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  Jan. 14, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:24 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jan. 14, 1997 - Ramsey Update #17
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 14, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations / (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #17
Media Update for Jan. 14
The City of Boulder is pleased that Boulder County and Globe Magazine have reached a settlement concerning the unauthorized distribution of the Coroner's photographs related to the JonBenet Ramsey homicide. The City commends the County Commissioners and the County Attorney for their swift and decisive action in this matter and are grateful for their continued partnership and support.
The Boulder Police Department stresses that this matter has not distracted from the investigation or from the sole focus in this matter; finding out who is responsible for the murder of JonBenet and ensuring a successful prosecution. The homicide investigation is moving forward according to plan.
The Boulder County Crime Stoppers is coordinating a reward of up to $100,000 for information related to the homicide investigation. Under a pending agreement, the Ramsey family and others will place this reward money with the Boulder County Crime Stoppers program. The Boulder County Crime Stoppers is a non-profit corporation which assists police by anonymously gathering information on crimes.
Boulder Police have offered former FBI agent John Douglas, who has been hired by the Ramsey family, an opportunity to provide insight on the case. Mr. Douglas has been contacted and interviewed by Boulder detectives.
-CITY-

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  Jan. 13, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:23 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jan. 13, 1997 - Ramsey Update #16
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 13, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations / (303) 441-3090
Pager (303) 441-3851 #4060
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #16
City Responds to Unauthorized Publication of Coroner Photos
The City of Boulder strongly deplores the unauthorized distribution and publication of coroner photos related to the death of JonBenet Ramsey.
Boulder Police are confident that the investigation by Boulder County Sheriff George Epp and his deputies, being conducted in cooperation with Boulder County Coroner Dr. John Meyer, will be thorough and will find who is responsible for this violation.
Boulder police believe that this unauthorized release will not impede the ongoing investigation. However, any information which becomes public or common knowledge prior to an arrest will restrict the police department's ability to confront the person(s) responsible for the homicide with specific facts in the case which would otherwise only be known to the perpetrator.
-CITY-

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  jan.10, 1997 2 of 2
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:22 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jan. 10, 1997 - Ramsey Update #15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 10, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations / (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #15
Police Review 9-1-1 Hang-up Call on Dec. 23
Boulder Police have reviewed records detailing the 9-1-1 hang-up call from the Ramsey house, 755 15th St., on Dec. 23, 1996 at 6:47 p.m. (a copy of the call report is included with this news release) A Boulder Police officer was dispatched to the location and confirmed the following information: It appears that during a party at the home a telephone user mis-dialed while making a long distance call.
Public Calls following Media Roundtable
Over 150 calls of support from the public have been received by Boulder Police and the City Manager's Office, following Police Chief Tom Koby's media roundtable last night on Municipal Cable Channel 8. These calls have come in from all across the country.
-CITY-

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  Jan. 10, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:20 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jan. 10, 1997 - Ramsey Update #14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 10, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations / (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #14
Channel 8 to Rebroadcast Community Update and Media Roundtable with Tom Koby
On Thursday, January 9, Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby participated in a community update on the Ramsey homicide investigation. The live broadcast was moderated by City Communications Director Leslie Aaholm and began with remarks from Chief Koby addressed to the Boulder community. He was then joined in a roundtable discussion by five local journalists. The show was produced in the Channel 8 studio and shown live on Municipal Cable Channel 8 in Boulder and on channel 12 in Denver.
Municipal Cable Channel 8 will rebroadcast the Community Update And Media Roundtable With Tom Koby the following dates and times:
DATE TIME
Friday, January 10 6:00p.m.
Saturday, January 11 6:00p.m.
Sunday, January 12 6:00p.m.
Monday, January 13 1:30p.m.
Tuesday, January 14 4:30p.m.
Wednesday, January 15 5:30p.m.
Thursday, January 16 7:30p.m.
A limited number of copies of the broadcast will be made available to other members of the media as requested. Copies of the tape will also be available for the public to check out at the Boulder Public Library.
-CITY-

