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  february 2008
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-20-2019, 02:21 PM - Forum: DNA found in panties - Replies (2)

About 3/4 of the way through the files sent to me by the DA's office, there is a page describing some tests done on the panties.

Three cutting were taken from "crotch cutting" -- about one square centimeter each.

2S07-101-06A1 - cut from top layer beginning at one edge, staining avoided

2S07-101-06A2 - cut from top layer edge opposite 06A1, staining avoided

2S07-101-06A3 - cut from bottom layer edge similar to 06A1, staining avoided

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  2003 air taser withholding info
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-19-2019, 03:48 PM - Forum: Stun Gun - No Replies

According to note in DNA files,  Tom Bennett was seeking a national list of purchasers from Air Taser.  Three letters and some letters had been ignored.

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  The basement elevator
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-19-2019, 03:43 PM - Forum: Rooms - No Replies

No photo of this but records show the "elevator door" was cut into thirds and removed from the house when Mike Bynum was in control.

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  Espirit News Article
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-19-2019, 03:21 PM - Forum: odds and ends - Replies (5)

News article found on a Ramsey bookshelf
1995-10-00: People vs profits: Esprit winners' views - October 1995


People vs profits: Esprit winners' views
By Caron Schwartz Ellis

A lot of very well-known business leaders say there's an entrepreneurial renaissance going on.

Folks like Tom Chappell, founder of Tom's of Maine, and Anita Roddick of The Body Shop think that a spirit of harmony, trust and cooperation is replacing the traditional rigid, competitive business climate.

Maybe it's the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, the long-awaited astrological movement expected to usher in universal harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust.

On a less cosmic note, maybe it's simply that some of the typical ways of doing business haven't been reaping the expected rewards, and that some forward-looking entrepreneurs are trying out different ways of doing things.

What do Boulder's finest entrepreneurs think? We turned to the Esprit Entrepreneur '95 winners to see if they perceive a new paradigm sweeping the business world.

Entrepreneur of Distinction John Ramsey, president and CEO of Access Graphics, sees a movement from a single vision to group dynamics.

"There's a shift from a business person where the results are individually driven and tightly controlled to one that leverages people a lot more," Ramsey says. "For any business to grow today, people are a key aspect of it, and this requires an adaptable culture."

Entrepreneurs of Distinction Mary Ellen Vernon and Thomas Vernon of Fresh Produce Sportswear agree that people are the key and focus strongly on their employees.

"Years ago, the 8-to-5 day and a shirt and tie standardized everything," Thom Vernon says. "If you were female and had kids, I don't think employers were really too concerned about that. We've broken that mold and offer much more flexibility. We realize that people have lives."

The Vernons also value employee empowerment through profit sharing. "The old way of doing things was to hire people and put them in their corner and have them do their job," Thom Vernon says. "With profit sharing everyone is going to benefit and they can see how it directly affects them."

Entrepreneur of Distinction Jeffrey Cohn, chairman of Allegro Coffee, believes the business world reflects society as a whole. For him, business is a "mixed bag."

On the one hand I see an ever-greater materialism. That's the downside," Cohn says. "The positive side is that there's a much greater growth today in trends that reflect values such as cooperation and concern for the health of society and the planet altogether."

Cohn sees both sides of the equation in Boulder County. "I see Boulder as reflecting society as a whole to a large degree, but I also see Boulder having leadership in positive ways far beyond what's proportional to simply its size. Given that quality of a highly educated population and the type of people that are attracted to Boulder for quality of life, there's a strong forward-thinking component to our population."

Entrepreneur of Distinction Phillip Wiland, chairman and chief executive officer of Concepts Direct, doesn't think the paradigm is completely new.

"Some businesses have always considered caring about people and caring about customers important," Wiland says. But he does notice a growing emphasis on their importance.

"People expect more," Wiland says. "We're more and more a service economy, and, if you want to stay in business, you'd better do what your customer wants."

Although he believes that area companies might be leading the way in developing innovative programs, Wiland does not think Boulder is unique. "I don't think you can draw a circle around Boulder County and say that inside the county they are making progress and outside they aren't," he says. "That would be excessive egotism."

Entrepreneur of Distinction Mark Crossen, president and chief executive officer of Amrion, doesn't believe that a cooperative culture exists in the business world, yet.

"Many of the universal principles of the free enterprise system will always be relevant and applicable because they originate from fundamental aspects of human nature," Crossen says. "Many of these traditions are antiquated, but I fear these antiquated practices will die a slow death because of the conservative fear of change."

