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  BORG - evidence of bias
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-22-2019, 02:27 PM - Forum: BORG theories and BORG people of note - No Replies

Boulder police, in the first days of the JonBenét Ramsey murder investigation, sought to arrest the 6-year-old's mother on the assumption she would "crack" under the pressure, a new book on the unsolved slaying reveals.
"All the detectives agreed that one major mistake had been made in the first week . . . Patsy (Ramsey) had not been arrested," author Lawrence Schiller wrote.
"The detectives were sure that if only Hunter had agreed to jail Patsy — even for a short time — she would have caved in."
Schiller's "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder" will be released Thursday, although portions of the book have been excerpted and leaked to the media.   Feb 17, 1999 news story

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  intruder evidence in news stories
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-22-2019, 02:13 PM - Forum: odds and ends - Replies (1)

Police also have long sought the match to a still-unidentified palm print found somewhere in the house. More significant yet is the imprint of a Hi-Tec boot found in the same room where JonBenét's body was found.
And despite the Ramseys' initial report to police that all their doors and windows had been locked Christmas night, subsequent investigation revealed one unlocked door and a half-dozen unlatched windows.
For these reasons and because of his own faith in his neighbors, Joe Barnhill is firm in his opinion of the Ramseys.
"I've never thought the parents did it and I still can't believe they did," Barnhill said.
 12/26/1998 news story in BDR

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  in the news
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-22-2019, 12:12 PM - Forum: The House at 755 15th Street, Boulder, CO - No Replies

Officials tour Ramsey home
In preparation for today's presentation on the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation, Boulder police, prosecutors and criminal experts Sunday toured the former 15th Street home of John and Patsy Ramsey.
Six-year-old JonBenet was found murdered in the basement of the 755 15th St. home Dec. 26, 1996. Her parents have remained under an umbrella of suspicion and police plan to make a presentation today of the evidence gathered so far to the Boulder County District Attorney's Office.
Those touring the home Sunday included criminologist Henry Lee, former O.J. Simpson defense attorney Barry Scheck, Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter and Boulder police.
The intent of the tour was to provide officials with a good frame of reference of the home for the presentation, said Hunter spokeswoman Suzzanne Laurion.
The tour was approved by the new owners of the home, Laurion said.
The home is now owned by a group of individuals assisting the Ramseys.
-- Camera staff
June 1, 1998

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  Governor Roy Romer
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-21-2019, 07:31 PM - Forum: Names to remember - Replies (4)

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Articles from the Daily Camera


