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  Contractors and such
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-17-2017, 03:16 PM - Forum: Housekeepers, workers in the house - No Replies

Gerald Hoogstraton was a general contractor and he gave DNA - June 2008 CBI lab report said no match.

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Posted by: jameson245 - 03-16-2017, 12:45 AM - Forum: Stun Gun - No Replies

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Boulder police were officially asking Air Taser for the "national listing of purchasers" of the Air Taser stun gun.  This can be found in official documents and is proof that the police take the stun gun injuries as real.

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  Tests done on
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-15-2017, 11:32 PM - Forum: DNA - more technical discussions - Replies (3)

I have some detailed files on the DNA and thought you might be interested in knowing the lab has checked for DNA from not just buccal swabs and hair follicles but

toothpicks, sun flower seeds, gum, tissues, pillowcase, swabs from steering wheels and arm rests.

If LE determines a suspect is worth following up on, there are lots of ways to capture the DNA.

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  Judith in her own words~~PMPT and interview
Posted by: Summer Dawn - 03-15-2017, 08:00 AM - Forum: Judith Phillips - Replies (1)

Judith in her own words

185-192 Perfect Murder Perfect Town

I was a schoolteacher in Chicago and got bored with teaching. Got divorced. Got into the computer business and moved to Dallas.  Met my second husband, Robert Phillips, who was the author of a software program.  He lived in Atlanta and before long, I joined him there. It was a fairy tale. 

Ten years ago, we moved to Boulder. My husband changed his profession at age 44.  He went to law school and passed the bar.  I tried painting, then some sculpting, and soon discovered I wanted to be a photographer. A black and white portrait photographer.  I love to photograph women.

I met Patsy and John back in '84, in Atlanta.  They were already married, but none of us had moved to Boulder.  Patsy worked with my husband at Hayes Micro Computer in Millcrest, GA. She was in charge of marketing his product, a sophisticated management system. Patsy was definitely a career woman.

She was friendly, lots of fun, a happy person, and a workaholic.   She had the ability to make people like her.  Whenever she was introduced it was always, "This is Patsy Ramsey - she's the former Miss West Virginia." She loved it. 
We all became fairly close.  One year all four of us were on different business trips in San Francisco.  Then we ended up going to Napa Valley together afterward.

Patsy and John were a close couple, very much in love.  You felt the closeness.  John was very attentive to Patsy and she to him.  Lots of hand holding, hugging. They adored each other.

John dressed casually and Patsy always wore fine clothes.   "When you go outside your home," she always said, "you dress up.   Full make-up."  In fact, she was always a little overdressed.

In '87 Patsy got pregnant.  She loved that too.  It would be her parents' first grandchild.  John was the type of guy who would say, "Patsy, whatever you want.  If you want to be a businesswoman, fine. If you want to be a mom, fine.  Do whatever turns you on."
Patsy quit her job and started working with John in his computer business.  She ran all the marketing out of the basement of their home, where John worked with Patsy's parents, Nedra and Don paugh.  it was a family thing.   Patsy's sisters and their husbands were also involved.

The stairs to the basement had these little strings of lights. It was like walking into a movie theater.  You went down to a large television room, and Patsy worked in a back room.
When Burke was born, John built an addition  to their house so Burke could have his own room, plus quarters for a nanny. The sky was the limit.

Then John merged his business with one in New Jersey and one in Boulder.  The new firm, Access Graphics, located its operations out west.  By then, I was already living in Boulder.
Whenever they had sales meetings, Patsy took over, organizing the catering and all the other details.  Burke and my daughter, Lindsay, played together, and the four of us adults would often see each other for dinner.  Then some big company invested in Access and John became president.

I never thought John could get Patsy to move out west. But she turned out to be open-minded, and that surprised me.
They first lived in a condo on Pearl Street and 19th until they found a house.  Like all of us, they went through "sticker shock."   It's hard coming from huge, magnificent homes in the East that cost very little compared to the prices here.
Patsy liked one home in a new development outside of town, in Rock Creek, because it had streets and sidewalks where kids could play and ride bicycles.   JonBenét had just been born, and patsy didn't want to go through remodeling an old house  She wanted something brand new.

John leaned more toward an older property, on 15th Street.   He wanted to be in the city because he needed to establish himself and his family in the heart of the community where he was locating his company.  When they asked us for advice, we said 15th Street was a better investment.  The value would increase there far faster than out in the Rock Creek development.  When they bought the house on 15th Street, they knew it had to be renovated.  It was almost three stories, with an elevator that had to go.

John was busy running the business, and all the reconstruction was left to Patsy - dealing with builders, painters, and decorators, all of it. She always looked tired.

Then John lost his oldest daughter in a car accident in Chicago.   It was devastating, and suddenly he looked like he was always hunched over.   He started reading a lot of metaphysical books, on life after death.  All kinds of spiritual books.  Patsy told me he was trying to find answers to why this could possibly happen, and she was concerned for him. Patsy wanted to help, but she felt powerless to do anything for this person she really cared about. It frustrated her.

About that time, Burke started school and Patsy started volunteering at his school. She volunteered for anything and everything - fund-raising, parties, room mother.  She organized magnificent parties for the children.  She met the Stines and they became close.  Then the Walkers.  She started to develop good friendships in places where she wanted to be.

Patsy was put on a pedestal by her friends.  Roxy Walker would always say Patsy this and Patsy that, as if there were no higher authority than Patsy's opinion.  Once I had to tell her, "Patsy is just a person."  A person, of course, carrying a heavy load.  It was, like, fix up the house, take care of the children, pull all the loose ends together in a city where she didn't know anybody.   But she never complained.
The social rules in Boulder were different from anything Patsy knew in Atlanta.  In order to fit into Society, you have to find your own niche in Boulder. Patsy just didn't fit into jeans.  She ended up getting tight black pants with rhinestone cowboy boots.
After the house was finished, she opened it up to visitors for Boulder's annual Christmas Tour of Homes.  They let anybody view any room, even the bedrooms and bathrooms.  They showed people their closets.  My husband, Robert, who was now their family and estate attorney, warned them, "Close off your private rooms. Keep your guests on the first floor."  They didn't.
Patsy wanted to make a statement. There were extravagantly decorated Christmas trees in almost every room.  Everything she does is Texas-size.   Patsy is most comfortable in opulence.  She wants the best of the best.   But that isn't a Boulder thing.  Most people in the community were shocked.

While the house was being remodeled in the summer of '93, Patsy went back east to judge a pageant in her home state.  Roxy Walker called and said that patsy was in t he hospital.  Her stomach had blown up like a balloon and it was discovered she had cancer - stage four ovarian cancer.  It doesn't get more serious.   She had surgery immediately, then started going to Bethesda, Maryland, for treatments with experimental drugs.

It was life or death for her.  Her mother came to Boulder and took over with the children. Patsy would o to Bethesda and become very ill, even in the plane on the way back.  Sometimes she'd travel all by herself.  She was desperate.  She didn't want to die and leave her children motherless.

I kept thinking, Where the hell is John? I once asked her about that. 
"Well, John has to.... you know.."

I know John was worried and concerned, but it didn't change his behavior. He's a man of few words.  And very concerned with his business.

In April or May of the following year she got a clean bill of health.  if there is anybody who could overcome an illness by sheer will, it would be patsy.  Sheer determination.

One day soon after the good news, I found Patsy crying in the sun room in the front of the house. That's where she had spent most of her time when she was recovering.  She talked more about religion that day than we had ever done before. She said God wanted her to be an example.  So I asked her, What are you going to do with that? 

She's spend more time with the children, she said. 

No, no, look at the bigger picture, I told her.  You can do things to help other women who are suffering the same way.  You need to get out and tell your story, how you licked it. 

So she offered support to other women.  She called them and talked. She's send people the book that inspired her.
Patsy took this step forward and then took two steps backward.   She returned to all her social stuff and pretty much dropped her cancer stuff.   She spent a lot of time building up their position in the community. And she worked at her children's school relentlessly.
One day, in '95 or '96, Nedra took me upstairs. "Judith, you've got to see this."  She showed me Patsy's closet.  Nearby there was a display - almost a shrine.  Pictures of Miss West Virginia.  patsy in every phase of her pageant days.  Lots of paraphernalia on the walls.  It surprised me.

Then there was the time Nedra pulled this little cowboy outfit out of the closet. 
"This is not jonBenét's," I said.  "What's it for?" 
"Well, Judith, we're just getting JonBenét into a few pageants." 
"Why would you do something like that?" 
"You know, she's not too young to get started." 
"And what if JonBenét isn't willing?" I asked. "What if she says, 'I 'm not going to do it!'  How would you respond to that?" 
"Oh Judith, we would never consider her saying no.  We would tell Jonbenét, 'You must do it. You will be a Miss Pageant." 
It was sort of eerie.  A little scary.  the inevitability of it - from grandmother to mother and now to daughter.
Another time, Nedra was so excited about this little antique chair that JonBenét had picked out in Denver.  JonBenét and Nedra had been shopping and Jonbenét  insisted on buying this chair.  Nedra was so happy that the child had selected something, that her granddaughter was showing signs of exquisite taste. 
It was obnoxiously expensive. Thousands. For a child's chair. 
"Well, as long as Mr. Ramsey brings the money in," Nedra said, "we'll spend it."
John would have been happy living in a cabin with log furniture. He often said that in conversation.
Early last November, there was a surprise birthday party for Patsy.  her birthday is in late december, but the family was going to be back east, so the party was in November.  Priscilla White organized the whole thing. John told her, "Wherever you want it to be - the sky's the limit." 

We all met at the Safeway Shopping Center and were loaded into a large bus - all kinds of people.  nedra, Don, John, Patsy's sisters, the Whites, Walkers, Stines, Fernies, Reverend Rol Hoverstock, and Patsy's entire softball team.  Then the bus drove to their home and parked while John went up to the door.  Patsy was flabbergasted. 

"Should I change?" were her first words. 
"No, no.  Come along right now," he told her. 
Lots of laughing.  Patsy didn't have a clue where we were going.   Patsy and John sat in the back.  There was an open bar. 
At the Brown Palace in Denver, we had a private room. Fifty people. A band called the 4-Nikators.  Sit down dinner, open bar, huge bottles of Dom Perigon, and even cigars on the tables for everyone. Patsy was striding around big as life, puffing on a cigar like she owned the place. The MC ws a guy in drag - tiara, fluffy fur around his collar.  Talked in a southern accent and did a monologue on Patsy - the Patsy Paugh Experience, from birth to the present.  The family much have coached him.  Lots of in-jokes and innuendo that I didn't understand. Then at midnight we were back on the bus.  Patsy opened her presents on the way back.  Everyone else was dropped off along the way, and Patsy and John were left alone on the bus.
That was probably the last time I saw Jonbenét alive.  Early that evening, before we left Patsy and John's home, both kids got on the bus to say hello to their grandparents and their aunts and uncles.


Writer: I understand you were out of town when JonBenét was murdered.
Judith Phillips:  I was in Chicago over the holidays.
Writer: What did you think when you heard she'd died?
Judith Phillips:  I wasn't surprised that it happened.   We're all given chances to learn significant lessons in our lives, and if we don't complete that learning process, we will be given tht same lesson again - in spades.   The death of Beth and then Patsy's illness affected John and Patsy temporarily, brought them some growth, but they went back to their old routines. They haven't changed their behavior.  If you don't learn the lesson the first time, it comes back worse the second time, and maybe the third time.  It's always bigger.
Judith Phillips 
PMPT quotes


John Ramsey - "She was Mel's wife. I had -- Mel and Patsy worked together in Atlanta. That's how we got to know them. Mel was the friend. He was the reason for the contact." 

