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    Exclamation Michael Tracey - fingered false suspects in the past.

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    Originally published by Broward-Palm Beach New Times 2006-08-17
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    JonBenet Flimsy

    As the case against John Mark Karr disintegrates, attention turns to CU prof Michael Tracey, who's fingered false suspects in the past.
    By TONY ORTEGA


    While the case against John Mark Karr disintegrates by the minute, New Times has learned that this isn't the first time Colorado University Professor Michael Tracey has caused a stir by fingering a "prime suspect" in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case — only to be proved wrong.
    In 2004, Tracey, a British expatriate journalism professor and documentarian, produced a film about the Ramsey murder that aired on British television but not in the United States. By then, however, Tracey was already considered a notorious developer of false leads by a large group of Internet sleuths who congregated at Forums for Justice, a website started by a radio disc jockey named Tricia Griffith.

    "If you know the case and you watch Tracey's documentaries, they're filled with blatant lies. It's so easily proven," Griffith says from Park City, Utah, where she does radio and voiceover work. In Tracey's 2004 documentary, Who Killed the Pageant Queen?, the professor claimed to have stunning new evidence that was leading police to a previously unidentified "prime suspect." The documentary claimed that police were trying unsuccessfully to track down the man because he had gone "underground." Tracey's film didn't name the man, but a document was shown onscreen that purported to be a police record of the suspect, with the suspect's name and address blacked out.

    Griffith says an alert viewer in Scotland recorded the show and was able to do a screen capture of the police report. The image included a document number, enough information for Griffith to track down her own copy of the document.

    Tracey's "prime suspect" turned out to be John Steven Gigax, who was, in fact, an acquaintance of Michael Helgoth's, who, in "intruder" theories about the murder of JonBenet, was long considered a possible suspect.

    However, contrary to Tracey's claim that Gigax was underground and untraceable, Griffith found him in ten minutes with a simple Google search. "He was selling jewelry on the Internet," Griffith says.

    Griffith says Gigax immediately contacted Boulder police to see if they were really looking for him.

    They weren't.

    "I talked to [Boulder District Attorney Investigator] Tom Bennett myself, and he said Gigax was never a suspect. Gigax can prove he was in Indiana on the day of the murder."

    That sounds familiar. Two years later, Tracey has electrified the world with his fingering of another suspect who, it's looking likely, will turn out to have been in another state when JonBenet Ramsey was killed in the early hours of December 26, 1996. New Times tried to contact Tracey but was unable to do so.

    After debunking Tracey's documentary, Griffith put out a news release (you can still find it at forumsforjustice.org), but she says she got no media interest from it.

    In fact, when New Times phoned her this morning to ask about the Tracey documentary, she said she was getting no other inquiries from reporters.

    As the rest of the media feed on the inconsistencies of John Mark Karr's confessions, they may soon turn their attention to the Colorado professor who has apparently yelled "Fire!" in this case before.

    http://www.newtimesbpb.com/Issues/20.../jonbenet.html
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    "Justice hasn't had a chance so far. Anyone who doesn't have this as their prime goal, we'll have a falling out with." Fleet White - Time Magazine

    "What happens is that evil comes in," Fleet says. "If you don't have truth, all you have are lies, then what comes in is evil. And evil just does its thing. In the Ramsey case, it just did its thing, and it's eaten up so many people."

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    I want to keep this article up front for all to see.......not that I am e-mailing it to Larry King Live or anything like that since there was a link on his page taking comments for Lin Wood.......a Patsy replay is on tonight, btw.
    "Don't play dumb with me, RR! You're no good at it." The Punisher

    "Although no one is anticipating a prompt resolution to this long and much-detoured case, perhaps - just perhaps - might we see one of those moments “when a chance arrow of history scores a perfect bullseye on a deserving target”? Steve Thomas 2009

    "Justice hasn't had a chance so far. Anyone who doesn't have this as their prime goal, we'll have a falling out with." Fleet White - Time Magazine

    "What happens is that evil comes in," Fleet says. "If you don't have truth, all you have are lies, then what comes in is evil. And evil just does its thing. In the Ramsey case, it just did its thing, and it's eaten up so many people."

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    Wink hint, hint.......

    "Don't play dumb with me, RR! You're no good at it." The Punisher

    "Although no one is anticipating a prompt resolution to this long and much-detoured case, perhaps - just perhaps - might we see one of those moments “when a chance arrow of history scores a perfect bullseye on a deserving target”? Steve Thomas 2009

    "Justice hasn't had a chance so far. Anyone who doesn't have this as their prime goal, we'll have a falling out with." Fleet White - Time Magazine

    "What happens is that evil comes in," Fleet says. "If you don't have truth, all you have are lies, then what comes in is evil. And evil just does its thing. In the Ramsey case, it just did its thing, and it's eaten up so many people."

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    You see, Tricia hasn't yet contacted 48 Whores to present her evidence that Tracey is a fraud like nasty jameson did when she decided to try to discredit Don Foster. Perhaps that's the problem.

