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  BORG media making a difference?
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 02:09 PM - Forum: Misleading the media - Replies (4)

Ramsey pens letter to Camera
Investigation flawed, JonBenet's dad says
By ALLI KRUPSKI
Camera Staff Writer
Friday, September 5, 1997
Correction: Clarification published 9/6/97 follows: A story in Friday's Daily Camera failed to include information that police did not locate child pornography in the home of John and Patsey Ramsey while investigating their daughter's death.
In a scathing, signed letter to the Daily Camera on Thursday John Ramsey berated the Boulder Police Department and pleaded for a shift in leadership of the investigation into his daughter's murder.
Ramsey also cited a Daily Camera article Wednesday regarding detectives verbal inquiries about search warrants for an airplane hangar and Ramsey's office. The Boulder County District Attorney's Office informed police that detectives did not have probable cause to investigate the hangar or the office.
"... had the police simply asked for access to my office, our company's hangar space, or any other facility, it would have been granted," Ramsey wrote. "... my airplane (which by the way is a 27-year-old airplane, not a sleek jet, as is commonly reported) is, and has been, stored in a public hangar, not the Access hangar space which is used for the storage of Access historical financial records.
"If the police thought my airplane was stored in the Access hangar, they obviously didn't do their homework very well."
Authorities, however, did not submit written requests for search warrants related to the airport hangar or Ramsey's office to Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter.
"A warrant needs to be in writing," Hunter recently told the Camera. "There may well have been preliminary discussions to the drafting of a warrant concerning those items, but it never progressed beyond discussion."
Police searched the Ramseys' University Hill house at 755 15th St. for eight days following the slaying of JonBenet, the 6-year-old found strangled in the basement of her family's home.
Ramsey's letter, included in today's Open Forum, marks the latest in a series of statements expressing "profound dismay" with the Boulder Police Department:
In April, Ramsey lawyers issued a blistering, 2-page letter to Hunter addressing a police decision to suddenly cancel two separate interviews scheduled with the parents of the slain beauty queen.
The family's attorneys lashed out at police in July after the Daily Camera reported police had searched for child pornography inside the Ramseys' home and asked an Arvada police detective to investigate child pornography computer databases in connection with the case.
Later in July, John Ramsey revealed his plan to hunt down the child's killer. Ramsey's press release included a profile of the type of person who might murder a 6-year-old girl and an announcement that the family would run a series of local newspaper ads seeking the perpetrator.
Wednesday, Ramsey attorney Hal Haddon called the police "cowards" and claimed the department leaked the ransom note Patsy Ramsey discovered Dec. 26 to the press.
City spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm did not return calls seeking comment about Ramsey's letter Thursday. In the past, police have said they understand the family's frustration and acknowledged "the unfortunate miscommunication" between investigators and the family.
In other developments Thursday:
Detectives reportedly found a broken paint brush in Patsy Ramsey's art supplies that matched the brush segment used to strangle her daughter, sources close to the case said. The killer allegedly connected the wooden stick to a cord and strangled the girl.
Police completed an interview with Boulder Police Commander John Eller regarding an allegation of misconduct against the 18-year Boulder Police Department veteran. Police internal investigators have interviewed 22 people in connection with a complaint raised by Sgt. Larry Mason against Eller, who has supervised the Ramsey case.
Mason, who worked on the Ramsey investigation in the first few weeks after the slaying, has also filed a notice of intent to sue Eller.
Eller did not return Daily Camera telephone calls Wednesday or Thursday.
Police will not begin an investigation to determine who furnished a copy of the note to Vanity Fair, according to Aaholm.

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  Releasing letters in ad
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 02:03 PM - Forum: Handwriting - No Replies

