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  arson of Ramsey house
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 04:57 PM - Forum: JT Colfax - Replies (3)

Man tries to burn Ramsey house
By ALLI KRUPSKI
Camera Staff Writer
Friday, June 20, 1997
Police arrested a Denver man Thursday after he confessed to trying to burn down the house at 755 15th St. in Boulder where six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered on Dec. 26.
James Michael Thompson - charged with first degree arson and third degree criminal trespass - remained in Boulder County Jail Thursday night.
In late May, authorities arrested and interviewed Thompson, 33, after he allegedly stole log pages from the Boulder Community Hospital morgue that included the entry on JonBenet Ramsey.
Thompson also faces five counts of abuse of a corpse after he took photographs of bodies he had posed with various written messages.
On Wednesday afternoon Thompson came to the Daily Camera, asking to talk to a reporter. He obtained a copy of an obituary from the newspaper's library.
"Something is going to happen," he said. "This is it."
On Thursday, Thompson called Det. Ron Gosage, a Ramsey homicide investigator, and said "He (Thompson) had "done it again,'" according to a police report.
Thompson said he shoved burning papers - which reportedly included newspaper clippings about the Ramsey case - through the mail slot of the family's house. The fire didn't cause significant damage.
Gosage and Det. Steve Thomas then located Thompson and went to the Ramseys' home. The investigators discovered a book of matches propping open the mail slot and smelled a burning odor, the report said.
Later, at the Boulder County Jail, authorities confiscated from Thompson two packs of Circle K matches, a "yellow King brand butane-type" lighter and a handwritten letter dated Wednesday indicating "something must happen - today," the report said.
Before arriving at the jail, Thompson told investigators he spent a "good portion" of the evening sitting on the Ramseys' patio, "just staring at the house," the report said.
A guest at a neighbor's prayer meeting noticed a "strange man" seated on the entrance walkway to the family's house Wednesday evening, the report added.
In other developments:
Officials denied reports that police refused to share the results of handwriting analysis related to a ransom note found by Patsy Ramsey with the Boulder County District Attorney's Office.
"We are still analyzing the handwriting and no report has been issued," said Colorado Bureau of Investigation inspector Pete Mang.
Mang would not comment on whether investigators have completed the fingerprinting process concerning the document.
Patsy Ramsey supplied a fifth handwriting sample to investigators May 20.
The Ramseys gave permission Thursday to Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter and the Boulder Police Department to conduct another search of the home, family spokeswoman Rachelle Zimmer said.
According to a letter from Ramsey family attorneys to police in April, the couple agreed to allow authorities to search their home again without a search warrant. Investigators reportedly wished to destroy walls in the basement in hopes of locating evidence.
Zimmer could not confirm reports Thursday that the Ramseys had traveled to Atlanta from their summer home in Charlevoix, Mich., to complete buying a house in Atlanta. John and Patsy Ramsey haven't lived at the Boulder house since their daughter died and have put the home up for sale.

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  11/18/1997 news story - DH to sue Hunter
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 04:33 PM - Forum: Darnay Hoffman - Replies (5)