    Kudos to Tony Ortega for having the guts to print this, and kudos to our forum goddess, Tricia.
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    "Don't play dumb with me, RR! You're no good at it." The Punisher

    "Although no one is anticipating a prompt resolution to this long and much-detoured case, perhaps - just perhaps - might we see one of those moments “when a chance arrow of history scores a perfect bullseye on a deserving target”? Steve Thomas 2009

    "Justice hasn't had a chance so far. Anyone who doesn't have this as their prime goal, we'll have a falling out with." Fleet White - Time Magazine

    "What happens is that evil comes in," Fleet says. "If you don't have truth, all you have are lies, then what comes in is evil. And evil just does its thing. In the Ramsey case, it just did its thing, and it's eaten up so many people."

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    Default I like this Tony Ortega!

    He has dug a little deeper, worked a little harder than most of the media people covering the JonBenet beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRat
    From newtimesbpb.com
    Originally published by Broward-Palm Beach New Times 2006-08-17
    ©2005 New Times, Inc. All rights reserved.

    JonBenet Flimsy

    As the case against John Mark Karr disintegrates, attention turns to CU prof Michael Tracey, who's fingered false suspects in the past.
    By TONY ORTEGA

    http://www.newtimesbpb.com/Issues/20.../jonbenet.html

    Might as well move this little jewel over here :-)

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    This my friends is the Boulder Burglar that Michael Tracy, Ollie Gray, and John SanAugstine are pushing in Tracy's Docs as their prime suspects, Michael Helgoth and John Gigax dressed in Ninja outfits.

    This below is from J.T.Colfax's jail diary October 14, 1998 where he wrote this EIGHT YEARS ago telling us that Nick Lowe, the Boulder Burglar was caught and in jail.

    http://ode2colfax.tripod.com/1014199...irstletter.htm
    The Boulder Burglar, Nick Lowe was Colfax's neighbor in jail

    "There used to be a prisoner here named Nick Lowe. He was my neighbor. "The Boulder Burgler." Eighty-six counts of burglary. Det. Gosage came to tape record him here at the jail. They took hair, saliva, and handwriting from him too. This was in about August '97. Then I was removed from the POD. Nick's mother had moved to Victoria, Canada not far from where I was when the DEATH happened. Det. Gosage called her there. Her name is Debbi Lowe. Nick is in a Minnesotta prison as Colorado overflow."
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    Oh well, if this has already been posted please delete it, but it's a beauty!

    Tracey rips media, public obsession
    CU prof who e-mailed slaying suspect says attention is excessive

    By Brittany Anas, Camera Staff Writer
    August 20, 2006

    University of Colorado professor Michael Tracey says he doesn't think JonBenet Ramsey's homicide is an important tragedy.

    Tracey — who over the past four years exchanged hundreds of e-mails with the man now suspected in the 6-year-old beauty queen's 1996 murder — uses a number to bolster his argument: 804.

    That's how many children under 12 were killed the same year that JonBenet's strangled and beaten body was found in the basement of her parents' Boulder home.

    The public obsessed over JonBenet in a cruel way, Tracey says, and news of the girl's death morphed into a form of entertainment. Meanwhile, JonBenet's parents, who Tracey says did nothing but love their daughter, were presumed guilty by the media and public.

    Over and over, Tracey says, he ran into people who believed the parents were guilty. But when asked why, they could give only superficial, oddball reasons — Patsy Ramsey's smile was evil or John Ramsey had an incriminating twitch.

    Now Tracey, a media critic and journalism teacher, finds himself in an odd position.

    He is part of the story.


    Making a point

    Tracey's role in leading investigators to John Mark Karr — arrested Wednesday in Thailand to faces charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and child sexual assault — has put the professor at the center of the media frenzy renewed by the startling break in the investigation.

    The theory that JonBenet was murdered by an intruder has become more credible, and Tracey's phone has been ringing nonstop.

    The attention could help Tracey make a point, he says.

    "The media coverage of these kinds of things is overdone," he said. "It's excessive and unfair."

    Tracey's goal in producing documentaries and writing about the case has been to exonerate John and Patsy Ramsey in the public eye, he says. As David Williams, a private investigator interviewed by Tracey for a documentary, once said: "The killer took away their daughter. We, the society, took away their life."

    Tracey is writing a book about JonBenet's death and expects to do more documentary work for its 10th anniversary Dec. 26.

    In the past week, publishers have expressed renewed interest in his book. The e-mails he exchanged with Karr are in high demand.

    But after the book is published and the anniversary documentary is finished, Tracey says he'll retreat from the case that has become such a big part of his life.

    "I want to go back to being a boring professor who writes books that nobody reads," he said.

    'Old-fashioned language'

    Tracey came to the University of Colorado from England in 1988 to teach journalism. He had worked as head of the Broadcasting Research Unit in London, Britain's leading think tank on media issues.

