Ramseys Settle With Tabloid Over JonBenet Murder Stories

Terms Of Settlement Undisclosed

John and Patsy Ramsey and the tabloid magazine Globe have reached a undisclosed settlement of a lawsuit that the parents of JonBenet Ramsey filed on on behalf of the couple's 14-year-old son, Burke, The Daily Camera reported Thursday.

John and Patsy Ramsey

The Ramseys (pictured, right) filed a $35 million lawsuit in Atlanta last May against Globe International Inc., alleging that false headlines and stories in November 1998 subjected Burke Ramsey to public hatred, contempt and ridicule and permanently damaged his reputation.

Court clerks in Atlanta said that the amount and terms of the settlement were sealed under a confidentiality agreement.

Lin Wood, a Ramsey lawyer, said Wednesday that he could not comment on the case other than to say, "The parties are pleased with the resolution."

Globe publisher Tony Frost referred questions about the case to Milo Smith, who also declined comment.

Wood said that he plans other lawsuits on behalf of the Ramseys. He said Wednesday that he will file suit against author and former Boulder Police Detective Steve Thomas by the end of the month "for the libelous accusations he made against them in his book about the investigation and during his media tour promoting the book."

The Ramseys also are the target of a lawsuit by Chris Wolf, a former Boulder reporter. who is mentioned as a possible suspect in the girl's slaying in Patsy and John Ramsey's book "The Death of Innocence.

JonBenet Ramsey, 6, was found beaten and strangled in her family's home Dec. 26, 1996. Her parents and brother were home on the night she was killed.

John and Patsy Ramsey remain under Boulder police suspicion. The couple denies killing their daughter, saying that an unidentified intruder is responsible for the death.

Mary Kennan, elected to succeed Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter after his retirement last year, said that the investigation continues.

"No murder case goes away," she said. "There are a lot of them that are unsolved. There's no statute of limitations."

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