What the hell? Via Reuters:
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Schoolteacher John Mark Karr, suspected of killing child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey 10 years ago, awaited extradition to Colorado on Wednesday as newly reported comments by him fueled doubts over his claims of involvement in the notorious unsolved crime.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s officials said Karr, 41, would not be leaving for Colorado on Wednesday. They declined to say when he would be turned over to authorities in the town where the six-year-old was found strangled in the basement of her home on December 26, 1996.
Prosecutors in Boulder have disclosed none of their evidence against Karr, whose surprise arrest in Thailand last week provoked a U.S. media frenzy.
A tent city of camera crews and reporters has sprung up in the small college town for his arrival there, despite officials insisting Karr “will not be paraded” to public view.
While in Thailand, Karr professed his love for JonBenet and told journalists he was with her when she died but described her death as “an accident.” She was found with a fractured skull and had been strangled with a garrote.
DNA evidence, found in JonBenet’s underwear and under her fingernails, is likely to prove crucial to the case.
But People Magazine on Wednesday quoted Karr as telling Thai authorities while in their custody; “The DNA might not match, but you can’t trust the test.”
If he’s telling the truth about the possibility that there will be no DNA match (and to be honest, I don’t think he’s said anything truthful so far, but this time I think he actually is in order to try and ‘cover’ what he knows the results of the DNA tests will be), then this freakazoid still ought to be locked up for wasting the time of law enforcement in two states as well as overseas in Thailand.
By the way, here are some other unsolved murdered children cases (JonBenet’s case is listed there) that should be getting attention, too. The media chose to focus on JonBenet’s case for several years and now again, presumably because she was a young pretty girl and was a child beauty pageant winner, so it was natural for ratings-hungry media outlets to sensationalize her death. So many other murdered children cases should get widespread attention, too, I think. Unfortunately, most don’t.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – California detectives learned of John Mark Karr’s apparent fascination with the JonBenet Ramsey murder while investigating him in 2001, but said Wednesday he did not appear to have any special knowledge of the case.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that it notified Colorado officials five years ago about Karr. It is the earliest known time that Karr was brought to the attention of authorities investigating the 1996 slaying of the girl in her Boulder County, Colo., home.
“We never uncovered any ‘confession’ statements, overt murder evidence, or other indications that John Karr possessed secret knowledge that only the murderer of JonBenet Ramsey would know,” the statement said.
Family members have said they cannot believe he was in Colorado at the time of the slaying. Karr’s ex-wife has said she can’t remember a Christmas she wasn’t with Karr while they were together, which includes when the slaying happened. At the time the couple lived in Alabama. But neither she nor family members have come forward with definitive proof.