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Gary Oliva, a 59-year-old serial sex offender currently imprisoned for child pornography offenses, has claimed to be responsible for the murder of JonBenét numerous times since his arrest in 2016.
In a series of jailhouse letters sent to an old high-school acquaintance, Oliva claimed he killed JonBenét accidentally on December 26, 1996.
Oliva has never been charged with any crimes in connection to JonBenét’s death but he did have ties to an address 13 doors down from the Ramsey’s home in Boulder, Colorado, at the time of the murder.
He has also exhibited a disturbing decades-long obsession with the young girl and even attended a vigil in Boulder to mark the first anniversary of her death.
In one of his rambling confessionals obtained by The U.S. Sun, Oliva 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.”
The recipient of those letters, Michael Vail, previously revealed that he’d received a call from a crying Oliva on the evening of Dec. 26, 1997, telling him he’d “hurt a little girl” in Boulder.
JonBenét’s father, John Ramsey, said he first became aware of Oliva a year later when he was contacted by the District Attorney’s office and advised to conduct an investigation of his own into Oliva because the DA’s office feared Boulder PD otherwise wouldn’t.
At the time, Boulder PD was fixed on John and his wife Patsy as the prime suspects in the case. They would remain so for more than a decade before they were eventually exonerated through DNA evidence in 2008, two years after Patsy succumbed to ovarian cancer.
More than two and a half decades on from his daughter’s death, John Ramsey still views Oliva to be a “compelling” suspect with a wealth of circumstantial evidence tentatively tying him to the crime.
However, the case against Oliva has so far lacked a “silver bullet” to conclusively identify him as the prime suspect, he said.
But now, in search of such a breakthrough, years of letters written by Oliva have been forensically analyzed by two handwriting experts, Mozelle Martin and Dawn McCarty, who told The U.S. Sun they found several significant similarities between Oliva’s scrawl and the ransom note found inside the Ramsey home before JonBenét’s body was found.
The three-page ransom note – which was addressed to John and purported to have been authored by a “small foreign faction” – demanded $118,000 in exchange for JonBenét’s safe return and included a number of bizarre movie references.
Martin and McCarty each conducted an independent handwriting analysis of the note and Oliva’s letters and determined that Oliva “most likely” authored the Ramsey ransom letter.
On a scale of 1 through 5 – with 1 being a definitive, identical match to the ransom note – both experts ranked Oliva at a 1.75.
“The first thing I look for is similarities, so I start with the spacing, size, slant, margins, and things like that,” said Martin.
“And then I look for the anomalies or consistent inconsistencies; things that pop out or are very unique and different, and found so many consistent anomalies in both samples of Gary’s letters and the ransom note.
“When you overlay some of those letters and words – words and letters from different eras of writing – and they line up so well, that’s a loud pronouncement in my profession.”
McCarty added: “And you can’t make this up […] two separate sets of documents by two different authors that have the exact same spacing and all the consistent inconsistencies, how could that possibly be?
“There’s too many things that are just hard to ignore.
“That doesn’t mean to say he 100% wrote the ransom note, but it does call for a serious and more thorough investigation into Gary Oliva.”
McCarty and Martin both shared their extensive reports on Oliva’s handwriting with The U.S. Sun. Their forensic analysis was commissioned by private investigator Jason Jensen who has been independently probing the murder of JonBenét Ramsey for the last few years.
In her analysis, McCarty focused primarily on the shapes of individual letters, symbols, and words found in the ransom note and in the samples of Oliva’s writing.
Meanwhile, Martin zeroed in on the slant variations, pressure points, spacing, letter sizing, and other general characteristics found in each of the documents.
Both of the experts highlighted a series of consistent anomalies present in lowercase A’s found in both Oliva’s writing and the killer’s.
In her report, McCarty highlighted the A’s in both documents contained a flattened top instead of a more traditional curve and were otherwise consistent in their overall shape.
She wrote: “The contour of the oval segment of the lowercase a showed a likeness when overlapped, as did the inward lean of the stem of the a and the irregular top portion of the letter.
“There’s a notable indent on the stem of the a and both sets of samples lean inwards toward the left.”
Martin made a similar observation, likening Oliva’s A’s to a backward number 6 that has a prominent leftward tilt. Like McCarty, she believes those letters matched the lowercase A’s found in the ransom note.
Elaborating on her findings, McCarty said: “Take the loop of the a, some of those loops are kind of wobbly and they’re distorted. Even though they’re not exactly the same shape, some areas in those distortions are very similar.”
