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The Iceman Cometh
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Sunday, 20 August 2006 10:21

When the news broke on Wednesday, August 16, 2006, that a man had been arrested in Bangkok, Thailand for JonBenét Ramseys murder, an almost audible sigh of relief could be heard, nationwide. As various web sleuths do what they do best, pulling together bits of this information and that, an undoubtedly disturbing portrait of the self-proclaimed killer has been emerging. Steve Huff of CrimeBlog.US, and those reading his blog, have collectively unearthed what may turn out to be the story of the decade yet.

In light of Karrs pseudo confession on Thursday, it is unsurprising some think this is but a publicity stunt engineered by University of Colorado, Boulder, journalism professor, Michael Tracey. As with any individual who repeatedly seeks the limelight, he appears to have earned his own personal fan club. Although Tracey may very well have inadvertently stumbled upon and even fed an utter and complete, albeit dangerous, nutcase, there may be more to this recent turn of events than meets the eye. For example, consider the agencies involved:


  • The Royal Thailand Police, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Department of Special Investigations, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Chief Edwin Williams and Sgt. Cameron Rowe of the Roswell, Georgia, Police Department
  • Steve Paganucci of the Atlanta FBI and the Atlanta field office of the FBI
  • The Atlanta Police Department
  • The Cobb County Sheriffs Department
  • Gary Phillips, SA assigned to the US Embassy with ICE under the [D]EPT of Homeland Security
  • Ann Hurst, ICE Taekuk Cho, ICE
  • Dan Kelly, Special Agent with the FBI in Bangkok
  • Jeff Copp, Special Agent in Charge, and Tony Rouco, SA, of ICE in Denver, CO
  • True Rowan with OIA in Washington D.C.
  • Chris Sonderby with OIA in Bangkok"

-- Mary Lacy, Boulder, DA, 17 August 2006


Noticeable on the list is The Department of Homeland Securitys Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE. On July 9, 2003, the DHS announced Operation Predator, ICEs program to "protect children world-wide." While ICEs involvement is arguably unsurprising since Karr is wanted in California on charges of possessing child pornography and he was residing in a foreign country, it is rather tough to overlook the fact that Thailand is, to some, .

Add to the mix, Karrs odd history starting with and claims that he was cruising around town during his teen years--how many teens do you know of that can afford a DeLorean? Then throw in his alleged self-promotion as a child educator, various , culminating with the rather creepy show interview. And well?

Now we have an anonymous Bangkok sex change clinic employee claiming that Karr was their customer. Considering however that Bangkok officials originally claimed that the man confessed to having "picked JonBenét up from school, and later, drugged and raped her" and have since recanted, saying that they made up the allegations, we might want to hold off on buying into that last bit--even though it does support his rather effeminate, though emaciated, appearance.

Although his " resume" leaves much to be desired, various state responses to the " no child left behind" initiative appears to have paved the way for paedophile teachers. There is also Karrs seeming endless flow of money. As I previously noted, it gets curiouser and curiouser. Or rather creepier and creepier.

Another perhaps darker apparition may be worthy of further consideration at this point. Regardless of whether or not the man committed the murder. The seemingly revived question of whether it was a botched kidnapping attempt by a child sex ring--a theory that has been proffered by numerous individuals over the years and was addressed extensively by Stephen Singular in his book, Presumed Guilty. That Karr was in Thailand, a known sex slave capitol, and that he stated, "I was with JonBenét when she died. Her death was an accident" certainly brings the question to the fore once again.

Trying to separate the wheat from the chaff is tough. Especially in this day and age of Internet technology where the mere mention of this theory or that can grow its own life and parade as fact. For example, if you were to do a search of "child sex slaves" and "JonBenét" you might stumble upon this April 2000 article written by Alex Constantine (AKA Dan Rightmeyer), wherein he details a rather vast network of child pornographers who hail from all walks of society. Constantine was alerted to the possible sex ring theory by Joe Calhoun, a freelance journalist, who received "a file" that was alleged to have been supplied by a researcher at the University of Denver.

Of those individuals mentioned in the aforementioned 6 year-old article, at least one seems to repeatedly rear his paedophile head--43 year-old James Partin. During a 1998 child pornography investigation, Partin was alleged to have in his possession, among other things, a picture of JonBenét. Partin was arrested again on August 10, 2004--this time by ICE--and he plead guilty to possession of child pornography on Friday, June 2, 2006.

Some have long speculated Partins possible involvement in at least two other missing children cases--14 year-old Elizabeth Ann Miller and 9 year-old Erica Nicole Baker--due to not only his "coincidental living proximity" but the fact that he had a marked map of Millers home along with having newspaper clippings detailing her disappearance. Both missing children cases remain unsolved.

In light of Karrs seemingly endless supply of funds, his interest in child pornography, and considering the time frame, I cannot help but to wonder if the two men knew each other. I must admit, it really would not surprise me considering the already long list of bizarreness that has plagued this tragic story from the onset. Regardless, the JonBenét Ramsey murder has once again come to the forefront of public consciousness.

Whatever the case, if the alleged "sex change" claims are indeed true and Karr is not associated with JonBenéts murder in any way whatsoever, one cannot help but to wonder if his obsessive post-mortem stalking of murdered children had moved from the obscenely macabre to a place where he was attempting to sculpt himself as it were. Thus becoming a living effigy of his "beloved" JonBenét.

Karr case files
Ramsey case files
Boulder DA press releases


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