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Picture perfect: "Are They Innocent?" asked the headline of Sunday's Rocky Mountain News, a question echoed on hastily printed fliers and posters hyping that day's edition. But at the end of ten pages (plus a cover with its stand-by-your-man portrait taken at some location the News agreed not to disclose, but Charlevoix, Michigan, is a good bet) of family photos and blather from friends, readers were no closer to knowing if John and Patsy Ramsey were innocent. The "special report" reported nothing about the murder of JonBenet. For teases, it ranked right up there with Stephen Jones's promise in opening arguments that he would prove his client innocent. And we all know what happened to Tim McVeigh.
But the packaging was a real coup for the Ramsey family, whose publicist, Charlie Russell, repeatedly points out that his work for the Ramseys is not connected to the PR firm in which he is a partner, Russell, Karsh & Hagan, which just happens to include on its client list the Rocky Mountain News. And the News got its own PR boost from the alleged "report," including an appearance by writer Lisa Levitt Ryckman on Monday night's Geraldo--where she declined to appear with Peter "All Ramsey All the Time" Boyles. The producer acceded to Ryckman's request and apologetically pointed out to Boyles that the reporter was "the story" that day.
The Ramseys also remain "Topic A" at Boyles's station, KHOW-AM, where fallout over the crime added another casualty last week: Dani Newsum. The station's evening talker resigned on Thursday because she didn't want to devote more of her yakking to the Ramseys after program director Kris Olinger asked her to do so. But with refreshing candor, Newsum also points out that her ratings were lousy.
Flights of fancy: Forget the new Mel Gibson movie (and, for that matter, Boyles's Ramsey rants). For real conspiracy stuff, check out www.anomalous-images.com, a Web site that includes the transcript of a radio interview with Alex Christopher, author of Pandora's Box, an expose of how the British still rule America. And listen up: Queen Elizabeth's been buying lots of property in Colorado, with an eye to making Denver the capital of the revived English empire. "All the symbolism that is apparent in the layout of the new Denver airport says that it is a control center for world control," says Christopher. "There is a lot of 'secret society' symbology at the airport." For example, she notes, the capstone, dedicated in 1994, bears a Masonic symbol and mentions "the New World Airport Commission. I have never heard of that, have you?"
Apparently Christopher has never had the misfortune to hook up with Charles Ansbacher, the conductor/composer who married Swanee Hunt back in the days when she was just another millionairess and Denver do-gooder, before she became ambassador to Austria. Long before Hunt's fortune bought her a slot at Harvard, where she's heading this fall (her Denver home is up for sale, and her foundation is moving to Massachusetts with her), it got Ansbacher a dollar-a-year job inventing the New World Airport Commission, which organized DIA's gala grand-opening bash--held fifteen months before the airport actually opened.
Enough about that, though. Christopher has other concerns about DIA. Designs on the terminal floor suggest Nazi "Black Sun" worship, she says, and "grotesque" murals--painted by local artist Leo Tanguma, which to the untrained eye look as innocuous as "We Are the World" Coke advertisements--really show how governments "would like to splice out specific races."
But it's what you don't see that's really worrisome. According to Christopher, below DIA is an eight-level underground base that connects to a 4.5-square-mile underground city, filled with snatched children used as slave labor and sealed off with chain-link fences "with the barbed wire tops pointed inward, like they were there to keep people in, not keep people out."
Gee, and we thought hearing the bossy recorded voice of Reynelda Muse on the DIA train was scary...
Airport spokesman Chuck Cannon recalls getting a half-dozen calls, most of them from the South, when Christopher's interview first aired in 1996. Cannon points out that while the author makes much of the fact that DIA's main terminal is called the Great Hall, which is also a Masonic gathering place, "we called the main terminal at Stapleton the Great Hall." And as for all that alleged underground construction, not only did farmers surrounding DIA property never notice it--"They must be part of the conspiracy," he says helpfully--but none other than News reporter and DIA apologist Kevin Flynn once wrote an article denying that the underground city exists.
For the record, Cannon denies all of Christopher's other charges. But he would, wouldn't he?