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  After the friendship turned sour....
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-01-2017, 04:22 PM - Forum: Frank Coffman - Replies (7)

Boulder Weekly - 02-29-1999 - What I saw at the feeding frenzy
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In the Boulder Weekly - February 29, 1999

What I saw at the feeding frenzy
A between-the-lines look at the Ramsey case
by Frank Coffman

In the beginning, the Ramsey murder case seemed simple to solve. The day after the murder, as the Ramsey's housekeeper was leaving the Boulder police station, a detective working on the case told her, "I am confident we'll have an arrest by Sunday."

Instead of an early arrest, the Ramsey case turned into an interminable murder mystery and a feeding frenzy for the media. Children are killed everyday in this country, but the death of JonBenet was different. People around the nation and the world wanted to know all about it.

Almost overnight, Boulder was deluged by national media. The town resented the intrusion on its comfortable neighborhoods and on its image as an ideal place to live. At first, city spokesperson Leslie Aaholm refused even to acknowledge that the crime was a murder, referring to it as an "incident." Reporters ran up against a police department with little to say, except for a crabby police chief who scolded them for covering the story.

The Ramseys and their friends were also tight-lipped or hostile to the media. On one occasion, when a TV journalist drove up to the house of the Fernies (friends who were in the Ramseys' house on the morning of the murder), John Fernie walked up and spat on the vehicle before the journalist even got out. This was going to be a tough story, indeed.

To penetrate the wall of silence around the case, tabloid newspapers and TV shows employed methods that the mainstream news media wouldn't dream of using. The TV show American Journal paid the Ramseys' housekeeper $15,000 to appear on camera. the National Enquirer paid $40,000 for photos of JonBenet. One tabloid TV program used private detectives to pry into the Ramseys' telephone call logs and financial records, tracking the couple's whereabouts by keeping tabs on their credit card purchases.

In the months after the murder, tabloid reporters trailed the Ramseys wherever they went. Craig Lewis of the Globe recalls, "In the early days, we had three cars following the Ramseys-one car with reporters and two cars with photographers." Scott McKiernan, of Zuma photo agency, followed the Ramseys and staked out places they frequented. He also used a radio scanner to listen in on the cellular phone calls of former Ramsey friend Fleet White, overhearing him on one occasion tell his father that the Ramseys were trying to cast him as a suspect in the murder.

When the Ramseys moved into the Boulder home of friends Glen and Susan Stine, one tabloid publication convinced neighbors who disliked the Stines to allow reporters to use their house as a base of operations. A video camera was set up in a front window, taping the unwitting Ramseys as they came and went.

National Enquirer reporters grabbed the Stines' trash, gleaning scraps of information on the Ramseys such as the name of their psychiatrist, the kinds of anti-depressants they'd been prescribed, and other leads about their activities.

One day in February 1997, the Stines struck back at the press when Globe reporter Ken Harrell tried a more direct approach. Instead of parking up the street like other reporters, he walked straight up, knocked on the Stines front door and asked to speak with the Ramseys. Susan Stine, who is sometimes called "Patsy's pit bull," opened the door a crack and asked to see his identification. As Harrell held up his wallet to show her his ID, Mrs. Stine grabbed it and slammed the door in his face. She then called the police to report a "stalker" at the front door. Officers arrived to find Harrell agitated to a degree that he indeed bore some resemblance to a crazed stalker. They put him on the ground and handcuffed him, before they realized how Mrs. Stine had contrived the situation.

John Ramsey, who was in the house when the incident occurred, later laughed about how Mrs. Stine handled the Globe reporter. At an employee meeting at the offices of his company, Access Graphics, Ramsey brought up the episode as an example of how to deal with the news media. Diane Hallis, who worked at Access Graphics, recalls that John Ramsey would look out the third floor windows of the offices trying to spot reporters. "He hated them," she says. "His anger was directed toward the media, but never toward the killer. He never mentioned the killer."

"You bastard!"

John Ramsey said on CNN six days after the murder that he wasn't angry about the crime; however, he seemed enraged at photographers who confronted him. In Atlanta in 1997, John Ramsey and Glen Stine chased a National Enquirer photographer down the street and into a restaurant, where the photographer managed to elude them by hiding in the kitchen.

In January 1998 in the Atlanta airport, John Ramsey tussled with a Globe photographer who was waiting for him in the airport. Spotting a photographer at a street carnival in Charlevoix, Michigan in the summer of 1997, John Ramsey jumped up on a picnic table, pointed a finger at him and screamed at the top of his lungs, "I told you to get your motherfucking ass out of here!"

I got a taste of the Ramsey temper in Boulder one evening last December when I tried to photograph John as he stood on a downtown street corner. "You bastard!" he said, lunging at me. Grabbing my arm and a fistful of jacket, he tried to throw me to the pavement. "Don't, John-it's not worth it!" yelled his attorney, Michael Bynum. Ramsey then released me and rejoined Bynum, "Pasta Jay" Elowsky and his son, John Andrew. As they walked away, I raised my camera for another shot. Ramsey's cool demeanor returned. "Nice camera," he said, sounding almost amiable.

