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  Dec.29th, 1996
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 02:48 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Dec. 29, 1996 - Ramsey Update #04
December 29, 1996
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 303/441-3090
Pager: 303/441-3851; pager #4060
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Update on Ramsey Case
Sunday, December 29
The body of JonBenet Ramsey has been released to the family and it's expected the body will be flown to Atlanta for burial by the family. The family will accompany the body to Atlanta. We believe this probably occurred today, Sunday.
The family continues to cooperate with the police investigation, although police have not yet conducted interviews with the father and mother. They have been in no condition to be interviewed up to this point. There are a number of people, including some family members, who have provided lengthy interviews and non-testimonial evidence. The non-testimonial evidence includes hair, blood and handwriting samples.
Police are continuing their investigation of the Ramsey home, the principal crime scene. Police have not ruled out any suspects. There are no further details of the case which will be released at this time.

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  Dec. 28, 1996
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 02:46 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Dec. 28, 1996 - Ramsey Update #03
December 28, 1996
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 303/441-3090
Pager: 303/441-3851; pager #4060
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Update on Ramsey Case
Boulder Police are continuing their investigation into the murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey. They are methodically searching the principal crime scene, the family home. This is a large residence and the search is being conducted in stages. This search has required additional resources and Boulder County Sheriff Department investigators and crime scene personnel are assisting.
Police anticipate it will take at least until Monday morning to complete the preliminary processing of the family home.
Approximately 30 officers are working this case, including Sheriff department investigators as needed. Additionally, there are two workers from the Division of Social Services involved.
In a case like this it is understandable that people are anxious for a resolution, however it is important for the police to carefully investigate all leads and that sometimes means presenting a limited amount of information to the public to protect the integrity of the case. The family is cooperating with the investigation which is ongoing.
At this point, we have not been advised of any public memorial service.

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  Dec. 27, 1996
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 02:45 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Dec. 27, 1996 - Ramsey Update #02
December 27, 1996
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 303-441/3090
Pager: 303-441-3851/pager #4060
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Update on Homicide Investigation
Boulder Police are continuing their investigation of the death of six-year old JonBenet Ramsey (DOB:8/6/90) which was reported on Thursday, Dec. 26. Detective Commander John Eller provided the following chronology at a news briefing on Friday, Dec. 27:
  • Police responded, on Dec. 26, to the home of John and Patsy Ramsey, 755 15th Street in Boulder following a 9-1-1 call. The call, from Patsy Ramsey, stated a note had been found indicating their daughter had been kidnapped.
  • Officers initiated an investigatory response to a possible kidnapping for ransom.
  • The Boulder and Denver offices of the FBI were requested to assist, as was the District Attorney's Office.
  • The initial stages of the investigation were directed towards preparing to comply with the ransom note instructions. Detectives remained on the scene with the family. At approximately 2 p.m., a search of the family home produced the body of the missing girl.
  • An autopsy was conducted on Friday, Dec. 27 and the Boulder Co. Coroner's Office has determined the cause of death is asphyxia due to strangulation. The manner of death is homicide.
  • The victim, JonBenet Ramsey, as a student at High Peaks elementary school, 3740 Martin Park Drive. The parents are John Ramsey, CEO and President of Access Graphics and Patsy Ramsey. There is an older brother who lives at home and two adult siblings who live outside the home.
Commander Eller added, "The family has been cooperative and our investigation is continuing. The Boulder Police Department's Victim Services Unit is coordinating crisis services with the Boulder County Mental Health Center and school district officials. Parents may call the Victim Services Unit at 441-3332 for information or assistance."
As of 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 no arrests have been made and there are no suspects. The investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

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  Sept. 1, 2016 - tipline
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 02:42 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jonbenet Ramsey (Homicide)

JonBenet Ramsey was six years old when she was reported missing on December 26, 1996, after her family reported finding a ransom note inside their home in the 700 block of 15th Street. Her body was found in a basement room, and a later autopsy revealed that the cause of her death was strangulation.

Anyone with information about JonBenet Ramsey’s homicide is asked to contact the Boulder Police Department Tipline at 303-441-1974 or BouldersMostWanted@bouldercolorado.gov. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers.

Statement Regarding the JonBenet Ramsey Investigation - September 1, 2016 from City of Boulder on Vimeo.
Because the case is approaching a 20-year milestone, the department has been receiving a significant number of media and community inquiries. This video has been created to express the department’s continued commitment to this open case and demonstrate the level of investigation that has occurred to date, while also protecting the integrity of the ongoing investigation. JonBenet was six years old when she was reported missing from her family home on Dec. 26, 1996. She was later found deceased in the home. Members of the Boulder Police Department will not be participating in interviews related to this investigation. This video may be used as the department’s official statement.