N.Y. lawyer plans suit in Ramsey case
Man wants to force D.A. to act on evidence against mother
Tuesday, November 18, 1997
A New York victims' rights lawyer said he'll file a lawsuit today against Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter, hoping to force the prosecution of Patsy Ramsey in connection with the nearly year-old unsolved murder of her 6-year-old daughter, JonBenet.
The attorney, Darnay Hoffman, says he collected evidence from four handwriting experts that proves Patsy Ramsey wrote the 21/2 -page, handwritten ransom note she claimed to have found the morning of Dec. 26. JonBenet was found beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled that afternoon in the family's basement.
Hoffman was the defense lawyer for subway gunman Bernhard Goetz in a New York civil trial.
Claiming the prosecutor's office has enough evidence to prosecute the child's mother but won't move forward, Hoffman plans to use a rarely used Colorado law to sue Hunter for the "unjustified refusal of the district attorney to prosecute any person for the crime," according to the complaint.
"Basically, I have to blow the whistle on Alex Hunter," Hoffman said Monday, adding it is the only way to hold a district attorney accountable.
The district attorney's office declined to comment on the case, spokeswoman Suzanne Laurion said.
If Hoffman is successful in the lawsuit, a judge could order charges to be filed and could appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case, said Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton. A judge also could dismiss the complaint outright, refusing to order a hearing.
"It certainly would be surprising if it goes very far," Norton said. "The first step is to decide whether the district attorney has refused to prosecute. What everyone has said is there is still an ongoing investigation."
Although Colorado law allows a citizen to file suit in such a case, Boulder legal expert David Harrison questioned whether the law provides for a non- Colorado citizen to file suit. In any event, it is unlikely a judge will decide whether to throw out or hear any case until hearing a formal response from the defendant (Hunter), which could take up to 20 days, Harrison said.
Hunter has said the parents are "a focus" of the investigation, but has stressed the inquiry continues and all angles are being pursued. There have been no arrests and no suspects named in the 6-year-old`s death.
Hoffman said he has tried to submit the handwriting evidence to Hunter`s office several times, but was unsuccessful.
"Quite frankly, I am sick and tired of it," he said.
Along with the filing of the complaint, Hoffman will submit more than 40 pages of exhibits, magazine and newspaper articles. Hoffman frequently faxes information to the news media, including letters he`s written to Hunter and clips from New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams. He also frequently calls Denver talk radio shows to discuss the Ramsey case.
The experts Hoffman cites are Denver lawyer Thomas Miller, National Association of Document Examiners Director David Liebman and court-certified documents examiner Cina Wong.
The handwriting analysis of an unnamed person contracted by the FBI will be withheld because of its potential to damage the investigation if released publicly, Hoffman said.

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  1997 stories
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 03:59 PM - Forum: Access Graphics - Replies (3)

Access growth a constant
Despite president's absence, revenues strong in first quarter
By TOM LOCKE Camera Business Writer
Thursday, April 24, 1997
What happens when a company's leader is embroiled in the shock waves of a daughter's murder rather than running the company?
For Boulder-based Access Graphics Inc., a computer distribution company with $1 billion in 1996 revenues, it's been growth as usual. Access posted a strong first quarter of 1997 despite the absence of company president John Ramsey, who spent much of the first three months of 1997 dealing with the murder of his daughter, JonBenet.
Ramsey returned to work April 4 at Access Graphics' headquarters offices on Pearl Street in Boulder, and the company is glad to have him back to provide continuity and leadership, said Laurie Wagner, vice president for worldwide business development. While Ramsey had been performing some work for Access Graphics prior to that, "he is now pretty much back to work in a full capacity," she added.
Despite Ramsey's absence, the company met its first-quarter goals. "We set an aggressive growth plan for 1997, and we're performing to that plan," Wagner said.
Wagner did not have specific year-to-year comparisons readily available, but she said Access has been growing at a 30 percent-plus growth rate on a year-to-year basis, and "this year's plan is no different."
Since Access hit $1 billion in 1996 revenues a couple of weeks before year-end, does that mean $1.3 billion in revenues for 1997?
"I would hope that we would do at least that, if not more," Wagner said.
Access Graphics does not release detailed financial figures, but its parent company, Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin Corp., confirmed the strong first-quarter results. Access met or exceeded expectations in all four areas of tracked performance: cash, orders, profit and sales, said Lockheed Martin spokesman Ron Meder.
"They've got a real strong management team, and they've got our full support and confidence," Meder said. Paul Nisbet, aerospace analyst with Newport, R.I.-based JSA Research Inc., said Access Graphics is "one of the few growth entities within Lockheed Martin." Budget cuts by the federal government have hurt other areas of its business, Nisbet said, and because of Access Graphics' growth, it is a company that Lockheed Martin is not likely to sell.
Lockheed Martin posted first-quarter earnings of $1.34 a share, a 10 percent rise compared with a year ago, on revenues of $6.7 billion.
Access Graphics has been among the fastest-growing companies in Boulder County, with revenues leaping 1,600 percent in six years, from $59 million in 1990 to $1 billion in 1996. Employment has grown from 120 in 1990 to 600 employees worldwide now, including 400 in Boulder.
The employment numbers should increase this year by at least 100 new positions, including 80 or so in Boulder, Wagner said. Sales and technical positions have been the strongest areas for hiring.
Wagner attributes the company's first-quarter success to its management and its ability to shift the company's product offerings in response to the market. When Access Graphics started, it concentrated on distributing computer peripherals, said Wagner, while now much of its business comes from selling hardware and software for client-server computing environments.
It buys from companies such as Sun Microsystems Inc., Silicon Graphics Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Oracle Corp. Then it sells those products, with backup support, to "resellers," who sell to end users.
Although Wagner said Ramsey's absence did not hurt the company's first-quarter performance, she added that any company runs a danger of unhealthy change if it is without its chief executive officer for too long. "That didn't happen to us," she said.
While there have been reports that the Ramseys may sell their house in Boulder and possibly move to Atlanta, Wagner said there have been no company discussions about such a move or whether Ramsey could run Access from Atlanta. Lockheed Martin's Meder declined to discuss the issue. "We're not going to speculate on any rumors that are out there," he said.

