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Acquaintance Intruder Theories

Acquaintance Pedophile Stalkers

Erotomania is another possible motivation. Suspects have included John Mark Karr, Randy Simons and the as-yet-unidentified assailant of a 14 year old who attended the same dance studio as JBR.

Alleyway Boogieman

In Steve Thomas's book (p. 140) he states: "One of Father Rol's parishioners claimed he came across a crazed-looking man standing beside a truck behind the Ramsey house, holding some white cord and a stick and grunting, "You can't have her. She's mine." This homeless man was investigated. Details are at acandyrose

Arapahoe Suspect

The Arapahoe Suspect Theory Internet poster Jameson claimed on December 10, 2001 that she had provided DNA samples on 3 "reasonable suspects." Details are at acandyrose

"Amy" Attacker (Ninja Guy)

The "Amy" Attacker Theory is another possibility; an intruder who, just 9 months after JBR's murder, surreptitiously entered a house while mother and daughter (known as "Amy") were present and sexually assaulted a 14 year girl who attended Dance West, the same dance studio attended by JBR; this raises the possibility that the same individual stalked JBR after noticing her at the studio. A private investigator did background checks on his suspects in the Amy's case, and discovered that some of them had at one time worked at the Ramsey home. As well, he also collected cigarette butts found outside Amy's house, and discovered that the "same brands were found in the Ramseys' alley."

A comparison to the JBR killing:

  • 1. Attended Same Dance Studio. Girl performed at same dance studio as JBR took lessons at Dance West. Thus perp may have seen both girls at the same location.
  • 2. Public Performances. Like JBR, Amy had performed in several public functions in Boulder in the year before her death, giving the perp another potential opportunity or motive for targeting her.
  • 3. Close Proximity in Space and Time to JBR Killing. Amy lived 2 miles from Ramseys and the assault occurred on Sept. 14, 1997, only 9 months after JBR died.
  • 4. Ease of Entry May Denote Prior Experience. "He was like a ghost," recalls Amy's father. "We couldn't figure out where he came from, or where he went." "By the time the Boulder police arrived, the man was long gone. Because the intruder had gotten in and out of the house so easily, Amy's father began to think this wasn't the first time he had done something like this."
  • 5. Family Away When Perp Entered House. The family was out of the house from late afternoon on the eve of the crime, until after dark. "That night, Amy's father was out of town. After catching a movie, Amy and her mother returned home late. What they didn't know when they entered the house was that there was already an intruder inside" (CBS News ).
  • 6. Perp Waited 4-6 Hours Before Entering Bedroom. The intruder may have waited at least four hours before entering Amy's second-floor bedroom. "Amy's father, who asked that his identity be obscured, agreed to talk about what happened that night: "My feeling is he got into the house while they were out and hid inside the house, so he would have been in there for perhaps four to six hours, hiding" (CBS News ).
  • 7. Sexual Assault Occurred at Night While Parent Sleeping. The perp found Amy in bed and assaulted her in the house while mother was sleeping. "Before going to bed, Amy's mother turned on the burglar alarm. Around midnight, Amy woke up to find a man standing over her bed, his hand over her mouth. "She remembered the intruder addressing her by her name," says Peterson. "He said, 'I know who you are.' He repeated those things a few times, apparently. 'I'll knock you out. Shut up.'" (CBS News ).
  • 8. Sexual Assault Included Digital Penetration and Oral Sex. Amy was sexually assaulted by penetration of finger or object and orally.
  • The age discrepancy would be unusual, pedophiles typically focus on victims of similar age. Normally, a pedophile whose interest was in 6 year olds would not be particularly interested in 14 year-olds.
  • No "Personal" RN Left in Amy Attack. This theory does not explain the ransom note containing "personal" language directed at John Ramsey; no similar ransom note was found in the "Amy" case, although it is not clear how things would have turned out had the mother not interrupted the attack. "Peterson says Amy's mother heard whispering, and proceeded through the doorway, and saw a person, who just brushed her aside and quickly made his escape by jumping out a second-floor window" (CBS News ).

