In letters obtained by Daily Mail TV, 54-year-old Gary Oliva - who is currently serving a 10-year sentence in a Colorado prison for child pornography - claimed he killed the 6-year-old by accident.
“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,” he reportedly wrote.
While investigators are looking further into the claims, it must be remembered that it’s not the first time a ‘confession’ has been made in relation to JonBenet’s death.
JonBenet’s parents always maintained a stranger had killed their little girl, and in 2006 it seemed they may be proved right when a man confessed.
A 41-year-old teacher named John Mark Karr was arrested in Thailand after saying he loved JonBenet, was with her the night she died, and that her death was accidental.
But quickly his ‘confession’ failed to ring true.
Karr claimed to have drugged JonBenet, but an autopsy failed to find any drugs in her system.
He also couldn’t explain how he had managed to gain access to the Ramsey family home.
Most compellingly, DNA evidence did not connect Karr to the crime scene, and so he wasn’t charged.
But in a bizarre interview that aired on the 2016 US TV show Investigation Discovery’s series JonBenet: An American Murder Mystery, Karr, then 51, stuck to his story.
‘Nobody wanted that little girl to die that night – nobody. Her death was an accident. I was with her when she died. But I was not the person who caused it,’ he said, explaining ‘panic’ had ensued after her death.
‘How she was found, that’s not how she died. Where she was found in that basement is not where she died,’ he added.