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  For Cindy Garcia and others on Facebook
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-10-2017, 12:13 PM - Forum: Answering BORG questions - Replies (3)

Cindy Garcia Warm cosy bed by loving parents? Same parents who left her under Christmas tree to 'move on' with their life? Same loving parents who obstructed investigation & hide behind lawyers & PR company? Same loving parents who refused to take a polygrapgh? Please don't insult me with the one they 'passed.' If this was a working class family they would have been banged up that same night.


The Ramseys were told by the police that they had to leave the house so it might be protected as a crime scene.  It seems unfair to criticize them for leaving the house and continuing to eat, breath, live.

The Ramseys did not obstruct the investigation.  They offered to pay for DNA tests, hired PI's and had them share their findings with LE  (I have a report on one of those meetings and they put together a list of things to follow up on - - - no idea if LE ever did, though.)  They paid for ads that noted other attempted abductions and begged people to call in anything they knew. They offered a reward.  They were available for interviews, agreed to take polygraphs - - the BPD stalled - we know that now.

Yes, they got lawyers so they wouldn't be lynched by liars.  Not illegal and a very wise thing to do.  The PR company was done by the lawyers to free up their secretaries - - the Ramseys had nothing to do with that - other than to pay for it.

You need to go back to the beginning and read a few books, put yourself in new shoes for a day and see what happens.

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  NO PLEA DEAL being planned here
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 02:47 PM - Forum: Grand Jury Indictments - No Replies

