Boulder police deny leaking information to magazine
September 4, 1997
Web posted at: 9:57 p.m. EDT (0157 GMT)
BOULDER, Colorado (CNN) -- Boulder Police Thursday denied being the source of leaked confidential information about the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation that appears in the next issue of Vanity Fair magazine.
The article included the full text of the "ransom note" found
in the Ramsey home the day the 6-year-old was discovered dead. The article, which will appear on newsstands September 16, also relates previously unreleased details from police reports.
In a written statement given to news organizations Thursday, the police said "there is no evidence that this has occurred within the police department." It also said that there are "numerous" security controls in place to prevent leaks.
The article implicates John and Patsy Ramsey as suspects in the murder, and hints at a close relationship between county prosecutors and the Ramseys' attorneys. It says police wanted to charge the Ramseys with the crime, but District Attorney Alex Hunter has blocked them.
A lawyer for the Ramsey family has accused Boulder police of leaking the text of the ransom note.