Judith and Mel experienced some marital problems and Mel moved to Colorado.  Judith followed and they reconciled for a time.  When the Ramseys moved to Boulder, John hired Mel to do a bit of legal work, Patsy and Judith played on the same woman's softball league.  When Patsy and Judith bumped into each other, they might visit for a few minutes or even go together for lunch. 

*From John's deposition in the Miles case: *

Q. Some couples, you know, share every friend in common and others will have, you know, separate friends interested in different things. I wouldn't expect you to be a member of a sewing circle, for example. I don't know if your wife was either. 
What I'm asking is if -- I realize you don't know who she would consider -- well, I'm asking you, do you know whom she would consider to be in her close circle of friends?
A. I think it would be the people we socialized with as couples, Pinky Barber, Barbara Fernie, Priscilla White, Roxy Walker.
Q. Judith Phillips, would you consider her to be a close friend?
A. No.
Q. I'm not asking currently, but previously.
A. No.
Q. If I'm not mistaken, she's made representations in interviews that she was a close friend of the family's, is that incorrect, or do you disagree with that?
A. Well, I think that's --
MR. CRAVER: Let me ask -- I object to the form of the question. I think you're asking two questions in a row. Can you just 
state one or the other?
 MR. HILL: Sure.
Q. If she's made statements to the press that she was a close friend of the family's, do you differ with that?
 A. I never considered her a close personal friend.
Q. Do you know if your wife considered her to be a close personal friend?
A. I don't know for sure, but I would suspect not.
Q. What type of friend was she? How would you characterize her friendship?
MR. CRAVER: At what time?
Q. During the two years preceding the tragedy.
A. She was Mel's wife. I had -- Mel and Patsy worked together in Atlanta. That's how we got to know them. Mel was the friend. He was the reason for the contact

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  Interview with Judith (interview)
Posted by: Summer Dawn - 03-15-2017, 07:46 AM - Forum: Judith Phillips - Replies (1)

Judith Phillips

Fine Art Photographer
Afternoon with Judith Phillips

Interviewed by Mary Mcardle Suma (Mame)

Judith Phillips grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, the daughter of a music professor and a bank executive, along with her older brother and sister, Joel and Mary, and her identical twin sister, Jane. Her fathers work at Concordia University caused Judith to be exposed to works of artists across the disciplines from Ernest Hemingway to Frank Lloyd Wright and Stan Kenton, leaving her with a lifelong impression of the impact of art on the human spirit.

Judith Phillips graduated with a degree in Art History and Elementary Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Immediately out of college she found work outside her home town of Chicago as a second grade teacher. After several years, she left teaching to use her natural people, math and science skills to work in radio and then teach adults in the computer industry. Eventually, she married and settled down in Atlanta, Georgia to bring into the world her son Matthew and daughter Lindsey. For the next decade she became and lived the images she now captures on film as a mother to her two children.

In 1989, Judith Phillips arrived in Boulder, Colorado. The creative energy of her children only enhanced her own desire to express her native creativity, and her love of art since childhood. She needed to move beyond her roles as wife and mother to reconnect with herself as an individual. When she picked up a camera and found herself capturing the souls of those she photographed on film, she arrived as Judith Phillips the photographer and fine artist. Her early work won contests and awards as publications sought her out for photo assignments in the Boulder, Denver and Colorado areas.

After the death of her father in 1996, Judith felt compelled to organize her portraits into an exhibition to share with the world. And, as the success of Motherhood 2000 greets the world, she has begun work on her fatherhood series, entitled "The Leader of the Band."

Judith Phillips has lived as a mother, housewife, teacher, and artist. She has worked in numerous community and political projects protecting the safety of women and children, parental rights for fathers, asthma research and hurricane victims in Honduras. She hails from the City of Big Shoulders, as Carl Sandburg wrote in his poem, "Chicago," and she volunteers to shoulder her responsibilities both as an artist and as a citizen. Her unique life experience in a multitude of interests, responsibilities and professions has opened her vision to the loves, hurts, desires and souls of the everyday people she photographs. Through those photographs we all gain access to the artist's understanding of the truth she sees.

A local newspaper in Boulder, Colorado caught up with Judith Phillips in 1995 before her Motherhood images had hung at Chautauqua Park, and her fame as an artist had only begun to emerge from the layers of other artists in the intellectually and creatively progressive Boulder community. Judith Phillips said to the reporter, "I have hopes of being a global Photographer. I'd like other countries. . . to see a different kind of American woman than who they see on reruns of "Bewitched" or Madonna with cones over her breasts. We have hearts and souls just like they do." With the launching of the Motherhood 2000 world tour, this artist brings her heart and soul to the world.

Mary McArdle Suma (Mame)

Mary McArdle Suma (Mame) is an Independent Internet Reporter based in Boulder, Colorado. Mame describes herself as a "nosy, eccentric, housewife who grew up in a newsroom", as the daughter of an award winning, investigative reporter and newspaper publisher. Before taking many years off to raise four children, Mary worked for several Gannett Newspapers in New York and Illinois. In February of 2000 Mary spent an afternoon with Judith Phillips, the transcript of that interview follows. The interview was recorded and fed from Boulder to Allentown, PA -- where they are recorded, digitized and made available by

Frank DeFreitas (ToppCat), Production

The Interview

Transcript of the interview provided by Starry assisted by Sassey, Canadiana & Shaggy

Mame: In Perfect Murder Perfect Town there was an absolutely wonderful quote that has been sitting with me ever since the first time I read the book. And I'd like to get you to respond to it. I'm going to read it, it's sort of long. You had been interviewed I believe by a writer or was it Schiller?

JP: I was…. Schiller. Larry Schiller was interviewing me.

Mame: And the question was, What did you think when you heard she'd died? And your response was, "I wasn't surprised that it happened. We're all given chances to learn significant lessons in our lives. And if we don't complete that learning process we will be given that same lesson again in spades. The death of Beth and then Patsy's illness affected John and Patsy temporarily. Brought them through some growth but they went back to their old routine. They haven't changed their behavior. If you don't learn the lesson the first time, it comes back worse the second time. And maybe the third time , it's always bigger.

JP: (quietly and sounds sad) yes, I did say that. It, it, It sort of exemplifies my philosophy about life. I was raised in a German Lutheran family and church was a big part of my life because of my parents. And when I came to more of an adulthood decision, I really believe, for me found the holes of organized religion, and yet I still consider myself a very spiritual person. And as I developed and grew and read, and experienced life in general I really have a firm belief that God in whatever form that he takes, that we are here as people , to learn the lessons that either form our character, or a deficit, where we are going obstacle into becoming better people. And I think, I believe that people each in their own right have their own path through this lifetime. There are many lessons that are given to us and either we can learn from those lessons and become a better person, or not learn from those lessons and they'll come back and they'll be even stronger. And it's like it's like my philosophy and in life and my experiences in life that I've been confronted with many lessons and either I go one of two directions, I either learn from it and become a better person or else it will come back to haunt me later.

Mame: Did you sense that with the Ramsey's at that time the …… growth and financial status, and so you sensed that they would maybe stop and pause but not really learn the lesson, is that how you sensed it.

JP: yes, You know I've been trying to think back to the people that I knew before they were great and wealthy. They were always well off when they lived in Atlanta. When I first knew them, I first knew them as an affectionate couple somewhat wholesome, enjoying each other, um.. having well, when I took a trip with them to San Francisco with my ex- husband, we had a great time.

Mame: you just showed me…

JP:, yes, I just showed you a picture of that.

Mame: Just looks like the all American couples in San Francisco

JP: yes, just a lot of fun to be with and as time went on after I left boulder and Patsy and John came to visit periodically during the year because he was in and out of boulder all of the time,

Mame: You left Boulder?

JP: I'm sorry, I left Atlanta

Mame: OK, I see

JP:yeah, I left Atlanta. A year and a half before they moved to Boulder. I left Atlanta for Boulder, and so Patsy and John would visit periodically, maybe every quarter. John was here often, Patsy would come and help with some marketing things. So I was able to keep in touch with them after they moved here. What I noticed was a big difference in Patsy after she moved here.

Mame: so the change hit after the move?

JP: I noticed it when she first moved here, there was a change coming over her. I wasn't sure if it was just a part of maturity or experiences , but I think a lot had to do with their increased wealth, this was not the same person that I knew years earlier. I have seen other people where a great deal of wealth has been given to them through lucky experiences and money changes people. I really firmly believe that. And when I saw Patsy, she was a different person. She was more consumed with how her house looked and furniture and dressing just absolutely..

Mame: She was defined by it.

JP: right, right, yes, definitely it was very important to her.

Mame: Physical beauty and materialism was defining of her personality

JP: right, it was very important to her, in fact, she thought her duty as the wife of a CEO was to make their surroundings, their life and their home to be somewhat a nice place, a great place to come home to and also a lavish , and to present a lavishness, because of John's position. And she really took her job as a wife of a CEO extremely seriously and she always felt that anything she could do in order to promote John's power in the company. She took that very seriously by the furniture, everything, painting her walls the perfect color. And she was very much..

Mame: she was a sort of paint by number girl, wasn't she? Not a lot of creativity from what I sense. Or innate creativity. Or am I wrong?

JP: Oh she had, I thought she had a great innate creativity. With designing and decorating the house that was always something they enjoyed doing even from the beginning. They would take over an old home and completely renovate it, not in my taste, but it was done rather nicely and expensively and then they could move on and buy a bigger home that they completely renovated. It was part of a cycle that John and Patsy went through

. Mame: So you would call it creativity, it wasn't just calling up, just calling like bedroom number two

JP: oh yeah, she really got, that was very important to Patsy that everything would look just perfect. And she took on that defining role in the family to create a lavish environment for John . and that, was very important to Patsy. So you know as I saw the change from Ramsey's pre-Boulder and Post Boulder, I just noticed a great deal of difference between how they responded to now their new environment with a lot more money. And I believe in my heart that they became colder, and more controlled , less earthy, less fun to be with, because Patsy always had to show you the newest thing that she bought. As if I really cared. So, I saw a real difference in them. And I really felt this philosophy, going through, learning the lessons in life. First of all through the tragedies that they experienced with the death of Beth, John's eldest daughter, I remember how absolutely devastated he was. And then..

Mame: Had you met Beth?

JP: Oh yeah, I knew Beth, actually of the 3 children, I knew the youngest Melinda the best. But I knew all 3 children.

Mame: Were they great kids?

JP: oh yeah, they were great kids, I knew Melinda the best and she was always really, really nice, nice sweet person. So, you know , and then with Patsy's announcements and the devastating news of her cancer.

Mame: how long after Beth's death did the cancer hit? Do you remember?

JP: about a year, year and half after. Here was another tragedy in their lives with Patsy's health.

Mame: Another huge, huge

JP: absolutely. And lot of times when they see tragedies in other people lives and I sit down and look at my life in retrospect and think through why would something like this happen to those two people? The tragedies were so close together and so devastating.

Mame: Are you saying in terms of some sort of Karma?

JP: yeah, yeah, and then I realized that having observed Patsy when she first moved here and how important money and her appearance was. And these were all things that were so surface that were so, things that just didn't matter in the scheme of life. That I wondered if tragedies just come… tragedies I believe that tragedies come from lessons and these were definitely very strong tragedies. So I kind of looked at what the tragedy was and how it related to this family and what it was saying to me. If it had happened to me. So I believe that these tragedies came as monumental lessons in both John and Patsy's life. And I was closer to the tragedy of Patsy's ovarian cancer than I was to John's tragedy of losing his daughter. He was very, he became very inward and read every book that he possibly could and spiritualism. Sometimes the titles of books appeared very hokey. But I really think he was really searching for an answer, really searching for an answer.