Crossen does envision a company of the future with "new flexibility and responsiveness of purpose, whereby real human values are fulfilled in the course of building a successful business enterprise," he says. And, he continues, Boulder County will lead the way.

Lifetime Achievement Award winners John Hill and Carl Carman of Hill, Carman Ventures have very different perspectives.

Carman believes that business culture is becoming somewhat more focused on the individual. He ascribes this to a number of trends reducing "homogenization" of the workplace.

One is the downfall of unions. "Many companies would look at employees as a monolith of the union, which they can't do anymore," Carman says.

Another is the increasing mixing of men and women at work. "Everybody has to look at groups as individuals," he says.

But Carman doesn't believe the pendulum will swing completely. "You'll see a spectrum, but public companies will continue to be driven by the quarterly report. We expect things to be increasing quarter by quarter."

But for John Hill, the notion of a cooperative, compassionate business paradigm is "a lot of utopic wishful thinking."

"In our world of high-tech, early-stage companies, the fact of the matter is that competition is so brutally intense, it's survival of the fittest," Hill says.

"I think a lot of this mushy stuff is nice to think about, but the fact is you've got to be tough as nails to survive, and if you think otherwise, you're probably going to have some rough awakenings."

While Boulder's premier entrepreneurs agree that risk-taking is part of the entrepreneurial makeup, they differ on how risk-taking ties in with the so-called new business paradigm.

For Allegro Coffee's Cohn, entrepreneurism is more a matter of creativity than risk-taking. "I believe the entrepreneur often gravitates toward appreciating the qualities of cooperating and sharing the responsibilities and challenges of creating," he says. All of this fits the new mode.

For Wiland of Concepts Direct, the whole point of entrepreneurism is to have fun, and his idea of a good time fits the new paradigm as well. "For me, the fun of business is not so much the money that gets made, but the fun of building something," Wiland says. "I think the new thinking about caring about customers, caring about people and building teams, really all that is an important methodology for building a great organization, and that's what entrepreneurism is all about."

The new business paradigm is said to involve a shift from a regional to a global emphasis, bringing with it an increased sense of social responsibility. Boulder Esprit winners see social responsibility in different ways.

Success has to come first, insist Carman and Hill. "I always think that the best way to be socially responsible is to be successful," Carman says. "If you're in total survival mode, it's very seldom that you're very responsible.

"I think all corporations have that responsibility, but not at the expense of healthy organization," Hill continues. "It can't be at the expense of return on investment, because, if so, the enterprise won't survive."

For Thom and Mary Ellen Vernon of Fresh Produce and John Ramsey of Access Graphics, social responsibility revolves around commitment to their employees.

The Vernons acknowledge it would be easy for them lay off and rehire seasonally. But, says Thom Vernon, "we decided years ago that it's better to bite the bullet in slow times. We realize that our employees have (to pay for)rent and food, and those things aren't seasonal. It's real satisfying to see employees with the ability to buy homes and cars and things like that."

Ramsey feels "an obligation to provide employees with secure employment and the challenge and opportunity to grow not only financially but professionally," he says.

Cohn and Wiland see social responsibility as an obligation to the community.

To Cohn this has meant a strategic business decision to target a niche market -- the natural foods industry -- rather than the mass market supermarket chains. "The decision was partially going against the options to make money because it eliminated us out of the vast majority of retail food outlets," Cohn says, "but we still feel that we chose a very viable economic path. I suspect that some companies that do focus on making money don't have much sense of social responsibility."

"I believe we should care about communities," Wiland says. "Communities are made up of individuals, and I believe the best way to be socially responsible is to be responsible to everyone you have a relationship with --customers, employees, vendors, families of employees -- whoever it may be."

For Crossen, true social responsibility is still in the future. "When our business culture is filled with caring people who understand the value of serving others with our products or service, socially responsible behavior is an integral part of what we do everyday," he says. "And, this group attitude propels the company to great levels of customer/community service, which, in turn, creates greater prosperity."

Whether or not they buy the new paradigm, each Esprit Entrepreneur agrees on one thing -- the importance of business ethics. As Wiland puts it, "business ethics and personal ethics are the same thing. Be honest, tell the truth, care about other people."

Hill concurs. "Don't confuse tough business management with solid fundamental ethics," he says. "You can run a very tight ship with very tough discipline and yet be honest and ethical and fair to employees and investors on a day-to-day basis."