    He points to a weekly childhood routine as something that developed him as a journalist and a thinker.

    Tracey was raised by his grandparents after his father, who was in the Air Force, died in a plane crash. On Friday nights, his grandfather would meet with working-class friends in Oldham, England, and talk about local politics.

    "I'd sit on the floor and listen to language," Tracey said. "Listen to people talk. Listen to ideas."

    That tradition continues at The Hungry Toad in Boulder, where Tracey is among the local regulars who come together at the pub for good conversation and pints of beer.

    "Everyone enjoys his company," said manager Eric Putske.

    At CU, Tracey teaches courses to students at all levels. He skips PowerPoint presentations in favor of "old-fashioned language."

    "You need to use language in order to think," Tracey says.


    A CU case study

    Paul Voakes, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at CU, said Tracey's Socratic method engages students.

    "He loves to challenge students, draw them out and help them develop thoughts more fully," Voakes said.

    He said there probably will be plenty of interest in Tracey's classes.

    "I predict that the demand to have Michael speak in the classrooms will increase greatly," Voakes said. "His classes should definitely be fully enrolled."

    Voakes said the school probably will hold a public forum discussing the case and journalism practices surrounding it. He said one interesting media-ethics issue is the role of reporters' privilege to protect or expose a source.

    "I've been really impressed with how Michael has been handling this — he had so many choices to make about his correspondence with Karr," he said. "I want my students to know that as a journalist, sometimes your civic duties may outweigh your journalism goals, such as getting the scoop."

    Len Ackland, an associate professor in the school, said he commends Tracey for his investigative work and will talk about the case in class if it comes up.

    "I think this would make a very good point in a discussion about pack journalism," he said.

    Tracey says he expects to ditch his newfound celebrity status and continue with his outside interests of skiing, reading and drinking beer. The media will eventually and inevitably move on to another story, he says.

    "The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on," he said.

    Camera Staff Writer Anna Uhls contributed to this story.

    http://www.dailycamera.com/bdc/count...930921,00.html

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    It is scary that a man like Michael Tracy can produce shows that air here in the USA and in the UK claiming he's exposing the media lynch mob but in the same token he and his private investigator buddies, Ollie Gray, John SanAugstine and Lou Smit are fingering as prime suspects in a murder case, people that are not suspects, one is in jail, one is dead and the other one called Tom Bennett to see if they were looking for him and he was told they were not.

    So why are these documentaries produced by Michael Tracy still being shown?
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    "Tracey says he expects to ditch his newfound celebrity status and continue with his outside interests of skiing, reading and drinking beer. The media will eventually and inevitably move on to another story, he says."

    So we now have admission of non-sobriety.

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    "Although no one is anticipating a prompt resolution to this long and much-detoured case, perhaps - just perhaps - might we see one of those moments “when a chance arrow of history scores a perfect bullseye on a deserving target”? Steve Thomas 2009

    "Justice hasn't had a chance so far. Anyone who doesn't have this as their prime goal, we'll have a falling out with." Fleet White - Time Magazine

    "What happens is that evil comes in," Fleet says. "If you don't have truth, all you have are lies, then what comes in is evil. And evil just does its thing. In the Ramsey case, it just did its thing, and it's eaten up so many people."

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    What a hypocrite. It's easy to see how the Ramseys pulled such a coup on this group of self-involved back-slappers. They're so full of themselves, they're blind to the truth. Nothing too ugly in their academic closed society. Just blame some pervert intruder that never was and take your accolades and have a pint. To hell with justice. It costs too much.

    CU prof who e-mailed slaying suspect says attention is excessive

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    University of Colorado professor Michael Tracey says he doesn't think JonBenet Ramsey's homicide is an important tragedy.

    snip

    The public obsessed over JonBenet in a cruel way, Tracey says, and news of the girl's death morphed into a form of entertainment.

    snip

    "The media coverage of these kinds of things is overdone," he said. "It's excessive and unfair."

    snip

    Tracey is writing a book about JonBenet's death and expects to do more documentary work for its 10th anniversary Dec. 26.

    snip

    Voakes said the school probably will hold a public forum discussing the case and journalism practices surrounding it.
    Does anyone really think that Tracey is going to let this go, once his "intruder" turns out not to have intruded after all? Back to the drawing board. Or should I say, coloring book?

    "University of Colorado Law Professor Paul Campos declared the letter a 'reckless exoneration.' He went on to state, 'Everyone knows that relative immunity from criminal conviction is something money can buy.
    Apparently another thing it can buy is an apology for even being suspected of a crime you probably already would have been convicted of committing if you happened to be poor.'"
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    Good GRIEF!! I sense a degree of discomfort here ....

    He thinks the media attention is excessive??? Yet HE has made three documentaries and is the only journalist to bring the case the the UK in documentary form??? (I don't count Bill Kurtis' documentary because it aired on Satellite - we have only 5 terrestrial tv STATIONS).

    I am biting my fingers here to stop myself from name-calling....
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