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  Announcing the wedding
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-21-2018, 08:28 PM - Forum: Jan Ramsey - Replies (1)

Happiness at last for father of tragic beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey as he remarries to a Las Vegas fashion designer
By Daily Mail Reporter
Updated: 12:32 EDT, 27 July 2011


[url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2019351/Happiness-father-tragic-beauty-queen-JonBenet-Ramsey-remarries-Las-Vegas-fashion-designer.html#comments][/url]


More than 15 years ago, the body of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found in the basement of her family's Boulder, Colorado home.
Now, it seems the father of the girl dubbed Little Miss Sunshine has finally found happiness after the heartbreaking loss of his daughter and his late wife, Patsy.
John Ramsey, 67, married fashion designer Jan Rousseaux, 53, at a private ceremony in Charlevoix, Michigan on July 21.

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 John Ramsey ® with late wife Patsy, holds up a picture of their daughter, JonBenet, during a news conference in Atlanta, Georgia on May 24, 2000
The wedding came five years after the death of his beloved wife Patsy from ovarian cancer in 2006, aged 49. Mr Ramsey also lost his 22-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, in a 1992 car accident.

In an interview with the National Enquirer, Mr Ramsey spoke about his fresh start.

He admitted he had a brief affair with Beth Twitty - the mother of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teen who vanished in Aruba in 2005. The relationship, he said, ended four years ago.
He then met Ms Rousseaux, a fashion designer who costumes stars for the stage in Las Vegas and Branson, Missouri, at a Denver wedding in 2009 - and they struck up a friendship.

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"Newlywed: Fashion designer Jan Rousseaux, who married John Ramsey earlier this month" 
Ms Rousseaux, who is divorced with two adult children, said it wasn't until the following June that she texted Mr Ramsey that she was thinking of him, and a relationship blossomed.
'Immediately he asked if he could come to see me, just as friends,' she said.
Soon, the couple began dating long distance.
'John made the seven-hour journey from Moab (Utah) to Vegas to see me every weekend after that. He never complained. It certainly got my attention, and that's how the relationship blossomed,' Ms Rousseaux said.
Last Valentine's Day, he proposed at a resort in Vero Beach, Florida.
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Innocent: Child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey
'It was over breakfast. I told her I had something for her and then presented her with a single diamond ring,' he said.
The wedding was held in Charlevoix, at Castle Fams, where 70 guests including Mr Ramsey's other adult children were present.
It was in that same city JonBenet won the Little Miss Charlevoix crown in 1994.
He said of JonBenet - who would have turned 21 on August 6: 'Never a day goes by when I don't think about her. The saddest part is that her future was lost. We believe she is in a better place, and it is left to us to grieve for her. But I have no doubt she will be smiling.'
Mr Ramsey said his late wife, Patsy, would give her blessing.
Mr Ramsey and his late wife wrote about the death of their daughter, JonBenet, in the book The Death of Innocence, and Mr Ramsey, who owned a computer software company, became a motivational speaker. He has run twice, unsuccessfully, for public office in Charlevoix.
He is currently completing another book set for release next year, entitled: The Other Side of Suffering: The Father of JonBenet Ramsey Tells the Story of His Journey from Grief to Grace.
Fifteen years after JonBenet was found dead in the family cellar, however, the riddle of her death remains unsolved.

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A fresh start: John Ramsey, 67, struck up a friendship with Ms Rousseaux at a mutual friend's wedding in 2009; last year they began dating long distance
The six-year-old had been sexually assaulted, and her bound and gagged body was discovered in the Boulder house on Boxing Day, 1996.
The media coverage of JonBenet's death often focused on her participation in child beauty pageants and her parents' affluence, as well as questions regarding police handling of the case.
According to the evidence of mother, Patricia, she discovered her daughter was missing after finding a two-and-a-half-page ransom note on the kitchen staircase demanding $118,000 for her safe return - a figure that was almost the exact value of a bonus her husband had received earlier that year.
Despite specific instructions in the ransom note that police and friends not be contacted, she telephoned the police and called family and friends.

