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6/23/1999

Book explores Ramsey

by B.J.Plasket
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER A crime writer whose new book explores a theory that JonBenet Ramsey 's death may have been connected to child pornography claims he met with a "desperate" District Attorney Alex Hunter three months ago regarding his theory.

Steven Singular, in the book "Presumed Guilty: An Investigation Into the JonBenet Ramsey Case, The Media And The Culture Of Pornography," doesn't offer evidence that the little girl was killed in a pornography-related incident.

The book, which hit the stands this week, also claims Singular had a conversation this year with a Boulder County Jail inmate claiming to know people "who were connected to JonBenet's murder ."

Singular claims he passed the information to Hunter, who promised to look into the matter.

The book says Hunter, who has refused to make public statements or meet the media in the past year, asked Singular if he had "anything else you can tell us" when the two met in early March.

Singular said he found Hunter "looking as desperate for information as he had back in April 1997," four months after the slaying.

Singular also claims to have had a 1997 conversation with Boulder Detective Tom Wickman, the lead investigator in the case, in which Wickman said JonBenet's death "wasn't a murder like people think it was."

When Singular asked Wickman how he knew that, he reportedly said, "I just do."

The book claims Wickman just shook his head when Singular asked him, "What was it?"

Singular's book puts forth the theory that JonBenet's father, John, may have unwittingly contributed to his daughter's death by contracting with a "special photographer" to take provocative pictures for her beauty-pageant portfolio.

Singular's theory says JonBenet may have been violated by child pornographers during a photo session and "arrives back home dead." He further theorizes that John Ramsey may have concocted the cover-up so his wife wouldn't know he allowed their daughter to fall into the wrong hands.

While Singular makes the talk-show circuit with his new book, the tabloids are this week saying the Ramseys especially Patsy are increasingly distraught and are preparing to be arrested.

The Globe, which followed the Ramseys to the Cayman Islands on a vacation last week, said both appeared detached and unsmiling during the trip. Another tabloid gave a similar description of the Ramseys while they were in Michigan on vacation during Memorial Day weekend. The National Enquirer, in its new edition, claims police think Patsy Ramsey wiped the fingerprints from a flashlight believed to have been the murder weapon.

The 30-month investigation itself continues to be shrouded in quiet mystery. The grand jury that began probing the case in September did not meet on Tuesday and has not met in full session for more than a month.

Hunter's office did not return calls Tuesday seeking comment on the Singular book.