JonBenét Ramsey

JonBenét Patricia Ramsey (August 6, 1990 – December 25, 1996) was a child beauty pageant queen who was found murdered in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado at the age of six the day after Christmas. The crime, which still remains unsolved, attracted intense nationwide media interest. The tantalizing clues of the case have inspired numerous books and articles that attempt to solve the mystery.

JonBenét was born at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. The name is an amalgam of her father's first and middle names, John Bennett. The family moved to Colorado when she was one year old.

JonBenét held a number of titles, including (in no specific order): Little Miss Charlevoix Michigan, Colorado State All-Star Kids Cover Girl, America's Royal Miss, National Tiny Miss Beauty, Little Miss Merry Christmas, and Little Miss Colorado, Little Miss Sunburst.

JonBenét's grave lies in Saint James Episcopal Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia, next to the grave of Elizabeth Ramsey (d. 1992), a child from John's first marriage who died in an automobile accident. Also buried nearby is JonBenét's grandmother. A total of 12 Ramsey headstones lie in the cemetery.^ 

In fictional portrayals of her life, JonBenét has been played by Dyanne Iandoli, Mackenzie Rosman, and Julia Granstrom.

The murder case

At 5:52AM on December 26, 1996, Patsy Ramsey (JonBenét's mother) telephoned 9-1-1. She told the operator, "we have a kidnapping", and explained that "there's a note left and our daughter is gone". She said she had just gotten up and found the ransom note.

An initial police search of the Ramsey home found nothing. JonBenét's body was found later that day by John Ramsey (JonBenét's father) in a basement room of the home. A garrote made from a length of nylon cord and the handle of a paintbrush had been used to strangle her; her skull had suffered severe blunt trauma; and she may have been sexually assaulted. The "official" cause of death was asphyxia by strangulation associated with craniocerebral trauma.

The police did not find any signs of forced entry into the home.

The note

Investigators determined that the lengthy ransom note was written on a pad of paper that belonged to the Ramsey family. The Sharpie felt-tip pen used to write the note was found in a container on the Ramseys' kitchen counter, along with other pens of the same type.

There were no fingerprints found on the note.

The text of the note has many odd features, among them the $118,000 demanded. Perhaps coincidentally, John Ramsey earned a bonus that year of $118,117.50.

Recent developments

In December 2003, forensic investigators extracted enough material from a mixed blood sample found on the deceased's underwear to establish a DNA profile. The DNA belongs to an unknown male. The DNA was submitted to the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), a database containing over 1.6 million DNA profiles, mainly from convicted felons. The sample has yet to find a match in the database, though it continues to be checked for partial matches on a weekly basis.


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The sample has yet to find a match in the database, though it continues to be checked for partial matches on a weekly basis. Louis is a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. The DNA was submitted to the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), a database containing over 1.6 million DNA profiles, mainly from convicted felons. He was also named as the magazine's fighter of the year on four occasions, bettered only by Muhammad Ali's five awards. The DNA belongs to an unknown male. Louis was named by Ring Magazine's as boxing's number one puncher in history in 2003. In December 2003, forensic investigators extracted enough material from a mixed blood sample found on the deceased's underwear to establish a DNA profile. They had allegedly covered it with white paint on February 23 of that year.

Perhaps coincidentally, John Ramsey earned a bonus that year of $118,117.50. White, pleaded guilty on charges of defacing the monument. The text of the note has many odd features, among them the $118,000 demanded. On March 25, 2004, two men, Brett Cashman and John T. There were no fingerprints found on the note. It represents the power of his punch both inside and outside the ring. The Sharpie felt-tip pen used to write the note was found in a container on the Ramseys' kitchen counter, along with other pens of the same type. and executed by Robert Graham, is a 24-foot long arm with a fisted hand suspended by a 24-foot high pyramidal framework.

Investigators determined that the lengthy ransom note was written on a pad of paper that belonged to the Ramsey family. The sculpture, commissioned by Time, Inc. The police did not find any signs of forced entry into the home. A memorial to Louis was dedicated in Detroit (at Jefferson Avenue & Woodward) on October 16, 1986. The "official" cause of death was asphyxia by strangulation associated with craniocerebral trauma. He has a sports complex named after him in Detroit, the Joe Louis Arena, where the Detroit Red Wings play their NHL games. A garrote made from a length of nylon cord and the handle of a paintbrush had been used to strangle her; her skull had suffered severe blunt trauma; and she may have been sexually assaulted. His life and his achievements prompted famed New York sportswriter Jimmy Cannon to write "Joe Louis is a credit to his race - the human race.".