Of course, the tabloids are liable to provoke anger from anyone who feels hounded. But contrary to the notion that tabloids make up their stories, tab reporters sometimes go to extraordinary lengths to get a story. They are willing to use methods that make the mainstream media cringe, such as paying sources for information.

"We do develop sources," says Don Gentile of the National Enquirer. "Instead of getting a source from inside, we get a source from left-field, which may be just as good."

In the Ramsey case, the Globe and the National Enquirer were willing to pay huge sums for a copy of the ransom note. The Globe knew that the Ramseys had a good quality photocopy of the ransom note, given to them by the police. Ramsey lawyers had given copies of the note to handwriting experts for comparison to the Ramsey's writing. In April 1997, two Globe reporters came to the home of one expert in Evergreen. The reporters brought $30,000 in cash (in $100 bills) to induce this expert to give them a copy of the ransom note. He refused and later called the Jefferson County DA with a complaint of "commercial bribery." But the reporters couldn't be charged with a crime. What they did was not against the law.

On a mission from God

Jeff Shapiro, a 24-year old novice reporter under contract with the Globe, moved to Boulder from Florida in March 1997.

Though he came as a journalist to cover the Ramsey murder, Shapiro felt he'd also been sent by God to help solve the crime. His e-mail address: "JBsAvenger" (i.e. JonBenet's Avenger).

Shapiro's plan was to go undercover and work the story from the inside out. Renting a place next door to the Chi Psi fraternity house where John Andrew lived, Shapiro succeeded in befriending Ramsey's son. He even joined the Episcopal Church that the Ramseys attended. But his persistent questions about the murder case blew his cover. John Andrew's friends became suspicious and warned the younger Ramsey off his engaging, earnest neighbor.

Shapiro was forced to move on to conventional news sources.

Surprisingly, the inexperienced reporter succeeded in cozying up to a crucial figure in the case: District Attorney Alex Hunter.

From May until October 1997, Shapiro was in almost constant contact with Hunter, who didn't seem to look upon him so much as a tabloid reporter, but as an energetic, likable young man who happened to have an infatuation with the case. The avuncular DA even gave the tabloid tyro his private phone numbers. Later he allowed a Globe photographer into his office to take his picture, though he had previously condemned the tabloid's publication of stolen coroner's photos of the crime scene and implements as "reprehensible." And by July 15, 1997, the Globe was quoting Hunter praising the paper's $500,000 reward offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Police detectives were also talking with Shapiro. The young reporter had won their favor when he informed them where they could get white nylon cord identical to the kind used in the murder. Detectives promptly went to the store and bought up all the cord. Although Shapiro was glad to take credit for the discovery, he actually learned about the cord when I mentioned it to him in a phone conversation in May 1997.

Shapiro's subjects didn't always appreciate his attention. Learning that the DA's office considered Fleet White a potential suspect in the case, Shapiro took to following White around. One day White noticed Shapiro tailing him in a car and angrily swung his vehicle around and went after the kid reporter. As Shapiro desperately jockeyed for an escape route, White repeatedly cut him off. The two raced across town until Shapiro got ahead in traffic and escaped through a changing traffic light.

Shapiro also found himself in the middle of the clash between Alex Hunter and the police department. The Ramsey investigation was then run by John Eller, an abrasive police commander who rubbed the DA the wrong way. Hunter tipped Shapiro that Eller was being accused of sexual harassment. (That allegation turned out to be false.) Shapiro in turn tipped police about Hunter's tip. In his bolt-from-the-blue resignation letter last August, Thomas alluded to the episode, writing melodramatically that "an informant" had told police of the DA's "plan to destroy a man's career." Last week, the hyperbolic Thomas again called for the Hunter's resignation over the Shapiro/Eller episode, charging that "the DA engaged the tabloids in a smear campaign." In a recent TV interview, Thomas claimed that Shapiro acted as his "mole inside the DA's office." Shapiro calls that characterization "ridiculous," though he concedes that Thomas did try to push him into such a role.

The reporter's tip to police ended up costing him his cozy relationship with Hunter.

Thomas too suffered repercussions when Police Chief Tom Koby chastised him for investigating the DA when he should have been investigating the murder of JonBenet. Koby also warned Thomas that he would be fired if he had any further contact with Shapiro-a directive that the reporter claims Thomas violated.

Shapiro's rapport with Thomas won him certain privileges. On at least one occasion, Thomas allowed Shapiro to sit in on a sensitive investigation. In July 1997, Thomas asked me to come to the police station to phone Pam Griffin, a friend of Patsy Ramsey, so that he could surreptitiously tape the conversation. The detective wanted to document a remarkable assertion that Griffin had made to me: Patsy Ramsey admitted to her that she wrote the so-called "practice note."