Romer rejects friends' request to replace Hunter
Whites write letter attacking D.A.'s actions in Ramsey case
Friday, January 16, 1998
Correction: Clarification published 1/17/98 follows: When Boulder Police Detective Linda Arndt arrived at the Ramsey home about 8 a.m. Dec. 26, 1996, several Ramsey family friends were at the scene. However, search warrants do not indicate that anyone but the Ramseys were home when police first arrived at 5:52 a.m. That point was incorrect in a story Friday.
The family friend who was with John Ramsey when he discovered the bludgeoned body of his 6-year-old daughter JonBenet is publicly calling on Gov. Roy Romer to remove Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter from the murder investigation.
Romer rejected the request.
In a 2,000-word letter in today's Daily Camera, oil magnate Fleet White Jr. and his wife, Priscilla, write that Hunter's actions over the past year have "created the strong appearance of impropriety, professional incompetence and a lack of objectivity."
After reading the Whites' letter, which also accuses the district attorney of sharing evidence with attorneys not involved in the police investigation, Hunter said he understood the couple's frustration.
"We have known for some time of Mr. and Mrs. White's concerns," Hunter said. "Unfortunately, because of Mr. and Mrs. White's status as witnesses in the case, we are unable to share with them information and insights that might provide them with the reassurance they seek."
In December, the Whites met with Romer to ask the governor to remove Hunter and appoint an independent prosecutor to the case. In a letter to the couple earlier this week, Romer said he wouldn't pull Hunter.
In a statement released Thursday, Romer said he investigated the Whites' request: "Among the advice I received was from the Boulder police chief, who said that this action was not needed and would not be helpful, because the investigation was proceeding and had not yet been turned over to the district attorney."
"This advice, other information and the fact that the case has not yet been referred to the district attorney have led me to the firm conclusion that it is not proper to intervene at this time."
The Whites also visited Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton last week, but were informed that Norton has no jurisdiction over the matter, Chief Deputy Attorney General Marti Allbright said Thursday. The attorney general announced in June she wouldn't prosecute the Ramsey case, as suggested by some.
In Colorado, the governor has statutory authority to appoint a special prosecutor to a case if a district attorney has refused to file charges. Romer has done this only once.
In the Ramsey case, though, "We have not seen any kind of refusal from the Boulder DA's office," Norton said Thursday. "They've not said, 'We're not going to prosecute.' They've essentially said it's still under investigation."
The Whites, close friends of the Ramseys, had invited the family to a Christmas dinner at their home the night of Dec. 25, 1996. The next morning, when Patsy Ramsey found a ransom note and discovered her 6-year-old daughter was missing, the Ramseys summoned their friends.
When police arrived at 5:52 a.m. Dec. 26, the Whites, along with friends John and Barbara Fernie and the Rev. Rol Hoverstock, were already at the Ramseys' 15th Street home.
At 1:05 p.m., after waiting hours to be contacted by kidnappers, Boulder Detective Linda Arndt asked John Ramsey to search the 15-room Tudor home.
"John Ramsey immediately went to the basement of the house, followed by Fleet White and John Fernie," Arndt reported. "Within a few minutes, Fleet came running upstairs, grabbed the telephone in the back office located on the first floor, and yelled for someone to call for an ambulance."
Since that time, the Whites have said little to the press. In April, Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby announced they had been ruled out as suspects in the murder, but were considered key witnesses.
When contacted Thursday, Fleet White said he had nothing to add to his letter.
Ramsey family spokespersons and attorneys did not return calls Thursday.
While Hunter once identified the Ramseys as the focus of the investigation, his office also has been eager to pursue other leads in the case. The police department has concentrated more on JonBenet's parents. In early December, Cmdr. Mark Beckner, who took over the reins of the investigation in October, said JonBenet's parents remained "under an umbrella of suspicion."
In their letter, the Whites express confidence in the police department's handling of the investigation, taking issue only with the district attorney's office.
Among the Whites' complaints against Hunter are "various relationships between the Boulder County District Attorney and members of the Boulder and Denver legal communities that may have impaired the objectivity" of the district attorney.
The couple also cites Hunter's reputation for not aggressively pursuing homicide cases as a factor in their decision to ask Romer to intervene.
Koby said Thursday that rumors of an irreparable rift between his department and the prosecutor's office, which the Whites bring up in their letter, are not accurate.
"The Boulder District Attorney has not done anything but try and be supportive of the investigation," Koby said. "Whether people agree with that is another issue."
Removing Hunter from the case, Koby said, would be "very much inappropriate" because, as Romer points out, the district attorney has not refused to prosecute anybody.
University of Colorado law professor Christopher Mueller said the Whites' letter puts Hunter in a difficult position. While the district attorney would no doubt like to defend his actions, Mueller said, he must be careful not to alienate the Whites, who likely would be witnesses in any eventual prosecution.
"It seems to be if he were to get at loggerheads with the Whites by criticizing them it would make his future task more difficult than it already is," Mueller said. "So making no comment is a prudent thing for Alex Hunter to do."
Although it appears clear the governor can't, at this time, remove Hunter from the Ramsey case, opinion over whether that's a prudent move is split.
Lee Hill, a former Boulder City Council candidate and San Diego prosecutor, said he supports the appointment of a special prosecutor solely on the appearance of impropriety. Some of Hunter's prosecutors have or have had social or legal relationships with attorneys close to the Ramseys.
But Dan Vigil, a CU professor of legal ethics, disagreed.
"It would be unethical for (Hunter) to file a case if he doesn't have probable cause," Vigil said.
Furthermore, the relationship between Hunter and other attorneys brought up in the Whites' letter is inconsequential because "in a legal community this size, people are going to interact," Vigil said.

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  whites v Hunter
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-21-2019, 07:28 PM - Forum: Fleet and Priscilla White - Replies (1)

1/16/1998 news article

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Articles from the Daily Camera


