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Porn expert called into Ramsey case
By ALLI KRUPSKI
Camera Staff Writer

Thursday, July 3, 1997
Authorities have asked an Arvada Police Department detective to investigate child pornography computer databases in connection with the JonBenet Ramsey homicide, sources said Wednesday.
Detective Walt Parsons of the Arvada Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit hasn't completed the examination. Sources wouldn't discuss the type of databases or whether they involve criminal cases or the Internet.
And investigators searched for pornography in the Ramseys' home at 755 15th St. after obtaining search warrants days after JonBenet's slaying in late December, sources close to the case said. Those sources wouldn't disclose if investigators have located child pornography related to the homicide.
"They were out (at the Ramseys' house) looking for every type of pornography you can imagine," a source said. "They were looking for things like pornographic movies, books, magazines and photographs."
Family spokeswoman Rachelle Zimmer said she couldn't comment on the content of the search warrants.
Parsons wouldn't discuss his involvement with the case, but he did talk generally about the role pornography can play in sexual crimes.
"In general, the utilization of child pornography signifies a strong interest in children sexually," Parsons said. "Anybody that is interested in child pornography obviously might have an interest in other forms of child sexual involvement. Anyone trying to do a thorough investigation (of a child victim) would want to determine if an individual had ever expressed that interest in any form."
Investigators obtained the search documents shortly after John Ramsey, JonBenet's father, and a friend discovered the 6-year-old strangled, gagged with duct tape and sexually assaulted in the basement of the family's home on Dec. 26.
The girl's autopsy report verified she suffered severe head injuries and that sections of her vagina showed chronic inflammation and epithelial erosion, or tissue damage.
The Ramseys have denied a history of sexual abuse in the family involving JonBenet or others.
The family has provided the Boulder County district attorney's office with a pediatrician's records, a psychiatrist's videotaped interview with JonBenet's 10-year-old brother and other information they say demonstrates no sexual abuse occurred.
Investigators also have interviewed the former Little Miss Colorado's adult half-siblings, John Andrew and Melinda, as
well as analyzed an autopsy report of JonBenet's half-sister, Elizabeth, who died in a 1992 car accident.
Some experts contend, however, that sexual abuse of young children may consist of oral or manual contact that
doesn't leave evidence. The perpetrator, for example, may force the child to fondle his or her genitals.
Pedophiles may have other disorders as well, said Gregg McCrary, a former criminal profiler with the FBI.
"They could include bondage and restraining and tying in some way they find erotic," McCrary said. "And you have accidental deaths in the practice of bondage."
Sexual offenders may not use "hard-core" pornography, McCrary said.
"A lot of times we find they have true crime stories that include kidnapping, rape, bondage and murder, and posters of slasher films," McCrary said. "They are things that we don't normally think of that as porno graphic, but the pairing of sex and violence is what some sexual offenders find arousing."


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Documents also show police actively pursued child pornography angles during the case's most crucial first days, hiring experts and searching the Ramseys' computer software, modem and databases. They failed to find any computer evidence to support a pedophilia theory inside or outside the home.
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Speaker: The mother knows and that the mother is now not knowing what to do. Well, she either tried to cover up and now she feels guilty and they don't want to expose her to questioning...
Television developed the story further.
Tom Snyder: If Pop is playing with the little girl in the house, that's something that ought to be out in the open, I mean call the cops and get this guy out of the house
Marilyn Van Derber-Atler: But no one knows about it except the father and the daughter. You don't talk about it in families. Siblings don't talk to siblings. Note JonBenet had tape over her mouth. That is the strongest message we have. You will never speak of it.
John Ramsey: I did not kill my daughter, JonBenét.

Man: In May, the Ramseys talked to journalists in a last desperate attempt to prove their innocence. No one believed them. But what is the media's evidence, what about pornography? It was alleged that John Ramsey had used a porn book shop in Denver.

Tracey: It has been repeatedly said that you are a frequenter of shops dealing in pornography in
Denver, Colorado.

John: I couldn't tell you where a pornography shop was in Denver, Colorado if my life depended on it. That's false. Absolutely, totally false.

Man: The book shop John Ramsey was supposed to have used was never identified. No one came forward to support the story. The extensive police search for pornography yielded nothing.

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