A six-year old girl, missing for just fifteen minutes, is found dead within yards of her home.

Katherine Korzilius

Katherine was lying in the street

CASE DETAILS

At the age of 6, Katherine Korzilius seemed to be leading a charmed life. She lived in a good neighborhood in Austin, Texas, with her loving parents, Nancy and Paul, and her brother Chris. Her father was a personal manager for rock star Jon Bon Jovi.

How did her body get to where it was found?

Nancy and Paul’s world came crashing down on August 7, 1996. It was Paul’s birthday.  He was working at his office in New York City.  Nancy and the kids had spent the day running errands around Austin, picking out a gift for him. According to Nancy:

“It was very quiet here in our neighborhood, as it usually is. In fact, I can remark that it was exceptionally quiet that day.”

On the way home, they stopped to pick up the mail. It was a ritual Katherine looked forward to. As usual, Katherine asked if she could walk home and Nancy said that would be fine. Nancy said she knew it was Katherine’s way of saying she was a big girl:

“I had allowed Katherine to do that because I knew she was ready to be more independent, and she had done it before.”

Most assumed Katherine was a victim of hit-and-run

Nancy and Chris drove home one way, while Katherine walked home in the opposite direction, which was the shorter way home. Nancy said that both her children had made the same walk before:

“It’s a short walk, probably less than a quarter of a mile. When Chris and I got home, we unloaded our car and we started putting our packages away.”

Chris told his mother that he could not find Katherine at home. So Nancy told him to go out to the road to find her. According to Nancy:

“He came back in just a very short period of time, a few minutes, and he was crying, and he said, ‘She’s not there, Mom.’  We got in our car and drove right next door to our neighbors. I ran down the steps to their front door and knocked on the door. Their son answered.”

Medical examiner’s report

The boy at the door said that he had not seen Katherine. It was at that moment that Nancy and Chris said they knew something terrible had happened. Minutes later, Nancy found Katherine’s body in the street:

“I could tell that she was unconscious, but she was breathing. I knew it was too hot to leave her on the pavement. I know that it’s never a good idea to move somebody if you don’t know what their injuries are, but I just couldn’t leave her there. And I think having driven her to the emergency room before, knowing the way very well, I felt confident that I was able to drive that drive.”

“Katherine was on a ventilator to keep her breathing, but she was brain dead. It wasn’t a matter of her being in a coma or being unconscious. Her brain had died.”

Katherine’s father, Paul:

“I arranged for a charter aircraft so I could come directly home, but in the end it was too late anyway. I arrived at 12:30 in the morning, and I believe she was pronounced dead at 11:30 that night, an hour before my arrival.”

A plaque for Katherine

From the start, everyone assumed that Katherine was the victim of a hit-and-run driver.  However, as police searched for the suspect, other disturbing theories began to surface.  Katherine had left her mother’s car headed in one direction on Elder Circle, but less than ten minutes later she was found on the opposite side of the circle half a mile away.  And the medical examiner’s report only deepened the mystery. He determined that Katherine had not died from a hit-and-run accident.  According to R. Bavardo, the Medical Examiner of Travis County:

“The injuries that Katherine sustained could have been the result of either jumping from a moving vehicle, being thrown from a moving vehicle, or falling from a moving vehicle. The type of injuries that we expect in these circumstances would have been the same.”

If Katherine did tumble from a moving vehicle, whose vehicle was it? And was she pushed or did she fall? Katherine’s father recalled a theory put forth by the authorities:

“One of the theories that investigators proposed was that somehow Katherine had jumped on the back of our vehicle without Nancy’s knowledge. And as the vehicle drove around Elder Circle, she had fallen off, which was a way to explain where she was found in Elder Circle, which is completely opposite of where she would’ve been on her normal route.”

The Korzilius family was stunned. Was it possible that Nancy was responsible for her daughter’s death? Paul and Nancy hired their own private investigator, Barbara O’Brian. According to Barbara, that scenario was hard to believe:

“The problem with that is, it’s a hot August day. This whole car would’ve been very, very hot. There’s only one place to hold on to. And the door is the only other place to hold on to.  And it opens when you get a-hold of it. She also had a broken left thumb and she had a splint on her thumb. So it would have been extremely difficult for her to get a hold on anything, and her mother would’ve seen her in the rear-view mirror.”

The Korzilius family has their own theory. They believe their daughter was abducted and murdered. A search of a vacant, overgrown lot just 30 yards from the mailboxes may have provided a crucial clue. According to Barbara:

“A few days after Katherine’s death, the investigators did bring in the K-9 unit and search the area. They did pick up her scent over in this vacant lot, which would indicate that she was coming in this direction from the mailboxes, taking the most direct route home. The scent was lost, however, which tells us that this may have been the point where she was abducted or the injury took place, but she was then later moved where she was found by her mother.”

Nancy said that it seemed as though Katherine had been placed on the street deliberately:

“Her hair was smoothed down. Her shirt was straight. Her shorts were straight. Her toes were pointed straight. Her sandals were on. I know someone moved her, and I know someone laid her there for me to find.”

After all the investigations and speculation, the cause of Katherine’s death remains a mystery. In the quiet neighborhood on Elder Circle, her memory lives on. Katherine’s neighbors have planted a tree and placed a plaque in her name. Family friend Jon Bon Jovi:

“I think if Paul and Nancy, as parents, knew how it happened, perhaps it could help them with the closure of this tragic event. Nothing that anyone can say or do is ever gonna bring their daughter back to them, but it’s twice as hard not knowing what happened.”

Nancy Korzilius:

“I think of families of people who are missing in action.  Well, they’re not here, but what happened to them? And that’s exactly, to a certain extent, how I feel about our daughter. I had Katherine’s body, but something happened in the last 15 minutes of her life and I don’t know what that was.”


