Evidence of Obsession; New Clues about Karr's Lurid Fascination with the Murder of JonBenet

By Murr, Andrew; Ordonez, Jennifer et al. | Newsweek, September 4, 2006 | Go to article overview

Evidence of Obsession; New Clues about Karr's Lurid Fascination with the Murder of JonBenet


Murr, Andrew, Ordonez, Jennifer, Tolme, Paul, Newsweek


Byline: Andrew Murr (With Jennifer Ordonez, Paul Tolme, Melanie Lasoff Levs And Frederick Burger)

Wendy Hutchens may be the first person to have suspected that the thin, intense man she met in 2001 was JonBenet Ramsey's killer. John Mark Karr had contacted her for help with a book he said he was writing about another infamous murder, that of Polly Klaas in 1993 (Hutchens grew up in the same northern California town as Klaas's killer). The conversations quickly turned creepy. In a March 20, 2001, e-mail reviewed by NEWSWEEK, Karr told her of his "perfect love" for little girls; Hutchens says that in other conversations he seemed to speak approvingly of child molestation. Then over the next few weeks, according to Hutchens, 49, a former waitress from Roseville, Calif., Karr spoke of JonBenet's murder in detail. At times he seemed to be talking speculatively--but then he started speaking as if he were the killer. Hutchens says he told her he broke into the Ramseys' Boulder, Colo., home on Christmas night, 1996, and lured JonBenet to the basement, where he said he fondled her while choking her with a cord. "He said she would be gasping for air, and he'd loosen up a little bit while he was sexually stimulating her," Hutchens tells NEWSWEEK. But Karr never specifically admitted to the killing, says Hutchens, who contacted local sheriffs and began taping the Karr conversations for them. She never determined whether Karr was fantasizing or confessing.

That's what everyone is trying to figure out now. Karr's name had been brought to Boulder investigators' attention five years ago, when Sonoma County, Calif., sheriffs alerted them to his conversations with Hutchens, who acted as their confidential informant as they investigated Karr for links to unsolved child murders. (The Sonoma cops had arrested Karr in 2001 for misdemeanor possession of child pornography, but he fled the United States before that case could go to trial.) Last week, Sonoma officials confirmed Hutchens's role in the case and said they'd warned Boulder investigators about Karr's "apparent fascination" with the Ramsey case and his "uncertain allusions placing himself in the killer's role. …

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