Reports claim a convicted paedophile may have confessed to the killing of six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey in letters sent to a former school classmate.
The mini beauty pageant star was found bludgeoned and strangled hours after a ransom note was spotted at her family house in Boulder, Colorado, on December 25, 1996.
The case has remained one of the highest profile unsolved child murder investigations in America for more than two decades.
But now Gary Oliva, 54, a former suspect in the case, is said to have admitted to killing the young girl ‘by accident’ in letters sent to old friend Michael Vail, the Daily Mail reports.
The 54-year-old is serving a 10-year sentence for child abuse images charges.
In one of the letters, Oliva allegedly wrote: “I never loved anyone like I did JonBenét and yet I let her slip and her head bashed in half and I watched her die.
“It was an accident. Please believe me. She was not like the other kids.”
In another letter, Oliva is alleged to have said: “Yet by accident she died and it was my fault.”
The Boulder Police Department is investigating.
On the night of Christmas Day 1996, John and Lindsey Ramsey hosted a party at their home in Boulder, Colorado, and put their six-year-old daughter JonBenet to bed at around 9pm.
The next morning at 5am, Patsy woke to find a three-page ransom note on the stairs claiming someone had kidnapped JonBenet – and demanding £23,000 for the safe return her daughter.
The note said the kidnappers were going to call with instructions for how to drop off the money, but when no call came, police asked the parents to check their home for anything that was missing.
John, a wealthy software executive, went to look in the basement of the house, where he found the body of JonBenet, who had died from both blunt force trauma and strangulation.
Theories about who killed JonBenet have abounded since her death.
Police determined that the three-page ransom note was written on paper that came from the Ramsey’s home, meaning that the kidnappers would have had to have penned the long message inside the house while the family were sleeping.
And while there in the basement there was a broken window and a footprint underneath, there were no footprints in the fresh snow outside the house, and a spiderweb across the window that was undisturbed.
A Netflix documentary in 2017 about the unsolved murder left the filmmaker behind it with even more questions than answers.
Australian director Kitty Green interviewed 200 people in the 15 months she spent making the film, but said she was left without real answers.
“I went in open minded, spoke to 200 people but I’m no closer to the truth.
“I can’t see us getting a conviction, it will remain unsolved. It left me with more questions than answers,” she said.
Back in 2016, JonBenet’s older brother Burke spoke out for the first time in 20 years to deny he killed his sister after a two-part CBS sensational documentary ‘The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey’ claimed the evidence pointed to him.
He was just nine when her parents discovered her body in the basement of their family home and he ended up being a suspect in the investigation.
He was cleared by prosecutors in 2008.
He denied any involvement in her death during a bombshell interview with US host Dr Phil in September 2016.
“I don’t know what to say to that, because I know that’s not what happened,” he said.
“There’s been people who have said that’s not even physically possible for a nine year old to do that.
“Like you won’t find any evidence, because I didn’t do it.”
He answered categorically “no” to Dr Phil after he asked if he killed his sister.
Burke Ramsey later settled a $750million defamation case against CBS and others involved with the 2016 documentary