 

Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season ten with Robert Stack and in season eight with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

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107 Comments

  1. Emily

    wow, some of these theories are ridiculous. This “murder” is not related to JonBenet Ramsey, and please think logically people. Look at how tiny the neighborhood is, compare that to where she was found, the direction the mother drive in, the direction katherine took, the spot where the scent stopped, how long it took to find her, where her house is, and amount of time before finding her body. Think about it: Katherine goes the opposite way, gets abducted, (for some reason) doesn’t get sexually assaulted, somehow sustains a head injury in the vacant lot, gets put into a car, is thrown out, and get laid out nice and neat without anyone seeing it? You mean to tell me during the amount of time that Chris and Nancy came home and unloaded the car, Chris canvassed the neighborhood, and then Nancy canvassed the neighborhood no one saw any of this shit going on? Nancy is so full of shit is covering for being a careless mother. Get over yourself and admit it. What kind of kidnapper kidnaps someone then throws them out of the car then lays them out nicely? Also, if Nancy thought someone did something to her why didn’t she call 911? A 911 operator would have assisted in caring for Katherine before EMS arrived. The only way a parent drives a kid to the emergency room is if they’re in immediate health danger, or to cover up something.

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  2. thinkingoutloud

    can anyone else confirm besides the mother that katherine was found in the streets? for all we know something accidentally or purposely happened and the mother is trying to cover it up. the only thing i can’t explain is the fact that her scent was in the vacant, but that isn’t to say she did pass the lot / venture in the lot while she was walking back home. the only witness we have is the mother claiming she found her lying in the street…. can anyone else say that? maybe there was an accident at home and the mother rushed her to the hospital and made up this story so she didn’t get blamed.

    how old is the brother? was he too young to remember anything or was he not involved at all?

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  3. Tim

    I lived, in Austin, when this happened, work in the music business, peripherally know the husband and am very familiar with the area where it happened. It was no secret, at the time this happened, and to those who knew Paul in the Austin music business community, that the child fell off the car and the mother knew. Not intentional, but a tragic accident. Katherine got on the back of the car and fell off. She was found on the side of the ‘circle’ that the mother and her brother drove towards the home on and way past the route Katherine would have ‘walked back’. And it was in an area where she would have been turning and Katherine was thrown from the car. As to whether the mother knew she was on the car and this was a normal “thing” that they did (coming back from the mailbox) or whether Katherine jumped on the back unbeknownst to the mother remains a mystery to those not intimately involved. However, I’ve talked to enough people that feel like they did this from time to time and it was a an occasional thing they did that just turned out horribly wrong. She went back to the house and panicked and then was the one that ‘miraculously’ found her. The private investigator brought in was to help the mother save face (in the community) and keep her from being charged with involuntary manslaughter or vehicular homicide. This wasn’t a hit-and-run or an abduction. This is a quiet, sleepy neighborhood, which at the time, was out in the middle of nowhere. These are seven figure homes in a private gated community. The whole thing about the car being too hot or her thumb in a split was a smokescreen to cast doubt and muddy the investigation. The coroner had it right. The family didn’t want the mother to go to jail for a tragic accident and fracture the family further.. Subsequently, the net effect of this was that Paul and his wife divorced not long after and he has since remarried and lives in Vancouver. He still works with Bon Jovi, the son would be a young adult now and I have no idea where the mother is. End of story.

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    • Unsolved Viewer

      I’ve always thought something was fishy with the mother’s telling of the story on UM. She seemed not to show any emotion at all, and the story was just not adding up or making sense. I always thought you had something to do with it from the beginning. I guess money can buy you anything. Tragic. Wouldn’t the son know what happened then? Has he spoken about this or is he keeping mum?

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    • Mark Houghtaling

      I am not a detective but I believe she tried to ride in the back of the van but it was too hot she couldn’t hang on and she fell off suffering the blows to the Head wrist would correspond with that kind of fall I’m not an expert but I have heard similar stories children falling off the back of vehicles not having the exact injuries but I thought that then when this story first aired back in 96 till now I believe she fell off her mother’s vehicle that would explain why she was in the opposite direction and what she left at I’m not a Columbo or Perry Mason but it didn’t take much brain cells to understand that it’s very sad she’s dead but I’d life lesson that some people must pay with with their life

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  4. Chris

    What about the son, was he questioned? If the mother is guilty was he covering for her? Maybe if he was questioned all these years later he would provide some new clues. Also, maybe the police should investigate friends of the neighbors who would have been periodically coming and going and wouldn’t have looked suspicious.

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  5. Stefanie

    Why wouldn’t the family beg Jon Bon Jovi to get publicity for this case? As a rock star, he could easily get tons of people to pay attention to this case and help get it solved. I’m sure he was willing to do so… Maybe the family told him not to? Maybe the family is more guilty than they let on?

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  6. Samantha

    Her mother said she would not have gotten into a car with someone she didn’t know I thank it was someone she knew and knew well. Because of the way she was layed out on the road like whoever put her there layed her out to be found. He was feeling guilt . It was someone she knew and knew well.

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  7. Pmorris

    Look INTO THE MOTHER! SHE KNOWS MUCH MORE THAN SHE IS SAYING AND WAS MORE THAN LIKELY THE REASONING BEHIND WHY HER THUMB WAS BROKEN TO BEGIN WITH. SHE WAS FOUND ON HER FATHER’S BDAY! HER MOTHER GOT MAD HER FATHER WAS GONE.

    LOOK INTO THE MOTHER.

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  8. Anonymous

    It’s just a theory, but if someone picked her up, and offered to drive her home, and she accepted. Perhaps when they passed her house she knew she was in danger and jumped from the vehicle. The person may have gotten out to retrieve her, realized she had serious injuries, and driven away.
    I would suggest looking into other abductions around the time of her death, with in a hundred miles or so. The kidnapper may have just underestimated little Katherine, and hadn’t expected her to jump out of a moving vehicle. If they were out to kidnap a child around that time, chances are, they found another target, and they wouldn’t have made the same mistakes twice. Who else disappeared, or was murdered in the area that same month? That will be your killer.

