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Images from the JonBenét Ramsey Autopsy and Criminal Offense Scene. There is likewise an excerpt from the report listed below.
JonBenet Ramsey was six-year-old American girl who was killed in her home in Stone, Colorado in1996 Cops discovered her body in the basement of the family home about eight hours after she was reported missing. She had actually been struck on the head and strangled.
The case stays unsolved, even after numerous grand jury hearings, and it continues to produce public and media interest.
Colorado law enforcement agencies at first presumed Ramsey’s parents and her older sibling, Burke. The family was partially exonerated in 2003 when DNA taken from the victim’s clothes suggested they were not involved. Her parents were not entirely cleared until July2008 In February 2009, the Boulder Police Department took the case back from the district lawyer and resumed the investigation.
Media coverage of the case has typically concentrated on the decedent’s involvement in kid charm pageants, her moms and dads’ wealth, and the uncommon proof discovered in the case. Media reports have actually also questioned the authorities’s overall handling of the case. Several disparagement suits have been filed versus a number of media companies by Ramsey family members and their good friends.
On October 25, 2013, formerly sealed court documents were launched, showing that a Colorado grand jury had actually voted in 1999 to arraign the moms and dads, John and Patricia Ramsey, for the lady’s murder. The indictment alleged kid abuse leading to death and being accessories to a crime. Then– District Attorney Alex Hunter decreased to sign the indictment, stating the proof was inadequate.
Listen to Patsy’s 911 call:
Here’s a comparison in between the ransom letter and Patsy’s handwriting sample, what do you believe?:
- NAME: RAMSEY, JONBENET AUTOPSY NO. 96 A-155
- DOB: 08/06/90 DEATH D/T: 12/26/96 @ 1323
- AGE: 6Y AUTOPSY D/T: 12/27/96 @ 0815
- SEX: F ID NO: 137712
- COURSE MD: MEYER COR/MEDREC #: 1714-96- A
- TYPE: COR
- LAST MEDICAL DIAGNOSES:
- I. Ligature strangulation
- A. Circumferential ligature with associated ligature furrow of neck
- B. Abrasions and petechial hemorrhages, neck
- C. Petechial hemorrhages, conjunctival surface areas of eyes and skin of face
- II. Craniocerebral injuries
- A. Scalp contusion
- B. Linear, comminuted fracture of best side of skull
- C. Linear pattern of contusions of ideal cerebral hemisphere
- D. subarachnoid and subdural hemorrhage
- E. Small contusions, tips of temporal lobes
- III. Abrasion of ideal cheek
- IV. Abrasion/contusion, posterior right shoulder
- V. Abrasions of left lower back and posterior left lower leg
- VI. Abrasion and vancular blockage of vaginal mucosa
- VII. Ligature of ideal wrist
- Toxicologic Studies
- blood ethanol – none detected
- blood drug screen – no drugs identified
Full autopsy report at end of post for those interested.
REST OF AUTOPSY REPORT:
Cause of death of this six years of age female is asphyxia by strangulation related to craniocerebral injury.
John E. Meyer M.D.
The body of this six years of age woman was first seen by me after I was called to an address recognized as 755 – 15 th street in Stone, Colorado, on 12/26/96 I arrived at the scene approximately 8 PM on 12/26 and went into the house where the decedent’s body was located at roughly 8: 20 PM.
A quick assessment of the body divulged a ligature around the neck and a ligature around the right wrist. Kept in mind was a little area of abrasion or contusion below the right ear on the lateral element of the ideal cheek. A popular dried abrasion was present on the lower left neck. After analyzing the body, I left the home at approximately 8: 30 PM.
EXTERNAL PROOF OF INJURY: Located simply below the right ear at the best angle of the mandible, 1.5 inches below the best external acoustic canal is a 3/8 x 1/4 inch location of rust colored abrasion. In the lateral element of the left lower eyelid on the inner conjunctival surface area is a 1 mm in maximum measurement petechial hemorrhage. Extremely great, less than 1 mm petechial hemorrhages are present on the skin of the upper eyelids bilaterally as well as on the lateral left cheek. On whatever the left upper eyelid there are much smaller, less than 1 mm petechial hemorrhages located on the conjunctival surface. Possible petechial hemorrhages are likewise seen on the conjunctival surface areas of the right upper and lower eyelids, however liver mortis on this side of the face makes guaranteed recognition tough.
A deep ligature furrow encircles the whole neck. The width of the furrow differs from one-eight of an inch to five/sixteenths of an inch and is horizontal in orientation, with little upward variance. The skin of the anterior neck above and below the ligature furrow includes locations of petechial hemorrhage and abrasion encompassing a location measuring around 3 x 2 inches. The ligature furrow crosses the anterior midline of the neck simply below the laryngeal prominence, around at the level of the cricoid cartilage. It is almost totally horizontal with small upward variance from the horizontal towards the back of the neck. The midline of the furrow mark on the anterior neck is 8 inches below the top of the head. The midline of the furrow mark on the posterior neck is 6.75 inches below the top of the head.
