Man says he might have seen Karr in '96
Todd Hartman, Rocky Mountain News
August 26, 2006
Boulder District Attorney investigator Mark Spray has contacted a man who believes he could have encountered the JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect on a bus in the early morning hours of Dec. 26, 1996.
Daniel Pride, now of Portsmouth, N.H., said he was at the downtown bus station in Boulder sometime shortly after 12:30 a.m. when a man arrived, behaving strangely and bearing a resemblance to John Mark Karr, arrested last week in the case.
He said the man didn't want to be noticed and pulled away when Pride asked if he had a light for a cigarette. The man boarded the same bus as Pride, and exchanged strange glances with him once aboard, Pride said.
Pride said the individual was wearing a Western fleece vest with a "shiny red spot" that Pride took to be a stain. Asked how he could remember the event in such detail, Pride said it was because the man acted so strangely, and because he found out about JonBenet's death soon after. At some point after the murder, Pride said he called the tip into Boulder police.
Pride decided to again leave his tip with the DA's office Aug. 18. Spray contacted him five days later, and interviewed him over the phone, Pride said.
Pride provided an e-mail from Spray in which the investigator said he was interested in talking to him. Spray wanted to know what Pride was wearing on the same night, said Pride, who said he thought he could obtain the information from friends who had photos of a gathering that Pride attended on Christmas of 1996.
It's impossible to know the significance of the interview. Those familiar with investigations said Spray could simply be following a lead that could put Karr in Boulder, or might have been trying to corroborate information that he'd already obtained elsewhere.
Pride said the stranger got off the bus on the highway outside of Boulder.
Pride's story seems to have at least one hitch: The Ramsey house is some distance from the downtown Boulder bus station. Even if JonBenet's death occurred prior to midnight - the exact time is unknown - it's a significant walk from that property on 15th Street to the bus depot.
Man says he may have seen Karr in Boulder
Daily Times-Call, The (Longmont Times)
August 27, 2006
The Associated Press Section
A New Hampshire man said Saturday he may have seen JonBenet Ramseyslaying suspect John Mark Karr in Boulder the night she was killed. Daniel Pride of Greenland, N.H., told the Rocky Mountain News he was at the bus station about 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 26, 1996, when a man arrived, wearing a vest with a “shiny red spot” that Pride took to be a stain.
After they boarded the bus, they exchanged strange glances until the man got off the bus a short time later outside of Boulder.
“I could not walk into a court and point a finger at him and say this is the man,” Pride told The Associated Press from his home in Greenland.
Karr’s whereabouts at the time of JonBenet’s slaying are unclear and Boulder County prosecutors have not disclosed any evidence they might have tying him to the crime scene. His family has insisted he was with his family in the South at the time.
Pride said he was interviewed by telephone Wednesday by prosecutors. The DA’s office declined comment Saturday.
Karr set to make first Boulder court appearance - The suspect in JonBenét Ramsey's slaying will be advised of the allegations.
One man believes he saw Karr in Boulder in 1996
The Denver Post
August 28, 2006
[excerpt] Dan Pride, who has a website about the excavation of King Solomon's Gate along with some information on the JonBenét case, said he thinks Karr is the man he saw at a Boulder Greyhound bus station. He said he asked the man for a light for a cigarette. Pride said the man was wearing a fleece vest with a bloodstain on it and was paranoid.
"He said, 'Oh, nooo!' It was very drawn, like kind of a Scrooge Christmas," Pride said of the man's voice. "The guy was terrified as I approached him, and his eyes widened. I'm not confident enough to go to trial, but I think it was him." Pride said he was contacted Wednesday by Investigator Mark Spray with the Boulder County district attorney's office.
"Why is the No. 1 investigator on the case calling me when he hops off the plane with Karr?" Pride asked. "Something that was said to Spray by Karr keyed a reaction. I am presuming here, but the presumption I am making is that Karr is telling the same story I am."
Pride believes Karr got off the bus on the outskirts of Boulder.
Pride stressed that the incident occurred nearly 10 years ago, but he said he contacted authorities about the encounter because of the man's strange behavior so close to the time of the murder of JonBenét and posted information about it on his website in 2002.
"It was such an outrageous claim to make, so I put it up there in a hidden way," he said. When asked about the public or investigators questioning his credibility on the account, Pride said he is not worried. "People are going to think what they want to think. They think (JonBenét's father) JohnRamsey did it for years," he said.
New Twists in Ramsey Murder Case
CNN Live Today
August 28, 2006
Authors: Daryn Kagan; Chad Myers; Morgan Neill; Rusty Dornin; Jason Carroll; Susan Candiotti; Jeffrey Toobin; Tony Harris; Ali Velshi; Susan Lisovicz; Jim Clancy
KAGAN: Let's turn to the JonBenet Ramsey case. John Karr set to make his first court appearance today in Colorado. He's expected to be advised of his rights and any charges against him. The hearing is expected to be short, but there's no shortage of questions on the case. Our Susan Candiotti has the latest twist to emerge.
SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN CORRESPONDENT, (voice over): Did this man see John Mark Karr in Boulder the night of JonBenet Ramsey's murder, December 26, 1996? Daniel Pride, who arguably has unusual theories of the world, says he thinks he might have seen Karr and told the story to a Boulder district attorney investigator last week.
DANIEL PRIDE, CLAIMS ENCOUNTER WITH KARR: In 1996 I was a software developer at U.S. West. A co-worker, James Mac Reed (ph), another forth dimension database designer, invited me to his house to have Christmas dinner with him and his family.
CANDIOTTI: Pride says after dinner he got dropped off at the Boulder bus terminal and at about 12:30 a.m. . . .
PRIDE: I came in -- the 12:30 arrived. I was trying to get a light for a cigarette. I was trying to bum a light from virtually everybody in the station and nobody in Boulder smokes. There's one -- I was afraid of missing this bus, as well. As I walked through the -- towards the bus, there's a crowd of people over here and this single lone figure standing there. And as I walked up to him with a cigarette, as I get closer, his eyes, like sort of expanded. And as I walked over and how -- you know how sometimes you're in motion and, going, you got a light? And he goes, oh no.
CANDIOTTI: He says he wrote about the alleged encounter on his website in 2002. "He was wearing a western fleece vest with a shiny red spot in the area just over his heart." After Karr's arrest in Thailand, Pride says he e-mailed the Boulder D.A.'s office several times and then call a Denver newspaper with his story. He showed CNN this e-mail that appears to be from a Boulder D.A.'s investigator who asks Pride for a phone number. He says the investigator called him and Pride told him he was only 85 percent sure the man he saw was Karr. Pride claims the investigator told him he'd get back to him. Pride admits he has credibility issues. He says he authors websites that suggest a Biblical connection to the Ramseycase. A D.A. spokesman declined to comment on Pride's claims citing a court imposed gag order.
Did this bus encounter really take place? And if it did, could John Mark Karr have been the man allegedly seen? It's one of the possible leads police will have to accept or reject as they try to place Karr in Boulder the night of the murder.
Susan Candiotti, CNN, Boulder, Colorado.