Mame: Did he become more religious?

JP: noooo.. I don't think so at that time, it was really hard to tell how John went through, even Patsy would comment she felt at loss about how to deal with him, how to help her husband through this because he really went off to himself and really did his mourning.

Mame: His way of dealing with it was to really shut down?

JP: right , exactly, that's a great word to use. Just shut down. And so even his wife didn't know how to comfort him and get him through this tragedy. And I'm sure it must have been extremely frustrating for her, because the first thing she seemed to want to do was to put her arms around him and help him.

JP- yea yea but he kept her at a arms length through that tragedy and then of course when we found out about the ovarian cancer tragedy I was more involved because I was closer to Patsy then I was to John ,and you know I made sure that I talk to several of my friends in the IC unit of nurses in Atlanta and said come on give me the scoop about stage four cancer.Now what is this all about and what are Patsy chances of survival and from three of my really close friends that deal with medical tradegy's all the time painted a terrible picture.

Mame- Oh yea

JP-A terrible picture

Mame- And it was stage four cancer

JP-Yes stage four cancer right.So here I was realizing the possibility of Patsy dying from this.As a friend I had to know where she stood before I could help her.

Mame -Did she understand that? Was she in denial, I mean were probably all in denial,did she utimately understand how how

JP- How concerned I was

Mame- How concerned you were, but the cancer, what percentage make it?

JP- Oh I"m sure she was given the news I"m sure she was given the correct no one sugar coated for her,at all. I believe Pasty was given the percise and accurate information about her chances for survival.That's why they went to this expermental program.Cause they realized they didn't have a whole lot of chances left.So as she went through that it was very difficult to get into touch with her is because she was so protected by her mother.During they was almost like a cycle to her ovarian cancer uh uh I was going say thing. Thing her recovery. You know their was like a three week cycle First week she would come back from Bethesda Maryland she was sicker than a dog,often times she had to be hospitalized back here in Boulder because her blood count was so low.She was just tragically ill. In the second week she recovered and got a little bit better. In the third week you were able to either speak with her on the phone or maybe come visit her but she was very protected by her mother. Who wanted to make sure she was left to recover, their were times then it was nearly impossible to leave phone messages for her.

Mame- Would Nedra intercept them and not give them or could you leave a message?

JP- I would leave them a message with either Nedra or the housekeeper at the time who knows if Patsy was given. They were just so consumed by this.You know to me it was not unlikely that my messege rarely got to Patsy.Because I am sure that was such a minute detail.In the scope of what she was going through.I don't think they intentionly did that I think what they did was we are going to fight this fight as hard as we can.We'll do whatever we have to do in order for Patsy to get better.So I think that's really the approach that they took. When she to me miraculously recovered from it,we sat down after she was allowed visitors.

Mame- I don't know if that's what your going into but that is another very wonderful visual image from Schiller's book.Your discussion.

JP-Yea she still had her turban on,she use to wear a turban after she lost her hair quite often.When she was in the presence of a visitor whether it was a good friend or someone that was a stranger.

Mame-It was in the sunroom right?

JP- It was in the sunroom

Mame -Yea I visualize that

JP- She told me this was the room where she spent most of her hours looking outside the window during her recovery.Reading I'm sure just reading ferociously.

Mame- Praying

JP- Praying This was the room where she did,spent most of her time recovering.You know if anybody is highy sensitive it's an incredible experience . So we sat down and I really wanted to hear what she had to say.Where she was at.You know it had been so long since I was able to talk to her.I wanted to know what she went though and where she was at right now.She sounded more religious than ever,ever,ever,ever ,ever I remember her being.She was never on to bring Jesus or religion into a conversation.Not even though I know they had attended church regularly it was never something that they would ever infuse into a conversation so this was different.I thought well gosh you know she's gone though he fight of her life.Perhaps I would respond this way becoming very religious in needing something.

Mame- whatever it takes right

JP-whatever it takes

Mame-whatever gets you through the night.

JP-So even though it was a surprise to me it was understandable based upon the circumstances.As she talked one thing that I wanted to make clear to her as a friend. Cause I had alot of time to think about it that she was given back the gift of life she overcame something that was nearly impossible.I told her in no uncertain terms That she needed to give back in positive ways. She needed to give back because she was given back the gift of life.To help woman who were not so lucky with not as much money and opportunity as she has.

Mame- And she was with you a little bit on that wasn't she?

JP-Yea she was, she was.That's why we did the whole article in Colorado Women's News.It was her way of saying hey guys this was my experience and don't give up and I just know she also,I think she attended The American Cancer Society Meetings. She also helped out woman and called them personally.After she found out they had cancer.

Mame- Did she feel the reward of what she was doing?

JP-She must ,like when Leslie Durgin was diagnosed .

Mame- With breast cancer.Our former mayor.

JP-Yea our former mayor of Boulder.I told Patsy about it and she said get her phone number and she called Leslie Durgin and they must have had an incredible conversation.According to Leslie who told me that later.And recommened some books that would be some real spiritual supports for her,and she didn't have to do that but she did.So initially she was giving back and I really felt that once she started back into the old society stuff getting involved with numerous organizations in Boulder. The Boulder Philharmonic and musical groups and groups over at the university .The Woman's University Club,they were so numerous I can't keep up with them.I felt like.

Mame-Here we go

JP-Patsy your doing the same stuff that you did back in Atlanta you getting into that society stuff and you know your spending all your time pumping yourself up and John up in getting involved in these organizations and then Access Graphics then became a major sponsor for alot of these organizations.

Mame- I see so their giving the big corporate gift and she's on the board,

JP- yes she's on the board of this and she's on the board of that.Then once I discovered she was getting JonBenét into the pageant system.

Mame-Now tell me about that.Was that a shock?

JP-Oh absolutely.

Mame- In Boulder I can't imagine

JP-Boulder, yes in Boulder of course it would be very much a shock.It was a shock to me because.

Mame-had she ever said anything to you?Pryor?

JP- No never, never never never mentioned anything not even remotely anything that I can try to remember.She even told me that when JonBenét was younger that was the direction.

Mame- Tell me how you found out? Did she tell you or did you hear it .

JP- It was done in an indirect way I don't think that was something that Patsy would disclose publicly to me because she knew me well enough. to know ,that would be something that I would not approve of so why mention it to me.But when I went to her home to sell her some photographs.They were having the open house for the Christmas.Tour of Homes she looked at some of my slides of the Flatiron sand other pictures.she was interested in buying some so I went there with some of these photographs.Ready for her to see I went up to the second floor and Nedra showed me JonBenét's little pink cowboy outfit

Mame- And was that your first?

JP- That was my first clue.

Mame-That is the cowboy outfit that we have all seen?

JP- Right,right ,right

Mame-were you

JP- I was shocked,I said what's that for? Nedra said why Judith were getting JonBenét in some oh just a few pageants. I said your kidding.! She said oh yea she's done some already.In Charlesvoix Were just going do a few.That's when I ask the million dollar question to Nedra.What would happen to JonBenét. You know I was in a position ,that it was none of my business to tell them oh my god this is horrible. I was not , it was there home I was not in the position they didn't ask me how I felt about it so I had to say it in an indirect way.That's why I came up with a question.How would you feel if JonBenét at one moment would say I ain't doing this anymore. I'm not going do this.

Mame-And you thought of that then right there at the beginning.

JP- Yea

Mame- what did Nedra say?

JP- It was a way to get to ask a question that was not out of line but it had the same answer. Yea

Mame- So Nedra's answer was?

JP-Oh Judith don't worry about it this is how we would respond to JonBenét and I would say what would you say to her JonBenét you will do it!

Mame- Did she say that ,that was frightening.

JP- Yea,the way that Nedra responded frightened me.

Mame- Now let's move to,while you were there can you describe JonBenét? JonBenét's transformation when you met her up till now I mean can you talk about her as a kid.

JP-I didn't know her when she was born because they were living back in Atlanta then.I remember getting the birth announcement.When I saw the name JonBenét I thought what in the world! this is the weirdest name I have ever seen.I knew Patsy was into frenchy things back then though.She had this girlfriend that she really admired and put on a pedastal and she had four or five daughters with frenchy type names.So when I called Patsy to congratulate her and said where in the world did you find a name like JonBenét? She said oh well you take the H out of John and the N out of Bennett which is apparently John's middle name,it's JonBenét.So that was a real supprise.That she would name her daughter such an unusual name.And then with two capitals,a capital J and a capital B.It was really unusual but not unlikely of the Patsy I knew.It was kinda like this spashy name.I'm sure she wouldn't have names her daughter simple names like Susan or Kathy or Linda.It had to be something splashy.


JP: and then when they moved here, JonBenét was, I think, barely over a year. I remember that both she and Burke and Patsy had a hard time adjusting to the sunlight here in Boulder because their eyes are so light green, that she would have to wear sun glasses a lot and I remember taking their pictures in early on after they moved here up at Chataqua Park, which is a park a little south of here and their eyes, it was very difficult for them to get them to get adjusted to it, to the sun here. JonBenét was your typical little year and a half year old. Of course she was dressed to the hilt with these beautiful snowsuits with the fur around the collar and the fur around the hat. But she was so cute! she was so cute!

Mame: Just like the all American baby, chubby cheeks

JP: yeah, chubby cheeks, very chubby cheeks. And just you know, quiet. Then, as time went on I invited Patsy over here to my home for my daughter's birthday party and I invited some neighborhood women, so she could get to know some people, and she brought JonBenét who was in this incredible dress. You know one of them dresses that you see….

Mame: Plantation dresses?

JP: yeah, a little straw hat and she had this curly, curly little hair that was coming out, this dishwater blonde hair that was coming out, …. And she looked so cute! She was just dressed to the hilt. And she still at that point, I made a point of talking to her, cause she then could communicate a little bit and she was a little standoffish and shy that was ah… she was shy. That was ah, she was shy. Not like, well, very much like her brother Burke. There was a shyness to each of the children. But she was so cute! I saw her grow up a little bit bigger a little bit bigger, I would go over there to see her. My daughter and JonBenét would love to play with each other. And at one point I remember going to her house and I remember that her hair was drastically cut short. Like in a page boy, short.

Mame: still not dyed not yet, right?

JP: Still not dyed, she had dishwater blonde hair.

Mame: she had a bob?

JP: uh, huh. A real short one, and I said to Patsy, What happened to her hair? And she goes OH I just got so sick of fighting with JonBenét about combing her hair. We would fight all the time, so I just got sick of it and I took the scissors and cut her hair. (laughs)

Mame: Oh she cut it herself?

JP: yea

Mame: How old was she about 3?

JP: yeah, she was about 3 and shortly afterward I did the photo shoot for the Colorado women's news article and spent some time in the home and JonBenét still had that short bob of a hair cut. She reminded me of a little girl who had some tomboy qualities to her. As I searched around the house for lighting situation of where I was going to take these pictures of Patsy and then the children, she would follow secretly behind. I would hear some noise and I'd turn around and there was JonBenét .

Mame: she was very inquisitive?

JP: she was very inquisitive and then I'd hear a little glee or snicker and then she'd run away and hide. Then I went to another room and then we made a little game out of it.

Mame: she had a good nature.

JP: she had, she had a great, great sense of humor. There was almost a deep spiritualism about her, that I can't really put my finger on.

