Pedophile Gary Oliva confesses to killing JonBenét Ramsey by accident
A longtime suspect in the murder of JonBenét Ramsey has finally admitted he killed the then six-year old beauty pageant queen, DailyMailTV can exclusively reveal.
Gary Oliva, 54, a convicted pedophile who is currently serving a 10-year sentence in a Colorado prison for child pornography, has admitted in letters obtained by DailyMailTV he killed her by accident.
Oliva, who was once jailed for trying to strangle his mother, wrote: '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 another letter, Oliva wrote, 'JonBenét completely changed me and removed all evil from me. Just one look at her beautiful face, her glowing beautiful skin, and her divine God-body, I realized I was wrong to kill other kids. Yet by accident she died and it was my fault.'
The letters were sent to music publicist Michael Vail, a former high school classmate of Oliva's.
Vail has suspected Oliva's involvement in JonBenét's murder for 22 years but told DailyMailTV he thinks Oliva's written confession is the proof needed to finally get Oliva charged with the crime.
The incriminating letters from Oliva have now been presented to Boulder police.
Police spokesperson Laurie Ogden told DailyMailTV, '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.'
Nobody has been charged with JonBenét's death since the six-year-old's lifeless body was discovered by her father John Ramsey in the basement of the family home in Boulder, Colorado on December 26, 1996.
Detectives believe she was murdered the night before, on Christmas Day, through either a blow to the head or strangulation with a garotte.
Oliva does not explain in the letters why he was at the Ramsey home that night but investigations have shown he was using an address just ten blocks away at the time JonBenét was murdered.
Sexual predator Oliva wrote the letters to Vail from his cell in Limon Correctional Facility, Colorado after being arrested in 2016 for possessing child pornography on his phone.
DailyMailTV has obtained a redacted police report for his 2016 arrest which shows Oliva also had hundreds of photos of JonBenét on his phone when it was seized.
He is currently due for parole in October 2020.
In an interview with DailyMailTV, 55-year-old Michael Vail said: "My suspicions began when Gary called me late at night on December 26, 1996. He was sobbing and said, 'I hurt a little girl.'
Speaking from his home in Ventura, California, Vail said, '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.
'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 death of the beauty queen shocked the nation and Boulder police received heavy criticism for never bringing her murderer to justice. She would now be 28.
Vail explained he has continued to stay in touch with Oliva since then in the hope Oliva would admit to being involved in JonBenét's death.
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.
'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."
Retired Colorado Springs homicide detective Lou Smit, who had been hired by Boulder District Attorney's Office to help the JonBenét investigation, told CBS program '48 Hours Investigates' in October 2002 that Oliva was a suspect.