There is also included a 20 point multiple choice QUIZ with answer key plus a complete set of FLASHCARDS for reviewing the presentation. The Flashcards could also be used for testing purposes and/or class discussion facilitation.
The MAIN PRODUCT is a powerpoint presentation of the JONBENET RAMSEY UNSOLVED COLD MURDER CASE. This material includes the following:
The JonBenet Ramsey murder is a cold case, closing in on the 20 year mark. It has always had fascinating facts to it. The case generated intense media coverage because of JonBenét's participation in child beauty pageants. Most of America was unaware of these child pageants until this case, especially how adult and sexual these children were made to look. Patsy Ramsey was heavily criticized for her beauty pageant “obsession”. She was such a contestant herself growing up and the public figured she pushed her daughter into that world. Mother and daughter even went out of state to participate in these pageants. However, no link has ever been shown between this hobby and her murder. Because of the beauty pageant activity, pedophiles were suspected as well.
What makes the case remarkable now though is that CODIS checks it weekly looking for a DNA match. This case really shows how CODIS could break a case that is otherwise probably unbreakable.
In 2003, DNA was extracted from a mixed blood sample found on JonBenét's underwear. This established a DNA profile which belongs to an unknown male. The DNA is in the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). As of 2014, no one in that database matched. It continues to be checked for partial matches on a weekly basis.
The Combined DNA Index System, CODIS, is an index of pointers which assists US public crime laboratories in matching DNA profiles. A CODIS DNA profile consists of: a person’s DNA profile, the sample's identifier and an identifier of the laboratory responsible for the profile. CODIS has DNA profiles from the following indexes: Convicted Offender Index; Forensic Index; Arrestee Index; Missing or Unidentified Persons Index; and and the Missing Persons Reference Index. As of May 2013, CODIS produced over 210,800 hits assisting in more than 202,100 investigations. Presently Ramsey’s killer would have to be picked up on one of those indexes in order to break the case. He’d have to offend and make a mistake and at least get arrested for it.
The SCOTUS case of "Maryland v. King" is included and is your downloadable preview. It opened the floodgates for DNA samples in databases by allowing DNA swabs of arrested persons to be sent to lab databases for matching. If JonBenet's killer is arrested and his DNA is taken and submitted to CODIS, the case could finally be solved.
I am a retired lawyer, instructor and legal textbook author.