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Always remembered: JonBenet - who would have turned 21 on August 6. 'I have no doubt she will be smiling,' Mr Ramsey said
The local police conducted a cursory search of the house but did not find any obvious signs of a break-in or forced entry. The note suggested that the ransom collection would be monitored and JonBenet would be returned as soon as the money was obtained.
Mr Ramsey made arrangements for the ransom, which a friend picked up that morning from a local bank.
That afternoon Boulder Police Detective Linda Arndt asked Fleet White, a friend of the Ramseys, to take Mr Ramsey and another friend and search the house for 'anything unusual'.
Mr Ramsey and his friends started their search in the basement and, after first searching the bathroom and another room, the three of them went to a wine cellar room where Mr Ramsey found his daughter's body covered in her special white blanket.

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Fairytale: The wedding was held in Charlevoix, at Castle Fams, where 70 guests, including Mr Ramsey's other adult children, were present
She was also found with a nylon cord around her neck, her wrists tied above her head, and duct tape covering her mouth.
Investigators were immediately suspicious that the girl’s body was found in her own home in Boulder, Colorado, and said the parents were under an ‘umbrella of suspicion’.
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JonBenet with her parents, stepsister Melinda, stepbrother John and brother Burke. The three surviving grown children attended the recent wedding
Police initially worked on the theory that Mrs Ramsey had killed her daughter in a fit of rage after she wet her bed and that her husband – who as a former naval officer would have been able to tie the complicated knot around the girl’s neck – helped cover up the crime. Investigators suspected Mrs Ramsey had written the ransom note.
Another theory speculated that Mr Ramsey, a wealthy businessman, had murdered the girl to cover up sexual abuse. Despite his age, Burke also came under suspicion.
Mrs Ramsey said he had been asleep when she found the ransom note but there were reports that his voice could be heard in the background when his mother rang police.
Boulder police gave up the case in 2002, in part because of accusations that they had bungled the investigation by ruining evidence and concentrating solely on the Ramseys as suspects.
In 2008 - two years after Mrs Ramsey’s death from cancer - the Boulder County district attorney told the Ramseys they had been exonerated by the discovery of DNA traces of an unidentified male on the pyjamas worn by JonBenet on the night she died.
Prosecutors said the DNA was not from the Ramsey family and was almost definitely that of the killer

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  from interviews
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-21-2018, 08:09 PM - Forum: Ramsey holiday plans 1996 - Replies (1)

1998 Interview with Patsy
2 TRIP DeMUTH: Do you remember what
3 carrier?
4 PATSY RAMSEY: No. I think we
5 called Disney at a number you call, and they do
6 some sort of package thing, they put it
7 together, so I don't know, Delta, United or --
8 TRIP DeMUTH: Okay.

1998 interview with JR
12 MIKE KANE: Who made those arrangements?
13 JOHN RAMSEY: Patsy made the reservations?
14 MIKE KANE: Was it through the travel agent?
15 JOHN RAMSEY: The travel agent. Actually
16 I think I remember calling Walt Disney directly. I
17 think I might have gotten the number out of a
18 magazine or something. Because I think I remember
19 joining the Disney or somebody like that directly.
~snip~
24 MIKE KANE: So you would fly back in the
25 day before, fly out, I think you said TWA?
0238
1 JOHN RAMSEY: Right.
2 MIKE KANE: And you're leaving on the boat
3 that day or did you fly down and then you would
4 leave the next day?
5 JOHN RAMSEY: No, I think we were doing
6 this boom, boom, boom. Then we were going to be on
7 the boat that night.
8 MIKE KANE: And how long a trip was that
9 going to be?
10 JOHN RAMSEY: It was maybe four days. It
11 was over through New Year's Eve. I don't know if
12 we were came back New Year's day or the next day,
13 but it was a four-day trip.



Interview with Patsy 1997 regarding the Charlevoix trip
ST: And was everybody on this same page about going to Charlevoix as far as uh, willing and wanting to go. There was no dissention in the ranks that, I don’t want to go or she doesn’t want to go. Everybody was looking forward to this trip?
PR: Well, I mean, we were. I wasn’t real crazy about going cause I just thought it was cramming a lot of stuff in there, you know, I told John I didn’t really want to go. I’d rather, cause, Christmas, going to Charlevoix, then going to, it just seemed like a lot, you know, but then we decided as a family to go and, you know, been looking forward to it.


