MORE ON JEFF SHAPIRO
Jeffrey Shapiro also appeared on the CBS 48 Hours show titled, "Justice for JonBenet?" on April 9, 1999 when his secret telephone conversations with his Globe editors were first aired. The screen captures below are from that show.
Jeff Shapiro and Erin Moriarty on CBS 48 Hours April 9, 1999
Playing the Shapiro Tapes
Tony Frost: "Maybe we're not being clever enough about how we get to people, you know"
Tony Frost: "Steve Thomas, maybe we're not not being clever enough there."
Joe Mullins: "I'm not sure that this is a even a story for us,"
Joe Mullins: "but ahh, it was something that I thought I might use to, ahh"
Joe Mullins: "to get an interview with him, you know"
Joe Mullins: "Well, I'm sure he wouldn't want it published, would he?"
THE TABLOID TURNCOAT
(by Jim Moscou, Editor & Publisher, July 28, 1999)
"The National Enquirer story sends Globe editor Tony Frost, the flamboyant newsroom boss, into a tirade — and eventually on a collision course with his young reporter. To reprimand his reporters for missing the story, Frost arranges a conference call with his Boulder reporters: Shapiro and Lewis."
"Maybe we’re not being clever enough in how we get to people, you know?" Frost asks on the tapes. "Steve Thomas, maybe we’re not being clever enough there?"
"Lewis, who was recently promoted to news editor at the Globe , suggests the Thomas family photos are the "best way to get into him" and a means of "backing him into a corner in a nice way."
"At first, it’s an idea that Frost seems more inclined not to use. The pressure tactic could backfire. But, events can unfold quickly on the Ramsey beat, and, several days later, Shapiro calls Lewis to tell him he had no luck in reviving Thomas as a source. Unbeknown to Shapiro, Lewis had already sent the photos to Thomas by Federal Express on or about Aug. 27."
Lewis: You see, you — just by having the pictures, we make a statement.
Lewis: We don’t have to say anything. … So, just leave him alone for a little while. Let this stew and see if I can get anywhere with him.
Shapiro: What if it doesn’t work?
Lewis: I’m sure we’ll try other things.
"Lewis adds that he’s sure the photographs will "freak [Thomas] out," and it "won’t be amusing to him to imagine the tabloids with pictures of his mother" (Later, when this incident became public, Lewis told the Denver Rocky Mountain News Feb. 16, 1998, "I thought he [Thomas] might enjoy seeing them")."
"During a phone call on or about Sept. 1, Shapiro asks Lewis what Thomas’ reaction is to receiving the photographs. Lewis downplays the package at first, claiming that he "didn’t do anything." Later, he trips himself up:"
Lewis: "I wouldn’t have told you as much as Joe Mullins told you [about the plan to send photographs to Thomas]. I’m pissed at Joe for telling you. … You’re running over there warning Steve, ‘Oh, here comes the mean old tabloids.’ You warned Steve. You told her."
BPD Interview with John Ramsey 06-23-1998 (Page 490-495 John Ramsey's testimony regarding Jeff Shapiro and Susan Bennett aka Jameson)
Steve Thomas Resignation Letter August 6, 1998
"An informant, for reasons his own, came to detectives about conduct occurring inside the district attorneys office, including allegations of a plan intended only to destroy a man's career. We carefully listened. With that knowledge, the department did nothing. Other than to alert the accused, and in the process burn the two detectives [who captured that exchange on an undercover wire, incidentally] who came forth with this information. One of the results of that internal whistle blowing was witnessing Detective Commander Eller, who also could not tolerate what was occurring, lose his career and reputation undeservedly; scapegoat in a manner which only heightened my concerns. It did not take much inferential reasoning to realize that any dissidents were readily silenced."
Tab Man: Old School, New Moves (Written by Dan Glick, Newsweek, October 12, 1998)
"Another nouvelle tabloid trait: Shapiro has regrets. At one point, he
wrote a lengthy note to John Ramsey, apologizing for Globe's
accusations against him, saying, "I believe you are innocent." And in fact,
Shapiro is convinced that someone else did it. Who? He won't
say--especially not to another reporter."
John Ramsey's deposition from Oct. 20, 1998 Miles vs Enquirer/Ramsey (Page 18, 19, 88 re: Jeff Shapiro)
17 Q. Have you ever had occasion to speak with any of
18 the people who are directly involved with the tabloid
20 A. The only time I've knowingly talked to someone
21 that I know of was this fellow Jeffrey Shapiro.
22 Q. When did you speak with him?
23 A. He called our house this past summer.
24 Q. What tabloid does he work for?
25 A. He said he worked for the Globe.
1 Q. Had you ever met him before?
2 A. No.
3 Q. How many times did he call you?
4 A. I only remember that one time. That's the only
5 time I remember.
6 Q. He actually called you at home?
7 A. Yeah.
8 Q. Did you enter into a conversation with him?
9 A. Uh-huh.
10 Q. That would be yes?
11 A. Yes.
12 Q. Do you remember the substance of that
14 A. He called and said he was moved to call, that he
15 felt badly for what he had done and that he felt I was
16 innocent and he wanted me to know that. And I said thank
18 Q. Do you recall how long the conversation lasted?
19 A. Oh, I don't know. 20 or 30 minutes maybe.
20 Q. Have you ever corresponded with any member of
21 the tabloid press?
22 A. Not that I'm aware of. Let me put it that way.
1 Q. Let me ask you about the Globe. You described a
2 conversation with Jeff Shapiro that lasted as much as 20
3 or 30 minutes, and you gave me a real broad overview of
4 it. What did he have the gall to say to you?
5 A. His fundamental reason for calling was to say
6 that he felt badly as a person. He wanted to apologize
7 and hoped I wouldn't hang up on him. That's fundamentally
8 all I remember about it. He just sounded like a person
9 that was genuinely hurting.
10 Q. Let me ask you -- did he make any statements
11 that would -- could be fairly construed to be admissions
12 of dirty dealings by the tabloid press? Did he apologize
13 on behalf of the industry that he's employed by?
14 A. I don't know that he went that far.
15 Q. Did he say, for example, I'm sorry for what's
16 being done to you, or words to that effect?
17 A. Perhaps words to that effect, yeah.
18 Q. What did you understand him to be referring to?
19 A. Just that we were being attacked for profit.
20 Q. Did he say as much?
21 A. No.
22 Q. That's the inference you drew?
23 A. Basically, yeah.
Peter Boyles Show (Guests: JS=Jeff Shapiro, LH=Linda Hoffmann-Pugh, CS=Craig Silverman, CK=Carol McKinley, JH=Julie Hayden, PB=Peter Boyles, February 15, 1999)
PB: These things we''ll get back to tomorrow. Tell the story about the cops wearing a wire
JS: When I got back into town, Thomas, who I was pretty cool with at the time, we got together in Steve's Mustang, having a few beers, and I thought it was just casual conversation, and I was pretty upset when I found out Steve was wearing a wire----they sort of questioned me in a casual way--and as time went on, but the thing is the I admired Steve so much----but a few weeks later, I found myself shut out of every government case. What had happened was that Steve had worn a wire---and I was drinking beers at the time and didn't have my head on straight----Thomas was told never to talk to me again---
CS: When did this happen?
JS: I think it was Oct of 97
PB: Thomas put this on tape----took it to Hunter and played it for him?
JS: I guess Koby kinda burned all of us---I didn't know a tape recording had been played.
A Death in Paradise
(Newsweek SPECIAL REPORT
Written by Lawrence Schiller
February 15, 1999)
Weekly's behavior prompted FBI probe (Written by Ann Carnahan, News Staff Writer, February 16, 1999)
"The FBI investigated the supermarket weekly the Globe after hearing reports it tried to extort information from a Boulder police detective about the JonBenet Ramsey murder, a new book says."
"A Globe reporter implied his paper would print that Detective Steve Thomas's mother had committed suicide, the book says."
"They hope you'll cooperate with them, ... " reporter Jeff Shapiro said of his editors as he stood in Thomas's driveway one night last August. "They know about your mother."
"Instead, Thomas told Shapiro to leave, according to Perfect Murder, Perfect Town by Lawrence Schiller. Denver Rocky Mountain News reporter Charlie Brennan helped research the book."
Detective accuses DA Hunter (By Karen Auge, Denver Post Staff Writer, February 16, 1999)
"Hunter's attention turned to Eller after he became upset about a particular newspaper headline he suspected was based on information provided by Eller."