Next Ramsey ad to include letters from ransom note
By ALLI KRUPSKI
Camera Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 30, 1997
An advertisement scheduled for this Sunday's Camera will include samples of individual letters from the handwritten ransom note found by JonBenet Ramsey's mother on Dec. 26.
Ramsey representatives also will distribute fliers detailing the writing on the note "sometime this week," Ramsey spokeswoman Rachelle Zimmer said Tuesday.
The parents of the aspiring beauty queen hope someone will recognize the "distinctive" penmanship and provide information leading to the arrest of the killer of JonBenet, the 6-year-old discovered strangled on Dec. 26.
Since the slaying, Patsy Ramsey has supplied authorities with five handwriting samples. A Colorado Bureau of Investigation anaylsis of the writing ruled out John Ramsey as the author of the note, but hasn't excluded his wife.
John Ramsey, however, recently lashed out at the police investigation into his daughter's homicide. Sunday, the Ramseys placed an ad in the Camera appealing for the public's assistance in solving the crime. The ad listed the Ramseys' tip line as well as characteristics the murderer might have displayed before and after the slaying.
This Sunday's ad will include handwriting samples of a capital "M," "D" and "W," a lower-case "k," "u," "f," "r" and "w," as well some "unusual" connecting letters, such as "Th," according to Zimmer.
Christina Kelley, a forensic document examiner with the Lakewood Police Department, said releasing characters from the note may help apprehend the perpetrator.
"In one case in Florida, they posted the killer's writing on a billboard and they actually solved the case because someone called the police after recognizing the writing," Kelley said.
Nevertheless, publicizing only specific letters may not identify the author, Kelley said. "I can't really tell if the handwriting characteristics (in the Ramseys ad) are significant or not because handwriting identification is based on an accumulation of habits of the author, and one letter wouldn't really represent all of the intricate habits that a person has," Kelley said.
Added former FBI criminal profiler Gregg McCrary:
"If this note is an attempt to disguise writing, then (advertising the letters) will be of less of value because it's not how the person normally writes." McCrary has 25 years of experience working with handwriting experts.

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  Profile suggestions
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 02:02 PM - Forum: THE KILLER - No Replies

Text of July 27 Ramsey Ad
July 27, 1997
AN OPEN LETTER FROM JOHN AND PATSY RAMSEY
We want to thank everyone who has shown concern for our family during this terribly difficult time. We also want to thank in advance everyone who reads this letter, and especially anyone who may be able to assist in identifying the killer of our daughter, JonBenet.
It has been over six months since JonBenet was murdered. We are devastated by our loss and by the fact that JonBenet's killer has not yet been apprehended. Sensing our frustration, our attorneys have assembled a team of investigators and experts whose sole mission is to find JonBenet's killer. Our investigators are taking a new approach to their search.
Please read the following carefully. You may be able to help us.
First, the experts tell us the killer is no stranger to our family or to our home.
Second, the killer displayed certain characteristics both before and after the murder. Our experts say that no one characteristic points to the killer, but that we must look to the totality of his behavior.
Prior to the crime, the killer was likely to have exhibited certain behaviors. Perhaps you know someone who was experiencing one of the following shortly before JonBenet was murdered:

  • Conflict with a female
  • Conflict with family
  • Financial stress
  • Marital problems
  • Legal problems
  • Employment problems
  • Did that person then suffer a traumatic event, such as the break-up of an important relationship, loss of a job, or some other disruption in his life that could have triggered violent behavior? Did that person express hostility and anger at either of us or our family? Was he depressed, perhaps using drugs or alcohol?
After JonBenet's murder, the killer would have, once again, been likely to have behaved in certain ways. Keeping in mind the pre-crime behaviors, did that person also:
  • Establish an obvious alibi?
  • Appear very cooperative with the authorities?
  • Closely monitor media accounts of the crime?
  • Appear extremely rigid, nervous and preoccupied during general conversation?
  • Find a legitimate reason to leave the area days or weeks after the crime, perhaps saying it was work-related or personal travel?
  • Suddenly become religious?
  • Increase his alcohol or drug consumption?
  • Experience depression?
  • Suffer insomnia?
Did you know anyone who has exhibited these behaviors? Can you recall unusual occurrences around the time of our daughter's murder? Any help you can give us will be greatly appreciated. Please call us even is you are not sure your information will be useful. Information which may seem insignificant to you may be the clue we need to solve this crime.
Please call our tipline at (303) 443-3535.
We are grateful for any help you can provide.
Sincerely.
John and Patsy Ramsey

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  Mayor leslie Durgin
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 01:47 PM - Forum: Names to remember - No Replies

Remember the mayor assuring the Boulder population that there was no madman threatening anyone in Boulder, no killer on the streets?   Here is a second example of when she really should have remained quiet.

