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Michael Tracey

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    JonBenet's parents: How an indictment became an "exoneration"

    If you happened to tune into cable news or talk radio or any other variety of media late last week for the first time in fourteen or fifteen years, you might think things were stuck in an endless loop. There was that harpy Nancy Grace, grilling forensic whiz Henry Lee about the mysterious male DNA i ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    JonBenet Ramsey investigator's new book rejects intruder theory in child's death

    The 1996 Boulder murder of JonBenét Ramsey was one of the biggest stories in the country for years, and questions about the unsolved case continue to be asked, albeit at a lower volume than was heard a decade and a half ago. Note that former detective A. James Kolar's Foreign Faction: Who Really Ki ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Michael Tracey, CU prof in Ramsey family-John Mark Karr debacle: Negative job evaluations

    Remember Michael Tracey? He's the CU journalism professor whose obsession with the JonBenét Ramsey murder helped lead to a media frenzy over false confessor John Mark Karr back in 2006. Could his apparent disinterest in actual student instruction have finally caught up with him? One possible indica ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Lou Smit's death won't end the search for an intruder in JonBenét Ramsey murder case

    RIP: Lou Smit​Lou Smit, who passed away Wednesday at 75 after a battle with cancer, was the kind of hard worker who never got the hang of retiring. In his case, the work was homicide investigation. And sticking with it put hundreds of truly scary, violent men behind bars.

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    December 23, 2009

    Top 10 Colorado shmucks of decade

    ​It ain't easy being a shmuck. Not as mean as an asshole, not as ignorant as a shithead, a shmuck takes idiocy to an epic level, a moron whose fall from grace has far-reaching repercussions. We've been celebrating weekly shmucks for a long, long time -- but to be named one of Colorado's top 10 ... More >>

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    December 31, 2008

    A new look for Ramsey case in new year?

    The arrival of a new district attorney in Boulder has some people expecting that the 12-year-old murder of JonBenet Ramsey will get a "fresh look." But what exactly does that mean? This mind-bending report in the Boulder Daily Camera suggests a new look means another look at John Mark Karr (pic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2008

    Peter Boyles: "Folks, You've Been Had."

    Members of the local and national media alike have gone predictably ga-ga over Boulder district attorney Mary Lacy's July 9 announcement that DNA evidence has cleared all Ramsey family members of suspicion regarding the 1996 murder of six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey. But KHOW's Peter Boyles, the most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Ethically Dubious CU Prof Michael Tracey to Lead Ethics Symposium

    University of Colorado Boulder journalism professor Michael Tracey, a co-star in the April 10 Message column about CU's Campus Press publication and its fight for independence, wouldn't be many people's first choice to lead a discussion about ethics. He is, you'll recall, the man behind several obje ... More >>

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    April 10, 2008

    CU's Campus Press Fights for Independence

    A contentious faculty meeting points to independence for CU-Boulder's student newspaper — but at what cost?

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    April 9, 2008
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    November 23, 2007
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    July 9, 2007

    John Mark Karr's Domestic Problem

    The big news out of Georgia this weekend is that John Mark Karr, the bogus confessor in the JonBenet Ramsey case, was arrested after a domestic dispute at his father's home in Sandy Springs. What's surprising here isn't that Karr, a wandering dramaturge who gained international notoriety for his c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2007

    Robert Charles Browne is a Killer Con Man

    This cover story in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine is a lengthy but surprisingly slipshod examination of the Robert Charles Browne case, the former tree farmer who claims to be one of the most prolific serial killers in history, with 48 victims scattered across the country. The piece, by Chip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2007

    A Rocky Road

    After the January 6 avalanche that buried cars near Berthoud Pass, Central City Parkway's "NO ROCKSLIDES" ad campaign, currently gracing the sides of RTD buses, seemed in especially bad taste. Of course, since presumably the ads refer to the June 2005 rockslide that buried the Parkway's competing th ... More >>

  • News

    December 28, 2006

    Year in Review: The Great Pretenders

    Welcome to the 2006 Hall of Shame.

