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Autopsy reveals new details
By Mary George and Ann Schrader
Denver Post Staff Writers

July 15 - JonBenet Ramsey was the apparent victim of an "explosion of rage," but one can't conclude that she was the victim of sexual assault, said medical experts who reviewed additional portions of her autopsy report released under court order Monday.

The full autopsy report, which could lead medical examiners to other conclusions, still has not been released. The remaining brief six sections of the report will be released Aug. 13.

The new information, which had been sealed for nearly six months, describes the 8.5-inch-long fracture on the right side of JonBenet's head, the deep furrow left around her neck by the cord used to strangle her and injuries to her genital area.

"I would guess there was an explosion of rage . . . that led to this death," said Dr. Richard Krugman, dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a nationally known child-abuse expert.

Evidence of "mild trauma" around the vagina "is not diagnostic of sexual abuse," Krugman said. The vaginal injuries can be caused by trauma such as an infection, irritation from a bubble bath or in connection with abuse.

About three months ago, Krugman was asked by Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter to consult on the Ramsey case. He studied the full autopsy report and several other documents.

Krugman said he told Hunter basically what he said Monday, that "there is nothing here that is specific that this was a child who was sexually abused." Instead, Krugman said, "I see a child who was physically abused and is dead."

Dr. Todd C. Grey, chief medical examiner for the state of Utah, had other observations on reading the autopsy report.

"The strangulation is probably the last event," Grey said. "The pattern of injury to her neck and the hemorrhaging indicates she's alive at the beginning of that process. "This wasn't a gentle killing. This kid was fighting."

Attorneys for JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, issued a statement Monday. "We have not had the opportunity to review the autopsy report, but credible experts have confirmed what we have been saying all along - that there is no evidence of abuse or molestation prior to the night of her murder."

The physical abuse was evidenced, Krugman said, by the severe brain injury and that she had been strangled.

Most of the injuries appear fresh, and Krugman said he has "not had information" nor is there anything in the autopsy report that indicates a history of abuse.

"The problem in abuse cases when a child dies in the middle of the night when there are several adults around, (is that) it's impossible to tell who did it," he said. JonBenet Ramsey was found strangled in the basement of her Boulder home about 1:20 p.m. last Dec. 26. Early that morning, her mother found a ransom note demanding $118,000 for JonBenet's safe return.

Boulder County Coroner John Meyer arrived at the house that evening at about 8, according to information released Monday. He went into the house about 8:20 p.m., examined the body and left by 8:30 p.m.

Meyer fought release of the autopsy report, arguing that it would harm the investigation. The coroner won an initial court ruling sealing the autopsy.

But when the seal came up for renewal on May 15, District Judge Carol Glowinsky ordered most of the rest of the report opened. And even the six remaining sealed portions would be released 90 days later, Glowinsky ruled.

Meyer and Deputy County Attorney Madeline Mason appealed the decision to the Colorado Supreme Court. On Monday, the high court declined to review the case. Mason announced she wouldn't continue the appeal. Glowinsky then released the information.

Boulder police detective Cmdr. John Eller remained noncommittal about whether the late release of the additional autopsy report portions will affect the investigation.

"Time will tell if it's had an impact or not," Eller said. "Clearly our position is that it would, and that is why we've taken steps to protect it for as long as we could."

Other medical examiners said Meyer was extremely thorough in his autopsy.

Dr. Tom Henry, chief medical examiner for the city of Denver, said that among the most revealing aspects of the data released Monday are the injuries around JonBenet's neck and head.

"Now you have some idea of the extent of the fracture," he said. "You now know it goes the whole length of the side of the head."

In another development, Eller said the investigation into a breakin of the Ramsey case file at the county department of social services was "for the most part concluded" and that no one would be criminally charged in the breach.

"Best we can tell, it was someone curious trying to get into the file," Eller said. "We presume they were successful, but there's really no way to tell."
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