The area of abrasion and petechial hemorrhage of the skin of the anterior neck consists of on the lower left neck, simply to the left of the midline, a roughly triangular, parchment-like rust colored abrasion which measures 1.5 inches in length with a maximum width of 0.75 inches. This approximately triangular shaped abrasion is obliquely oriented with the pinnacle exceptional and lateral. The remainder of the abrasions and petechial hemorrhages of the skin above and listed below the anterior projection of the ligature furrow are nonpatterned, purple to rust colored, and present in the midline, right, and left areas of the anterior neck. The skin just above the ligature furrow along the best side of the neck includes petechial hemorrhage composed of several confluent very small petechial hemorrhages in addition to several bigger petechial hemorrhages determining up to one-sixteenth and one-eight of an inch in maximum dimension. Similar smaller petechial hemorrhages exist on the skin listed below the ligature furrow on the left lateral aspect of the neck. Found on the right side of the chin is a three-sixteenths by one-eight of an inch location of superficial abrasion. On the posterior aspect of the ideal shoulder is a poorly demarcated, extremely superficial focus of abrasion/contusion which is pale purple in color and determines up to three-quarters by half inch in maximum measurement. Numerous linear aggregates of petechial hemorrhages are present in the anterior left shoulder just above deltopectoral groove. These measure up to one inch in length by one-sixteenth to one-eight of an inch in width. On the left lateral aspect of the lower back, roughly sixteen and one-quarter inches and seventeen and one-half inches listed below the level of the top of the head are 2 dried rust colored to somewhat purple abrasions. The more remarkable of the two steps one-eight by one-sixteenth of an inch and the more inferior steps three-sixteenths by one-eight of an inch. There is no surrounding contusion identified. On the posterior element of the left lower leg, practically in the midline, around 4 inches above the level of the heel are two small scratch-like abrasions which are dried and rust colored. They measure one-sixteenth by less than one-sixteenth of an inch and one-eight by less than one-sixteenth of an inch respectively.
On the anterior element of the perineum, along the edges of closure of the labia majora, is a small amount of dried blood. A comparable percentage of dried and semifluid blood is present on the skin of the fourchette and in the vestibule. Inside the vestibule of the vaginal area and along the distal vaginal wall is reddish hyperemia. This hyperemia is circumferential and possibly more obvious on the best side and posteriorly. The hyperemia likewise appears to extend just inside the vaginal orifice. A 1 cm red-purple area of abrasion lies on the right posterolateral area of the 1 x 1 cm hymeneal orifice. The hymen itself is represented by a rim of mucosal tissue extending clockwise between the 2 and 10: 00 positions. The location of abrasion is present at around the 7: 00 position and appears to include the hymen and distal ideal lateral vaginal wall and potentially the area anterior to the hymen. On the ideal labia majora is an extremely faint area of violent staining measuring approximately one inch by three-eighths of an inch. Cut into the underlying subcutaneous tissue discloses no hemorrhage. A very little amount of semiliquid thin watery red fluid exists in the vaginal vault. No recent or remote anal or other perineal trauma is recognized.
REMAINDER OF EXTERNAL EXAMINATION: The unembalmed, well established and well nurtured Caucasian female body measures 47 inches in length and weight an estimated 45 pounds.
No scalp injury is determined. The external acoustic canals are patent and devoid of blood. The eyes are green and the pupils equally dilated. The sclerae are white. The nostrils are both patent and consist of a small amount of tan mucous material. The teeth are native and in good repair. The tongue is smooth, pink-tan and granular. No buccal mucosal injury is seen. The frenulum is intact. There is minor drying artifact of the suggestion of the tongue. On the right cheek is a pattern of dried saliva and mucous product which does not seem hemorrhagic. The neck contains no palpable adenopathy or masses and the trachea and larynx are midline. The chest is symmetrical. Breasts are prepubescent. The abdomen is flat and consists of no scars. No palpable organomegaly or masses are identified. The external genitalia are that of a prepubescent woman. No pubic hair exists. The anus is patent. Examination of the extremities is unremarkable.
The fingernails of both hands are of adequate length for clipping. Assessment of the back is typical. There is dorsal 3 to 4 livor mortis which is nonblanching. Livor mortis is likewise present on the best side of the face. At the time of the initiation of the autopsy there is moderate 1 to 2 rigor mortis of the elbows and shoulders with more advanced 2 to 3 rigor mortis of the joints of the lower extremities.
INTERNAL EXAM: The anterior chest musculature is well established. No sternal or rib fractures are determined.
