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9/9/1999

Grand jury rumors fal

by B.J.Plasket
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER Rumors that the grand jury investigating the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey would reconvene right after Labor Day have so far proven false.

The grand jury, which by law will go out of business on Oct. 20, has not met since May 24.

Suzanne Laurion, media liaison for District Attorney Alex Hunter, said Tuesday she received more media calls than normal, with many reporters guessing the grand jury would be back in session this week.

Hunter has steadfastly refused to talk about the grand jury's schedule and, in an Aug. 5 meeting with reporters, said he will not be "handicapped" by the Oct. 20 deadline.

Hunter and grand jury specialist Michael Kane were both at work on Wednesday.

While the investigation is showing no outward signs of progress, one of the tabloids is claiming three well-known doctors have given prosecutors a report pointing the finger of guilt at Patsy Ramsey , JonBenet's mother.

This week's edition of the National Enquirer claims the three doctors Andrew Hodges, C. Jess Groesbeck and Patrick Callahan studied JonBenet's medical records, Patsy's battle with cancer and the ransom note found in the Ramsey home.

The Enquirer article says the three doctors studied the ransom note independently and all came to the conclusion it was written by Patsy Ramsey .

Their research, the Enquirer says, also led them to the conclusion that Patsy probably found her husband, John, sexually abusing the child and went into a rage.

Hodges, an Alabama psychiatrist who wrote the book "A Mother Gone Bad" about the case, was also quoted in the Enquirer as saying John Ramsey "fits the classic profile of a child sex abuser."

The Enquirer article says all three doctors also believe the author of the note was a cancer survivor, as is Patsy. The three reportedly said they got that idea from references in the note to "being monitored and scanned" and survival percentages.

According to the Enquirer, the doctors sent the report to Kane, who is overseeing the grand jury probe, and offered to testify at a trial.

Hunter's office declined comments on the Enquirer article.