"He then called Shapiro on his car phone and the book quotes him as asking Shapiro: "Should we look into him?" Shapiro reports that Hunter then told him, "I can get you Eller's resume."
"Later, Hunter hands over to Shapiro a copy of Eller's resume and tells the reporter to look into an old sexual harassment allegation against Eller."
"When do you think that could come out?" Hunter is quoted as saying. "I hate that (expletive.)" In the book, Schiller says former Detective Steve Thomas and another investigator went out drinking with Shapiro. After a few beers, Shapiro reveals that Hunter is working with him."
"What Shapiro didn't know was that the investigators were recording the conversation. The investigators took the tape to Koby, who then played it for Hunter, according to the book."
Excerpts from new JonBenet book suggests conspiracy
(BOULDER, Colo. (Court TV), February 16, 1999)
"A local Colorado TV station also reported that one excerpt suggested Hunter was such a willing source of information for Shapiro, he once called John and Patsy Ramsey's defense lawyer Bryan Morgan in front of the reporter to get an answer to a question."
"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," Shapiro was quoted as saying. "The DA was calling Ramsey's criminal defense lawyer right in front of me to get the information that I had asked for."
Book: Feud erupted first day
(Written by Karen Auge and Marilyn Robinson, Denver Post Staff Writers, February 17, 1999)
"The underlying theme throughout the book is the rift between police and prosecutors. It grew so bitter, according to the book, that police were withholding evidence from prosecutors, and Hunter traded information with a tabloid reporter. The DA also enlisted the reporter's help to discredit the lead detective on the case, according to the book."
Bombshell in Ramsey book (Written by B.J. Plasket, Daily Times-Call, February 18, 1999)
"Silverman also expressed concern over the DA's relationship with the Globe, the tabloid paper for which Shapiro works. He said the paper was caught ``red-handed paying for stolen photos'' in a case in which JonBenet's autopsy pictures were stolen from a local processing lab. The Globe was not prosecuted."
``Then the Globe reportedly ends up helping the DA,'' Silverman said. ``That certainly gives the impression of a conflict of interest.''
Beauty and a beast
The Boston Globe
March 7, 1999
Globe denies pressuring JonBenet Ramsey investigator
(BOULDER, Colo. (Court TV)
April 9, 1999)
"Craig Lewis, a Globe editor, acknowledged sending Thomas photographs of his long-dead mother days after the detective resigned from the Ramsey case in frustration. But Lewis denied it was an effort to pressure the detective."
"No employee of the Globe ever said anything like that," he said. "The only person who ever said anything to Thomas about his mother was Jeff Shapiro."
"Globe Editor Tony Frost said: "There was no threat to blackmail anyone."
"Lewis told The Associated Press on Thursday that a distant relative of Thomas' sent the tabloid the photographs and told of the rumors about his mother's death. Lewis said he sent the photos to Thomas along with a request for an interview because he thought Thomas would find them interesting.
"Lewis said the taped conversations were internal discussions about a story on Thomas' life in the wake of his resignation. He said Shapiro went to Thomas on his own to tell him about the conversations."
Inside the Globe
A tabloid reporter who taped his bosses tells all
By Jeffrey Shapiro
The Washington Monthly, June 1999
"One day an editor pulled out a stack of papers. "I'm going to send you to these places," he said. "It's where John Ramsey used to shop. I want you to interview employees about what he bought and what they know." I asked him how he knew where Ramsey shopped and he told me the papers in his hand were copies of Ramsey's private credit card records, which the Globe had obtained from hackers who earned a pretty penny for running such errands. After I discovered nothing unusual, the editor "anonymously" turned the documents over to a police detective whom he was trying to develop as a source, in hopes that the cop would return the favor.
"Since the police would need a warrant to obtain such material, I realized that the effect of this maneuver was to violate John Ramsey's Fourth Amendment right protecting him from illegal search and seizure."
The following month the Globe's editor, Tony Frost, came to Denver to speak at a panel discussion at the Colorado Press Association Convention. Later, while having a beer with me in the hotel bar, he confessed that Lou Smit's belief in the Ramseys' innocence was causing him concern. "This Smit thing worries me," Frost told me. "You realize if the Ramseys are really innocent, we're finished." "Who?" I asked. "All of us!" he exclaimed with a whisper. "Every single last one of us ... there must be an indictment."
Ramsey case snags wide circle into its web (By Charlie Brennan, Denver Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer, July 5, 1999)
Did an Intruder Kill JonBenet Ramsey? (By Richard Woodbury and Jeffrey Shapiro, Time Magazine, October 25, 1999 Vol. 154 No. 17)
By Katherine Rosman
"Days after the Enquirer's 911 scoop, Shapiro's editor had a big lead
for him. Late in the night, on August 22, 1998, Shapiro says, one of
his editors, Joe Mullens, called him at home to tell him that Mullens
had found a source with the perfect juicy nugget. The lead, Shapiro
recalls, was that John Ramsey had handed his pilot, Michael
Archuleta, a box potentially filled with evidence, such as the cord
used to strangle JonBenét and the tape found covering her mouth.
(Mullens referred questions on this topic to the Globe's press
representative. So did Tony Frost, the paper's editor. The press
representative declined to comment.) "
"Mullens assigned Shapiro to look into the tip anyway, and
Shapiro went to stake out Archuleta's house. After waiting for
hours, Shapiro called Mullens to inform him that nothing was
"Just wait. The police are on their way over to Archuleta's, Shapiro
says Mullens told him."
"How do you know? Shapiro says he asked."
"Because we called the police and told them, so we know they'll be
heading over there, Mullens replied, according to Shapiro. Shapiro
kept at his post."
"From the beginning, the story was never based on legitimate
sources, according to Shapiro: "They initiated the whole thing…fed
it to the police, got the police to react on it so they could write the
Ramsey deposition reveals turmoil (By Jeff Kass, Denver Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer, February 7, 2000)
"There are also moments of humor in the 110-page document. Ramsey recounts a conversation he had with Globe tabloid reporter Jeff Shapiro. Ramsey walked away believing Shapiro acknowledged that the Ramseys "were being attacked for profit."
Perfect Murder, Perfect Town Mini-Series (Lawrence Schiller, Book Author, Executive Producer, Director, 2000)
Larry King Live, Boulder County DA Defends Investigation (Guest is Alex Hunter, March 30, 2000)
Burden of Proof, D.A. Alex Hunter Discusses the JonBenet Ramsey Case (Guest is Alex Hunter, April 17, 2000)
KING: Why did you talk to "The Globe"?
HUNTER: Well, "The Globe" -- "The Globe" had a million dollar, and does have a million dollar, reward. They were getting hundreds of leads a day. You know, I've kept all of my voice mails where this Jeff Shapiro would call me and he would say...
KING: He's with "The Globe."
HUNTER: Yes, he's one of "The Globe" people. You know, I have this, I have that, I have this, I have that. He was also sort of working the other side of the street, giving information from leads on a million-dollar reward. I mean, you can imagine what was coming in, and most of it was goofy, but a lot of it was solid.
For example, it was "The Globe" that found the type of cord that was used in the garrote, and so I felt that I could not turn him away.
I have never talked to any other tabloid, you know. Thomas accuses me of dalliances with the tabloids. The only one I have talked to is "The Globe." The only reason I talked to them is they had a million dollar reward. And they were producing information for us to pursue, most of it not good. But what are you going to do? Close the door? No.
Jeff Shapiro Q&A
(April 5, 2001)
Q: Jeff, at what point did you switch sides and what exactly did it take to make you do so?
A: Regarding the tabloids, it was an array of things involving their cruelty and criminal behavior. Upon the Burke stories being released, I wrote an op-ed piece for the Camera that was gong to be published lashing out at my own editors. The Camera liked it and planned to publish it as they published my piece defending Koby and how he handled the Boulder Riots in 97. Upon learning I would probably lose my job if it was published, I backed off and told them to hold it. It never went to press. Instead, I waited quietly until later when I began making my tapes. Regarding the Ramsey’s, the physical evidence, namely the foreign DNA made me realize there were many possibilities as to who could have committed this murder."
Ramsey Case Spawns Media Feeding Frenzy and Public Obsession
Patrick Riley, Fox News,
May 22, 2001
Case still intrigues ex-reporter Joe Garner, News Staff Writer, December 20, 2001
"The JonBenet story was a valuable experience because it taught me what kind of person I am and what I want out of life," said Shapiro, now 28.
He's still pursuing a reputation as a reporter of consequence. Or as a professor. Or as a lawyer.
