jury’s still out on this one and it may be worth waiting until a little more evidence comes in before deciding that the case is solved after all these years.

PS: Yes, I know that Karr is one creepy looking pedophile, but still…

Update #1: From MSNBC on TV, Karr says he drugged JonBenet. Trip Demuth, a former district attorney says the autopsy showed JonBenet wasn’t drugged.

Update #2: This is from Karr’s brother, via Drudge, in an interview with Greta Van Susteren:

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you know if your brother, John, ever lived in Boulder, Colorado?

KARR: To my knowledge, he never lived in Boulder, Colorado, and I don’t think that he was ever there, to be honest with you. He may have been through there in transit at one point when he was moving to California maybe four years ago, but to my knowledge, that’s the only time he would have ever been in Boulder, Colorado.

…VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Now, the JonBenet Ramsey murder case occurred 10 years ago. Did your brother live in Alabama up until four years ago? Is that what you said?

KARR: Yes. Yes. To the best of my knowledge, he did reside in Alabama up until four or five years ago, when he moved to California, yes. He actually lived in a family home that we owned there that had belonged to our grandparents. And we had constant, you know, communication with him. They would come to our house in Atlanta for Thanksgiving and Christmas. And that’s one of the points of contention maybe we talk about — and maybe we talk to you tomorrow night — is there’s a possibility that we believe he could have been even here in Atlanta with us when this horrible tragedy occurred to little JonBenet Ramsey. And we don’t know that for sure. We have to check our photo album and get the dates right.

…VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Do you know if he knew the Ramsey family?

KARR: To my knowledge, he did not know the Ramsey family, never had any contact with the Ramsey family directly, no. Even though we all did live in Atlanta, we were not affiliated in any way to the Ramseys.

Update #3: Apparently, the DNA test is still in the works. For the moment at least, I think you can put it in the “deeply skeptical” category on this guy’s guilt although I could be easily turned around if there’s a DNA match and an explanation of some of these details that don’t seem to jibe.

Update #4: From the Rocky Mountain News:

But investigators in Thailand have told the Associated Press that Karr has made several other statements to them, including claims that he picked JonBenet up from school the day she was killed and that he drugged her. JonBenet was on Christmas vacation at the time, so school was not in session…

…So far, there is no paper trail of Karr being in Colorado. Police in Boulder said today that they have no record of ever having contact with him.

What’s the next level beyond, “deeply skeptical?” How about, I’m now 95% certain that this guy’s confession is bunk…

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