Ramsey's attorneys deny plea story

By Matt Sebastian
Camera Staff Writer



Attorneys representing JonBenét Ramsey's parents made a rare public statement Thursday denying tabloid reports they are negotiating a settlement to end the ongoing murder investigation.
Star magazine, in its May 25 issue, quotes anonymous sources saying settlement talks are underway in the wake of new suspicions about the slain 6-year-old's older brother.
"The report in Star magazine published yesterday and republished in several media outlets is false," Bryan Morgan, John Ramsey's lead attorney, told the Daily Camera on Thursday.
Morgan wouldn't comment further on the tabloid report, which claims 12-year-old Burke Ramsey — who was 9 at the time of the killing — is now considered the focus of the investigation.
Under Colorado law, Burke can't be charged in connection with the slaying, because of his age at the time of JonBenét's death. His parents, though, could possibly be held accountable if investigators determined they played a role in any cover-up.
The Star article was summarized in Thursday's New York Post, which prompted a flurry of media inquiries to the Boulder County District Attorney's Office and the Ramseys' lawyers.
District Attorney Alex Hunter "wants to cut a deal" and is in talks with Morgan's partner, Hal Haddon, the tabloid quotes sources as saying.
Hunter's office joined the Ramsey legal team in decrying the article Thursday. Spokeswoman Suzanne Laurion said reports of plea negotiations are "completely false."
JonBenét Ramsey, a former Little Miss Colorado, was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her parents' 15th Street home Dec. 26, 1996.
The discovery came about eight hours after Patsy Ramsey called 911 and told police she found a ransom note demanding $118,000 for the safe return of her daughter.
John and Patsy Ramsey remain under suspicion in 2-year-old slaying, although they maintain their innocence.
Boulder County's grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case since Sept. 15, although their schedule has slowed in recent weeks. The panel hasn't met since May 4.
Camera staff writer Christopher Anderson contributed to this report

May 14, 1999

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  Indictments for murder expected?
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 02:46 PM - Forum: Grand Jury Indictments - No Replies

Report: Ramseys to cooperate if indicted
Report says attorneys putting together "plan of cooperation"
By Christopher Anderson
Camera Staff Writer




Attorneys for John and Patsy Ramsey are making arrangements for "a plan of cooperation" with the Boulder County District Attorney's Office in the event one or both parents are indicted in the slaying of their daughter, JonBenét, according to a media report on Friday.
The report fueled widespread rumors throughout the day that the Ramseys, who have been under suspicion in their daughter's death, were on the verge of turning themselves in or that the couple had already been arrested.
Suzanne Laurion, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said rumors that an arrest had already taken place were absolutely false, but she declined to comment on whether a letter from any Ramsey attorney had been received. No news agency has obtained a copy of such a letter, which was reported by Fox News.
Adams County District Attorney Bob Grant said it is common for attorneys anticipating an arrest to work out a plan for their clients to turn themselves in for booking procedures to keep the process civil and to show cooperation.
If an indictment were planned, "it would be surprising if it didn't happen," Grant said of the practice.
If such a plan is set in place, it would ensure that there would be no images of any Ramsey family member in handcuffs being escorted to Boulder County Jail.
Most likely, anyone indicted would meet with officials at the jail for booking procedures and to post bond, if any, as determined by a judge.
Boulder County Sheriff George Epp said there is no way for anyone, including the Ramseys, to secretly be booked anywhere else but the Boulder County Jail.
"That's the way it's got to be to start the process," Epp said.
If a suspect from out of state insists on being extradited, the Boulder County Sheriff's Department most likely would be called to take the person into custody and bring that person to Boulder. Transportation would probably be on a commercial flight, because the sheriff's plane that normally handles extradition's is awaiting repairs.
Because any such arrest would stem from a grand jury indictment, the defendant would skip the charging and preliminary hearings afforded nearly every person booked for investigation of a violent crime.
The first hearing after a grand jury indictment is an arraignment, when the defendant is asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. The judge also would make the determination of whether the defendant can be out of state while awaiting trial. In those cases, the judge and prosecutors must decide whether the defendant is a "flight risk" or could be counted upon to attend court appearances.
Despite Friday's rumors and speculation, the sheriff's department was not expecting any arrest related to the Ramsey case and had not been briefed on any plans for the Ramsey's to turn themselves in, Epp said. "I haven't heard anything, except from reporters who are speculating."
Ramsey attorneys did not return phone calls Friday, but have said in the past that the Ramseys were fully willing to cooperate with the grand jury and with the district attorney's office.
JonBenét Ramsey, 6, was found beaten and strangled in her family's home on Dec. 26, 1996. Her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, have been the focus of the police investigation, although they have repeatedly proclaimed that they did not cause their daughter's death.
The Boulder County grand jury has been investigating the case for seven months and is likely to begin deliberations later this month or early May, according to Grant.
April 17, 1999 |