He describes himself as more compassionate, wiser and understanding now than when he was the raw reporter intent on solving the crime."
Steve Thomas Deposition
(Chris Wolf vs Ramsey)
September 21, 2001 9:07 a.m
Page 130 thru 132, 331 through 345, 404 thru 405, 422 thru 424
Leak in Ramsey case ID'd
Owen S. Good, Rocky Mountain News, May 15, 2003)
CNN: Live From The Headlines Interview With Jeffrey Shapiro
August 26, 2003
CrimeNews2000 Internet Forum Interview with Jeff Shapiro
April 17, 2004
THE SHAPIRO AUDIO FILES
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19 seconds (48 kb file)
(ACandyRose RECAP): Shapiro and Joe Mullins speculating on how much is paid for tabloid stories.
52 seconds (128 kb file)
(ACandyRose RECAP): Shapiro talking to Art Dworkin, an editor at the National Examiner, a sister paper of the Globe. Dworkin is telling Shapiro that Brian (reference to Brian Williams, a former Globe news editor who is then editor at the National Examiner) is asking for some type of list of names and information of the Boulder grand jurors and Shapiro tells him the Rocky Mountain News ran a full page spread on information about the jurors.
9 minutes 27 seconds (1.35 mb file)
(ACandyRose RECAP): On August 17, 1998, Jeff Shapiro and Joe Mullins talking about the Globe's file on Steve Thomas discussing his mother and family. His (Thomas') grandfather was a very famous admiral. Steve's relatives from Austin, Texas. Mullins tells Shapiro it might be something they can use to get an interview with Steve Thomas. Mullins says he thinks Steve's father left his mother. Steve Thomas lived in Sweden for a while. Globe has letter from family he lived with. Steve was an exchange student. Letters say he was very kind and polite as a child. Mullins says Steve Thomas wants to be the hero. Shapiro says Steve Thomas is very intense and very focused and pretty angry. Shapiro keeps asking Mullins how Steve's mother died but Mullins keeps avoiding to answer him. Mullins tells Shapiro not to talk to anybody about this information. (Note: There is a long pause while Mullins had Shapiro on hold)
Audio file not available at this time
(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "Later, in the second clip recorded around Oct. 17, Mullins discusses further how a story on Thomas and his deceased mother could be used to get an interview with the former cop."
On or about August 18, 1998
Part I of this Conference Call is not available at this time
16 minutes 35 seconds (2.37 mb file)
(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "An important note: In the middle of the call, there is a four-minute overlap of another, unrelated conversation between Shapiro and Mullins. Shapiro says he accidentally recorded over the conference call several weeks after the original conversation. Doug Longhini, a producer for CBS' "48 Hours," which aired portions of this conversation in a March show covering the Ramsey investigation, says he sent the original conference call tape to a laboratory, and it did test as being authentic. Editor & Publisher found no evidence that Shapiro intentionally tampered with this tape, but there is also no evidence of what Shapiro said during that four-minute gap, particularly in regard to the Globe's efforts to pressure Steve Thomas for information."
(ACandyRose RECAP): August 18, 1998 (approx.), Conference call with Jeff Shapiro, Tony Frost, Joe Mullins, Candace Trunzo, the Globe managing editor; Craig Lewis, a former Globe general editor. Discussion on the Enquirer 911 story and who possibly leaked the story as well as who from the Globe should work who in the BPD, DA's office or people who have left the BPD including other reporters who may know something or who have connections to get information.
(Names mentioned on this tape: Chuck Green, a columnist for The Denver Post; Peter Boyles, a Denver radio talk-show host; Larry Schiller, author of the JonBenet book, "Perfect Town, Perfect Murder' Former Boulder Detective Steve Thomas; Boulder Detective Ron Goasage; Alex Hunter, Boulder district attorney; John Eller, Tom Koby, a former Boulder police chief; the former lead police investigator; Boulder police chief Mark Beckner; Bill Wise, first assistant district attorney for Boulder; Charlie Brennan, reporter at the Denver Rocky Mountain News; Alli Krupski, former reporter for the Boulder Daily Camera)
3 minutes 24 seconds (499 kb file)
(ACandyRose RECAP): August 27, 1998 (approx.). Shapiro talking to Craig Lewis, a Globe general editor. Lewis was assigned to deliver the Thomas "family" photographs. Craig tells Shapiro that the package of photographs has been sent to Steve Thomas. Shapiro is asked to leave Steve Thomas alone for now.
43 seconds (107 kb file)
(ACandyRose RECAP): Jeff Shapiro leaves message on answering machine to Craig Lewis thanking him for not telling Joe Mullins and Tony Frost about Steve Thomas plus he has some interesting things he wants to tell Craig in private.
2 minutes 02 seconds (300 kb file)
(ACandyRose RECAP): Craig Lewis calls Jeff Shapiro back. Jeff mentions he's working on a Fleet White story and that Jeff had heard that Patsy Ramsey was saying that Fleet White had sexually assaulted her daughter. Craig curious about what private stuff Shapiro wants to talk about. Craig makes arrangements to meet Jeff at a place called Peaberry's, a coffee shop at Baseline and Broadway in Boulder, Colorado. Jeff is concerned that what he has to tell Craig doesn't get back to Joe Mullins or Tony Frost.
2 minutes 24 seconds (354 kb file)
(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "The tabloid's editors consider Shapiro's cooperation in an October 1998 Newsweek profile on the young tabloid reporter a profound betrayal. Mullins is concerned that Shapiro would air his critical views of the tabloids in the national news weekly."
(ACandyRose RECAP): Jeff Shapiro talking to Joe Mullins and voicing his concern that Tony Frost wants him to come to Florida in person regarding the October 1998 Newsweek article. Jeff is concerned that he is being set up and wondering why Frost wants him to personally come to Florida.
2 minutes 48 seconds (411 kb file)
(ACandyRose RECAP): Jeff Shapiro telling Joe Mullins that Newsweek is doing a profile on Shapiro. Jeff admits he talked with Dan Glick to do the article. Jeff concerned that Tony Frost may fire him because he didn't get permission before hand.
2 minutes 14 seconds (334 kb file)
(ACandyRose RECAP): Jeff Shapiro talking to Joe Mullins. Jeff says he ready to leave for Florida and is still concerned why he needs to go to Florida personally to see Tony Frost. Joe tells Shapiro that Frost wants to talk some fucking sense into Jeff.
11 minutes 01 seconds (1.57 mb file)
(ACandyRose RECAP): Tony Frost calling Jeff Shapiro. A woman named Lo-Mai Lai, assistant general council for the Globe is asked to be present during the conversation. Frost asks right off if Jeff is taping the call and Jeff says no he is not. Shapiro says Joe Mullins has left and he is thinking about resigning also, says Ramsey case is slow. Frost is questioning Shapiro regarding a letter he may be writing to Michael Rosenbloom, publisher of Globe Communications Corp. Jeff says he is coming up on his two year anniversary and considering leaving.
Discussion on how Larry Schiller is going to portray Shapiro in his book. Jeff says it will be positive. Frost says Jeff is not an employee of Globe but is free lance so he doesn't understand why he wants to contact Mr. Rosenbloom. Jeff says his an independent contractor and his contract is up December 5th. Frost wants to know what Shapiro's problem is and Jeff tells him there is just a difference of opinion. Shapiro says he may free lance to more publications upon February 28th. Frost tells Shapiro that he hears he is tape recording all his conversations and even taping conversations with Tony Frost. Shapiro tells Frost he can believe whatever he wants to believe. Jeff says that probably all started when Globe ordered him to tape his conversation with Pam Griffith. Jeff says he is sick of the media game, and not even sure he wants to be a reporter anymore.
Jeff does admit he has recorded some conversations. Jeff says he thinks he should consult with an attorney before he continues to speak. Jeff says he is loyal to his principals, his ethics and the law. Frost asks if he personally instructed Shapiro to do anything illegal. Shapiro tells frost that he has witnessed criminal activity while working at the Globe. Frost thinks it has to do with Larry Schiller's book. Shapiro said when he called Frost from Charlevoix, Michigan that it was alright to talk with Larry Schiller. Frost says that Shapiro has made his bed and he must sleep in it. Shapiro tells Tony Frost he has a selective memory.