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  9. Anonymous

    I’m sorry, but letting your child walk by themselves at 6 years old is absolutely absurd and so, so irresponsible. I don’t care if the child is ‘old’ enough to claim their independence in doing such a thing; it’s not a mystery that there are awful predators in this world that would leap on the opportunity to do horrible things to a girl of that age. This makes me furious. It could all be avoided if the parents had waited longer for their child to age and have a decent chance of defending herself. I understand there’s no point saying this now, and I don’t mean it to guilt the parents, but honestly; common sense.

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  10. Anonymous

    More importantly, was the mail still in box? Was mail delivered that day? Simply ask the postman! Very simple…if mail was delivered.. And she grabbed it…there would have been strewn mail on her route home…..as she held on then fell!!! Jeeze! If the there was mail, and it wasn’t in the box , and it wasn’t found on the road leading to the house……then she was abducted…or offered a friendly ride…and she jumped or thrown out…and they took the mail …. Is this not clear cut if the mailman confirmed a delivery??

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    • Anonymous

      In the piece, they showed her hand the mail to her brother through the car window when she asked if she could walk home.

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  11. Anonymous

    Great call about the mail, Elliott. If it was a simple hit and run accident, the mail would have been in Katherine’s hand or near her body. Nobody’s going to stop and take mail out of her hand. That suggests a more sinister encounter with a predator type individual. The window of time such a small amount of time…It’s amazing her body ended up on the other side.

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  12. Anonymous

    The story doesn’t mention it, but I was wondering if the neighbors remember seeing any strange car or people/person around the time it happened. (Or at least in the before it happened.) It just seems bizarre that even if it was “unusually quiet” and a hot day, someone would’ve seen or heard something. No one else it their own mail at the time? No one was out walking their dog or something like that?

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  13. Anonymous

    The 1990’s were wild, even for Austin. Metaphorically speaking, the fastest gun in the west, 1990’s. This case is just 20 y/o. Thanks.

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  14. Elizabeth Ellerbe

    If the investigation of the girl’s murder is still open, the police are not allowed to divulge any information about the case to anyone except the girl’s family. You people really need to start thinking.

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  15. Anonymous

    i had a dream about this and i didnt know about this

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  16. Someone

    I lived on elder circle for a many years. I would have NEVER allowed my young children to walk home from our mailboxes without me. The way the street curves down to her house would make me apprehensive to a car not seeing a child due to the turn, PLUS there is no side walk which made it more dangerous. NO WAY I would let a young 6 yr old child walk home alone from the mailboxes on Elder Cir. Also, these home are on acre lots and not close to each other like a regular neighborhood. So the walk was quite a bit longer.

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  17. Beccaboo

    I just watched the segment on YT with Dennis Farina. I don’t know I get a bad vibe from the mom. In my opinion she can’t look at the camera very long, she’s always looking away. I would never let my 6 year old walk home alone, I don’t care how safe the neighborhood is. Something isn’t adding up. Did the mother ever take a polygraph?

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    • Jason

      I agree. I just watched the episode. I noticed the mother wasn’t very emotional. She was very matter-of-fact about her “brain dying” and her other injuries. I detected guilt. Idk if it was b/c she let her kid walk alone, etc. Anyways, she sood out to me and they didnt go into much depth

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    • Rinea

      Left a bad feeling on me too her always looking away like she was nervous and absolutely no emotion

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    • Unsolved Viewer

      I agree. Mom is lying or hiding something. No emotion what so ever.

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  18. Jennifer

    If you watched the segment Katherine handed the mail to her mother through the car window then asked if she could walk home.

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  19. Mike

    Is there anyway she asked to walk mom said no and she jumped out the car or threw a.fit cause more. Said no got pushed out of car maybe that’s when mom turned around and seen her lying there she fixed her hair and.clothes then took.her to the hospital

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  20. Brittany Howard

    Is it possible that the familys suburban had the automatic door lock feature. Where the doors would lock as soon as the Suburban was put into drive. I know my car has that feature. The private investigator said it would be impossible for her to hold on to the handle in the back of the Suburban because the door was opened. But if the door had automatic lock features the door would not open which could have been how she feel. Very sad. When I was 4 years old I got my finger stuck in the bumper of my dad’s older car. I can’t remember the make or the model but I know that since my fingers were so small they got stuck there is a possibility that she could have held on to somewhere your fingers got wedged and when she was finally able to let go that is how she got the head injury. I do wish that investigators would we look into the case forensic has come a long way between 96 and now

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    • Rinea

      I thought that same thing wouldn’t the back door be locked. I know in my car they automatically lock not sure if that was a feature they had back then.

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  21. Brittany Howard

    I know the investigator said that she could not have held onto the door because if she would have held on to the handle the door would have opened. But I do know in some cars as soon as you put the car into drive all the doors locked is it a possibility that the mother’s Suburban had that feature. That could explain how she felt and why the door did not open. I know in our car it is set up that way it was that but the car and drive all of my doors lock. Or by chance out of habit maybe the mother locked the door as soon as she went to pull away. That being how she held on without the door opening.

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  22. Kandalina

    Ok it’s almost 2017 why is this case not being relooked at? Everyone who sees this lets do something for this little girl.

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    • Anonymous

      it is not getting solved cause they are involved with a celebrity. its all about the money. and btw the story that katherine’s mother has sold us is a total fabrication.

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  23. Gary

    Look for a neighbor with a pickup truck. The driver offered her a ride. She got in, but fell out as soon as the truck started forward. The driver panicked, believing her to be dead and dragged her to the weeds to hide her, then realized she was alive and decided to leave her at the side of the road to be found.

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  24. shamorderdotcom

    I would put the mother on a polygraph. letting the girl walk home sounds like a lie, she also was the one who found the body (that was carefully arranged, showing it was by someone who cared for her).

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    • nikky

      she did not find her ”body” she found Katherine unconscious. Katherine died in the hospital after her mother refuse to call 911 when she ”found” her on the ground, tampered with her body by putting her in the car and went to the hospital that took 30 minutes to get to. wow. she made up the story about her being leyed out nicely with her hair all ”smoothed down”.
      btw i tried to find an interview with the mother or any kind of video of Katherines family and there is Nothing. the only time i saw the mother speak was on unsolved mysteries and i cringed. truth will come out.

