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Jay Elowsky (aka Pasta Jay)

John Gardiner (Pasta Jay cook) claimed Elowsky killed JonBenet
Ramsey included Elowsky on suspect list as owning a stun gun

Elowsky was in Michigan when JonBenet was murdered

JonBenet Ramsey Murder Case
Jay Elowsky
Individual Date Reference Key ? Gave Prints Gave Blood Gave Hair Handwriting Got DNA Cleared or Alibi
Jay Elowsky (PastaJay)
(Boulder, Colorado)
Employee John Gardiner Said Jay killed JonBenet, Crime scene photo #66 showed check by dish rack in the back hallway. John said, "I had in effect loaned Jay that money, when I bought his building. And he paid me back. I just hadn't deposited it." John Ramsey and Mike Bynum loaned Elowsky money for portion of the Pasta Jay business
Naming Stun Gun owners, John Ramsey mentioned Jay likes guns and stuff

to 02-09-1997
John, Patsy, Burke Ramsey
Donald, Nedra, Pam, Polly Paugh, all lived in Jay Elowsky's home.

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Felony menacing
concealed weapon
Silver bat
40 Caliber Sig Saur pistol

RMN article
Elowsky was in Michigan when JonBenet was murdered



3:30 p.m., February 4, 1997
Contact: Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
City of Boulder Media Relations


Jana Petersen
Boulder County/303-441-3399


Felony Menacing Incident Involving Media Covering Ramsey Case

Boulder Police today arrested Jay Elowsky on charges of felony menacing and carrying a concealed weapon following an incident in the 4900 block of North Broadway. It appears that Mr. Elowsky accosted members of the media that were waiting in an area where members of the Ramsey family may have been residing. Around 10 a.m. this morning, Mr. Elowsky threatened three individuals with a baseball bat. A loaded weapon also was recovered from the scene. Mr. Elowsky was arrested at the scene without further incident and booked at the Boulder County Jail.

The arrest occurred in the jurisdiction of the Boulder County Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's Department will conduct any necessary follow-up to this incident. A copy of the arrest report is attached to this news release.

Author of Letter from Shreveport Has Not Been Located

The Boulder Police Department has not contacted the author of a letter postmarked in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three to four individuals have contacted Boulder police about the letter, but those contacts have not been legitimate. The request for the letter writer to come forward remains in effect.

1997-02-11: Friend of Ramsey charged in threats with bat, handgun

Pasta Jay's owner arrested
Friend of Ramsey charged in threats with bat, handgun
Camera Staff Writer
February 11, 1997

Jay Elowsky, owner of Pasta Jay's restaurant and friend of John Ramsey, was arrested Monday on charges he threatened three men with a baseball bat and pulled a gun on one of them, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Department.

Elowsky presumably thought the men were journalists, according to a city press release. The incident took place near an area that some media were staking out based on rumors that John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of slain 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, were staying with a friend nearby.

JonBenet was found strangled in the basement of her home Dec. 26, eight hours after being reported kidnapped. Police have made no arrests in connection with her death.

Elowsky was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing with a deadly weapon and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon. He was released on his own recognizance after posting a $2,500 bond.

About 10 a.m., Warren Schmelzer and Ira Haimann, who work at Specialized Engineering at 4939 Broadway in North Boulder, were in Schmelzer's car in a parking lot beside the building when they saw a man walking up to them with a baseball bat.

Schmelzer and Haimann told police that the man walked up to the passenger window and raised the bat as if he were going to hit the car, yelling, "Get the ---- out of here," according to the arrest report.

Schmelzer and Haimann told police the man, later identified as Elowsky, circled their car before returning to his light tan BMW. Schmelzer told police he then ran inside to call 911, while Haimann waited in the car.

A city press release said Elowsky appeared to have "accosted members of the media that were waiting in the area where members of the Ramsey family may have been residing."

Schmelzer and Haimann work at an engineering company at the building. Schmelzer declined to comment on the incident or whether he was working for the media.

Others members of the media covering the murder of JonBenet Ramsey were nearby. A broadcast report said the people Elowsky threatened were an NBC camera crew.

Elowsky, who lives on nearby Dakota Boulevard, is a friend of John Ramsey, and also is a part owner of Pasta Jay's. Ramsey and Elowsky formed a corporation together, now called P.J.'s Property Group LLC and formerly called the Coates House LLC, as part of a property deal that never came to fruition.

Attempts to reach Elowsky for comment were unsuccessful.

Some media have spent much of the past seven weeks trying to locate the Ramseys, who are no longer living at their house on 15th Street. When John Ramsey was rumored to be returning to his job as president of Access Graphics, several camera crews waited for him, some hiding behind a dumpster in an alley behind the Pearl Street office building, in hopes of catching a glimpse of the slain beauty queen's father.