Cowboy Boots Intruder

Sometime in the fall of 1996, the Ramseys found an unknown suitcase and cowboy boots in JonBenet's bedroom at their summer house in Charlevoix, Michigan; evidently that person had been sleeping in JonBenet's bed. Details at acandyrose

John Gardiner

Gardiner was a homeless man who was working at Pasta Jay's Restaurant, owned by Jay Elowsky, who is a close friend and business partner of John Ramsey. Gardiner was arrested on June 10, 1999 for attempting to stab Jay Elowsky with a knife.

Randy Simons

One possible such suspect is Randy Simons, a photographer who had taken pictures of JBR and who behaved strangely following her death.

Street Santa Theory

Private investigator Brenda Sierean "believes the killer is a street or mall Santa who JonBenet met — and is also a hunter or trapper. Sieren sent her study to retired Colorado homicide cop Lou Smit, for years a lead detective on the JonBenet case. Smit found it so compelling he interviewed Sieren, then hand-delivered her information to Boulder D.A. Mary Lacy."

Pedophile Sex Ring

Singular Theory. Some believe there was a pedophile sex ring operating in Boulder and that this best explains what happened. Stephen Singular has probably best-articulated the possibilities in a book (Singular 1999). KFNX Presumed Guilty: An Investigation into the Jon Benet Ramsey Case Stephen Singular. 11.7.16 (54 min.).

Ravitz Petition to Grand Jury. An individual named Evan Ravitz unsuccessfully petitioned to present this theory to the Boulder Grand Jury.

Internet Poster Theories. In some theories, it is presumed that certain family members were aware of this sex ring and perhaps even enabled its operation (see Alex Constantine's theory and Aussiesheila's posts #6 and #14 as examples).

Snuff Film Theory. Others believe JBR was killed as part of a "snuff film" for hire, but there is no evidence of snuff films in general much less any evidence of such a film on the Internet. The sheer notoriety of JBR's death makes it improbable that someone would not have tried to "cash in" on the commercial value of such a film by trying to make it more broadly available than to the client who ordered it.

The Annie Muss Theory

Annie Muss was an Internet poster who posted briefly in mid-2003 claiming to know the killer. S/he answered a number of detailed questions about the perp's characteristics (young, strong, lived near Ramseys); and then ended the discussion by saying: "I have been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. The most frustrating thing is I understand my condition, but I still believe I lived in Boulder in 1996, contrary to where my friends and family tell me I was. Because of my awareness regarding my condition I must tell you that there is a possibility that what I say is a delusion, but if it helps, I still believe it is the truth. I feel badly for lying to all of you. The experiment is over."

"I believe he used a baseball bat, this was his weapon of choice in other arenas.", "There was much to his motive, but we’ll leave it at an expression of freewill accompanied by an overwhelming desire to plot and commit a notorious crime." He lived more than 1 mile, and less than 4, from Ramseys and had a car. Five days a week he was within a quarter mile of the Ramsey’s home.

Bob Enyart

This theory has been laid out by Timothy Charles Holmseth who describes Enyart as a serial satanic killer. Enyart is the pastor of the Denver Bible Church, founder of ShadowGov and a Denver radio personality who recently was under investigation by the FBI. According to Holmseth's account, "Danielle and Curtis Kekoa, Northglenn, Colorado, are former members of Enyart’s church, and among the witnesses being interviewed by the FBI. "Enyart has never denied the widely published accusations against him or offered to clear himself by providing a DNA swab. His silence in the matter is completely out of his character. Enyart and members of his inner circle interjected themselves into the case and authored a 2,900 word theory on the child’s murder entitled The Clue That Breaks The Case. The composition reads like a legal indictment of John and Patsy Ramsey and is published online.

Enyart’s detailed investigative analysis, as well as full programs dedicated to the subject on his radio show, Bob Enyart Live, contains startling accusations and statements regarding the child’s murder. Enyart has shown no hesitancy when subjecting himself to a possible defamation lawsuit by categorically stating John Ramsey is a child molester that sexually assaulted his daughter." Yet John Ramsey has never sued Enyart nor mentioned his name, which Holmseth believes implies that Ramseys were being blackmailed by Enyart.