However, said Griffin, Patsy claimed that it was just the aborted start of an invitation to some event which Patsy couldn't recall. Thomas allowed Shapiro to monitor my conversation with Griffin. The session was a bust, though, when Griffin dismissed her previous comments as "speculation" about Patsy's actions.

Shapiro came to believe that his acceptance by Thomas made him a kind of junior detective on the Ramsey case. Others in the department considered him a pest and ignored his theory that Patsy Ramsey killed her daughter as part of a religious sacrifice. When Thomas resigned, he broke off ties with Shapiro, leaving the reporter crushed. Shortly after the resignation, Shapiro showed up unannounced at Thomas' home in Arvada, allegedly to warn him that the Globe planned to use pressure tactics to get an interview with him. The former detective responded with a warning of a restraining order if Shapiro ever came there again.

Having lost his official sources, Shapiro began drawing closer to the Ramsey camp. He finally came full circle, apologizing to John Ramsey for his paper's accusations against him. Fired by the Globe two weeks ago, Shapiro would now like to join the FBI. In the meantime, he intends to go on CBS' 48 Hours program to expose his former employer for using what he now believes were unethical methods.

Jeff Shapiro seemed to think that the case revolved around him, and for a brief time, it almost did. Incredibly, he managed to insinuate himself everywhere and gain the confidence of major figures in the case. He achieved enviable access, but he couldn't keep anyone's trust for long.

Sleaze and vanity

In mid-1997 Ann Bardach of Vanity Fair arrived in Boulder. At the height of tension between the police and the DA, an investigator on the case leaked inside information, including the wording of the ransom note, to Bardach. To cover her source, she pressured me to tell the police a false story that would, in her words, "throw sand in the gears of the investigation." When I refused to help with her scheme, she screamed that I couldn't be trusted. Her paranoid accusations stunned me. She then spread the word that I was trying to steal her article. Finally I broke all contact with her. Editor's note: Ann Bardach calls the above anecdote "categorically false." She emphasizes that there was no professional relationship or any other kind of relationship whatsoever between her and Frank Coffman, and the only confrontations she had with him were restricted to her attempts to "elude his harassment."

While Bardach's secret source at the Boulder PD has never been identified, certain clues point to Steve Thomas.

The complaints about the DA's office that he expressed in his resignation letter are strikingly similar in tone and content to complaints voiced to Bardach by her source. In September, 1997, before Koby canceled his plan to polygraph the detectives to identify the leaker, Thomas expressed fear that he would be blamed. And at about the time that Bardach arrived in Boulder, Thomas made inquiries about the reputation of Vanity Fair.

According to Bardach, she used several sources in investigative agencies on the case, including the FBI, CBI, DA's office and Boulder Police Department. She refuses to comment on the identity of any particular sources.

The media frenzy around the Ramsey case appalled her, Bardach adds. "I've never seen such ethical lapses on the part of journalists-if that's what you can call them; many of them hardly seemed legitimate. The tabloid reporters were all working the story with check books."

Bardach's taste for tabloid reporters didn't improve when the Globe wound up with her article before Vanity Fair appeared on newsstands. The piece was stolen from the printer and faxed to The Denver Post, among other publications.

A Globe editor left a message on Bardach's machine "gloating" over their acquisition of the piece, says Bardach.

Information from her story ended up in newspapers before her magazine article could hit the streets.

Ann Bardach came and went from Boulder, but probably not soon enough for Lawrence Schiller, author of the recently released book, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town. According to The New York Post, Schiller tried to discourage sources from talking with her by spreading the rumor that her story had been canceled. (When I asked him about it, the author refused to address the point on the record.)

Schiller, who has a reputation for hardball tactics, has been tagged a "perfectly amoral profiteer" by author Jeffrey Toobin, who like Schiller, wrote a book about the O.J. Simpson murder case.

Schiller's book has been called "an encyclopedia" of the Ramsey case. It is the most thorough account of the investigation to be published thus far. However, from my personal knowledge of certain events depicted in the book, I believe Schiller often embroiders the truth. For instance, while he was working on the book, he quoted a passage to me. I told him that he had somewhat misquoted what Steve Thomas said to me and I advised him to change it, but he kept the inaccurate quotation in the book. Worse, Schiller's paraphrased reconstruction of my conversation with Lou Smit regarding traits of the note's writer (Page 448) is mostly Schiller's concoction.

Others had the same problem. The Ramseys' former housekeeper, Linda Hoffmann-Pugh, confirms most of what Schiller writes about her, but she objects to several apparent fabrications, such as the claim on Page 561 that the authorities showed her a photograph of the Ramseys' dryer with JonBenet's sheets inside. She was never shown such a photo, she says.

Schiller relied heavily on the uncorroborated statements of Jeff Shapiro. Some statements from Hunter and Thomas that appear as verbatim quotations are actually just recollections from Shapiro.

Some of Schiller's sources cooperated with him on the condition he wouldn't use their names-a condition he violated. For instance, the Ramseys' former Boulder nanny talked to Schiller once he promised to keep her anonymous. Later, before the book was finished, she became alarmed that Schiller might violate their oral agreement. I relayed her concerns to Schiller, but he refused to take her name out of the manuscript. (Schiller declined to respond to the accusation for this story.)