Interview with JR 1998 about Charlevoix
2 JOHN RAMSEY: Well the plan was to leave
3 the morning of the 26th. I had an airplane at the
4 time that was on charter through a charter company
5 run by Mike Archuleta, who is also a friend;
6 became a friend. Mike was going to fly us that
7 morning of the 26th from Jeffco to Minneapolis. We
8 were going to get into Minneapolis before 11 and
9 my older kids were going to arrive from Atlanta.
10 From Atlanta to Minneapolis we were going to pick
11 them up and then go on to Charlevoix.
12 And we did it that way because Charlevoix was a
13 difficult place to get to with airlines. And we
14 were flying from Jeffco to Charlevoix, you fly
15 literally almost fly over Minneapolis. So that
16 would be real easy for us to stop in Minneapolis
17 and pick them up. And they had really inexpensive
18 tickets to get there on the airlines. So that was
19 the plan.
20 They we were going to stay there for I think it
21 was till Friday. I forget what day the 26th was.
22 (INAUDIBLE) but we were going to stay for a couple
23 days and come back to Boulder around Friday. Then
24 I think the next morning on Saturday, we were
25 going to leave for this Big Red Boat trip with
0089
1 just JonBenet, Burke and Patsy and me. And that
2 was a package deal. We had tickets on TWA and that
3 was all kind of pretty pre-laid out for us.

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  a short interview with Forman and Clemente
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-11-2018, 02:31 PM - Forum: Burke sues CBS for 750 million - Replies (1)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6rkPoCHgl4

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  A Michael Piehl Film -- BORG
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-11-2018, 02:15 PM - Forum: BORG theories and BORG people of note - No Replies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl5Ll3sL...e=youtu.be

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  spiral staircase
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-11-2018, 02:14 PM - Forum: odds and ends - No Replies

A youtube clip of Bill Kurtis walking down the stairs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtzCszmb...e=youtu.be

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  spiral staircase
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-11-2018, 02:12 PM - Forum: odds and ends - No Replies

A youtube clip of Bill Kurtis walking down the stairs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtzCszmb...e=youtu.be

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  Less technical posts
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-07-2018, 02:29 PM - Forum: DNA - more technical discussions - Replies (2)

DNA in JonBenet Ramsey as evidence of an intruder and the power of the Daubert Side of the Forensics
[Image: empty.gif] by redpill on Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:08 pm

Mon Jun 18, 2018

Daubert Standard Rises and RDI Fringe defeated.

I once warned my apprentice SD that as he grew stronger in RDI fringe, his equal in Daubert would rise. Spinwalker I assumed. Wrongly.
closer I said.  

in JonBenet Ramsey murder mystery they found DNA on JonBenet Ramsey

I told SD that my mentor taught me everything I know about the Forensics, even the nature of the Daubert standard.

What is the forensic significance of this DNA?

obviously the RDI of forumsforjustice.org  James Kolar reddit websleuth etc have posted that the DNA have no significance and is incidental.

they clearly have no understanding of scientific objectivity.

what it comes to ascertaining this DNA

this is a statement of the Daubert Standard

Quote:
Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, which held in 1993 that Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence did not incorporate the Frye "general acceptance" test as a basis for assessing the admissibility of scientific expert testimony, but that the rule incorporated a flexible reliability standard instead;


Quote:
   Rule 702. Testimony by Experts
   If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.


Mary Lacy in her exoneration letter is explicit that DNA forensic experts were consulted.

Detective James Kolar is not a DNA expert, and his claims they find 6 profiles and if you have to accept one you have to accept all, does not come from an expert witness in DNA science.



Quote:
Host Tricia Griffith is a veteran radio disc jockey and owner of Websleuths.com and owner of Forums for Justice.org.

She is not a DNA expert


When you read RDI posters on forumsforjustice websleuth etc, they are neither DNA experts, nor are they citing DNA experts who have been consulted and presented all the case facts.