JonBenét's body was found later that day by John Ramsey (JonBenét's father) in a basement room of the home. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. An initial police search of the Ramsey home found nothing. Joe Louis died of a heart attack in 1981. She said she had just gotten up and found the ransom note. I regret Joe isn't still alive and we were still friends". She told the operator, "we have a kidnapping", and explained that "there's a note left and our daughter is gone". When asked, on his 90th birthday, if he had any regrets he replied "I only have one.

At 5:52AM on December 26, 1996, Patsy Ramsey (JonBenét's mother) telephoned 9-1-1. Max Schmeling was also heartbroken by Louis' death. . He ended the article with the words, "I was proud to have fought him and prouder still to have been his friend". In fictional portrayals of her life, JonBenét has been played by Dyanne Iandoli, Mackenzie Rosman, and Julia Granstrom. He recalled their classic fight and how close he came to defeating Louis. A total of 12 Ramsey headstones lie in the cemetery.^ . After Louis' death, Conn wrote an article in Reader's Digest magazine called "Unforgettable Joe Louis".

Also buried nearby is JonBenét's grandmother. Louis had also become close friends with Billy Conn. 1992), a child from John's first marriage who died in an automobile accident. They remained friends until Joe Louis' death, when Schmeling paid for his funeral and was one of the pallbearers. JonBenét's grave lies in Saint James Episcopal Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia, next to the grave of Elizabeth Ramsey (d. In fact, Schmeling and Louis became close personal friends over the years, and the compassionate Schmeling (who was awarded control of the German Coca-Cola bottler after WWII) would often send him money. JonBenét held a number of titles, including (in no specific order): Little Miss Charlevoix Michigan, Colorado State All-Star Kids Cover Girl, America's Royal Miss, National Tiny Miss Beauty, Little Miss Merry Christmas, and Little Miss Colorado, Little Miss Sunburst. In his later years, he got a job welcoming tourists to the Caesar's Palace hotel in Las Vegas, where many world boxing champions and legends from other walks of life, including old rival Max Schmeling, would visit him.

The family moved to Colorado when she was one year old. Louis was eventually able to overcome his addiction. The name is an amalgam of her father's first and middle names, John Bennett. His wife was forced to have him committed to a Denver mental hospital in 1970. JonBenét was born at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He began suffering from paranoia and delusions. The tantalizing clues of the case have inspired numerous books and articles that attempt to solve the mystery. It was in the late 1960s that Louis also became addicted to cocaine.

The crime, which still remains unsolved, attracted intense nationwide media interest. Louis remained a popular celebrity until his twilight years, when he began suffering various illnesses, notably Pugilistic Parkinson's syndrome, and ran out of money. JonBenét Patricia Ramsey (August 6, 1990 – December 25, 1996) was a child beauty pageant queen who was found murdered in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado at the age of six the day after Christmas. A few years after his retirement, a movie about his life, The Joe Louis Story, was filmed in Hollywood. But later on in life, he was able to kick his drug habit. Louis faced a drug problem, a fact not too many people knew about but which was made public by a boxing book published by Ring Magazine, just as in Sugar Ray Robinson's case.

Louis became a professional wrestler in 1956 but quit in 1957 due to injuries suffered during a match. He retired with a record of 68 wins and 3 losses, with 54 wins by a knockout. Louis did not embarrass himself that night, but it was obvious his best years had gone by. In 1951, however, he would box what would be his final fight: In front of a national television audience, Louis lost by a knockout in eight rounds to the future world Heavyweight Champion, Rocky Marciano.

Seven more wins followed, including a rematch with Brion and a decision over fellow hall of famer Jimmy Bivins. He kept boxing, and in his next fight he beat fringe contender Cesar Brion by a decision in 10. debt, he announced a comeback and was promptly given a chance to recover his title, but he lost a 15 round unanimous decision to world champion Ezzard Charles, who had won the title after Louis left it vacant. In 1950, burdened by I.R.S.

On March 1, 1949 Louis announced his retirement from boxing. He still managed to fend off every challenger until he retired for the first time, after the second Walcott bout. After he came back to keep defending his title in 1946, Louis looked somewhat slower in his fights, and his best years seemed to have gone. He even acted in a couple of movies, produced by the Army to entice men to go to the war.

During this time, he became a national spokesman for the Army, inviting young men to join in and help their country in the war. Louis joined the Army from 1942 to 1945 and spent that whole period travelling around Europe visiting with the fighting troops and boxing in exhibitions. Apart from Schmeling, Farr, Mann and Thomas, other notable title defenses during that period were:. He set records for any division in number of defenses and longevity as world champion non stop, and both records still stand.

