TOPIC: John Mark Karr admits to killing JonBenet Ramsey...
But I don't think the entire story is being told by Mr. Karr. Here are his words and quotes from Thai authorities...
"I am so very sorry for what happened to JonBenet. It's very important for me that everyone knows that I love her very much, that her death was unintentional, that it was an accident." Asked what happened when JonBenet died, he said: "It would take several hours to describe that. It's a very involved series of events that would involve a lot of time. It's very painful for me to talk about it."
When JonBenet's body was found, investigators said she had been strangled and her skull crushed. Suspicions quickly fell on her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey. The police said they found no evidence of forced entry at the house. The Ramseys initially called the police to say that their daughter had been kidnapped. Hours later, when a detective arrived at the house, Ramsey went into the basement and came out carrying his daughter's body. [Very suspicious moment!]
The police found a 370-word ransom note written with a pen and paper from the Ramseys' house and contained details that the police concluded only someone close to the Ramseys would know. Among the demands was a payment of $118,000, exactly equivalent to the bonus Ramsey had received that year from his company.
Karr also told the AP he contacted JonBenet's mother, Patsy Ramsey, before her death in June and that he wrote her letters about "many things." He said he hoped that she received the letters.
Karr confessed to the killing after his arrest Wednesday at his downtown Bangkok guesthouse (The Blooms) by Thai and American authorities, said Lt. Gen. Suwat Tumrongsiskul, head of Thailand's immigration police. Suwat said U.S. authorities informed Thai police on Aug. 11 that an arrest warrant had been issued for Karr on charges of premeditated murder. The warrant was sent to Thai police on Wednesday.
Suwat said Karr insisted his crime was not first-degree murder but that JonBenet died during a kidnapping attempt that went awry. "He said it was second-degree murder. He said it was unintentional," Suwat said. "He said he loved this child, that he was in love her. He said she was very pretty, a pageant queen. She was the school star, she was very cute and sweet," Suwat said. Suwat further quoted Karr as saying he tried to kidnap JonBenet for a $118,000 ransom but that his plan went awry and he strangled her. Patsy Ramsey reported finding a ransom note in the house demanding $118,000 for her daughter.
We also now know that John Mark Karr has traveled to Asia at least five times over the past two years. My wife is a teacher, so I know he wasn't making those trips on a teacher's salary. How did he fund his trips and stay in Thailand? Was someone else giving him cash? Was it blackmail? Was he making money in the child sex trade of Thailand? Another looming question is -- What is the association between the Ramseys and John Mark Karr? I fear the answer will be explosive to the case -- and possibly to John Ramsey himself. There is A LOT more to this story -- I guarantee it. IF he's guilty -- my guess is that he was tired of running and is ready to just give up. Thai authorities say he didn't resist arrest and has cooperated with them. Is he ready to "roll over" on any accomplises? We'll see...
[This post may be edited throughout the day -- to add or correct information gleaned from my research.]