Other camera crews have spent Sunday mornings outside St. John's Episcopal Church, which the Ramseys used to attend. Members of the congregation have complained about feeling on edge in a place that used to be a sanctuary for them.

Monday's incident is considered by many people a reaction to that on-edge feeling.

Lee Frank, a Denver journalist who does free-lance work for national media outlets, told police he saw the BMW pull into the parking lot and saw a man with a bat get out of the car. Frank reported that the man began to walk toward him, carrying the bat in a threatening manner, so he ran into the building to call the police.

Elowsky told police he saw people walking around behind his house and was only trying to chase them away. Elowsky said he drew his handgun when he saw someone pick up a pipe as he got back into his car, according to the arrest report.

Police found a gun in a brown paper bag on the floor of Elowsky's car next to an aluminum baseball bat, and a magazine full of 9mm bullets was in his fanny pack, according to the report.

Sheriff's Lt. Steve Prentup said Elowsky has not been issued a concealed handgun permit by the sheriff's department.

1997-02-15: Day in court


Day in court
Saturday, February 15, 1997

"Pasta" Jay Elowsky, scheduled for an arraignment on charges of felony menacing and unlawful possession of a concealed handgun, had his day in court delayed until later this month. Elowsky, owner of Pasta Jay's restaurant, was arrested Monday after three men said he threatened them with an aluminum baseball bat and drew a 9mm handgun. He told police he believed the men were members of the media staking out his house in hopes of seeing members of the Ramsey family.

1997-02-22: Geraldo hits town, seeks taping site

Geraldo hits town, seeks taping site
Camera Staff Writer
February 22, 1997

The heralds of Geraldo are in town.

Nearly two months into the mystery-shrouded investigation of the murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, tabloid-television megastar Geraldo Rivera will breeze into town this weekend to tape an episode on the tragedy for his "Geraldo!" show.

Rivera announced last weekend that he would tape the show at Pasta Jay's Boulder restaurant, owned in part by John Ramsey, JonBenet's father, and Jay Elowsky, who recently was charged with threatening journalists with a baseball bat.

Sans bat, Elowsky was quick to snuff out Rivera's ambitions, saying the restaurant would not participate in the exploitation of a tragedy.

Since then, Rivera producers have been scurrying not-so-secretively around the county in search of an eatery that will host the mustachioed pop muckraker. Restaurateurs ruled out by the producers Friday said the "short list" had been narrowed down to two locations, at least one in downtown Boulder.

Owners and managers of different establishments have had decidedly different feelings about whether to associate with Rivera. Once a respected mainstream journalist at ABC, he has sometimes been a target of ridicule since taking the tabloid route in syndication.

In the early 1980s, in a much-hyped "news special," Rivera spent two hours anticipating the opening of a "vault" belonging to gangster Al Capone, only to find it empty. On a later show, a fight involving Skinheads broke out during taping, and Rivera was whacked in the nose with a chair.

To Geraldo or not to Geraldo, that seems to be the question.

"It looked like it was going to interrupt our business," said Scott Monette, general manager of the posh, five-star Flagstaff House, which declined to participate in the show.

For other local restaurateurs, interviews with producers proved a near-miss at their 15 minutes of fame.

"We'd love to have them, but they won't be coming here," said David "Woody" Woodard, owner of Kaddy Shack Barbecue in Louisville. "They want to do it on the scene, as close to Boulder as they can."

The JonBenet Ramsey episode is scheduled to air at noon Wednesday on KWGN-TV 2.

1997-04-30: Patsy Ramsey Interrogation by Steve Thomas, Tom Trujillo

Patsy Ramsey Interrogation by Steve Thomas, Tom Trujillo
Also present, Pat Burke, Bryan Morgan, Pete Hoffstrom, Jon Foster
April 30, 1997 - Boulder, Colorado

TT: Got a little of your tea left. Okay. Patsy, let's move over to the uh, to the 24th. I want you to start kind of, actually let’s go more towards the afternoon of the 24th. That would be the 24th of Christmas Eve. The kids are all excited. Kind of run me through that in the same fashion. What did you guys do?
PR: Well we um, uh went to church, the family church service which was at four or 4:30
TT: Okay.
PR: . . .something like that. And uh, after that we went to Pasta Jay's for dinner. . .
TT: Um hum.
PR: And then we drove around town looking at Christmas lights and we drove up to the star up on the mountain there and um, I remember JonBenet was miffed because we wouldn't let her get out and she wanted to walk up into the star . . .
TT: Um hum.
PR: And uh, she just had her little velvet Sunday school shoes on, you know, so she was, she said, 'Well, what's the use coming up here if you can't even go up to the star.' Um, so then we came down, down from the star and we wound around by the White's house and uh, I think, and we went in there for a few minutes and uh, then we went home.
TT: Okay.

