Long before blogging became a household word, Web sites showed a perennial fascination with the JonBenet Ramsey murder case.
Part of it was timing: The story broke in 1996, just as the Internet's boom was reaching the mainstream public, and it quickly became one of the hottest topics on the new medium. In fact, the Ramseys themselves turned to the Internet in one of the first coordinated efforts at crisis management online after becoming frustrated with their portrayal in the press.
Perhaps because of these parallel origins, the case was followed with extraordinary scrutiny on the Web long after it faded from headlines and broadcasts. Some bloggers even credit the Internet for keeping pressure on investigators, through active sites that ranged from JonBenet memorials to amateur sleuthing.
Blog community response:
"JonBenet's murder is one of the most enduring unsolved crimes of the last 100 years. There are a lot of reasons for this, but two of them are the nature of news coverage after about 1980 or so, and the Internet."
--Huff's Crime Blog
"And the moral of the story is ... never stop investigating."
"If it's true and this guy did it, all of America pop culture will owe John and (the late) Patsy Ramsey one huge apology. Let's face it...we all thought they did it. They were found guilty in pop culture's court of law. What now?"
"Seriously, I think it's so tragic that after all this time and everyone believing that the Ramsey's were behind the murder of their little girl, the truth will finally be told. But, too late for JonBenet's mom--as she passed away in June. I'm all for the right to privacy--but if this man's DNA had been in a National Database, this case could have been solved years earlier."
--Nicole on MySpace Blogs
Posted by Mike Yamamoto