Still on the JCO mess. Now I am getting really pissed at her and not because of her skating cluelessness. Despite the disclaimer, it is clear that the novel is inspired by the JonBenet Ramsey murder. When it actually happened I didn't pay too much attention to the coverage and really don't recall anything other than the basic facts and suggestions that she was killed by her parents. Please correct me if you remember it better.
But now I started reading about it because of the book which in turn created a lot of resentment toward the author. From what I read, the finger of blame was immediately pointed at the parents. There was no evidence to tie them to the crime and they were never charged. The media went into overdrive with various public officials saying or implying they believed John Ramsey to be the murderer. Another theory from the police was that Patsy Ramsey killed her in a fit of rage over JonBenet's bed-wetting.
But the Ramseys were never charged. They did hire several attorneys and filed several libel lawsuits (can't recall if they won) against some of the tabloids that screamed their guilt. They'd spend their considerable fortune (John Ramsey started computer business in his garage which he later sold to a major company) fighting the accusation. I understand that Patsy Ramsey had died of ovarian cancer in 2006. At the time of the murder, the family was living together in their custom-built home in Boulder, Colorado. I also found a picture of the Ramsey children together, JonBenet and her older brother Burke. No doubt that picture and the differences between the siblings' level of comfort in front the camera inspired JCO to write the book from the older brother's point of view. She actually describes this picture where the brother looks awkward and in his own mind "freaky" next to the cute JonBenet. He is portrayed as a neglected, overly medicated and extremely unhappy child. This was not what the lengthy interviews with Burke revealed. Yes, I know, consider the source, the embittered, forgotten, neglected and at times falsely accused brother. Still, I consider the narrative to be in large part the authorial voice.
But that's not what made me . In the book the Ramsey parents are absolute monsters with no redeeming qualities. Daddy Ramsey is a soulless racist corporate climber with every repulsive quality imaginable. And Mummy Ramsey is even worse, living out her dream and insecurity through her daughter. JCO reveals the murderer in the end although IRL the case remains unresolved. Daddy lives with the family on and off, always has a mistress, is a sexist of the worst kind and is basically and overgrown frat brother.
In the book, the mummy did it. In a fit of rage of an abandoned wife, she used a scarf that she and Daddy Rampike (Rampike--Ramsey) used to play with along with other sex toys during their happier days as a couple. She wrote the infamous ransom note and also told Daddy Rampike who was living in a hotel during his off times from the family, that brother Skyler (Burke IRL) did it but that they have to cover it up to save their only surviving child. She confesses this to her son Skyler a decade later, before she dies not from ovarian cancer but a liposuction gone wrong. The cover story of cancer was leaked to the media in an attempt to hide the embarrassing truth.
But imagine for a second that the Ramsey parents didn't to it--there is some evidence that they did not. There is some evidence of intrusion into the house per a documentary and a few articles I've read. If the Ramseys are indeed innocent, a possibility, imagine the hell they went through. I am not a fan of toddlers in tiaras but that doesn't mean such parents are murderers. Yes, yes I know what JCO is doing, she does it in every book, the exploitation of women by the society via sexualization, objectification, etc.
However, it's probably a lucky thing Patsy Ramsey is dead so she can't read this book, copyrighted in 2008. Or perhaps, JCO felt free to write it since Patsy died. But John and Burke Ramsey are alive somewhere and are likely aware of this book's contents. JCO decries the media circus around the murder, but isn't she herself a willing, an extremely active and profiteering participant?
HuffPo weighs in on the murder.