1997-07-02: Elowsky guilty of menacing

Elowsky guilty of menacing
By JEFF MAYO Camera Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 2, 1997

Jay Elowsky, part owner of Pasta Jay's restaurant and a friend of John Ramsey, pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor menacing Tuesday afternoon in Boulder County Court.

Judge Thomas Reed sentenced Elowsky to two consecutive weekends in the custody of the Boulder County Sheriff's Department on work detail beginning 7:30 a.m. July 19. The weekend program requires offenders to remain in the custody of the sheriff overnight.

Elowsky was arrested Feb. 10 after threatening two men with a baseball bat. He believed the men - employees of a nearby store - were journalists. The incident occurred across the street from Elowsky's house in an area reporters had used to stake out Elowsky's home following rumors that John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of slain 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, were staying with him.

JonBenet was found strangled in the basement of the family's Boulder home Dec. 26. No arrests have been made in the case.

In sentencing Elowsky, the judge read letters thanking Elowsky for his service to different civic organizations, but he said community service wasn't punitive enough, given that Elowsky already donated his time to community groups.

Elowsky was ordered by Reed to continue anger counseling, which he began two weeks after the incident. In addition, he must complete one year of unsupervised probation, write an apology to the victims, pay $138 to victims' funds and court costs, and forfeit the pistol found in his car at the time of the arrest.

Misdemeanor menacing carries a maximum of six months in jail and a $750 fine. Reed said he lightened the sentence because of Elowsky's volunteerism.

Elowsky, 37, apologized, saying: "I have disgraced the Ramsey family, my family and the Boulder community."

Prosecutor Collette Cribari said the two victims did not wish for Elowsky to receive jail time. While there was no property damage or injuries, Cribari said the conviction would note Elowsky's possession of a loaded firearm during the incident. The firearm was never taken out of the car during the incident, she said.

The incident occurred in the weeks following JonBenet's death. Elowsky's neighbors said the news media were on his front lawn, peering into his windows, in his back yard and ringing the doorbell, Cribari said.

Elowsky was originally arrested on suspicion of felony menacing with a deadly weapon, but that was reduced to misdemeanor menacing under an agreement between the district attorney's of fice and Elowsky's lawyer.

In other developments Tuesday, the Boulder Police Department has shared the results of a Colorado Bureau of Investigation analysis regarding Patsy Ramsey's fifth handwriting sample with the district attorney's office, said Suzanne Laurion, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office.

"There have been some oral reports given to detectives, but it (chemical testing of palm and fingerprints on the note) isn't completed yet," Laurion said.


[John Ramsey, June 1998 Interviews]1998-06-23: John Ramsey Interrogation by Lou Smit and Mike Kane
(Screen Capture from "CBS 48 Hours Investigates - Searching for a Killer" 10/04/2002)

John Ramsey Interrogation by Lou Smit and Mike Kane
Present also were Bryan Morgan, PI David Williams
June 23, 24, 25, 1998 - Boulder, Colorado


June 1998 John Ramsey Interrogation by Lou Smit and Mike Kane (Jay Elowsky and Pasta Jays)

0019 15 JOHN RAMSEY: Well, on the 27th, they said,
16 (Well, we want you to come to the police station.
17 We said, (We're mentally not capable) Our family
18 doctor was there. He said Patsy was in no
19 condition to leave this house. They said, (Well,
20 we've got to have you come to the police station.
21 I said why, he said, (Well we have records there
22 we want to pull out and look at.
23 And we said, (We can't. If you come here we'll
24 spend as much time as you want. But we physically
25 cannot be there.
And that's when Mike Bynum

1 stepped in and said, wait a minute, time out. And
2 he was there delivering food; he's a friend of
3 mine and he happened to be an attorney and he
4 smelled a rat, frankly.
5 LOU SMIT: Now this was while you were at
6 Fernie's?
7 JOHN RAMSEY: Um hmm.
8 LOU SMIT: Is that the first time that you
9 contacted the lawyer, that they contacted you?
10 JOHN RAMSEY: He was there. He was bringing
11 food over from Pasta Jay's, and just happened to
12 be there when the police were trying to haul us
13 down to the police station, and he said time out.
14 He took me inside and he said, (John, there's some
15 things going here. Would you allow me to do what I
16 think is necessary? and I said, (Of course.
17 LOU SMIT: And what did he do, John?
18 JOHN RAMSEY: I don't remember, but you'd
19 have to ask him, I guess. But I suspect what he
20 did is take the police aside and say, stop. You
21 cannot do what you're doing to these people. And
22 he arranged to bring Bryan in and Pat and were
23 just kind of on autopilot there. And frankly,
24 skeptical, why did we need to do this.
25 But as time went on we became more and more

1 confused of what the police trying to do. They
2 were trying to put a square peg in a round hole,
3 and we're the square peg. And, you know, it was an
4 extremely frustrating time for us. It still is.
5 Cause we know we didn't do it; there's a killer
6 out there.


