As the media circus descended on Boulder, theories began flying thick and fast. Had Patsy herself killed her daughter in a fit of anger? Or had Burke, just nine at the time, accidentally murdered JonBenet, his parents creating the ransom note to conceal his guilt?
As the Ramseys fought accusations from the press, the police were having difficulties of their own. Although they had identified more than 1,600 persons of interest by October 1997, mistakes the police had made were making it difficult to narrow those down.