"GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER - THE JONBENET RAMSEY STORY" Fox TV, 2/16/00
THE FBI'S SEAL -- TOO OFTEN USED TO SEAL A CASE (ASK JFK!). THE KEY TO THE JONBENET CASE IS THE FBI'S FAILURE TO TAKE THE INVESTIGATIVE LEAD.
IN THE RECENT YOSEMITE SUND PELOSSO MURDER CASES, THE FBI HAD ITS OWN SPIRITUAL AGENT PASTOR AVAILABLE TO THE FAMILIES TO PROVIDE COUNSELING REGARDING THEIR GRIEF (OR TO CONTROL THEIR ANGER AND POTENTIAL ACTIVISM?)
Fox TV's movie about the JonBenet Murder is an excellent expose of the bungling Boulder Police Department's inability or CHOICE to not find the killer(s) of Jon Benet. With an X-file flair, Fox TV clearly showed that the FBI was a NON-ENTITY in the investigation, and capitulated to the Boulder Keystone cops. The movie is an admission that the case has been designated by someone to be another famous unsolved mystery.
A key question in the JonBenet case is: Why didn't the FBI intervene in the first few hours of the investigation and take a strong lead in the case? FBI fans and the FBI itself responded that it did not have "jurisdiction." In all "kidnap" cases, the FBI does have jurisdiction. Kidnapping jurisdiction is under a statute that 'presumes' interstate *asportation until proven otherwise, thus once the corpse was found in the home, the FBI technically may have lost jurisdiction. However, the JonBenet case was treated initially as a "kidnap." Although clearly a kidnap case in the early hours, the FBI did not show up to look for JonBenet at the Ramsey residence and didn't even begin to interview any witnesses. The first few hours, if not minutes, in a kidnap case are the most important. Why did the FBI back off? The official line is that when John Ramsey found his child's body, the kidnap aspect of the case was over and the FBI lost jurisdiction. (Note how John Ramsey found the child in the cellar after his longtime friend Fleet White had already visited the cellar and did not see any body. Fleet White, who had a bitter public fight with John Ramsey, remains an extremely vocal critic of the Boulder investigation.
The "placement" or "discovery" of the JonBenet's corpse in the wine cellar, made it a certainty that the FBI was out, that Boulder Police and D.A. were in, and that the investigation would fail to find the killer(s). But was federal jurisdiction really lost when the body was found? The FBI has jurisdiction over kidnap cases. Was kidnap ever ruled out? There was a kidnap ransom note written by someone! Who? The possibility of JonBenet being kidnapped from the residence or from her parent's control that night or on previous occasions for porno photo sessions has not been ruled out. Finally, Lockheed, a defense contractor, had purchased John Ramsey's company, Access Graphics, just before the murder of JonBenet. Ramsey's security clearance and access to federal data regarding computers and this financial acquisition may have been related to the murder. The ransom kidnap note condemns Ramsey, demands $118,000 ransom, (the sum of his Access bonus), and refers to a foreign faction involved in the "kidnap." The FBI must have believed that Ramsey with his national security information, was not a potential target of blackmail or terrorism by a foreign faction? Did the FBI formulate this belief after some type of investigation?
The FBI did have the discretion to intervene. The Boulder Police could have invited the FBI to join their crazed and failed investigation. When the FBI wants to take over a case, it does. That's a fact. The FBI declined to lead this investigation. Why? Lack of FBI intervention is the key to the JonBenet case. The killer(s) had some federal "pull." Note that in July 1997, the FBI did perform some analysis of the case, and that District Attorney Hunter, leading the Boulder investigation, refused to attend the September 1997 meeting with the FBI. (Note: Hunter's two deputies did attend.) Click to read Boulder Daily Camera article.
*asportation - latin legal word meaning "to carry away", an element of kidnap.