JonBents grave. There were reportedly more than 2,000 websites dedicated to solving the suit. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo
Bennett is just one example. Hundreds of JonBent case obsessives scoured documents, then developed hypothesis based on any name they came across. Even though their suppositions were often deep far-fetched, they had the power to affect people lives, so much so that at least one person took the matter to a court.
One of the Ramseys friends brought suit against an anonymous internet commenter who had theorized on his remorse for the assassination. Some documents in the case are sealed but the suit appears to have been abandoned after a few filings.( The Ramseys and Wood have been involved in a number of lawsuits against tabloids and other media organizations and typically request that the documents in those proceedings be sealed, too .)
The new wave of coverage have committed themselves to re-awaken these issues. On Reddit, a JonBent subreddit is already starting to catalogue the evidence. Supposition is unfolding at a rapid pace. And should the various documentaries turn up any new proof, online detectives can be relied on to pursue it. After the recent reversal of Attaining a Murderer subject Brendan Dasseys conviction, online sleuths feel the government had more power and more cause to intervene against injustice than ever.
Patsy Ramsey died of cancer in 2006, but John Ramsey is an active participant in several of the projects coming this autumn. The supposition promises to be rampant. But at the least Ramsey can be said, at this point, to be used to that.