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JonBenet Ramsey’s father reveals petition pressuring Colorado governor to advance daughter’s murder case

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FIRST ON FOX: LAS VEGAS – John Ramsey, father of the murdered JonBenet Ramsey, on Saturday announced the start of a petition asking Colorado Governor Jared Polis to allow an independent agency to conduct DNA testing on the case instead of the Boulder Police Department (BPD).

“It’s a collection of signatures to hopefully get the state of Colorado to intervene and get the items from the crime scene that could be tested for DNA that has not been tested,” Ramsey told Fox News Digital at the CrimeCon 2022 convention in Las Vegas on Saturday. . . “It’s going to take a lot of help to get it going again. But you know, the government is very reactive and we’re talking about politicians and we want them to do the right thing.”

John Ramsey talks to Paula Woodward at CrimeCon 2022.

John Ramsey talks to Paula Woodward at CrimeCon 2022.
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If Colorado officials “know there are enough people behind the” petition “asking them to do the right thing, they will do it,” Ramsey said.

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“It’s a cold case, and they do not call it a cold case, but it is a cold case for all purposes,” Ramsey said. “Why they do not want to test the DNA samples that should be tested for DNA, I do not know. It is confusing.”

Page one of JonBenet's ransom note.

Page one of JonBenet’s ransom note.
(John Ramsey)

JonBenet’s mother reported her missing to police when she was 6 years old on the morning of December 26, 1996, after finding a long ransom note demanding more than $ 118,000 in exchange for JonBenet. John Ramsey found her body later that day in the basement of her home.

An autopsy revealed that JonBenet died of suffocation and a blow to the head. The Boulder City Medical Examiner reported an 8 1/2-inch fracture of her skull. Authorities have not convicted any suspects in the case.

JonBenet Ramsey

JonBenet Ramsey
(John Ramsey)

Ramsey and investigative journalist Paula Woodward, author of “We Have Your Daughter,” spoke at the conference on Saturday afternoon with thousands of guests and speakers ranging from victims of crime to high-profile law enforcement and scientists.

“The Boulder police were totally inexperienced, and I do not blame them for that,” Ramsey said during the conference. “I blame them for not accepting help from people who knew what they were doing.”

JonBenet Ramsey

JonBenet Ramsey
(John Ramsey)

Ramsey criticized the department for its “arrogance,” “pride,” “ego” and inexperience at the time his daughter was killed. He went on to argue that infanticide should be investigated as a federal crime.

“We can not let the murder of a child be left to the local police,” Ramsey said, adding that BPD is “just big enough that they think they know everything and they do not.”

The BPD said in a December 2021 statement marking the 25th anniversary of JonBenet’s killings that they had processed more than 1,500 pieces of evidence and “reviewed or examined more than 21,016 tips, letters and emails.”

JonBenet Ramsey

JonBenet Ramsey
(John Ramsey)

BPD also said in its statement that due to advances in DNA technology, “several suspects have been run through the system to check for matches” and that investigators have updated more than “750 reference samples with the latest DNA technology.”

“As the department continues to use new technology to improve the study, it is actively reviewing genetic DNA testing processes to see if they can be applied to this case going forward,” BPD said at the time.

JonBenet Ramsey

JonBenet Ramsey
(John Ramsey)

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The new petition, which garnered more than 600 signatures immediately after Ramsey’s speech, appeals to Polis to use its “power” to intervene in the case and allow an independent DNA analysis.

“You have the power,” the petition reads. “Given the lack of progress made by the Boulder Police Department, we, the undersigned petitioners, ask you to move DNA decisions in this case away from the BPD to an independent agency so that JonBenĂ©t has one last chance at the justice she deserves.”

Boulder Police and Governor Polis ‘office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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