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Ramsey’s Book Will Name Suspects

February 23, 2000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A new book by the parents of JonBenet Ramsey will name suspects _ including some who have not been pursued by police _ and explore the motive for their daughter’s murder.

``The Death of Innocence″ by John and Patsy Ramsey is scheduled to be released March 17 by Thomas Nelson Publishers, a Nashville-based company that specializes in books with religious themes.

Publisher Rolf Zettersten said Tuesday the 400-page book ``talks about the Ramseys’ motivation to find the killer, so they provide as many clues and as much information as they can.″

Zettersten would not identify the suspects named in the book, saying he wanted to wait until its release.

``It’s people who have been mentioned before,″ he said. ``There will be a couple of others, but not by name.″

The book also discusses ``the profile of the murderer and the motive in the sense it was likely someone who had a vendetta and was sadistic,″ Zettersten said.

JonBenet, 6, was found beaten and strangled on Dec. 26, 1996, in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colo.

Her parents are under suspicion in their daughter’s death but have never been charged. They announced in November they were writing the book to answer ``myths and falsehoods″ about the murder investigation.

The Ramseys worked, with some assistance, on their home computer in Atlanta, where they now live, Zettersten said.

``It’s a convincing work, page after page that contradicts the public perception and sets the record straight,″ he said.

Terms of the book deal were not disclosed. The couple has said proceeds will help pay legal expenses associated with the case and will go to the JonBenet Ramsey Children’s Foundation.

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