7 minutes 47 seconds (1.11 mb file)
(ACandyRose RECAP): Jeff Shapiro talking to Joe Mullins. Shapiro asks if he can do the John Ramsey talks to the Globe story if that would ease off pressure from Tony Frost. Jeff said "somebody" says she thinks John Ramsey wouldn't mind a positive story. Jeff said Tracy said he heard that John Ramsey did talk to Shapiro. Shapiro says John Ramsey denied in a DA interview that he talked to Globe on the telephone but then he admitted that that was why he had his telephone number changed. Mullins suggest Shapiro write up the story and then they can see what it goes. Joe Mullins tells Shapiro they know John Ramsey is part of the cover up and Jeff says because of the box thing...with Archuleta. Mullins says yeah, that's one thing. Shapiro says he still has John Ramsey's telephone number on his caller ID and he has Ramsey's telephone number on his phone bill where he talked to him for 49 minutes. Shapiro suggest making it like a Q and A type story.
Full Text Transcript Here (Transcribed by SkyJustice)
22 seconds (55 kb file)
(ACandyRose RECAP): Jeff Shapiro talking to Joe Mullins. Mullins telling Shapiro he'll be hero if he can get a good story.
Full Transcript Here (Transcribed by SkyJustice)
54 seconds (133 kb file)
(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "On Aug. 28, a tip came in to Lewis that a Ramsey friend had a theory on who killed JonBenet. Lewis sent Shapiro to check it out. Later, Shapiro calls Lewis to tell him that it’s just another "intruder theory."
(ACandyRose RECAP): August 28, 1998 (approx.), Jeff Shapiro talking to Craig Lewis. Lewis sent Shapiro on a lead to see a woman (somebody's mother) that turned out to be somebody with an intruder theory and Lewis says, "Well that's worthless"
Full Text Transcript Here (Transcribed by Cathy)
15 minutes 16 seconds (2.18 mb file)
(ACandyRose RECAP): On September 4, 1998, Jeff Shapiro and Joe Mullins talking and Mullins wants to know what Jeff had talked to Craig Lewis about. Jeff tells Mullins he had a conversation with Nedra a few days ago and also back in June he had a couple conversations with John Ramsey. Mullins wanted to know why Shapiro didn't report them to the Globe. Jeff said he wanted try and develop a relationship and basically feel out the situation.
Shapiro tells Mullins that John Ramsey actually called Shapiro. Ramsey told Shapiro that he wanted to get together in person and even suggested meeting in Boulder where John Ramsey said he went often. A suggestion was that they get together at Pasta Jay's late after it closed for the evening. Shapiro tells Mullins that John Ramsey acted as though he really doesn't know what happened and that he (Ramsey) stands by Patsy. Mullins wanted to know if he (Jeff) recorded it and Jeff said no.
Shapiro tells Mullins that he called John Ramsey the first night, on a Sunday night, eleven o'clock his (Ramseys) time on May 30th. Shapiro told John Ramsey he didn't think it was him regarding the murder and then Shapiro tells John who he is, tells him his name and John Ramsey admits that he knew who he was. Shapiro expected John Ramsey to hang up on him but he didn't. John Ramsey asked him (Jeff) what he thought of the woman who was attacked on Baseline. Shapiro called John Ramsey back again a week later and this time he left message with Patsy Ramsey and within 30 seconds Shapiro's phone rings and it's John Ramsey calling him back. This was around 7:30pm John's time. Shapiro said he was careful not to mentioned the word Globe so there would be no liability in his relations to the that.
Shapiro says he told John he wanted to extend an offer and be his source in a way and let you know what's going on. Shapiro says he told John that no matter what he did to search for an intruder that it keeps coming back to Patsy and then there was just silence on the line and he changed the subject to keep the conversation going. (Parts here are bleeped out on some names being talked about regarding intruder theories) Shapiro mentions John Andrew Ramsey and asks John if his son still hates him (apparently regarding an incident between Shapiro and John Andrew) and Ramsey tells him no. Jeff said John Ramsey said he didn't see the nightgown when he first found JonBenet. Jeff said he told John Ramsey that one day he would like to write about John. John Ramsey told Shapiro the most important thing is to find out who killed JonBenet.
Shapiro tells how John Ramsey did agree with Shapiro that the killer drew the heart on JonBenet's hand. Shapiro asked if John had seen the heart on JonBenet's hand when he put her to sleep that night and Ramsey said no. Shapiro asked John if JonBenet could have drawn the heart on her hand herself and John told him no. Shapiro tells Mullins that he didn't let John know that he had a witness that said that Patsy would draw a heart on JonBenet before. Regarding Fleet White, Shapiro tells how John Ramsey was laughing and thought it was hysterical when he told him how Fleet White had chased him (Shapiro) up the street one day.
Joe Mullins was not happy that Shapiro didn't report this information to the Globe, said it could have been a page one. When Mullins suggested that Shapiro do a write up on the story, Jeff tells him that he (Jeff) told John Ramsey the conversation was 'off the record.' A conversation then go on between Shapiro and Mullins where Jeff reminds Mullins regarding an incident when they (assuming the Globe) burned Steve Thomas one time regarding a comment Thomas said about throwing down his badge and that that was suppose to be 'off the record.' Shapiro tells Mullins that when he went back to talk to Steve Thomas that he (Thomas) jumped all over him about burning him, something regarding the autopsy and that Steve Thomas was agitated that Koby said he (Koby) was going to find out who was behind the incident.
Shapiro tells Mullins that he again called John Ramsey a week later and Melinda answered the phone and that she asked who was calling and he told her 'Jeff' and then she gave the phone directly to John Ramsey. Ramsey said he was busy though and spending time with his son. Shapiro asked him if had received what he (Jeff) had sent to him and John said yes and that he had to look over it.
The conversation then go into Shapiro telling Mullins that Jameson told him (Shapiro) that the Ramsey lawyers found out that John Ramsey had talked to him (Shapiro) and they put a stop to everything. Shapiro says that the Ramseys were becoming pretty liberal and that they let (name bleeped) into the house and that they (Ramseys) were talking to Shapiro.
Mullins is agitated and wanted to know if he (Shapiro) was going to write up the inteview. Jeff reminded him it again that it was suppose to be 'off the record.' Mullins suggested Shapiro write up a transcript of what John Ramsey told him and send it to john to see what response he gets. Mullins tells Shapiro he betrayed the Globe and was taking money under false pretenses. Shapiro asks why, just because he talked to John Ramsey and didn't report it and Mullins says yes. Shapiro asked what Mullins wants to do. Mullins asks if he wants Frost to fire him.
Mullins mentions Steve Thomas again and about the story on the family history and photos that they were going to use to hopefully get Thomas to give them an interview. Mullins reminds Shapiro about him (Shapiro) talking to Jameson and Carol and letting things out that he (Jeff) shouldn't be doing and that it is damaging to the Globe.
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(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "Also, note that part of Shapiro's job was to fax daily clips from regional papers to the Florida newsroom. He forgot one day, fueling the reprimand by Mullins."
(ACandyRose RECAP): Jeff Shapiro and Joe Mullins talking. Mullins wants to know if Shapiro has written up the transcript for the article regarding his talking with John Ramsey but at first Shapiro thinks he is talking about a story on some secret evidence that Lawrence Schiller had told him regarding Fleet White and tells him that the story is missing from his hard drive and all of his disks and that he can write it up but it won't be in the original format.
Mullins then tells him no that it is the article where he (Shapiro) talked with John Ramsey on the telephone that he is asking about. Shapiro reminds him that he had to find out if John Ramsey will allow him to do it but Mullins tells him he wants it anyway and that the people at the Globe want to read it. Shapiro is concerned that if he gives it to them without John Ramsey's okay that they will use it. Mullins reminds Shapiro that he is paid by the Globe to do this reporting so the interview is basically sold to them (Globe).
Shapiro tells Mullins that he just doesn't feel right giving them the interview and that is isn't right to do that considering the interview was 'off the record' with John Ramsey. Mullins demands that he wants to see it even though it will be stamped as 'off the record.' (NOTE: There is a long silence here where apparently Shapiro isn't sure how to respond to Mullins).
Mullins reminds Shapiro that he has been a reporter before Shapiro was born. Shapiro reminds Mullins that what he had with John Ramsey was a 'conversation' not an interview. Mullins tells Shapiro that he will not work with him again if he doesn't sent it to him and that the interview will not be used unless John Ramsey gives an okay for the article to be used. Mullins also wants a copy of the telephone bill showing the 49 minutes Shapiro talked to John Ramsey as well as a photo of his caller ID showing John Ramsey's telephone number where he called Shapiro as proof.