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  25. Havaneiss Dei

    I once owned a small airfreight and expedited freight company; after our principal customer (we were contracted with Emery Worldwide) collapsed, we downsized in an effort to scale expense to revenue. Anyway, this move put me often behind the wheel of a “cube van.” The cargo floor of the van was dock-high when the van was empty.

    The rear door was a roll-up type, the “apron” at the base of the door extended about half a foot (the van body was 16 feet long), and there was a 1500-lb. (capy.) tuck-under lift at the rear. When I returned from a trip, I’d scan the parking area; it appeared empty, and being eager to get out of the cab, I’d rush backwards into the parking space.

    My (now ex-) wife would often hide nearby, and as I raced backwards, she’d slip through my blind spot and perch on the apron to surprise me; I still have no idea how she remained on the apron, or how she so expertly avoided my detection, or why she continued doing that after I explained the danger it presented.

    Anyway, the point is that a 64-inch-tall woman — having a remarkably sedentary lifestyle and being not in any sense athletic — managed to jump from the ground and onto a tiny ledge of slick steel, and stay there without any assistance, while I braked to a stop in the minimum distance possible without crashing into a concrete wall.

    My ex did this on the hottest days of Mississippi summer, and on days when the apron was covered in snow or ice.

    I think it is reasonable to believe that Katherine playfully jumped onto the back of the SUV, and that she lost her grip and fell to her death, and that it is reasonable to conclude that the occupants of the SUV were unaware of her presence on the vehicle.

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    • vini

      that’s a nice story about your ex wife but at this point i think most of the people wonder Why was the Family Not Interested in solving the case. IT is not anymore(after all these years) about how she died but Why this case never got solved!! if you are reading this please give us your opinion on why you think this case never got solved!

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  26. Heather

    My theory of what happened: I agree with some of you. I think someone followed this little girl after being dropped off at the mailboxes, I think that they grabbed her and put her into their vehicle, where she either struggled and fought to get free or screamed and yelled loud enough that the perpetrator pushed her or threw her out of their vehicle. It doesn’t take a lot of force for a child or anyone for that matter to fracture their skull and die from that kind of force. I also think that with the crime scene being basically in a circle, that someone from the neighborhood did this to this little girl. Either a neighbor, or someone visiting a neighbor. Most people would not travel in that direction if there is no clear way out. Most people want a through street, not a cul de sac/circle. They were purposely there. Rest well Katherine.

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    • Anonymous

      sorry but you are clearly not educated enough about this case. you have to remember that at the time of her death Katherine’s parents where wealthy and yet they have done nothing to help this case gets solved. why? why? yes this case is on unsolved mysteries( thankfully)
      but other than that nothing more has been done about this case. just check Jacob Wetterling case and the depth of families involvement witch finally led to it being resolved. i know every case is different and people are different, but if you lost your child and you do not know to this day what happened to her aren’t you itchy??? AREN’T YOU ITCHY MOTHER????? TELL US THE TRUTH AND RELIEVE YOUR SOUL.

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      • Anon

        And somehow you believe you’re educated enough? Clearly you shouldn’t be telling people they aren’t educated enough to have an opinion. Your opinion is not fact, and you can’t even string it together with proper English. Get off your high horse and get a grip on the attitude. You think way too highly of yourself, princess.

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  27. Katherine's friend from valley view - Jordan

    Was any DNA collected that would verify a potential perpetrator?

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  28. Laura

    Im sorry but Everytime I see this story my finger goes to the singer BJ…….. watching this story and seeing how over involved he was and when he was interviewed he never looked at the camera. Everyone interviewed looked up but not BJ. After seeing this story I couldn’t listen to that man’s music no more. Seeing him back then and seeing him today just gives me chills. Rock and roll legend or not famous people have killed before. #Robertwagner. #Durst. The list goes on. Personally I think the investigators should have looked deeper.

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    • Anonymous

      Yes you are not the first one. Have you seen his last commercial? JBJ sings… ” YOU SEE WE GOT THE POWER TO TURN BACK TIME/THE SHOW YOU MISSED, LETS GO BACK AND FIND/AND LETS GO BACK AND CHOOSE SPICY INSTEAD OF MILD/AND MAYBE RECONSIDER HAVING THAT SECOND CHILD/SEE? THAT’S THE POWER TO TURN BACK TIME” It was one of the most disturbing things i have ever come across. Most people do not know about the connection between him and this case. ALSO i am highly suspicious of the mother. It could be that JBJ and Katherine’s mother had an affair and she saw them somehow. that would explain why they would want to get rid of her. it would have destroy JBJ’s singing career cause lets not forget that Katherine’s father was JBJ’s manager at the time of Katherine’s death.

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      • Lang

        You folks are nuts…Bonjovi was not chasing a middle age, mom of 2 and having an affair with her. Did you see the mother, she was not anywhere near attractive. Bonjovi was busy having hot vixens around. Highly doubt he was sniffing around the frumpy old lady…get a clue.

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  29. joey

    Did they ever updates this

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  30. LUIS FREEH

    SHE GOT PUNCHED IN THE HEAD FIRST SO SHE WENT TO THE NEIGHBOUR’S AND SLIPPED DOWN THE STEPS? “I” TOLD “U” HER MOTHER WAS “PUNISHING HER” THAT’S WHY SHE WALKED HOME LIKE THE OTHER DIBLINGS AND CHRIS STARTED TO CRY AND HER MOTHER “KNEW” SHE’D “TRY TO HIDE AT THE NEIGHBOURS HOME”.