A DNA expert who has such relevant expertise has come forward - Lawrence Kobilinsky


"... the significance of the DNA found on Jonbenet Ramsey is evidence an



intruder "committed that sexual assault and murdered JonBenet".



ref Jennifer Kovaleski (September 6, 2016). "New details revealed about JonBenet Ramsey's murder in A&E documentary". Retrieved September 30, 2016.



these are his credentials

Quote:
Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky is a renowned forensic scientist and an expert in DNA analysis. He is the Chairman of the Science Department at the John Jay


Education

Post-Doc    -   Sloan Kettering Institute for Research
                      (Complement and Effector Biology Laboratory)
1977 PhD  -  The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
                    (Biology)
1971  MA    -   City College of New York (Biology)
1969  BS    -   City College of New York (Biology)
Bio

My research interests focus on developing sensitive methods of human identification using polymerase chain reaction methodology.  My lab has developed methods to conduct RFLP of VNTRs, and PCR of  Short Tandam Repeats (STRs).  We have been working on high sensitivity methods to study low copy number DNA (less than 100 picograms) extracted from biological evidence.  Developing a better scientific approach to crime scene investigation is also an interest. Counseling defense attorneys and prosecutors about DNA technology is underway.  We are also helping laboratories in other countries develop the skills and knowledge to conduct reliable DNA analysis. I have worked with lab personnel from  China, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, and others to improve their systems of criminal justice, especially where forensic science needs improvement.
Download C.V.

ref https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/faculty/lawrence-kobilinsky



DNA evidence is evidence that meets the Daubert Standard.



Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky is an expert witness in DNA science under Daubert.



the conclusion of DNA expert Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky  on the scientific forensic value of DNA evidence in the JonBenet Ramsey is that an intruder committed this crime.



Jameson is right.



this conclusion contradicts the conclusions the frauds over at forumsforjustice have stated, frauds like cynic Cherokee delmar england ukguy etc



this is a statement of what justice is





Brent Turvey outlines the code of ethics





Quote:Brent Turvey wrote:
Maintain an attitude of professionalism and integrity.
Conduct all research in a generally accepted scientific manner.
Assign appropriate credit for the ideas of others that are used.
Treat all information (not in the public domain) from a client or agency in a confidential manner, unless specific permission to disseminate information is obtained.
Maintain an attitude of independence and impartiality in order to ensure an unbiased analysis and interpretation of the evidence.
Strive to avoid preconceived ideas or biases regarding potential suspects or offenders from influencing a final profile or crime analysis when appropriate.
Render opinions and conclusions strictly in accordance with the evidence in the case.
Not exaggerate, embellish, or otherwise misrepresent qualifications when testifying, or at any other time, in any form.
Testify in an honest, straightforward manner and refuse to extend their opinion beyond their field of competence, phrasing testimony in a manner intended to avoid misinterpretation of their opinion.
Not use a profile or crime analysis (the inference of Offender or Crime Scene Characteristics) for the purposes of suggesting the guilt or innocence of a particular individual for a particular crime.
Make efforts to inform the court of the nature and implications of pertinent evidence if reasonably assured that this information will not be disclosed in court.
Maintain the quality and standards of the professional community by reporting unethical conduct to the appropriate authorities or professional organizations. (Turvey 1999: 722)



this is the question I have asked earlier,



earlier I asked,



imagine





Richard Dusak & Edwin F. Alford, Jr.



[u]Richard Dusak[/u]





Quote:Richard Dusak wrote:
  Dusak Findings. "Richard Dusick (sic) of the U.S. Secret Service concluded that there was "no evidence to indicate that Patsy Ramsey executed any of the questioned material appearing on the Ransom Note." (SMF P 200; PSMF P 200.)" (Carnes 2003:26, note 14).



[u]Edwin F. Alford, Jr.[/u]



Quote:

Edwin F. Alford, Jr.

