I'm going to put any discussion of the JonBenet case behind a cut from here on out, because I'm sure people will either not want to hear about it at all or get very tired of it in the coming weeks, plus the graphic nature of any discussion of the crime itself. But I've always been very, very interested in true crime, and I followed this case pretty closely when it was in the news ten years ago. And--seriously, what were the odds that we would actually get a break in the case ten years later? So indulge me, and I'll lj-cut it for you.
Suspect arrested in JonBenet Ramsey case creeps me the fuck out: You know, if he's facing sex charges in Thailand, he probably figured that facing charges in the U.S. couldn't be any worse, and might at least get him back into the country. I mean, there's still the whole problem of prison inmates and their deep esteem for child murderers and/or rapists, but he's probably a ways away from actually being sentenced, and that's assuming he pleads guilty, which he might not. I mean, he is apparently saying that JonBenet's death was an "accident," which--okay, I'll deal with that in a moment. But he might go for insanity, is what I'm saying, or some sort of innocent plea along the lines of "It was an accident--no, really, stop laughing."
As for that "accident" part, well--refresh yourself on the details of the murder case. This means that Karr's confession will somehow combine the words "accident" and "garrote," which is a feat I await eagerly. This is not even to mention the stun gun that may or may not have been used. Now, his ex-wife claims he was with her in Alabama (once again: Alabama, the center of the universe. Sigh) at the time of the murder, so maybe this really is an attempt to get back into the United States, or maybe he's insane; maybe she's trying to cover for him. I have no idea. I'm just saying, whether it's true or not--and he apparently confessed some details that investigators had held back from the media--I can't wait to see what kind of story he spins.
(Another brief article, which will probably change with an update: article "'They fell in love with each other. She was very beautiful. So he kidnapped her and killed her by accident,' Suwat said." They apparently didn't quote what Suwat said next, which had to have been, "What? Don't look at me, look at Crazy American over there.")
Also, let's just spend a moment looking at this guy's career up to this point, which includes such highlights as
It was widely reported, but not confirmed by authorities, that Karr taught in California until he was stripped of his teaching credentials following an arrest on child pornography charges.
.... Karr's brother, Nate Karr, said his brother's alleged involvement was a misunderstanding. He told Fox News his brother may have been implicated because of research he has done for a book about men who commit crimes against children.
.... Raines, who observed Karr in second- and fourth-grade classrooms, said he was an ineffective teacher with poor skills in keeping children focused. "He just seemed like somebody who thought he wanted to be a teacher," Raines said. "After a few days, I could see it just wasn't for him."
He instructed his secretary not to call Karr again unless they were desperate, and in April 2001 they received a letter from the county superintendent of education saying Karr had been taken off a list of acceptable substitutes.
They divorced following his arrest for possession of child pornography in Petaluma, California, in 2001, and Karr was charged with five misdemeanor counts of possessing child pornography.
.... He worked from December 2000 through March 2001 in as many as 14 schools in the Petaluma, Old Adobe, Liberty and Wilmar elementary districts. His last paycheck for teaching work in Petaluma was issued in April 2001, the same month that he made his first court appearance for the pornography charges. When he failed to show up for a readiness conference in December 2001, a judge issued a warrant for his arrest, which was still outstanding as of August 2006.
.... According to a posted resume, Karr was a teacher of young children in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He described his activities of one job in Germany as "changing, feeding, and bathing" a nine-month old and four-year old girl. Karr expressed his excitement of becoming an elementary school teacher on Usenet just months before the JonBenét Ramsey murder, stating "I can't wait to be a part of such a wonderful profession (working with young children)!"