Romer rejects friends' request to replace Hunter
Whites write letter attacking D.A.'s actions in Ramsey case
Friday, January 16, 1998
Correction: Clarification published 1/17/98 follows: When Boulder Police Detective Linda Arndt arrived at the Ramsey home about 8 a.m. Dec. 26, 1996, several Ramsey family friends were at the scene. However, search warrants do not indicate that anyone but the Ramseys were home when police first arrived at 5:52 a.m. That point was incorrect in a story Friday.
The family friend who was with John Ramsey when he discovered the bludgeoned body of his 6-year-old daughter JonBenet is publicly calling on Gov. Roy Romer to remove Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter from the murder investigation.
Romer rejected the request.
In a 2,000-word letter in today's Daily Camera, oil magnate Fleet White Jr. and his wife, Priscilla, write that Hunter's actions over the past year have "created the strong appearance of impropriety, professional incompetence and a lack of objectivity."
After reading the Whites' letter, which also accuses the district attorney of sharing evidence with attorneys not involved in the police investigation, Hunter said he understood the couple's frustration.
"We have known for some time of Mr. and Mrs. White's concerns," Hunter said. "Unfortunately, because of Mr. and Mrs. White's status as witnesses in the case, we are unable to share with them information and insights that might provide them with the reassurance they seek."
In December, the Whites met with Romer to ask the governor to remove Hunter and appoint an independent prosecutor to the case. In a letter to the couple earlier this week, Romer said he wouldn't pull Hunter.
In a statement released Thursday, Romer said he investigated the Whites' request: "Among the advice I received was from the Boulder police chief, who said that this action was not needed and would not be helpful, because the investigation was proceeding and had not yet been turned over to the district attorney."
"This advice, other information and the fact that the case has not yet been referred to the district attorney have led me to the firm conclusion that it is not proper to intervene at this time."
The Whites also visited Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton last week, but were informed that Norton has no jurisdiction over the matter, Chief Deputy Attorney General Marti Allbright said Thursday. The attorney general announced in June she wouldn't prosecute the Ramsey case, as suggested by some.
In Colorado, the governor has statutory authority to appoint a special prosecutor to a case if a district attorney has refused to file charges. Romer has done this only once.
In the Ramsey case, though, "We have not seen any kind of refusal from the Boulder DA's office," Norton said Thursday. "They've not said, 'We're not going to prosecute.' They've essentially said it's still under investigation."
The Whites, close friends of the Ramseys, had invited the family to a Christmas dinner at their home the night of Dec. 25, 1996. The next morning, when Patsy Ramsey found a ransom note and discovered her 6-year-old daughter was missing, the Ramseys summoned their friends.
When police arrived at 5:52 a.m. Dec. 26, the Whites, along with friends John and Barbara Fernie and the Rev. Rol Hoverstock, were already at the Ramseys' 15th Street home.
At 1:05 p.m., after waiting hours to be contacted by kidnappers, Boulder Detective Linda Arndt asked John Ramsey to search the 15-room Tudor home.
"John Ramsey immediately went to the basement of the house, followed by Fleet White and John Fernie," Arndt reported. "Within a few minutes, Fleet came running upstairs, grabbed the telephone in the back office located on the first floor, and yelled for someone to call for an ambulance."
Since that time, the Whites have said little to the press. In April, Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby announced they had been ruled out as suspects in the murder, but were considered key witnesses.
When contacted Thursday, Fleet White said he had nothing to add to his letter.
Ramsey family spokespersons and attorneys did not return calls Thursday.
While Hunter once identified the Ramseys as the focus of the investigation, his office also has been eager to pursue other leads in the case. The police department has concentrated more on JonBenet's parents. In early December, Cmdr. Mark Beckner, who took over the reins of the investigation in October, said JonBenet's parents remained "under an umbrella of suspicion."
In their letter, the Whites express confidence in the police department's handling of the investigation, taking issue only with the district attorney's office.
Among the Whites' complaints against Hunter are "various relationships between the Boulder County District Attorney and members of the Boulder and Denver legal communities that may have impaired the objectivity" of the district attorney.
The couple also cites Hunter's reputation for not aggressively pursuing homicide cases as a factor in their decision to ask Romer to intervene.
Koby said Thursday that rumors of an irreparable rift between his department and the prosecutor's office, which the Whites bring up in their letter, are not accurate.
"The Boulder District Attorney has not done anything but try and be supportive of the investigation," Koby said. "Whether people agree with that is another issue."
Removing Hunter from the case, Koby said, would be "very much inappropriate" because, as Romer points out, the district attorney has not refused to prosecute anybody.
University of Colorado law professor Christopher Mueller said the Whites' letter puts Hunter in a difficult position. While the district attorney would no doubt like to defend his actions, Mueller said, he must be careful not to alienate the Whites, who likely would be witnesses in any eventual prosecution.
"It seems to be if he were to get at loggerheads with the Whites by criticizing them it would make his future task more difficult than it already is," Mueller said. "So making no comment is a prudent thing for Alex Hunter to do."
Although it appears clear the governor can't, at this time, remove Hunter from the Ramsey case, opinion over whether that's a prudent move is split.
Lee Hill, a former Boulder City Council candidate and San Diego prosecutor, said he supports the appointment of a special prosecutor solely on the appearance of impropriety. Some of Hunter's prosecutors have or have had social or legal relationships with attorneys close to the Ramseys.
But Dan Vigil, a CU professor of legal ethics, disagreed.
"It would be unethical for (Hunter) to file a case if he doesn't have probable cause," Vigil said.
Furthermore, the relationship between Hunter and other attorneys brought up in the Whites' letter is inconsequential because "in a legal community this size, people are going to interact," Vigil said.