"Examination of the questioned handwriting and comparison with the handwriting specimens submitted has failed to provide a basis for identifying Patricia Ramsey as the writer of the letter.



since Patsy Ramsey has been eliminated with an ASTM score of 8 or 9



you could read their forensics report, or they were called to testify. What would their testimony consist in?



this is the question NO RDI have ever asked


imagine you could read forensics report on the DNA, or you could listen him testify as to the scientific value of that said evidence.



what would that report contain? what would it say?


using this textbook, CRIME RECONSTRUCTION by Brent Turvey and Jerry Chisum, explain using crime scene reconstruction science,



how the DNA found on Jonbenet, in combination with ligature tape, fiber hair, her medical injuries, would result in an actual DNA expert



conclusion

Quote:
the conclusion of DNA expert Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky  on the scientific forensic value of DNA evidence in the JonBenet Ramsey is that an intruder committed this crime.



in other words, given actual DNA scientific experts have provided expert witness testimony under Daubert as to the actual value of that DNA evidence, how would you explain in terms of actual scientific concepts and scientific methodology and scientific techniques what would lead an actual DNA expert to conclude the DNA is evidence an intruder committed the crime.



describe the contents of a forensic report by an actual trace evidence examiner, and DNA experts, forensic handwriting and forensic linguistics, as to how they arrived at their conclusions. in this case, DNA is evidence an intruder committed this crime.



I promise you not only has no RDI on forusmforjustice websleuth etc ever asked this question, they have no idea how to go about researching it.



when you read RDI ignorance on the  JonBenet Ramsey



their conclusion the DNA doesn't mean anything, which contradicts the conclusions of actual DNA experts,


i promise you they've never consulted (here Redpill listed sever books on forensic investigations) no RDI poster at forusmforjackasses websmear ever consulted any scientifc forensic textbook on the relevant scientific forensic evidence

Imagine you listen to Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky in court explain his reasoning. unfortunately you will never hear James Kolar in court, just as you won't Cina Wrong and Gideon Nutstein, as they are not expert witnesses under Daubert.

cynic is found of calling out IDI nutjobs like Jameson. when on websleuth i was a mere padawan he told me Jameson is an IDI nutjob and her real name sue bonnett.

but when you sit down and work though the Daubert standard and actual genuine forensic science, one thing stands out.

Jameson is right.

RDI are the anti-science nutjobs.

What would his scientific reasoning be?

I told SD the Daubert Side of the Forensics is a pathway to many IDI truths the RDI would consider to be unnatural.

would it be possible to learn this power?

NOT from an RDI nutjob.

if you only knew the power of the Daubert Side of the Forensics

all the posters at forumsforjustice cherokee ukguy cynic are all scientifically ignorant. they are not correctly informing the public as to the true science behind forensics.

the DNA found on Jonbenet should be understood both in the context of a sexual assault and also the presence of other unsourced trace evidence and shoe print.




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  the chosen few
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-06-2018, 06:23 PM - Forum: To view the full forum - No Replies

Many registered and never posted.  Many registered and seldom signed in.  I deleted almost everyone and don't mind that the site is used mostly for fact-checking on those threads that are still public.

Seems those posters remaining prefer the drama found on facebook.  I am not there and find I don't miss the daily opportunity to hit my head on the BORGbrick walls found there.

Life takes funny turns.  I had to be away from the daily Ramsey feud in order to take care of elderly relatives.  I no longer have that responsibility and so find I have time to go back to the Ramsey case, to the Webbsleuths forum where the facts matter and drama does not.  I hope to be here more, to have more time to push LE to solve this.

To the few who read here and care about justice, I hope to see you post more.   It's been a long time and hopefully some with abilities beyond my own will join forces with us to move the case forward.

jameson

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  Caes solved by genetic DNA
Posted by: jameson245 - 07-03-2018, 04:34 PM - Forum: DNA -New testing - 2017 - Replies (11)

DNA on gum, water bottle leads to DJ's arrest 26 years after teacher killed
 
Story date June 26, 2018

DNA recovered from a DJ's gum and water bottle has led to his arrest in connection with the killing of a Pennsylvania teacher 26 years ago, according to prosecutors.

Raymond Rowe, who uses the DJ name "DJ Freez," has been charged with criminal homicide for allegedly killing Christy Mirack at her East Lampeter Township home, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

The case dates back to Dec. 21, 1992, when Mirack, 25, didn't arrive at school, prosecutors said.

A co-worker came to Mirack's home and found her dead. She had been beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted, prosecutors said.

A weapon used in the attack -- a wooden cutting board -- was near Mirack’s body, prosecutors said.

Her death was ruled a homicide by strangulation, prosecutors said.