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  Jan. 2014 - clearing White family
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 02:39 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jan. 23, 2014 - Boulder Police Department Statement Regarding the Family of Fleet White, Jr.
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Kim Kobel, Boulder Police, 303-441-3370
Boulder Police Department statement regarding the family of Fleet White, Jr.
To correct past inaccurate statements and speculation appearing in the media, and at the request of Fleet and Priscilla White, the Boulder Police Department releases the following statement:
Since December 26, 1996, the homicide of JonBenet Ramsey has been the subject of widespread news reports and speculation by the media.  A great deal of that reporting and speculation targeted innocent community members whose only connection to the crime was as cooperating witnesses.  This includes the Fleet White, Jr. family of Boulder who suffered embarrassment and damage to their reputations.  The Boulder Police Department recognizes the suffering the Whites have endured as a result of the accusations made against the White family during the course of the investigation.
The Boulder Police Department investigators have always considered the White family to only be witnesses in this case.  The Boulder Police Department has never considered the White family to be suspects in the case.  In 2000, the police department did investigate allegations made by a California woman to District Attorney Alex Hunter,  as reported in the press, that were intended to cast suspicion on the White family.  The department found no evidence to support the unfounded allegations.  There has never been any evidence to link the White family to the JonBenet Ramsey homicide.
We wish to express our gratitude for the White family’s cooperation and contributions in regard to the investigation of JonBenet’s death.
Mark R. Beckner
Chief of Police
-- CITY--

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  2013 on GJ true bills
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 02:38 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Oct. 25, 2013 - Boulder Police Department Statement About Release of Ramsey True Bills
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
Kim Kobel, Boulder Police, 303-441-3370
Boulder Police Department statement about release of Ramsey true bills
Today, Judge Robert Lowenbach released true bills that had been issued by the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury back in 1999.  The decision by Judge Lowenbach to publicly disclose the existence of these true bills provides confirmation to the public that the investigation pursued by the Boulder Police Department was, in fact, based on the information and evidence available.  The grand jury of 12 objective jurors ultimately agreed with investigators that probable cause existed for the filing of charges.  “Until this release, it was difficult to remain silent in reference to our knowledge of the true bills for so many years,” stated Police Chief Mark Beckner.
Investigators at the time were disappointed in the then district attorney’s decision not to issue indictments.  Cases are rarely perfect and often contain conflicting evidence.  As a result, the opportunity to present the entire case to a jury may be lost forever.  We also understand the criteria for taking a case to trial is higher than probable cause.
What we have learned from this experience is how important the relationships are between police departments which investigate cases and the district attorneys who ultimately prosecute cases.    These roles should always remain clear. At the same time, both agencies must work collaboratively together as a team.  Under District Attorney Stan Garnett, we’ve been able to develop a team approach – with both agencies aiming for similar goals - to achieve unprecedented success in prosecuting cold cases, most of which had been rejected for prosecution under previous district attorneys.  Justice, and the public interest, is better served with this type of collaboration and shared focus.
The status of the Ramsey investigation today is that of a cold case.  The case is still open, but is not actively being investigated and there are no new leads. While we believe at this point it is unlikely there will ever be a prosecution, the Boulder Police Department still holds out some hope that one day the district attorney and the Boulder Police Department will be able to put together a case worthy of presenting to a jury.

-- CITY--

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  View from the North
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-28-2017, 11:15 PM - Forum: The House at 755 15th Street, Boulder, CO - Replies (1)

      click on image to enlarge

Scott Gibbons lived to the North of the Ramseys.  I took this photo while standing with my back against his house so I could see what he saw.  The shuttered window in the center of the photo with the white curtains is the kitchen.  Beneath that, there is the addition to the house, the butler's kitchen. 

I visited with Scott Gibbons personally and he told me he did NOT see "strange" lights like a flashlight or anything like that.  What he saw was that lights over the sink, over that shuttered window were on and the Ramseys NEVER used those lights.

Two people reported seeing the butler's door being open in the morning on the 26th -  and no one said they left it open - some think the killer fled through that door and tossed the bat against the house as he fled.  I don't know any facts on that, though.

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  Amy's assault
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-28-2017, 10:29 PM - Forum: Boulder crimes - Replies (4)

48 Hours has learned that JonBenet may have been targeted for murder long before she took the stage, possibly at a local dance studio called Dance West, where she took lessons.

"To someone with that, you know, kind of a twisted mind, she may have looked like a really good target," says former Denver private investigator Pete Peterson. Less than a year after the murder of JonBenet, he was hired to work on another case in Boulder that had strange parallels to the Ramsey case.