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  FBI Gregg McCrary
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-21-2019, 06:58 PM - Forum: Names to remember - Replies (1)

Former FBI agent McCrary said there isn't one piece of evidence pointing to anyone other than the family. He - and police - believe the ransom note was a carefully planned deception.
"The crime is very revealing," McCrary said. "What we have here is an inordinate amount of time the offender spent in that house. The child was murdered in the house. The child was assaulted in the house. The ransom note was written in the house. The child was strangled with a paint brush from the house. That's where to look for the killer."
McCrary said investigators have to overlay the facts of the case on the statistical probability pointing to the parents.
"Anything is possible - aliens could have come down," McCrary said. "But when an offender stages the scene, it's to deflect the investigation away from them. Without the staging, (the Ramseys) are the immediate suspects."

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  POLICE don't TAKE polygraphs
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-19-2019, 07:36 PM - Forum: Polygraphs - No Replies

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Articles from the Daily Camera


Lie detectors ruled out for Boulder cops
Associated Press
Sunday, September 21, 1997
Police administrators axed a plan to have detectives working on the JonBenet Ramsey case submit to lie detector tests to determine who is leaking information about the 9-month-old investigation.
The idea was dropped after police union leaders reminded administrators that union members can only be tested if they voluntarily agree.
"Our contract is very specific that polygraphs are not required," Boulder Police Benefit Association president Greg Perry said Friday. "A member cannot be disciplined or in any way put under duress to take one. It's up to the officer, and the association is very adamant against it."
Authorities have made no arrests in connection with the death of JonBenet. The 6-year-old was found beaten and strangled Dec. 26 in the basement of her family's Boulder home about eight hours after her mother said she found a ransom note.
Concerns about leaks in the unsolved case escalated this month after Vanity Fair magazine published the full text of the ransom note and other information allegedly drawn from police officers' reports.
"At one time early this week, police considered doing this (polygraph tests) as a result of the Ramsey team's concerns about the allegation of leaks," said police spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm. "They thought maybe it would clear things up."
She said the union's stand on polygraph tests was not the reason why the idea of using polygraph tests were dropped.
"Members of the (police department investigation) team came and talked about this, thinking that maybe if they did this, it would put the whole thing to rest," Aaholm said. "There was a little discussion, and then it was ruled out."
The attorney for JonBenet's father blasted police as the source of the leaks when the Vanity Fair article was released to the media Sept. 3. Hal Haddon demanded an investigation, contending police leaked the information in exchange for an article that would smear the Ramseys.
Haddon's request was dismissed a day later in a departmental statement that said "to initiate an internal inquiry would be extremely disruptive to our criminal investigation" of JonBenet's murder.


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  Sept 1997 Quantico meeting
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Articles from the Daily Camera

Hunter won't attend FBI Ramsey review
Monday, September 1, 1997
Police and prosecutors will meet with the FBI in Quantico, Va., early this month to confer on the JonBenet Ramsey case, but district attorney Alex Hunter won't be in attendance.
Hunter, through spokeswoman Suzanne Laurion, said attending the Sept. 8 and 9 meeting with the FBI's Child Abuse and Serial Killers Unit "at this time would be premature."
Police will brief the district attorney's office Wednesday in Boulder in advance of the trip, but the briefing will be less complete than expected, Laurion said in a written statement.
"The District Attorney's office had expected a preliminary review of the entire case to date," the statement said. "The police department now advises that the Sept. 3 preliminary review will be partial in nature, involving only the physical evidence collected thus far."
Chief Trial Deputy District Attorney Peter Hofstrom, Senior Trial Deputy District Attorney Trip DeMuth and Special Investigator Lou Smit will travel to Quantico for the meeting with the FBI.
The meeting "is but one additional step" in the investigation into the 8-month-old case, Hunter said through his spokeswoman. "There still is much work to be done."
Police have been conferring regularly with the FBI and have been working with prosecutors and their investigators in a special "war room." Police also have brought in a team of three lawyers to review the case.
JonBenet, 6, was found beaten and strangled Dec. 26 in the basement of her family's home about eight hours after her mother said she found a ransom note demanding $118,000.
There have been no arrests and no suspects named. Hunter has called the parents a focus of the investigation, although he has stressed investigators are pursuing all leads.

