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Private investigator.-JonBenet Ramsey murder investigator links Colorado girl’s 1996 strangling to man who died days later


Private investigator probing the December 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey believes a suspect still has yet to be thoroughly investigated, he said Friday.
Ollie Gray, who was originally hired by the 6-year-old Boulder, Colo., girl’s parents to probe her strangling death, said in an interview on the “Today” showthat a man who died shortly after in what was ruled a suicide may have been involved.
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JonBenet, 6, was found strangled in the basement of her family's home in December 1996.AP

JonBenet, 6, was found strangled in the basement of her family's home in December 1996.

“There are probably three or four people who should have been investigated earlier and still need to be investigated,” Gray told NBC. “The latest development in this particular case as far as I'm concerned is Michael Helgoth. He was basically a hellraiser.”
Helgoth, 26, worked at an auto salvage yard outside of town and died two days after the local district attorney announced in January 1997 that the list of suspects had narrowed. Investigators and news coverage focused on JonBenet’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, for years before DNA evidence ruled them out.
The child beauty pageant winner's killer remains a mystery to this day. Yet Gray, who has been raising Helgoth’s name publicly for years, said on Friday he thinks Helgoth recorded a confession before his death.
“I don't think Mike did all this by himself. I think there was more than one or two people involved,” Gray said.
A 2004 investigation by "48 Hours" noted DNA evidence didn’t show Helgoth at the scene of the crime, and a bootprint near the house thought to look like his boots didn’t prove a match even though they looked similar.

Private investigator Ollie Gray continues probing the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey at his own expense after her parents initially hired him.NBC

Private investigator Ollie Gray continues probing the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey at his own expense after her parents initially hired him.

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Yet Gray told CBS at the time that the gun used in Helgoth’s death turned up on the left side of the right-handed man. And a co-worker revealed Helgoth had spoken of making $50,000 to $60,000 on a “killer deal” and said he “wanted to crack a human skull” in the months before JonBenet’s death.

Patsy and John Ramsey speak at a news conference in 2000 in Atlanta. Investigators said publicly that DNA evidence cleared them of any possible responsibility and Patsy died in 2006.GREGORY SMITH/AP

Patsy and John Ramsey speak at a news conference in 2000 in Atlanta. Investigators said publicly that DNA evidence cleared them of any possible responsibility and Patsy died in 2006.

“We were walking along at the end of the day, just as calm as can be. He just casually comes up and says, ‘I wonder what it'd be like to crack a human skull,’” the co-worker, John Kenady, said at the time. “And I looked at him and I thought, ‘Whoa, I don't want to have this conversation.’”
Kenady said he turned in his information to investigators. A representative for the Boulder Police Department noted Friday that two detectives are still investigating the case.
Exported.;RIC FELD/AP

A 1999 file photo shows JonBenet's gravesite in Marietta, Ga. Her killer remains a mystery to this day.

"This is an open investigation," Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for Boulder's Police and Fire departments, said in an email. "We receive information on a regular basis that is evaluated."
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