On pages 1 and 278, he drops the name simply as something he looked into - the ransom note is in
Then there are pages 16 and 17
where he devotes two paragraphs to the Ramsey case.
In Author Unknown I will not
discuss evidence or reveal undisclosed information about
pending cases, not even to correct misinformation published in the press or on the Internet.
The JonBenét Ramsey homicide
investigation, a difficult and painful business for everyone
associated with it, produced an early bump in my learning curve. In 1997, when moving
from tragic denouements to actual homicides, and from Stratford-upon-Avon to Quantico, it
was perhaps inevitable that I should make a mistake, and I did. In June 1997, seven months before I was retained by the Boulder Police
Department, before any case documents were available to me, I privately speculated with
other observers concerning the Ramsey homicide, and actually took an uninvited and (as I
would learn) unwelcome initiative to assist John and Patsy Ramsey, by private letter. At the time I knew virtually nothing about "true crime forums" and "online
chatrooms," but was directed by others to despicable activity on the Internet by "jameson,"
an individual whose months-long obsession with the details of the killing of JonBenét -
ascribed by jameson to a Colorado University friend of the older Ramsey boy - was too vile
in its voyeuristic description to be a prank, too well informed to be madness, too full of
seeming relevance to be ignored.
Competent and dedicated detectives, though much maligned in the press, were
investigating the slaying of a child. As I later learned, the police had already investigated
and dismissed jameson as a "code six wingnut," a phrase I had not heard before but one
that I would soon come to appreciate. I regret the mistakes of intruding so quickly. That beginners mistake impressed
upon me a sense of limit when venturing from the safe world of academic debate into the
minefield of criminal investigation. In January 1997, (his error, he certainly meant 1998) when
brought onboard by the Boulder police, I took the lesson to heart, started over, and did the
best I could, for justice and JonBenét. Though I am bound by a
confidentiality agreement not to discuss the investigation or court proceedings, I do stand
by the statements that I have made for the record regarding that case and believe that the
truth will eventually prevail."