Others, however, were permitted anonymity in the book. Clay Evans, columnist for The Daily Camera, hides behind the fictitious name "Cordwainer Bird" on Page 426.

Schiller has already issued an errata list, but it barely scratches the surface. Jeff Merrick, a former Access Graphics' employee who knew John Ramsey, says that "very little of what he writes about me is accurate." For instance, Merrick insists that he never threatened John Ramsey and he never claimed that the company owed him close to $118,000 or any other specific amount. He calls the numerous errors "almost comical."

The Ramseys' defenders

The Ramseys have managed to find sympathetic media ears. Dan Glick at Newsweek became a virtual apologist for the couple, all the while claiming that he was "agnostic" about their guilt or innocence.

On the Internet, "Jameson's Timeline" web site presents a lengthy defense of the Ramseys. "Jameson" is the pseudonym of a housewife in North Carolina who had a vision while taking a shower two days after the murder that the Ramseys were innocent. She has met John and Patsy Ramsey and has even managed to insert herself into the police investigation. In April 1997, a tip from Jameson persuaded Boulder police detectives to fly to North Carolina to interview an imprisoned pedophile as a possible suspect. In another episode in the summer of 1998, Jameson sicced authorities, including the CBI, on the family of a former employee of the Ramseys, alleging that they were part of a child pornography operation. The only thing that came of the investigation was pain for a wrongly-accused family. Now, "Internet sleuth" Jameson, again claiming to have important evidence, is trying to prod the DA's office into summoning her to testify before the grand jury investigating the murder.

When the public first became curious about the Ramsey case, then Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby termed the murder "a sick curiosity." Sick or not, it is a preoccupation shared by the media, by law enforcement and by a large part of the public. Incredibly, the size of the investigation into the murder of one little girl approaches in magnitude the official investigation of the Kennedy assassination. Until the case is solved, there will be a pack of reporters chasing after every scrap of information to serve up to a public that hungers to know who killed JonBenet.

Frank Coffman is a long-time Boulder resident and part-time writer.

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  David Duffy
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Police were called to the Regal Harvest House hotel about 11 a.m. Wednesday after a maid found a body in a room, McNeill said. The Boulder County coroner's office identified the deceased as David Duffy, 58, of Boca Raton, Fla.

A ruling on cause of death is pending an autopsy today. Medical investigator Dan Pruett said the death did not appear to be suspicious.

Duffy, a native of Manchester, England, was an Enquirer reporter for 21 years, senior editor Charlie Montgomery said.

Duffy had high blood pressure and had been feeling ill. He was supposed to see a doctor Wednesday, Montgomery said.

"I've been in the business for 35 years and he's one of the best reporters I've ever run into,'' Montgomery said.


February 27, 1997

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  Marilyn Van Derbur Atler
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Quote: 1997-02-27: Cops interviewed Atler in Ramsey case

Cops interviewed Atler in Ramsey case
By Kevin McCullen
February 27, 1997
Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer

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BOULDER -- Police investigating the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey recently interviewed noted incest victim Marilyn Van Derbur Atler.

Atler, the 1958 Miss America, did not disclose the questions detectives asked her. But one of the topics involved incest, she said.

Meanwhile, as the investigation reached the two-month mark, authorities said a National Enquirer reporter covering the story was found dead in his Boulder hotel room Wednesday. Police said there did not appear to be any sign of foul play.

Atler has become an outspoken national figure against incest and child abuse since her revelation six years ago that her father had sexually abused her as a child.

She said she was happy to help. "I was absolutely used as a resource person. I did not ask them anything,'' Atler said.

Atler is one of more than 120 people interviewed by Boulder police in Colorado and elsewhere since JonBenet's body was found in the basement of her parents' Boulder home on Dec. 26. She had been strangled, sexually assaulted and her skull was fractured.

Atler was contacted because she "has information that may or may not be of use in this case,'' said Boulder police spokesman Kelvin McNeill.


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  7/11/97 Chuck Green (BORG) column in Denver Post
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N.Y. lawyer steps in
By Chuck Green
Denver Post Columnist