"There's a Dance West school where the victim of the assault in our case, the one that we investigated, and the Ramsey girl, both attended," says Peterson, who now believes Jon Benet was first targeted at that dance studio because of what happened to his client, just nine months after JonBenet was murdered.

Like JonBenet, she took lessons at Dance West. And like JonBenet, another girl, who is identified as "Amy," was attacked and sexually assaulted at night in her own bedroom on Sept. 14, 1997.

That night, Amy's father was out of town. After catching a movie, Amy and her mother returned home late. What they didn't know when they entered the house was that there was already an intruder inside.

Amy's father, who asked that his identity be obscured, agreed to talk about what happened that night: "My feeling is he got into the house while they were out and hid inside the house, so he would have been in there for perhaps four to six hours, hiding."

Before going to bed, Amy's mother turned on the burglar alarm. Around midnight, Amy woke up to find a man standing over her bed, his hand over her mouth. "She remembered the intruder addressing her by her name," says Peterson. "He said, 'I know who you are.' He repeated those things a few times, apparently. 'I'll knock you out. Shut up.'"

Peterson says Amy's mother heard whispering, and proceeded through the doorway, and saw a person, who just brushed her aside and quickly made his escape by jumping out a second-floor window.

"He was like a ghost," recalls Amy's father. "We couldn't figure out where he came from, or where he went."

By the time the Boulder police arrived, the man was long gone. Because the intruder had gotten in and out of the house so easily, Amy's father began to think this wasn't the first time he had done something like this.

"The first thing that occurred to us was that it was the parallel to the Ramsey case because it was exactly the same situation," says Amy's father, who even told the Boulder police about the Dance West studio connection to the Ramsey case. "I think someone, somewhere, drew a bead on her. Obviously had us under surveillance that we were not aware of."

The studio has since gone out of business and been torn down, but photos show that there was a balcony overlooking the dance floor where parents and anyone else could come in and watch the children.

But Amy's dad says that when he told the police detectives about the information he had, "they were completely uninterested in it."

"They were very frustrated," says Peterson. "It was difficult to get them to do anything much less, you know, beyond taking a report."

But not only did the Boulder police dismiss any link to the Ramsey case, they didn't even bother to use the mother's eyewitness description to make a composite sketch. That's when Amy's family hired Peterson. What he has uncovered in his investigation may not only solve Amy's case, but also help lead to the capture of JonBenet's killer.

"This person is someone with a huge ego, someone who views himself as bold," says Peterson, who believes there are too many parallels between Amy's case and JonBenet's murder.

Both JonBenet and Amy were sexually assaulted by an intruder at night in their homes -- within nine months of each other. Fiber evidence shows that JonBenet's attacker may have been wearing black, as was the man who attacked Amy. And there's the fact that both girls took lessons at the Dance West studio.

But Boulder police never found any connections to the murder of JonBenet.

Yet, Peterson found something very disturbing. As he collected evidence in and around the house, and did background checks on people who worked in the neighborhood, he found a group of individuals with criminal histories, who roamed the neighborhood at night.

He made surveillance videotapes, and showed 48 Hours vehicles that he believes were used by a roving band of criminals. "We did tail them at one point, within two blocks from the Ramsey house," says Peterson, who watched the neighborhood for weeks.

In his possession, he had a map that was discarded by the group under surveillance. "I think it's a blueprint for burglary, at least," says Peterson.

48 Hours has discovered that, of Colorado's most dangerous sex offenders, one in eight also has prior convictions for burglary or robbery. "They burglarize and sexually assault if the opportunity presents itself," says Peterson.

And in Amy's neighborhood, that opportunity seemed to present itself quite often. Peterson says there were 19 burglaries, breaking and entering, or trespassing reports in a two-month period. He did background checks on his suspects in Amy's case, and discovered that some of them had at one time worked at the Ramsey home.

"Two or three people we were looking at had associations with both neighborhoods," says Peterson, who went so far as to collect the sample of one man's handwriting. "We talked with him several times. ...We had him write something."

Peterson then had an expert compare that handwriting to the Ramsey ransom note. He claims he found distinct similarities were found, but "handwriting analysis is kind of an art. It's pretty subjective."

He also collected cigarette butts found outside Amy's house, and discovered that the "same brands were found in the Ramseys' alley."

"I expected it to be a serene, quiet, safe area," says Peterson of the Boulder neighborhoods. "It's fairly serene and quiet, but you find that there's a real undercurrent of activity at night that would give me pause for concern if I lived here."

Peterson, however, is a private detective with no police authority. He's been censured by a judge in the past for how he's gathered evidence. And in this case, he's planning to hand over all of his materials to the Boulder DA. He hopes they will take his theory seriously.