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  Sept 1997 Quantico meeting
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-19-2019, 07:26 PM - Forum: FBI involvement - Replies (1)

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Hunter won't attend FBI Ramsey review
Monday, September 1, 1997
Police and prosecutors will meet with the FBI in Quantico, Va., early this month to confer on the JonBenet Ramsey case, but district attorney Alex Hunter won't be in attendance.
Hunter, through spokeswoman Suzanne Laurion, said attending the Sept. 8 and 9 meeting with the FBI's Child Abuse and Serial Killers Unit "at this time would be premature."
Police will brief the district attorney's office Wednesday in Boulder in advance of the trip, but the briefing will be less complete than expected, Laurion said in a written statement.
"The District Attorney's office had expected a preliminary review of the entire case to date," the statement said. "The police department now advises that the Sept. 3 preliminary review will be partial in nature, involving only the physical evidence collected thus far."
Chief Trial Deputy District Attorney Peter Hofstrom, Senior Trial Deputy District Attorney Trip DeMuth and Special Investigator Lou Smit will travel to Quantico for the meeting with the FBI.
The meeting "is but one additional step" in the investigation into the 8-month-old case, Hunter said through his spokeswoman. "There still is much work to be done."
Police have been conferring regularly with the FBI and have been working with prosecutors and their investigators in a special "war room." Police also have brought in a team of three lawyers to review the case.
JonBenet, 6, was found beaten and strangled Dec. 26 in the basement of her family's home about eight hours after her mother said she found a ransom note demanding $118,000.
There have been no arrests and no suspects named. Hunter has called the parents a focus of the investigation, although he has stressed investigators are pursuing all leads.

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  search for porn
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-19-2019, 06:55 PM - Forum: porn - Replies (2)

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Porn expert called into Ramsey case
By ALLI KRUPSKI
Camera Staff Writer

Thursday, July 3, 1997
Authorities have asked an Arvada Police Department detective to investigate child pornography computer databases in connection with the JonBenet Ramsey homicide, sources said Wednesday.
Detective Walt Parsons of the Arvada Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit hasn't completed the examination. Sources wouldn't discuss the type of databases or whether they involve criminal cases or the Internet.
And investigators searched for pornography in the Ramseys' home at 755 15th St. after obtaining search warrants days after JonBenet's slaying in late December, sources close to the case said. Those sources wouldn't disclose if investigators have located child pornography related to the homicide.
"They were out (at the Ramseys' house) looking for every type of pornography you can imagine," a source said. "They were looking for things like pornographic movies, books, magazines and photographs."
Family spokeswoman Rachelle Zimmer said she couldn't comment on the content of the search warrants.
Parsons wouldn't discuss his involvement with the case, but he did talk generally about the role pornography can play in sexual crimes.
"In general, the utilization of child pornography signifies a strong interest in children sexually," Parsons said. "Anybody that is interested in child pornography obviously might have an interest in other forms of child sexual involvement. Anyone trying to do a thorough investigation (of a child victim) would want to determine if an individual had ever expressed that interest in any form."
Investigators obtained the search documents shortly after John Ramsey, JonBenet's father, and a friend discovered the 6-year-old strangled, gagged with duct tape and sexually assaulted in the basement of the family's home on Dec. 26.
The girl's autopsy report verified she suffered severe head injuries and that sections of her vagina showed chronic inflammation and epithelial erosion, or tissue damage.
The Ramseys have denied a history of sexual abuse in the family involving JonBenet or others.
The family has provided the Boulder County district attorney's office with a pediatrician's records, a psychiatrist's videotaped interview with JonBenet's 10-year-old brother and other information they say demonstrates no sexual abuse occurred.
Investigators also have interviewed the former Little Miss Colorado's adult half-siblings, John Andrew and Melinda, as
well as analyzed an autopsy report of JonBenet's half-sister, Elizabeth, who died in a 1992 car accident.
Some experts contend, however, that sexual abuse of young children may consist of oral or manual contact that
doesn't leave evidence. The perpetrator, for example, may force the child to fondle his or her genitals.
Pedophiles may have other disorders as well, said Gregg McCrary, a former criminal profiler with the FBI.
"They could include bondage and restraining and tying in some way they find erotic," McCrary said. "And you have accidental deaths in the practice of bondage."
Sexual offenders may not use "hard-core" pornography, McCrary said.
"A lot of times we find they have true crime stories that include kidnapping, rape, bondage and murder, and posters of slasher films," McCrary said. "They are things that we don't normally think of that as porno graphic, but the pairing of sex and violence is what some sexual offenders find arousing."


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