A Fairy Tale Beginning
Six-year-old beauty JonBenet Ramsey was a dream child--smart, talented and blessed. Her mother, a former Miss America contestant, had entered her in every child beauty pageant possible. Wearing lipstick, heavy makeup, and provocative costumes that cost thousands of dollars, with her hair bleached and teased, JonBenet flirtatiously paraded down runways, exuding a sophistication beyond her years.
A Nightmare Ending
But that dazzling future of crows and titles was brutally cut short the day after Christmas when her mother discovered a random note on the stairs of their luxurious Boulder, Colorado home. Hours later JonBenet's distraught father, millionaire businessman John Ramsey, found his beloved daughter's lifeless body, gagged and strangled in a windowless room in the basement of their million-dollar mansion.
An Unspeakable Crime
As detectives worked to uncover what happened Christmas night in the darkened mansion, the nation grieved for the innocent little girl whose life was cruelly snuffed out.
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When Carlton Smith completed this book in May 1997, the mysterious beating/strangulation murder of 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey had not been solved, which placed, of course, an inherent limitation on what could be said about the case. Nonetheless, Death of a Little Princess is a well-written and readable summary, including a succinct portrait of the Ramsey family and computer business; the key events in the investigation; profiles of Boulder, Colorado, Police Chief Tom Koby and District Attorney Alex Hunter; a chronological account of the media reaction to the murder itself and to the topic of child beauty pageants; and details on the developing feud between the Ramsey "dream team" and the separate groups of the police department and the district attorney's office. Even those who've been following the case closely will be interested in the results of ex-FBI criminal profiler Robert Ressler's consultation on the case, reported in an interview with the author.About the Author:
New York Times bestselling true-crime writer Carlton Smith delves deep into the shadowy events surrounding the mysterious murder and uncovers fascinating details of the high-level investigation to bring her killer to justice.
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