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  Steve Thomas' book
Posted by: jameson245 - 08-28-2017, 06:17 PM - Forum: Footprints in the snow - No Replies

From page 19 - hardcover

Sgt. Reichenback ...."saw no fresh foot impressions, found no open doors or windows, nothing to indicate a break-in, but walking on the driveway and sidewalks left NO VISIBLE PRINTS."  (jameson's emphasis)


Considering both John Fernie and Scott Gibbons saw the door to the butler's kitchen open and unattended early that morning, I have to wonder just how hard Sergeant was looking at the time.  There was at least one open window - deliberately left open to run electrical cords to the Christmas decorations and there was ONE broken window where an intruder could have gotten in.  I think his report would say he didn't notice anything, be shameful if he stated as fact the house was securely locked up.    

But that is not the subject of this thread.  

Point is, even Steve Thomas admits the walks were clear and not covered in snow.

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  From Brill's Content
Posted by: jameson245 - 08-28-2017, 06:07 PM - Forum: Footprints in the snow - No Replies

This is just part of a larger story


http://www.brillscontent.com/features/benet6_0200.html

FOOTPRINTS IN WHAT SNOW?

On March 10, 1997, Charlie Brennan, a 15-year veteran of the Denver Rocky Mountain News, was sitting at his desk in the newsroom when a colleague tapped him on the shoulder and gave him a tip about the JonBenét Ramsey case. It sounded like a good one, so Brennan, 44, followed up by calling a man Brennan characterizes as a "law-enforcement source."

The source confirmed the information Brennan's colleague had passed along: The police noted in their initial report that there were no footprints in the snow outside the Ramsey home the morning after the murder. This made it unlikely that an intruder had entered the home. Brennan scribbled down notes, made a few more calls, and hunkered down to write his page 4 report:

Police who went to JonBenét Ramsey's home the morning she was reported missing found no footprints in the snow surrounding the house, sources said Monday.

That is one of the earliest details that caused investigators to focus their attention on the slain girl's family, police sources said.

Although there was no significant storm just before police went to the house the morning after Christmas, it had snowed lightly several times from Dec. 23 to 25, weather records show.

Brennan's scoop was as close to a smoking gun as anything publicly known at the time. Until that point, a broken basement window on the south side of their home meant an intruder could have gotten into the house and killed John and Patsy Ramsey's daughter. Now a lack of footprints in the snow indicated otherwise.

Brennan's findings made national headlines, appearing in publications such as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Chicago Tribune, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the San Francisco Examiner. Even The New York Times reported Brennan's findings. (Those papers' combined readership is 2,519,501.) In all, 23 publications and news programs picked up the report, according to a search on the Lexis-Nexis database.

His No Footprints In The Snow scoop solidified Brennan as an important force on the Ramsey beat. When journalists from national publications began parachuting into Boulder to get their share of the action-such as Vanity Fair's Ann Louise Bardach, and Lawrence Schiller, who had been commissioned by The New Yorker to cover the Ramsey murder-Brennan was the man they called. In fact, when Schiller decided to expand his New Yorker article into a book, he hired Brennan to help with the reporting. (Brennan won't say how much money he made from collaborating on Perfect Murder, Perfect Town. The hardcover and paperback editions both reached best-seller lists.)

Although Brennan was beginning to enjoy the national exposure-The New York Times was reporting his discovery, Larry King Live was calling-his scoop would soon quietly fall apart.

When Daniel Glick heard about Brennan's No Footprints headliner, he thought it was a bombshell. Glick, a former Washington correspondent for Newsweek who now writes for the magazine from Boulder County, even went so far as to say on Larry King Live that if the Ramseys' claims of an intruder were to be believed, the killer must have had the power to "levitate."

But in mid-June 1997, Glick and his writing partner, Sherry Keene-Osborn, both began to question the story's accuracy. Keene-Osborn said she got a call from an "impeccable source" who warned her that much of what ran in the newspapers and magazines (including Newsweek) was flat wrong. Glick says he raised an eyebrow when, while visiting the Ramseys' Boulder house, he noticed that flagstone surrounded its south side.