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  31. sami

    THINGS ARE VERY SUSPICIOUS. WHY WOULD HER BROTHER “CRY” AFTER HIS MOTHER ASKED HIM TO CHECK ON KATHERINE OUTSIDE AND HE COULDN’T FIND HER? MOST YOUNG KIDS DO NOT HAVE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS LIKE ADULTS DO. (WHY WOULD HE THINK SOMETHING BAD HAPPENED TO HIS SISTER) THAT MAKES ME THINK THAT THE MOTHER IS ALREADY TRYING TO CONVINCE US THAT SOMETHING HORRIBLE HAD HAPPENED TO KATHERINE. SHE IS CREATING A STORY FOR US TO BELIEVE. ANOTHER THING– SHE SAID THAT SHE FOUND KATHERINE FACE DOWN ON THE PAVEMENT WITH HER HAIR SMOOTHED DOWN, HANDS CLOSE TO HER BODY… LIKE SOMEONE LAYED HER DOWN FOR HER TO BE FOUND. AGAIN SHE IS CREATING A STORY AND TRYING TO CONVINCE US THAT SHE WAS NOT THE ONE WHO HARMED KATHERINE, THAT IT WAS SOMEONE ELSE. ALSO THE MOTHER SAID SHE TOOK A CAR AND HER SON TO GO AND LOOK FOR KATHERINE. WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD SHE BOTHER TO TAKE THE CAR (BRING HER SON WITH HER) TO GO LOOK FOR KATHERINE IF SHE CLEARLY SAID THAT THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE MAILBOX WHERE NOT THAT FAR AWAY. WELL….. SHE TOOK THE CAR AND HER SON WITH HER BECAUSE SHE ALREADY NEW WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO KATHERINE AND THAT SHE WILL BE BRINGING HER TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND SO THAT IS WHY SHE BOTHERED BRINGING HER CAR AND HER SON CAUSE SHE WAS FOLLOWING HER PLAN. SHE SAID THAT BOTH OF HER KIDS HAD WALKED ALONE FROM THE MAILBOXES TO THE HOUSE MULTIPLE TIMES. SO THAN WHY WOULD YOU JUST NOT LEAVE YOUR SON HOME ALONE FOR COUPLE OF MINUTES TO GO AND LOOK FOR KATHERINE YOURSELF?? IF YOU WHERE BRAVE ENOUGH TO ASK YOUR SON TO GO OUT ON THE ROAD ALONE TO LOOK FOR KATHERINE THAN WHY NOT JUST GO AND LOOK FOR KATHERINE YOURSELF AND LEAVE THE KID IN THE HOUSE?? WHY?? WHERE YOU UPSET AT KATHERINE AND YOU WANTED TO PUNISH HER BY LETTING HER OUT OF THE CAR SO SHE CAN WALK HOME THE REST OF THE WAY NOT KNOWING THAT SHE WOULD BE HARMED BY SOMEONE??
    DID YOU ACCIDENTALLY STRUCK HER WITH YOUR CAR?
    THERE IS NO PROOF THAT YOUR SON WAS CRYING, THERE IS NO PROOF THAT SHE WAS NEATLY LAYED OUT ON THE PAVEMENT, THERE IS NO PROOF THAT SHE WANTED TO GET THE MAIL…..
    WHY DID YOU TAMPER WITH HER UNCONSCIOUS BODY?? WHY YOU DIDN’T CALL 911 WHEN YOU FOUND HER?? WHY WAS YOUR EGO MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR DAUGHTERS SAFETY???
    THERE IS NO NEWS ON THIS CASE, THERE IS NO MORE THAN THREE PICTURES OF KATHERINE ANYWHERE, THERE ARE NO VIDEOS ON THIS CASE AT ALL, SHE CANT SOLVE HER OWN CASE CAUSE KATHERINE IS NOT ALIVE, WE ARE….

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    • Abby

      Yes!!! I was thinking the same thing. That mother had not a tear in her eye! I don’t care how you handle things when someone dies but when it’s your daughter and she’s in a interview like it’s rehearsed! I’m also wondering since she said she let the kids walk together if the brother walked with her this time and had did something to her where he knocked her unconscious and he came back crying to his mom like I think I killed her and then thru went and picked her up made up a story and drove her to the hospital! Sick and sad rih babygirl

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  32. Austin

    My mother knew a woman who lived in the neighborhood that Katherine died in at the time. The woman’s theory was that the little girl was trampled by deer crossing the street. There are a lot of deer in that area and Katherine was found with her upper body in the fetal position, as though she was trying to protect herself. If you google “trampled by deer” you can find a lot of youtube videos showing how violent they can be. A little girl walking by herself could have seen the deer and run up to them excitedly, putting them on the defense. My only reservation with this theory is that I feel there would be more bruises on her body, but perhaps it didn’t take much for a girl of her size to be incapacitated in that way.

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  33. Julianna

    I live in the Austin area and in the summer it is extremely hot. Roads and sidewalks here are so hot that walking barefoot on them can cause 1st to 2nd degree burns.According the UM show she was found laying face down on the road, bothers me because according to the ME there were no burns. if she was laying down for as long as the mother says there should of been burns. that makes wonder if the mother knows more then she is saying.just a thought…..

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  34. Claire

    I would closely look at the people living in that street where she lived. I see it as a hit and run, or else some pervert living in the same street who had seen Katherine walk home this way before and took the opportunity to abduct her. I would have taken DNA samples from her clothes, too…..

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  35. Tammy Thomas

    It’s not that I haven’t considered the Mom but I keep thinking that if the mom and the brother were trying to keep their stories strait the police would have tripped them up at some point. It’s easier for me to believe that the mother alone or even the brother alone know something.

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  36. Annonymous

    Any new leads on this case?

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  37. Anonymous

    Am I the only one so skeptical of the mom that I think she could have deliberately hurt Katherine and made up the whole story and now gets away with murder? Would a son not lie to protect his mother or in fear of suffering a similar fate? 6 is too young to let them walk .25 mile alone.

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  38. Sally

    I think when the mom pulled away she accidentally hit the girl who got caught upon the car and was dragged. At the turn the vehicle shifted and the girl fell off the car.

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    • Jeff

      That doesn’t explain her head injury, the coroner said her skull was so severely fractured she had to have been hit in the head several times with an object

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  39. Jmilli

    This case is too bazaar. I hate to blame the parents. Although I suspect her. I would never let my child walk home after we are all in the car getting mail what’s the purpose? I don’t believe that story. She probably was thrown out of her own car could of been a sibling? After she cooled off went to get her no witnesses if how she was placed. Not in minutes time frame. That would explain the no witnesses. She retrieved her before anyone noticed. This way she won’t be charged. Despite the mystery its a very sad traumatic case. Rip .

