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Publisher's Summary

Perhaps the most compelling murder case of our day, the death of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey galvanized the nation - and years after it occurred, the mystery still endures. Who killed the young beauty queen and why? Who is covering up for whom, and who is simply lying? In JonBenet, the most authoritative and comprehensive study of the Ramsey murder, a former lead Boulder Police detective, Steve Thomas, explores the case in vivid and fascinating detail - pointing the way toward an analysis of the evidence some deem too shocking to consider.

Here, Thomas raises these and many other provocative questions:

How was the investigation botched from the beginning, and why did police so carelessly allow the crime scene to be tampered with?

Why were John and Patsy Ramsey protected from early questioning and any lie-detector tests, even though their stories and behavior were erratic, suspicious, and inconsistent?

Why was crucial evidence ignored, why were certain key witnesses unquestioned by detectives, and why were the Ramseys privy to sensitive information about the case and even police reports?

©2000 Steve Thomas and Don Davis (P)2016 Tantor

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"From my investigation of the Ramsey murder, Steve Thomas was the lead detective on the case from the beginning and may know what happened better than anyone." (Lawrence Schiller, New York Times best-selling author)

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Tonal Misfire

There are three sides to every story. Your side. My side. The truth. I can't imagine the stress and pressure one is under being a detective in a highly publicized, unsolved murder. This guy points so many fingers and makes so many excuses, he could make that his new job. There is no sense of personal or even a unified departmental responsibility for the many many muck-ups that even he alleges his department made. The whole read comes off to me as an exoneration of himself; something he needed more than anyone else. Maybe it just should have been his journal.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Breathtaking

I loved this book. Such a terrible story that needed to be voiced. Shocking, enthralling, you won't be disappointed

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  • Hoover, AL, United States
  • 02-23-17

Jon Benet's murders never captured

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very interesting take one of the main investigators

Who was your favorite character and why?

Steve Thomas

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just the extreme disappointment no matter how much evidence against the parents for either committing the crime or at least covering it up for Burke the DA was unwilling to prosecute.

Any additional comments?

Felt like a very long book, but it was 2+ plus years of the detectives lives.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narration is so so.

Would you listen to JonBenet again? Why?

The narrator sounds like a robot. I wish Steve Thomas himself would have narrated the book.

What did you like best about this story?

This is the most thorough and compelling account of the Jon Benet Ramsey story I've ever read or watched..

What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s voice?

Monotone computer robot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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15 hours of whining and complaining

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I agree with the author that the DA's office was negligent in helping to solve the case. I agree also that the Police chiefs were inept and liberal feel-good hippies. BUT to complain for 15 hours about it was so tiresome I quit listening somewhere around hour 11

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Good book

I never really followed the Ramsey case but after reading this book, I can't blame the Ramsey's for refusing to talk to the detectives. Shoot, after reading this book *I* don't want to talk to detectives.

I didn't deduct any stars for that, though. It was an interesting book that held my attention throughout. Well-written and informative. Would read the author again.

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This was ok... I felt it

Started to drag about 3/4 of the way through...it's also a bit Bias, since the author was a lead investigator on the case.

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  • AnnieJuly
  • 02-19-17

Interesting but flawed

I have read widely about this tragic and yet - for those with an interest in the dynamics of true crime investigations - fascinating mystery. I was aware of the Steve Thomas angle and fully expecting this to be his own personal account. I can't deny someone right at the heart of the story their right to tell it how they saw it. I do t even fundamentally differ from him in terms of what I think could be a plausible scenario. This is an account worth listening to. However, I was disappointed with quite the extent to which this was partial. It descended into self worth, ranting and character assassination in places that can't do justice to Thomas' unique knowledge and perspective. I just lost a little respect for him in places to the extent that I did wonder if he honestly was capable of seeing beyond his initial conclusion. This is worth a listen but I would urge reading more widely also. Good, unobtrusive narration in the whole, though with a tendency to petulance/snideness in tone: one could almost feel the spirit of Thomas standing in the recording booth telling him to put more aggression into his tone!!

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  • D. Oxford
  • 12-31-16

Genuine and heartfelt

Frustrating - gripping - informative - uncompromising ... oh, and did I mention frustrating? Expert material, expertly delivered by the narrator, who did the author proud. More recent developments in the JonBenet case have done nothing to 'date' this material, rather add to it's fascination.

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  • Sara
  • 01-25-17

Bit short

Was okay nothing I hadn't heard from the documentarys it's kind of boring in that way

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