22 LOU SMIT: And I'm sure that still goes on
23 today. (INAUDIBLE) so you never know (INAUDIBLE).
24 Okay. Let's go back then to Christmas Eve. And you
25 did mention then -- Oh, I want to ask one more

1 thing.
2 Pasta Jay's. You went there after what, after
3 church?
4 JOHN RAMSEY: After church.
5 LOU SMIT: And who went there?
6 JOHN RAMSEY: Patsy and I and Burke and
7 JonBenet.
8 LOU SMIT: Okay. Now you know Pasta Jay real
9 well?
11 LOU SMIT: Because you're business partners
12 with him?
13 JOHN RAMSEY: Right.
14 LOU SMIT: Okay. A thought that crossed my
15 mind, and I don't know if -- you used to go there
16 quite a bit?
17 JOHN RAMSEY: Lots, yeah.
18 LOU SMIT: Okay. How often would you say you
19 went there?
20 JOHN RAMSEY: Oh, I'd go there at least twice
21 a week, probably.
22 LOU SMIT: And how often would your family go?
23 JOHN RAMSEY: Oh, at least once a week. At least.
24 LOU SMIT: Just as an investigative thought, did
25 Pasta Jay have anybody working for him that may

1 trigger something in your mind? I know he has a
2 lot of people working for him.
4 LOU SMIT: And he would be the one probably
5 to answer that.
6 JOHN RAMSEY: Yeah. I didn't really have any
7 involvement in the day-to-day business. So I only
8 knew the people that were out in front: the
9 waitresses and so forth.
10 LOU SMIT: You see, David, my thought process
11 is maybe they met some kook cook or something or
12 somebody that may have quite shortly after or
13 exhibited a strange behavior. I don't know. I
14 think some place where JonBenet would have been
15 out with her family, sort of.

June 1998 John Ramsey Interrogation by Lou Smit and Mike Kane (Jay Elowsky and Pasta Jays)

16 JOHN RAMSEY: She was there all the time.
17 And really, she grew up at Pasta Jay's.
18 (INAUDIBLE). The waitresses kind of adopted her as
19 sort of a surrogate child.
20 LOU SMIT: (INAUDIBLE) if Pasta Jay or anyone
21 else that we would like to talk to if we have
22 difficulties, please let us know.


21 JOHN RAMSEY: Just to backup one step with
22 Pasta Jay. The only one thing I noticed that night
23 that, when we were (INAUDIBLE) there was this very
24 striking couple there with their daughter who just
25 stood out in my mind. And I noticed her in church

1 and he had very dark hair and she was very
2 attractive. And I had never seen them in church.
3 And they look kind of like they were from East.
4 They were well cared for. They were dressed up.
5 And they were in Pasta Jay's.
6 LOU SMIT: Also.
7 JOHN RAMSEY: Also. And they kind of sat
8 near us in the same room and then they moved to a
9 table in the other room. And I thought, (Hmmmm.)
10 LOU SMIT: Is this the first time you thought
11 of that?
12 JOHN RAMSEY: No, I thought about it before.
13 What was that, who was it? I mean it was kind of
14 a, (Oh, I saw those people in church and it's a
15 coincidence that they are in Pasta Jay's. And
16 later I thought, who were those people.
17 LOU SMIT: Were they in a farther row or did
18 anybody know them? Would that be in a signed
19 register?
20 JOHN RAMSEY: No. (INAUDIBLE) it's just
21 a piece of data.
22 LOU SMIT: And you ever seen them since?
24 LOU SMIT: So then Christmas Eve was at Pasta
25 Jay's and then what happened? Just kind of take

2 JOHN RAMSEY: Well, yeah. I remember dropping
3 Patsy off; I couldn't find a parking place right
4 away. So I parked and came around and they already
5 had a table in the front room. I came in, we had
6 dinner, the kids colored.
7 I think we drove up to -- after we left there I
8 think we drove to the Star, might have driven a
9 little bit to look at the lights. JonBenet was
10 miffed because we wouldn't let her walk up to the
11 star because she had on her church dress and
12 (INAUDIBLE) can't walk up there.


22 JOHN RAMSEY: The only other
23 kind, and this is horrible to throw out,
24 the only thing that I know that has, likes
25 guns and stuff like that is Jay Arotski

1 (phonetic). (INAUDIBLE), I know that has
2 guns. He likes to collect those things.