According to Holmseth, "if the Ramsey’s and Enyart knew each other, the amount of John Ramsey’s bonus could have been information Enyart had access to. Enyart could have diabolically and strategically placed the dollar amount in the note – knowing investigators would eventually learn it matched the amount of John Ramsey’s bonus – thus implicating the Ramsey’s." Holmseth also argues "On the other hand – if the Ramsey’s were being blackmailed, they could have written the ransom note to point law enforcement in the direction of an intruder, which may have been the closest they could come to telling the truth without actually naming Enyart." Holmseth has offered no evidence that Enyart even personally knew the Ramseys much less had a grudge against them. The sole basis for this accusation are the claims of Danielle and Curtis Kekoa. There is no forensic evidence linking Enyart to the killing.

Candy Cane Man

This individual has one of the original candy canes from the Ramsey yard in Boulder; he took the candy cane a week after the murder. Candy Cane Man confessed to stealing the Candy Cane. "There is one man, who investigators refer to as the "Candy Cane Man," who had one of the decorative candy canes that lined the Ramsey's front walk on the night of the murder. He says he removed the item a week after the murder "because it was there." (CBS News ). However, Candy Canes Missing the Day JBR Body Discovered. "But it turns out that some of the canes were missing the next day, after JonBenet's body was discovered" (CBS News ).
JBR Obsession? "Investigators fear they may have been taken by the killer or killers as a bizarre souvenir which led to this man, who admitted he once had an obsession with JonBenet, and built a shrine to her that he keeps on his computer. "He also has a fascination with infamous killers, particularly serial killer John Wayne Gacy." (CBS News ). His DNA did not match UM1.In 2005, he voluntarily gave investigators a DNA sample, and was cleared when it didn't match the Ramsey crime scene DNA."

Disgruntled Access Graphics Workers Bud & Sandra Henderson

Each owed Access Graphics $118,000. See acandyrose for details.

Jeff Merrick

This possibility is discussed here and here. Jeff Merrick, a former friend of John Ramsey's, was once thought a suspect, but apparently was in Louisville on the night JBR was killed. Merrick was investigated by BPD. See acandyrose for details.
Motivation. An Internet poster suggested Merrick was angry about being fired in 1996 because they could not justify his salary, yet John received an $118,000 bonus that year; she believes this gave Merrick the strongest motive among those being considered. Schiller (1999) also claims that Merrick was in a dispute with Access Graphics over a monetary amount that approximated $118,000, but Merrick has explicitly denied this. An Internet poster provided the following list of incriminating evidence regarding Merrick:

  • 1. Threats Against John. Merrick once stated that he was going to bring John down.
  • 2. $118,000 Ransom. He would have know about the $118,000 from CFO Tom who he was still friends with.
  • 3. Helgoth Connection. Merrick possibly hired Helgoth to kidnap and kill JBR, and then killed Helgoth to shut him up.
  • 4. Refused Lie Detector. Merrick also refused to take a lie detector test (Schiller 1999:127;).
  • 5. Bible Verse. Bible verse's regarding a someone they considered a friend turning on them - this would fit Merrick.

Alibi. "On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 31, Detectives Patterson and Weinheimer interviewed Merrick at his home in Louisville [Colorado], just fifteen minutes from the Ramseys' house. Merrick told the police that he and his wife, Kathy, had spent Christmas with Kathy's brother-in-law in Aurora and in the afternoon had visited their friends Dick and Dianne Foote. The Merricks went home at about 8:00 and watched TV until they went to bed." (Schiller 1999:67). An Internet poster has provided the following list of exculpatory evidence regarding Merrick and a possible accomplice:

  • 1. They probably would not have been aware of the backstairs being the primary stairway.
  • 2. They would not have been able to have get JBR downstairs unless she was sleeping, because it's unlikely she would have gone anywhere with a stranger. Deb does not believe JBR was stunned in her room.
  • 3. They would not have known the dog was gone, but may not even have been aware that they had a dog.
  • 4. For whatever reason, reasons we are not aware of, Thomas doesn't think there is a chance Merrick was involved.

