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Ramsey Lawyers Chide Arndt Interview

September 13, 1999

DENVER (AP) _ Remarks by a police detective present when the body of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found are the latest in a series of unsubstantiated attacks on the family, attorneys for John and Patsy Ramsey said Monday.

Former Boulder Detective Linda Arndt said in an interview broadcast on ABC’s ``Good Morning America″ on Monday that she feared for her life as she spoke with Ramsey shortly after JonBenet’s body was found.

No one has been charged in the slaying, but authorities say the Ramseys remain under suspicion. They have denied any involvement.

``Linda Arndt’s bizarre speculations are the latest in a seemingly endless series of attacks on the Ramsey family by people who seek to justify their own conduct at the Ramseys’ expense,″ said a statement from the law firm headed by Hal Haddon, the Ramseys’ lead defense attorney.

The Ramseys’ attorneys took exception with Ms. Arndt’s comments that she was afraid when talking to Ramsey.

``Her psychic impressions ... are no substitute for evidence and do nothing to advance the search for JonBenet’s killer,″ the statement said.

Ms. Arndt was the first detective to arrive at the Ramsey home on Dec. 26, 1996, after Mrs. Ramsey called 911 to report that her daughter was missing and she had found a ransom note.

Court records said hours later, after no call came from any kidnappers, Ms. Arndt asked John Ramsey, the child’s millionaire businessman father, and a friend to search the house for anything unusual.

He went downstairs and emerged minutes later with the girl’s body. She had been beaten and strangled.

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