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12/8/2004

Ramsey documentary lacks revelations

By Travis Henry
The Daily Times-Call

BOULDER — Don’t hold your breath for any blockbuster revelations in a documentary promising to examine “new evidence” in the JonBenet Ramsey homicide investigation.

In a press release issued by the University of Colorado’s media arm, media professor Michael Tracey claims “a new team of investigators has uncovered dramatic new evidence about the murder, resulting in the identification of a key suspect” that will be featured in a documentary he co-produced.

However, District Attorney Mary Keenan, who is in charge of the Ramsey investigation, said no one associated with the documentary interviewed her or investigators in her office.

Keenan also said some of the “new evidence” the documentary will focus on isn’t new at all.

The documentary promises to “investigate an assault on another young girl who attended the same dance studio as JonBenet,” according to Tracey.

“That’s very old news,” Keenan said.

Tracey, who is also a part-time media columnist, produced the documentary for a British television network. It is scheduled to be broadcast in the United States in December on CBS and on Court Television in January.

According to the press release promoting the documentary, Tracey will take a new look at evidence that points away from JonBenet’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, as suspects.

“This compelling evidence points to a new way of thinking about who it was that actually killed JonBenet,” Tracey said in the news release. “Previously, media leaks about the evidence and absurd theories as to how JonBenet died helped to convince the public that the parents did it. A whole new theory of who should have been investigated — but was not — is at the forefront of the investigation reported in the documentary.”

While Tracey is promoting the evidence pointing away from the parents as new, Keenan said publicly in 2003 that evidence in the case suggests that an intruder killed the 6-year-old.

Keenan made her statements after a U.S. district judge threw out a civil case against the Ramseys. Judge Julie Carnes wrote in a 93-page ruling that “the weight of the evidence is more consistent with a theory that an intruder murdered JonBenet than it is with a theory that Mrs. Ramsey did.”

Carnes’ ruling went into great detail describing the specific evidence that led her to believe an intruder killed JonBenet.

Tracey didn’t respond to phone calls or an e-mail Tuesday afternoon.