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    December 21, 2006

    Ten Years After

    A decade of blunders, spin and hype hasn't solved the JonBenét Ramsey murder case. Is it time for the truth?

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    December 18, 2006

    The Nutty Professor's Twisted Sequel

    We knew it was coming, but nothing could prepare us for the true awfulness of the deed itself. The fourth (and, if God is merciful, last) television documentary on the JonBenet Ramsey case concocted by University of Colorado journalism professor Michael Tracey and British producer David Mills aired ... More >>

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    December 7, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 12/07/2006

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    December 1, 2006

    Heavy Lifting

    The rehashing of the JonBenet Ramsey case on 48 Hours last Saturday has touched off a wave of Ramsey speculations on the Internet — although probably not the way the producers intended. While many of the program's claims about John Mark Karr and his pursuer, University of Colorado journalism ... More >>

  • News

    November 30, 2006

    Pucker Up

    And the award for the worst Colorado performance on national TV goes to

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    October 27, 2006

    More Messages: Comings and Goings

    A Message column published last month focused on Albert Manzi (pictured above), the new publisher of the Boulder Daily Camera, as well as the president and CEO of Prairie Mountain Publishing, a joint MediaNews Group-E.W. Scripps enterprise that oversees a slew of local publications, including the ve ... More >>

  • News

    October 26, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of October 26, 2006.

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    October 24, 2006

    Intruder Alert!

    Years before the goofy pen-pal relationship between CU journalism professor Michael Tracey and phony confessor John Mark Karr blossomed into headlines of the sort explored in a recent Westword cover story, Tracey was pushing the theory that someone like Karr was responsible for the 1996 murder of Jo ... More >>

  • News

    October 19, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of October 19, 2006

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    October 19, 2006

    Downturn

    Business news is falling on local TV.

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    October 19, 2006

    Tabloid Nation

    Get this: Journalists, and journalism professors, behaving badly.

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    October 17, 2006

    Karr Fire

    If the increasingly pathetic saga of John Mark Karr proves anything, it's this: A media obsessive can stretch his fifteen minutes of fame to twenty, or even half an hour, if he can manage to portray himself as a victim of the media attention he seeks yet claims to despise. Fingered by CU professor ... More >>

  • News

    October 12, 2006

    Made for Each Other

    The Karr fiasco is over, but Michael Tracey's quest for unlikely suspects in the Ramsey case goes on and on.

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    October 5, 2006

    Again

    As one media squall weakens, another strikes.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2006

    Wine, Wine, Wine

    It's been dark days for Colorado, what with Ward Churchill, JonBenet Ramsey and Michael Tracey in particular (and CU in general) in the news. How like the national media to kick a good state when it's down. Two weeks ago, the New Yorker sidelined Denver, calling it a "second-tier city" in a piece ab ... More >>

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    August 29, 2006
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    August 24, 2006

    She's Back

    JonBenét brings out the media's worst -- again.

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    August 18, 2006

    Dick Tracey

    Turns out that John Mark Karr wasn't the first person to be fingered by CU prof Michael Tracey in connection with the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. And as this report from New Times, our partner paper in Broward/Palm Beach, Florida, shows, Tracey's identification of that suspect was even more suspect ... More >>

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    August 18, 2006

    Karr Crash

    Just when the University of Colorado was starting to resurrect its reputation, journalism professor Michael Tracey, long a sideshow in the JonBenet Ramsey circus, hits (or is that creates?) the news with his creepy e-mail exchange with John Mark Karr -- in which Tracey (pictured) looks about as much ... More >>

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    March 3, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of March 3, 2005

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    February 17, 2005

    The Message

    Road Show

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    April 29, 2004

    The Message

    Taking a Leak

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    October 9, 2003

    The Message

    Hard Progress

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    September 18, 2003

    The Message

    Peeved in Peoria

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    July 26, 2001

    What a Circus!

    In the center ring, now and forever: JonBenét Ramsey.

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    March 23, 2000
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    October 21, 1999

    Two Days in the Death of JonBenét

    A journal of the media madness sparked by the JonBenét grand jury.

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    December 24, 1998
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    October 22, 1998
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    October 1, 1998
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