THE half-brother of murdered pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey says the six-year-old was killed to fulfill a "fantasy" as he pushes for DNA to be used to solve the crime.
John Andrew Ramsey was 23 when the young girl was found murdered on December 26, 1996.
He was in Atlanta for the holidays when dad John and stepmom Patsy reported JonBenet missing before finding her body in the basement of the family home eight hours later.
Cops were initially suspicious of JonBenet's parents as well as her older brother Burke, who were all at the Colorado home at the time she was killed.
Yet they were cleared in 2008 after DNA from an unidentified third party was found on the young girl's remains.
Twenty-five years after her death, John Andrew has continued to battle for justice for his young sister and pushed Boulder police to pursue DNA testing.
However, he has blasted it as a "one-sided relationship" and claimed they fail to answer his request.
"I’ve had a handful of meetings that I’ve requested over the years," John Andrew exclusively told The Sun.
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"The purpose was to encourage them to pursue DNA testing but it’s a one-sided relationship.
"They don’t say anything to me. They just say it’s an ongoing investigation."
Despite his claims about the police's lack of action, John Andrew still believes that the case can be solved more than two decades on.
"It’s going to take a strong investigator. There are a lot of personalities and egos," he said.
"But now there's a technology component and we need an investigator to tap into it.
"I don't care who it is whether it's someone inside Boulder police or someone else. I just want someone to get to a podium and say we have our guy."
John Andrew added that he believes the person responsible is still alive as he claimed that they targeted the Ramsey family because of a "fantasy."
"I don't think he’s dead. I think it can be solved but will it? I don’t know," he told The Sun.
"The killer is a narcissistic, sadistic pedophile who latched on to my dad or my sister for his own fantasy. For some reason, our family slotted into his fantasy."
JonBenet was murdered at her home in Boulder, Colorado, as her parents and brother slept in their rooms.
Her body was found covered by a white blanket in the family’s basement hours after she had been reported missing to police on Christmas morning.
A nylon cord was wrapped around her neck while her wrists were bound above her head and her mouth was covered with duct tape.
When JonBenet's parents called 911, they said that a ransom note had been left behind.
John Andrew claims that there were signs in the note that could lead to his sister's killer.
"Referencing the bonus amount and swipes like that (in the ransom note), it’s showing that I’m smarter than you," he told The Sun.
"His profile is right in line with that. They stalk their victims.
"What they do to children, they have to kill them afterward. It’s not something they can sweep up the rug," he added.
NO CHARGES BROUGHT
JonBenet's death was ruled a homicide but nobody has ever been charged in the case.
It has become one of the highest-profile mysteries in the US as videos of JonBenet competing in pageants were released to the public.
After her death, the family were immediately thought of as suspects by police.
A jury voted in 1999 to charge John and Patsy Ramsey with child abuse resulting in the first-degree murder of their daughter – but the district attorney refused to sign the indictment.
But there have been many theories, as well as a false confession, over the years.
On January 10, 2019, it was reported that a paedophile had admitted he killed six-year-old beauty pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey in a series of letters to a former high school classmate.
Gary Oliva, 56, is currently serving a 10-year sentence for child abuse images and has been a longtime suspect in the murder.
Oliva wrote in his letter, seen by DailyMailTV, from a Colorado prison: “I never loved anyone like I did JonBenét and yet I let her slip and her head bashed in half and I watched her die. It was an accident.”
Oliva was arrested in June 2016 and charged with sexual exploitation of a child, according to Inside Edition.
The police department was criticized for his handling of the case in the initial stages after the family was allowed to move the body.
They have since interviewed more than 1,000 people and received more than 21,000 tips.
On Monday, Boulder police said that they have not ruled out using DNA to solve the case.
The department said it has been working with state investigators on “future DNA advancements” as the case progresses.
“As the Department continues to use new technology to enhance the investigation, it is actively reviewing genetic DNA testing processes to see if those can be applied to this case moving forward,” it said.
It comes after high-profile cases such as the Golden State Killer in California were solved using DNA testing results shared online on ancestry and genealogy sites.
It is unclear if this is the tactic that the JonBenet investigation plans to take.
Monday's statement from the police said that there have been nearly 1,000 DNA samples taken already.
DNA helped to clear JonBenet's parents and brother but unfortunately came two years after mom Patsy had died of cancer.
Former district attorney Mary Lacy called the family "victims of this crime."
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