There have been many books written on the murder of six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey, some exploitative, some wildly speculative, some self-serving, some serious in intention and some plain stupid. But the clearest, most compassionate and most level-headed is JonBenét: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation, by Steve Thomas, the leading detective on the case. Thomas's own inclinations are clear: He believes that Patsy Ramsey killed her daughter in a fit of rage after a bed-wetting incident. Since the release of his book, Thomas has come under intense attack, not only from the Ramseys, but from office of Boulder DA Alex Hunter and the Boulder Daily Camera. He has been branded a bitter, irrational man, an incompetent cop and a money-hungry publicity-seeker. Yet in this flurry of ad hominem recrimination, Thomas's facts have been neither addressed nor disproved. This book may bring us as close as we'll ever come to understanding the murder of JonBenét.

There have been many books written on the murder of six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey, some exploitative, some wildly speculative, some self-serving, some serious in intention and some plain stupid. But the clearest, most compassionate and most level-headed is JonBenét: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation, by Steve Thomas, the leading detective on the case. Thomas's own inclinations are clear: He believes that Patsy Ramsey killed her daughter in a fit of rage after a bed-wetting incident. Since the release of his book, Thomas has come under intense attack, not only from the Ramseys, but from office of Boulder DA Alex Hunter and the Boulder Daily Camera. He has been branded a bitter, irrational man, an incompetent cop and a money-hungry publicity-seeker. Yet in this flurry of ad hominem recrimination, Thomas's facts have been neither addressed nor disproved. This book may bring us as close as we'll ever come to understanding the murder of JonBenét.

The Monday after Barbara Walters dished with John and Patsy Ramsey on a very special edition of 20/20, Colorado Governor Bill Owens appeared with the queen of celebrity chats on Good Morning America, criticizing her for giving two people he obviously wants to keep under an umbrella of suspicion a free ride. Walters defended herself at the time, and later told her fellow yakkers on The View that she felt "sorry" for the Guv.
The Monday after Barbara Walters dished with John and Patsy Ramsey on a very special edition of 20/20, Colorado Governor Bill Owens appeared with the queen of celebrity chats on Good Morning America, criticizing her for giving two people he obviously wants to keep under an umbrella of suspicion a free ride. Walters defended herself at the time, and later told her fellow yakkers on The View that she felt "sorry" for the Guv.
After the arrest of two juveniles in the murder of schoolteacher Emily Johnson, mayoral spokesman Andrew Hudson publicly vilified KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles for his lurid speculations about the killing -- and Boyles struck back with a vengeance, providing some of the past year's most colorful fireworks. Subsequently, the pair kissed and made up. Damn it!

After the arrest of two juveniles in the murder of schoolteacher Emily Johnson, mayoral spokesman Andrew Hudson publicly vilified KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles for his lurid speculations about the killing -- and Boyles struck back with a vengeance, providing some of the past year's most colorful fireworks. Subsequently, the pair kissed and made up. Damn it!

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Peter Boyles vs. Sam Riddle

KHOW was the scene of even more fun when Peter Boyles and Sam Riddle, former spokesman for the late secretary of state, Vikki Buckley, got into a hilarious on-air spat over Riddle's new role as a spokesman for the parents of Isaiah Shoels (one of the students slain at Columbine). The bickering ended with Riddle implying that the proudly sober host still had a cocaine habit and Boyles offering to settle things with his fists anytime, anywhere. Subsequently, the pair kissed and made up. Damn it again!

Best radio personality vs. private mouthpiece feud

Peter Boyles vs. Sam Riddle

KHOW was the scene of even more fun when Peter Boyles and Sam Riddle, former spokesman for the late secretary of state, Vikki Buckley, got into a hilarious on-air spat over Riddle's new role as a spokesman for the parents of Isaiah Shoels (one of the students slain at Columbine). The bickering ended with Riddle implying that the proudly sober host still had a cocaine habit and Boyles offering to settle things with his fists anytime, anywhere. Subsequently, the pair kissed and made up. Damn it again!
Since shortly after the murder of JonBenét Ramsey became his second career, Peter Boyles has ridiculed Lisa Levitt Ryckman -- or, as he calls her, "Lisa with the Two Names" -- for allegedly being a lapdog for John and Patsy Ramsey, whom Boyles would like to see tried in connection with their daughter's death. Ryckman struck back in a letter to the editor of Westword in which she revealed that she'd refused to appear on an episode of a Gerald Rivera show that was also set to feature Boyles out of sheer "disgust." At press time, the pair still hadn't kissed and made up. Thank goodness!

Since shortly after the murder of JonBenét Ramsey became his second career, Peter Boyles has ridiculed Lisa Levitt Ryckman -- or, as he calls her, "Lisa with the Two Names" -- for allegedly being a lapdog for John and Patsy Ramsey, whom Boyles would like to see tried in connection with their daughter's death. Ryckman struck back in a letter to the editor of Westword in which she revealed that she'd refused to appear on an episode of a Gerald Rivera show that was also set to feature Boyles out of sheer "disgust." At press time, the pair still hadn't kissed and made up. Thank goodness!

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