The Tab, Please

Now it can't be told: Without an indictment, what will the tabloids do?

The Star,whose last cover trumpeted "Exposed: Shocking Sex and Booze Parties in JonBenet's house," a story that detailed how CU students like to have sex in the former Ramsey home, has a "world exclusive" this week. Bo Dietl, "America's #1 Homicide Detective," is now on the case at the Star's behest. "I went to Colorado last month to try to make sense out of the bizarre murder of JonBenet Ramsey, and I came back with shocking conclusions -- and a surprise prime suspect," Dietl begins.

"One afternoon in Boulder, sitting in front of that grand house on 15th Street, with the beautiful mountains on one side of me and the terrible things that happened behind those walls on the other, I was mentally sorting through the facts, trying to put together the three components of any crime -- motive, opportunity and means. Something jumped right off the page at me."

And it wasn't another CU sex-and-booze party.

But at the end of four pages, Star readers learn they'll have to wait until next week to learn "Who really killed JonBonet [sic] -- and why."

This week the Globe devotes a relatively modest amount of its cover to "Dad Blames Mom & Begs for Immunity as Grand Jury Ends." And there's just a single-page story inside, co-written by Craig Lewis -- but then, he's been busy in Jeffco -- describing how the Ramseys' marriage has unraveled. As another one of those ubiquitous "insiders" tells the Globe: "Both of the Ramseys now know that they will not have another moment's peace until investigators get justice for JonBenet."

But there will be no justice. Although Governor Bill Owens says he's considering appointing a special prosecutor, the time to do that was two years -- and a governor -- ago, not now. And for all the huffing and puffing by Boulder law-enforcement officials during their assorted press conferences last Thursday, their investigative efforts will continue to deflate.

The story will die, and the tabloids will leave town, heading for some other sensational case that will expose idiocies and sell papers.

But the media will have delivered its message: The trash left behind in Colorado is all ours.

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