DA source of new info in Ramsey ad
Hunter admits provideing description
By CLAY EVANS
Camera Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 13, 1997
Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter acknowledged Monday his office played a role in the placement of the controversial phrase "an adult male approaching young children in Boulder in late 1996" in a Sunday advertisement seeking information on the slaying of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.
The district attorney's request appears to indicate his investigators may be looking for a suspect that is neither of JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey. It also clears the family, which paid for the ad through a foundation, of criticism from some Boulder officials that the ad was a public relations ploy.
"As I have said all along, it is my intention to approach this case with an open mind, which means all leads are being carefully pursued, as they must be in any investigation," Hunter wrote in a letter to the editor appearing on page 8A in today's Daily Camera.
Hunter could not be reached for further comment Monday.
JonBenet was found strangled and bludgeoned in the basement of her family's University Hill home on Dec. 26. No arrests have been made and investigators have yet to formally name any suspects.
The latest controversy in the 4-month-old murder investigation peaked late last week, when the Camera reported that the Ramsey family had placed an advertisement for Sunday asking for information about the "adult male."
Public reaction to that revelation and the actual advertisement was swift and skeptical: Many observers, including Mayor Leslie Durgin, called the ad a cynical public relations stunt.
Bryan Morgan, attorney for John Ramsey, said he was "deeply grateful" for Hunter's public acknowledgment that the ad was "placed by the Ramsey family based on information developed in my (Hunter's) office."
Hunter and his deputies "are doing their jobs with a high degree of professionalism. There is strongly objective law enforcement work going on over there," Morgan said.
The language about a man approaching children was developed in consultation between the district attorney's office and Morgan, he said.
"DA's representatives were aware that information about the "adult male' would be included in the ad," Morgan
Morgan criticized those who spoke out against the advertisement without knowing the full background of the situation.
"It's a measure of how deep and angry the bias is out there," he said. "That kind of judgment is extremely dangerous to justice and finding the people who are really responsible for this."
Durgin, who called the ad a "public relations strategy," did not return telephone calls Monday.
In other developments Monday:
A Tucson, Ariz., woman who claims to have had an extramarital affair with John Ramsey appeared on a local morning talk show. Kim Ballard alleged Ramsey responded to her personal ad in USA Today. The couple had a total of three liaisons between November 1994 and April 1995, she claimed.
Boulder County Coroner Dr. John Meyer requested that the sealed sections of JonBenet's autopsy report remain closed "until such time as either criminal charges are filed or the investigation has been closed," a court petition said.
On Feb. 14, Boulder District Judge Carol Glowinsky entered an order restricting disclosure of certain portions of the autopsy report for ninety days or until an arrest.
On Monday, the court said the sealed portions would remain closed until the court ruled on the extension request.
Staff writer Alli Krupski contributed to this report.

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  Story on the 1997 reward offered by J&P
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 01:38 PM - Forum: Reward offered until 12/31/2017 - Replies (3)

Ramsey ad seeks info on 'male'
By ALLI KRUPSKI
Camera Staff Writer
Friday, May 9, 1997
An ad scheduled for this Sunday's Camera offering a reward in the JonBenet Ramsey homicide may include an appeal for information about a well-dressed male approaching young children around Christmastime.
Family spokeswoman Rachelle Zimmer did not return Daily Camera phone calls about the advertisement purchased by the JonBenet Ramsey Children's Foundation and offering a $100,000 reward. The ad also lists a telephone number for Crime Stoppers, the non-profit organization designed to help police solve crimes.
"Anyone with information regarding a well-dressed male approaching young children around Christmastime, please call," a draft of the ad reads.
Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby and other officials said they have no knowledge of the new information request.
"Normally people don't put their own information in (an ad) and use a Crime Stoppers phone number," said Stacy Cornay, public relations consultant for Boulder County Crime Stoppers. "There is a procedure that we follow."
Crime Stoppers authorities must approve the ad before publication, according to their contract with the foundation, but as of Thursday afternoon Cornay hadn't seen the proposed ad.
"I don't know what'll happen with the ad, but I haven't heard anything about police looking for some man talking to kids around Christmas," a source close to the investigation said. "I mean, some people dress up like Santa around that time of year and talk to kids, but that doesn't mean they killed JonBenet."
Family friends offered a different view.
"I hope everything is OK with this ad, because there are other people out there who may have committed this crime who need to be looked at," a family friend said. "There just isn't any way the Ramseys could have killed their daughter."
John Ramsey and a friend found the 6-year-old strangled in the basement of the Ramseys' home on Dec. 26. About eight hours earlier, Patsy Ramsey discovered a ransom note demanding $118,000 and called police.
The Ramsey foundation placed an initial ad in the April 27 Sunday Camera seeking JonBenet's killer or killers.
As of Tuesday, Crime Stoppers had received about 400 phone calls regard-
"There were a couple that would be followed up on, but the majority were not helpful," she said.
Officials also have altered the phrasing of Sunday's ad, Cornay noted. The April 27 ad asked for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer of JonBenet Ramsey.
"The normal language for Crime Stoppers is always arrest and indictment, so that's what it should say," Cornay said.
Cornay also emphasized that Crime Stoppers has no connection to fliers on the Downtown Mall that claim John Ramsey killed his daughter. The posters imitated the April 27 advertisement and began appearing in downtown Boulder on Tuesday. "We want to encourage people to not call those lines unless they have something to contribute to crime investigations," Cornay said.