July 11 - More than 1,600 miles away, a New York City attorney has fired a shot across the metaphorical bow of District Attorney Alex Hunter in the Colorado town of Boulder. It's certainly a long shot, as measured by distance. And some might say it's an even longer shot in terms of legal argument.
Lawyer Darnay Hoffman, though, believes he has launched a legal missile aimed at the heart of the investigation into the 1996 Christmas night murder of JonBenet Ramsey.
Hoffman, an attorney who describes himself as an advocate for victims' rights, has become intensely interested in the case of the 6-year-old beauty queen found bludgeoned and strangled in her wealthy family's home.
The case is not unlike another 6-year-old murder victim's, Lisa Steinberg, who died in New York 10 years ago and whose adopted father, millionaire attorney Joel Steinberg, was sentenced to prison for her death.
Hoffman, who worked on that case, says that Steinberg and his wife, Hedda Nussbaum, were arrested within hours after Lisa - found in a coma - was rushed to a hospital. And he says New York police made the arrests with less evidence than exists in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case.
Now Hoffman wants to know why Boulder police haven't arrested JonBenet's parents - a move he believes would eventually solve the case.
"In cases of domestic violence, you usually don't get a conviction based on forensics. It's usually based on a confession by someone who knows what happened," Hoffman says. In the Steinberg case, Hedda Nussbaum - after sitting in jail for a while - eventually agreed to testify against Joel Steinberg. He was convicted of voluntary first-degree manslaughter for causing Lisa's death.
Hoffman has written Hunter demanding access to the Ramsey investigative file, serving notice that he intends to sue the DA for not filing criminal charges.
Hunter's chief assistant, Bill Wise, has responded to Hoffman by telling him that "we do not accept your approach," and "we must therefore refuse your 'demand discovery.' " But by sending his letter to Hunter, the New York attorney has paved the way toward a legal challenge and court review of the Ramsey investigation if no one is arrested for murdering JonBenet.
A little-known Colorado law allows "persons who believe that a prosecuting attorney is not pursuing a case with diligence to petition the court to review the status of the case" and to order charges to be filed.
A Colorado Court of Appeals case confirmed that the law is "a mechanism created by the (legislature) to prevent abuses in connection with the prosecutorial decision." Hoffman says he is pursuing his "prefiling investigation" into Hunter's conduct with himself as the client, as a victims' rights advocate, but sources say he might eventually represent a national victims' rights organization in the case.
Technically, Hoffman's action appears premature. It's considered unlikely that a court would take his requests seriously until the Ramsey case is obviously stalled or abandoned - a status that would take many more months to become arguable.
Meanwhile, Hunter has been put on legal notice that there's a serious New York lawyer looking over his shoulder.

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  David Liebman
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-01-2017, 03:36 PM - Forum: Handwriting - Replies (5)

David Liebman, M.A., C.D.E.

Certified Document Examiner/President of NADE

981 South Quail Street o Norfolk, VA o 23513 p (804) 853-4722 622-9606

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION Master of Science, 1980, Old Dominion University Major Specialty: Biology Education

Minor: Psychology

Bachelor of Science, 1969, Old Dominion University Major Specialty: Earth Science Education


Minor: Psychology

0Additional study toward a Doctorate in Psychology and Biology.

EMPLOYMENT 9Instructor at Old Dominion University.

adjunct Professor at Tidewater Community College.

*Owned a scientific supply company for eleven years.

HANDWRITING T@NING BACKGROTJND:

CERTIFICATION a National Association of Document Examiners.

ADDITIONAL a Forensic document photography at Eastman Kodak Company,

TRAINING Rochester, New York, 1987.

a Statistics and the use of optical, chemical, laboratory, and scientific measuring equipment.

a University science courses requiring technical and specialized knowledge in the use of various types of laboratory equipment and writing lab reports.

ADVANCED t National Association of Document Examiners

TRAINING 1994-1989 Washington D.C.: 1991 Los Angeles, California, 1992 Atlanta, Georgia; 1994 Concord, Massachusetts; 1995 San Antonio, Texas; 1996 Baltimore, Maryland- 1997 Las Vegas, Nevada.

RESEARCH Old Dominion University: Handwriting disturbances.

AND Forensic photography techniques,

DEVELOPMENT Advanced techniques of document examination.

FACILITIES Including a library of over 500 books and articles on hand. writing and forensic document examination; laboratory; and. photo lab.

PROFESSIONAL National Association

ASSOCIATIONS of Document Examiners

Positions held: ]Education Chairman

Election Committee Chairman

Board of Directors

Second Vice President

Currently: President since October 1994

F-Eastman Kodak

Position held: Chairperson for Spring Seminar on @cd and

Ultra-Violet Forensic Document Photography.

LECTURES National Association of Document Examiners.

Photographic techniques and the Document Examiner.

Tidewater Law Board.

Old Dominion University Law Enforcement, Business and

Finance Security Control Departments and Handwriting

used in the business sector.

9 Chamber of Commerce.

& Retail Merchants Association.

o Tidewater Personnel.

& C&P Telephone Company.

COLLEGE 9 Completion of a College Level Course in Questioned Document-

COURSE ments. Northern V' ' 'a College, Annadale, VA. Instructed by

Larry Zieglar, current Questioned Document Examiner for the

FBI. 1995

COURT * Depositions, Hearings and Arbitrations.

EXPERIENCE o, Court qualified as an expert witness in the following courts:

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

General District Court - Civil Division

General District Court - Traffic Division

Circuit Court

U.S. District Courts



PUBLISHED a National Association of Document Examines Journal:

WORKS Articles concerning forensic document photography.

LABORATORY Magnification devices, Microscopes...

EQUIPMENT o Forensic photography equipment.

Infrared and Ultraviolet (longwave and shortwave lamp)

* Calipers and measuring devices.

