I want to have only very limited comment on todays arrest because I feel it is extremely important to not only let the justice system operate to its conclusion in an orderly manner, but also to avoid feeding the type of media speculation that my wife and I were subjected to for so many years.“
-- John Ramsey, on learning of the arrest of John Karr
If only that had happened 10 years ago when his cherished daughter was murdered. Instead, a Boulder detective and the governor of Colorado decided that the parents were guilty, and tunnel-visioned the investigation.
The media assault has been relentless. When Patsy Ramsey died two months ago, the Record-Eagle ran a terse AP obituary reiterating that Boulder police said early on that Patsy and John Ramsey were under an umbrella of suspicion in JonBenets death. The Ramseys said an intruder killed their daughter. Patsy was described as the mother of 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant, JonBenet.
I first met the Ramsey family in 1995. My daughter worked with Patsy on school projects at a Boulder elementary where their children were classmates. We attended a Christmas party at her home. Patsys son, Burke, and my grandson, Woody, became great friends, and they included JonBenet and another grandson who was her age.