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  5/3/1997 Associated Press list of questions
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 01:16 PM - Forum: Answering BORG questions - Replies (1)

Local women have questions for Ramseys

Associated Press

Saturday, May 3, 1997

Sixteen callers, all women, answered Friday's Infocall question, "If you could have asked John and Patsy Ramsey one question during their interview, what would it have been?"

Some callers may have found it difficult to get through because the Daily Camera's telephones didn't work for a time Friday.
A sampling of the public's questions regarding the Ramseys and the murder of their daughter:

Would either of you be prepared to take a lie-detector test?
- Female, Boulder

To John: If the police found the door to the basement room jammed, why didn't you open it for them as you obviously did later in the day?
- Female, Boulder

Where was her dog at time of the murder?
- Female, Boulder

Why are you so controlling rather than cooperating with the police? What are you afraid of?
- Female, Boulder


I would like to ask them and the police, from the beginning, why the ransom note has not been published.
- Female, Boulder

Why weren't you on TV or with the media immediately after your daughter was murdered? I don't understand.
- Female, Boulder

I would like to know why would they move their daughter's body from the basement if they are innocent?
- Senior female, Boulder


I was wondering what your investigators have come up with since they have been on this case four months and you have spent all this money investigating it yourself. Have they had any clues?
- Female, Niwot
You said that only one afternoon a month on a Sunday was she involved in pageants. I would like to know the total time for fitting and measuring those costumes, the total time to learn the words to those songs that were old and outdated, and the total time for learning those adult sultry movements that were movements more than dance. Those movements and costumes were stylish when John was in his teens and 20s.
- Woman, Longmont

How could you do something so self-serving? I think the whole thing Thursday was disgusting.
- Female, Boulder

If you have nothing to hide, why did you refuse to be interviewed by police unless given their records ahead of time?
- Female, Boulder

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  Mid 1997 - starting may 1st, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 01:11 PM - Forum: 1997 - 1998 - Replies (13)

