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  • Rod Kackley

The Murder of JonBenet Ramsey: New Cold Case Team Tackles Investigation, A Shocking True Crime Story

On Dec. 26, 1996, the Boulder Police Department received a 911 call concerning the possible kidnapping of a six-year-old girl.

Later that day, the parents of JonBenet Ramsey — John and Patsy — received a ransom note demanding $118,000. Then a few hours later, police discovered the body of JonBenet. A garrote was around her neck, and duct tape covered her mouth.

Nearly twenty-six years after her death, the Boulder Police Department has gone through 21,000 tips, letters, and emails. Investigators have traveled to nineteen states and interviewed more than 1,000 people.

Boulder Police investigators have been assisted over the past quarter-century by the FBI, The District Attorney’s Office, Colorado’s Department of Public Safety, Colorado’s Bureau of Investigation, and several private DNA laboratories across America.

But still, no one has any idea who killed JonBenet and left her beaten and strangled body inside her family’s Boulder, Colorado home.

Next year, a new set of eyes will examine the homicide that shocked the world. Police Chief Maris Herold says the Colorado Cold Case Review Team will begin working alongside the Boulder Police Department in 2023.

The CCRT is made up of professional investigators, along with analytical and forensic experts from across Colorado.

“This crime has left a hole in the hearts of many, and we will never stop investigating until we find JonBenet’s killer,” Police Chief Maris Herold said. “That includes following up on every lead and working with our policing partners and DNA experts around the country to solve this tragic case. This investigation has always been and will continue to be a priority for the Boulder Police Department.”

District Attorney Michael Dougherty concurred, adding, “The murder of JonBenet Ramsey is a terrible tragedy and sparked years of unanswered questions and theories. Our office has successfully prosecuted other cold case homicides and many murder cases.

“In every one of those cases, it was the evidence that proved the defendant(s) guilty. Whether it is DNA or other evidence, more is needed to solve this murder. I appreciate the collaboration with CBI, the FBI, and the Boulder Police Department.”

Herold and Dougherty also said they’re talking with several private DNA labs about the viability of continued testing of DNA recovered from the crime scene. The problem is that the amount of DNA evidence available for analysis is extremely small and complex, according to BPD Public Information Officer Dionne Waugh.

So, they need to find a proven technology that can reliably test forensic samples consistent with those available in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case.

“Those discussions will continue,” according to a Boulder Police Department Press release.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Boulder Police Department’s tip line at 303-441-1974,, or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Eva Dugan needs to get out of Arizona as fast as the Dodge Coupe she’s riding in can take her across the state line.

It’s January 1927. Flappers are everywhere, young women wearing short skirts, knee height, no less, and bobbed hair. At the same time, they listen to jazz music, smoke cigarettes and drink booze in public, have sex at petting parties whenever they want, and even drive automobiles.

These young Gibson Girl wannabes are having the time of their lives.

Eva Dugan thinks about that with a smirk on her face. She did all of that before these girls were born when Eva was a saloon singer during the Klondike gold rush.

Those were the days.

But now, she’s old, fat, and her voice is gone.

And Eva is on the run with a boy named Jack, an unlikely pair drawn together not by love but by need.


Cuz A.J. Mathis is dead and buried, that’s why. Other men in Eva’s life have disappeared. Maybe everyone will forget about A.J. Mathis too.

Maybe not.

Here’s one guy who won’t — the last of the Cowboy Sheriffs in Arizona — Jim McDonald.

He’s certain Eva killed A.J. and vows to “prove it on her” if it’s the last thing he does.

Kill. Bury. Forget., A Shocking True Crime Story: the death of a chicken rancher, the woman accused of the crime, and the ‘last of the cowboy sheriffs’ who tracked her down.

And, you are not going to believe what happened the day Eva Dugan died.


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