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  Cina Wong
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-01-2017, 03:35 PM - Forum: Handwriting - Replies (10)

Cina L. Wong, B.C.D.E.

Court Qualified Board Certified Document Examiner
1131 Granby St. Norfolk VA 23510 U.S.A (757) 622-9606 fax,622-9585
E-mail: NOFORGERY@aol.com

Quote:
Quote:
Qualifying experience in scientific examination and identification of signatures, handwriting, handprinting, typewriting, page substitutions, seals, water-marks, erased, obliterated and altered writing in documents, numerical/diacritic marks, inks, forgeries, specialization in photocopy paste-up forgeries, specific computer dot matrix/laser printers, anonymous letters, and disguised handwriting.
Training includes(definitely not limited to), College accredited course with Larry Zieglar, a former FBI Document Examiner and a specialized course with John W. Hargett, Chief Document Examiner with the Secret Service.
 
Curriculum Vitae and General Resume
BORN:
Quote:Mountain View, California October 26,1962.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
Quote:San Jose State University
San Jose, California                                                                 1990
Bachelor of Arts Degree. Undergraduate course work includes: psychology, sociology, and ethics.
College of San Mateo
San Mateo, California                                                                1984
Awarded Associate of Arts Degree.
COURT EXPERIENCE:
Quote:Court qualified as an expert witness in State. and Federal courts.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Quote:National Association of Document Examiners (NADE)
Delaware                                                                                  1991 -current
Offices held: Professionalism Chairman(1995-1997)
                    Membership Chairman (1997 - 1998)
                    Vice President (1998 - present)
Quote:Northwest Fraud Investigators Association (NWFIA)
Tukwila, WA                                                                             1998-current
"An organization founded in 1929, with a purpose to secure the cooperation of those interested in the location, apprehension, and conviction of persons defrauding the public." (NWFIA)
BOARD CERTIFICATION:
Quote:    As quoted from Court TV: "Cina Wong...the youngest Board Certified Handwriting Expert in the history of the National Association of Document Examiners (NADE)." Board Certification obtained in 1995 through extensive written and oral testing.
TRAINING:
Quote:International School of Handwriting Sciences
San Francisco, California                                                         1990
Completed a six month program in handwriting Sciences with Questioned Document Examiner Ted Widmer.
International School of Handwriting Sciences
San Francisco, California                                                         1991
Completion of an advanced course in Questioned Document Examination. Involved methods of forgery detection, case studies, hands on equipment operation/technique and court qualification procedures.
Signature Identification
San Francisco, California                                                          1991
A study of:. various techniques used to verify signatures, recognizing different forms of forged signatures, use of equipment to aid in handwriting I.D.
Effects of Health on Handwriting
Sunnyvale, California                                                                 1991
Taught by Patricia Wellingham-Jones (an expert in identifying health related conditions and medications affecting handwriting).
David Liebman, MA, BCDE (President of N.A.D.E.)          1992-1995
Advanced training. Mentorship program offered by N.A.D.E. (National Association of Document Examiners). Study of new techniques and procedures in the document field, court appearances, preparation of court exhibits, use of forensic examination and magnification equipment, typewriter identification, dichroic inks, copy machine forgeries, forensic and document photography.
COMPLETION OF COLLEGE LEVEL COURSE IN QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS:
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Annadale, Virginia                                                                     1995
Instructed by Larry Ziegler, at the time, current Questioned Document Examiner for the FBI.
CONTINUING EDUCATION:
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A 20 lesson course which entail subjects, such as: The mechanics of Handwriting, Proper Procedures for Obtaining Exemplars, Identification of Hand Printing, Disguised Writing, Forgeries, Photo Copy Examination, Typewriter Identification, Anonymous Letters, Document Photography, Examination of Ink and Paper, Writing Instruments, Erased and Obliterated Writing, Use of ESDA...
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
In-depth state accredited sixty hour course taught by Vince Tortomasi (past Norfolk, VA Police Officer).
SPECIALIZED COURSE:
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Bend, Oregon                                                                             1998
Handwriting analysis course instructed by John W. Hargett, the Chief Document Examiner for the U.S. Secret Service. He has been a Handwriting Expert with 31 years experience. Mr. Hargett has also headed the Secret Service International Forensic Training program and has lectured at the U.S, Secret Service Questioned Document Course since 1989.
RESIDENT TRAINING SEMINARS ATTENDED:
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Los Angeles, California
Workshop participation in: Ink identification by well-known ink chemist Izzy Lieberman, Document photography, Guidelines for taking exemplars, Preparation of courtroom exhibits, Mock court, Forgeries.
NADE Conference 1992
Atlanta, Georgia
Workshop participation in: Typewriter identification, contracts, Paper/Watermark identification, Case studies, Document photography, Depositions and Court qualification, Photocopy identification, Computer generated documents and alterations, Forgery and Facsimile machines.
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Concord, Massachusetts
Workshop participation in: Information on the current Federal Rules on expert testimony, Case studies, Introduction to new document examination equipment, Variations of courtroom exhibits, Forensic document photography with new advances, Counterfeit money, Handwriting of anonymous letters.
NADE Conference 1995
San Antonio, Texas
Workshop participation in: Cross examination, Personal check security, Disguised writing to defraud. Examination of writing under liquid paper correction fluid, Professionalism and research resources, handling of valuable documents.
NADE Conference 1996
Baltimore, Maryland
Workshop participation in: New research and advanced techniques in Pattern Recognition, Exhibit Preparation, Unusual Variations misidentified as significant Differences.
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Bend, Oregon
Forensic Document Examination sessions with Chief Document Examiner of the U.S, Secret Service, John W. Hargett, Equifax Credit Information Service on how to detect fraud via credit reports with Bonnie Meeks, and Howard Pollett of the Internal Revenue Service on fraud concerning Trusts and Pure Trusts.
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Atlanta, Georgia
NADE Conference 1995
San Antonio, Texas
PRINT MEDIA:
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RADIO APPEARANCES:
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BROADCAST MEDIA:
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  12/4/97 - Koby affidavit - Hunter never asked to file charges
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-01-2017, 03:33 PM - Forum: Darnay Hoffman - No Replies

