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Posted by: jameson245 - 05-19-2019, 11:21 AM - Forum: Names to remember - Replies (1)


In his cocky reverie
The truth the three would carry
To the steps of the authority
to boast of their pernicious spree
But he did not know that I could see
And therefore was not wary
For hidden in the rectory
Protected by the church decree
He delved in child pornography
While elders professed not to see
His sister told them it could be
He killed the child and honest she
His secret would not bury
They did not know he’d changed the key
When police would come to query
So they broke and entered quietly
Though he would claim illicitly
And so avoiding calumny
A grand sum he was paid to flee
And so it was, conveniently,
Their questions he would parry
To solve a tale of misconstrue
Just look into the offman’s pew
You’ll find there in Ft. Luptons slough
Stray cats aplenty, skinned a few
On prying stoops their hides did strew
And cats blood will scare daughters too
While bushes hid their sins from view
Richard held the cue.
The child must die, he did decide
The crime arranged, the ritual plyed
With church at stake and family pride
Three men he chose to end her
Though two decried this church a lie
Their testimony was denied
With ties that run both “deep and wide”
No one could defend her
Now some have gone and some have stayed
Class defined the roles they played
Someday you’ll know the masquerade
Of Zack the great pretender


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  Dirty Harry
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-19-2019, 11:02 AM - Forum: Ransom Note - No Replies

All right, police officer... ...this is how we play. I bounce you all over town to make sure you're alone.

 If I even think you're being followed, the girl dies.
 If you talk to anyone, even if it's a Pekinese pissing on a lamppost... ...the girl dies.

 -ls the girl okay? -Just shut up and listen. No car. I give you some time to go from phone booth to phone booth.

 I ring 4 times. You don't answer by the fourth ring... ...that's the end of the game. The girl dies. 

What time you got? -9:30. Now listen-- -You listen. I'm watching you. Not all the time, but you'll never know when or where. Now get to Forest Hills Station as fast as you can. Understand? -Yeah. -I hope you're not stupid. Downstairs. Take the "K" car. Get off at Church and 20th. Hurry up, or you'll blow it. 

You sound like you had a good rest. You'll need it. 

from script

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  Charley Ross kidnapping
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-19-2019, 10:25 AM - Forum: Ransom Note - Replies (3)

There were a total of 23 ransom notes.

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  describing cord
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-06-2019, 03:34 PM - Forum: cord ligature - wrist - No Replies

ST Page 233

"Following a tip six months earlier, I had found what seemed to be identical cord, packaged as "nylon," in both the Boulder Army Store and McGuckin's Hardware, and collected more than fifty samples. Everyone agreed that it seemed a visual match for the neck ligature, but

[u]ST Page 234[/u]

Trujillo insisted that the ligatures in the Ramsey case were not nylon and that we needed to find a polypropylene rope. I told him to have it tested anyway.

In the middle of November, John Van Tassell of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, one of the world's foremost experts on knots and cords, reviewed the neck ligature, the length of white cord that had been twisted around the broken paintbrush handle to create a terrible killing tool. Van Tassell commented that it was "a soft nylon cord." Sergeant Wickman and I immediately caught the term.

We asked if he was certain, and the Mountie studied it some more. Sure looks like soft nylon, he said, as he examined what looked like a soft flat white shoelace. Not stiff and rigid like polypropylene.

I retrieved one sample package, a fifty-foot length of white Stansport 32-strand, 3/16-inch woven cord that I had bought. Van Tassell pulled the cord out, frayed an end, held it against the end of the neck ligature, and said, "Look." The soft white braid and inner weave appeared identical. "I think this is the same cord," he said."ST Page 233

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  Shurtape and the FBI - history
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-06-2019, 01:58 PM - Forum: Duck Tape - Replies (2)

