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JonBenet suspect to return to U.S. on Sunday

Police examine Karr's high school yearbook for clues

Karr's confession is not the end of the JonBenet Ramsey case, authorities caution.





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JonBenet Ramsey
John Mark Karr

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- John Mark Karr, the notorious suspect in the 1996 death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, is set to fly to Los Angeles and arrive Sunday evening, a Thai Airways official said.

Thailand's head of immigration, Lt. Gen. Suwat Tumrongsiskul, did not say how many U.S. officials would accompany him during the flight.

The investigation on Friday was focusing on Karr's writings, including a 1982 high-school yearbook inscription he made for a friend.

Karr on Thursday said he was involved in the death of the child beauty pageant winner. However, questions have since been raised about some of his statements.

The yearbook entry ends with Karr saying in capital block letters, "Though, deep in the future, maybe I shall be the conquerer [sic] and live in multiple peace." (Watch details emerge of Karr's background -- 3:30)

The ransom note found in the Ramsey home had demanded money for JonBenet's return and had ended with the word "Victory!" and was signed "S.B.T.C." Authorities want to know whether those letters might stand for "shall be the conquerer" and whether they could have been written by the same person.

John Hargett, who once ran the documents section of the U.S. Secret Service, told CNN the letters represent "a very interesting coincidence." But he said he saw no similarity between the handwriting used in the ransom note and that in the yearbook.

However, the handwriting in the yearbook -- with flourish, in an artistic style -- also was not likely Karr's normal writing style at the time, Hargett added. (Watch how he analyzes the handwriting -- 2:00 )

A U.S. warrant calls for Karr's arrest on suspicion of first-degree murder, kidnapping and child sexual assault.

Murder scene secrets

Under questioning by U.S. authorities in Bangkok, Karr has provided gruesome details about the condition of Ramsey's body -- information that had been kept secret for nearly a decade, a U.S. law enforcement source told CNN on Friday. (Watch what this revelation means for the investigation -- 2:17)

The details were known only to the medical examiner and investigators looking in to the slaying of Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado, on December 26, 1996, the law enforcement official said. (Read about the crime scene)

Despite his remarks, Karr's ex-wife and family members insist he was not involved in Ramsey's death.

Some observers have speculated that the 41-year-old may have falsely confessed -- either intentionally out of a desire to link himself to such a high-profile case or because he is delusional. (Watch theories surrounding why Karr confessed -- 2:13)

Polly Klaas connection?

After reports began circulating that Karr was in contact with Richard Allen Davis, the killer of the child Polly Klaas, a search of Davis' personal effects yielded no evidence of that, said Vernon Crittendon, a spokesman at California's San Quentin prison.

"We now are convinced that we have no evidence that shows that there's any correspondence taking place between Richard Allen Davis and John Karr," Crittendon said.

In addition, phone and visiting records were also reviewed. Davis told investigators he had no contact with Karr, he said.

The 12-year-old Klaas lived in Petaluma, California, when she was killed in 1993. And Karr, who lived there with his wife in 2000 and 2001, was fascinated by the girl's case as well as Ramsey's and had researched both crimes, according to Karr's ex-wife Lara.

Karr was arrested in Petaluma on charges of possessing child pornography.

Karr e-mailed Ramseys

In late May, investigators from the Boulder district attorney's office approached the Ramseys with information that one or more e-mails had been intercepted expressing a desire to meet with them, according to their family attorney Lin Wood.

Authorities said they were tracking an individual but did not mention his name, Wood said. Wood said he believed the e-mailer was Karr.

The Ramseys had told investigators they were willing to meet with the person if doing so would assist the investigation.

However, the meeting never took place, Wood said. Patsy Ramsey, JonBenet's mother, died of ovarian cancer in June.

Karr, however, said he had contacted Patsy Ramsey, The Associated Press reported. (Watch Karr describe contacting the Ramseys -- :44)

"I conveyed to her many things, among them that I am so very sorry for what happened to JonBenet. And it's very important ... for me that everyone knows that I love [JonBenet] very much and that her death was unintentional and it was an accident," he said, according to AP.

The e-mails never made it past investigators, Wood said. He added that he did not know how investigators re-routed correspondence, and he does not know whether a third party had shown Karr's e-mails to Patsy Ramsey.

JonBenet's father, John Ramsey, has received several e-mail confessions over the years, Wood said.

The Rocky Mountain News published excerpts on its Web site Friday of what investigators say they believe are e-mails between Karr and Michael Tracey, a journalism professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. (Read paper's account of toy bear e-mailexternal link)

One read: "JonBenet, my love, my life. I love you and shall forever love you. I pray that you can hear my voice calling out to you from my darkness. ..."

CNN's Susan Candiotti, Ed Lavandera, Stan Grant, Rusty Dornin, Mike Phelan, and Brian Todd contributed to this report.

Copyright 2006 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.

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