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  40. Anonymous

    Moms story doesn’t add up

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  41. Roth

    20 year old case this year…….wow

    I’ve often thought that maybe it was a ex client of Paul that had a grudge agaisnt him and wanted to get him back for something that may have happened in the past. Also this happened on Paul’s birthday. Weird and sad.

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  42. Lauren

    Ever since I’ve seen this case on Unsolved Mysteries, it became a REAL unexplained death to me. How could Katherine be found at the different part of the street even though she took the short route back home? Why was her hair and clothes straighten out when her mom found Katherine? These were the questions that left me confused.
    However, after seeing this case again, I’ve been piecing the information about how Katherine could have died: I believe that Katherine MAY have been abducted by someone and took her inside a vehicle. She may have screamed, yelled, or struggled to get out of there, so the abductor pushed or threw Katherine out of the vehicle that fractured her skull. And for some reason, MAYBE to make it not look like a horrible crime scene, the abductor layed Katherine on the street, straighten her hair and clothes so it won’t look so serious. The other information I could not explain.
    This is MY theory of what might have happen to Katherine, so if there are doubts on what I’ve said, that’s ok; I’m just trying to help out.
    I hope Katherine’s family have their case solved.

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  43. Ruthie

    What about the brother? Could he have pushed or tripped her, maybe hit her by accident, then placed her in the road so he wouldn’t get in trouble?? I know he was only 9, but he strikes me as suspicious…..each time I’ve seen this story, it’s the thing that sticks most with me- the BROTHER.

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    • Jeff

      Her brother was with their mother other than when he went to search for her….and the coroner had said her skull fracture was so severe she had to been hit several times with an object

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  44. Jeff

    TO EVERYONE ASKING WHERE THE MAIL WAS….IN THE REENACTMENT SHE HANDED THE MAIL TO HER MOTHER THEN ASKED IF SHE COULD WALK THE REST OF THE WAY HER MOTHER SAID YES THEN DROVE HOME IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION

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  45. Stacyjean

    What a terrible loss! At least the poor little girl didn’t suffer for long.

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    • pizzik

      no no do not say that. talking from emotions is just going to get you in trouble. Katherine had suffered the pain that you and i could never possibly imagine. you never knew her or her short life. therefore you do not know how long or how hard she had suffered. instead of underestimating this case and her pain we should be enhancing it so it can get solved already.

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  46. Johnny

    Real mystery case. I think Mom would have heard or seen Katherine on back of van. She had the broken finger too. Nothing seems to make sense. They traced the scent to the vacant lot area but her body on the opposite side from the mail boxes. It must have been botched kidnapping type abduction. 1 person operation but failed. I think if 2 people were involved they would have secured Katherine in a van or car and left with her out of the area.

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  47. Ariannarose1112

    I have been fascinated by this case ever since I first saw this air on UM. I sporadically follow this case other message boards and by no means am any type of expert, but I feel it necessary to mention a few points that people on here seem to be missing:
    First, she gave the mail to her mom before walking away, so there would be no mail in her hand to be possibly thrown in the road IF a hit and run occurred. However….
    Second, the ME reports that her injuries were consistent with a fall from a moving vehicle, there was no trauma that would indicate she was hit by a vehicle.
    Third, her mother was the only one to report that she was placed nicely in the road and in such a panic how sure an she be? Human memory is not infallible, so I don’t place much validity in that statement.
    While I feel that many of these theories are great and even plausible, the one thing that bothers me most is that she was 6. A 6 year old being allowed to walk alone. I don’t care how safe, and secure the area is, bad things still happen in areas such as these. And plus in the UM video the mom reported her daughter not being back for almost an hour. An hour?!?! One would think she’d be worried long before.
    I feel that in some way she sat on the back or jumped on the back of the vehicle (perhaps something she’s done many times before), snd her mom knew she was there, so she drove slowly. Her body was found by the turn, so this would be the place to fall off and lost her grip since she was injured. When she fell off, her mother knew about it and panicked like anyone would, so she fabricated the story about allowing her to get the mail. I work in a hospital and have seen horrendous head injuries (and yes even death) resulting from minor head trauma. And a skull smack to unforgiving concrete is by no means minor. This is just my opinion and I would love to hear what others think. That’s what makes this case so interesting, yet so frustrating. In the end, I think her mom knew about it and was accidentally involved in some way. The most compelling and objective evidence in this case is the ME findings: her injuries were consistent with that of a fall from a vehicle. Ok, I’m done.Thanks for reading!!

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    • Jeff

      Hi please am not trying to make an argument or say you are wrong but a private investigator noted that Katherine’s thumb was broken and in a splint making it impossible for her to hang on…the investigator also pointed out that it was a very hot day in august and the back of the vehicle would have been extremely hot…all im saying is that seems to disprove that theory…but at the same time I don’t any more than you

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  48. Johnny

    Great Discussion Elliott and Joe. My guess the mother asked her if there was mail in the box or saw the mail in her hand. Otherwise, she would have just hopped back in the van. There has to be a way to solve this case. In the recreation, the way Katherine was just positioned neatly means she couldn’t have been thrown from the vehicle. She had to be placed there which means a possible witness out there. Hope they solve the case.

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  49. Elliott

    I can moreso believe that a child of her age would want to deliver mail over just walking home from the mail boxes. Where did the mail end up? That’s my question. Even after all these years, with no resolution, we don’t see details in minutia, which would be important to include… So I’m thinking she had the mail (maybe not the important things, but maybe so) and whoever went and murdered this sweet innocent girl took the mail?

