Former Ramsey Investigator To Release Crime-Scene Photos

Retired Detective Supports 'Intruder Theory' In JonBenet Murder

A former investigator for the district attorney's office says he plans to release crime scene photos of the JonBenet Ramsey investigation next week over the objections of the district attorney.

JonBenet Ramsey

Retired Colorado Springs detective Lou Smit said that he plans to release some of the photos next week during an interview on national television.

Smit says the information strongly suggests that an intruder killed 6-year-old JonBenet (pictured, left) in 1996. The parents remain under police suspicion.

Smit was originally hired by the Boulder district attorney's office to help investigate the case, but became friends with John and Patsy Ramsey and supported their theory that an intruder killed their daughter.

District Attorney Mary Keenan said that she opposes anyone talking to the media about the unsolved case because excessive publicity has been one of the biggest problems in the investigation.

Smit said that he is making his presentation public now in order to shed new light on the case and try to get the police investigation to take a new direction, looking for suspects other than John and Patsy Ramsey.

"There is another side of the story," Smit said.

He also said it is a matter of public safety.

"If the Ramseys didn't do it, then the killer is still out there," he said. Smit is a homicide detective from Colorado Springs noted for solving nearly all of the homicide cases assigned to him.

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