In his heart, does he think these two cases are connected? "I think that there's a really good likelihood, that's what we're pursuing," says Peterson. "We're pursuing that angle still."

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  Mayor Leslie Durgin - "Boulder is safe".
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-28-2017, 10:01 AM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

'No need to fear,' mayor tells Boulder
Leader says residents shouldn't think killer is 'wandering streets'

By Kevin McCullen
Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer


BOULDER -- Mayor Leslie Durgin appeared at a news conference Friday to defend police and dispel fears about public safety.

"I've been asked if there is widespread fear in Boulder, and the answer is 'no.' There is no widespread fear in Boulder,'' Durgin told the news conference, carried live by Cable News Network.

She said she has not asked police for a briefing on the case.

"People in Boulder have no need to fear there is someone wandering the streets of Boulder looking for someone to attack. Boulder is safe,'' she said. "Boulder is a safe community, and it will continue to be.''

Durgin, who has been mayor since 1989, said the media coverage of the Ramsey slaying is as intense as she's ever seen in Boulder, which has drifted in and out of the national limelight for years because of the city's assortment of brilliant or eclectic residents.

Producers of the crime show America's Most Wanted contacted Boulder police Friday to seek their assistance in covering the story. Major news organizations from throughout the country have sent representatives to the city of 94,000, and newspapers in Great Britain have called city officials and local reporters.

"If this was New York or a community that experiences frequent homicides, it might not be that unusual,'' she said. "It is unusual --thank God -- in this community.''

Saturday, January 04, 1997


She later went public and said she should never have made that statement, that she did it to help calm the fear of the public -- based on the police telling her it was a domestic issue.


From a Mills documentary

Man: The day after the funeral the Ramseys appeared on CNN. The introduction reflected the
growing suspicion.

CNN video: Body found stashed in the basement of her own home. The parents of little JonBenet
Ramsey are in Atlanta and on the advise of friends they have retained defense lawyers. Earlier today the
Ramseys broke their silence and shared their grief with CNN's Brian Cabell in this exclusive interview.

Cabell - Do you believe that someone outside your home...

Patsy: There is a killer on the loose.

John: Absolutely

Patsy: I don't know who it is, I don't know if it is a he or a she, but if I were a resident of Boulder,
I would tell my friends to keep, keep hold your babies close to you. There's someone out there.

Man: For the Ramseys, the broadcast was a disaster. It was taken as further evidence that they
were playacting - talking to television rather than the police. Boulder's mayor, Leslie Durgan rejected
Patsy's claim.

Mayor Leslie Durgan: People in Boulder had no need to fear that there is someone wandering the
streets of Boulder, as has been portrayed by some people, looking for young children to attack. Boulder is
safe, it's always been a safe community. It continues to be a safe community.

Patsy: Now, I don't know why she said that -- To this day I don't know why she said that but, boy,
do I think that's what touched it off and it seemed like after that all the dominos started falling.

John: Plus it was so bizarre because we knew there was a killer out there and how could she say
there wasn't? It made no sense.

Mayor: It was done in large part to allay the fears of the children in our community and to let
people know that the information that I had at time was that we did not have some crazed person
wandering the streets of University Hill.

Tracey: And who did you clear it with?

Mayor: The police chief.

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  Mary Keenan - 2003 - - agreeing with Federal Judge Julie Carnes
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-28-2017, 09:57 AM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

"Keenan Statement 4/7/2003"

April 7, 2003

I have carefully reviewed the Order of United States District Court Judge Julie Carnes in the civil case of Wolf v. John Ramsey and Patricia Ramsey. I agree with the Court's conclusion that "the weight of the evidence is more consistent with a theory that an intruder murdered JonBenet than it is with a theory that Mrs. Ramsey did so."

Although issued in the context of a civil case, the Court's ruling is a thoughtful and well reasoned decision based on the evidence that was presented by the parties in that case. It should be read in its entirety.

John and Patricia Ramsey have been the focus of an exhaustive investigation with regard to the murder of their daughter, JonBenet, for more than six years. People charged with a crime are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court. Since Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey have not even been charged, much less convicted, they must be presumed innocent and must be treated accordingly.

For several months, my office has been investigating new and other unpursued leads, most of which involve the possibility that an intruder committed this crime. We are proceeding with the full cooperation of the Ramseys, Detective Lou Smit, and the Boulder Police Department. We are all focused on the apprehension and successful prosecution of the killer of JonBenet.


My comment - Remember, she knew more about the case than the Federal Judge as she was the DA and had access to ALL the files.  The Federal Judge did only see what was presented to her.  Only fair to note that.

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