Shuford Mills Boosts FBI Analysis Effort
Hickory Daily Record December 26, 1989    Story by Troy Houser
The FBI is better equipped to solve several types of crime thanks to the cooperation of Shuford Mills Tape Division in Hickory.
Hugh Snodgrass, technical director of the Hickory-based Tape Division, recently traveled to Quantico, Virginia where he worked with the FBI’s Materials Investigation Group on the properties of several types of duct tape manufactured by Shuford and often used in the commission of crime. 
Snodgrass said the tape is often used by criminals:
-          To make explosive devices. Such as using it to bind sticks of dynamite or other explosives together
-          To bind the hands and legs of victims, and to gag victims
-          To bind bales and packages of drugs and other contraband
“We like to call if (duct tape) fun tape because you can use it for everything – no home would be without it,” Snodgrass said, “but unfortunately it is too often used by criminals”  and has become known in law enforcement as “crime tape.”  Shuford Mills Tape Division manufactures duct tape at its plants in Catawba, Caldwell and Alexander Counties.  The plant in Hudson (Caldwell) makes the fabric backing. The polyethylene film part of the backing is made by the plastics division in Hickory (Catawba).  The adhesive is made at the plant in Stony Point, (Alexander) where the manufacturing process is completed.
Snodgrass said the FBI was interested in all properties of duct tape, but was most interested in two major areas.
-          Can a piece of duct tape found at the scene of a crime be matched with a piece of duct tape found in a suspect’s possession?
-          And, can a process of elimination narrow down the regional source of duct tape, its manufacturer and distributer, and ultimately the purchaser?
Snodgrass said Shuford Mills Tape Division probably manufactures 40 percent to 45 percent of the 250 million square yards or 41 million cases of duct tape produced annually in the United States. 
Shuford manufactures about a half-dozen grades of the tape, with each grade having unique properties that are identifiable by lab analyses.
He said the other manufacturers also produce tape that is identifiable in the lab.
However, manufacturers often change their formulas - which alter the chemical properties of the product.
The manufacturers would need to inform the FBI of formula changes so the new information could be incorporated with existing analyses.
“This is the kind of information the FBI was looking for,” Snodgrass said.
He said the Materials Investigation Group with whom he met was made up of about 12 people.  They analyze items such as duct tape and other types of tape used in crimes, paints, coming from vehicles used in the commission of crimes,  and glass found on the scenes of crimes, broken in the commission of crimes, and found in the clothing or on the persons of suspects and victims.
Snodgrass said the Materials Investigation Group is based in Washington, but met with him in Quantico because the FBI Academy there has an extensive state-of-the-art laboratory.
He said the FBI is compiling information such as that provided by Shuford Mills to be placed in a computer data bank for use in future FBI investigations. 
Shuford Mills Tape Division was invited by the FBI to make the presentation after Shuford Mills supplied two witnesses at a criminal trial in Delaware in November.  One of the witnesses, a Shuford regional sales manager from New Jersy, was approached by the FBI in an effort to gain more technical information.  The sales manager “volunteered”  Snodgrass to present the information.
Snodgrass said Shuford executives believe it is the company’s duty to assist law enforcement in any way possible.

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  leak started lie
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-25-2019, 05:11 PM - Forum: 911 call - No Replies