Mediastinum: The mediastinal contents are typically distributed. The 21 gm thymus gland has a normal external appearance. The cut areas are carefully lobular and pink-tan. No petechial hemorrhages are seen. The aorta and remainder of the mediastinal structures are typical.
Body Cavities: The right and left thoracic cavities contain roughly 5 cc of straw colored fluid. The pleural surfaces are smooth and glistening. The pericardial sac consists of 3-4 cc of straw colored fluid and the epicardium and pericardium are unremarkable. The stomach contents are normally dispersed and covered by a smooth glowing serosa. No intra-abdominal build-up of fluid or blood is seen.
Lungs: The 200 gm right lung and 175 gm let lung have a normal lobar configuration. A periodic scattered subpleural petechial hemorrhage is seen on the surface area of each lung. The cut sections of the lungs reveal an intact alveolar architecture with a percentage of watery fluid radiating from the cut surface areas with mild pressure. The intrapulmonary bronchi and vasculature are plain. No evidence of consolidation is seen.
Heart: The 100 gm heart has a normal external setup. There are scattered subepicardial petechial hemorrhages over the anterior surface of the heart. The coronary arteries are regular in their circulation and include no evidence of atherosclerosis. The tan-pink myocardium is uniform and contains no locations of
fibrosis or infarction. The endocardium is plain. The valve cusps are thin, fragile and flexible and consist of no vegetation or thrombosis. The significant vessels enter and leave the heart in the normal style. The foramen ovale is closed.
Aorta and Vena Cava: The aorta is patent throughout its course as are its major branches. No atherosclerosis is seen. The Vena Cava is unremarkable.
Spleen: The 61 gm spleen has a carefully wrinkled purple capsule. Cut sections are uniform and divulge readily identifiable red and white pulp. No intrinsic problems are recognized.
Adrenals: The adrenal glands are of normal shapes and size. A golden yellow cortex surmounts a thin brown-tan medullary location. No intrinsic problems are recognized.
Kidneys: The 40 gm right kidney and 40 gm left kidney have a normal external appearance. The surface areas are smooth and glistening. Cut sections disclose an undamaged corticomedullary architecture. The renal papilae are greatly demarcated. The pelvocaliceal system is lined by gray-white mucosa which is typical. Both ureters are patent throughout their course to the bladder.
Liver: The 625 gm liver has a regular external appearance. The pill is smooth and glistening. Cut areas divulge an undamaged lobular architecture with no intrinsic abnormalities recognized.
Pancreas: The pancreas is of normal shapes and size. Cut sections are finely lobular and tan. No intrinsic irregularities are determined.
Bladder: The bladder is contracted and contains no urine. The bladder mucosa is smooth and tan-gray. No intrinsic abnormalities are seen.
Genitalia: The upper portions of the vaginal vault contain no irregularities. The prepubescent uterus measures 3 x 1 x 0.8 cm and is average. The cervical os includes no abnormalities. Both fallopian tubes and ovaries are prepubescent and typical by gross assessment.
Gallbladder: The gallbladder consists of 2-3 cc of amber bile. No stones are identified and the mucosa is smooth and creamy. The cystic duct, right and left hepatic duct and typical bile duct are patent throughout their course to the duodenum.
G.I. Tract: The esophagus is empty. It is lined by gray-white mucosa. The stomach consists of a percentage (8-10 cc) of thick to green to tan colored thick mucous product without particle matter determined. The gastric mucosa is autolyzed however consists of no locations of hemorrhage or ulceration. The proximal part of the small intestinal tract contains fragmented pieces of yellow to light green-tan obvious veggie or fruit material which might represent pieces of pineapple. No hemorrhage is recognized. The remainder of the little intestine is average. The large intestine consists of soft green fecal product. The appendix is present.
Lymphatic System: Plain.
Musculoskeletal System: Typical.
