Stone Mountain, GA – John Mark Karr “is a pedophile, not a murderer,” said George McCrary, explaining to us that he’s known the suspect since he was a baby.
The gray-bearded 76-year-old says Karr’s father, Wexford, had instructed him to hold off on granting any more on-camera interviews. But off-camera, McCrary is passionate about wanting to clarify Karr to the public.
I met McCrary in the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain, where he is attempting to restore a modest, working class home for re-sale. It was as a builder that McCrary met Karr's father in the 1960s. He said the two still work together on community service projects through a grassroots organization they call “Senior Citizens Project Group of Georgia.”
McCrary took a seat on a dusty chair between an old refrigerator and a table stacked with vintage Life magazines and other memorabilia. He spoke with me in detail – frequently shifting back and forth between the subjects of Karr’s arrest and his own building projects.
McCrary described Karr as a “genius,” saying he had fabricated his confession to the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey simply to get out of jail in Thailand and return to the United States.
He insists Karr had nothing to do with the murder, but had intimate knowledge of the details of the case because of research he had been conducting for a book on pedophiles — a book, McCrary says, Karr still intends to write.
McCrary then explained how Karr’s mother attempted to set fire to her son when he was a toddler. Patricia Elaine Adcock, he said, had become delusional and thought her son was possessed by demons. She thought the only way to rid her son of these demons would be by fire.
According to him, Karr’s older brother Michael rescued Karr before his mother could set fire to the kindling surrounding him. The family had the woman committed to a psychiatric hospital immediately following the incident. She died a number of years ago.
McCrary also offered his own speculation into Karr’s reported plans to have a sex change. He said after everything Karr has been through in his life, he may have seen the operation as an opportunity for a fresh start.
McCrary’s mobile phone rang twice during our interview. He explained it was a producer from another network that had videotaped an interview prior to the family’s insistence he stop appearing on TV. McCrary said the producer had called to remind him of an exclusivity agreement they had made and wanted to make sure he wasn’t granting on-camera interviews to anyone else.
Jonathan Serrie is an Atlanta-based correspondent for FOX News Channel.
Jonathan Serrie joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in April 1999 and currently serves as a correspondent based in the Atlanta bureau.