BOULDER — For the first time in six years, a portion of the Boulder Police Department’s JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation file is being made available to the public.
However, police have deemed the details in the 285-page file — which is at the center of a criminal libel complaint by a former friend of the Ramseys who claims the records unfairly link him to the 6-year-old’s murder — not credible.
Before making the records public, Judge Lael Montgomery already had allowed the Boulder man, Fleet White Jr., access to the file despite the Boulder Police Department’s objections.
Reached Wednesday evening at his office, Boulder police Chief Mark Beckner said he wasn’t aware that the file released to the Whites is now also available to anyone who requests it.
“At this point I am not going to comment on it,” Beckner said when informed of the file being made public.
The file is actually a transcript of two interviews that took place in February and May 2000 between investigators and a California woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted as a child by a California-based child-abuse ring that included White, his family members and John Ramsey.
She also claimed that one of her alleged childhood assailants traveled to Boulder with a small female child and attended the same Christmas party as 6-year-old JonBenet on the night she died. The woman alleged that the party was held at the Boulder home of Fleet White Jr., the former best friend of JonBenet’s father, John Ramsey.
JonBenet’s body was found in the basement the next day by Ramsey and White after the Ramseys reported finding a ransom note in their home.
Police later determined that the woman’s claims were not substantiated.
A special prosecutor from El Paso County was appointed last Thursday to look into accusations that media outlets committed criminal libel in a series of stories about White and the California woman’s accusations.
In the first interview transcribed, Boulder police detectives talked to the woman on Feb. 22, 2000, with then-District Attorney Alex Hunter and the woman’s attorney present.
The woman went into graphic detail about abuse she claimed she suffered at the hands of adults and teens, whom she said were friends of her family.
In the second interview on May 10, 2000, Hunter was not present, and detectives — who had checked into the woman’s story by that time — spent a lot of time poking holes in the woman’s statements.
White argued that releasing the records would allow him and his family to “revisit” criminal libel accusations against news agencies who reported the woman’s claims, White said.
In her ruling to allow the Whites to view the file she wrote: “The Court is not persuaded that the public’s interest would be served in any fashion by preventing these people access to the now-discredited accusations which had been leveled against them in such an extraordinarily public way.”