Mullins asks if the Globe pays for Shapiro's telephone calls and he tells them only the ones that are circled and that this call won't be circled. Mullins demands either he does it or they are through. Shapiro reminds Mullins that the Globe couldn't have used the story anyway and if it is used or they contact John ramsey that Ramsey will know that Shapiro betrayed him.
Mullins wants to know if there anything in the papers yesterday and why Shapiro didn't send them. Shapiro tells him he got confused and thought Craig Lewis took care of it. Shapiro is still not comfortable sending the article. Mullins says do it and if Shapiro doesn't then he will not be working with Mullins.
(Names mentioned on this tape: Matt is Matt Sebastian, Boulder Daily Camera reporter; Craig is Craig Lewis; Ellis is Ellis Armstead, Ramsey private investigator working for Ramsey attorneys)
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(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "Note that toward the end of this clip, which was recorded in either late August or early September 1998, Lewis mentions an incident where Thomas secretly wears a "wire," or a recording device, during a conversation with Shapiro. The comment refers to an incident nearly a year earlier when Shapiro tells the detective about an alleged effort by the Boulder district attorney, Alex Hunter, to use the tabloids in order to smear a lead police investigator on the Ramsey case. Thomas wears a wire to record Shapiro's account of what happened, and when the detective resigned in August 1998, he notes the incident in a letter he released to the media."
(ACandyRose RECAP): August or early September 1998 (approx.), Shapiro talking to Craig Lewis. Lewis asks if Shapiro received the letter from Steve Thomas' attorney (Peg Miller) and reminds him (Shapiro) not to go near Steve Thomas or they (Peg Miller) will file a restraining order. Shapiro asks what was in the letter to the Globe about him and Lewis says they threatened to file a restraining order if Shapiro contacts Steve Thomas. Lewis says they (Globe) will handle any communication with Steve Thomas via his attorney.
The restraining order is only a threat at this point according to Lewis and that Steve Thomas via his attorney (Peg Miller) is giving Shapiro the opportunity to cease and desist on his own from contacting Thomas. Craig Lewis is reminding Shapiro that if he doesn't honor the threat that then the whole would will know about it because it will then become a public record document.
Shapiro asks Craig, "what about you?" referencing how they (Thomas and/or his attorneys) reacted to the photos (Thomas family photos) and Lewis tells him that he didn't do anything. Lewis says they are not running the story even though he says Shapiro told Carol McKinley and other people. Lewis reminds Shapiro that they (Globe) have the photos and if they decided in the future to do a story they will but not now.
Lewis reminds Shapiro that everything he does and says comes back to him and that he has reminded him a hundred times about that. Lewis asks Shapiro he doesn't know why he can't just shut the fuck up. Lewis says they (Globe) can't trust him (Shapiro) and that is one of the reasons they had Shapiro sitting out front of Archuleta's house for two days without knowing why. Lewis says that story did break on the Internet regarding Archuleta with no attribution to the Globe but Lewis tells Shapiro that is because Shapiro had told (bleeped out) and (bleeped out) and Lewis also references Carol McKinley.
Craig Lewis calls Shapiro a motor mouth and asks Shapiro if he ever kept a secret in his whole life and tells Shapiro he can't understand why he told Carol McKinley about the story the Globe was going to do regarding Steve Thomas. Shapiro says he and Joe Mullins were with Tracy (?) just last night. Shapiro says he did not tell Carol McKinley. Shapiro says McKinley knows Steve Thomas but Lewis tells him that it is none of McKinley's business.
Craig mentions the secret wire recordings and tells Shapiro that Steve Thomas is not his friend and that he is threatening to file a restraining order against Shapiro. Shapiro tells Lewis he doesn't understand why Steve's attorney would talk to Globe about the restraining order threat. Shapiro admits that he must be wrong about Steve Thomas being his friend.
Lewis suggest to Shapiro that he needs some therapy. He reminds Shapiro that he will never find another situation where an employer will let him fuck up like he is saying that he was doing. Shapiro asks Lewis if he is going to tell Joe Mullins or Tony Frost about this and Lewis says he is not going to tell them anything. Shapiro thanks him.
Lewis says he doesn't want to hear from Julie Hayden that a restraining order has been fileed in Jefferson county against Shapiro. Lewis says 'don't contact him in any form ever.' Craig tells Shapiro that had did leave Steve Thomas a message but that was before he got the lawyer letter. He said this was on Monday or Tuesday and that it was regarding issues on Hunter and the search warrant for the hanger. Lewis says he never talked to Thomas though and just got his voice mail. Shapiro asks why Steve Thomas hates him (Shapiro) so much and Lewis says he doesn't know and he doesn't care.
(Names mentioned on this tape: Peg Miller is attorney for Steve Thomas; Carol McKinley, a Fox News correspondent; Julie Hayden is a Denver reporter for KMGH-TV)
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(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "By mid-February, the new JonBenet book by author Lawrence Schiller, who wrote The New York Times best-seller O.J. Simpson book, "American Tragedy," is going to reveal Shapiro went to the FBI about the plan to pressure Thomas. Shapiro knew that once the book hit the stores, it would end his relationship with the Globe . He was coming clean. Shapiro says he also knew from the Vanity Fair article that the Globe had ways of getting important publications before they hit the shelves. But it was a local newspaper that started the beginning of the end of Shapiro’s tabloid career. On Feb. 13, Lewis calls asking if an detailing Shapiro’s conversations with the FBI is true. The paper obtained an advance copy of Schiller’s book and took note of Shapiro’s visit to the federal authorities."
(ACandyRose RECAP): February 13, 1999, Craig Lewis calls Jeff Shapiro to ask him right out if he (Shapiro) turned the Globe into the FBI. Lewis tells Shapiro that apparently nothing came of it because they (Globe) hadn't heard anything from anyone. Lewis says he can't believe that Shapiro would do that and then he denies that the Globe did what Shapiro reported in the Rocky Mountain News article. Shapiro tells Lewis how sick to his stomach he was when they tried to back Steve Thomas into a corner regarding his (Thomas') family photographs. They also talk about a threat of a restraining order that Steve Thomas' attorney sent to both Lewis and Shapiro. Lewis tells Shapiro that he hates him and that it is well documented on that fact. Lewis accuses Shapiro of never listening to them (Globe) and that he (Shapiro) has ruined relationships with others because of his reputation. They get into it as to has the better reputation. Shapiro asks Craig Lewis if he wants to shoot him and Lewis tells him he would rather choke him instead. Shapiro then informs Lewis not to come to his apartment in Boulder but Lewis tells Shapiro that he wants to come there he will. Lewis says, "I don’t like the fact that you include me in some bull schit extortion story. ’Cause I know what was done and wasn’t done." and follows that with telling Shapiro to 'fuck off' and he hangs up on him.
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(ACandyRose RECAP): Jeff Shapiro and Joe Mullins talking about a story they had on Michael J. Fox but that they didn't use the material for a story because of their (Globe) attorneys.
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(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "The Globe's tabloid reporters based in Boulder had intimate relationships with many mainstream reporters, some from the nation's most respected news organizations. Here's just one of several examples on the Shapiro tapes that reflects how the Globe reporters tried to keep a good standing with their mainstream counterparts."
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(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "Shapiro isn't sure who was paging him from the New York City hotel. He had just gone public with the fact he went to the FBI with his tapes, and was becoming irate. Here, he finally gets through to the room and discovers it is Joe Mullins who is in New York on assignment. Mullins and Shapiro had been anticipating the release of Lawrence Schiller's new JonBenet book, where the author discloses for the first time that Shapiro went to the FBI with his tapes. Mullins also knows that Shapiro, who was a key character in the book, is worried about how he was portrayed."
(ACandyRose RECAP): Jeff Shapiro connects a call back to Joe Mullins room 722. Mullins tells him that he has read Larry Schiller's book, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town and that the way Shapiro is portrayed is not as bad as he (Shapiro) had feared. Shapiro takes the opportunity with this call to tell Mullins that he really likes him a lot and that there was never anything personal between himself and Mullins.
Mullins tells Shapiro that he (Shapiro) has had one friend after another fuck him over. Mullins says Schiller's book is interesting. Jeff asks what Mullins is doing in New York and he says working. Shapiro tells Mullins that Tony Frost terminated him on Thursday and says that Frost said it was clear that the Globe could no longer use him in any capacity. Mullins was unaware of that news. Mullins says he was last in the Globe office on Thursday when Jeff Rutledge called and Mullins said that Frost told Rutledge that he would be acting under Mullins instructions now.