19 LOU SMIT: And that's photograph
20 number 61.
21 (Handing next sheet of
22 photographs).
23 LOU SMIT: Perhaps 66 is a
24 photograph of a check. Do you recall that?
25 JOHN RAMSEY: Yeah. I had in

1 effect loaned Jay that money, when I bought his
2 building. And he paid me back. I just hadn't
3 deposited it.
4 LOU SMIT: Do you know where that
5 was located?
6 JOHN RAMSEY: I think that was,
7 looks like it was the dish rack in the back
8 hallway, right there. About that little table.
9 LOU SMIT: Okay.
10 JOHN RAMSEY: Some checks or
11 something on the table.

1998-08-11: 'Pasta Jay' won't face charges

'Pasta Jay' won't face charges
By Matt Sebastian
Camera Staff Writer
August 11, 1998

When a local restaurateur facing felony menacing charges was offered a plea bargain last year by the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, some people cried foul over what they perceived as the preferential treatment of a friend of John Ramsey's.

A year later, another run-in with the law has ended in what appears to be another break for Jay Elowsky, owner of Boulder's Pasta Jay's restaurant, who was arrested in May on suspicion of driving under the influence while still on probation for the 1997 incident.

But Elowsky has not been — and will not be — charged with violating his probation.

Prosecutors contend Elowsky simply slipped through Boulder County's justice system, although his attorney believes police knew Elowsky was on probation at the time of his DUI arrest.

"The sheriff's officer was bragging that he bagged Jay Elowsky," John Stavely said. "So I'm sure the system was aware that he was in there."

Accusations that Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter and his staff are in cahoots with the high-powered attorneys representing John and Patsy Ramsey, parents of slain 6-year-old JonBenét, and aiding friends, such as Elowsky, have been made repeatedly since the Dec. 26, 1996 murder.

Those allegations resurfaced late last week when one of the Boulder police detectives investigating the homicide quit the force, lashing out at Hunter in a biting letter accusing the DA's office of "facilitating the escape of justice."

Elowsky, a friend and one-time business partner of John Ramsey, was first arrested Feb. 10, 1997, on charges he threatened three men with a baseball bat — men he believed were reporters looking for the Ramsey family, who had been in hiding since JonBenét's murder.

The restaurant owner had a loaded gun in his vehicle, although he never displayed it.

Originally booked on suspicion of felony menacing and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, Elowsky was allowed to plead guilty in July 1997 to a single charge of misdemeanor menacing in a plea agreement with the district attorney`s office.

That deal drew criticism of the DA`s office, although prosecutors argued Elowsky was treated as any other first-time offender would have been in the same situation.

Elowsky was sentenced to two weekends in the custody of the Boulder County Sheriff`s Department on work detail. He also was placed on one year`s unsupervised probation, beginning July 1, 1997.

Bill Wise, Boulder County`s first assistant district attorney, said unsupervised probation is offered very rarely and "is a misnomer because the probation department never even sees it."

When Elowsky was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving May 16, the Boulder County sheriff`s deputy who made the stop ran a routine check on Elowsky.

That kind of check doesn`t reveal probationary status, Wise said.

And because Elowsky was booked and released from the Boulder County Jail, a bond evaluation that would have caught the probation was not performed.

Prosecutors did catch the initial slip and had planned on charging Elowsky with violating his probation, Wise said.

When Elowsky was cited for the DUI, a standard pre-trial conference with prosecutors was set for July 27. Wise said the paperwork on Elowsky`s case reached the DA`s office June 24, but the case wasn`t reviewed immediately.

The prosecutor assigned to the case, Wise said, "notified (Elowsky`s) attorney that he was going to violate him on the probation, and the attorney said, 'Better check that out because I think it`s expired.` And, in fact, it had."

Elowsky`s probation was closed out July 1 and, Wise said, prosecutors only have a five-day grace period to go back and charge a defendant for violating probation once it`s over.

At Elowsky`s pre-trial conference two weeks ago, according to court documents, prosecutors offered him the chance to plead guilty to a lesser charge of driving while ability impaired.

A DWAI charge reflects a blood-alcohol level between .05 and 0.1. In Colorado, anything above 0.1 is considered DUI.

Wise said such an offer is common in first-time offenses. Court records show Elowsky has no previous DUIs, although he does have a poor driving record, with seven speeding tickets in a two-year span and a six-month license suspension in 1994.

Elowsky hasn`t accepted the plea bargain and is set to stand trial Sept. 22.

But prosecutors may have a tough time proving Elowsky was DUI, since his blood-alcohol level was only .083, according to results of a blood test.

