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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Ventus Publishing, llc (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984763201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984763207
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At 0552 hours on the morning of December 26, 1996, a hysterical Patsy Ramsey called 911 to proclaim that her 6-year-old daughter had been kidnapped from her home. A ransom note had been left by a "foreign faction" who stated that they didn't care for the way her husband did business and demanded $118,000.00 for the safe return of their daughter. The brutalized body of JonBenet Ramsey would eventually be found concealed in the basement of her home by her father later that day.
The investigation into JonBenet's kidnap and murder endured 15 years of missteps, resignations, scandal, false accusations, arrests, and the controversial exoneration of her family for any involvement they may have played in the cover-up of her death.
Intruder theorists have continued to dominate the public perception of the crime since day one, but that is about to change. Breaking six years of silence, James Kolar now comes forward to share startling new discoveries made during his lead role in the inquiry.
Foreign Faction provides an overview of the historical track of the investigation, and the prevailing theory of the involvement of a lone-intruder / sexual predator is disassembled once piece at a time. It includes a critical analysis of the physical evidence, family - witness statements, behavioral clues, and the "Touch" DNA evidence that calls into question whether one single perpetrator could have been responsible for this crime.
The journey of these investigative discoveries will leave you spellbound and crying out  for justice long before you turn the last page... 

From the Back Cover

"So you think you know the JonBenet Ramsey case?  Think again. Partner with front-line investigator James Kolar, and walk through the crime scene. Discover evidence and facts previously unknown and hang on as this unpredictable, stomach churning investigation, unfolds kaleidoscopically. This masterfully told, gripping saga is a hell of a ride, and a must read for true crime aficionados and anyone else who thinks that they know this case."
- Gregg McCrary, FBI Profiler (retired)
"What happens when you're brought on board to investigate a sensational crime that powerful interests have determined will never be solved? James Kolar's report from two years in the catbird seat on the investigation into the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey is a sobering look at what kind of "justice" money will buy."
- Marta Tarbell, Watch Newspapers 

Customer Reviews

After reading you will absolutely know exactly what happened to Jonbenet.
Chris D.
This was a very interesting read (I finished the book in two days) and I would highly recommend to any true crime fans.
Mr. Kolar has done an amazing job at putting the details together in this book.

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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Cheri T. Seeton on August 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Run -- don't walk -- to your nearest bookstore or library and check out Foreign Faction: Who Really Killed JonBenet? It's written by A. James Kolar who was one of the lead investigators in the case. (Kolar was brought into the case later on and is the guy who pointed out the pink elephant in the room that every one else wanted to ignore.)

Kolar said he couldn't sleep at night knowing what he knows; he had to put the truth down on paper. He felt the public (especially the people of Boulder) deserved it. Think you know everything about the case? NOT. Supported by cold, hard evidence, he points directly to the killer -- someone the public and investigators spent very little time exploring. He explains the cover-up and why it was covered up and by whom.

The book is damning but rings true -- word for word -- through 500 pages. No one will ever be prosecuted, but this case, I believe, can now be laid to rest. I was up until the wee hours of the morning finishing this book. On the one hand, I couldn't put the book down. On the other hand, I had to lay the book down to gather my wits. My heart was racing.

James Kolar has put everything on the line to write this book -- his life, his livelihood, his reputation, his finances, his all. It took almost all of his retirement savings to put this book out. He stands firm in his beliefs -- backed up by cold, hard evidence -- and is ready to face the repercussions, whatever they may be -- lawsuits and a firing squad by the Ramsey defense team--and says he will not buckle or settle but will hold his ground. He blows the lid right off this case. The only thing that Mr. Kolar wants out of this is to recoup his retirement funds. The rest will go to Missing and Exploited Children.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Hoover on October 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Jim Kolar has written a very compelling book about the JonBenet Ramsey murder. The Boulder Police Department's original response to this investigation was amateurish at best, but more likely incompetent and lacking in professional ethics. While Kolar was not one of the original investigators, he had access to the case files and plenty of time to work it as a cold case. His writing style is entertaining as this book reads like a novel, but is factual and analytical. Other than Tom Wickman (who rescued the case from the original incompetents), Kolar is one of the most knowledgable people who has gone public. Even some of the original investigators have not taken the time to look at this case in the way Kolar did. It should be noted that Kolar is more interesting and truthful about this murder than any of the television pundits who decided that because they worked for some East Coast police department twenty years ago, that they should be considered experts!

I now use this book in one of my college criminal justice classes so that students can see the good and bad elements of a criminal investigation. FULL DISCLOSURE: I know Jim Kolar and Tom Wickman personally and worked with both of them (prior to the JonBenet murder). They are two of the best cops I have served with.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Robinson on July 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
James Kolar organizes the evidence in this case to lead the reader to a conclusion. The evidence is real and the conclusion becomes obvious when presented to the reader.
I followed this case for many years and had actually come to the same conclusion as Kolar. But to see the actual facts laid out so that the trail can easily be followed makes this book exceptional.

For years there's been so much speculation and misinformation regarding the actual facts of this case. The Ramsey media team fed the world so much partial information and half-truths that many people never knew what to think. (Very similar to politicians.) The media would latch on to any tidbit to boost ratings and so much of what was printed was misleading.

James Kolar lays out the evidence piece by piece in his book and it's hard to refute where that evidence leads.

Most people think that the DNA evidence legally exonerated the Ramsey family, that fallacy continues in the media to this day. The case remains open as a cold case with the Boulder Police Department.

For those of you who've followed the case you will find some new evidence in this book. For those of you who haven't followed the case closely but just want to know the truth - you'll be astonished.

This case will never be prosecuted. But it was high time that an official, with access to all the evidence, had the courage to come forward and speak the truth.

Thanks Mr. Kolar.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Marilynfan on August 29, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
James Kolar has the courage to stand up and say what everyone knows: that the Ramsey family are involved in the death of Jonbenet, for whom justice has been elusive all these years. In a spellbinding book, what emerges is the story of a wealthy, successful family who enjoyed every material privilege, but a peek behind those expensive curtains reveals all the disfunction money can buy. Jonbenet is not the only victim of this tragedy, many innocent people have had their lives overturned by suspicion and accusation aimed at directing blame away from the family. This is a tale of the lenghths to which the Ramsey's were prepared to go to close ranks and protect themselves, but it's also one of unbridled arrogance, exposing the degree to which money and connections always win in the end.
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