“The top part of the letter comes in and meets the oval at an angle rather than going straight down, and there are also slants and hoods over the A’s that are very similar in each of the documents.
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“The A’s had at least three or four distinctive traits alone – and some of those A’s ended with a little puppy dog tail at the end that are also nearly identical in all of the documents.”
Similarly, the lowercase B’s in each of the exhibits showcased numerous similarities, in the opinions of McCarty and Martin, particularly where the exit stroke of the letter was concerned.
Signaling to a small blob present on the center of the B’s curve, McCarty explained: “That’s where the entrance to the next letter begins, and it’s in the same spot going in the same direction.”
Martin added: “But crucially not into the same letter. In the sample, the B’s may lead to A’s or O’s or whatever, so what makes it unique is that the location of the exit stroke into the entrance stroke is the same, even though the author isn’t writing the same next letter – and that’s very significant.”
In both sets of writing, McCarty and Martin observed distinctive similarities in the C’s, D’s, E’s, and F’s.
Where the C’s are concerned, the two women noticed very similar shapes, loops, and sizes. Crucially, often the letter featured what they called a small hook at the beginning of the shape.
“Further investigation revealed more shared characteristics. Overlaid ‘c’s aligned well, and the terminal strokes, or ending parts of the ‘c’, demonstrated striking similarities,” wrote McCarty in her report.
“Consistency in these features, even when a writer attempts to disguise their handwriting, provides compelling evidence for further exploration.”
Unusual consistencies in the loop of the D’s found in both handwriting samples provided a particularly “big” breakthrough, McCarty said.
The triangular-shaped loops present on lowercase samples of the letter are what she calls a “mic-drop” moment.
Martin explained: “On the D’s, you can see the authors have little triangles for loops, which is unusual because usually a loop would be more circular.”
McCarty continued: “What I really like about the D’s is that, typically, when you’re writing the letter D, you go straight down and then you go back up the stem to form the loop.
“But in these samples, we see the authors go down with the stem and start the loop from the bottom of the stem, and the letter is leaning to the right.
“It’s not coming straight down, it has a little wobble, and we’re seeing that in both documents.
“On top of that, we have these triangle loops in both sets of writing, and that’s my favorite thing right there. That’s the mic drop.”
The lowercase E’s in each sample provided a near-perfect match when overlayed, both women said.
They pointed out that the letter E is one of the most commonly used letters in the English language and is therefore written habitually “without conscious thought”, even if someone may have been attempting to conceal their natural handwriting when authoring the ransom note.
Such glaring consistencies in the way lowercase e’s were written by Oliva and by the author of the ransom note suggest a high probability of “common authorship”, they said.
The lowercase F’s were similarly consistent across all documents.
“Shared traits were observed in the lowercase ‘f’ across the samples, particularly in the shepherd-hook type stroke of the letter’s top portion. Despite differing slants, matching traits emerged upon closer inspection,” McCarty wrote.
“One consistent characteristic was the shepherd hook-like formation at the top of the ‘f’. The stems and the crossbars of the ‘f’s in both sets shared similar forms and alignments [a wavy, wing-shaped structure], offering potentially significant evidence for a shared handwriting style.”
For McCarty and Martin, the biggest breakthrough in their analysis – indicating that OIiva could’ve plausibly authored the ransom note – came when taking a closer look at the doubles L’s in each sample.
Martin highlighted that the distance between the two L’s is consistently “dead on.” A key characteristic of the letters is found in the second L which often features an unusual curvature.
“This was the Eureka moment,” said Martin. “I can’t make this stuff up and what I like about this is that we have different types of writing instruments: we have an ink, gel pen or ballpoint pen [in Oliva’s letter] and a Sharpie or marker pen [in the ransom note] but the pressure points are still the same.
“So we’re seeing the same heavy pressure, the same wobbly pressure, the same different things in both documents that line up perfectly, even though they’re completely different writing instruments.”
Similarly, showing samples of the double L’s overlayed, McCarty chimed: “What we’re seeing here is that the L’s are exact in their spacing, nearly exact in their length, and they all have this little curve in the bottom.
“There are three traits right there, and it’s on multiple words throughout the ransom note. So I have the word ‘will’ from his known writing and I can use those L’s to match all these other words.
“So it’s pretty significant when you think about that little wobble down here at the bottom. It has the same curvature on the inside L and the L on the right has more of a wobble on all of them.
“That to me was huge.”
Additionally, McCarty and Martin found glaring likenesses in Oliva’s O’s, P’s, U’s and V’s to those scrawled on the Ramsey letter.
