May 10, 2001
Sheriff John Anderson
El Paso County Sheriff's Office
205 South Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Dear Sheriff Anderson:

I have recently heard and read some of the on-going comments you have been making about the JonBenét Ramsey homicide investigation. Most recently, I read in the Rocky Mountain News dated May 5, 2001, the following comments that are attributed to you: "What concerns me isn't just that the Ramseys have been crucified, it's that a killer is still at large. I'm convinced of it." You are also attributed to saying that a predator may be on the loose and that Boulder law enforcement isn't pursuing him.

Assuming the quotes and reports are accurate, what upsets and frustrates me and others in reading these comments is that they were made with less than full knowledge of what the facts of the case are today. Secondly, I am appalled that a police executive would be so outspoken about another agency's on-going investigation, especially given the fact that you have had no involvement in our investigation. It is beyond my comprehension as to why you would make such irresponsible statements indicating you believe a predator is on the loose and that we are not trying to find him. I find it interesting that you are able to make conclusionary statements that even the most informed investigators, Deputy District Attorneys, and experts on this case can not make.

It is one thing to make informed statements of public interest, but to come to such conclusions without full knowledge, and then to be so willing to criticize others, is disappointing. God forbid you or your agency ever has to deal with a case such as this, with so much over-site, scrutiny, and public discourse as we have had to endure. However, if you do, you can be assured I will not publicly interject myself or criticize the efforts of your people. I understand all to well the difficult job we all face and have too much respect for fellow law enforcement professionals to comment on situations without all the facts at hand. I would also like to point out that in addition to the FBI, CBI and over 65 national and international experts, this case has been reviewed by six different Colorado District Attorneys, a Special Prosecutor, two experienced homicide Deputy DA's from Denver and Adams counties, the State's Attorney General's Office, and two Colorado governors. And yet, we have a total of three frustrated individuals (who actually worked on this case) who have publicly stated that the Boulder Police Department is not properly investigating this case. I do realize that the information as reported may not be completely accurate and could be taken out of context. However, it would have been much nicer had you, as many others have, called to offer your support, encouragement and maybe even some ideas. I believe you owe the Boulder Police Department and the dedicated investigators who have given so much on this case a public apology. I look forward to your response.

Mark R. Beckner
Chief of Police