So why now? Why, almost 17 years after JonBenet Ramsey's death and 14 years since a grand jury voted to indict her parents, are sealed documents from that grand jury now being made public?
Well, the short answer is this: Before the beginning of this year, few people even knew John and Patsy Ramsey were indicted.
In January, reporter Charlie Brennan of the Boulder, Colorado, newspaper Daily Camera was informed by members of the grand jury that they voted to indict JonBenet's parents back in 1999.
At that time, District Attorney Alex Hunter decided not to bring charges despite the grand jury's secret vote, because he didn't feel there was sufficient evidence on which to build a case against the Ramseys.
Friday's release of that 1999 grand jury indictment is the end result of a successful lawsuit that Brennan and the journalist organization Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed on September 18 to have the 18-page document unsealed.
Judge J. Robert Lowenbach said that Colorado law requires all official actions taken by a grand jury to be released to the public.
That helps explain the next big question behind Friday's release: Why then were only four of the 18 pages of the indictment unsealed?
It goes back to that "official" actions caveat.
For something to do be considered official, it needs to be signed by the jury foreperson. In the Ramsey case, there were four pages that met the criteria. Those documents revealed the grand jury voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey on what was essentially a child abuse charge; that they felt the 6-year-old's parents contributed to a situation which resulted in her death and were accessories to the crime.
The actual testimony and evidence presented to the grand jury was not included as an "official action" and remains a mystery to the public.
The Ramseys were exonerated in 2008, when DNA tests failed to match evidence from the crime scene to any family members. The Boulder County District Attorney Office wrote a letter apologizing to the family.
John Ramsey opposed Friday's limited release of the indictment, asking the judge instead to make public the entire file, including the evidence presented. But Lowenbach denied that request.
While grand jury proceedings are conducted in private, there have been several other high-profile cases where their once-sealed findings were released to the public. The sexual abuse investigation of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky and testimony heard in the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping case are two recent examples.
JonBenet Ramsey was reported missing by her parents the day after Christmas in 1996. Her mother, Patsy, found a ransom note in the family's Boulder, Colorado home demanding $118,000 for the 6-year-old's return.
The child's beaten and strangled body was discovered later that day in the Ramsey's basement. Nobody has ever been charged with killing JonBenet and her death is considered a cold case.