Years passed, but DNA left at the scene was sent to a lab, which created "a DNA phenotype 'composite' of the killer’s attributes," including hair color, eye color and skin tone, according to a Monday statement from prosecutors.

statement from prosecutors.
"The phenotype report included visual composites of what the killer would look like at various ages,” prosecutors said. “That data and associated composites were released to the public in November 2017.”
The lab uploaded the file to a public genetic genealogy database, "which resulted in matches to relatives of Raymond Rowe," according to prosecutors.

Investigators last month took DNA from gum and a water bottle Rowe had used while DJing at an elementary school, prosecutors said. The DNA was submitted to a state police crime lab, which determined it matched DNA found on multiple parts of Mirack's body, as well as the carpet underneath her body, prosecutors said.

Rowe, 49, was arrested at his home Monday afternoon, prosecutors said. He was arraigned Monday night and committed to the Lancaster County Prison without bail, district attorney's office spokesman Brett Hambright said. Rowe has not entered a plea.

Mirack's family called the arrest a "bittersweet day," according to Hambright. 

The district attorney Monday declined to discuss a potential motive.
"We know that this defendant raped and brutally murdered Christy Mirack," Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said in Monday's statement. “It is a huge step toward providing long-overdue closure for Christy’s family and friends who have spent decades wondering who brutally murdered their loved one.
"We really cannot give enough credit to Parabon NanoLabs for the work they did which proved absolutely crucial to filing this charge,” Stedman said of the Reston, Virginia-based company. “Without their work and expertise, quite frankly, we would not be standing here today with the alleged killer of Christy Mirack charged and in custody."

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Heart Saturday June 30 Daily Camera
Posted by: jameson245 - 06-30-2018, 04:10 PM - Forum: June 2018 news - DNA tests - Replies (2)

NEW ROUND OF DNA TESTS COMPLETED



A renewed wave of DNA testing in the JonBenet Ramsey case has been completed and although investigators are not talking about what was learned, further forensic examination of evidence in the case could still be on tap.
Newly elected Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty, in his first extensive comments about the infamous unsolved 1996 Boulder homicide, was candid about the fact that, having been appointed to the office this spring after the mid-term resignation of his predecessor, he has not yet been fully briefed on the case.
"Since taking office on March first I have had nearly zero contact with the Ramsey case. It's in the possession of, and under investigation by, the Boulder Police Department," he said, adding that "Not a day goes by that I don't get a call, email or inquiry about Ramsey. All of those I respond to, but all those are then directed to the Boulder Police Department."

He does, however, anticipate a full briefing at a future date. Daugherty won a primary battle Tuesday as the Democratic candidate to complete the third term of Stan Garnett, who resigned earlier this year to return to private practice at the Denver firm where he had worked before taking office in January 2009. Because Daugherty faces no Republican opponent this fall, he will be the county's top prosecutor at least through 2020.


A joint investigation by the Daily Camera and 9News, published in October 2016, revealed for the first time that, according to several independent experts contacted by the news organizations, DNA evidence that had been cited by then-District Attorney Mary Lacy as a basis to issue an exoneration of Ramsey family members in July 2008 did not, in their opinions, support her actions.

Those experts, who examined the data on which Lacy based her controversial decision, disputed her assertion that the DNA found in one location on JonBenet's underwear and two spots on her long johns were necessarily that of the child's killer. In fact, they said it indicated the genetic presence of two people in addition to the girl, something that documents showed Lacy was told at the time, but did not mention in her exoneration of the Ramseys.

Additionally those experts theorized that the original DNA sample recovered from JonBenet's underwear, which was entered into the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) in December 2013 and has been used since then for comparison with other suspect DNA in the case, might actually be a composite, rather than that of a single individual.

In the wake of the Daily Camera/9News investigation, Boulder Police Chief Greg Testa and Garnett both announced — separately but on the same day — that their offices would pursue new DNA testing in the star-crossed homicide probe.
Dougherty's remarks are the first time a Boulder official has discussed that renewed round of tests. Although plans for that testing were announced in December 2016, the evidence to be examined was not forwarded to the CBI until mid-2017, he disclosed.
"CBI (the Colorado Bureau of Investigation) conducted testing using contemporary DNA analysis and methods," Dougherty said. "I do not know what specific items were tested and Chief Testa is not going to comment on it. I personally don't actually know, but I do know that items, plural, were submitted to CBI for analysis."
He did say, however, concerning the DNA sample entered into CODIS in 2003, "The quality of the sample met the standards for entry into the CODIS database."

