Morgue art - - May 1997
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Arrest made in theft of morgue pages
Friday, May 23, 1997
Boulder police arrested James Michael Thompson of Denver Thursday on charges of theft under $100 and criminal mischief. Thompson allegedly stole log pages from the morgue at Boulder Community Hospital that included the entry of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old girl found strangled in her home Dec. 26.
Thompson, 33, was formally charged Thursday afternoon and released on $1,000 bond.
Thompson, an artist who uses the pseudonym J.T. Colfax, said he was drunk when he took the pages from the Boulder Community Hospital morgue on April 29. On May 8, hospital officials reported that two pages in the log were missing, including the page with the Ramsey notation.
He also faces five counts of abuse of a corpse in connection with the photographs of corpses adorned with party noisemakers and signs reading "Happy Halloween," "Getting Fired Isn't the End of the World" and "Yee Haw." Police said Thompson told them the photos were "shock art."
Also Thursday, the Boulder County District Attorney's office filed a motion asking a judge to continue to seal search warrants and other documents in the Ramsey murder.
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