When contacted, Elowsky deferred comment to his attorney, Stavely.

Stavely is an associate in the law firm of Michael Bynum - a former Boulder County deputy district attorney and friend of John Ramsey`s, who, with a group of investors, last February purchased the Boulder home where JonBenet was killed.


[Perfect Murder, Perfect Town]1999-02-18: "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, JonBenet and the City of Boulder"
Written by Lawrence Schiller, February 18, 1999

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"Detectives Thomas and Gosage were at the Access Graphics office that day, conducting interviews. Among others, they talked to Patsy's father. Don Paugh, who had helped get the company off the ground in Atlanta, continued to work with his son-in-law when John made the move to Boulder in 1991. At the time of JonBenet's murder, Paugh owned a condominimum in Boulder, where he spent most of his time, and a home in Roswell, Georgia, with his wife, Nedra, who would often come to Boulder to visit. Paugh's Boulder home was just down the street from a restaurant called Pasta Jay's in which John Ramsey happened to be an investor. When the detectives interviewed Paugh on January 9, he said that on December 18, Jeff Merrick and his wife, Kathy, Jason Perkins, Cameron Hindson, Tom Carson, and Mike Glynn had eaten together at Pasta Jay's. Paugh thought it strange that former Access Graphics employees were dining with a current employee like Carson.


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"Jay Elowsky Letter:

“Earlier in 1992, I met John Ramsey. He was moving his business to Boulder and came into the restaurant quite often. He became interested in my place. Said he'd like to open a restaurant like mine in Atlanta. Something that could be franchised. I said to myself, Boy, that is exactly what I want to do. I want to be the next McDonald's! I showed him the kitchen. Took him to my other place, in Breckenridge.

John is a gentle man, very soft-spoken. Very smart. He started an operation in his basement in Atlanta and built it into a billion-dollar business in less than ten years. I was, like, thirty when I met him. And someone like him was interested in what I was doing. Blew me away. I said, Holy cow, this is someone I can learn from. When I had my heart attack, after my surgery he flew me to Michigan so I could recover at the home of my parents.

John's a great family guy. And we talked about that "The second time around," he said, "you know, it's great It's really great. He enjoyed his kids. It was never rush here or rush there or the kids are taking too long to get ready, the kids are taking too long to eat None of that he was just enjoying the moment He is a man with a lot of patience.

He was also, like, a business consultant to me. We'd discuss how to plan and structure growth. Ramsey gave me a lot of time, and he wasn't even a partner. Then John and Mike Bynum set up an advisory board for me, which included eight high-powered business people. Our mission was to make Pasta Jay's grow.

I started to try to be like them. I knew I had a good product The sauce was the key. You could put my sauce on dog food and people would eat it. In 1996 my lease ended; I had to move. For a while, I scrambled. By then I'd opened four other places, and the Boulder place was carrying them, supplying all the expansion money. But I had to close Boulder and I had to pay vendors and meet payroll. I had a sense of impending doom.

John and Mike stepped up and said, We'll loan you the money. We'll invest in you for a portion of the business."

And I was able to open a new place at the foot of the Pearl Street Mall.

That was a relief: I'm not alone now. I'd been making decisions alone for nine years, standing or falling by them. Now I have partners. We have a game plan. We're going to sink or swim together.

And by then I had my religion. That was one common bond between John Ramsey and myself.

After JonBenet died, the Ramseys stayed in my home for almost eight weeks. It was a difficult time for all of us.

-Jay Elowsky"

1999-07-05: Ramsey case snags wide circle into its web

Ramsey case snags wide circle into its web
People, except killer, caught up in the case
July 5, 1999

By Charlie Brennan
Denver Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer

The discovery of JonBenet Ramsey's body in her parents' basement 21/2 years ago has led to no fewer than 10 arrests.

None has been for the 6-year-old's death.


A far more serious case is that of James and Regana Rapp, an Aurora couple indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury June 24 on two counts of racketeering.

Employees of the Rapps' firm, Touch Tone Inc., impersonated JonBenet's father, John Ramsey, in an effort to obtain receipts for purchases by Patsy Ramsey at McGuckin Hardware in Boulder the month before the killin, the indictment charges.

It is believed Touch Tone was acting as an agent for a California private investigator, who, in turn, had been hired by a tabloid television program.

A search warrant executed by Boulder detectives against Touch Tone's Denver office on May 29, 1997, showed that police seized folders containing phone records of Jay Elowsky, a friend of the Ramsey family.

Also found was information on private investigator H. Ellis Armistead, who was hired by the Ramsey team, and at least 58 files on the Ramseys.

Elowsky, incidentally, is part of the Ramsey-related crime mosaic as both perpetrator and victim.