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  50. Johnny

    I find it strange that Nancy would let Katherine walk home with the mail. 6 is very young even in an excellent neighborhood. It was a hot August day and she could have just picked up the mail and hopped in the van. I know Katherine had done it before. Nancy probably haunted by that decision. When I was young, I walked to the convenience store with my older sister or mother. Sometimes with a few friends. Never alone. They showed the picture of the vacant lot in the Unsolved Mysteries recreation. It looked overgrown with some trees. Would have been a perfect place for a criminal perpetrator to hide and attack. Who knows how long he stayed there. Probably 10 people got their mail but the young girl was the perfect target. It was a small window of time. Don’t know how Katherine’s body was on the other side of the road. A real mystery. But then again…The criminal type could have seen a woman with 2 young children pull up to the mailboxes and attacked at that time. Could have forced her to go home and robbed the place. Seems like this criminal was familiar with the area and the family.

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  51. Johnny

    I was a big fan of the Unsolved Mysteries series in its prime. Remember this show vividly because it was a real mystery. Anybody could have been hiding in that vacant lot. There would be skid marks or broken grill work maybe glass if a car was racing around the complex. It sounds more of a predatory crime. Some man watched the girl a few times getting the mail and decided to act. From the small window of time, it suggests a possible abduction kidnapping gone wrong. She could have known this man. I remember in my old Psyc and CRMJ classes that placing the body in that position shows a sign of guilt and remorse. A real mystery like that Unsolved Mysteries case in Fla who disappeared. Can’t remember her name but was in the Spring Break movie.

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    • umfan

      I think you are talking about Tammy Lynn Leppert. She went missing from Florida back in ’83. She was in that movie Spring Break as well as having a bit part in Scarface. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

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  52. Anonymous

    A hit-and-run would have left skid marks somewhere, if she was hit by another mother which was mentioned as a theory because of the way the child was laid out, she would have slammed on the brakes and tire marks would have been near the body. Possibility of being in the wrong place at the wrong time maybe someone in a parked vehicle, opportunity was there, grabs her quickly, when she was in the vehicle she gave that person a hard time, he or she slammed her head against the window to possibly knock her out to quiet her, if the door wasn’t closed all the way she may have fallen out. If it was sexual I don’t think she would have been placed the way they say. A woman who abducts children for adoptions, sex slavery, or herself may have.

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  53. traci

    Hard to imagine that this mystery hasn’t been solved yet?

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  54. Malinke

    Vers sad story…
    I find it odd that the mother decides to drive the girl to the ER instead of calling 911.

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  55. Malinke

    Very sad story… I find it odd that the mother carry the little girls injuried body into the car and drive her to the emergency room, instead of calling 911. Especially when she’s aware of the risk of moving a injuried person of making it worse. But maybe that is what a mother in panic would do.

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  56. Anonymous

    They can’t say that no on saw or heard anything you would think if she was abducted she would be screaming or calling for help. Someone must of known something. Just doesn’t make sense.

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  57. bob

    Has anyone else thought about some words in this story like: she had a broken finger and having been to the ER before knowing the way very well? Sounds kind of abusive to me.

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  58. Maris

    My theory is that maybe someone who was aware that Katherine’s father was Jon Bon Jovi’s manager planned a kidnapping involving one of the Korzilius kids in order ask for a hefty ransom knowing that possibly JBJ (a multi-millionaire celebrity) would help his manager out with the money. This case is mind-boggling…

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  59. Nonyma

    Wow…Amber Hagerman (who inspired the amber alert) was murdered in Arlington in January of 1996. Then of course there’s Jonbenet-3 young girls mysteriously killed in the same year, does anyone else suppose it could be the same person?

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    • Justin Mays

      Disturbing but its very likely. i personally think a pedophile serial killer murdered all three girls. whoever it may be i don’t know. much like the Zodiac, Jack the Ripper, the black dahlia murder, there’s theories on suspects but none have been solved. JonBenet haunts me cuz i was just 7 myself in 1996. bothers me that the murders of the three children you mentioned still haven’t been solved after 20 years

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  60. Kerry M

    It doesn’t make sense to me that a homicidal maniac would just happen along at precisely that moment and choose to quickly murder a little girl. It makes much more sense that someone hit her, accidentally, checked on her, thought she was dead so arranged her from maybe a very awkward position?, then left. It could be a young person who did not know how to check for vital signs. She may have been crossing the street just as they came along, at too high a speed?

    This is just such a sad and mysterious case.

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    • Luigi

      This is the most intelligent answer I’ve seen yet. I cannot believe some of the wild conclusions others have drawn. For the parents, at this point they need to stop agonizing over how the hammer came down or why. What matters is that she is gone and they need to deal with that and begin healing. Closure is a psycho-babble myth that parents in this situation will tell you gives you temporary relief but it’s the actual loss and not the circumstances around it that ultimately matter. What if a video showed up of her being hit by a deer showed up. Would that make it better?

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  61. GWEN DESMOND

    DO THE FAMILY KNOW SOMEONE NAME JR OR JB OR JOHNNNIE RAY BOSEWELL THIS IS SOMETHING THAT CAME TO ME I DONT NO IF THIS MEAN ANYTHING OR NOT.BUT EVERY SINCE THIS THAT NAME NEVER LEFT MY MINE.

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    • Anonymous

      I recently say the preview with the unsolve crime I don’t know but feel A connection with the name BJ too and not JB they really need to look into this case it has stayed unsolved for too long and the guilty person needs to be caught please the guilty person needs to clear their conscience and come out and I feel that it’s someone connected to the family

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  62. curious commenter

    I suspect she was hit accidentally by someone in the neighborhood, or a worker who may have been an illegal. The person panicked and laid her where she would be easily found. Maybe even another mother in the neighborhood. A person in panic mode doesn’t necessarily think straight. :/

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  63. umfan

    I wondering was Katherine ever examined to see if she had any DNA on her? Maybe if she had been a victim of a possible sexual attack or even she had struggled with her abductor she would have skin cells under her fingernails if she had tried to scratch or claw at them.Very sad case, I have lived in Austin and have lots of family there so this story kinda hits home

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  64. Cowboys

    Yes but she said she wanted to be independent so she probley would have said no

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  65. tweety

    My thoughts on case is maybe if someone in neighborhood who knew the family with a truck, may have offered her a ride and maybe she accidentally fell off. If so, this may be why they placed her so neatly in the road because they felt badly about what happened.