They started re-reporting Brennan's scoop. Glick says he found a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who told him that there was little snowfall and that the temperature had been mostly above freezing in the week prior to the murder. Glick says he then deduced that because there were no leaves on the trees to block the sunshine from reaching the flagstone patio outside the broken window, there probably wasn't any snow on the ground outside the broken window-even though there were patches of snow on the lawn. To confirm, Glick says, he contacted a "frost expert" who told him that scientifically one couldn't even determine whether or when frost would have been on the ground outside the window. In other words, the police notation of "no footprints" was meaningless; it certainly did not rule out the entrance of an intruder.

Glick and Keene-Osborn wrote a story that questioned Brennan's reporting. The article was largely ignored by other print outlets, though Geraldo Rivera mentioned Newsweek's report on Rivera Live and Glick discussed his findings on two episodes of Larry King Live. Given the relatively little play by the media outlets that had so quickly picked up Brennan's No Footprints piece, Glick and Keene-Osborn's piece hardly made a dent in what John and Patsy Ramsey's attorney now calls "the greatest urban legend of the case." In fact, five months after Newsweek disputed Brennan's story, The Washington Post reported that "from the start, circumstances surrounding the crime focused suspicion on the parents....There were no conclusive signs of forced entry at the home and no footprints in the snow that fell that night."

The importance of the No Footprints story, Brennan contends, is not whether there actually were footprints or not. Rather, he says, his report showed the direction in which the police investigation was heading: By noting a lack of footprints (wrongly or rightly), the police were clearly considering the potential guilt of the Ramseys. "What I reported was that police noted in their reports an absence of footprints," says Brennan. "That's not Charlie Brennan saying, 'Hey, there was an absence of footprints.' I'm saying, 'Hey, the police put it in their reports.' And they did! They did! That was never wrong."

But when The New York Times ran its story about Brennan's No Footprints article, the paper didn't play up the aspect of the direction of the police investigation. The Times's headline was "No Sign Of An Intruder At Home Of A Slain Child."

To Glick, Brennan's piece unfairly threw a dark shadow on the Ramseys and forever cast them as the homicidal parents. Again, Brennan disagrees: "The public opinion train was way out of the station by the time that story broke," he asserts.

For many reporters, getting the story out ultimately became more important than getting it right. And context was hardly the only element missing. Tabloids such as the Globe, which kept JonBenét on the front page for three years (and counting), fabricated stories outright, says Jeffrey Shapiro, a freelancer who exclusively reported for the Globe from February 28, 1997, to February 11, 1999.

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  Shall Be The Conqueror
Posted by: jameson245 - 08-27-2017, 03:48 PM - Forum: SBTC - No Replies

John Mark Karr once used these words when writing in a classmate's yearbook.

Since I have never liked him as a suspect I will only say he was cleared by DNA and never could prove he was in Colorado at the time in question.

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  Saved By The Cross
Posted by: jameson245 - 08-27-2017, 03:46 PM - Forum: SBTC - No Replies

According to those who would accuse Patsy of this crime, SBTC stands for Saved By the Cross and proves Patsy did it because she was a Christian.

No evidence she ever used that acronym but BORG likes the explanation since it points to family.

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  Santa Barbara Tennis Club
Posted by: jameson245 - 08-27-2017, 03:43 PM - Forum: SBTC - No Replies

According to his girlfriend, suspect Chris Wolf had an article of clothing that had those initials on it and stood for Santa Barbara Tennis Club.

Chris Wolf's handwriting was considered a possible match according to my sources but he was cleared by DNA.

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  Subic Bay Training Center theory
Posted by: jameson245 - 08-27-2017, 03:40 PM - Forum: SBTC - No Replies

John Ramsey was in the Navy and for a while he was stationed in the Philippines.  BORG gossip spoke of a plaque found in the Ramsey basement that commemorated his time there and suggested the sign off found on the note stood for SUBIC BAY TRAINING CENTER.