Mame: an old soul?

JP: yea exactly, an old soul. Yeah, that I felt about her, that she was way more aged than her years.

Mame: But at that point , at three she could still be the child

JP: Yeah, she was dressed in very child-like clothes, she and my daughter played up her in her bedroom. In fact, my daughter later told me that during one of her visits that during this time, that she went up to JonBenét room and JonBenét showed her all the trophies from all the pageants, her ribbons and stuff like that and my daughter said 'what are these?' and she said 'oh my mom just wants me to get into these pageants and these are trophies that I earned' and my daughter said 'wow, cool'. She said (JonBenét) 'but the trophies really don't belong here, they belong in my mom's room' . Yeah.

Mame: and that was when she was older?

JP: Yeah. And then (couldn't hear).......the hair dye. It was the summer of I think it was 95. She came back, Patsy came back, I saw her early after they had returned, hadn't seen JonBenét , but she had arranged a meeting with me and another woman who wanted to meet Patsy, to I think, get some money from Access Graphics for a fundraiser. So, I kind of put the two of them together and really the two of them did a lot of talking, but that's the luncheon where I noticed that Patsy had this humungous diamond ring, and I looked and I said 'oh, my god Patsy, where did you get that?' And she said that she had got it in Texas, when they had stayed in Texas in the summer for a short time and she saw all these Texas women with their big rocks and she wanted one too. laughing...so, it's the biggest thing I have ever seen. And that one symbol of that big rock told me that there was something different. I felt...

Mame: ..................can you tell me when this was, prior to JonBenét death, can you tell me not exactly, but was this a year....?

JP: I think this was the summer, the late summer of 95.

Mame: OK. so about a year and a half?

JP: Right. And Patsy looked, aged. She looked, she had worry lines on her face.

Mame: So you saw stress?

JP: Uh huh. I saw stress in her, I also saw ..

Mame: depression?

JP: Uh...? No, not so much as I saw her playing a game.

Mame: with herself? or with the world? Or?

JP: with the woman she was talking to. You know, and then the story about the rock and everything.

Mame: trying to impress?

JP: right. And it was so overly done and more than I had seen before , I did not want to stay long at that lunch, it was, but I noticed a change.

Mame: a change?

JP: I noticed a change. It was a feeling as well as a visual change. I am so observant as a photographer about people that it to me was a change and shortly afterward, I saw JonBenét with this bleach blond hair

Mame: How old was she then?

JP: she was 5? Yeah.

Mame: I talked to a hairdresser here that she said she was asked at 3 to dye her hair and she said 'no'. So maybe she had designs on this for a while?

JP: Apparently so. Yeah.

Mame: Were you shocked? Obviously when you saw the bleach blond hair.

JP: Yeah, I was shocked. That's why I asked Patsy...'what did you do to JonBenét hair? You didn't dye it did you?' And she said no, no, no..It was the hot summer sun in Charlesvoix that dyed her hair.

Mame: And it was obviously bleached?

JP: laughing....yes. It was obviously bleached....It was obviously bleached..I thought how stupid do you think I am...I didn't respond, but I thought. I said oh isn't that interesting.

Mame: So she came back from the summer with it bleached.

JP: uh huh.

Mame: I am noticing pictures from the little girl you described, the chubby cheeks,

JP: uh huh

Mame: pretty little girl

JP: uh huh

Mame: I recently saw some photographs of the Christmas morning prior to her death that

JP: did you?

Mame: I think that a tabloid or something had them. I saw them somewhere and it is shocking and the child looks, maybe it is just the photograph. Let me ask you. She was very gaunt, long scraggly hair, very almost, I don't want to use the term anorexic, but that sort of stress like thinness that you don't seen in a...you don't see kids get into that thin thin thing until they are adolescent or I don't know. Did you see that sort of a ....did you see a real change in stress, in terms of her looks, did you see a lot of stress in JonBenét over a period of time? Or no?

JP: Of course I saw the physical changes with her hair and that she was dressed up like at her Christmas party she was dressed up in this Cinderella ball gown. I had never seen her in clothes like that. You know, I hadn't seen that before.And she was so perfectly coiffed you know, makeup. And when I did the photo shoot in the studio the one where she and her mom and Burke and Nedra were there. I saw her, really I left it up to the people to decide, how they wanted to present their family. I didn't say you had to wear these kinds of clothes, and so I was always very interested to see what mothers would bring to wear.

Mame: couldn't hear

JP: laugh. So when I saw these elegant outfits I was, um, she, they were the only people that I'd ever photographed that way. And JonBenét had this incredible, beautiful white dress on, and then they applied the makeup and I photographed her, it was obvious to me that this was a little girl that had changed a lot, that I didn't know. No, I did not see the stress of JonBenét at all. What I saw in that photo shoot which was really the last time I, no, the second to last time I saw her alive, was that Patsy was in a frenzy, that she was late as usual, and she probably had another appointment that she was already late for so it was....c'mon, get...you know, she was real tense, and the kids were like real stiff and real obedient to her, they knew not to cross a certain line and then when I took the pictures, especially of JonBenét alone, I allowed her to be free and be herself and on some level, it was difficult for her to handle that. I remember I had to talk to her, encourage her, not to be quote, on, you know I wanted a deeper picture.

Mame: she had been directed, and produced so much?

JP: right.

Mame:She wasn't able to just go natural

JP: I had to coach her to let it go and be more natural. So I found that photographing her unlike what other people have said, where I was looking for that natural photograph of her was not an easy thing for me to do. She had to be coached.

Mame: and, so that was a change?

JP: yes. yeah.

Mame: good I am glad you said you didn't see stress because I think a lot of times in this whole case we are left to write our own story, and, because of that there are misinterpretations and

JP: yeah.

Mame: Burke. Tell me about Burke. Was he, you said he was shy?

JP: He's an odd child. He was always very odd, odd meaning I just couldn't put my finger on him. He was very hard to read, he was very closed, he was very difficult to get an impression on, because he would very rarely let his true self come out. He preferred to play computer games, really didn't like to be..

Mame: he was sort of nerdy? Not nerdy, but sort of that more techno, I mean, I know kids like that, just aren't, the kid's out on the skateboards or you know, on the basketball team, or, ah...

JP: But he was still very naturally athletic too, yeah, he was. He had a bicycle that he just rode all over his neighbourhood, I understand that he did quite a bit of skiing, he also rode his skateboard . I think that he was naturally athletically inclined.

Mame: Did his shyness affect how he ...

JP: Oh yes, that's why I think he turned and related to the computer. It was a way of escape for him.

Mame: and communication?

JP: and communication, absolutely.

Mame: Now, do you think, I mean recent studies show that shyness, I have a daughter like that who isn't so much now but, it's really a genetic thing in many kids. Do you think, obviously Patsy wasn't a shy person, but do you believe that John may have been when he was younger, more shy or do you think the shyness may have been because of not wanting to step outside what the parameters were of the family and what was accepted ? Do you have any sense of the shyness, or the inability to ...both talking

JP: I can't imagine John or Patsy carried any remote quality of being shy. I think the shyness was due to, and this is my own speculation, was due to the demands that was placed on these children emotionally in their household. In having a mother who was so aggressive,

Mame: She ran the house, in every way?

JP: oh yeah. and so did her grandmother. So did her mother, Nedra. I think that these children were used to very strong female figures in their life.

Mame: OK

JP: ah..

Mame: Now, as an artist, and I will get to your art a bit more later, but I have a question about...as you were going through this you heard about it when you were in Chicago, but as an artist you are a very visual, and as a woman (can't hear......) and we talked about this in our first interview, you are very intuitive. In your mind, how did you visualize this playing out in terms of justice? You thought they were innocent at first, and then you started to put the dots together ..

JP: oh yeah.

Mame: Tell us how you visualized and how this grew...

JP: the timeline of it all?

Mame: yeah, how you, your depth of intuition in your art. I mean I have seen how those all come together for you.

JP: yeah, they really do. Before I begin the timeline, people that have seen my work have commented on the fact that I capture the soul.

Mame: can't understand

JP: when they see my images. and you know, from my point of view I do what I do. I don't really sit down and analyze it, but I just know that I always look for something deeper in people and it is sort of reinforced by how I can see things in people that most people don't take the time to notice. I have feelings about things, about people and later on I'll find they are right on and I don't know where this cometh, (laughing), but it's there so, it also enables me to take photographs that very few people can take and show a deeper level of us as human beings and so that has been a really incredible asset that I've had so it just kind of fits right into my whole philosophy about people and looking below the layers and , in fact I feel it is quite a privilege when I do photograph someone for them to open a personal door and let me in to see that. I consider that an absolute privilege that they would show me a more private side of themselves. So, I am very grateful that people feel comfortable in doing that with me. So here it is Dec and we get the phone call in Chicago. and it was late at night and the children were asleep. and my ex-husband took the phone call and ...

Mame: who called?

JP: Roxie Walker and her husband Stewart Walker called us, they knew ...

Mame: they were neighbours?

JP: They were neighbours that lived across the street, that were very close friends of Patsy and John's. And they wanted to let us know what we were about to embark on when we came back into town. And , they found us in Chicago, at my twin sister's house and talked to my ex-husband, Robert, and when he got off the phone, his face was completely white. I kept saying what's the matter, what's the matter, what's going on? And he said there has been a tragedy and I said what? He said JonBenét . and I said what?! He said JonBenét has been murdered.. You know all these things flash through your mind, disbelief and horror and depression, and you want to reach out and ...

Mame: fear

JP: yeah, you just want to, wish I could have done the star trek thing, beam (both talking)...

Mame: to Boulder

JP: yeah, to Boulder so I could be there for Patsy and I was just thinking of her and what she and John must be going through. So, never in my wildest dreams did it ever enter my mind early on that they were even remotely capable of being involved in the murder. Until my brother-in-law, who was an ex-cop, as we were talking after the phone call, he said 'Judith, don't be surprised if they find that Patsy and John have something to do with this.' And I was horrified.

Mame: How long after do you think that was? That he said this?
JP: He told me that night.

Mame: Oh, that night?

JP: Yeah, they were with us when we got the news.

Mame: And were you defensive at first, like how could they?

JP: Well, it just, the whole thought of it was just inconceivable. I just (laugh), this was so left field that there was no way. But it was like an interesting comment to make.

Mame: And you must have respected his opinion?

JP: Yeah, I respected his opinion, but I thought he didn't know what he was talking about. That being an ex-cop, and what did he know about Patsy and John, he knew nothing about them. So, it was, you know I wasn't offended by it. It just sounded so ridiculous. Aand then once we got back into Boulder, the Ramseys were gone already to Atlanta and Fleet and Priscilla were still here, ...

Mame: And did you connect up with them at that point, talk with them at that time at all?

JP: We tried to but they wouldn't answer their door. And I left various messages, and I think Fleet called my ex-husband Robert back because Robert, we had decided that if there was room on the plane to go to Atlanta, that one of the two of us would go to the funeral. And so Fleet did call back and talk to Robert and we found that there was absolutely no room on the plane left anywhere. So we more or less, they took off the next morning for Atlanta and we were here in Boulder wondering...

Mame: Now, was this John's plane? No, they were there already right?

JP: No, John, John had taken his plane with Patsy.

Mame: And what plane were you talking about?

JP: The plane that Access Graphics had provided.

Mame: Oh, they provided a plane for friends and family?