Citing the O’s to be unusual shapes – or “slanted ovals” – in both writing exhibits, the women found a “significant level of match” in the penmanship of each.
Similarly, the P’s observed took a “hatchet-like shape” in both examples, with the loop of the letter often more square or oval than a traditional loop.
In her report, McCarty added: “Lowercase u’s and v’s in both samples exhibited striking resemblance, especially in the consistent absence of a stem. Without the context of a word surrounding these letters, it would be difficult to determine if they are u’s or v’s .
“There were instances of directional changes in these letters, creating slants, while some even took a ‘v’-like shape.
“The letters demonstrated varied exit strokes, some curving to the right, resembling a snake, and others presenting a clubbed exit to the left. Both ‘u’ and ‘v’ shaped letters were used in the samples, with diverse exit strokes that were wavy, hooked, or clubbed to the right, and those exiting to the left.”
Finally, perceived consistencies in symbols and physical words, including ‘if’, ‘you’, ‘at’, and ‘the’ led Martin to state that, in her professional opinion, “Gary Oliva most likely wrote both documents.”
In her report, Martin shared a table showing Oliva’s writing on one side, samples of the same words from the ransom note on the other, and the words from each overlayed in the center.
Martin said the table shows a stunning match between Oliva’s handwriting and the penmanship of the author of the ransom note.
Summarizing her findings, she said: “I can’t say 100% that he did it, I wasn’t there and I didn’t see who wrote it, so there’s no way to say for certain, but to me he certainly warrants further investigation.”
At the conclusion of Martin’s report, he assigned a likelihood rating of 1.75 that Oliva authored the ransom note.
“This rating is based on the notable similarities and anomalies found in the examination, which strongly suggest the possibility of his authority,” Martin wrote.
“However, it is crucial to acknowledge the inherent limitations of the analysis and remain open to other concrete evidence that may affect this professional opinion.”
McCarty independently came to the same likelihood rating of 1.75, citing a “substantial overlap and a significant number of similarities” between Oliva’s handwriting and that of the killer’s.
“In conclusion, the comprehensive analysis presented in this report was executed using meticulous methodology. This careful scrutiny revealed a degree of similarities between the handwriting patterns in the ransom notes and the writings attributed to Mr. Oliva,” surmised McCarty.
“These shared characteristics were not confined to common patterns; they extended to several unique traits consistently observed across both sets of samples.
“These findings suggest a compelling argument for the further investigation of Mr. Oliva’s potential role as the author of the ransom note.
“With that said, it is my professional opinion that it is entirely plausible that Mr. Oliva penned the Questioned document, based on the examples I presented in this document as well as the layover presentation video, and also based on the digital copies of the documents I used for comparison.”
The Boulder Police Department (BPD) has been contacted for comment about the findings of McCarty and Martin.
In the past, BPD has routinely declined to publicly discuss the case and any information regarding potential suspects citing an active and ongoing investigation.
Jason Jensen, who commissioned the forensic handwriting analysis, said he was amazed by McCarty and Martin’s findings.
“It’s really compelling and raises some interesting questions,” said Jensen.
“[Like the writing in the ransom note] Gary Oliva is also very imaginative in his writing and often delves into fantasy, whether he’s writing about alien beauty queens on Mars or something else […] but I see a lot of similarities.
“When you’re reading the ransom note and this talk of a foreign faction and all these references to cops and strange phrases, it all sounds like the plot of a movie.
“So it’s very interesting when you put things into perspective, and as we’re looking at Gary, we can see from his other writings there’s this kind of escapism from the reality that manifests in his writing
Gary Oliva is currently incarcerated in Colorado. He was arrested in June 2016 after being found in possession of hundreds of images of child pornography in Boulder.
He was issued an undetermined sentence of at least 10 years and will only be released if he passes the state’s sexual offender rehabilitation program.
In the two decades before his arrest, Oliva was, for years, considered a suspect in the killing of JonBenét.
The six-year-old was reported missing by her parents in the early hours of Dec. 26, 1996, after they awoke sometime after 5am to find the child pageant queen missing from her bed and a strange three-page ransom note laid out on a staircase toward the rear of the home.
The rambling ransom letter – crafted with stationary belonging to Patsy – warned that alerting police and failing to comply with the kidnapper’s explicit instructions would result in JonBenét’s immediate “execution.”
Hours passed and the purported kidnappers never called as promised.
A restless John was instructed by an investigator BPD to search the home for anything that seemed out of place to give him something to do while they waited for the phone to ring.