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  Jan. 9, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:19 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jan. 09, 1997 - Ramsey Update #13
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 9, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations / (303) 441-3090
pager (303) 441-3851 #4060
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #13
Boulder Police Chief Thomas G. Koby delivered the following message to the Boulder community in a live broadcast on City Municipal Cable Channel 8.
"Two weeks ago today, a violent criminal act took away from this community one of our innocents, JonBenet Ramsey. She did not deserve to be killed, for she had done nothing in her young life to harm anyone.
We are grieving as a community for our loss. I hope to use this forum as a means to aid that process. I hope to provide insight into this event that has been difficult to communicate because of the inherent conflict between the media's desire to provide all of the information they can obtain and the Boulder Police Department's desire to protect the integrity of our investigation.
I have had many members of this community ask me about comments indicating that there is a killer loose in our community. The question this raises: Is there a need for community members to be fearful?
There is no question that there is a person or persons responsible for this act who have not been apprehended. It is my advice now, as it is at any time, that we need to be vigilant with respect to persons who may do harm to us. But this needs to be kept in perspective. In this country for the last two years, 65% of the homicides have been cleared. That means that in 35% of the cases of murder in the United States, the person responsible has not been apprehended. The reality we all live with every day is that we have many dangerous people in this community and communities across the country who are walking the streets.
We all know this intellectually. However, we really never have to deal with it until it strikes close to us. We were not living in fear before this incident, and we cannot be forced to live in fear now.
It is the best judgement of the Boulder Police Department that this is a one-time occurrence. The killing of JonBenet does not appear to be linked to any other similar event. What this means is that we do not believe we have a serial situation to deal with. Should the Boulder community be concerned and vigilant? Yes. Should we be living in fear? No. Can I guarantee that this will not occur again? No.
There have been many stories and much speculation about who killed JonBenet. This is an area that I know will be explored in greater detail in the questions to follow. Let me offer a perspective on this issue. Prejudging and media hype have never solved a crime. Crime solving requires diligent and careful police work and that is exactly what the Boulder Police Department is committed to doing.
It is a natural response to a tragedy like this for the community to want to know immediately who is responsible. It is often an effort to assure ourselves that such a tragedy will never happen to us. The reality of the situation is that often these types of investigations may take time to solve.
The integrity and competence of the men and women of the Boulder Police Department have been challenged. Let me first say that I have never had the privilege of working with more competent, dedicated professionals. They are getting the job done. We will not lose the focus of this investigation to respond to meaningless and unfounded remarks. This organization is well respected in our community. That respect has been earned over many years because of the level of competent service we have provided. Again, it is unfortunate that those who have anointed themselves as experts have seized the opportunity to offer criticism which has no basis in fact.
Let me assure the citizens of Boulder that the men and women of this department are doing everything that can be done to solve this case. All of the resources that my people have needed to do their work have been provided. Our success is very good in Homicide investigations. Over the last five years, 1990-1995, we have had fifteen homicides in Boulder. We have solved thirteen of them. That means we have an 85% rate of success with these investigations.
We are not working on this investigation alone. When we have needed assistance, we have reached out to those who could provide help. Alex Hunter, the District Attorney, has had his personnel working with us from the first hours of this investigation. George Epp, Boulder County Sheriff, has provided us support in the areas of the crime scene search and interviewing of witnesses.
Pat Alstrom, Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, has the Colorado Bureau of Investigations processing the evidence we have submitted as quickly and effectively as possible. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Denver and Boulder Offices, has provided us its expertise as we have asked for it.
This violent act has deeply affected the members of the Boulder Police Department. We are fortunate that we work in an environment where we have not built up the hardened shell which you often find in other communities. But that means we still feel for the victims of violent crime. We are vulnerable. Many of us are parents who have felt this loss very deeply. We are doing our own debriefings within the organization to deal with our grief just as community members are participating in debriefings to help themselves cope. The support we have received from the community means a great deal to us. Thank you.
On behalf of the Boulder Police Department, I would like to publicly acknowledge the political leadership of this community. As much publicity as there has been around this incident, it would be very easy for it to have become very political. That has not happened. Mayor Leslie Durgin, our City Council, and City Manager, Tim Honey, have never wavered in their support of this organization. Their steady hand in this matter has enabled us to go forward with this investigation without distraction. Because of their steadfast support, they have enhanced our capacity to solve this case. They have honored their roles as community leaders.
Last, before we get into the questioning: Let me be very clear about the focus of the Boulder Police Department in this matter. Our allegiance is solely to JonBenet Ramsey. We have a mission. We have dedicated ourselves to bringing to justice the person or persons responsible for her death. Everything else is secondary. We will not be deterred.
Closing Comments:
The Boulder Police Department has this investigation well in hand. It is our intention to bring it to resolution through a successful prosecution. Our community is now in the healing process to recover from our loss. If you have not been a part of one of the many debriefings that have been offered during the last two weeks and feel you would like some assistance in dealing with our tragedy, contact the Mental Health Center, Boulder Police Victim Assistance, or your place of worship.
Last, to the members of the Boulder Police Department, continue to provide for the well-being and safety of this community. The citizens of Boulder do not expect you to be perfect. What they appreciate is the effort and concern that you show them. Take care of yourselves both physically and emotionally during this time of great stress. As always, take care of each other. I respect and admire every one of you."