JP: Ah huh, and Fleet was in charge of making everything happen. I mean both Fleet and Priscilla, as I had said before, really took charge and made all the arrangements for Patsy and John early on, on those days after the murder. So, you know, I in my mind was only thinking about wanting to comfort the two friends that I had, you know because it was such an unbelievable tragedy.

Mame: (unintelligible) special connection?

JP: We had our moments, yeah, I did, I really watched her and enjoyed being around her very much. I really liked her. I liked her person.

Mame: Right, cause you know we love, I mean I do think it takes a village and we love our friends' children, watching them grow up. But there are some kids that really touch us.

JP: Yeah, she touched me in a certain way. So, then in January of course the reporters from every walk of life, whether they were from the tabloids or...

Mame: They found you, right?

JP: Yeah, they found me.

Mame: They are here all of the sudden, non -stop.

JP: yeah non-stop or phone calls. I would have thirty phone calls a day. They somehow found out through the Colorado Woman's News about the images that I had, that I had been a friend of Patsy's not only in Atlanta but in Boulder so they were very interested in getting those pictures from me.

Mame: Must have been like trick-or-treating here though because who do you have right here on this street?

JP: (laugh) This is the street. The Walkers across the street and Steve Miles next door.

Mame: Oh, really?

JP: Yes, he lives right next door.

Mame: Now does Roxy Walker live.. Oh wait that's what you just said, the Stines are here ...

JP: Roxy Walker lives across the street. The Stines live two blocks over. But Susan was always over at Roxy's house.

Mame: So they were tight?

JP: They were very tight, or they became very very tight.

Mame: Now give our audience some perspective of the Ramsey's house, what, five blocks over?

JP: Yes, five blocks over. Yes, but I know that...

Mame: And South what, two or three blocks?

JP: Ah, two blocks.

Mame: OK

JP: I walked to her house most of the time when I went to visit them.

Mame: You're all in the same neighborhood

JP: Yeah, we are all in this general neighborhood together.

Mame: I don't think a lot of people realize, I know that I didn't, that the Walkers were here...

JP: Yeah, well all of our children went to the same elementary school.

Mame: And that's what really bonded the friendships, right? Or, you knew them before...

JP: Well for some, right, for some it bonded their friendship's very deeply. Yeah, but we all went to the, all the children went to the same school.

Mame: Now, ...

JP: Oh, then you wanted to know the timeline

Mame: Yes

JP: To continue with that. You know as I was privey to a lot of information, when these reporters would come to my house and like what I was told, was do not talk to the press, do not talk to anyone, those of us who were friends of the Ramseys were... it was a definite clear message that was sent to all of us. But, you know...

Mame: It just came...

JP: I got it through Roxy Walker and it was from John and Patsy, so I'm sure it was spread throughout the neighborhood, it was "Don't talk to reporters". But I guess I'm the kind of person, when someone says don't do something, I go ahead and do it anyway. (laugh)

Mame: Yeah right, you can't tell me what to do. But, at that point you still felt this innocence..

JP: Right, but I was intrigued, I wanted to find out, I wanted to dig deeper to find out because if...

Mame: Were you shocked by like the CNN thing and that there were things that were starting to happen the choices, their decisions, that didn't stack up to you?

JP: Yes, their appearance on the CNN interview and then when I found and read the ransom note, and then when I found out later about where it came from on the pad of paper, you know all the details of...

Mame: You made another really wonderful comment, and for those of us who live here I think it really hit home. And I don't remember exactly what it was but when you tied up, but how could she go on CNN when she knows that there are other children...

JP: Oh, one of the comment that she had made on CNN that just, just infuriated me was "there is a killer out there, so hold your babies close to you". And that had not been proven and I was mad because it scared me.

Mame: But even if it had, to say that so all these children could hear it...

JP: Right, and the parents could hear it. I was terrified. It terrified me.

Mame: Very selfish thing to do.

JP: Yes, yes and as things progressed later I realized how selfish it was, that she would want us to share in her terror. And I just felt that, oh I was just infuriated.

Mame: OK so I didn't mean to sidetrack there but you reminded me of a really, you know when you're living here what that does. So much, hit so many different people and neighborhoods and things and still...

JP: Yeah, and her behavior was so odd for me as grieving parents. As I have said on many interviews, you know I would have been right there at the police station camped out saying "whatever you want, whatever I can do, lets find the killer", but instead they lawyer up they get a PR person, they secretly hide out in certain people's homes. I mean it was odd.

Mame: And so for you this just sort of, whoa here

JP: Yes, the pr person, their appearance on CNN, and another thing I noticed on the CNN interview was their rage about the murder, the murderer. Patsy pointed her fingers allot. You could tell she was very ragefull. I didn't see allot of grieving, I didn't see allot of touching...

Mame: Drama, Dramatics?

JP: Yeah, I saw a lot of dramatics. And then when they came back into town it was their secret living quarters and they wouldn't tell some people, according to Susan Stine, that they didn't tell me because they were in incredible secrecy about their whereabouts

Mame: Secrecy about where they were. They wouldn't let certain people know where they were?

JP: No, and at first I thought it was because she was in such grieving, I wanted to respect her privacy but it just seemed so odd. Anytime I wanted to express something to her it had to be dome through a letter and I just...

Mame: Did she respond to any of those letters?

JP: No, no. The only response I got was, about mid-January I got a hand delivered message from William Grey who is one of their lawyers. That was a hand delivered letter that said I was, they realized I had photographs of the family and of JonBenét and I no longer was allowed even to show them in public, ah, blah blah blah blah blah... That, please sign this disclosure that would rescind any rights to photographs and it was just really kind of a slap on the hand. And I had at that point not done anything to prompt that. I had put whatever photographs and negatives I had in a bank vault so...

Mame: No one could break in...

JP: Right, noone could break in and the safety of my children was still intact. And to receive this letter out of the clear blue sky, you know, telling me that I couldn't do anything with photographs. I had copyrights for was way out of line. I felt it was a slap on the face and that really made me mad, it really made me extremely angry. At that point, that's when I started thinking"What's going on here?

Mame: that was about mid-January?

JP: yeah,

Mame: because it really wasn't the typical response of reaching out to the moms at the school and the neighborhood. "Hey guys help us, we need your help" We need to find who did this to our kid.

JP: right, right,

Mame: if this could happen to our kid, it could happen to your kid.

JP: yea, yea, right

Mame: to me that would be the normal response - hey guys I need your strength and power and wisdom.

JP: yeah, right, none of that, none of that, so I thought that it was just a feeling that I had that something's not right here. There's something more than what it appears to be and when I get that kind of a feeling I try to collect as much information as possible which I was privileged with a lot of information, because of the reporters I helped. I was willing to help anybody, thinking that if there was any way, any one little thing that I could either say or direct a reporter to that would help solve this murder, I'd want to do it.

Mame: when did the police first speak with you?

JP: I think in April, not sure,……March or April ……

Mame: and did you ask to be spoken to? Or did they take it upon themselves to…

JP: they called me first and asked if it would be okay if they could interview me down at police headquarters. And I said, sure.

Mame: did they want to know more about what type of person Patsy was?

JP: well they asked, they interviewed me 3 times. The first time was short and Steve Thomas and Gosage was there and there was a woman whose name I don't recall, those were the 3 that interviewed me. It was taped and I didn't have a problem with that at all. They asked odd questions like , do you know this person as related to John Ramsey? They were naming off at least a half of dozen female names and, no I've never heard of that person before and no, I never knew that person before. And they would ask….

Mame: Not related as relatives, but the connection in terms of his life, who they were?

JP: yeah, women involved with John. They were hinting at an affair. I said, Why did you ask me the names of these women? They said, well, it's believed that John Ramsey had had quite a few affairs, not only in Atlanta but also here in Boulder. Do you know of anything? I knew, really none. (Laughs). John has such a devious quality about himself there was no way that he would let anybody know about his trysts whether they were real or not. But I found it interesting the line of, the police line of questions and how it went. Then they asked me if I knew about Patsy, if I saw her anger, if I saw her lose her temper and if I knew if she had ever had any relationships here in Boulder, you know questions like, personality type questions.

Mame: did she?

JP: not that I know of, but I have been told by a friend by a friend of mine who is much more deeply involved in this story than I am, that she met with a woman in Denver that had a health club that had played racquet ball with a, ... I'm trying to think he was. Not an account…..

Mame: an investment person?

JP: An investment person. Yeah, and according to her friend that she knows very well, this investment person who is a man had said that he had a relationship with Patsy that night.

Mame: of the murder?

JP: yeah, that they had come home from the party at the Whites and Patsy had left the home, and had attended a party where they had a fling going.

Mame: do you believe that?

JP: You know, like...

Mame: How do you know?

JP: How do you know? It's not that I don't disbelieve it, it's like…. You know???

Mame: that's the story that Jann Scott sort of threw out, was that was the line of thinking that they had up with that this boyfriend had come back.

JP: yeah, well, I'm trying to investigate that. I have to do it very carefully.

Mame: I hope you'll keep us informed.

JP: I will. I have to be very careful, because I'm sure that she under any circumstances, that this man was apparently a father of the children where JonBenét and Burke attended school.

Mame: your school?

JP: their school. At that time they switched from the public school, to I .. Can't remember the name of it. They were a special satellite school.

mame: a magnet school.

JP: A magnet school. Patsy left, Susan Stine left and Roxy left and took their kids with them.

Mame: a magnet school

JP: a magnet school.

Mame: so it was apparently a father,

JP: yeah, who he did not, … he was married, he did not want anyone to know even if, this is true, can you imagine that he is willing to keep his secret, secret?

Mame: yeah, I can't imagine with all the scrutiny that, … but, you don't know.

JP: uh, huh.

Mame: that's fascinating.

JP: yes, it is fascinating.

Mame: But did you hear that there are good sources that you hear this from are sound enough that it's worth pursuing, that it's worth investigating… whether or not it's connected

JP: there is not one leaf that I would leave unturned in this particular case. I try not to have an opinion of something until I've investigated it further. So, I believe that this is something worth following up on. But I want to be real careful, because if this is true, this man is keeping an incredible secret. So, that's .. so I went from, and I think at the point where the more information that I obtained, especially about the ransom note when Tom and I and our relationship started. He sat down with me at length and showed me what his analysis, what his handwriting analysis that he did for Darnay Hoffman.

Mame: And explain, to remind people who don't live in our area, for those people not familar, Tom Miller (your finance) is also involved. And he was also called upon.

JP: right, right.

Mame: to do an analysis

JP: a handwriting analysis for Darnay Hoffman years ago. And he was one of the few handwriting analyzers that was willing to come out very strongly about that Patsy wrote the ransom note. He did not soft step, didn't fudge at all, which I think a lot of them have a tendency to do, but he really strongly believes, and still to this day believes that Patsy was the author of the ransom note. So you know we would have many conversations about it and that sort of was like the icing on the cake for me.

Mame: .... and when was that in your timeline approximately?

JP: let's see, probably, in the early spring of 98.

Mame: OK, so about a year and half, a year and a quarter after.

JP: yeah,

Mame: OK. Let me mention what I never knew, I sort of picked this up on Dateline NBC that you did. Your personal opinion is there could have been some incest going on.

JP: yeah, the reason why I believe that is, a couple of things. First of all, this , to see JonBenét prance around in her very sexually revealing outfits and just the way that she presented herself was shocking for me. I felt that there was something more there than that the eye.. it was just ..

Mame: But at the time you saw her prancing you didn't feel it? You didn't approve of the activity, but later…. When you look back or…

JP: no, no, the first time I saw those films on television. I didn't see them while she was alive but..

Mame: but you didn't attend the pagents..

JP: right.