Shapiro asks Mullins if he thinks that the reason Tony Frost called him (Shapiro) was because of the book or that maybe whatever Rutledge told him. Mullins asked what Shapiro plans on doing and Shapiro really doesn't give him an answer. Mullins suggest Shapiro don't do anything that will cause him real harm. Mullins says that after reading the book, that if somebody makes a movie of the book that somebody would have to play Shapiro as it would be the most interesting character story. Shapiro is shocked that Mullins suggested that he would be that much of a character. Mullins says it has a 'Shapiro theme' and says that Schiller didn't fuck him over. Shapiro says he expected Schiller to just characterize him as young, naive, inexperienced. Mullins says it will surprise people that Shapiro being a tabloid was so much in the center of things.
At the end, Shapiro tells Mullins he will not tell anybody of this conversation.
(Names mentioned on this tape: Rutledge is freelance writer Jeff Rutledge, Penthouse magazine)
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(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "Here's an example that refers to a heart allegedly found drawn on JonBenet's hand after she was murdered. How that reported heart got on her hand remains a mystery. But, Shapiro discovers a letter signed by Patsy Ramsey that had a heart next to her signature"
(ACandyRose RECAP): Joe Mullins is talking to Jeff Shapiro about an article he was writing regarding a letter that Patsy Ramsey had signed that included a heart. Mullins asks where the original letter is and Shapiro tells him that he has it and Mullins suggests that he fax it over right away to go along with the story but then Shapiro also informs Mullins that he gave a copy of the letter to somebody in the Boulder Police Department and Mullins is not happy to hear that Shapiro was giving stuff to the BPD before he was showing it to the Globe. (Note: Several peoples names are bleeped out of this audio file)
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(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "A former homicide investigator hired by the Boulder district attorney to assist in the investigation had recently resigned, leaving with a reported list of 28 possible intruder suspects. On Lou Smit's list is Bill McReynolds, a former University of Colorado journalism professor who played Santa Claus at a Ramsey party two nights before JonBenet's murder. Here, Mullins discusses the story the Globe would eventually publish around Christmas 1998."
(ACandyRose RECAP): Shapiro and Joe Mullins. Mullin says they are going for a headline 'Santa Did it.' Mullins tells Shapiro that he needs to talk to Lou Smit. Mullins says he doesn't want to lie to Lou Smit but we will run the story they will say the investigators believe they have cleared him. Do you know for a fact that to Lou that Santa is one of the people and that the Ramseys also believe he is, a possible perp. See how much Lou will give you on Santa. Shapiro says he will call Lou Smit and see what he can find. Shapiro asks if the headline will go on it being an investigator scenario and then Shapiro asks if they are going to say it's Lou Smit scenario and Mullins says yes and that he (Smit) doesn't believe the Ramseys did it and that he has developed a list of 20 suspects and Santa is one of them.
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(ACandyRose RECAP): Jeff Shapiro calls Mullins back to see if they are doing the Santa did it story. Mullins says it's being written. Mullins says the jest of the story is that the finger is being pointed at Santa.
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(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "In early 1998, events surrounding the Ramsey case slowed. Shapiro is sent to Los Angeles for further training and experience in tabloid reporting. By July, he is back in Boulder and on the Ramsey beat again. But there isn't much happening in the case. So, Shapiro - who was working as a free-lancer exclusively and under contract for the Globe - is asked to fly to Indiana and report on a group of friends who just won a Powerball lottery. Thirteen people took home $20 million each, and Mullins wants a story. The assignment bothers Shapiro and ultimately reveals his deeper concerns about tabloid journalism in general. There are actually several instances on the tapes where he seems to struggle with the tabloid's tactics. Here - July 31, 1998 - Mullins tells his reporter that if he can't write nasty things about innocent people, then he should get out of journalism."
(ACandyRose RECAP): July 31, 1998, Shapiro is talking to Joe Mullins. Shapario says that Candace Trunzo, managing editor of the Globe wants him to do other assignments. Shapario says he has problems with other assignments but he can't go after people that he thinks haven't done anything wrong and hurt them. Shapiro things everything he is doing is negative. Mullins suggest to find something positive in the story and then tells Shapiro that if he (Shapiro) can't do this story, then the Globe won't want to employ him.
Mullins tells Shapiro that if he is telling him that he can't take ordinary people and do ordinary stories that they can't use him. Shapiro says he doesn't know how much longer he can do the things they want him to do. Mullins tells Shapiro to decided that night and tell him in the morning.
Joe Mullins says "We don't make stuff up, that is something Globe doesn't do. They have to be from digging, from reporting."
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(ACandyRose RECAP): Shapiro and Mullins talking. Shapiro asks Mullins if he should go to Indiana to do the Powerball story. Shapiro is obviously not comfortable with going and he is telling Mullins that when he was in LA, he was told the headline has already been written and we have to find a way to justify the story. Jeff says that is just not the way he reports and he can't keep do it that way and he says it seems like they always try to do the angle before they do the story.
Shapiro says on stories for the Globe, he's not really there to find out what happened but more to make the story stick with what we can use. Mullins tells Shapiro if he comes up with a good story on any set of circumstances Globe will use it if it's appealing and interesting story. Shapiro reminds Mullins that their stores have to have some kind of kick.
Mullins says a person has to have enough personality to make things happen. They discuss Opra as example on how to get a story. Shapiro says he just thinks the Globe wants something bad in these guys backgrounds. Mullins tells him yes if that is a story but says there has to be something there with thirteen people who each winning twenty million dollars. Mullins says they could be murderers, they could be married ten times or one of them has a daughter who needs a heart transplant. Mullins tells Shapiro not to be so arrogant.
Mullins says if he (Shapiro) doesn't want to write nasty things about people who he (Shapiro) deems to be completely innocent then get out of it, get out of tabloids, get out of journalism because those things makes stories in newspapers and entertainment. Mullins tells Shapiro that if he thinks he can go on to a big paper and compete with the guy who are the best reporters that he can't do it. Mullins says "none of those big newspapers are going to pay you to sit around and investigate like we do."
Mullins tells Shapiro to tell him in the morning and either decide if he is not cut out for it. Mullins says, "I mean if you want to give the Enquirer a try you can do it but those guys, you would be subjected to a lot of pressure." At the end Mullins reminds Shapiro that if he goes on to do the story and if Mullins tells he that's the angle then he has to go with it.
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(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "With so many media organizations covering the Ramsey investigation, the Globe keeps close tabs on scoops made by competitors. In mid-1997, Ann Louise Bardach, a writer for Vanity Fair, obtained the Ramsey ransom note. It was a big scoop - and the Globe wanted it. Shapiro says the Globe obtained a copy of the magazine and the article before it hit the newsstands. A copy is later delivered to Boulder district attorney Alex Hunter as a goodwill gesture, Shapiro says. Here, Shapiro asks Lewis about the incident and whether Vanity Fair ever intended to sue the Globe."
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(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): VANITY SCOOP, "In the fall of 1997, JonBenet coverage is still at its peak. And Vanity Fair magazine had a scoop: The monthly is set to publish the undisclosed full text of the Ramsey ransom note."
"Shapiro says that around September 1997, Lewis told him he went to Chicago and bought for $200 a copy of the Vanity Fair issue off the printing press days before it hit the stands. Lewis refused to respond to questions from E&P."
"According to the tapes, Vanity Fair sent an angry letter to the tabloid. Lewis and Shapiro discuss the purchase nearly a year later in an Aug. 10 telephone conversation, where Lewis quipped over the magazine’s accusations that the Globe swiped an issue from the magazine’s printing press."
"It actually hurt my feelings," Lewis smirks.
"Shapiro adds that he and Lewis brought the Vanity Fair story to Alex Hunter in a failed effort to barter for information. It’s not known what Hunter — who is portrayed negatively in the Vanity Fair story — did with the piece. Hunter wouldn’t comment. :
"Beth Kseniak, public-relations director for Vanity Fair , says the magazine wrote the Globe inquiring how it obtained a copy of the Ramsey story issue. Kseniak says the Globe responded that it was given a copy of the issue."
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(Editor and Publisher excerpts - July 28, 1999): "Mullins tells Shapiro that if the Ramseys are cleared by the Boulder grand jury, the couple will probably sue the tabloids. Shapiro goes on to discuss how one freelance tabloid reporter had listened in on Fleet White’s cell phone calls, a Ramsey family friend who discovered JonBenet with John."
