Crime

Twenty Times the JonBenet Ramsey Murder Has Been Solved

JonBenét Ramsey is on the current cover of The Globe, alongside a screaming headline about "Chilling New Evidence!," a subhead citing the "real reason beauty queen was MURDERED!," and photos of "two suspects arrested."

Case closed? Not quite.

As we've been reporting, it's been nearly twenty years since the JonBenét murder, which took place in Boulder on December 25, 1996 — and the impending date (which Boulder officials refuse to call an anniversary) has prompted a renewed interest in the case from TV and movie producers, as well as the supermarket tabloids.

Over the past two decades, publications such as the Globe, the National Enquirer, In Touch Weekly and more have claimed to have solved this terrible crime many times, announcing these scoops with a certitude that would be a lot more amusing if they didn't deal with the horrific murder of a child.


Look below to see a gallery of the twenty most memorable covers we could find on which the tabs declared that the culprit or culprits had finally been unmasked, including several from this year. The latter are proof that this story isn't going away. Rather, it's getting a second (or third) (or fourth) (or twentieth) wind.
Number 20: 2011

Number 19: 1997

Number 18: 2014

Number 17: 2016

Number 16: 2016

Number 15: 2016

Number 14: 1999

Number 13: 2002

Number 12: 2014

Number 11: 1998

Continue to keep counting down the top twenty times when the JonBenet Ramsey murder case was solved.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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