Mame: you had no way of knowing.

JP: right, so the first time I actually saw the footage, was right after her death, right after her murder, and I was shocked. I was absolutely shocked. I thought I do , this is not the little girl that I knew at all. It just was shocking.

Mame: sort of like a secret life.

JP: yeah, like another person. Actually another person that I didn't even know. The way that she pranced around and smiled and so sexual, adult sexual moves.

Mame: they really were sexual

JP: yeah

Mame: For those of us who have raised daughters, that is not a typical

JP: yeah, it's not Shirley Temple on the good ship lollipop, this is something very different, very different and there was a red flag, an intuitive flag that was, I, I just thought this is.. There's something wrong here. That was the first thing. Then as I have tried to put the pieces together that why I felt that Patsy, the person Patsy, the mother Patsy could ever have murdered her child, which I believe that she did. What would compel a mother to do this? And the only theory that makes any sense to me, is the theory that she found John sexually abusing JonBenét that night. That to me makes the only sense.

Mame: because you can't picture her then, bedwetting or…..

JP: no, no, no, no, no. The only thing that makes any sense of her behavior, was she quote" lost it".

Mame: and you think she was losing it towards John, not JonBenét .

JP: I think Patsy suspected it for some time. I think it may have started when JonBenét 's hair was dyed blonde because that summer Patsy came home with a big ring on her finger and she was different and so was JonBenét. JonBenét's physical appearance.

Mame: tell me this. Jane Stobie, I don't want to bring her into this too much, but she says, although I want to get you two together. Jane Stobie talks about in her book, that there is a huge shift in John Ramsey after Beth dies. And not just in the spiritual way, but he became, and I can't remember exactly, colder more

JP: Yeah, I would have to agree with that, definately agree with that , even though he was before Beth's death, he tended to be pretty much in the background at the parties and wouldn't say stuff but he smiled.

Mame: never a social butterfly then after.

JP: no, no, no, no, no. Patsy was a social butterfly. But there were smiles on his face and laughter. I didn't see much of that after Beth died at all. And I'll tell you the same thing for Patsy. Patsy, her bout with, and I have said this before in interviews, I intuitively believe, that there was a big shift in Patsy, after her her bout, her recovery from ovarian cancer. She was a different person.

Mame: and not all good.

JP: no. Not all good. I really firmly believe there was a major shift in her.

Mame: You have to wonder that for a life that had been spent in physical beauty and needed to be defined by materialism and outward appearances that when you go through a life changing experience and you're brought face to face with your mortality. You really have to look inside and so much what's inside has been defined as all those shallow things, that's theres not much to talk to.

JP: yeah, right, yeah, what had she had done up to this point that would have redeemed her? (laughs).. I mean, that's how the christian philsophy is, redemtion through good works.

Mame: she tried to do the good works. You were in the sunroom with her. ....

JP: that was after.

Mame: but she always fell back. I don't want to stick on that to long, but I think you have such insightful viewpoints about our choices in the past.

JP: yeah, I think I've said this to you before. I believe wealth is a gift that's given to a man, a woman, a family, whatever. It is truly a gift. Many times just by sheer luck just by being at the right place, the right time. Which is what the Ramsey's were. I have, in my lifetime, had a great deal of money and not had a great deal of money. So, I've been there, done that. And I consider wealth as a privilege and that the wealthy need to give back to society good things with their money. You know, building a library, or funding an Aids foundation or something like that to help us move to a better place

Mame: not just giving to the Philharmonic donation or some women's board. I'm not putting that down totally. But true philantropy isn't just a social.. much of it isn't a social.

JP: right, it's deeper than that. And there have been people through this century that we just came through that were just incredibly giving people. So you know, I feel that in those respects that the wealthy do not own up to their responsibilities. So that's why I consider when I do meet somebody who does give back and gives back with a true pure heart.

Mame: and many of those who do and I have friends who are huge philandraphists are very understated and quiet people.

JP: right, right, right. So that's why when they became wealthier and wealthier and wealthier and wealthier, I really felt, in their responsibility of their wealth, that she needed, especially being given back life, so it's time for her to do it right this time.

Mame: The gift of life. And John had lost a child.

JP:Yes, she was given back life, so it's time for her to do it right this time.

Mame: Judith, today??

JP: uh, huh?

Mame: I mean, was there and I want to step to this closer in a little bit, but I wanna get to it today and we're gonna end up, finish this today. We have talked about so many wonderful things. But in the beginning did you have the sense was.. was Justice going to be served?

JP: I'm so glad you asked this question. I always, you know I'm not that naive to think that our system, our government and system of things is rather, tainted and certainly with the example of the OJ Simpson trial, I think that was very much of an earmark for me, in terms of my naivete about this country and the justice system, is because it was so apparent to me that during the OJ Simpson trial that you can manipulate and maneuver Justice,

Mame: Rich Justice

JP: Rich justice, I saw it I remember it was a similar feeling when I was a younger person and John F Kennedy died and I remember during his funeral, I would walk up and look outside the window and say, this world is not what I thought it was. I had the same feeling after the OJ Simpson trial. That this world that we live in and the values that I was brought up to believe in America, do or die, and our justice system works, is no longer (laughs) this perfect picture.

Mame: And everywhere, within a few weeks after this childs death ?

JP: right, right.

Mame: OJ's in your front yard and on your front porch. Well not OJ, but not OJ , but the whole, the media, the TV, the, whatever.

JP: right, right. I believe that people deserve to be fed information.

Mame: absolutely.

JP: I really firmly believe that. Take for example the ransom note. For Alex Hunter to have given that ransom note to the Ramsey attorneys to me was unconscionable. That they would give sensitive information about the defense or about the prosecution to their lawyer. So with that act, of releasing it.

Mame: and many other acts.

JP: and many other acts, that to me was the milestone that if you're going to give it away to them, then the public, don't keep it secret. The public deserves to know.

Mame: that's our evidence.

JP: uh, huh, uh, huh.

Mame: if you're not protecting and prosecuting it, and keeping it secret, for the case, it's the public's evidence.

JP: yeah, and that's why my finance Tom Miller and really good friend, Craig Lewis have been handcuffed and put in jail. For commercial bribery. We can go into that another time because to me that is an absolute travesty so you know as time has gone by and we have seen all the incredibly….

Mame: the sideshows

JP: the sideshows

Mame: the sidetracking of the justice.

JP: yeah, and as Alex Hunter's behavior and then realizing my belief that the whole, all the DA's are tied together in a conspiracy. At the helm..

Mame: a political conspiracy

JP: a political conspiracy, and Hal Haddon pulls their strings and they're all tied together. It's not anything unlike Chicago politics with Mayor Daly.

Mame: they get stuff done.

JP: right, they get stuff done. We may not like it, but

JP: yeah, yeah, right.

Mame: What is it they always say, The city that works, what did Bailey? Say to the city? To Chicago to remind them again I didn't grow up there but I spent 20 years there. But tell me, I did an interview with Bill Wise and he told me again that Alex Hunter has never met Hal Haddon. I know you weren't there to be able to confirm it.

JP: well, I find that very curious, simply because Hal Haddon had contributed to Alex Hunter's political campaign. Now

Mame: you know that?

JP: yes, yes

Mame: cause I've gone back and looked at the years since they've been recording it and it's not there. But Hunter's reign goes back 30 years so I haven't gotten that far back yet.

JP: yeah, yeah, I believe that to be true.

Mame: OK and I won't make stick there. So it is, it's a shock when you believed in justice as a kid. You and I are about the same age and you're right. When Kennedy was shot and Martin Luther King, we lost a lot of confidence. There was a change of shift in our country. I think I always still believed that justice would be served.

JP: I always kind of hung still on a thread of hope, until after well, and then it was kind of eroded because after I met Tom, we sat down and he was so concerned about my emotional awa

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  Steve Thomas book revealspage 215 - the cops gave the DA a presentation of the case t
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-14-2017, 10:51 PM - Forum: FBI involvement - Replies (1)

I wrote a companion book for Steve's book and it is available online, link nearby.  I decided to share this here - shows the FBI was not fully informed but BORG early on.

In his book, page 215 - the cops gave the DA a presentation of the case to prepare for their trip to Quantico - to see the FBI.  Thomas admits not giving them all the information - "withheld the 911 tape and grave-site surveillance".  And he was upset when Hunter wouldn't participate in the trip to Quantico because they case was OBVIOUSLY not there.
page 216 - the FBI agents were painfully aware that there were two "camps" in Boulder - this according to Thomas.
 again, Spitz is mentioned as one who discounted the stun gun evidence, but Thomas doesn't say what was presented to PROVE the opposite.
Smit had photos of the stun gun marks - in March of 2000 they were discussed on 20/20 - and there were experts other than Spitz who had OTHER opinions.  Thomas conveniently doesn't mention any of that.
page 216-219 - VERY interesting part of the book that I don't want to get too far into just now - this is where Thomas says the FBI is BORG - interesting in light of later polygraph issues.  On page 219 the words "under the hammer" were used.  Doesn't sound like anyone I would want putting ME on a polygraph!

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  BPD mistakes on December 26th, 1996
Posted by: Summer Dawn - 03-13-2017, 07:00 PM - Forum: December 26th - No Replies

According to the National Institute of Justice, the following mistakes occurred~

*No one was in charge that morning. In order of arrival, first the patrol office, the sergeant and then the detectives should have taken over, removing all non essential people in the house and maintain an accurate entry exit log.

* The first two on call detectives should gave gone to the home immediately. Instead, they arrived anywhere from two hours and ten minutes to two hours and thirty minutes after they were called, having stopped by BPD headquarters first.

*The detectives were not properly equipped. Together, they had one tape recorder between them, so they were unable to record their interviews with the Ramseys.

* If a kidnapping had occurred, as first assumed, yellow crime scene tape should have been used for the entire room, not just JonBenet's bedroom, and the entire home should have been photographed and inspected for fingerprints.

*the one detective who was left by herself in the home after !0 am should have had other law enforcement support. There was still the question as to whether the kidnapper would call, and more interviews with John and Patsy were necessary.

*John should have never been allowed to search the home unless a police officer was with them. As the parents of the victim, the Ramseys had a proprietary interest in the scene and could have changed it. Although there was nothing at the time to suggest they were suspects, there was nothing to support they were not.

Also, since no law enforcement officer was with John when he found his daughters body, his reaction could not noted.

Detective Lou Smit, hired by the Boulder DA officer during the investigation, later shared his concerns: "The lone detective should not have moved JonBenet's body from the main floor hallway to the living room after John brought his daughters body upstairs from the basement, as this served to further contaminate the crime scene.

The Ramsey family should have been taken to the police station immediately after JonBenets body was found for videotaped interviews, collections of clothing, physical forensic examinations of the bodies and immediate test for drug and alcohol. 

John and Patsy should have been interrogated thoroughly and separately after JonBenet's body was found.

*NOTE: They ramseys had said they would have continued to talk with police if they'd been asked***

(We have your daughter, pages 114-116)

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  Pete Peterson
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-13-2017, 05:08 PM - Forum: Names to remember - Replies (5)

On Sept. 24, 1999, Denver private investigator Robert W. "Sneaky Pete" Peterson (SPP) held a press conference outside the Regent Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Representatives from ABC, KABC, KCAL, KCBS, KNBC, FOX, KCOP, CNN, Extra and others attended. Here's a transcript of the press conference...which may explain why Sneaky Pete has not made any further media appearances, despite his promise.

