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Perhaps the most compelling murder case of our day, the death of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey galvanized the nation - and years after it occurred, the mystery still endures. Who killed the young beauty queen and why? Who is covering up for whom, and who is simply lying? In JonBenet, the most authoritative and comprehensive study of the Ramsey murder, a former lead Boulder Police detective, Steve Thomas, explores the case in vivid and fascinating detail - pointing the way toward an analysis of the evidence some deem too shocking to consider.

Here, Thomas raises these and many other provocative questions:

How was the investigation botched from the beginning, and why did police so carelessly allow the crime scene to be tampered with?

Why were John and Patsy Ramsey protected from early questioning and any lie-detector tests, even though their stories and behavior were erratic, suspicious, and inconsistent?

Why was crucial evidence ignored, why were certain key witnesses unquestioned by detectives, and why were the Ramseys privy to sensitive information about the case and even police reports?

©2000 Steve Thomas and Don Davis (P)2016 Tantor

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"From my investigation of the Ramsey murder, Steve Thomas was the lead detective on the case from the beginning and may know what happened better than anyone." (Lawrence Schiller, New York Times best-selling author)

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  • Urban Cowgirl
  • 11-12-2019

I’m a believer

Over the past 2 days I have devoured this book. I think it’s the best book and performance on audible I have ever listened to. I was a former believer in the intruder theory, mostly bc of the intruder that was reported a couple months later in a young girls bedroom and got away...but this book has transformed everything for me. This audio book is so so so good. You will devour it.

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  • Jane
  • 11-04-2017

Breathtaking

I loved this book. Such a terrible story that needed to be voiced. Shocking, enthralling, you won't be disappointed

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  • JustBill
  • 09-03-2020

Same Old-Same Old

I was so amped up to read the latest on JonBenet, as when it happened, I thought the Boulder, Colorado Police were incompetent, at best.
The one solitary piece of news I learned that was actually new, was that the Police were not to blame, and of course it was political in nature.
The rest of the book was a complete waste of time. If you do not take my advice, then you will be saying, "you know that guy was right on the money. "0

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  • Bigfootwalker1776
  • 08-01-2019

Author is obsessed about what public defender did or didn't do - most of book is complaining about DA, press, and police chief

Expected to read a murdervmystery book, instead author constantly complained about every body else screwing up and interfering with HIS INVESTIGATION into JonBenet's kidnapping/murder. Very disappointed with this book. I CANNOT RECOMMEND this book.

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  • PossumPie
  • 22-12-2017

15 hours of whining and complaining

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I agree with the author that the DA's office was negligent in helping to solve the case. I agree also that the Police chiefs were inept and liberal feel-good hippies. BUT to complain for 15 hours about it was so tiresome I quit listening somewhere around hour 11

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  • Thomas
  • 23-02-2017

Jon Benet's murders never captured

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very interesting take one of the main investigators

Who was your favorite character and why?

Steve Thomas

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just the extreme disappointment no matter how much evidence against the parents for either committing the crime or at least covering it up for Burke the DA was unwilling to prosecute.

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Felt like a very long book, but it was 2+ plus years of the detectives lives.

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  • Hannah-Kate Meadows
  • 03-05-2017

Tonal Misfire

There are three sides to every story. Your side. My side. The truth. I can't imagine the stress and pressure one is under being a detective in a highly publicized, unsolved murder. This guy points so many fingers and makes so many excuses, he could make that his new job. There is no sense of personal or even a unified departmental responsibility for the many many muck-ups that even he alleges his department made. The whole read comes off to me as an exoneration of himself; something he needed more than anyone else. Maybe it just should have been his journal.

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  • Sam
  • 07-09-2020

Don’t Waste Your Time

I expected more substance from this book. I have seen Steve Thomas in interviews and he comes across as a tenacious and nice guy. The book was not very interesting at all. Nothing I didn’t already hear about before. I could not get through the whole book and gave up with only 2 chapters left! Disappointed!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-02-2019

amazing

I am only a few years older then Jonbenet myself, when she went missing I will never forget how terrifying it was to hear about on the news. I remember thinking who kills little kids and why? I recall as the case went on it was popular discussion everywhere. I even got into an argument with my math teacher in 6th grade when she asked for a show of hands who thought the parents did it. I was one of the only kids who raised their hand. It was all in good fun for a class discussion of course. I thought years ago when they were cleared by the DA ....darn my math teacher was right! Then never gave it much thought again. That was until I listened to this audio book. 1 thank you for the amazing read 2 it is so informative and explains why they were cleared and how corrupt Colorado DA is. Thank you for restoring my original belief they killed their poor little girl. May the killers burn and Jonbenet rest on peace.

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  • Marie M.
  • 03-01-2017

Narration is so so.

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The narrator sounds like a robot. I wish Steve Thomas himself would have narrated the book.

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This is the most thorough and compelling account of the Jon Benet Ramsey story I've ever read or watched..

What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s voice?

Monotone computer robot.

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  • AnnieJuly
  • 19-02-2017

Interesting but flawed

I have read widely about this tragic and yet - for those with an interest in the dynamics of true crime investigations - fascinating mystery. I was aware of the Steve Thomas angle and fully expecting this to be his own personal account. I can't deny someone right at the heart of the story their right to tell it how they saw it. I do t even fundamentally differ from him in terms of what I think could be a plausible scenario. This is an account worth listening to. However, I was disappointed with quite the extent to which this was partial. It descended into self worth, ranting and character assassination in places that can't do justice to Thomas' unique knowledge and perspective. I just lost a little respect for him in places to the extent that I did wonder if he honestly was capable of seeing beyond his initial conclusion. This is worth a listen but I would urge reading more widely also. Good, unobtrusive narration in the whole, though with a tendency to petulance/snideness in tone: one could almost feel the spirit of Thomas standing in the recording booth telling him to put more aggression into his tone!!

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  • D. Oxford
  • 31-12-2016

Genuine and heartfelt

Frustrating - gripping - informative - uncompromising ... oh, and did I mention frustrating? Expert material, expertly delivered by the narrator, who did the author proud. More recent developments in the JonBenet case have done nothing to 'date' this material, rather add to it's fascination.

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  • Mandy Hustwaite
  • 15-04-2018

Great biography

Very enlightening and entertainingly narrated. Hopefully one day this case will be solved, although now Patsy has passed away I doubt it.

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  • krissi
  • 21-02-2021

Shocking

Good book about a true story. The second one I have read about this, again better than I thought it would be with much detail and a lot of back stabbing.
A disgraceful botch from beginning to end from the police, one enormous cover up from team Ramsey.....yes, team Ramsey. Says it all.
A very sad story whatever you believe.

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  • Ms Moira Kelly
  • 22-12-2020

Excellent book!

Loved this book. Extremely well narrated and with passion. Steve Thomas took us through each step of the investigation and every technique used by Team Ramsey to thwart justice. Excellent!

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  • Stella
  • 18-11-2020

Thrilling

Really enjoyed this audiobook & it’s changed my thoughts on the case. Couldn’t stop listening to it.

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  • Mr E Mortimore
  • 06-05-2019

Steve Thomas - True detective

Gripping from start to finish. An incredible chronology of an horrific crime. Detective Steve Thomas deserves all recognition for his dogged determination battling into the teeth of a brutal political storm. A truly compelling account of a dreadfully tragic event. Steve - we salute you, Sir

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  • Sara
  • 25-01-2017

Bit short

Was okay nothing I hadn't heard from the documentarys it's kind of boring in that way

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