In truth, that is simply BORG bull.

I have a photo of the plaque - - it does NOT say anything about Subic Bay Training Center - not at all.  Truth be told, there never was any installation going by that name.

In the center of the plaque is some carving and then a ring around that - a ring of words surround the ring.  On the top it says, "U.S. NAVY PUBLIC WORKS CENTER".  And on the bottom, upright so it can be easily read, it says "SUBIC BAY PHILIPPINES"  Stars divide the two notations.

Simply put, SBTC does not stand for Subic Bay Training Center as suggested by BORG.  The plaque they pointto does not exist.

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  From Lisa Ryckman story
Posted by: jameson245 - 08-20-2017, 01:26 PM - Forum: Pam and Kristine Griffin - Replies (6)

   

For Pam Griffin, a friend of Patsy Ramsey's who designed many of JonBenet's pageant costumes, it has been a year of proving herself a true and loyal friend -- but not without a cost.

This has taken from me a vulnerability I had hoped never to lose,'' said Griffin, who has often found herself as Patsy's lone defender on television talk shows.

A person who always greeted others with a hug, Griffin now tends to keep her distance; trust takes time.

"Now I just don't feel comfortable around a lot of people, and I always felt comfortable around everybody,'' she said. "I resent the tabloid media taking from me the right to be vulnerable if that's what I choose to do. That was something I hoped to keep all my life.''

The endless video loop of JonBenet in pageants, decked out in elaborate costumes designed by Griffin, has brought her some new clients, although she lost more than $30,000 in business from customers who disapproved of her Geraldo appearances. But despite the seemingly universal criticism of kiddie pageantry, the Colorado pageant circuit is booming -- thanks in part to JonBenet.


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  temp thread - a short search
Posted by: jameson245 - 08-15-2017, 09:47 AM - Forum: odds and ends - Replies (2)

A former teacher with a more-than-45-year history at the Marlboro Central School District is in custody following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation into distribution of child pornography.
Thomas Albright, 71, of Marlboro, was arrested Jan. 12 on charges involving distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian and Special Agent in Charge Andrew Vale of the Albany Division of the FBI.
The following day, Albright appeared in Albany before a U.S. magistrate judge. He was detained pending further court appearances.
Albright worked as a teacher with the Marlboro Central School District from Sept. 1970 to June 2002, according to a press release from the district. Following his retirement, Albright worked "periodically" as a substitute teacher and lifeguard for the district, last serving as a lifeguard in September 2016. The district declined to answer additional questions from the Journal regarding any other specific roles Albright served, and if the district had been contacted as part of the investigation.
Albright also worked as an assistant diving coach at Vassar College for both the men's and women's swim teams from Oct. 1, 2003 to Nov. 30, 2012, according to Amanita Duga-Carroll, director of media relations at Vassar.
Attempts to reach Paul Evangelista, the lead attorney representing Albright, were unsuccessful Tuesday.
Using a peer-to-peer file sharing network, Albright hosted numerous images and videos depicting "minors engaged in sexually explicit activity," according to the criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. These images could be downloaded from Albright by users on the network.
Law enforcement officials searched Albright's computer and found hundreds of images and videos depicting child pornography, all of which Albright admitted to possessing, the complaint said.
During a polygraph test, Albright admitted to a "long-time attraction to young male boys between the ages of 14 and 17," according to the complaint.
If convicted on all charges, Albright faces at least five years in prison, with a maximum sentence up to 20 years. He would also face at least five years, and up to a life term, of post-imprisonment supervised release, and a maximum $250,000 fine. Albright would also have to register as a sex offender.
Abbott Brant: abrant@poughkeepsiejournal.com; 845-437-4809; Twitter: @AbbottBrantPoJo; Geoffrey Wilson: gwilson@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4882, Twitter: Geoff_LW

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  Charlie Brennan's attempts to make all public
Posted by: jameson245 - 08-15-2017, 09:01 AM - Forum: Grand Jury Indictments - Replies (1)

Charlie Brennan: Why I fought for the Ramsey indictment's release
By Charlie Brennan Camera Staff Writer


The Daily Camera reported Jan. 27 in a front-page exclusive that the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury had voted, more than 13 years before, to indict both John and Patsy Ramsey on a charge of felony child abuse resulting in death.