Gary Merriman

Merriman was Access Graphics VP of Human Resources, whom John Ramsey called on the morning of 12 -26 -96 to report that JBR had been kidnapped. Police subsequently interviewed Merriman and took handwriting samples. "After his seventh handwriting sample, Merriman felt he'd written enough to fill the Library of Congress. "If you need more, come back with handcuffs," Merriman told the detectives. That was when they said they didn't think he'd killed JonBenet but that he might have written the note" (Schiller 2000:127).

Other Possible Disgruntled Access Graphics Connections

Apple Repairman was fired from Access Graphics for assault; see for details. Game Player is an individual who was very angry with John Ramsey. Gerald Elkins, and 4 other Access Graphics employees had lunch at Ramsey house; Darrel Kirkwood (aka "Hitman" and David Cooper). This individual confessed to the crime but later was determined to be serving time in prison at the time of JBR's death. Paul Sherer was fired for smoking in 1994; see for details.

Disgruntled Lockheed Martin VP Access Graphics Competitor

An Internet poster suggested "I believe that SBTC may stand for Small Business Technology Coalition. It was founded in 1995 by Mariann Hamm to pull together small businesses in order to better compete with larger companies in the industry. Even Microsoft joined this forum. As I've mentioned before, I also believe that what happened to JBR was spurred by the recent Access Graphics announcement and following are my reasons. There were whitepapers that were released in mid-1996 referring to this coalition: SBTC; I also work in the industry. OK – I am still trying to piece all of this together in my head. My line of thinking is that someone was really angry with John and the Access Graphics Company and with the press release about them hitting the $1B mark just triggered the events that were to take place. This person may have seen his entire revenue base disappear, maybe even to the point of bankruptcy, or close to it; and JR may not have even been aware of the fact that he unknowingly slighted someone that had been in direct competition of Access Graphics."

"I think it may have been someone already in a small business environment that was holding its own say against companies like Access Graphics, but with the boom of the internet those small companies started disappearing (much like mom and pop shops of today) because they just could not compete in a market that had the sophistication of the kind of networking needed to offer their customers technology needed to grow in this rapidly expanding industry."

"SUN is one of the largest global companies that was able to provide those needs and Access Graphics had a partnership with them and were able to offer the kinds of servers and back-end security needed based on UNIX. Even Microsoft back then was unable to meet those demands during this initial startup because they just did not have the engineering sophistication and operating software necessary to compete with these UNIX based servers and that lack of engineering sophistication greatly hurt small businesses trying to compete in this industry. Sun remains king of the hill, despite the fact that its top-end E10000 "Starfire" server has been on the market for two years. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company was in the right place at the right time, focusing on Unix servers just as corporations began embracing the online medium and at a time when HP, Compaq and IBM were hedging their bets on Microsoft’s rival Windows NT server operating system. But the latter simply couldn't catch up with Unix quickly enough and ironically now faces competition from Linux"

Disgruntled Law Enforcement

Some argue that the perp must have been in law enforcement in order to successfully stage the crime. The Pugh Theory is a well-articulated theory along these lines, although it does not point to a particular suspect, is Donald Pugh's analysis which identifies a middle-aged white female as the most likely suspect.

Disgruntled Teen

According to John Douglas in The Cases That Haunt Us, the killer of JonBenét Ramsey was a white male, relatively young, who held a personal grudge against John Ramsey and sought to attack him personally by attacking his daughter. He broke into the house carrying the stun gun, the duct tape and the cord, planning to incapacitate her and molest her. The ransom note was probably a spur of the moment idea that occurred to him after he entered the house. He would have been bold and foolhardy enough to sneak into the house and lie in wait and too unsophisticated to know how difficult a child abduction is. The molestation may have been a kind of sexual experimentation. Because teenagers tend to fold quickly during questioning by investigators, he may not even have been investigated as a suspect.