(  The Ramseys have said they were prepared to be wrongfully indicted for murder.  But I would say this:  Had LE expected indictments for murder - or if Hunter had any intention of seeing an arrest - other law enforcement entities would have been told.  JMO)

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  news story
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 02:41 PM - Forum: John and Barbara Fernie - No Replies

Ramsey friends talked to grand jury

By Charlie Brennan
Scripps Howard News Service



Family friends who were with John and Patsy Ramsey the morning their daughter JonBenét was reported missing have testified before the grand jury investigating the 6-year-old's murder.
John and Barbara Fernie testified in the secret proceedings before the holidays, said a source close to the couple.
The Fernies, whom the Ramseys called to their Boulder home before dawn Dec. 26, 1996, could not be reached for comment. The Fernies arrived more than an hour before the first detective did.
The final grand jury session before the holidays was Dec. 1, meaning the Fernies' testimony could have come no later than that.
According to court documents, John Fernie accompanied John Ramsey and family friend Fleet White to the Ramsey basement the afternoon of Dec. 26, 1996, after Detective Linda Arndt suggested the men scour the house for anything that might be amiss.
Minutes later, John Ramsey found his daughter's body, strangled and beaten, in a windowless room police had not searched.
JonBenét's mother first alerted authorities at 5:52 a.m. that day to her 6-year-old daughter's disappearance, reporting that she had found a 2½-page ransom note demanding $118,000. The Ramseys remain suspects but claim they're innocent of wrongdoing.
The disclosure concerning the Fernies' testimony raises the possibility that a number of witnesses may have passed through the Boulder County Justice Center in recent months — undetected by the media monitoring the Ramsey grand-jury investigation.
The grand jury began its work Sept. 15. Intense media scrutiny prompted courthouse personnel to use an underground garage to shield witnesses.

January 19, 1999

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  55 days - over a year - GJ met
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 02:39 PM - Forum: Grand Jury Indictments - Replies (3)

Letters overshadow JonBenét grand jury
By Matt Sebastian
Camera Staff Writer




For the first time since convening last month, the grand jury investigating the murder of JonBenét Ramsey took a backseat this past week to other news in the case.
It was a week of leaks and public statements, with missives coming from former investigator Lou Smit and John Ramsey himself.
"The law in the hands of the unskilled and the unknowing is a terrible thing," Ramsey wrote, slamming the Boulder Police Department for making him and his wife targets of the investigation.
Smit chimed in with a defense of John and Pasty Ramsey, saying they "didn't kill their daughter" and alleging Boulder police are ignoring evidence of an intruder.
The release of the two letters came the day of and the day after a network newsmagazine aired a report on the Dec. 26, 1996, slaying, highlighted by leaked evidence that points toward the 6-year-old's mother.
Police have named no suspects in the 21-month-old murder, but have said the girl's parents remain under suspicion. They have maintained their innocence.
But the grand jury proceeded as usual last week, meeting all day Tuesday and for about four hours Thursday.
On Tuesday, the panel apparently heard testimony from Detective Linda Arndt, who was seen at the Boulder County Justice Center for the second straight grand jury session.
Arndt was the first detective at the Ramseys' 15th Street home that December day, arriving about two hours after Patsy Ramsey called 911 to report her daughter had been kidnapped.
That afternoon, after being asked by Arndt to search the home, John Ramsey discovered his daughter's beaten and strangled body in a basement storeroom.
It appears that no witnesses went before the 12-person panel during its half-day session Thursday.
The grand jury is expected to resume on Tuesday.