In 1997, the Boulder restaurateur earned two weekends on a Boulder County Jail work crew, plus one year of probation, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor menacing. He was charged with threatening two men he believed were reporters at a time when John and Patsy Ramsey were staying at his home.

More recently, the Ramsey case claimed 46-year-old John Gardiner.

Gardiner, a homeless man employed at Elowsky's restaurant, Pasta Jay's in Boulder, was arrested June 10 for allegedly attempting to stab Elowsky.

Gardiner said he "had proof" Elowsky was involved in JonBenet's death, witnesses said.

One witness told police that Gardiner had claimed he had "seen the names of the children coming up out of the sidewalk behind the criminal justice center" and "the children were crying out for vengeance because Jay killed JonBenet."

Elowsky, a close friend and business partner of John Ramsey, was in Michigan when JonBenet was killed and has never been a suspect.

Gardiner is set for a preliminary hearing July 8 in Boulder County Court on a felony charge of second-degree assault.

The Rapps, free on bail, could each be sentenced to as many as 24 years in prison and to fines up to $1 million upon conviction.


1999-10-14: Send in the Clowns
The JonBenet circus continues, but the center ring remains empty

Send in the Clowns
The JonBenét circus continues, but the center ring remains empty.
By Patricia Calhoun
Article Published Oct 14, 1999


And then, of course, there was Jay Elowsky, owner of Pasta Jay's restaurant and a friend of the Ramseys who put John and Patsy up in the early days after JonBenet's murder. In July 1997, Elowsky pled guilty to misdemeanor menacing: He'd brandished a baseball bat at two men he thought were reporters on Patsy's tail but who turned out to be mild-mannered engineers. Had the hapless victims actually been reporters, no jury in the land would have convicted Elowsky.

But Elowsky got his: This summer, John Gardiner, a homeless man who was working at Pasta Jay's, attacked Elowsky with a knife, accusing him of being somehow involved in JonBenet's murder. Gardiner was charged with second-degree felony assault, the most significant charge yet to emerge from the case -- in Boulder, at least. Still, so far no one has suggested that Jay Elowsky or John Gardiner killed JonBenet.



[Death of Innocence]2000-03-18: “Death of Innocence”
Written by John and Patsy Ramsey, March 18, 2000

DOI Page 103

"Patsy and I could not have survived all of this with the extremely importantly contributions made by Mike Bynum. He had graciously invited us to stay with his family when we returned to Boulder in January, even though he had a house full of kids home for the holidays. A few days later we moved to Jay Elowsky's place. Jay, a good friend, owned Pasta Jay's on Pearl Street, a small Italian restaurant that Mike and I had invested in."


DOI Page 113

"Jay Elowsky's home was a bachelor's pad and since Jay wasn't there during the day, the house maintained a sparse quality. Located out on the prairie in North Boulder, the home's interior was close to bare bones with little silverware, no coffee pot, few chairs, and one sofa. I didn't really pay much attention because most of the time I slept to avoid facing the ugly pictures my mind kept showing me of what I had happen to our daughter. Dropping into a medicated sleep shut everything out, but when I woke up the reality of my loss hit me all over. I cried constantly and felt beyond awful. John and I were so thankful that the woman of St. John's and other churches in Boulder began providing a hot meal for us each evening.


DOI Page 141

"When the press discovered that we were staying at Jay Elowsky's house, which was located on the outskirts of Boulder, it became the new center of their attention. I felt as the early settlers must have felt when hostile Indians circled their sod houses. Jay didn't usually have many people cruising in and out of his neighborhood, much less a continuous assault of reporters and photographers. The media put a lot of pressure on Jay as well as us, since he was our friend and cared about our welfare.

On the morning of February 9, I looked out the window and noticed someone who seemed to be a telephone repairman kneeling down by the connection box in front of Jay's house. The man's truck looked like a U.S. West repair truck with similar markings, except it didn't actually say U.S. West on the side. Jay went outside to talk with the repairman."

"We couldn't even look out the windows without being seen. Reporters and photographers stood poised, ready to shoot whatever appeared in their camera sights. Later we were to learn that all they needed was a picture, then they could make up a story to fit the picture. "Tabloid magic," someone called it.

Jay finally became so frustrated that he drove over to the vacant lot where a group of photographers were hanging out and tried to run them off. He carried a baseball bat in his hand, for added effect. In turn, the photographers picked up large lengths of metal pipe and held them in the air as if to strike. For a few moments I thought we were going to have a gang war!

Jay gave them a few harsh words, telling them to leave us alone, and then returned to his car. He was leaving when the police pulled up. He hit the brakes and turned around, glad to see that the police had come to run the paparazzi off. To our total dismay, the police arrested Jay! He became the culprit, not the photographers who had been stalking us twenty-four hours a day. I couldn't believe what I was seeing, but the police hauled him away in a squad car and towed his car away."