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  Jan. 8, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:18 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jan. 08, 1997 - Ramsey Update #12
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8. 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations / (303) 441-3090
Pager: (303) 441-3851 #4060
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Incedent News Release #12
Boulder Police Chief to Hold Live-Broadcast Community Update and Media Roundtable on Ramsey Case
On Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m., Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby will participate in a community update on the Ramsey homicide investigation. The update will air live on Boulder Municipal Cable Channel 8 and will be followed by roundtable questioning and discussion with five local journalists.
Chief Koby understands that Boulder citizens are very concerned about the death of Jon Bonet Ramsey. As the Chief of the Boulder Police Department he is interested in providing some insight into this investigation from the police perspective directly to the public. He looks forward to exploring those issues that he can publicly discuss with members of the Boulder media who have worked with the department on many issues.
The live broadcast will be moderated by City Communications Director Leslie Aaholm and will begin with remarks from Chief Koby addressed to the Boulder community. He will then be joined by local journalists who will ask questions. This is an active and ongoing investigation so some information about the case may not be available for release.
Invited local journalists include:
  • Alli Krupski, reporter, Boulder Daily Camera
  • Kevin McCullen, Boulder County Reporter, Rocky Mountain News
  • Mike McPhee, Reporter, Denver Post
  • Jim Burrus, Managing Editor, Boulder Planet
  • Ron Baird, Staff Writer, Colorado Daily
The Community Update and Media Roundtable will be re-broadcast on Channel 8 for the next several days. A limited number of copes of the broadcast will be made available to other members of the media as requested. Copies of the tape also will be available for check out at the Boulder Public Library.

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  Jan. 7, 1997 2 of 2
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:12 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jan. 07, 1997 - Ramsey Update #11
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm or Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations/303-441-3090
pager 303-441-3851 x4060
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Incident News Release #11
(Note to Editor: Boulder City Manager Tim Honey provided the following remarks to the Boulder City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997)
Statement from Boulder City Manager Tim Honey:
"As all of Council and members of our community are aware, Boulder is in the national media spotlight following the tragic death of JonBenet Ramsey. This spotlight has resulted in some criticism, observations and comments about how police are handling the investigation.
I want to publicly express my 100% support for our police chief, Tom Koby, and the men and women of the Boulder Police Department. They are doing an outstanding job of staying focused on our collective goal in this situation: finding out who killed JonBenet and securing a conviction. We have committed a tremendous amount of resources to this investigation and I have assured the Chief of the continued support of everyone in the City organization, especially our communications division staff, Leslie Aaholm and Kelvin McNeill.
To the community, I remind you that the Boulder Police Department has a long history of accomplished and professional police work. Certainly emotions in the community may run high at times seeing our community in the national spotlight, please know that your police department is doing everything possible to ensure that this tragic crime is solved and that your community remains a safe place for you and your family."
-CITY-