Testa also confirmed completion of the most recent tests.
"I will just say I was pleased with the work CBI completed for us," Testa said. "As you know, this is a challenging case. We continue to work with the CBI and the DA's office, as we review the case and evidence in the case. I think that's all I will say, and can say, about the case."

[b]Testing, and re-testing[/b]

Sending the evidence to the CBI, while standard practice for a Colorado law enforcement agency, marks a departure from the way Ramsey forensic material was handled during Lacy's tenure. The tests pursued on her watch in late 2007 and early 2008 were conducted instead by the Virginia-based Bode Cellmark Forensics, as the private lab is now known.
Dougherty expressed faith in the abilities of the CBI to continue any needed future DNA work in the Ramsey investigation -— and indicated that there could well be more to come.
"The testing of the items that were submitted was completed, and the Boulder PD and CBI are continuing to evaluate those results, but also additional items that might be appropriate for testing," he said.
Experts consulted by the Camera and 9News stated in 2016 that the capabilities of DNA examiners to find genetic fingerprints on evidence continue to expand at an almost dizzying rate, and that retesting of evidence using the latest forensic tools available is always something that should be considered.
Dougherty said the same.
"I just had a conversation with the director of the CBI forensic lab the other day, in which she was encouraging me, in all cold-case homicides, to have police re-submit evidence for testing because their technology continues to develop at such a pace that it makes it worthwhile to go back and test — even, evidence (previously tested) just a few years ago," he said.
JonBenet, 6, killed by asphyxiation and a fractured skull, was found by her father, John Ramsey, in the basement of the family's University Hill residence in Boulder the afternoon of Dec. 26, 1996. Her father's discovery of her body came just hours after her mother, Patsy Ramsey, had dialed 911, reporting having found a ransom note demanding $118,000 for the girl's safe return.
Although no one has ever been charged with the crime, the Camera revealed in 2013 that a Boulder County grand jury investigation resulted in October 1999 in the indictments of John and Patsy Ramsey for child abuse resulting in death and accessory to the crime of first-degree murder. However, then-Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter — who never publicly announced those indictments — declined to prosecute the couple, based on his belief that he did not have adequate evidence to secure convictions.
The Ramseys steadfastly denied any involvement in their youngest child's death, and Patsy Ramsey died after a long battle with cancer in June 2006.
[b]Ramsey seen as active investigation[/b]
During his tenure, Garnett on more than one occasion voiced his doubt that DNA alone would be the key to unlocking the Ramsey mystery, which appears destined to mark 22 years of frustration for local law enforcement this Christmas.
Dougherty, who was supported by Garnett in his election bid, echoed that sentiment following his election.
"From my own experience, there is no case that is just a DNA case," Dougherty said. "You could have a sexual assault or a murder and develop a full profile, but that full profile does not necessarily mean that the person who has that DNA was the perpetrator of the crime.
"Obviously, additional investigation, corroboration, statements, witnesses and so on are required to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt. It's never just the DNA."
Not along after his initial appointment to the top prosecutor's post earlier this year, Dougherty announced the formation of a cold case unit within his office. It's his intention that the unit will be utilized to partner with local law enforcement in cases where prosectors' resources could make a difference in seeking resolutions to unsolved murders and missing person cases.
Thirty-four potential cases have so far been considered, he said. To date, two of those have been identified to be pursued by his new unit. The Ramsey case is not one of them. He said that is because it is still considered under active investigation by Boulder detectives and therefore is not dormant.
"That investigation has been active, consistently, with many, many, many hours of personnel time by the Boulder Police Department in its investigation since it occurred in 1996," said Catherine Olguin, spokesperson for Dougherty's office.
"I don't believe that case ever sat dormant with the Boulder Police Department. They have always had a detective, or two, assigned to it. They've always followed up leads. They've always continually looked back and reviewed the evidence in that case, to see what more could be done."


Charlie Brennan
Senior Reporter, Boulder Daily Camera

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