- When Ramsey case lead investigators Det. Cmdr. Tom Wickman
and Det. Tom Trujillo interviewed myself and Robert McFarland, MD, co-founder
of Boulder's Parenting Place for an hour at my home last May 5, Detective
Wickman remarked "Nothing is what it seems in this case." Here
are several examples that have not received media coverage, yet:
- DA Alex Hunter concluded his recent retirement statement
by saying, regarding the Ramsey case: "I believe most people feel
their district attorney has done right by the law." Mr. Hunter did
not say he followed the law, only that people think he did. He did not
follow this law:
- Colorado Revised Statute 16-5-204 (l) states "Any
person may approach the prosecuting attorney or the grand jury and request
to testify or retestify in an inquiry before a grand jury or to appear
before a grand jury." Dr. McFarland and I, after discovering that
Dr. McFarland's mailings to the jury foreman had been intercepted, sent
material directly to jury members at their homes on June 28. For thus exercising
our right under Colorado law to "approach" our fellow citizens
the grand jury, we were threatened with prosecution for Contempt of Court!
And ridiculed by editor Hartman of the Boulder Daily Camera.
- It was not until September 23rd that I read the above
law myself. The Colorado ACLU Intake Director told me on October 8 that
they would take our case, although this was too late to be of use, with
the grand jury about to disband. Perhaps there will be another. But valuable
time has been lost. The Denver Post reported on 3/15/00 that Hunter also
tried to keep his own investigator Lou Smit away from the grand jury until
Smit sought a court order to enforce the above law!
- Our evidence is similar to that which the woman from
San Luis Obispo, California and her therapist have been giving Boulder
police in recent weeks, featured in a long lead article (by editor Hartman)
on February 25, and others since, relating to a pedophile ring having abused
and killed JonBenet.
- At Hunter's press conference on October 14th, investigative
journalist Joe Calhoun (who shares in an Academy award for the documentary
The Panama Deception) asked why Dr. McFarland and I had been repeatedly
prevented from contacting the grand jury, in spite of the law. Hunter replied
that a judge's order (Daniel Hale's) forbade us, which seemed to satisfy
the media. Yet, every lawyer knows that even judges and DAs must obey state
laws. Why would these leaders of Boulder's justice system deem it so important
to keep us from the grand jury that they would repeatedly violate this
- The substance of our testimony to the police and what
we still want investigated is what it seems Hunter most wanted to avoid:
the possibility that accused pedophiles in very high places in Boulder
-we suggested two names- had both motive and means to de-rail the investigation
in the first hours, possibly by calling off the FBI. The motive would
be to keep the wide-ranging spotlight of a media case like this away from
people like themselves, whether they were involved or not.
- Normally, the FBI would immediately assume jurisdiction
over an apparent kidnapping by "a small foreign faction" (so
read the "ransom note") of the child of a Defense contractor
executive. (Lockheed-Martin owned Access Graphics.) Detective Linda Arndt
has stated that she asked for the FBI and police backup before she even
arrived at the Ramsey home and was told no. This left her unable to control
a crime scene filled with suspects and their friends. When she repeated
her request she was told everyone was in a meeting. Why would police administration
repeatedly refuse to provide backup and FBI assistance in such circumstances?
- Tom Wickman made another curious comment to Dr. McFarland
and I, and independently to Stephen Singular, author of "Presumed
Guilty: An Investigation into the JonBenet Ramsey Case, the Media, and
the Culture of Pornography" (on page 217). Tom said that once he was
"getting close" to arresting a Boulder City Council member, but
had been told to "back off." Since Tom was legally prohibited
from giving us any clues about the Ramsey investigation, I feel he was
repeatedly drawing an analogy, by way of saying that he'd heard the pedophile-coverup
story before and had been told to back off from investigating that.
- Hunter made a little Freudian slip under the pressure
of the October 14 press conference, in the first 2 minutes. He referred
to "grand secrecy," apparently meaning to say "grand jury
secrecy." In this case the grand jury didn't have to keep the secrets
Dr. McFarland and I had to relate. Hunter and his assistants kept those
secrets from the grand jury. They also prevented Cina Wong, Vice-President
of the National Board of Document Examiners, from testifying. Why the "grand
secrecy," Mr. Hunter?
- What makes the case important is not that JonBenet was
cute and her parents rich, but what it says about the legal system in our
town and beyond. My attorney David Lane calls it the "just us"
system. You can read most of our documents and related material at http://vote.org/ramsey.
- Evan Ravitz
- Evan was voted "Best Activist" by readers of
the Daily Camera
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