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The Tabloid Turncoat
Scoops, Tactics And The Mainstream
An Inside Look At Jonbenet Coverage
by Jim Moscou, Editor & Publisher Magazine, July 28, 1999
"Jeff Shapiro reaches deep into a kitchen cupboard to retrieve his most cherished JonBenet souvenir.
There, squirreled away on the top shelf, sits a cheap, tin box that he carefully carries over to his desk, just a few steps in his tiny Boulder apartment — and just a mile from where the little girl was slain. Flipping it open, Shapiro fights an unwitting grin before revealing the contents: two paperback books — and a letter.
"John sent me these," he says, referring to the father of the child beauty queen whose death remains an unsolved mystery.
Shapiro dodges the books — "How to Begin the Christian Life" and "Mere Christianity" — grabbing the letter instead. It is a note scripted on "John B. Ramsey" stationery and dated Dec. 23, 1998, two days before the second anniversary of JonBenet’s death. And it’s addressed to "Jeffrey."
In it, Ramsey conventionally thanks Shapiro for the flowers Shapiro sent several weeks earlier to celebrate the marriage of Ramsey’s eldest daughter, Melinda. It was a wonderful wedding, Ramsey added. And Shapiro’s arrangement had come to decorate the family-room table.
Then Ramsey politely complimented the tabloid reporter. "You have good investigative skills," he writes, "and there is so much wrong in the world that needs help."
"Shapiro and his colleagues became peddlers of tidbits to mainstream reporters, erasing the already thin line that separates the two news genres. Also lining up for a glimpse of the latest JonBenet rumors are the police, the district attorney, and the Ramseys — all willing to drink from the Globe ’s vats.
Meanwhile, these splashes of half truths that Shapiro and his colleague Craig Lewis picked up along the way often become enough to "stand up" jaw-dropping headlines — banners that ravaged the lives of chance players in this drama.
For the most part, according to the tapes and Shapiro, Lewis — who was a general editor for the Globe and based in Boulder at the time — seemed to handle the dubious dealings of alleged payments for information and pressure tactics. Covering the Ramsey case was so important to the Globe , the tabloid kept Lewis in Boulder full time. He was also one of Shapiro’s bosses.
Shapiro is clearly an accomplice, but sounds on the tapes like a confused young man whose own reporting shreds ethical barriers. There are moments where he doubts — and stands up to — his editors aiming to smear innocent Ramsey bystanders. And, especially, when his editors aimed to embarrass his hero."
"Lewis and Frost would not comment on any of the information revealed in Shapiro’s tapes.
Frost told The Associated Press in April, "There was not a threat to blackmail anyone." And, Lewis said: "The only person who ever says anything to Thomas about his mother was Jeff Shapiro."
Frost faxed this statement to E&P: "I am not interested in anything Shapiro has to say. In the weekly drama of tabloid journalism, Shapiro had but a small walk-on part. His knowledge of tabloids, and journalism in general, can be written on the back of a postage stamp, still leaving room for the Lord’s Prayer."
Joe Mullins did not return phone calls. Steve Thomas is currently working on a book about the Ramsey case and refused to comment.
Meanwhile, the tapes rolled on, snagging more insights of a tabloid’s ways."
"During three conversations with John Ramsey, which sources have confirmed, Shapiro apologized for the Globe , saying that he is "… sorry for all the things that have been done to you." He tells Ramsey that he is "in a really bizarre position … trying to balance right and wrong every single day between the people I work for and what I really feel."
Ramsey doesn’t say much. (He also says that he has no concrete theories on who killed his daughter.) And, though he never tells Ramsey he is recording his editors, Shapiro did offer his testimony should the parents be cleared by the Boulder grand jury and decide to sue the Globe."
"Shapiro is just one of dozens of ‘Believe It or Not’ characters that have emerged in this story," says Daniel Glick, a special correspondent for Newsweek magazine who has covered the Ramsey case since the day after JonBenet was killed. In October, Glick wrote a short article on Shapiro for Newsweek titled, "Tab Man: Old School, New Moves."
"Everybody who is in this case knows who this guy is," Glick adds. "He insinuated himself into virtually every corner of the story."
Those close to Shapiro watched him pound the pavement and work the phones at an incessant rate. One Colorado reporter says he got Caller ID because of Shapiro. Once engaged, Shapiro charmingly — skillfully — probes to find common ground with an interviewee and rarely allows an awkward moment of silence to pass.
Fox News correspondent McKinley, who also has been on the case since the beginning, says Shapiro got "drunk" with JonBenet, yet did tap remarkable sources. In turn, that created a disturbing journalism reality when tabloids and mainstream crossed paths, she says.
"A lot of mainstream media didn’t have their own sources," she says. "So the way they would get and verify information is they would call their tabloid buddies who would help them out. But it was at a price. In return, they want something from you. And you end up in the swamp."
It is, she calls it, a "devil’s dance."
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What I saw at the feeding frenzy
by Frank Coffman, Boulder Weekley, February 29, 1999
"In the beginning, the Ramsey murder case seemed simple to solve. The day after the murder, as the Ramsey's housekeeper was leaving the Boulder police station, a detective working on the case told her, "I am confident we'll have an arrest by Sunday."
Instead of an early arrest, the Ramsey case turned into an interminable murder mystery and a feeding frenzy for the media. Children are killed everyday in this country, but the death of JonBenet was different. People around the nation and the world wanted to know all about it.
Almost overnight, Boulder was deluged by national media. The town resented the intrusion on its comfortable neighborhoods and on its image as an ideal place to live. At first, city spokesperson Leslie Aaholm refused even to acknowledge that the crime was a murder, referring to it as an "incident." Reporters ran up against a police department with little to say, except for a crabby police chief who scolded them for covering the story.
The Ramseys and their friends were also tight-lipped or hostile to the media. On one occasion, when a TV journalist drove up to the house of the Fernies (friends who were in the Ramseys' house on the morning of the murder), John Fernie walked up and spat on the vehicle before the journalist even got out. This was going to be a tough story, indeed.
To penetrate the wall of silence around the case, tabloid newspapers and TV shows employed methods that the mainstream news media wouldn't dream of using. The TV show American Journal paid the Ramseys' housekeeper $15,000 to appear on camera. the National Enquirer paid $40,000 for photos of JonBenet. One tabloid TV program used private detectives to pry into the Ramseys' telephone call logs and financial records, tracking the couple's whereabouts by keeping tabs on their credit card purchases.
In the months after the murder, tabloid reporters trailed the Ramseys wherever they went. Craig Lewis of the Globe recalls, "In the early days, we had three cars following the Ramseys-one car with reporters and two cars with photographers." Scott McKiernan, of Zuma photo agency, followed the Ramseys and staked out places they frequented. He also used a radio scanner to listen in on the cellular phone calls of former Ramsey friend Fleet White, overhearing him on one occasion tell his father that the Ramseys were trying to cast him as a suspect in the murder."
"On a mission from God
Jeff Shapiro, a 24-year old novice reporter under contract with the Globe, moved to Boulder from Florida in March 1997.
Though he came as a journalist to cover the Ramsey murder, Shapiro felt he'd also been sent by God to help solve the crime. His e-mail address: "JBsAvenger" (i.e. JonBenet's Avenger).
Shapiro's plan was to go undercover and work the story from the inside out. Renting a place next door to the Chi Psi fraternity house where John Andrew lived, Shapiro succeeded in befriending Ramsey's son. He even joined the Episcopal Church that the Ramseys attended. But his persistent questions about the murder case blew his cover. John Andrew's friends became suspicious and warned the younger Ramsey off his engaging, earnest neighbor.
Shapiro was forced to move on to conventional news sources.
Surprisingly, the inexperienced reporter succeeded in cozying up to a crucial figure in the case: District Attorney Alex Hunter.
From May until October 1997, Shapiro was in almost constant contact with Hunter, who didn't seem to look upon him so much as a tabloid reporter, but as an energetic, likable young man who happened to have an infatuation with the case. The avuncular DA even gave the tabloid tyro his private phone numbers. Later he allowed a Globe photographer into his office to take his picture, though he had previously condemned the tabloid's publication of stolen coroner's photos of the crime scene and implements as "reprehensible." And by July 15, 1997, the Globe was quoting Hunter praising the paper's $500,000 reward offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Police detectives were also talking with Shapiro. The young reporter had won their favor when he informed them where they could get white nylon cord identical to the kind used in the murder. Detectives promptly went to the store and bought up all the cord. Although Shapiro was glad to take credit for the discovery, he actually learned about the cord when I mentioned it to him in a phone conversation in May 1997.