DISTRICT COURT, BOULDER COUNTY, COLORADO
Civil Action No. 97CV1732
AFFIDAVIT OF CHIEF TOM KOBY
DARNAY HOFFMAN, Plaintiff,
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ALEXANDER HUNTER, Defendant,

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In my capacity, as Chief of Police, I have been personally involved with the investigation into the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, I am aware of the status of the investigation, I am aware of the evidence and information that has been collected in the investigation, and I am responsible for the decision of whether or not the investigation should be referred to the District Attorney for the filing of charges. The investigation into the murder of JonBenet Ramsey has not been referred to the District Attorney's Office for the filing of charges. At no time, in the past, has this investigation been referred to the District Attorney's Office for the filing of charges against anyone, nor has an arrest warrant been prepared. As a result, Alex Hunter, the District Attorney, has never refused to prosecute any person for this crime. In addition, he has never made any representation to me or anyone in my department, in any way, of what his decision might be if the investigation were to be submitted to his office for the filing of charges. Such a decision cannot be made until the investigation is completed, and this investigation has not progressed to the point where such a referral can be considered. The Boulder Police Department is still in the process of collecting, and testing evidence in this investigation.
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  4/11/98 editorial - 5 myths
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-01-2017, 03:30 PM - Forum: Darnay Hoffman - No Replies

Five myths about the JonBenét Ramsey case

By Darnay Hoffman

Now that the Boulder Police Department has requested that the district attorney convene a grand jury in the JonBenét Ramsey investigation, it is time to dispel some the "myths" and conventional wisdom that have been passing for serious analysis of this case.
Myth #1: The police have hopelessly bungled the evidence in the case, making a solution to JonBenét's murder nearly impossible.
Wrong. Domestic homicides are almost never solved with forensic evidence. The reason is quite simple. The suspects usually live at the scene of the crime and any forensic evidence discovered there invariably has an "innocent" explanation. The public is woefully misinformed with respect to the true value of forensic evidence in identifying suspects in a crime. A recent study in the Journal of Forensic Sciences noted that "crime scene evidence ... has no intrinsic ability to identify an offender who is otherwise unknown." Most crime scenes, moreover, are never as pristine or well-kept as they should be, yet convictions result every day.
Myth #2: There is not enough "hard" evidence to identify the real culprit(s), thereby making it impossible to arrest and charge anyone for the murder of JonBenét.
Wrong again. The ransom note is the only forensic evidence of the true identity of the culprit(s) sufficient to lead to an arrest and conviction in this case. Examining mud prints, knots, masking tape, and nylon cords is just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Either the police can identify the ransom note writer or they can't. If they can't, then everyone can go home now. This case can't be solved in a way that can realistically lead to a conviction "beyond reasonable doubt." Most domestic homicides never have a ransom note or nearly as much evidence as the police now possess. The police know who the ransom note writer is, and they can prove it.
Myth #3: The police have asked the district attorney to convene a grand jury because there isn't enough evidence.
Complete nonsense. The source of almost all the friction and ill-will between the police and Alex Hunter is the growing suspicion that the district attorney is not eager to file a case against the politically powerful Haddon and his client John Ramsey. Anyone who doubts this has only to read Fleet White's letter calling for the removal of Alex Hunter. It is clear from White's letter that he believes, based on his personal experiences dealing with both the police and the district attorney, that it is Alex Hunter, and not Tom Koby, who doesn't want a solution to this crime. The reason the police have requested a grand jury is to force Alex Hunter to present the evidence they have gathered before a panel of Boulder citizens who will have no hesitation whatsoever in returning an indictment. Anyone sophisticated enough to know the law will realize that the Ramseys can't be compelled to give testimony and that the evidence of 11 year-old Burke is almost useless. The only practical purpose in convening a grand jury is to remove the decision to charge someone for the murder of JonBenét from the district attorney and put it in the hands of less politically sensitive people.
Myth #4: Identifying the ransom note writer still doesn't mean the district attorney can get a murder conviction.
This is not only wrong, it is the closest thing to a "Big Lie" being perpetrated by the district attorney's office. This "Whopper" goes something like this: Even if we know the ransom note writer, how can a jury convict them of a murder without more evidence of their physically participating in the actual killing of JonBenét? Simple. Colorado's felony murder statute makes anyone participating in such dangerous crimes as kidnapping equally responsible for any murder resulting from such activity. Much like the get-away-driver to a bank robbery where a guard is killed (who is later found guilty of murder despite not even being in the bank during the robbery and murder) the JonBenét ransom note writer can be charged with first-degree murder even if the police can't prove the writer actually killed JonBenét. Yet Alex Hunter persists in naively stating that even if the ransom note writer were identified and arrested and jailed, they would be immediately eligible for bail. This is also not true because felony murder is not a bailable offense in Colorado. The ransom note writer would have to sit in jail until they went to trial or made a deal to reveal JonBenét's murderer to the district attorney.
Myth #5: This case will never be solved.
It already has been. The police know the killer and they can prove it. Until Alex Hunter is removed from the case as Fleet White demanded in his letter to Gov. Romer, there will never be justice for JonBenét Ramsey, or peace for Boulder, Colorado.