He was a world champion for 11 years and 10 months, after which he left his crown vacant. In between serving in the United States Army during the Second World War, Louis kept on defending his title, totalling 25 defenses from '37 to 1949. Louis favored Willkie over FDR because he believed that Willkie and the Republicans would do more for civil rights. In 1940 Louis actively campaigned for Wendell Willkie for the presidency.

But by beating a German boxer, Louis won over whites too, something very hard to do during the 1930s and 1940s in the United States. Louis was black, so when he won the title, he had become an example to his fellow black Americans. With his superior speed, Louis retained his title by a knockout in the first round, avenging his only loss up until that time and achieving something not too many African-Americans of the era imagined anyone could do: becoming a national hero both for the white and the black population. The fight itself ended quickly.

This time the fight was hyped on both sides of the Atlantic, and many fans around the world saw this fight as a symbol: Louis representing the American interests and Schmeling, who was wrongly seen as a Nazi, fighting for Germany and white supremacy. The rematch with Schmeling finally took place, on June 22, 1938. Louis retained the title three times, outpointing the capable Welshman Tommy Farr and knocking out Nathan Mann in three and Harry Thomas in five. He said after the fight, however, that he would not feel like a world champion until he beat one man: Schmeling.

Louis was dropped in round one, but he got up and became the world champion by knocking Braddock out in round eight. Braddock in Chicago for the World Heavyweight title. 1937 came by, and after a ten round decision win over Bob Pastor, Louis was matched with world champion James J. The referee stopped the fight right away.

Among the boxers he defeated were former Heavyweight champ Jack Sharkey and Eddie Simms, who turned and asked the referee to take a walk on the roof with him after a hit from Louis. That year Louis had four more bouts, winning all of them, and three exhibitions. Schmeling now deserved a fight for the title, but was denied a chance to challenge the world champion in large part due to his relatively weak ties to the German Nazi Party. Louis and his supporters were devastated.

Schmeling managed to weather Louis's pummeling long enough to exploit this weakness and bring down Louis. The German had studied Louis and discovered that he dropped his left hand after throwing his legendary left jab. In his next fight, however, he was matched with former world Heavyweight champion Max Schmeling, who was thought to be fading when he upset Louis by a knockout in 12 at New York. He began 1936 knocking out Charlie Retzlaff in the first round.

His last four bouts that year were exhibitions in Canada, as one fight versus Isodoro Castagana, supposed to take place December 29 at Havana, Cuba, was suspended. He won each of his fights, and he began to face better opposition, beating former world Heavyweight champions Primo Carnera and Max Baer, and former Carnera world title challenger Paolino Uzcudun. In 1935, he boxed 13 more times, and started touring the United States and Canada. Among his opponents in 1934 were Art Sykes and Stanley Poreda, both top contenders.

He won 12 fights that year, all in Chicago, 10 by knockout. Louis made his debut on July 4 of that year, knocking out Jack Kracken in the first round at Chicago, Illinois that night. He went on to win Michigan's Golden Gloves title, after which he turned professional in 1934. The son of Monroe Barrow, a cotton picker, and Lilly Reese, a homemaker, Louis became interested in boxing after the Barrows moved to Detroit in 1924.

. Joseph Louis Barrow (1914-1981), better known in the boxing world as Joe Louis and nicknamed The Brown Bomber, was a native of Lexington, Alabama who became World Heavyweight Champion. his two fights versus future world Heavyweight champion Jersey Joe Walcott, who would drop Louis in round four of their first bout and lose a close decision, then get knocked out by Louis in the rematch in 11 rounds. In the rematch, Louis won by a knockout in the eighth round.

His decision to go toe-to-toe with Louis turned out to be his downfall, as the champion KO'd Conn with a vicious barrage. Near the end of round 12, though, Conn visibly hurt Louis, so he decided to go for a knockout in the 13th. Conn, much smaller than Louis but also much faster, said that he planned to "hit and run,' prompting Louis's famous response, "He can run, but he can't hide." For 12 rounds it appeared that Conn would prove Louis wrong; his agile footwork, blinding hand speed and ability to slip punches stymied Louis, and Conn was so far ahead on points that only a knockout could save Louis. his two fights with world Light Heavyweight champion Billy Conn, the first of which is remembered as one of the greatest fights in heavywieght history.

his two fights with Chilean Arturo Godoy, who almost did something no other boxer from Chile has ever done and no Hispanic had done before: Become world Heavyweight champion in their first bout, which Louis won by a close decision, and when Louis won the rematch by a knockout in the eight round, a riot broke loose at the Madison Square Garden. his fight with Two Ton Tony Galento, who upset the boxing world by knocking Louis down in round one, but Louis got up and knocked Galento out in the fourth. his fight versus world Light Heavyweight champion John Henry Lewis, knocked out in the first.

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