By Greg Michael — Now we find on the blogs that John Mark Karr, the 41-year-old schoolteacher who admitted to the media when he was picked up in Thailand last week that he was with JonBenet when she died on Christmas Day in 1996. He was actually arrested in Northern California five years ago after telling an acquaintance that he broke into the Ramsey’s house the night of the slaying. A Northern California woman exchanged e-mails and recorded phone conversations with John Mark Karr in which he talked about JonBenet Ramsey’s 1996 slaying and the 1993 murder of Polly Klaas. Wendy Hutchens told police about her 2001 conversations with Karr weeks before the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office arrested him on five misdemeanor child pornography charges. At the same time she told The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa (a New York Times subsidiary). The paper is now reporting details in its online edition.
She says Karr told her that he met JonBenet at her family’s Christmas party, then sneaked back into the house that night through a basement storm window. So why did that shocking news stay hidden for five years?
Mrs. Hutchens said she alerted the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department (the same unit involved in investigating the Polly Klaas rape and murder) and recorded her conversations with Karr as evidence. The sheriff’s deputies later searched Karr’s Petaluma home and found enough evidence to charge Karr with five counts of child-pornography possession. He served six months in jail before leaving the United States.
It takes citizen journalists like Wendy Hutchens with the ethics to report what the New York Times never bothered to report or worse, covered up. A tip of the hat to the DrudgeReport for pointing to this information.