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  12/3/97 - letter to Governor Romer
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-01-2017, 03:28 PM - Forum: Darnay Hoffman - No Replies

DARNAY HOFFMAN

ATTORNEY AT LAW

210 WEST 70TH STREET, SUITE 209

NEW YORK, NY 10023

TELEPHONE (212) 496-2936

FAX (212) 496-8676

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December 3, 1997
Hon. Roy R. Romer, Governor
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Dear Governor Romer:
You may need to order an investigation into the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's handling of the handwriting evidence in the murder of JonBenét Ramsey.
Sometime last March, Boulder police submitted a search warrant affidavit to a Michigan judge seeking permission to search the vacation home of John and Patsy Ramsey for handwriting exemplars. According to Boulder police, a preliminary report by C.B.I. had determined that Patsy Ramsey was "probably" the ransom note writer, hence the need for more unrehearsed samples of her handwriting.
Three months later, CBI issued a report to the Boulder police that reportedly concluded that their analysis "does not exclude" the handwriting of Patsy Ramsey as the ransom note writer. As Ramsey attorney Patrick Furman was quoted to say in the Rocky Mountain News: "the finding of ‘does not exclude’ is one step away from clearing her of authorship." Defense attorney Hal Haddon remarked that the CBI level of assessment of Patsy Ramsey's handwriting "has no evidentiary value, because a lot of people write similarly."
The question for you, Governor, is how C.B.I. could issue a final report which was so dramatically different from their earlier preliminary report. Patsy Ramsey went from "probably" being the ransom note writer in March to "she didn't write it" in June. What's going on here?
This development is especially disturbing in light of the fact that of all the handwriting experts I have consulted -- and there have been over a dozen -- not one of them could believe that any reputable handwriting or document examiner could reach any other conclusion than that Patsy Ramsey wrote the ransom note. It wasn't even a close call.
Three of the questioned document examiners I consulted have prepared lengthy handwriting reports which clearly show Patsy Ramsey as the ransom note writer. I have enclosed them for your convenience. They were prepared by Thomas C. Miller, a Denver attorney and certified court handwriting expert, David S. Liebman, the president of the National Association of Document Examiners, and Cina L. Wong, the youngest board certified document examiner in NADE history, and considered by many to be the Henry Lee of handwriting examiners.
If after reading these reports you have as many unanswered questions as I have about the disparity between CBI’s conclusions and those of the enclosed experts, you might decide on an investigation. Before the Oklahoma Bombing, no one knew the terrible trouble the FBI crime lab was in. The O.J. Simpson case exposed the L.A. crime lab for the mess it had become. Perhaps the JonBenét Ramsey case will bring some needed light into the dark corners of the CBI forensic handwriting division. According to published reports, Ramsey defense attorneys hired the former teacher and mentor of CBI's handwriting division as an expert "consultant." You can start your investigation right there and keep on going. Who knows what you might find.
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Darnay Hoffman
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cc.: Gale Norton, A.G.

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  timeline of window
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-01-2017, 01:03 PM - Forum: Broken window/ Spider web - No Replies

Will be edited as I find information with times.

PW book - BPD Report #5-2473 - - "some time before 1000 hours John Ramsey went down I the basement to the train room and he found the train room window open so he closed it."     According to John, he had been searching the house, the walk-in refrigerator, under beds, anywhere he might think she could have hidden and he went to the basement.  When he saw the open window with the suitcase under it, he thought that is not right and HE says he went upstairs and told the detective he had broken the window months before but the window being open, the suitcase being under it and the scrape mark on the wall was not right.

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