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Posted by: jameson245 - 05-19-2019, 11:21 AM - Forum: Names to remember - Replies (1)


In his cocky reverie
The truth the three would carry
To the steps of the authority
to boast of their pernicious spree
But he did not know that I could see
And therefore was not wary
For hidden in the rectory
Protected by the church decree
He delved in child pornography
While elders professed not to see
His sister told them it could be
He killed the child and honest she
His secret would not bury
They did not know he’d changed the key
When police would come to query
So they broke and entered quietly
Though he would claim illicitly
And so avoiding calumny
A grand sum he was paid to flee
And so it was, conveniently,
Their questions he would parry
To solve a tale of misconstrue
Just look into the offman’s pew
You’ll find there in Ft. Luptons slough
Stray cats aplenty, skinned a few
On prying stoops their hides did strew
And cats blood will scare daughters too
While bushes hid their sins from view
Richard held the cue.
The child must die, he did decide
The crime arranged, the ritual plyed
With church at stake and family pride
Three men he chose to end her
Though two decried this church a lie
Their testimony was denied
With ties that run both “deep and wide”
No one could defend her
Now some have gone and some have stayed
Class defined the roles they played
Someday you’ll know the masquerade
Of Zack the great pretender


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  Dirty Harry
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-19-2019, 11:02 AM - Forum: Ransom Note - No Replies

All right, police officer... ...this is how we play. I bounce you all over town to make sure you're alone.

 If I even think you're being followed, the girl dies.
 If you talk to anyone, even if it's a Pekinese pissing on a lamppost... ...the girl dies.

 -ls the girl okay? -Just shut up and listen. No car. I give you some time to go from phone booth to phone booth.

 I ring 4 times. You don't answer by the fourth ring... ...that's the end of the game. The girl dies. 

What time you got? -9:30. Now listen-- -You listen. I'm watching you. Not all the time, but you'll never know when or where. Now get to Forest Hills Station as fast as you can. Understand? -Yeah. -I hope you're not stupid. Downstairs. Take the "K" car. Get off at Church and 20th. Hurry up, or you'll blow it. 

You sound like you had a good rest. You'll need it. 

from script

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  Charley Ross kidnapping
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-19-2019, 10:25 AM - Forum: Ransom Note - Replies (3)

There were a total of 23 ransom notes.

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  Beware of this team - JMO
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-07-2019, 10:17 PM - Forum: Miguel Sancho and David Tomasini - Replies (3)

I worked with the production for a short time. My very limited NDA ended when the show aired in April 2019.

I was approached by Miguel Sancho and agreed to help when he made it clear they were not BORG but looking at intruder suspects.

He said it was too bad they couldn't get a family interview - they believed John Ramsey when he said there's be no more interviews after Dr. Phil. I contacted John, flew to Salt lake City, drove to Moab with Sancho and got them the interview. I gave the team a handful of leads, including Jim Benish and the Schonlau brothers.

Within weeks I realized that the team (as a team) was.... dishonest. They had agreed to certain things that they never intended to follow through on (and no, it had nothing to do with money or credit).

I found myself disrespected and bullied (by Miguel Sancho) when I refused to give them certain files. Veiled threats were made - if I didn't cooperate, my relationship with John Ramsey would be damaged. My feeling was that if my relationship with John was that weak, it was certainly not worth crossing my own moral code to save.

Advised to remember my place (housewife with bills v Producers with cash) I was fully expected to "cash in" selling certain files and contacts.  I remembered my place, my personal values, and I quit the project.

Called and asked about the group, I still encouraged others to participate. I did tell those people that I was no longer involved, but I did nothing to harm the project.

I did, and do, warn people to be careful when dealing with either Miguel Sancho and/or David Tomasini. If you make an agreement with them, get it in writing.  Make sure it is signed, witnessed and notarized.   

Their program aired, most of it focused on a suspect I wouldn't have followed for long.  (Clearly their priorities don't match my own.)  But they did clear a few suspects and for that I am pleased.    

The point is, while 95% of my dealings were with Sancho, I would look at this team with a measure of … distrust.  

(Miguel, I expect one day you will see this.  This note's for you.  I said I would keep certain things you said confidential and, unlike you, I keep my word.   My comments here are about working with you as a producer, period.  You should have kept your word.  Money won't buy everyone., but I guess you know that now.  And that yes book isn't so good.)