October 4, 1998

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  1998 letter from John Ramsey
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 02:35 PM - Forum: DNA - more technical discussions - No Replies

Statement by John Ramsey for the Ramsey family



In Response to the Resignation of Detective Lou Smit

As you know, our family has not often spoken publicly in the past because so much of what surrounds our tragedy is used to entertain for profit. For my family, the loss of JonBenét was a crushing blow that left us crying out "why did this happen to such a precious child? Why did this happen to a good family?" JonBenét's murder has inflicted the worst pain imaginable on my family and it is simply cruel to exploit her death for profit, as much of the media has, so we have been unwilling to provide fodder for their talk shows. We do feel compelled to speak out at this time as a result of Detective Lou Smit's resignation after 16 months of working to find the killer of our daughter and sister JonBenét. While we are grateful for Detective Smit's work to find JonBenét's killer, we are discouraged to lose his official participation in this case. Detective Smit is the only experienced homicide detective who has ever been assigned long term to find the killer of JonBenét.

Our biggest concern as a family has always been that the Boulder Police Department has little experience or training in homicide cases. They had decided they had solved this case on the very first day by reaching the incredible conclusion that because the parents were in the house, they must have done it. Furthermore, the fact that we obtained lawyers to protect ourselves against their abuse of our rights was conclusive to them of our guilt. The law in the hands of the unskilled and the unknowing is a terrifying thing.

Detective Smit was an exception but his help was not welcomed by the police. We have always expressed our eagerness to participate fully in a competent investigation of this horrible crime, but I have been unwilling to submit my family to what seems to be little more than a lynch mob hiding behind the authority of police badges. It is not true that you can buy justice in this country, but sadly, it does take money to protect your rights against abuse of the law by those charged with its application. My experience has made me wonder how many innocent victims of police misconduct there are who were not able or did not know how to protect their basic rights as citizens. Our fight with the Boulder Police started when they refused to release JonBenét's body to us for burial until we complied with their demands. It has continued ever since.

To Governor Romer, I would say we were encouraged that you committed additional resources to this case, but were disappointed that you stopped short by only assigning more attorneys and not the needed qualified investigators. We ask you for only one thing as parents of a precious child who was murdered in your state, and that is for you to additionally commit significant, qualified investigative resources on a long-term basis if necessary to solve this case. Don't do this for us, because no amount of revenge can bring an easing of our pain. Don't do this only for JonBenét, because her future has been lost. But do it for the child this killer will prey upon tomorrow. No child should suffer as I'm afraid JonBenét suffered and no family should suffer as mine has. It will happen again if this killer is not caught. And please don't just listen and react to those who scream the loudest. Commit qualified investigative resources in addition to the prosecutors you have committed to find this killer. We would be grateful and we know the silent majority of Colorado citizens would be grateful. We have and will continue to participate fully in a competent investigation. We stated in writing to the Boulder District Attorney many months ago that we had no confidence in the leadership of this investigation under the Boulder Police but that every member of our family would be willing to meet with the District Attorneys' investigators anywhere, anytime, for as long as they want with no questions left unanswered and no information left unprovided. We have done this and that commitment still stands. There can be no one who wants to find the killer of JonBenét as much as my family does
.
To the fanatic fringe who surround this case, making demands, creating sensationalism and calling for officials' heads, I say to you whether you are driven by tabloid money or simply ignorance, you are being cruel and are compromising progress in this case. A child's life has been taken, and the important thing now is that we prevent this from happening again.

To the Boulder Police, I would say we have known that the moment you responded to our cry for help that you began to voice the single theory and Patsy or I or my 9-year-old son Burke must have committed this horrible crime. The killer could never have guessed that he or she would be so lucky as to have the resulting investigation conducted by such closed-minded police. We don't fault you for initially including us under your "umbrella of suspicion," but we will forever hold you accountable for following a theory rather than the evidence. You have wasted almost two years trying to prove your original theory. Meanwhile, my family knows a vicious child killer still walks your streets.