Ramseys questioned
Police interrogate couple separately in girl's slaying
By ALLI KRUPSKI
Camera Staff Writer
Thursday, May 1, 1997
More than four months after John Ramsey found his 6-year-old daughter JonBenet murdered in the family's upscale Boulder home, police investigators conducted long-awaited individual interviews Wednesday with the slain beauty queen's parents.
"There was a lot of fighting going on between police and the Ramseys last week about interrogating the Ramseys, but police finally got to officially talk to them about the details of the day the body was found and other things like family history," a source said.
"And they talked to Patsy for about six hours and John about two. It really wasn't as informative as it could have been, though, because the Ramseys already had the police reports from that day the body was found, so they had a good idea of what police know before the interview even happened."
Boulder authorities began requesting a formal recorded interrogation with the couple after John Ramsey and a friend found the former Little Miss Colorado strangled in the basement of the Ramseys' home on Dec. 26. About eight hours earlier, Patsy Ramsey discovered a ransom note demanding $118,000 and called 911.
Police have not arrested anyone in the case or named any possible suspects.
Detectives, however, extensively questioned the parents on Dec. 26, according to a letter from the Ramseys' attorneys last week to Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter, who recently identified the couple as the focus of the investigation.
Beginning early Wednesday, Detectives Tom Trujillo and Steve Thomas questioned the Ramseys separately at the district attorney's office in the Justice Center at Sixth Street and Canyon
Boulevard. The interrogations also involved a representative from the prosecutor's office, an attorney for the Ramseys and a Ramsey family investigator, according to city spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm.
Conditions of the interview met the specifications police outlined last week, Aaholm noted:
Detectives, selected after consultation with Hunter, interviewed John and Patsy Ramsey individually. Ramsey attorneys accompanied the parents.
Authorities questioned Patsy Ramsey first.
The interviews had an "open-ended time frame" with reasonable breaks.
Investigators tape-recorded the interrogations.
Authorities questioned the couple at a neutral location "acceptable to the Boulder Police Department."
Detectives concluded the interrogations about 5 p.m. Hunter would not discuss if investigators would conduct more interviews.
"It's my understanding that this was a one-shot deal," another source said, noting the Ramseys have no legal obligation to submit to police questioning.
Ramsey lawyers, however, said the parents cooperated with police.
"John and Patsy Ramsey fully complied with the agreement and answered all questions posed to them," Hal Haddon, who represents John Ramsey, said in a press release.
In last week's letter to Hunter, Haddon and Pat Burke, one of Patsy Ramsey's two attorneys, noted that police rejected the parents' offer to consent to an interview Jan. 18. At that time, the Ramseys insisted investigators interrogate the couple together for no more than one hour in a doctor's presence at the family attorney's office, officials said.
On April 21, the family's lawyers obtained police documents discussing the Ramseys' statements on Dec. 26. "This was an absolute condition by the Ramsey attorneys before they would allow their clients to give interviews," Hunter said in a written statement.
But detectives on April 22 abruptly canceled two separate interrogations scheduled with the parents at the family's personal attorney's office. The FBI concluded the circumstances would not facilitate an effective interview, officials said.
Ramsey lawyers expressed "profound dismay" with the investigators' sudden decision.
"It is apparent that the leadership of the Boulder Police Department lacks the objectivity and judgment necessary to find the killer of JonBenet Ramsey," the attorneys said in last week's letter.
Law enforcement officials have launched a "cowardly smear campaign" against the Ramseys, the letter added.
Wednesday's interviews may demonstrate that the case has advanced, legal experts said.
"The fact that the parties were able to sit down and talk shows that the bargaining process worked and the conversations may very well represent progress in the investigation," said Christopher Mueller, a law professor at the University of Colorado. "The fact that the parties may have had conflicting purposes doesn't necessarily mean that progress can't be made. New facts may have come to light, and the two sides may have reached a better understanding of one another.

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  adult male approaching young children
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 01:06 PM - Forum: Boulder crimes - No Replies

Ad content was partly D.A.'s work
Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, May 13, 1997
The Daily Camera accidentally omitted a line from a Guest Opinion that was published on Sunday, May 11 by Stephanie Hult: "Beginning in fall, 1997 a strand will be implemented in Lafayette Elementary School ... " I have learned that a misunderstanding has occurred with respect to an advertisement placed in Sunday's Boulder Daily Camera offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the JonBenet Ramsey case. The advertisement, which referred to the possibility of " ... an adult male approaching young children in Boulder in late 1996," was placed by the Ramsey family based on information developed in my office. I was not informed until this weekend that this information was to go into the Ramsey advertisement.
As I have said all along, it is my intention to approach this case with an open mind, which means all leads are being carefully pursued, as they must be in any investigation. We believed the suggestion that Boulder families be asked to recall whether they had seen anything unusual at the time of the murder was reasonable, so one of my lawyers authorized the Ramseys' attorneys to use this language in their advertisement.
The response Friday to several reporters who asked for reaction from the District Attorney was that we would have no comment. We see now that this understandably caused some in the news media and the public to believe that this ad was the work solely of the Ramsey family, when in fact, it was partly the product of our commitment to follow all reasonable leads.
I urge any citizen with information about this investigation to contact the Boulder Police Department at 440-7867.
ALEX HUNTER
District Attorney
Boulder

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  on holding the body
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 01:00 PM - Forum: Autopsy - Replies (2)