and was not to be investigated

Ramsey call for probe gets little response

By Christopher Anderson
Camera Staff Writer

A charge by attorneys for John and Patsy Ramsey that the investigation of JonBenét Ramsey's murder should itself be investigated appeared Friday to have little official impact.
Boulder police and the Boulder County District Attorney's office said they will not investigate the leak of a transcript from an audio-enhanced 911 tape. The tape reportedly reveals that on the morning JonBenét's body was found, her 10-year-old brother, Burke, was awake an hour earlier than the Ramseys told investigators.
Jim Carpenter, Gov. Roy Romer Romer's spokesman, said Friday that the governor had not heard the Ramseys' request, which was sent to media. Carpenter also said the governor has rejected former Ramsey friend Fleet White's call for a special prosecutor in the unsolved case.
In a harsh statement Thursday, Ramseys' attorneys said they had not seen a transcript of the tape, and they requested that a grand jury "investigate and indict those public officials, past and present, who have leaked every critical item of evidence in this investigation."
"The public officials who have responsibility for stopping these outrages have done nothing," the attorneys said.
Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said Friday he is confident that the source of the leak was not in his department and that it could have come from multiple sources.
He also said the Ramsey attorneys' angry letter and other criticism of the police department have lost their impact.
"This has been going on for so long that we hardly pay attention to it anymore," Beckner said.
JonBenét was found dead in the home of her parents' home Dec. 26, 1996. John and Patsy Ramsey, who said they found a ransom note claiming their daughter was kidnapped, have remained under "an umbrella of suspicion" by Boulder Police, but have consistently denied being responsible for their daughter's death. The couple has said the girl could have been killed by an intruder.
Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter announced this month that he will take the case to a grand jury. Michael Kane, a grand jury consultant to the district attorney on the JonBenét Ramsey investigation, will meet with FBI officials early next week in Quantico, Va., to discuss the investigation and grand jury-related matters, Hunter's spokeswoman, Suzanne Laurion, said Thursday.
Kane met with attorney Barry Scheck, hired by Hunter for his expertise in DNA evidence, on Aug. 7 at Colorado Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Denver. Scheck was a member of O.J. Simpson's defense team.
Concerns about leaks surfaced in September after the Ramsey ransom note was published by Vanity Fair magazine. But the police department decided against using polygraph tests on officers to investigate that and other leaks. The Boulder police union objected to polygraph tests.
Denver attorney Craig Silverman said he understood why the Ramseys were upset about 911 tape leak.
"It does a lot to destroy an intruder theory," Silverman said. "To me this is one of the first significant developments in the case, if this 911 tape is true. ... If it was an intruder, why would they mislead about Burke being up."
But Mimi Wesson, a University of Colorado law professor and former federal prosecutor, said the accumulation of "leaked" evidence, no matter the source, could give the Ramsey's a stronger argument for dismissal of the case or a change of venue. A cautious prosecutor is aware of this and does not divulge information "promiscuously," said Wesson.
Wesson also said it appears the Ramsey lawyers are taking a cue from independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr's investigation of President Clinton, in which officials have attempted to use politics to turn the public against the prosecutor. "It's just an interesting strategy to get people to start talking about leaks ... and misconduct," Wesson said.

August 22, 1998

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  sold to
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-23-2019, 03:48 PM - Forum: The House at 755 15th Street, Boulder, CO - No Replies

Investors buy Ramseys' 15th Street home
By MATT SEBASTIAN, Camera Staff Writer
Friday, February 6, 1998
A group of investors bought the former Boulder home of John and Patsy Ramsey on Thursday and pledged to resell it at a later date, donating profits to the JonBenet Ramsey Childrens Foundation.
In a statement released Thursday morning, local attorney Michael Bynum said the house sold for $650,000 to an investor group named after the Ramsey homes address, 755 15th St., L.L.C.
The group, according to Bynums statement, is "composed of individuals assisting the Ramsey family."
Bynum, who in the mid-70s served as a Boulder County deputy district attorney, declined to elaborate on his brief press release. A friend of the Ramseys, Bynum took "Primetime Live" co-host Diane Sawyer on a tour of the house last summer.
Colorado Secretary of State records show 755 15th St. was incorporated Jan. 21 and lists Boulder resident Anne Bork as its registered agent. When asked Thursday about the purchase of the Ramsey home, Bork said, "I dont have any comment on that."
Bynums statement says the group will hold the home "for an as yet undetermined period of time" before offering it for resale. Any profits will go to the JonBenet Ramsey Childrens Foundation, a group set up by the slain 6-year-old's parents.
JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered Dec. 26, 1996, in the basement of the 15th Street home. Over the past year, the children's foundation has purchased several advertisements in the Daily Camera touting a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of JonBenet's killer.
John and Patsy Ramsey, along with their 11-year-old son Burke, haven't lived in the home since JonBenet was found murdered. In July, the couple purchased a home reportedly worth $750,000 in an Atlanta suburb.
The Ramseys bought their 6,800-square-foot Boulder home in 1991 for $500,000. The four-bedroom, 61/2-bathroom Tudor-style home has been renovated since then. Prior to JonBenet's death, the family reportedly turned down a $2 million offer for their house.
According to Bynum's statement, the Ramsey family already had sold the home to a "relocation service" retained by John Ramsey's employer. Whether the employer in question is Access Graphics - the company Ramsey founded - or its former corporate owner, Lockheed Martin, is unknown.
The broker who handled Thursday's sale to the investor group, Joel Ripmaster of Colorado Landmark Realtors, said the relocation service, which he wouldn't name, hired him "late last year" to list the property.
Ripmaster said he couldn't comment on how much the relocation service paid the Ramseys for the house, or when it was originally sold.

