January 5, 1997 in Nation/World

Slain 6-Year-Old Had Skull Fractured

Compiled From Wire Services

The killer of a 6-year-old beauty queen fractured her skull before strangling her with a cord, and used paper from a pad inside the house for the ransom note, according to news reports Saturday.

Quoting anonymous sources, the Rocky Mountain News said the alarm system was not operating in the expensive home where JonBenet Ramsey’s body was found in the basement Dec. 26.

JonBenet’s skull was fractured before the killer used a cord tied to a stick to strangle her, turning the stick to tighten the cord until she died, sources told the newspaper.

Police have refused to release many details of the slaying, saying only that the former Little Miss Colorado died by asphyxiation.

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