Coroner: police tried to keep body to force interview
Tests on JonBenet were complete
By CLAY EVANS Camera Staff Writer
Friday, April 25, 1997
Boulder police investigators asked the Boulder County coroner's office if it could withhold the body of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey from her family - even though forensic work was complete - to pressure them into submitting to a police interview, Coroner John Meyer confirmed Thursday.
Meyer, a physician who was legal custodian of the girl's body following her murder and an autopsy, and the only official who could sanction release, refused the police request. JonBenet's body was released to her family Dec. 29, then flown to Georgia for burial.
The request from investigators came through Tom Faure, chief medical examiner for the coroner's office, on Dec. 28, Meyer said.
"My impression at the time was it was sort of a trial balloon, wondering if we could do that," Meyer said. "It was, could we do this ... not necessarily to force the family, but could we put a hold on the body until they do come to an interview."
JonBenet Ramsey was found strangled in the basement of her family's home the afternoon of Dec. 26 by her father, John Ramsey, and a family friend. About eight hours earlier, her mother, Patsy Ramsey, found a ransom note demanding $118,000 and called police.
John and Patsy Ramsey still have not been formally inter viewed by police, but their attorneys said Wednesday that police on Tuesday abruptly canceled separate interviews scheduled for Wednesday.
After receiving the inquiry about holding the body, Meyer told Faure that "certainly I didn't think that was a reason for me to put the body on further hold, that I couldn't use that as justification."
Meyer said the examination of the girl's body was complete, except for toxicology reports, which take up to six weeks for results. He said, however, that his office routinely holds the bodies of homicide victims from 24 to 72 hours after an autopsy is complete, "in case anything comes up."
Police on Wednesday said they were "reluctant to release JonBenet's body because they were not sure all the necessary forensic work had been completed, nor had they had an opportunity to discuss the circumstances of JonBenet's death with the parents."
Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby did not immediately return telephone calls from the Daily Camera on Thursday.
District Attorney Alex Hunter said Thursday there may have been other considerations that led police to ask the body be withheld for additional time.
"For example, was there everything that the CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigation) needed? Had a pediatrician been involved? A child abuse expert involved?" Hunter said. He said that, all told, the body underwent about 12 hours of examination.
In a telephone conversation the afternoon of Dec. 28, the district attorney's chief trial deputy, Peter Hofstrom, asked Meyer if there was any medical reason to retain custody of the body.
"I told him no," Meyer said. He said he had decided to release the body on Dec. 29, before investigators made their inquiry.
But Meyer said Thursday he believes police investigators "have been doing the best they can" with the 4-month-old case. He also noted the investigators' request did not hold up the release of the body in any way.
Attorney Saskia Jordan, who works for the firm of Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, which is representing John Ramsey, said she accompanied her client to the Boulder County Justice Center on Dec. 28 to provide hair and handwriting samples when she first heard that police wanted to withhold the body.
"At no time when I got there was I told that it had anything to do with a medical or forensic reason," she said. "I was told they would not release the body until they got an interview."
Jordan faults the Boulder Police Department for the situation.
"The D.A.'s office and the coroner did everything they could to do the right thing," she said, "to dissuade the police from ransoming the body."

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  Ramseys trying to see this solved
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-08-2017, 12:50 PM - Forum: Ramsey cooperation - Replies (10)

