April 23, 1997 - interviews cancelled by BPD
April 23, 1997 - Ramsey Update #41
April 23, 1997
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index
Boulder Police Department Response
To Ramsey Attorney’s Letter of 4/23/97
(Ramsey Update #41)

The Boulder Police Department has been interested in conducting interviews with John and Patricia Ramsey since the murder of their daughter, JonBenet Ramsey. To date, there have been three specific attempts to schedule interviews with the Ramseys.
The first attempt was immediately following the murder. It was the Boulder Police Department’s expectation that John and Patricia Ramsey would provide interviews prior to leaving Boulder to attend their daughter’s funeral in Atlanta. However, Police were advised by the Ramseys that they had no intention of talking to Police prior to taking the body to Atlanta to be buried.
Police were reluctant to release JonBenet’s body because they were not sure all the necessary forensic work had been completed nor had they had an opportunity to discuss the circumstances of JonBenet’s death with the parents. The body was released to the Ramseys within 24 hours of their request.
The second attempt to obtain an interview was in January. Police had identified the terms of a productive interview and the response from the Ramsey attorney’s, on less than a one-day’s notice, was that they would be willing to present John and Patricia Ramsey only under the following conditions:
  • That the interviews be done together.
  • That the interviews be conducted at the Ramsey’s attorney’s office.
  • That Patricia Ramsey’s doctor be present during the interview.
  • That the attorney’s would specify which Boulder Police Department Officers would conduct the interview.
  • That the interview with Patricia Ramsey would not be more than one hour.
These conditions were totally unacceptable to the Boulder Police Department.
The third effort to obtain interviews with the Ramseys has occurred over the last few weeks. In an effort to move the interview process forward, the Boulder Police agreed to consider deviating from their normal interview procedures. The last offer of conditions received by the Boulder Police Department from the Ramseys was reviewed with the FBI’s Child Abduction and Serial Killer Unit and based on their advice Police concluded that the conditions were unacceptable. As a result of this review, the times that had been scheduled for an interview were canceled because it was felt the interviews would not be productive.
The Boulder Police continue to request interviews with John and Patricia Ramsey, and their reluctance to provide witness information continues to hinder the Police investigation into the murder of their daughter.
Boulder Police remain willing to discuss conditions for a productive interview.

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