Skull and Brain: Upon reflection of the scalp there is discovered to be a substantial area of scalp hemorrhage along the best temporoparietal area extending from the orbital ridge, posteriorly all the way to the occipital location. This incorporates a location determining approximately 7 x 4 inches. This grossly seems fresh hemorrhage without any proof of organization. At the exceptional extension of this location of hemorrhage is a direct to comminuted skull fracture which extends from the right occipital to posteroparietal location forward to the best frontal location across the parietal portion of the skull. the posteroparietal area of this fracture is a roughly rectangular shaped displaced piece of skull determining one and three-quarters by one-half inch. The hemorrhage and the fracture extend posteriorly just past the midline of the occipital area of the skull. This fracture measures around 8.5 inches in length. On removal of the skull cap there is discovered to be a thin film of subdural hemorrhage measuring approximately 7-8 cc over the surface area of the best cerebral hemisphere and reaching the base of the cerebral hemisphere. The 1450 gm brain has a normal overall architecture. Mild narrowing of the sulci and flattening of the gyri are seen. No swelling is identified. There is a thin movie of subarachnoid hemorrhage overlying the entire ideal cerebral hemisphere. On the right cerebral hemisphere underlying the formerly mentioned direct skull fracture is a comprehensive direct location of purple contusion extending from the right frontal location, posteriorly along the lateral element of the parietal area and into the occipital location. This location of contusion measures 8 inches in length with a width of approximately 1.75 inches. At the suggestion of the ideal temporal lobe is a one-quarter by one quarter inch comparable appearing purple contusion. Just very minimal contusion is present at the pointer of the left temporal lobe. This location of contusion measures only one-half inch in optimum dimension. The cerebral vasculature contains no evidence of atherosclerosis. Numerous coronal areas of the cerebral hemispheres, brain stem and cerebullum divulge no extra problems. The locations of formerly described contusion are identified by purple direct streak-like discolorations of the noodle perpendicular to the surface area of the cortex. These extend approximately 6 mm into the cortex. Evaluation of the base of the brain discloses no extra fractures.
Neck: Dissection of the neck is performed after removal of the thoracoabdominal organs and the brain. The anterior strap musculature of the neck is serially dissected. Multiple sections of the sternocleidomastoid muscle reveal no hemorrhages. Sections of the remainder of the strap musculature of the neck divulge no evidence of hemorrhage. Evaluation of the thyroid cartilage, cricoid cartilage and hyoid bone divulge not evidence of fracture of hemorrhage. Several cross sections of the tongue reveal no hemorrhage or terrible injury. The thyroid gland weights 2 gm and is normal in appearance. Cut areas are carefully lobular and red-tan. The trachea and throat are lined by smooth pink-tan mucosa without intrinsic abnormalities.
TINY DESCRIPTION: (All Sections Stained with H&E)
( Slide Secret) – (A) – scalp hemorrhage, (B) – areas of vaginal mucosa with smallest piece representing location of abrasion of 7: 00 position, (C) – heart, (D-F) – lungs, (G) – liver and spleen, (H) – pancreas and kidney, (I) – thyroid and bladder, (J) – thymus and adrenals, (K-L) – reproductive organs, (M) – throat, (N-T) – brain.
Myocardium: Sections of the ventricular myocardium are made up of interlacing packages of heart muscle fibers. No fibrosis or swelling are identified.
Lungs: The alveolar architecture of the lungs is well preserved. Lung vascular congestion is determined. No intrinsic abnormalities are seen.
Spleen: There is mild autolysis of the spleen. Both red and white pulp are identifiable.
Thyroid: The thyroid gland is made up of normal-appearing hair follicles. An occasional separated area of persistent interstitial inflammatory infiltrate is seen. There is likewise a little piece of parathyroid tissue.
Thymus: The thymus gland maintains the typical architecture. The lymphoid product is intact and scattered Hassall’s corpuscles are identified. Mild vascular congestion is determined.
Trachea: There is moderate chronic swelling in the submucosa of the trachea.
Liver: The lobular architecture of the liver is well preserved. No swelling or intrinsic irregularity are identified.
Pancreas: There is autolysis of the pancreas which is otherwise average.
Kidney: The overall architecture of the kidney is well protected. There is possibly mild vascular blockage in the cortex however no inflammation is determined.
Bladder: The transitional epithelium of the bladder is autolyzed. No significant intrinsic problems are seen.
Reproductive Organs: Sections of the uterus are consistent with the prepubescent age. The ovary is average.
Adrenal: The architecture of the adrenal is well preserved and no intrinsic irregularities are seen.
Brain: Areas of the locations of contusion reveal disrupted blood vessels of the cortex with surrounding hemorrhage. There is no proof of inflammatory infiltrate or organization of the hemorrhage. Subarachnoid hemorrhage is likewise recognized. Cortical neurons are surrounded by clear halos, as are glial cells.
Vaginal Mucosa: All of the areas contain vascular congestion and focal interstitial persistent swelling. the tiniest piece of tissue, from the 7: 00 position of the vaginal wall/hymen, contain epithelial disintegration with underlying capillary blockage. A little number of red blood cells is present on the worn down surface area, as is birefringent foreign material. Intense inflammatory infiltrate is not seen.
PROOF: Items turned over to the Stone Authorities Department as proof consist of: Fibers and hair from clothing and body surfaces; ligatures; clothing; vaginal swabs and smears; rectal swabs and smears; oral swabs and smears; paper bags from hands, fingernail clippings, precious jewelry, paper bags from feet; white body bag; sample of head hear, eyelashes and eyebrows; swabs from right and left thighs and best cheek; red leading and purple leading tubes of blood.
END OF REPORT