Ramseys hire only 'the best'
By ELLIOT ZARET
Camera Staff Writer
Saturday, January 18, 1997
When John and Patsy Ramsey appeared on national television New Year's Day, John Ramsey announced he wanted to hire "the best minds this country has to offer" to find his daughter's killer.
Since then, the family has fulfilled that promise - assembling a team of lawyers, investigators, a former FBI agent, a media consultant and even a handwriting expert.
The Ramseys' daughter, 6-year-old JonBenet, was found strangled in the basement of the family home Dec. 26, about eight hours after her mother reported her kidnapped. More than three weeks later, few new details are emerging in the investigation of her murder.
The "Ramsey team" has attracted attention because of the number of high-profile experts on it.
Karen Duffala, deputy director of the National Law Enforcement Center at the University of Denver Research Institute, said she has never seen a team like this, "not all joined together."
"What's unusual is, these individuals are of national status - very well-known - and they're peo-
ple that the Ramseys had access to," said Duffala, a former investigator at the Aurora Police Department.
At the center of the Ramsey team is Pat Korten, a Washington, D.C., expert on "crisis management." Korten's company, Rowan & Blewitt Inc., addresses issues involving "litigation, public policy debate and scrutiny from the media, government, special interest and community organization(s)," according to company literature.
Before joining Rowan & Blewitt about a year ago, Korten had been a journalist, talk-show host, spokesperson for a pharmaceutical trade association, and spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice during the Reagan administration.
Korten, who now acts as the Ramseys' spokesperson, answers the flood of up to 200 media calls daily on behalf of the family. He also has set up a World Wide Web page for the family, with responses to coroner's photographs printed in the Globe tabloid and more.
The Ramseys also hired a pair of powerful Denver attorneys to advise them in the case: G. Bryan Morgan and Patrick Burke.
Morgan, 59, a founding partner of the high-powered criminal defense law firm Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, represents John Ramsey. Morgan, who teaches professional responsibility at the University of Colorado Law School, was a Colorado Supreme Court nominee and an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for CU regent.
"He's a highly respected, extremely competent and wonderfully intelligent lawyer," said CU evidence and criminal law professor Mimi Wesson. "He's well regarded in all quarters as a highly ethical and responsible lawyer."
Gene Nichol, former dean of the CU Law School, described Morgan, who was the finance chair for Nichol's unsuccessful Senate campaign, as "a real accomplished criminal lawyer" and "a very effective and passionate advocate."
Morgan won a high-profile murder case in 1980 when he represented Lee Bobb Lindsley in the 1978 shooting death of her husband, Dr. Warren Felix B. Lindsley. Lindsley had been charged with first-degree murder.
Lee Foreman, 51, another partner in the firm, also is working on the case. A former special prosecutor for the Colorado attorney general and president of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Foreman is playing more of a background role in the case.
Burke, 47, who represents Patsy Ramsey, was formerly an assistant city attorney in Lakewood, assistant state attorney general and a federal public defender. Burke has been involved in a number of high-profile cases. In 1987, he successfully defended Richard Scutari, one of four white supremacists accused of violating the civil rights of Jewish talk-show host Alan Berg, who was murdered.
Perhaps the most famous of all the Ramsey team members is former FBI criminal personality profiler John Douglas - the inspiration for special agent Jack Crawford in the movie "The Silence of the Lambs."
In his 25-year career with the FBI, Douglas was a pioneer of modern criminal investigative analysis and became the leading expert on criminal personality profiling. He has studied and interviewed dozens of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan, Richard Speck and John Wayne Gacy.
Douglas has co-authored books on the killers and his profiling adventures, including "Mind Hunter" and "Unabomber." He's also been an expert witness for both prosecution and defense. Douglas has said he sometimes loses favor with those who hire him because he doesn't always tell them what they want to hear.
"There are defense attorneys contacting me to look at their cases, and I tell them, "I don't know what I'm going to say on this, you might not like what I have to say,'" Douglas said in an interview with the American College of Forensic Examiners.
Ironically, Douglas favors "proactive techniques" - or giving as much information out to the public as possible, something that appears contrary to the Boulder Police Department's tight-lipped policy on the Ramsey case.
Boulder city spokesman Kelvin McNeill said Douglas will be given "an opportunity to provide insight" to police detectives investigating JonBenet's murder. But, he added, "we have said all along that outside investigators are not more or less entitled to information than the general public or media."
The identity of one team member remains a mystery. Korten said the Ramseys hired a handwriting analyst - one that Newsweek magazine reported cleared the Ramseys of involvement in the ransom note. Korten would not comment on the report, nor would he divulge the identity of the analyst, saying only, "He's very well-known in the field."
Rounding out the team are two private investigators: H. Ellis Armistead and David L. Williams.
Armistead, 46, is a former Lakewood police officer and a special investigator for the Routt County district attorney's office. As a private investigator, Armistead is known for his ability "to get statements from witnesses that I didn't think would ever talk to us," said one defense attorney.
Williams has been a private investigator for nearly 20 years. Prior to that he spent five years on the Colorado Organized Crime Strike Force. As a whole, the group may seem unusual, but "it is equally unusual for crime victims to be as wealthy as the Ramseys," said Wesson.
"It sounds like an extraordinary assembly of talents.

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