Glenn Meyer

Barnhill's Boarder, Meyer was living with nearby neighbors, the Barnhills, at the time BR was killed. His wife, Charlotte, married Meyer in 1960, only to eventually leave him in 1966. The two continued to date on and off in the years following and then remarried before the murder in 1996, and divorced in 2002. The 85 year-old widow of Meyer told the National Enquirer, 'I believe my husband killed JonBenet, I knew he was capable of it...When I asked him if he murdered her, he would just smile at me. He wouldn't deny it. National Enquirer also claims Meyer built a shrine to the dead beauty queen; the alleged suspect used pictures and newspaper clippings to create the shrine. 'He had pictures [of her], pieces of newspapers with JonBenet pasted all over the wall of that apartment,' Charlotte told. 'He was obsessed.' John Ramsey told the Enquirer, 'Yes, Glenn Meyer was of interest at some point.'I do recall him coming to our door the night of our family Christmas party, which was just before Christmas. I don't remember why. Up to that point we did not now he was living across the street in the basement.'

“Lou Smit told me there was a photo of a Navy Avenger aircraft in the basement with SBTC lettering on it, which seemed beyond coincidental,” John wrote in an e-mail to The Enquirer. Eyewitness Report. The National Enquirer further claims that a new witness, who they have not named, made a deathbed confession that she saw Meyer on the Ramsey property on the night of the murder. 'She [the woman] is positive she saw Meyer approaching the house the night of the murder'; Roscoe J. Clark, founder of online group JonBenet Investigation, confirmed to the publication. 'The witness said she wanted to clear her conscience before she died.'

Charlotte further claimed that her late husband had a history of violence. 'He was violet with my little girl,' she explosively tells the publication. 'She was in the fourth grade and he gave her such a horrible spanking. I told him to stop but he wouldn't. Meyer battled mental illness, was drowning in debt at the time of the murder, and had a history of violence. Court documents obtained by The ENQUIRER show Meyer was arrested for a 1991 assault in a domestic violence case, and was ordered to attend anger counseling courses. In August 1995, Meyers was sued for owing more than $24,000, and subpoenaed to appear in Boulder County court in October 1996 — two months before the murder. His handwriting, according to The Enquirer, was unable to completely exonerate him from writing the ransom note. Cops demanded Meyer submit handwriting samples because of the undeniable similarities with the ransom note.

Meyer was cleared by BPD. According to the Daily Camera, Glenn Meyer said police requested samples of his handwriting, fingerprints and hair, and asked him to take a lie detector test after the murder. He said he was cleared in January after taking a polygraph test, and never Met JBR. "The Ramseys have not submitted to a polygraph test for police. Cmdr. Beckner would not disclose whether police had asked the Ramseys to take such tests. "I never did meet JonBenet or the mother" Meyer said. "But I can't imagine a mother would do that. (I don't know) why neither one wants to take a lie detector test. The truth is what always comes out." When questioned by cops, Meyer’s alibi was that he had stomach flu the night of the murder.

Alley Housesitter

Who Was the Alley Housesitter? "the house across the alley was occupied by a house-sitter during that Christmas. This man disappeared within days after the twenty-sixth" (Ramseys 2000:202).

Government/CIA Plot

Robert Pachaly (Government Assassin), about whom an Internet poster stated: "In my opinion the real killer was a bastard brother of Bill, who was "the bad Santa clause" that night, AKA Robert McReynolds or Robert Pachaly Jr, also cousin to Janet. His identity will forever remain secret as a homicidal maniac government assassin and hit man, amongst law enforcement, (or at least amongst some circles) and he is not to be mentioned, period; so it does not surprise me that Bill and Janet were cleared, as was Fleet, by the miniscule circle of those who are involved in the investigation. Until he is even mentioned as a suspect, I know the conspiracy to protect him is solid as a rock." Another Internet poster who claimed to have met Pachaly, expressed extreme skepticism regarding the claim that Pachaly was involved.

Georgia Computer Whiz

This man and his girlfriend lived in a trailor park. The man had visited Boulder several times on business and might have met John Ramsey. He was cleared after investigation on grounds of having a solid alibi. Details at              (c) 2023