Today, a Colorado court will release the 1999 indictment of John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of slain 6-year-old pageant princess JonBenet Ramsey, whom a grand jury wanted to charge for child abuse resulting in death. The District Attorney’s office declined to prosecute those charges and the indictment was kept closed for 14 years. It’s only been released now because a reporter for the Boulder Daily Camera and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press sued to gain access to the sealed document. This week, according to The New York Daily News, “a judge ruled that the indictment signed by the grand jury foreman constituted an official action and must be released,” despite the family’s objections. Keep reading »
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“['Toddlers & Tiaras is] very bizarre … Patsy and JonBenet didn’t approach it that way. We … they just did it for fun … I think about these things now and it makes me cringe. We were so naïve. I now believe with all my heart that it’s not a good idea to put your child on public display.”
– John Ramsey on his regrets. I’m not sure if I agree that participating in pageants had any correlative relationship to his daughter’s murder. But I can’t blame him for hating “Toddlers & Tiaras.” I mean, it certainly is bizarre. Talk of child beauty pageants aside, I feel awful for this man. His daughter was murdered. His business and reputation were destroyed. His wife died of ovarian cancer. He spent 12 years as a suspect in his own child’s murder before he was cleared of all wrongdoing. Some people get dealt a shitty ass hand. I hope the rest of his life is really uneventful. [Yahoo]
Remember John Mark Karr? He was the creepy teacher who confessed to killing JonBenet Ramsey, but when police began investigating they determined he could not have been at the crime scene. Well, apparently after that, a former student of his—Samantha Speigel, now 19—contacted him online and the two became friends. Then more. They eventually got engaged. Soon after, Speigel’s parents sent her to rehab to get over her drug addictions and her relationship with Karr, but when she came back, she went right back to him. Karr allegedly asked Speigel to help him find young girls to join what she calls a sex cult. “He typically likes 5 and 6-year-olds,” she says. “He told me to go out there and recruit children. I started — when I was on the street I’d kind of size up girls, I thought about him meeting my niece … I didn’t think there was anything wrong with him having sexual relationships with children. It just seemed healthy for him, you know, like, why keep him from doing what he loves?” I don’t even know where to start with the levels of sick in this. I hope this girl gets serious therapy.
Speigel also made another interesting allegation—she claims that Karr is now living in Washington state as a woman, under the name Delia Alexis Reich. Keep reading »
Former beauty pageant star Brooke Breedwell (um, yes, that’s her real name) has spoken out about her pageant past. You may recognize her from this disturbing documentary, “Painted Babies.” Today, she doesn’t look back on her participation fondly. Now a sophomore in college, Breedwell claims that her mother not only pushed her too hard, the experience scarred her for life. “Pageants have put a lot of stress and anxiety on my life,” she told “Good Morning America.” “I feel the need to be perfect at everything, and I know that’s not realistic. You can’t be perfect at everything.” Is it time we start regulating baby beauty pageants? Keep reading »