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  describing cord
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-06-2019, 03:34 PM - Forum: cord ligature - wrist - No Replies

ST Page 233

"Following a tip six months earlier, I had found what seemed to be identical cord, packaged as "nylon," in both the Boulder Army Store and McGuckin's Hardware, and collected more than fifty samples. Everyone agreed that it seemed a visual match for the neck ligature, but

[u]ST Page 234[/u]

Trujillo insisted that the ligatures in the Ramsey case were not nylon and that we needed to find a polypropylene rope. I told him to have it tested anyway.

In the middle of November, John Van Tassell of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, one of the world's foremost experts on knots and cords, reviewed the neck ligature, the length of white cord that had been twisted around the broken paintbrush handle to create a terrible killing tool. Van Tassell commented that it was "a soft nylon cord." Sergeant Wickman and I immediately caught the term.

We asked if he was certain, and the Mountie studied it some more. Sure looks like soft nylon, he said, as he examined what looked like a soft flat white shoelace. Not stiff and rigid like polypropylene.

I retrieved one sample package, a fifty-foot length of white Stansport 32-strand, 3/16-inch woven cord that I had bought. Van Tassell pulled the cord out, frayed an end, held it against the end of the neck ligature, and said, "Look." The soft white braid and inner weave appeared identical. "I think this is the same cord," he said."ST Page 233

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  Shurtape and the FBI - history
Posted by: jameson245 - 05-06-2019, 01:58 PM - Forum: Duck Tape - Replies (2)

Shuford Mills Boosts FBI Analysis Effort
Hickory Daily Record December 26, 1989    Story by Troy Houser
The FBI is better equipped to solve several types of crime thanks to the cooperation of Shuford Mills Tape Division in Hickory.
Hugh Snodgrass, technical director of the Hickory-based Tape Division, recently traveled to Quantico, Virginia where he worked with the FBI’s Materials Investigation Group on the properties of several types of duct tape manufactured by Shuford and often used in the commission of crime. 
Snodgrass said the tape is often used by criminals:
-          To make explosive devices. Such as using it to bind sticks of dynamite or other explosives together
-          To bind the hands and legs of victims, and to gag victims
-          To bind bales and packages of drugs and other contraband
“We like to call if (duct tape) fun tape because you can use it for everything – no home would be without it,” Snodgrass said, “but unfortunately it is too often used by criminals”  and has become known in law enforcement as “crime tape.”  Shuford Mills Tape Division manufactures duct tape at its plants in Catawba, Caldwell and Alexander Counties.  The plant in Hudson (Caldwell) makes the fabric backing. The polyethylene film part of the backing is made by the plastics division in Hickory (Catawba).  The adhesive is made at the plant in Stony Point, (Alexander) where the manufacturing process is completed.
Snodgrass said the FBI was interested in all properties of duct tape, but was most interested in two major areas.
-          Can a piece of duct tape found at the scene of a crime be matched with a piece of duct tape found in a suspect’s possession?
-          And, can a process of elimination narrow down the regional source of duct tape, its manufacturer and distributer, and ultimately the purchaser?
Snodgrass said Shuford Mills Tape Division probably manufactures 40 percent to 45 percent of the 250 million square yards or 41 million cases of duct tape produced annually in the United States. 
Shuford manufactures about a half-dozen grades of the tape, with each grade having unique properties that are identifiable by lab analyses.
He said the other manufacturers also produce tape that is identifiable in the lab.
However, manufacturers often change their formulas - which alter the chemical properties of the product.
The manufacturers would need to inform the FBI of formula changes so the new information could be incorporated with existing analyses.
“This is the kind of information the FBI was looking for,” Snodgrass said.
He said the Materials Investigation Group with whom he met was made up of about 12 people.  They analyze items such as duct tape and other types of tape used in crimes, paints, coming from vehicles used in the commission of crimes,  and glass found on the scenes of crimes, broken in the commission of crimes, and found in the clothing or on the persons of suspects and victims.
Snodgrass said the Materials Investigation Group is based in Washington, but met with him in Quantico because the FBI Academy there has an extensive state-of-the-art laboratory.
He said the FBI is compiling information such as that provided by Shuford Mills to be placed in a computer data bank for use in future FBI investigations. 
Shuford Mills Tape Division was invited by the FBI to make the presentation after Shuford Mills supplied two witnesses at a criminal trial in Delaware in November.  One of the witnesses, a Shuford regional sales manager from New Jersy, was approached by the FBI in an effort to gain more technical information.  The sales manager “volunteered”  Snodgrass to present the information.
Snodgrass said Shuford executives believe it is the company’s duty to assist law enforcement in any way possible.

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