Perfect Murder Perfect Town - Lawrence Schiller
On January 29, Jacqueline Dilson, who worked at the Dakota Ranch, a small New Age retreat and conference centre near Lyons, Colorado, sat in the office of her attorney, Larry Mertex. She was telling Detectives Wickman, Gosage and Thomas and Pete Hofstrom that her boyfriend, Chris Wolf, might be involved in the death of JonBenet. Her description of Wolf's behavior seemed to fit the profile of someone who had recently committed a crime.
Wolf had moved in with Dilson in her trailer in July 1995. He had a master's degree in journalism and worked as a reporter for the Colorado Daily and Boulder County Business Reports. He'd interviewed Cheryl McGraw, an administrative assistant at Access Graphics, for a business travel story. In December 1995, Dilson said, Wolf had moved out of the trailer, but they continued to see each other. On Christmas Day 1996, Wolf was back living with Dilson. They went to a party together, Dilson said, but later Wolf refused to have dinner with her and her family. At about 10:00 PM, Dilson said, she went to bed alone. She woke the next morning, about 5:30 AM, just as Wolf was getting out of the shower. She noticed that his jeans and sweater, which were lying on the floor, were very dirty.
That evening, December 26, Dilson and Wolf were watching the late news. When JonBenet's death was reported, Wolf said hoped "the fucker dies. He was sexually abusing her." Dilson said he was referring to the girl's father. The next day, Dilson said, Wolf was extremely agitated. He paced the house all day long.
Two days after the meeting with Dilson, Detective Thomas asked Dilson how he could get in touch with Wolf. That same day, at 11:00 AM, Wolf was stopped for a traffic infraction by the Boulder police after he left Dilson's home and just as he entered the city limits. The officer took him to the Boulder police headquarters to be interviewed by Thomas and Gosage, and not the sheriff's department. By the time Wolf was in the small windowless room with the detectives, he was agitated and uncomfortable.
Death of Innocence - John and Patsy Ramsey
Jacqueline Dilson owned the Dakota Ranch, a small retreat and conference center near Lyons, Colorado, which pushed New Age experiences. She had allowed Wolf to move into her trailer in 1995. Chris Wolf turned out to be a reporter for the Colorado Daily and the Boulder County Business Report with a master’s degree in journalism. His strange behavior before Christmas and early on the morning after Christmas raised Dilson’s concerns about what Wolf had done all night.
Apparently Dilson had spent Christmas Day with Wolf, but he would not stay to have supper with her and her family. He told Jackie that he might go out that night. If you wake up and I’m not here, he said, I’m just driving around. Somewhere around 10:00 P.M. Jacqueline went to bed alone, thinking Wolf had gone off on a spree of some kind or another. At around 5:30 A.M., sounds from the bathroom woke Jackie up, and she realized that Wolf was getting out of the shower. His navy blue sweater and jeans were lying on the floor dirty. Without explanation of where he'd been, Wolf crawled into bed and went to sleep.
Later the next day, Dilson and Wolf watched the television news reports of JonBenet's death. To her surprise, she observed him becoming quite agitated. Wolf cursed and said that he believed JonBenet had been sexually abused by her father. For the rest of the evening, Wolf brooded over the case.
According to Dilson, Wolf hated big business and had a fascination with world political disputes and political violence. He told her that John Ramsey’s company designed parts for guns, which were then sold to third world countries to kill people. Wolf was extremely upset every time the Ramsey case was discussed on television, Dilson said. We considered this a very significant lead and gave all the information to the police.
We also learned that on January 30 police officers had stopped Wolf at 11:00 A.M. as he drove into Boulder; they discovered he was driving with a suspended license. The woman officer took him to the police station for further questioning when Wolf abruptly told her that the police would make better use of their time by chasing the killer of JonBenet Ramsey. He definitely caught everyone's attention with that remark.
Detectives Ron Gosage and Steve Thomas started interrogating Chris Wolf with hard questions about our child. When they asked Wolf to write some words from the ransom note, he refused. The police put him in handcuffs, but he still refused. Finally, the two detectives put him in jail, pending the resolution of his suspended license. Later that day Wolf was released.
Wolf later reported that Steve Thomas and John Eller called him a few weeks afterward to come down to the police department. Once there they told him, “We have no further interest in you.” But they did confirm that someone had given his name to police.
Whatever the police’s intentions, Wolf represented too many unanswered questions.
By March 1, 1999, we had reported more information on Chris Wolf to the authorities. One person had seen Wolf go into an angry tirade aimed at me after he read an article about our company printed in the Boulder Daily Camera in early 1996. Apparently Wolf accused the company I worked for, Lockheed Martin, of selling arms to South American countries. .