To the killer, I would say that we can and will find you. There is a $100,000 reward for your arrest that still stands. You have the opportunity to do one good thing in your life by turning yourself in to the authorities and confessing. We have been told that the authorities have your DNA. They will know it is you. If you surrender and are proven to be the killer, the $100,000 will be paid to anyone you choose. Surely you have a mother or spouse or child or friend to whom this money would be significant. Help them and help yourself. You know you will kill again, so do this one good thing in your life. Turn yourself in and ask for God's forgiveness. Your fellow man will be grateful and our family will be grateful.

Finally, to Detective Smit, we would like to say thank you for your dedication and commitment to finding the killer of our daughter and we are thankful for your honesty and candor and what we know is your commitment to the truth.

September 29, 1998

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  a bit on a special prosecutor - - why NOT!!!!
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 02:32 PM - Forum: Boulder crimes - No Replies

Ramsey friend calls for special prosecutor
Letter refers to 'web of evil surrounding this case'
By Monte Whaley
Camera Staff Writer




Two more key witnesses in the JonBenét Ramsey murder investigation are voicing concerns about how the Boulder County District Attorney is handling the investigation.
Bill and Janet McReynolds say they have been "caught in the web of evil surrounding this case" and support a call for a special prosecutor to take over. The McReynolds' make their claim in a letter sent to the editor of the Daily Camera.
McReynolds, a former University of Colorado journalism professor, portrayed Santa Claus at the Boulder home of John and Patsy Ramsey on Dec. 23, 1996. The Ramseys' 6-year-old daughter JonBenét was found strangled in the basement of the home three days later, a few hours after she was reported kidnapped.
McReynolds, 68, was interviewed by Boulder investigators two months after JonBenét's death, as was his wife, Janet. The couple reportedly was targeted because of parallels to the Ramsey case.
The McReynolds' middle daughter, then 9, was abducted along with a friend in Longmont and witnessed the sexual molestation of her friend. The incident occurred on Dec. 26, 1974. An autopsy on JonBenét showed she also may have been sexually molested.
Another parallel is a play written by Janet McReynolds in 1976. The play, "Hey Rube," is about the sexual assault, torture and murder of a girl whose body was found in a basement.
The couple apparently was on good terms with the Ramseys before the slaying. Janet McReynolds went with her husband when he portrayed Santa at a Ramsey family Christmas party for the third consecutive year. A few months before, while Bill McReynolds was hospitalized for open-heart surgery, Patsy Ramsey called the Daily Camera asking for a story about the man who played Santa, suggesting that Boulder residents send him cards.
The McReynoldses told police that on the night of JonBenét's death they went to bed at 8 p.m. Police say JonBenét died sometime between her bedtime Christmas night and dawn the following day.
Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter is presenting the homicide case to a grand jury starting today. But two former friends of John and Patsy Ramsey — Fleet and Priscilla White — have asked a special prosecutor be assigned to pursue the case, saying Hunter was dragging his feet.
In their letter, the McReynoldses say every member of their family has been interrogated and their two sons were required to give fingerprints, handwriting samples and DNA "even though neither of them was aware of the existence of little JonBenét before she was killed."
The McReynoldses say they have the highest respect for Boulder police detectives who investigated the case. But when they were interviewed in July by the Boulder prosecutor's office, "We were not encouraged by the discoveries we made."
"The latest 'scuttlebutt' that we are receiving is that, indeed, there will be a Grand Jury investigation orchestrated by the district attorney and that there will be no indictment," the letter says. "We do not see that prognosis as being beneficial to the hundreds of innocent people who, like ourselves, have been caught in the web of evil surrounding this case."
They commended the Boulder City Council for considering the White's request for a special prosecutor. The council decided not to ask for a special prosecutor, saying it had confidence in the grand jury.
Janet McReynolds said she and her husband have had no personal contact with the Whites. They learned of their request for a special prosecutor on the Internet. She declined to go into specifics about the letter, saying she and her husband may be called as witnesses to the grand jury.
Suzanne Laurion, the district attorney's spokeswoman, said her office had no comment on the latest criticism.

September 15, 1998

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