SPP: ...for two years now and we want to announce some of our findings which are somewhat contrary to the official line of Boulder quote-unquote authorities. We think should get on the right track. We realize it's been a myopic investigation there--different approach--Grand Jury for a year and we think we know who did it. In the next couple of days we'll pass out some of our handwriting comparisons--compare them with the ransom note, and other findings. Some of the people we think they should retarget are --or at least have under the umbrella of suspicion-- are one William Irwin McReynolds, and his wife, Doris Janet McReynolds. For those of you familiar with the case, you know that Bill McReynolds is Santa Claus at the Christmas party, just prior to JonBenét's murder. And we think they should be reinvestigated.

REPORTER: They've been cleared.

SPP: Well, who hasn't, besides the parents?

RPTR: Besides the parents.

SPP: Right.

RPTR: But Santa's been cleared, privately, if not publicly. So why are you picking on this man?

SPP: No, he hasn't been cleared.

RPTR: He is not considered a suspect. It's amazing I know your case better than you do.

SPP: You do? What do you know about it? How do you know he's been cleared?

RPTR: Well, if you want to pay me what the Ramseys are paying you, I'll tell you.

SPP: You think he's been cleared on the DNA evidence? You don't know that because I know the case better than you do.

RPTR: Really. Please, don't let me interrupt.

SPP: Let's be civil.

RPTR: Why?

RPTR: Are you saying that he should be reinvestigated or that he did it?

SPP: I'm saying with 99% certainty that he did. We have handwriting comparisons here.

RPTR: But the CBI excluded both McReynolds and his wife from being the authors of that ransom note. How do you--?

SPP: And who have they included?

RPTR: They have excluded the McReynolds.

SPP: No, they haven't.

RPTR: What evidence do you have that leads you to think--?

SPP: I have handwriting samples from when he was a journalism professor. We'll make these public in the next couple days. You know, I think it's been--there are a lot of people who have invested in the parents having done it. I think this thing happened after the O.J. Simpson case, and I think a lot of people didn't like them, didn't like their lifestyle, didn't like the fact that they have attorneys. And they don't want to believe--we could start with the psychological block to believe that old Santa did it.

RPTR: Who are you working for? Who's paying you?

RPTR: Yeah, who's paying you?

SPP: We started out working for a client in Boulder, a Dr. XXXXX XXXXXXXX, whose daughter was molested in their house, and there are a lot of parallels to this case. A lot of parallels overlapped to this case, and--misdirected routes in the process. But we think we're onto the right route.

RPTR: You're saying this same suspect could have been responsible for both?

SPP: No, no. We excluded the first one, who was involved in our client's case. But in the process, through that process, we got into this case with the blessing of the client. And determined--we know what occurred.

RPTR: So this is now paid for by the family, by the Ramseys?

SPP: No.

RPTR: By Hal Haddon. A cut-out.

SPP: No. I'm just gonna ignore you. Hal Haddon is their

RPTR: Yeah.

SPP: --and he's an attorney, OK?

RPTR: So who is your client?

SPP: We have no client. We had a client when we got into this case. It was a psychiatrist in Boulder whose daughter was molested in their house, and there are a lot of parallels to the Ramsey case. This person got in the house, hid in the house, after the alarms were set--or before the alarms were set, three hours later attacked the daughter. We thought there were parallels to the Ramsey case, and that's how we got into it.

RPTR: Was the person wrapped in cellophane like Santa would have had to be?

RPTR: Did you call this today because you think the investigation needs to be reopened into the Santa Claus character? Is that why this is called today?

SPP: No, I think--realistically, anybody that's followed this case realizes that quote-unquote authorities in Boulder--I mean, they're the laughingstock of the country. Let's face it. I mean, they have absolutely nothing, zero evidence of the parents. It's dragged on, everybody's frustrated. Everybody knows it's a stressful case, but I think they need to look in another direction.

RPTR: What other evidence do you have besides the handwriting?

SPP: We have a lot that we're gonna disclose to them in about two days.

RPTR: Who's "them"?

RPTR: For example. Humor us.

SPP: We have an entire background on these people, going back to their childhood.

RPTR: Which implicates them as what?

SPP: Which fits all kinds of profiles. That's kind of circumstantial. We think the handwriting is not.

RPTR: Patsy took five handwriting samples and has not been eliminated as the writer of the note.

SPP: She hasn't been included either. Yeah, she's cooperated fully. I mean--

RPTR: So was Santa wearing plastic wrap so he didn't deposit DNA? The man's got a beard down to his--here.

SPP: What DNA is there? You don't know this case. I'm not gonna talk to--

RPTR: Explain why you're holding the press conference at this time, sir.

RPTR: It seems a bit fantastic.

SPP: Well, if we were worried about timing we would have probably held it on the 19th, just before the Grand Jury is disbanded. We're not worried about timing. We're only doing this because of our suspects.

RPTR: Why in Los Angeles?

SPP: Because we were here.

RPTR: Because you were here?

SPP: Yeah, and I won't get in a lotta detail, but it has to do with our suspects.

RPTR: So your suspect is here in town?

SPP: No, they're on the East Coast.

RPTR: But you just came to town today. So why here, why now?

RPTR: Why are you here and not in Denver?

SPP: We happen to be here working, and there's a timing factor that I can't get into. A lotta detail that I won't disclose here but we'll be happy to give it to the quote-unquote powers that be in Boulder.

RPTR: Wasn't McReynolds recovering from open-heart surgery at the time of the murder?

SPP: Spry as can be! He carried his bags on the plane, we all know that. Went to Spain a month later, after the murders [sic].

RPTR: Aren't you afraid he'll sue you for making him a--?

SPP: Sure! Only if I'm wrong.

RPTR: Well, you're wrong.

SPP: Thank you.

RPTR: Is it just the handwriting? Is that the only piece of evidence?

SPP: No, we have other evidence. We're happy to share it with Hunter and the other people there.

RPTR: Why won't you share it with us?

RPTR: When will that be?

SPP: We'll disclose that in about two or three days.

RPTR: So the only reason you're here tonight is to point the finger at Mr. McReynolds?

SPP: That's pretty accurate, right.

RPTR: Will you say that?

SPP: Huh?

RPTR: Will you say that for us?

SPP: No, I won't say that--

RPTR: So that's not why you're here? Tell us why you're here tonight.

SPP: I won't go quite that far. You said--to get the investigation on track?

RPTR: And you believe you're the man to do that?

SPP: That's right. I've worked on it for two years.

RPTR: Have you been paying for this yourself then?

SPP: I could sit down and tell you chapter and verse. I know the ransom note by heart. I know everything about this case that you don't.

RPTR: How do you know?

SPP: I'm insulted by your question.

RPTR: Has the psychiatrist client been paying you for two years?

SPP: No, he paid us for about four months.

RPTR: Who was that person? Can you name him, the psychiatrist?


RPTR: How do you spell that?

SPP: X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X, probably...X-X-X, possibly.

RPTR: You'd think he'd know.

SPP: (OFF MICROPHONE) ...home, yes. He was out of town. The wife was there and the wife kept on bringing the guy into the house. He went out, went off the balcony. There were a lotta similarities there. This was about three months after the Ramsey murder.

RPTR: But then you said that--Santa Claus was not someone who was--

SPP: No.

RPTR: Well, what was the catalyst?

SPP: Because we got into it after that case. Working in Boulder, you know, ground level, we came across it. We were excluding people, trying to include people.

RPTR: I happen to know that--I was in Denver for the last two years working--and I believe Mr. McReynolds' handwriting was taken, his sample was taken.

RPTR: And his DNA and hair samples.

SPP: His handwriting, from the last three notes--I bet you folks don't have it. The lady questioned whether the McReynolds' handwriting was excluded. I'm here, putting the old reputation on the line. I've been an investigator for 25 years. I'll give you copies of Santa, OK? You think his handwriting has been included? [sic] It hasn't. I don't know who--handwriting is a voodoo science. Handwriting analysis is a voodoo science. There's nobody--trust me--that's totally certified in that. It's an art and not a science.

RPTR: Then how can you base your evidence on that?

SPP: Well, look, I don't want to stand here and be argumentative. We're just here to tell--

RPTR: Lies.

SPP: --the world that Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey, the parents, did not do it.

RPTR: How did you get the--

SPP: I studied handwriting for about 22 years. I think this is the 26th [?] year. And the last year-and-a-half I've really devoted a lotta time to it.

RPTR: Is that your background, sir, handwriting analysis?

SPP: No. I have an investigative agency for 25 years [sic].

RPTR: Have you had any discussion with the prosecutors in the case?

SPP: We talked to them way back. We sent them some information. We talked to Lou Smit, who resigned in protest because he didn't believe the case was handled properly. He thought the parents were being targeted unfairly and that they weren't looking at anybody else. He was kind of on the same page. Other than that, except for the event of a--you know, vilify the parents in the press. I think they've been persecuted for two years, and I think it's time. They won't have anything out of this Grand Jury because they didn't do it. So maybe it's time to look at somebody else. Maybe they would sit down and look at handwriting comparisons that we have from the real world--not longhand--against the printed note. Now, all the movie quotes, and we know some other things in the printed ransom note that purportedly Patsy Ramsey sat down and wrote after she garroted her daughter and sexually abused her in the basement of their house, that tie to other people.

RPTR: How did you get this note? How were you able to--?

SPP: The note is on the Internet, by the way.

RPTR: The other handwriting samples?

SPP: This is a second generation copy. We got it from a person who's--back a year-and-a-half ago.

RPTR: Sorry, from who?

RPTR: Michael Tracey?

RPTR: Did you analyze this note yourself or--?

RPTR: Would you give us your name again?

SPP: It's Robert Peterson.

RPTR: o-n.

SPP: P-e-t-e-r-s-o-n.

RPTR: Did you analyze this note yourself, without any other handwriting experts?

SPP: No, I took it to a couple of other experts.

RPTR: Who?

SPP: There's no such thing as a handwriting expert, by the way.

RPTR: Well, then, so how--?

SPP: We took it to two other experts and they both thought it was a match, although they had excluded McReynolds earlier because all they had was cursive writing and they didn't have printed writing.

RPTR: Who are your two experts?

RPTR: I'm not clear: If you don't believe--

SPP: They're in Denver. I'll get them later. I'll ask them if they want to tell you.

RPTR: If you don't believe that handwriting experts have any validity, then how can you say McReynolds wrote the note?

SPP: Well, I'm saying that it's not a science. It's an interpretative thing. If you have six different handwriting experts in a room, they'll give you different opinions at any given time.

RPTR: So how do we get to McReynolds?

SPP: Well, I mean, they could ask the--they could ask the person for printed samples, he could copy the note.

RPTR: He has done that.

SPP: I mean, he's gonna change his writing.

RPTR: Besides you, who are the other people you had analyze the writing?

SPP: I'll have to get--he's in the Denver phone book. But I'll be happy to get that for you.

RPTR: What is his official--what does he do for a living?

SPP: I can get that for you. He's a court qualified expert. He's about 60 years old. He did it for 25 years, something like that.

RPTR: What other evidence do you have besides --?

SPP: We have four other pieces of evidence. We have something to do with their alibi. These two people were in a cabin in Boulder purportedly that night, and--

RPTR: Longmont.

SPP: Not Longmont. That's where the mother lives. It was Rollinsville. He lived in a cabin in Rollinsville. You know the case, right?

RPTR: So Santa did it 'cause he lives in a cabin and not a fancy house?

RPTR: Do you work for Ellis Armistead?

SPP: If you don't know the case, you shouldn't--get on the Internet and learn the case before you come to a press conference. We can't reinvent the wheel.