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  66. Caitie

    I don’t buy the theory that she jumped up and grabbed the back of her mom’s car. Especially with a broken finger, it doesn’t make sense. Something else happened to her….and somebody knows something.

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    • Angie

      I am responding to tweety’s comment. That’s exactly what I heard when I watched that documentary all those years ago, about the mystery of her death. Somebody had said, I don’t remember who, I think it may have been Jon Bon Jovi, because he was doing some of the talking on the show, that he believed, or somebody believed, that the little girl was picked up by someone that she knew, either a family friend, or possibly a neighbor, and that she had somehow fallen out of the back of the vehicle, and the person felt bad, because it was an accident, and they neatly, gently laid her on the road where she could be found. I don’t remember if there was any sexual trauma found on her, I don’t think so. But I do remember that Jon Bon Jovi had composed a special song for the little girl, in her memory, and I remember how uncomfortable he looked as he sang it. I guess he was too upset to cry.

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    • Angie

      I am adding a comment to the one I made earlier. Upon reading more about Katherine’s death, I just came up with a last minute thought or idea that may or may not be any kind of consulation. I am totally in complete respect, and understanding, about this dear little girl’s parents wanting to solve this mystery, and to know what happened to her. But if this was not an accident, then the guilty person is not confessing, and maybe it might be better if they didn’t know exactly what happened, because the truth might be too horrible to have imagined, maybe the details about her death are too overwhelmingly awful, worse than they could have handled, and maybe it’s a good thing they don’t have that image in their minds. I know that I myself would not want to know all the gory details, if something like this had happened to my daughter, who’s 18. I just know I couldn’t handle it. It would torment me, and eat at me, if I had those images in my head, for the rest of my life. But if they ever caught the guilty person, or persons responsible, then the detectives would eventually find out all the details, via the questioning and interrogation. It’s a terrible thing no matter how you look at it. I’m glad that there has been so much effort and support, from her parents friends and neighbors, and even from Jon Bon Jovi.

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  67. Rebecca

    Who could have driven up and took her? Was it someone she knew from Elder circle, maybe the hired help or a stranger? It seems the individual or individuals knew the area vey well, she was on the other side of Elder circle when they found her, the individual or individuals committed this crime without been seen or caught and left the area. Very strange. Someone knows something they’re just not talking. So sad for that child and her family.

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  68. jms

    This has bothered me for years since i was a young girl watching the tv show with my family.
    I remember the play out of everything.
    Still bothers me to this day what happened.
    I hope her family gets closure one day.

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  69. Motomom

    Ann I see you used the word “They”! How do you know it was more then one person?

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  70. franky

    This murder is really but really weird and theres something weird and fishy about this because first of all she gets murdered in 1996 at the age of 6 in august 7 and later theres the murder of jonbennet ramsey in december of 1996 and she was also 6 years old and her birthday was on august 6 the day before katherines murder so i know this 2 murders are related.

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    • johnny depp fan

      Thanks for pointing this important information out, as I was not aware that Katherine and JonBenet were both the same age at the time of their deaths.

      And I certainly was not aware that they were both murdered the very same year.

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    • MJ

      You don’t know that they’re related. You’re basing this assumption on them dying in the same year, being the same age when they died, and Katherine dying the day after JonBenet’s birthday. If they’re related, then what is the connection? Why is it significant that Katherine died the day after JonBenet turned six? Why not kill her on JonBenet’s birthday if the date is significant? Really, there are a lot more differences here than similarities, and it seems to me that instead of looking at the two cases separately and seeing similarities, you’ve looked at the cases as related and tried to make this fit by grabbing at tenuous straws such as two girls – who seem to have been otherwise unrelated – dying in the same year, who happened to be the same age.

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  71. Mel

    The best theory I found so far was that she was running from a abductor, ran into the empty lot (where the hounds found her scent) where she was subdued and taken to a vehicle. In the vehicle she suffered the head wounds and either jumped or was pushed out of the car, beeing that she really was making too much of a fuss.

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  72. Ann

    “They” could have prevented her from screaming, physically or with a verbal threat. She could have also accepted a lift from someone she knew – then realized she was in danger. When you look at Elder Circle on Google Maps, the blocks are fairly large with the houses set back from the street. If there was a vacant block in 1996,that could mean that the area was still being developed and maybe not all of the houses were occupied. It was a Wednesday, so most people would have been either coming home from work or still working. It was also a hot day, so if people were at home they would have been inside keeping cool instead of hanging around outside. Unfortunately it doesn’t take much for a opportunist to take advantage of an unguarded moment.That’s why they’re opportunists. Even at 20 mph you can still crack your head on the pavement and sustain a fatal head injury or an injury that can result in you not been able to breathe properly and as a result have the oxygen supply to the brain cut off resulting in brain death.

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  73. Steven

    Im supprised at the lack of evidence and eye-witnesses, was there really no one around when this happend, if she was abducted she would of screamed and someone would of heard it, this is a residential area, someone should of been there.

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    • Aaron

      I was thinking the same thing. My mental image is of a residential street with houses next to each other. But if you look above in the “map” of Elder circle, it only shows their house and the vacant lot. Maybe they just didn’t include them because it was pointless, or maybe there were no other houses around them. After all, they seemed well off financially. I wish this post was more detailed. Many things just don’t seem to click. Like driving down a residential street, what were they going 5-10mph? How could anyone die from falling off of or out of a car going at that speed? Even if they were going 20 mph, it’s still hard to swallow.
      And if it was a hit and run, why wasn’t that car seen by anyone at all, considering it was “exceptionally quiet” that day? AND the fact that this all happened within a ten minute time frame. Minus the minute or 2 it took them from the time she dropped the girl off to when they pulled into their driveway, and the minute or 2 it took her to get in the car and drive over to find her. That leaves a 5 to 7 minute window for someone to see this poor girl, decide to kill her, and take off. I don’t know what everyone else thinks about this, but to me it just seems like something is way off. It just doesn’t make much sense.

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    • Rose

      I have been doing research about the whole thing for a week now

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    • boiii

      wtf

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