Thursday, August 17, 2006
I was amazed to see this last night, amazed.
"A US man arrested in Thailand has said the death of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey 10 years ago in Colorado was an accident.
John Mark Karr, 41, who lived in Boulder at the time of the killing, told reporters: "I was with JonBenet when she died. Her death was an accident."
Thai police had earlier said Mr Karr had confessed to the 1996 killing.
The six-year-old was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, in a case that shocked the US public.
Mr Karr, a former teacher, was arrested at an apartment in the Thai capital Bangkok.
He was arrested on a US warrant after being tracked by police as he sought to find a teaching job in Thailand, officials said.
Boulder District Attorney Mary Lacey said the arrest had followed "several months of a focused and complex investigation".
Mr Karr will be sent to Colorado within days to face charges of murder, kidnapping and child sexual assault, said US official Ann Hurst.
Thai police chief Lt Gen Suwat Tumrongsiskul told reporters: "He said it was second-degree murder. He said it was unintentional. He said he was in love with the child. She was a pageant queen."
Okay, I will-hands up-say I really thought the parent were involved with the poor little girl's death. There was even a pointed reference to them in Southpark... Well, if I had a hat I'd eat it. Of course it's horrible what happened to them, losing their little girl, but to live with the clouds of suspicion over their heads must have been really difficult. Poor people. I was glad to read Patsy Ramsay knew an arrest was imminent before she passed away.