Before that day, the true actions of those 12 Boulder County citizens had been misreported. The public had long been told that jurors had not taken a vote, or, alternatively, that they had elected not to indict anyone.

The January story, under my byline, was the culmination of literally years' worth of reporting and source development, finally reaching fruition only after I joined the Camera in November 2012. The Camera offered me the full editorial support required to report on the grand jury's conclusions, with sourcing and credibility that would justify its publication.

People have asked me numerous times in recent weeks, given that one target of the 1999 indictment died long ago and that the statute of limitations on child abuse resulting in death expired, why was it important to secure the actual Ramsey indictment -- having already reported on its existence?

I offer a brief anecdote. Several weeks following publication of the Camera's grand jury exclusive, I had lunch with a man who had worked the Ramsey case intensively for a local law enforcement agency in the immediate days, weeks and months following JonBenet's death.

During our meal, he asked me, "Are you saying that this was an informal straw poll of the jury, a show of hands or something, or are you saying that there is really a piece of paper with the box checked off and the signature -- the whole 9 yards?"

It was the latter, I told him. He put down his fork, shaking his head slightly, saying, "Holy (expletive)."

This is when I realized there was yet more work to do. Despite what I'd considered a thorough and well-sourced presentation of the grand jury indictment story weeks earlier, the maybe-it's-true, maybe-it-isn't skepticism that has attached like fungus over the years to the Ramsey saga might reduce this part of the story, too, to urban myth.

Now, one of the most pivotal events in the nearly 17-year Ramsey drama is fully out in the light.

Twelve citizens of this county labored for 13 months, through what jurors told me were often difficult and challenging sessions, and ultimately rendered their best decision. This, the public was never told.

Then-District Attorney Alex Hunter, we now know, exercised the discretion and power of his office by declining to sign and prosecute their indictment. This, the public was also never told.

The legal standard grand jurors were required to meet in order to indict was mere probable cause. That's the same standard a cop on the street needs to slap handcuffs on a suspect and then seek charges in court.



Hunter would have been forced to meet a much higher standard of proof -- beyond a reasonable doubt -- to convert the indictment into a conviction at trial. Although he has never discussed his thinking publicly, it is obvious Hunter did not believe there was adequate evidence to meet that more imposing burden before a jury.

Hunter did not make his historic decision in a vacuum. His thinking evolved in frequent consultation with veteran metro-area prosecutors such as Bob Grant and Bill Ritter, then the district attorneys of Adams and Denver counties, respectively. The day-to-day grand jury process was steered by another veteran prosecutor, Michael Kane, whose counsel Hunter also valued and heeded. Mitch Morrissey, now the Denver district attorney, was also part of Hunter's inner circle.

There is a reason that criminal actions are officially recorded as "The People" versus a named defendant. The courts belong to the people, and transparency of the courts is a central pillar on which our system is based. There was no transparency -- until today -- surrounding the Ramsey grand jury's final days and ultimate decision.

Judge Robert Lowenbach, in considering the suit brought by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and myself, noted, "There is no precedent in Colorado regarding the question of whether an indictment signed by the foreman of the Grand Jury but unsigned by the District Attorney is subject to disclosure to the general public."

But Judge Lowenbach apparently didn't deem this a very close call. It took him only eight working days, from hearing oral arguments, to issue a ruling that the grand jury's actions constituted an "official action," therefore permitting the indictment's release to -- and inspection by -- the public.

