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John Ramsey Blasts Boulder Police

September 29, 1998

DENVER (AP) _ The father of slain child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey blasted Boulder police Monday, saying the murder investigation is ``in the hands of the unskilled and the unknowing.″

``The killer could never have guessed that he or she would be so lucky as to have the resulting investigation conducted by such closed-minded police,″ John Ramsey said in a letter faxed to news organizations. ``We don’t fault you for initially including us under your `umbrella of suspicion,′ but we will forever hold you accountable for following a theory rather than the evidence.″

Boulder police declined to comment.

``We’ll just kind of stay out of this one,″ police spokeswoman Jennifer Bray said.

JonBenet, 6, was found strangled and beaten in the basement of the Ramsey’s Boulder home on Dec. 26, 1996. Patsy Ramsey called police after finding a ransom note. The Ramseys and their son Burke have since moved to an Atlanta suburb.

Ramsey’s letter came in response to a Sept. 20 resignation letter written by Boulder Detective Lou Smit, who told District Attorney Alex Hunter he believed the Ramseys to be innocent and that they had been unfairly targeted by police.

Police Chief Mark Beckner emphatically refuted Smit’s claim Sunday, saying, ``If he’s aware of who the perpetrator is, I wish he’d let everybody know.″

Earlier this month, a grand jury began hearing evidence in the case.

Ramsey wrote that Boulder Police ``had decided they had solved the case on the very first day by reaching the incredible conclusion that because the parents were in the house, they must have done it. ... The law in the hands of the unskilled and the unknowing is a terrifying thing.″

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