Justice at Last?
After all this time -- an arrest is made in the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey.
The Rocky Mountain News reports that the suspect, being held in Thailand, is a 41-year-old onetime second-grade teacher from Conyers, Georgia:
"[A] source said that authorities had been focusing on him for some time and that Patsy Ramsey had been made aware prior to her death on June 24 that his arrest was being pursued.
"Boulder District Attorney Mary Lacy today confirmed the arrest,without naming the suspect. She said it followed several months of a focused and complex investigation. 'John and Patsy Ramsey both were consulted during the course of the investigation,' Lacy said in a brief press release this afternoon."
Regardless of what ultimately happens in this case, it is heartbreaking that the girl's mother, Patsy Ramsey, died with millions of people still convinced that she was somehow involved in the beating and stangulation death of her own child.
The media-saturated lynching of John and Patsy Ramsey will forever be a testament to the most ugly impulses of a news media that values speed and sensation above credibility, a news media moving far too quickly to worry about the repercussions of what they do.
The list of those wronged by the media is extensive -- Richard Jewell, Gary Condit and Raymond Donovan are but a few who leap to mind -- but there is a special place in Yellow Journalism Hell for those who excoriated the Ramseys without shame or reservation.