A short while later, a gut-wrenching cry was heard emanating from the basement: John had found a cold and motionless JonBenét swaddled in a white blanket in a seldom-used storage room that the family referred to as the wine cellar.
Her wrists were tied, black duct tape covered her mouth, and a makeshift garrote-fashioned from one of Patsy’s paintbrushes and a white rope-was wound around her neck.
JonBenét had also suffered a large fracture to the back of her skull and there were signs of sexual assault. Her cause of death was ruled asphyxiation with blunt trauma to the head.
BPD immediately launched a murder investigation and from the offset John and Patsy Ramsey were placed under an “umbrella of suspicion,” later becoming the prime suspects in the case.
In the aftermath of JonBenét’s murder, BPD received more than 3,000 tips from the public but 95 percent of the leads wouldn’t be followed up on.
Refusing to entertain the possibility that an intruder had somehow slipped inside the house and committed the murder, police instead leaked information to the media – sometimes fabricated information – to turn up the heat on John and Patsy and force one of them into a confession.
All the while, cops with held the existence of bombshell DNA evidence that would later be used to exonerate them.
Among the thousands of tips ignored by the department was a call made by Michael Vail on December 27, one day after JonBenét’s body was found.
Vail reported receiving a call from Gary Oliva, a Boulder-based convicted pedophile, the night before, telling him: “I hurt a little girl.”
Investigators never returned Vail’s call. He reported the tip for a second time three months later and again was met with silence.
Oliva was one of 38 registered sex offenders found to have been living within a two-mile radius of the Ramsey family in 1996.
He had been convicted in 1990 of sexually abusing a seven-year-old.
The following year, he was also charged with attempted murder after he tried to strangle his mother with a telephone cord in Pass, Oregon.
However, Oliva wouldn’t land on the radar of Boulder Police until four years after JonBenét’s murder in December 2000, when he was arrested for trespassing on the campus of the University of Colorado.
During that incident, Oliva was found to be in possession of drugs, images of JonBenét, newspaper clippings from her case, and a poem about the young girl, titled: “Ode to JonBenét.”
He was also found to be carrying a stun gun, a particularly interesting detail to cops because they believe one may have been used to subdue JonBenét before she was killed.
Oliva was once again arrested in Boulder 16 years later – and again was found to be in possession of a number of JonBenét-related artifacts.
In June 2016, Oliva was caught uploading images depicting the sexual abuse of children to his personal Gmail account on public Wi-Fi connections across Boulder.
A search of his phone yielded approximately 695 images depicting child pornography. Details about the images are redacted in the report.
Additionally, there were 335 photos of and relating to JonBenét.
“Some were regular photographs of her likely found online,” reads an arrest report obtained by The U.S. Sun.
“Of those photographs, 19 were images of JonBenét’s autopsy like from photographs that she had previously leaked to the press in years past.
“There were also many photographs of what appear to be shrines to JonBenét Ramsey. It is unknown where these shrines are located or if they were created by Oliva or not.”
Investigators additionally noted that several contacts in Oliva’s phone referenced members of the Ramsey family, and several videos paying tribute to her were saved on the device.
Vail contacted investigators in Boulder after Oliva was detained, reiterating his belief that Oliva was in some way involved in the murder of JonBenét.
He also started writing to Oliva in prison in an attempt to elicit a confession from him.
By 2019, Vail achieved a breakthrough. Oliva sent him more than a dozen letters over a period of several months claiming to have killed JonBenét by accident.
“JonBenét completely changed me and removed all evil from me,” Oliva wrote in one letter.
“Just one look at her beautiful face, her glowing beautiful skin, and her divine God-body, I realized I was wrong to kill other kids. Yet by accident, she died and it was my fault.”
Boulder PD was made aware of the letters and acknowledged them publicly in a statement at the time but appeared to brush Oliva’s confessions off.
He has never been charged in connection with the case and was not found to be a match for DNA found at the scene. However, BPD has not explicitly ruled him out as a suspect either.
John Ramsey met with BPD researchers twice this year and voiced optimism to The U.S. Sun that a breakthrough in his daughter’s case could soon be forthcoming.
More than anything, John said he wants to clear the cloud that’s been hanging over his family’s head for decades and finally snare the “monster” who harmed his daughter.
“There’s this gray cloud that hangs over my family and that needs to be cleared,” John said in October.
“Also, we don’t know if this person [the killer] is in prison, dead, or still walking around out there somewhere, and obviously they’re a very dangerous psychopath that preys on children.
“So, not only do I want to solve this to remove this cloud from my family’s name, but more than anything I want to get this creature off the streets.