1999-10-21: Vandal scrawls on JonBenet's tombstone
Vandal scrawls on JonBenet's tombstone
Apparent reference to lack of indictments since erased
By Charlie Brennan
Denver Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer
October 21, 1999
A vandal has registered a terse opinion about the JonBenet Ramsey case at the child's gravesite.
The words "No Justice in U.S.A," scrawled in red marker on the child's marble tombstone at the St. James Episcopal Church cemetery in Marietta, Ga., were discovered by a police officer Saturday.
Three days earlier, Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter announced that his 13-month grand jury probe into the child beauty queen's slaying had yielded no indictments.
Colorado Gov. Bill Owens is now weighing a decision whether to appoint a special prosecutor in the Christmas night 1996 slaying. JonBenet's grave is beneath a dogwood tree.
"It's just in an area that, if you drive down the roadway, you can see it from the roadway," Marietta police Lt. Rick Townsend said.
Some visitors have taken to hanging angel figurines from the tree's branches in the 6-year-old's memory.
"At this time, until we have some leads, we have very little work to do on it," he said. "We are monitoring the area. It concerns us that anyone would vandalize anyone's grave."
The graffiti was removed Wednesday, said church rector Karen Evans.
There is no easy way to prevent a recurrence, she said.
"The cemetery needs to be open for the family and friends of all those who are buried there," she said.
Evans said JonBenet's final resting place is "very sporadically" visited by people who come from hundreds, even thousands of miles away -- despite never having met the child.
"Whenever it's in the news in a big way, more people come," she said.
Evans said she has had no contact concerning the vandalism with any member of the Ramsey family. John and Patsy Ramsey, JonBenet's parents, live in nearby Atlanta.
October 21, 1999