I believe the events of recent weeks, culminating in Judge Lowenbach's decision, may shape precedent in Colorado law, for what was, admittedly, a rare occurrence in grand jury proceedings. While grand jury witnesses and their testimony remain shielded for good reason, the ultimate decisions of juries and prosecutors must be public if the people are to retain any faith or trust in the rule of law.

Journalism has been called the rough first draft of history. The first and subsequent drafts relating to the Ramsey grand jury, which I consider one of the most critical chapters of the Ramsey story, had it wrong. Now, the record stands corrected and completed.

Two reporters stood outside JonBenet's home Dec. 26, 1996, at the time the coroner's staff brought the child's body out into the cold night and harsh light of an enduring public obsession. I was one of the two. Never did I suspect that 17 years later, the saga would still be unfolding.

One installment of the drama may now, finally, be at a conclusion.

Time has taught me better than to believe that the larger story is finally at an end.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Charlie Brennan at 303-473-1327 or brennanc@dailycamera.com

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  Pedophile thread
Posted by: jameson245 - 08-14-2017, 10:04 AM - Forum: THE KILLER - Replies (5)

If you have a difficult time discussing what a pedophile might do to a child, don't read this thread - it is dark and sick - - and shows the kind of mind some people have - - as did the killer of JonBenet.

I found this news story and it turned my stomach - but here are two people who clearly should be branded as UNSAFE AROUND CHILDREN.

Feds Charge Arizona Woman with Receiving Infant Porn, Describe Her Desire to Molest a Toddler
Monday, August 8, 2016 at 6:30 a.m.
By Ray Stern
[Image: sarah-cox-complaint.jpg]
An Arizona woman has been caught up in the federal investigation into an alleged child pornographer in Colorado.
On August 4, authorities charged 39-year-old Sarah Cox of Clarkdale with three counts of knowingly receiving child pornography. The complaint, filed in Arizona U.S. District Court by Homeland Security Investigations, alleges that Cox and Richard Hennis of Colorado Springs exchanged explicit online messages in which Cox described her desire to sexually abuse a friend's 3-year-old daughter.

In late March, federal agents arrested Hennis, 40, and 18-year-old Brandi Leonard, for producing child pornography involving an infant. Over the course of a two-month exchange, authorities allege, Leonard told Hennis that she'd sexually abused a 1-year-old girl. Hennis encouraged her to do it again and send him photos, which she did, according to a March news release by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Both pleaded not guilty; a trial is scheduled for a December.
Hennis' digital trail led investigators to Cox. According to the complaint filed in Arizona, the two allegedly conversed online in November and December 2015 using the instant-messaging app Kik, Cox under the username "JadeJeckel" and Hennis under "funguy4u2use." Investigators identified Cox via an image file she sent Hennis: a photo of a woman with multiple tattoos on her face and a large skull and spider web tattooed on her upper chest. The distinctive body ink was a match for the driver's-license photo on file with the Arizona Department of Transportation.

A spokesman with the Arizona U.S. Attorney's Office declined to discuss the case for this story.

Federal investigators allege that at about 3:30 a.m. on December 23, 2015, Cox received three images from Hennis. Two showed an adult's fingers manipulating a infant girl's vagina; a third depicted a woman (presumably Leonard) performing oral sex on the same baby.

In earlier exchanges, Hennis and Cox had discussed child sexual abuse in explicit terms, according to transcripts included in the complaint.

On November 29, 2015, funguy4u2use messaged JadeJeckel about a woman who had told him she'd sexually abused a 1-year-old girl.
"Yummy," Cox allegedly replied.
Then: "I thought about getting my friend's 3 yr old girl."
And later: "I'm going to get the 3 yr old."
"When?" Hennis responded.
"ASAP."
"What are you going to do to her?"
"Eat her and touch her."
"I'm so jealous," Hennis typed, and then, "Will you let me watch?"
Cox: "I wish you were doing it with me."
The exchanges do not indicate that Cox actually carried out the scenario she described to Hennis.
New Times unsuccessfully attempted to contact Cox by phone and via various social-media accounts maintained under the username JadeJeckel.

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