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  State to pay for GJ
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-23-2019, 03:41 PM - Forum: Grand Jury Indictments - No Replies

State to cover all grand jury costs

[b]By Matt Sebastian
Camera Staff Writer[/b]

Gov. Roy Romer's promise this week to assign special deputy district attorneys to the JonBenét Ramsey case isn't the only "free" help Boulder prosecutors will receive in their quest to solve the nearly 20-month-old slaying.
The bill for the grand jury — perhaps the most powerful tool at investigators' disposal — won't be footed by the Boulder County District Attorney's Office.
"It all comes out of the state of Colorado's budget," said Bob Bernard, 20th Judicial District court administrator, "all the expenses for jury fees, expert witness fees, regular witness fees, travel lodging and whatever other miscellaneous fees may come up."
District Attorney Alex Hunter and his staff spent Thursday continuing their preparations for the grand jury investigation into the Dec. 26, 1996, slaying of 6-year-old JonBenét.
As for determining who will be joining Hunter's staff as special assistants, those "consultations and conversations are under way," spokeswoman Suzanne Laurion said.
In keeping with Colorado law, the DA's office also remains quiet on the issue of where and when the grand jury will meet.
But Bernard disclosed that the secret proceedings may be held right down the hall from the district attorney's offices.
"They want to use the Justice Center for a host of obvious reasons," Bernard said. "But we've not made any decision on that."
In the past, Bernard has said the Boulder County Justice Center, at 6th and Canyon, would be unavailable during the day because of heavy court dockets. Grand juries, though, often meet at night or on weekends to accommodate jurors.
Romer announced Wednesday that Hunter will take the highly publicized Ramsey murder case to the county's standing grand jury.
Reacting to a Boulder police detective's allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, the governor also had been pondering — and decided against — the appointment of a special prosecutor.
Police have no suspects and have made no arrests in the beating and strangulation death of JonBenét. Her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, remain under suspicion, although they maintain their innocence.
The grand jury's power lies in its ability to subpoena witnesses and compel testimony. Nine of 12 grand jurors can vote for an indictment — or a "true bill" — based on probable cause.
But some experts still don't think the case will be solved by a grand jury investigation.
University of Denver law Professor Frank Jamison postulated, "The grand jury will come back with no true bill and the police can mark the case solved because they know who did it and the DA's office can mark the case as solved because the grand jury failed to indict."
Former FBI profiler Gregg McCrary said that an investigation into the murder isn't enough — the investigation itself must be investigated.
"I think it would be helpful to do that in this case because there are so many facets to this that the truth just needs to be ferreted out," McCrary said.
Funds to pay for what could be a long, slow grand jury inquest will come out of the state's judicial division, which has a 1998 budget of $17.5 million, Bernard said.
But, Bernard said, "whatever the DA gives us bills for, we've got to pay." And if the 20th district's chunk of that $17.5 million isn't enough, he said, "we'll have to transfer money form other portions of the budget."
The 12 grand jurors themselves will be paid $50 a day, after the third day they meet.
The special assistants Romer authorized Wednesday also won't be paid for by Boulder County. They will be loaned from another district attorney's office, likely one of the four metro-area offices already involved in the Ramsey investigation in advisory roles.
According to Boulder County budget figures, Hunter's office had spent $252,610 in 1997 and 1998 on the Ramsey investigation, as of mid-July.

August 14, 1998

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  715 15th St.
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-22-2019, 03:56 PM - Forum: Boulder crimes - No Replies

In November 1972, kidnapper Peter Roy Fisher lured two 11-year-old girls into his van as they walked home from a birthday party. He handcuffed the girls together, sexually assaulted them, shot them, then left them for dead after pushing them over a cliff near Gold Hill. One girl miraculously survived the attack. The second girl, Jessica Schaffner, was killed; she lived at 715 15th St., just a few doors down from the Ramseys' home. Fisher is still serving time for the crime.

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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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