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1/8/1997

Neighbor: Blitz overshadows girl's death

by Pam Regensberg
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER -- A neighbor who lives near John and Patricia Ramsey 's house said the media has gone too far in its coverage of JonBenet's murder .

Coverage, she said, has become ``invasive.''

``It's a sad state of affairs,'' said the Boulder resident, who asked not to be identified. ``I feel everybody is doing their jobs; it's just really getting out of hand.''

News vans are continually parked on the street in front of the 15-room Tudor-style home at 755 15th St.

The yellow crime tape has been removed, but reporters and photographers remain. The neighbor said countless calls from various newspapers and news programs have poured in.

Some tabloid television shows have called neighbors, but have tried to ``trick'' some people into calling back by saying, ``I have some information for you, please call.''

It was a reporter who told the neighbor that JonBenet had been killed.

Since the Dec. 26 slaying of the Little Miss Colorado, Cable News Network, Dateline, the Montel Williams Show and even reporters with computer magazines have tried to interview the Ramseys ' neighbors.

``It's taking away from the fact that a little girl was killed,'' the resident said.

She said the media should back off and let the police department -- which she believes is doing a great job of investigating the case -- do its job.

``I don't know what's true and what's important, but I try not to talk about it. I want to be sensitive to the Ramseys ,'' the resident added.

She admitted, however, that the reporters who came to the door were polite and apologized for interrupting. Nevertheless, the story does not warrant the intense media coverage and it would be nice if the news vans and reporters pulled out of the upscale neighborhood, she said.

Friends in Europe called Boulder to say the story of JonBenet's murder had made it to the front pages of London's newspapers.

``It's terribly sad when any child is murdered ,'' she stressed, adding one child's life isn't any more important than another's.