Source: Posted 6/11/00 Cyberslueths by Bortz

July, 1996: Orchid Club

In 1996, a 10 year old girl told her mother that she had been sexually abused by her friend’s father while spending the night at her friend’s house. Upon investigation, the police found sophisticated computer equipment for live broadcasting to the Internet. The man had sexually abused the girl and turned it into "live pornography." After a further investigation, the police found more files containing pornography. The police had discovered The Orchid Club, which engaged in live Internet transmission of sexual abuse of children, ranging in age from five to ten years. In one night’s activity, a 5-year old somewhere in the Mid-western United States was molested while at least 11 men watched and asked for specific types of abuse to be perpetrated.[66] In this case, initially in 1996, sixteen men were indicted for their involvement in the Internet based conspiracy to produce pornographic images and videotapes. Some of the images, made using digital cameras connected directly to computers, were sent over the Internet to Orchid Club members in nine states and four countries. Members exchanged child pornography and recounted their sexual abuse of children using a password-restricted, electronic chat room. Members were initiated into the Orchid Club by relating their personal sexual abuse of a child. This is the first police found real-time online transmission of pictures of children being sexually molested and abused. At least eight children were molested in connection with the club.

Three USA members of the Orchid Club were sentenced to long prison terms. Eventually, twenty men from twelve states were charged in the United States. The ring extended to Finland, Canada, and Australia. Nineteen of the defendants were given sentences ranging from 12 months to 30 years. Some of the members were untraceable because they used anonymous remailers, a system in which all transactions pass through a third-party computer that disguises the identity of the user.

The investigation identified three British men belonging to the Orchid Club. US Customs notified Sussex police in England, and their investigation led to a raid on a man’s home and the eventual discovery of the Wonderland Club.

December, 1996: JonBenet Ramsey is murdered in Boulder, Colorado. If John Ramsey or Fleet White are suspected, they are probably being monitored at this early stage of the investigation.

July, 1998 The Netherlands Club

In July 1998, a European vigilante anti-pedophile group exposed an international child pornography ring. The ring was found to be operating in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, Israel and Russia. Around 9,000 images were found in the Zandvoort, Netherlands apartment of formerly convicted pedophile, Gerrie Ulrich, who was murdered in Italy, possibly by his business partner, and partner in the child pornography ring. The cruelty to the children in the pornography stunned many officials familiar with the sexual exploitation of children. Some of the pornography was made with babies that appeared to be no more than 12 to 15 months old. A child psychiatrist said that the children must have been sedated because they showed no reaction to the torture to which they were subjected. One film, titled "Oh Daddy," shows balding middle-aged men raping 5-and 8-year old girls. One girl reportedly was so lifeless she may have been dead.

Officials claimed that almost none of the pornography found in this case was produced in the Netherlands. They think it was produced in Central and Eastern Europe, and posted on the Web in the United States.

The Dutch government’s permissive attitude toward the sexual exploitation of women resulted in an inadequate response early in this case. The investigation in the Netherlands was hampered because of lack of trained and ready police for this type of crime. Several years previously the police vice squads had been disbanded. Legalization of the prostitution industry in the Netherlands had done away with the need for a vice squad. About two weeks after the ring was exposed, a top employee in the Justice Ministry in the Netherlands, which was leading the investigation, was fired for downloading pornography with his office computer for personal use. The report released to the media did not name the man, and minimized his activity by saying he had only distributed the material to a small circle of acquaintances.

September 01, 1998 Wonderland Club

In early September 1998 the world’s most sophisticated child pornography ring, to date, was brought down by one of the most far-reaching international police operations ever put together. The Wonderland Club, as it was called, had approximately 180 members in the United States, Australia, Norway, Italy, Portugal, Finland, France, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, and Great Britain.

Membership in the Wonderland Club was by invitation only. Candidates had to be nominated and approved. The criterion for membership was being in possession of at least 10,000 child pornographic images, with each image different from any in the possession of the other members. In a United States, based computer, a database of 100,000 pornographic images of children was found. The ring was composed of "very serious players," some of whom were producing videos of children being sexually abused. Initially, 40,000 images were seized in the UK alone.

The Wonderland Club members used very sophisticated computer equipment and security systems. The network encrypted files with a code developed by the former KGB in the Soviet Union.

The police operation, code named Cathedral, was coordinated in London by a newly formed unit called the National Crime Squad. Interpol, US Customs and UK National Criminal Intelligence Service assisted in the organization of the simultaneous arrests. On the first day over 100 suspected predators in 12 countries were arrested. Police in Germany arrested 10 predators in raids in seven states. The raids indicated that 200 people were involved in making child pornographic videos for the Internet. In the initial sweep, there were 11 arrests in UK, 32 in the United States, 8 in Norway, 3 in Italy, and 5 in France. More arrests were made in the days that followed the initial crackdown.

September 15, 1998

The JonBenet Ramsey Grand Jury convenes (after the FBI gives Hunter the all-clear?).

Semptember 21 thru October 7, 1998

John Ramsey testifies to being in Amsterdam, Holland at some point during this period. How and when he went there, for what purpose and how long he stayed is a mystery.

Newspaper and other articles about the Wonderland and Orchid Clubs:

AP Story about the worldwide paedophile raid. Read it carefully. 40 arrests were made, but it was expected that 100's more arrests would come as the photos impounded were evealuated.


It is no secret that there have been rumblings throughout this case of Ramsey involvement in a child porn ring. I believe the tabloid "The Globe" was the first to profer this theory. I have never seen the Globe articles that explained thier theory. I have seen two photographs from the article(s), showing Access Graphics' Amsterdam offices and the infamous Amsterdam red-light district side by side. The Globe's caption on the picture asserts that the two locations are within 2 miles of each other. Another photo is of the red-light district itself, with the caption asserting that Boulder police had travelled there investigating JR's possible involvement with the place. It also asserts that JR had stayed at the Grand Hotel, just off the red-light district, when he was there.
The pictures can be found here, courtesy of

...Amsterdam, Holland is the world capital if paedophilia. Holland has very little law in place restricting what Americans would call "vices". Open drug use is legal there. Sexual vices of all types including paedophilia and prostitution are legally and openly practiced there. The national law concerning the age of consent for sex is 11 years of age. I have heard rumors before that Dutch lawmakers were considering lowering that to 10 years of age. On the other hand, Rape and robbery laws are extremely harsh there (I'm not certain, but I believe there is a 20 year minimum for even attempting one). The result? Amsterdam has the world's lowest violent crime rate. It's as close to zero as one can imagine for a dynamic social system.

Former Boulder City Spokesman Kelvin McNeill Died Following Amsterdam Car Accident, Source: Redd Herring:

Former Boulder city spokesman Kelvin McNeill died August 18, 1998 in an Amsterdam hospital from injuries suffered in an accident with a taxi on August 7.

McNeill, 28, was a city spokesman in Boulder for seven years until he left in April 1997 to become director of communications and community outreach for the Gill Foundation, a Colorado Springs-based organization that gives grants and gifts to primarily gay and lesbian causes across the country. McNeill gained national prominence when he adroitly fielded questions about the JonBenet Ramsey case in the first few months after the murder.