Shapiro's subjects didn't always appreciate his attention. Learning that the DA's office considered Fleet White a potential suspect in the case, Shapiro took to following White around. One day White noticed Shapiro tailing him in a car and angrily swung his vehicle around and went after the kid reporter. As Shapiro desperately jockeyed for an escape route, White repeatedly cut him off. The two raced across town until Shapiro got ahead in traffic and escaped through a changing traffic light.
Shapiro also found himself in the middle of the clash between Alex Hunter and the police department. The Ramsey investigation was then run by John Eller, an abrasive police commander who rubbed the DA the wrong way. Hunter tipped Shapiro that Eller was being accused of sexual harassment. (That allegation turned out to be false.) Shapiro in turn tipped police about Hunter's tip. In his bolt-from-the-blue resignation letter last August, Thomas alluded to the episode, writing melodramatically that "an informant" had told police of the DA's "plan to destroy a man's career." Last week, the hyperbolic Thomas again called for the Hunter's resignation over the Shapiro/Eller episode, charging that "the DA engaged the tabloids in a smear campaign." In a recent TV interview, Thomas claimed that Shapiro acted as his "mole inside the DA's office." Shapiro calls that characterization "ridiculous," though he concedes that Thomas did try to push him into such a role.
The reporter's tip to police ended up costing him his cozy relationship with Hunter.
Thomas too suffered repercussions when Police Chief Tom Koby chastised him for investigating the DA when he should have been investigating the murder of JonBenet. Koby also warned Thomas that he would be fired if he had any further contact with Shapiro-a directive that the reporter claims Thomas violated.
Shapiro's rapport with Thomas won him certain privileges. On at least one occasion, Thomas allowed Shapiro to sit in on a sensitive investigation. In July 1997, Thomas asked me to come to the police station to phone Pam Griffin, a friend of Patsy Ramsey, so that he could surreptitiously tape the conversation. The detective wanted to document a remarkable assertion that Griffin had made to me: Patsy Ramsey admitted to her that she wrote the so-called "practice note."
However, said Griffin, Patsy claimed that it was just the aborted start of an invitation to some event which Patsy couldn't recall. Thomas allowed Shapiro to monitor my conversation with Griffin. The session was a bust, though, when Griffin dismissed her previous comments as "speculation" about Patsy's actions.
Shapiro came to believe that his acceptance by Thomas made him a kind of junior detective on the Ramsey case. Others in the department considered him a pest and ignored his theory that Patsy Ramsey killed her daughter as part of a religious sacrifice. When Thomas resigned, he broke off ties with Shapiro, leaving the reporter crushed. Shortly after the resignation, Shapiro showed up unannounced at Thomas' home in Arvada, allegedly to warn him that the Globe planned to use pressure tactics to get an interview with him. The former detective responded with a warning of a restraining order if Shapiro ever came there again.
Having lost his official sources, Shapiro began drawing closer to the Ramsey camp. He finally came full circle, apologizing to John Ramsey for his paper's accusations against him. Fired by the Globe two weeks ago, Shapiro would now like to join the FBI. In the meantime, he intends to go on CBS' 48 Hours program to expose his former employer for using what he now believes were unethical methods.
Jeff Shapiro seemed to think that the case revolved around him, and for a brief time, it almost did. Incredibly, he managed to insinuate himself everywhere and gain the confidence of major figures in the case. He achieved enviable access, but he couldn't keep anyone's trust for long."
Ever wonder how the supermarket tabloids really get their stories?
Written by Kathleen Kernicky, Staff Writer, Sun-Sentinel Co., March 4, 1999
"Call it the story of the tabloid tattler.
How a zealous cub reporter from South Florida goes
"undercover" for a tabloid newspaper to investigate the
murder of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey,
the juiciest tabloid story to come along since, well, the
murder of Nicole Brown Simpson.
Reporter stops at nothing (well, almost nothing) to
scoop the competition. In the process, young reporter
gets tangled in a web of intrigue and deceit worthy
of his hero, James Bond. Eventually, he becomes a
double agent and begins documenting dirt on the
tabloid while continuing to work there. Now he threatens
to expose "the corruption" that he says pervades the
topsy-turvy tabloid world. That's the story swirling around
Jeff Shapiro, a former reporter for The Globe tabloid who
grew up in Boca Raton.
Author Lawrence Schiller, hawking his new book,
Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (HarperCollins, $26) on
national television, called Shapiro the Forrest Gump of
the Ramsey case. Everywhere you turned, there he
was. Newsweek featured a story on Shapiro in October.
"I prefer to think of myself more James Bond than
Forrest," quips the 25-year-old Shapiro, who was
editing a Boca community newspaper before getting
hired at the Boca-based Globe.
"I have no problem being sneaky," Shapiro readily concedes.
"You're there to be a reporter and get the truth. I
was sneaky, The Globe) was unethical … At some
point, I drew the line. I said enough is enough."
"I was naive," Shapiro now says of his relationship
with The Globe, although he was savvy enough to
begin secretly tape-recording his phone conversations
with his editors last year. He says he did so, in part, to
In October, he played one of the tapes for the FBI,
alleging that it shows how The Globe had tried to
"leverage" a Boulder detective by uncovering dirt about
his long-deceased mother.
"All I've done is use all the investigative techniques
The Globe taught me to use against other people,"
says Shapiro, who says the tabloid paid him $1,000 a
week and gave him a $200 a month car allowance.
"They bought me a telephone tape recording device."
Now Shapiro, who says he has about 100 hours of
tapes stored in a safe-deposit box, hopes to tell his
story on CBS' 48 Hours, (a producer confirms Shapiro
has been interviewed). And he's thinking about writing
his own story, perhaps a book.
"I love being a reporter," he says. "I still have that
fire. I'm still young. I still want to be in the middle of
certain things, although I don't necessarily want to
interject myself into them as much as I thought I did.
"Part of me wanted to be the hero of this case and to
solve the murder of this little girl. I realize now that
wasn't my role. It was to report the facts."
Exposing the tragedies tabloids cause
by Randy Wyrick, Vail Daily News, August 22, 2003
"Globe editor Tony Frost lashed out at Shapiro for
turning over the tapes and exposing some of the
tabloid's methods. Shapiro said that in one recorded
conversation, a livid Frost claimed his publication had
more of an interest in proving the Ramseys were guilty
than the Boulder Police Department or the Boulder
County district attorney. Frost declined to be
interviewed for this story, and said he wanted nothing
to do with Shapiro."
"For Shapiro, the turning point was a conversation with CU journalism
professor Michael Tracey.
Tracey was working on an investigative piece about tabloids and the
JonBenet Ramsey case for "48 Hours." It was finally Tracey who led
Shapiro to turn his tape recorded conversations with his Globe
editors over to the FBI.
"He finally decided what he was doing was wrong," said Tracey.
"He became very upset when he thought about it. He actually came
"Finally, as part of cutting his ties completely, Shapiro called
John Ramsey to apologize for the connection to the tabloids, and
for what the tabs had done to the murder victim's father."
"These days, Shapiro is a second year law student at the University
of Florida. His goal is to launch a foundation to help people
who have been victimized by tabloids."
"There has to be some sort of institution that stands up to them,"
he said. "They're bullies, like the bullies in the schoolyard.
If you stand up to them, they'll back down."
REMEMBERING JONBENET RAMSEY, THE VICTIM
A Death in Paradise (by Lawrence Schiller)
"Do roses know their thorns can hurt?" JonBenét asked me that one morning. I was the landscaper at the Ramseys' home during the last two years of her life. I remember how intelligent JonBenét was. That's why I never talked to her as if she were just a little kid. So when she asked me about thorns, I told her, "They're a rose's shield. They keep away animals who might eat them."
She would follow me all over the yard, finding something to do wherever I was working. All the topics you'd call natural science seemed to interest her.
"What is a year?"
"That's the length of time it takes for the earth to make one trip all around the sun."
"So I've been around the sun five times?"
"Right. And you've almost finished your sixth trip." I added that I'd completed the journey twenty-seven times. That stopped her. So many trips, she exclaimed.
That was probably the last time I spoke to JonBenét. Six weeks later I took the morning paper from my front steps and saw it. I don't even remember now what the headlines said.
I wanted to go over to the Ramseys'. Later that day, I did drive by. It was crazy—media, police, yellow tape going all around the house. Just totally crazy. I didn't even try to go in. I kept driving.
Brian Scott ."