Convicted pedophile Gary Oliva confesses to killing JonBenet Ramsey in letter to his high school friend
54-year-old Gary Oliva is a convicted pedophile currently serving a 10-year sentence at a prison in Colorado for child pornography
It was reported longtime suspect in the infamous murder of pageant princess JonBenet Ramsey admitted he killed the then 6-year-old. 54-year-old Gary Oliva, who is a convicted pedophile currently serving a 10-year sentence at a prison in Colorado for child pornography, confessed in letters he killed the child by accident.
Oliva was once also put behind bars for trying to strangle his own mother. He says in the letters: "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."
In one of the other letters that were obtained by The Daily Mail, Oliva wrote: "JonBenét completely changed me and removed all evil from me. ... I realized I was wrong to kill other kids. Yet by accident, she died and it was my fault."
The letters were sent by Oliva to his former high school classmate and music publicist Michael Vail. The man told the Daily Mail he had suspected Oliva's involvement in the murder for 22 years and thinks the written confession is more than enough proof for Oliva to be charged with the crime. The letters Oliva sent Vail have now been sent to the Boulder Police.
Laurie Ogden, a spokesperson for the police, said: "The Boulder Police Department is aware of and has investigated Mr. Olivas’ potential involvement in this case. We have passed the additional information you provided onto investigators. We will not comment on any actions or the status of this investigation."
Oliva never explained why he was in the pageant star's home on the night she was killed but further investigation showed he was using an address that was only ten blocks away from her home. The convicted sexual predator wrote the letters to Vail from his cell in Limon Correctional Facility, Colorado, after he was arrested in 2016 for possessing child pornography on his phone. A redacted police report from his arrest in 2016 also showed he had hundreds of pictures of JonBenet on his phone.
Oliva is due for parole in October 2020. Speaking from his home in Ventura, California, 55-year-old Vail told the Daily Mail: "My suspicions began when Gary called me late at night on December 26, 1996. He was sobbing and said, 'I hurt a little girl'. I had known Gary from my time at high school and we had kept in touch. When he said he had hurt a little girl I tried to get more information out of him. The only other thing he told me was that he was in the Boulder, Colorado, area. On December 27, I read on the front page of my local newspaper 'Girl, 6, slain in Boulder, Colorado'. I knew I had to alert the police."
He continued: "I immediately called the Boulder Police Department and told them what I knew about Gary and what he had told me just days earlier. They didn't get back to me. Three months later I called the police again to find out what was going on in its investigation of Gary, but instead, I was sent to a police answering machine set up for tips on the JonBenét case. I left a message on the recorded line and again I never heard back from investigators."
The entire country was left reeling from the death of the young beauty queen and the authorities in Boulder were criticized heavily for never catching the murderer. JonBenet would've been 28-years-old if she was alive. Vail explained he continued to stay in touch with Oliva since the news came out in the hope that he would confess. He said: "I've continued this for decades now, even with him being in prison. But he has only just admitted to killing her. He believes he will go to hell if he doesn't admit to it."
Vail continued: "I have now sent these letters to Boulder police in the hope it will get Gary to provide them with firm proof and to name who else may have been involved in JonBenét's death. I hope it helps bring justice for JonBenét and peace for her family. Now they have this, a written confession, the police need to charge him with her murder. The thought that he could be released on probation next year chills me to the bone because he should never be allowed out. He is a danger to society. The day he walks free is the day I will be terrified for every child and family."
Vail concluded: "Gary is a danger to everyone. Since that phone call to me where he said he had hurt a little girl, I've always known he had something to do with JonBenét's death. I hope Boulder police will finally charge him. I think they have been placing too much emphasis on DNA matches. We now know the crime scene and evidence in the case was compromised. I am begging Gary to do the right thing and reveal everything he knows. He may also be able to name people he was possibly involved with when he broke into JonBenét's home. They need to face justice as well."