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  Jan 7, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:11 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jan. 07, 1997 - Ramsey Update #10
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7. 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations / (303) 441-3090
Pager: (303) 441-3851 #4060
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Incident News Release # 10
Jan. 7 Update on Ramsey Case
The Boulder Police Department continues to actively investigate the Ramsey homicide. Police investigators who were in Georgia and Michigan have all returned to Boulder and will be debriefed by the case supervisors to determine the next steps in the investigation. In both Michigan and Georgia, investigators continued obtaining background information and talking with friends and family members of the Ramseys. In Michigan, investigators executed a search warrant for the Ramsey's home in Charlevoix. That search warrant has been sealed by a judge in Michigan. Investigators were in Michigan from Friday, Jan. 3 through Monday, Jan. 6.
Police were in court this morning requesting that the search warrant for the Ramsey's Boulder home be sealed. Judge MacDonald has sealed that warrent for 30 days.
Other procedural updates are:
  • The Ramsey's legal counsel have offered to respond to some questions supplied by Boulder police last week. We cannot confirm if those responses have been returned to Police at this time. Police will not be releasing information on the questions and answers.
     
  • Police have nothing further to add on the issue concerning the formal questioning of the Ramsey family.
     
  • The Colorado Bureau of Investigations continues to process material related to this investigation. Depending on the type of examination needed, the test results would take weeks to months to complete. Police do not plan to release the results of those lab tests except in court.
     
  • Police have received almost 300 calls on their voice mail tip line. They are monitoring and logging those calls and responding to those that show promise.
     
  • We are aware the Ramsey family has hired private investigators. Private investigators who are looking into this case are entitled to the same information as that being released to the public. These investigators are private citizens.
     
  • The role of the Boulder District Attorney's Office is to provide counsel and legal advice to the Police Department on the preparation of the case. The FBI continues to provide counsel on an as needed basis.
     
Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby has indicated he will make a statement to the Boulder community later this week. We will inform the public as to the specific time when it is confirmed.

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  Jan 6, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:10 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jan. 06, 1997 - Ramsey Update #09
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6. 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations / (303) 441-3090
Pager: (303) 441-3851 #4060
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Incident News Release #9:
Next Media Briefing Scheduled
The next regularly scheduled news briefing regarding the Ramsey homicide investigation will be Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997 at 10:30 a.m., in the Boulder Municipal Building, located at 1777 Broadway at the corner of Broadway and Canyon.
The purpose of the media update will be to provide the public with current information we are able to release regarding this ongoing Boulder Police investigation.

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  BnJazzy4ever45"
Posted by: Summer Dawn - 01-30-2017, 03:08 PM - Forum: Confessors - Replies (16)

In 2001, someone with the screen name  "BnJazzy4ever45"" posted this on a old Ramsey website, Maketoast:

"I feel so guilty for what I've. Done," the message read. "I was there when the whole thing occurred. I never wanted any part in it, but they said if I didn't help I would be killed as well. I was only 14 when this took place, so I went along with the whole plan."

The e-mail also says whoever killed the 6-year-old beauty queen was a handyman in the Ramsey home who had a key to the family's home.

This person emailed me (as well as jameson) and in return, BPD were contacted regarding this confession.

Unfortunately, after the BPD looked into it, they discovered this was a sick joke someone was playing and the confession was a hoax..

During their investigation they seized our AOL accounts to see what "BnJazzy4ever45" said to us. We couldnt log on for a day or two, lol. It was crazy.


OCT. 03, 2001 - RAMSEY UPDATE #83
Ramsey Case Update #83
CITY OF BOULDER NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 3, 2001
Contact:
Jana Petersen, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
Jennifer Bray, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
City Web site: www.bouldercolorado.gov
Ramsey Case New Release Index
NEWS

Boulder Police determine that online "confession" to Ramsey murder was hoax

Boulder Police detectives have determined that an online "confession" to the murder of JonBenet Ramsey was a hoax.
A tip was forwarded to the police department several weeks ago that a "confession" to the Ramsey murder was posted on an Internet bulletin board. Investigators filed a search warrant for America Online (AOL) to discover the identity of the person who posted the message. The message claimed that the person had been a witness and reluctant participant in the murder.
After learning the identification of the AOL subscriber known as, "BnJazzy4ever45" detectives went to the person’s location and interviewed them. Detectives determined from their investigation that the "confession" was a hoax and that "BnJazzy4ever45" has no connection to the homicide. The person who posted the "confession" message is a 14-year-old juvenile.
"We would like to thank the local law enforcement agencies and the FBI for their assistance in this location," said Police Chief Mark Beckner.
---CITY--

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