RPTR: How do you sleep at night?

SPP: Did you ask Barry Scheck that question in the O.J. thing?

RPTR: You said four pieces of evidence. What were the others?

SPP: Actually we had four or five.

RPTR: What are some of the others?

SPP: Well, we're not going to disclose that here.

RPTR: When you say "we," what does that--?

SPP: We have three people working on this case.

RPTR: Who are the other two?

SPP: I don't want to answer that.

RPTR: Ellis Armistead is the real P.I. who couldn't come up with anything.

RPTR: Have you talked to the Boulder police at all?

SPP: Yeah, we have. Probably eight months ago, probably eight.

RPTR: Did you make them aware then of the evidence that you had?

SPP: To some extent, yeah. At that point it was a little formative. We talked to Lou Smit who was at that time resigning from the Boulder Police Department--from the D.A.'s office.

RPTR: Why go to the press instead of the authorities?

SPP: Well, what are the authorities doing?

RPTR: So this is to what, put public pressure on them?

SPP: Yeah.


SPP: We paid for them, yeah.

RPTR: What's your motivation for it?

SPP: Well, when I got into it, we were working for the doctor, at his house. Let me put it to you this way, at the risk of sounding maudlin, I have an eight-year-old daughter who was six years old at the time. She likes to play dress up. She also likes to dance and sing. And the idea of portraying JonBenét Ramsey as this lurid little, you know, sex object kind of goes against--kind of galled me at that point.

RPTR: More than bleaching her hair?

SPP: Is bleaching her hair a bad thing?

RPTR: For a four-year-old? That's when it started, when she was four.

SPP: JonBenét was evil, ma'am. What media of the outlet [sic] do you work for, by the way?

RPTR: If you're such a great investigator you should know that.

SPP: Well, why don't you just tell us that? I've never seen a media person carry such a cheap recorder.

RPTR: That's right, I'm just an interested party.

SPP: Then butt out.

RPTR: You said you would share this with Alex Hunter?

SPP: That's right, in the next one or two days.

RPTR: Will you approach him?

SPP: No, been there and done...We're working on another matter here, which is why we did this, and for other reasons I won't detail here we needed to get this out there at some point. It has to do with our suspects. It'll make perfect sense in probably three or four months.

RPTR: But the indictments are coming down next week. Is Patsy ready to be deloused and strip-searched?

SPP: Patsy? You want to delouse her?

RPTR: Someone oughta.

SPP: You're convinced of her guilt?

RPTR: Yeah.

SPP: On what basis?

RPTR: Would you like to go have a drink and I'll set you straight?

SPP: No, I don't want to do talk with you.

RPTR: Too bad. Then I'll just talk to the people who matter.

RPTR: How long have you been doing this?

SPP: Twenty-five years.

RPTR: Are you licensed?

SPP: Are you a licensed journalist? I'm not big on wackos.

RPTR: Authorities in Boulder must be aware that you suspect Santa.

SPP: Oh yeah, we've been working on it a year-and-a-half now.

RPTR: Have you had any feedback?

SPP: I think they're fixated on the--no.

RPTR: Are you going to go to Denver and help out at all?

SPP: I live in Denver.

RPTR: Well, why are you here then?

SPP: I'm working on a case.

RPTR: Do you think they'll do anything with it?

SPP: I think they have to, I think they have to.

RPTR: So you will go in and present it to the D.A.?

SPP: Sure.

RPTR: When?

SPP: I'm not going to go in. They can come to me. We tried. Been there and done that. I mean, they're still totally fixated on the parents. There's just no evidence.

RPTR: Well, there's more evidence toward them than Mr. McReynolds, at this point.

SPP: Are you Bill's wife or something?

RPTR: Her name is Janet. Don't you know that?

SPP: You're the person who kept calling our office, harassing us today.

RPTR: Yes. How do you do?

RPTR: You know the general opinion is, if not them, who?

SPP: Well, how do you come to that conclusion? I wouldn't--they lived in the same house, right? If you're a parent, you live in the same house. It's a cliché to say that, well, statistically the parents or the family is going to be involved. Do you look nowhere else? The house was a sieve. There were seven entrances that were unlocked on the ground level.

RPTR: Right.

RPTR: Not right.

SPP: They were there on the third floor, they could hear nothing. So anybody who wants to has the free will to do anything they want to.

RPTR: Is it your understanding that Mr. McReynolds had a key to the house?

SPP: I don't think he would have needed a key.

RPTR: There was a chimney.

SPP: He toured the house the year before.

RPTR: Just to clarify though, his handwriting was examined in Denver, was it not?

SPP: Well, I've got his handwriting here. I'll let you look at it.

RPTR: Can we see it, maybe shoot it?

RPTR: You think they're just targeting the parents?

RPTR: Four thousand people were questioned.

SPP: Here's the note. Are you aware there's five movie quotes in the note?

RPTR: Yes.

SPP: I'm not real organized. The professional aesthetic of murder doesn't--there's an article by Kate Durbin about the play--actually the book that Kate Millett wrote, "The Basement." An adaptation of a human sacrifice which is what Janet McReynolds based her subsequent play on, that was called "Hey Rube." And it's about the murder of a girl in a basement. Now for those of you who don't know the case, I suggest you get on the Internet and review it so we don't reinvent the wheel. OK, I'll show you some handwriting samples. I know the case. If you'd like to call me within the next couple days, call our office, I'll get back to you. But first get on the Internet, know what the autopsy says, know what the ransom note says, know about the movie quotes.

RPTR: What's Santa's motivation for doing this?

RPTR: What are we looking at?

SPP: (SHOWING TYPED TEXT WITH SOME HANDWRITTEN NOTES) These are classroom corrections. This is from Journalism 1-0-whatever, critiquing movies, whatever.

RPTR: This is Mr. McReynolds' writing?

SPP: Yeah.

RPTR: So this is his handwritten note over the typewritten--?

SPP: Right.

RPTR: And the handwriting matches Mr. McReynolds, or Mrs. McReynolds?

SPP: I'm gonna let someone else be the judge of that since we're so conflicted about whether there's experts or not.

RPTR: Do you have her's too? Do you have Mrs. McReynolds' also?

SPP: Yeah, yeah. She didn't write it.

RPTR: That's a small sampling.

SPP: Yeah, well, right.

RPTR: Do you have any more?

SPP: Uh, yes. So what else can I answer for you?

RPTR: Is Ellis out of it now and you're taking over? John Ramsey promised a world-class--

SPP: Does anybody else have a question?

RPTR: Robert, what is the one thing you want us to learn from what you're talking about this evening?

SPP: Well, I think, first of all, if you're new to this case you don't understand, you don't know anything about it. You can't have an opinion.

RPTR: No, wait a minute. You called for this press conference. I'm asking you a question. What do you want us to report?

SPP: I want you to pressure the Boulder police.

RPTR: Well, you should have had this in Colorado. (LAUGHTER) Your office hung up the phone on me today when I asked what was going to be reported. They weren't very polite, and I'm just asking you a question. What do you want us to report on today?

SPP: They should be looking elsewhere.

RPTR: Where?

SPP: I think I've laid it out.

RPTR: Mr. Peterson, so what you're saying is--there's really nothing new in what you're saying because he has been looked at.

RPTR: He's not a suspect.

SPP: They've excluded his handwriting. That's a mistake. I don't think that's been done. I don't think there's been much forensic evidence gathered. The evidence they gathered that is available at the scene is so limited that they can't--it's almost noncomparable [sic]. They can't analyze it.

RPTR: And do you think you have enough evidence to make a strong case against Mr. McReynolds?

SPP: I think so.

RPTR: You might help our skeptical attitude if you give us a little bit more. You're saying you have other information?

SPP: Yeah, and I won't go into that now.

RPTR: Well, you can see that people are not buying it.

SPP: Well, time will be the judge of that, OK? You tell me six months from now if the Ramseys aren't convicted and where this case had gone, OK? We'll let time be the judge.

RPTR: Without even charging them for murder the Aisenbergs may be facing a 30-year sentence for obstruction of justice and fraud. The parallels to the Ramsey case are significant. No comment, huh? Gee, I can't understand.

RPTR: What besides the handwriting?

SPP: We know the alibi doesn't hold up. We know three or four other things that I won't detail.

RPTR: Can you say that again, about the alibi?

SPP: The alibi does not hold up.

RPTR: That he was supposedly where?

SPP: Up in their cabin in Rollinsville.

RPTR: Home asleep.

SPP: They had a little cabin.

RPTR: It doesn't bother you that you could possibly be slandering this man?

SPP: No.

RPTR: How can you be sure?

RPTR: Why doesn't the alibi hold up?

SPP: Who's been slandering the Ramseys with impunity for the last two-and-a-half years?

RPTR: But that has nothing to do with this guy.

SPP: Let's face it. These people went on Larry King, they went on Good Morning America [sic]. I'd say three different--

RPTR: In lieu of talking to the police.

SPP: No, I'm talking about the McReynolds now. Try to follow along, OK? They went on three different national TV programs and made statements about--talked about what they knew about JonBenét. So they're public figures.

RPTR: Why doesn't their alibi hold up?

SPP: Well, for one thing--I won't get into a lot of detail but they're a husband and wife who were apparently home alone in a little cabin up in the mountains.

RPTR: Mr. Peterson, I have to say your reputation has been questioned in Denver. Is that why you're holding this news conference here?

SPP: Oh, I'm controversial. My competition will tell you that.

RPTR: But you've served jail time, haven't you?

SPP: Jail time? No. Where are you coming from?

RPTR: I'm coming from Los Angeles. Where are you coming from? What about your arrest?

SPP: Oh, I had a DUI once. That doesn't make me a bad person.

RPTR: Can you be reached the next couple of days?

SPP: You have our office number. Apparently you guys found us. 800-366-5860. Go to www--and have a look at it--rwpeterson.com.

RPTR: Who is paying you?

RPTR: So what is your motivation?

RPTR: Somebody put a lump of coal in his Christmas stocking.


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  Patty Limerick
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-13-2017, 04:59 PM - Forum: Neighbors - Replies (1)

Details still elusive in slaying
December 29, 1996

Patty Limerick, who lives across the street from the Ramseys, said the murder concerns her as well. She learned of the crime when she returned home Thursday night from her parents' 60th wedding anniversary party in California.

"It's very disturbing because something terrible happened to an innocent human being," she said. "The neighborhood has always been very pleasant, safe and convivial."

So who is she? 

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts. In January 2016 Governor Hickenlooper named Limerick as the Colorado State Historian. In addition, in January 2016 she was appointed to the National Endowment for the Humanities advisory board, the National Council on the Humanities. Patty was nominated by President Obama in Spring 2015 and was confirmed by the United States Senate in November 2015.

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  Barbara Kostanick - Secret Santa Visit
Posted by: jameson245 - 03-13-2017, 04:52 PM - Forum: Names to remember - Replies (1)

"Barbara Kostanick was the mother of a playmate of JBR's. She asserted: "The day before Christmas, JonBenet was at our house playing with Megan. The kids were talking about Santa, getting all excited. I asked JonBenet if she had visited Santa Claus yet. She said, “Oh, Santa was at our Christmas party the other night.” Megan had seen Santa at the Pearl Street Mall, so we talked about that. Then JonBenet said, “Santa Claus promised that he would make a secret visit after Christmas.” I thought she was confused. “Christmas is tonight,” I told her. “And Santa will be coming tonight.” “No, no” JonBenet insisted. “He said this would be after Christmas. And it’s a secret” (Schiller/Brennan Perfect Murder, Perfect Town).

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