May 10, 2001

Via Facsimile to 303-441-4703 and First Class Mail

Hon. Mary T. Keenan

Office of the District Attorney

Twentieth Judicial District

1777 6th Street

Boulder, Colorado 80306

Dear Ms. Keenan:

I am sure you are aware of the recent appearances by Detectives Lou Smit and Steve Ainsworth on NBC and the compelling intruder evidence broadcast to millions of viewers in connection with their appearances. It has been brought to my attention that in response to these broadcasts, a number of individuals have communicated with Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar, urging his office to have the JonBenét Ramsey murder investigated by experienced, unbiased homicide investigators. I believe that many citizens share my feelings and the feelings of my clients, John and Patsy Ramsey, that the Boulder Police Department is not capable of solving this case

It is my understanding that Attorney General Salazar has responded to these concerned citizens, stating that his office has no independent authority to intervene in the matter unless the governor appoints him as special prosecutor or the local district attorney requests his assistance. It is clear that Governor Bill Owens has no intention of appointing a special prosecutor. Thus, on behalf of my clients, I request that you, as the local district attorney, request the assistance of Attorney General Salazar so that the resources of his office can be utilized in an objective, competent search for JonBenét’s killer.

John and Patsy Ramsey are not asking to be excluded from a new investigation into their daughter’s murder. If the investigation is transferred from the Boulder Police Department to experienced, unbiased homicide investigators, my clients pledge their full cooperation.

On the other hand, if law enforcement officials in Colorado are unwilling to involve a new investigative team in an effort to solve this murder, then my clients are owed a public statement from you and the Boulder Police Department that confirms the truth that after four and one-half years, millions of dollars spent and a grand jury that did not indict, the investigation of John and Patsy Ramsey is over, barring any new information received in the future. The statement should clearly acknowledge that investigative efforts with respect to the Ramseys have been exhausted and there is insufficient evidence to support filing any criminal charges against them in connection with their daughter’s death. Failure to take steps to have a new investigative team assembled or to issue a statement as outlined above – in other words, to simply maintain the status quo – is profoundly unjust to my clients and insults fundamental principles of fairness. Private citizens not charged with any crime should not be punished by law enforcement officials who publicly leave them twisting slowly in the wind under the “umbrella of suspicion” because those officials are unable to discover evidence to support their theory of a crime. If you are unwilling to seek the assistance of the Attorney General, it is time to close the umbrella.

I renew my previously conveyed offers to meet with you at your convenience to discuss this case.

I look forward to hearing from you.


L. Lin Wood


cc: Mr. and Mrs. John Ramsey

Honorable Ken Salazar

Attorney General

1525 Sherman Street

7th Floor

Denver, CO 80203