DOI Page 143

"John and I later learned that the police had found a loaded 9 mm pistol under the seat of jay's car - as well as the baseball bat. Jay was charged with a felony, but the case was eventually plea bargained to misdemeanor menacing since it is legal to carry a gun in your car in Colorado. Our friend had only tried to protect us from the invasive paparazzi, and now he had a police record. The gangrene from the killer's evil act was beginning to destroy everyone around us."

[Atlanta 2000 Interviews]2000-08-29: Patsy Ramsey Interview - Atlanta, Georgia
(Screen Capture from "CBS 48 Hours - Searching for a Killer" 10/04/2002)

Patsy Ramsey Interview - Atlanta, Georgia - August 28, 2000
Interviewed by: Michael Kane, Bruce Levine, Mitch Morrissey,
Mark Beckner, Tom Wickman, Tom Trujillo and Jane Harmer

Ramsey Representatives Present: Lin Wood, Ollie Gray,
and John San Augustine


August 2000 Patsy Ramsey Atlanta Interview
(Security Issues Discussion)

24 Q. Did you have any kind of security
25 on Burke outside of school?

1 A. Well, he was with us all the
2 time. You know, he was pretty much in a
3 protected environment other than the time he
4 was in school.
5 Q. When you say a protected
6 environment, other than the fact that his
7 parents were there, was there any protection
8 afforded to him outside of school? You
9 hired Tracy Temple, obviously, who was a
10 trained martial arts person, I believe.
11 A. Yeah. Well, we had, you know,
12 for many days, we had security people, you
13 know, with us at the homes where we were
14 staying for quite some time.
15 Q. Where, which homes?
16 A. Jay Olowski's. I know we had
17 somebody there then. And I believe there
18 might have been someone when we were at Mike
19 Bienam's house.
20 Q. Who were these people? Who were
21 the security people?
22 A. Somebody Ellis's group sent.
23 Q. So Ellis Armistead hired somebody
24 to be at Jay Olowski's house?
25 A. Yes.

1 Q. Did they stay in the house or
2 outside the house?
3 A. Inside.
4 Q. Inside the house?
5 A. Mostly at night.
6 Q. And you moved into Mike Bienam's
7 house at some point?
8 A. Uh-huh (affirmative).
9 Q. Was that after Jay Olowski?
10 A. No. That was before.
11 Q. Okay. And then how about the
12 Stein's, did you have anybody there?

August 2000 Patsy Ramsey Atlanta Interview
(Security Issues Discussion)

13 A. I can't remember. I don't think
14 we did as much. We may have for a few
15 days when we first got there.
16 Q. The people, the security people
17 that were hired while you were at Mike
18 Bienam's, let me -- how long did you stay at
19 Bienam's after?
20 A. My memory is real fuzzy with
21 those days, but -- I can't remember that. A
22 few days. Maybe a week or something.
23 Q. And then you went to Jay
24 Olowski's?
25 A. Right.

1 Q. And you were there for a month or
2 so?
3 A. A couple of months, right.
4 Q. And then you went to the Stein's?
5 A. Right.
6 Q. And this person or these people,
7 how many -- was it one person that you had
8 as security at Jay Olowski's or was it a
9 series of people?
10 A. It might be different people.
11 Q. Was this 24 hour a day coverage?
12 A. No. It was mostly at night.
13 Q. And you say they were inside?
14 They were hired to be inside the house?
15 A. Yes.
16 Q. For the whole time that you
17 stayed at Jay Olowski's house?
18 A. I don't remember. I don't know
19 if it was the whole time.
20 Q. Did these people -- this security, 21 you don't remember who it was?
22 A. No.


2001-12-17: Friends and neighbors of the Ramseys five years later

Friends and neighbors of the Ramseys five years later
December 17, 2001

Jay Elowsky, Ramsey family friend

Boulder restaurateur Jay Elowsky may be best remembered as the man who opened his home to John and Patsy Ramsey after their daughter was murdered.

The Ramseys and their son, Burke, left their own house after JonBenet's death, never to spend another night there. So protective was Elowsky that he was arrested in February 1997 for threatening freelance journalists with a baseball bat near his home.

Today, Elowsky, 42, is remarried and a father of toddler Jay Jr. and newborn Josephine.

Elowsky still commits much of his time to Pasta Jay's. He closed locations in Breckenridge, Fort Collins and LoDo. But the Italian eateries are still going strong in Boulder and Moab, Utah.

Elowsky declined to talk about his life since JonBenet's death.

-- Julie Poppen

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