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Kevin Raburn
February 19, 1997 (Under Suspicion in Boulder)
September 11, 1997 (Extradited from Tennessee to Colorado)

JonBenet Ramsey Murder Case
Kevin Raburn
Individual Date Reference Key ? Gave Prints Gave Blood Gave Hair Handwriting Got DNA Cleared or Alibi
Kevin Raburn
(Broomfield, Colorado)
Out of Colorado Prison week before the murder. Bragged he had $118,000 to live on after prison. Had friend who lived in Ramsey neighborhood on 17th Street. Raburn turned himself into Longmont PD on check forgery charge, had court date of May 13th but then skipped town, went to Knoxville, TN, was arrested 09-01-1997 in TN for looking suspicious, Extradited by BDA's office (Smit) September 11, 1997

Worked at
Off work

Smit show Ramseys photo lineup of Kevin Raburn, his mother and sister

Was in prison at Arrowhead for repeatedly stealing bikes
ST Pg219
ST Pg231
PMPT Pg246
PMPT Pg247
PMPT Pg348sb
PMPT Pg393sb

PMPT Pg419
PMPT Pg421

Letter from Kevin Raburn

“I’m a thief,”
I said. “I’m
not a killer.”
--- --- YES
Page 421
Page 421
1) YES
Prison Files

2) YES
Page 421

Investigated by
Lou Smit

Christmas Night
At home watching TV with mother
and sister
Locked in
with house alarm set
Raburn didn't know the code to leave the house

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

PMPT Pages 419, 420, 421

"My name is Kevin Raburn. I was raised in Boulder County, grew up in Louisville. High school in Lafeyette. That’s when I broke a window, in something like a milk truck. The judge gave me forty-five days in the Boulder County jail. That ruined by school totally. My mom worked to support my sister and me. She was a single parent.

In ‘87 Boulder was laid-back. I lived there when I was nineteen. Worked in Burger King, rode my ten-speed bike. Then I got a job cooking at Bennigans, 26th and Canyon. The rent was always high, especially for people who had to work. Everyone has a job and a half, two jobs, unless they have parents helping with the rent, which I didn’t. Everything I needed I could walk to, even the foothills. The mountains are nice.

Then I started stealing bikes. That’s something they don’t like in Boulder. Bike theft is taken seriously. By 1990 I was sentenced to a halfway house, and I started violating their rules – walking away – and they put me back in jail. In ‘93 I did another bike theft. I like to ride bikes. Another theft, another felony, prison at Arrowhead, another halfway house. In’94 the mandatory parole kicked in, and I got a four-year sentence. While I was working full-time at Rafferty’s cooking, in ‘96, I failed my breathalyzers and they sent me back to prison.

On December 26, the day JonBenet was murdered, I went to Juanita’s near the mall in Boulder, looking for a second job. Got a job. Worked days at Rafferty’s, nights at Juanita’s. That’s when the TV crews would come in and talk about the killing of JonBenet. It was on the TV a lot, but I didn’t think much about it. Lots of police around – Channel 7, Channel 4.

Then one night in February, I stole some AA batteries for my Walkman. I didn’t even know why. I already had some. Next thing, I’m in jail again on a misdemeanor charge. Being jailed for battery theft when I should have been given a ticket. I just freaked out. My bond was $1,500. That night I lost both my jobs. Went to court and got one year of unsupervised probation. Had to pay off the batteries, court costs, do some community service. I was out of a job and penniless. While I was in jail, I found out that these guys, Ainsworth and Smit were asking my mom and sister about me. Didn’t say anything about JonBenet Ramsey. Didn’t say what case they were working on.

Then I passed some bad checks, was given a felony summons, and given a court date. I’d found the checks in a jacket, walked into a bank at Broadway and Canyon, and got some cash.

Then I asked my lawyer why the cops were looking for me. He found out my file was in Hunter’s office with the guys working on the Ramsey case. I was in shock. My lawyer looked at me kind of weird. I’m a convicted felon, you know?

I got tired waiting for my court date, so in July I just got on a bus for Knoxville to see my friend Eric. I’m a football fan, and I like the University football team. It wasn’t hard to get a job, right off Cumberland and Kingston Pike. Right down from the campus.

Then on September 1, I was reading a newspaper and a cop drives by and looks at me strange, and I start walking. He pulled over and said I looked suspicious. I gave him my name, he checks on his car computer and my warrant comes up. They arrest me on a felony warrant for my check forgery and missed court date. The next day they said someone was coming from Boulder to pick me up.

That’s when I realized they weren’t coming all the way to get me on a check charge. On September 11, they came up for me in a sheriff’s plane. Something was wrong. I’d known Gerry Leverentz in Boulder, and he and this guy Lou Smit with him. Smit told me he was working on the Ramsey case. Smit said he was just doing a background check on me. I told them I had a paid attorney and couldn’t talk to them without him. Smit just said find, OK.

On the way back, Smit helped turn the sports pages of the newspaper I was reading, since I was in handcuffs.

When I was booked in Boulder, I got a public defender, Cary Lacklen. He said to me, “You know something or you know somebody.”

“I know nothing,” I told him. “They ain’t got nothing on me. I got my felony and my bike theft.”

On October 20, Harmer and Weinheimer came to see me in jail. Then on the twenty-second Lou Smit and Harmer came back. There was a court reporter and my attorney. Smit wanted to know everything about Christmas night. They knew about Juanita’s, the day I was there, December 26. But they wanted to know about the night before. I told them I was at my mom’s house.

“I’m a thief,” I said. “I’m not a killer.”

Harmer wanted to know if I could have left the house that night. I told them if you open a window, the alarm goes off. If you open the front door, it beeps for a few seconds, so you can turn the alarm off if you know the code. If you don’t know the code, which I didn’t, the alarm goes off.

Smit asked if I’d been convicted of any sexual offenses. I said no. Asked if I’d gone into an adult bookstore in Boulder. I said yeah. After twenty minutes they were done. I just asked them to leave my family alone.

Then they took blood, hair, and handwriting samples. I never heard from them again. Guess they figured out I didn’t do it.

Kevin Raburn"


01. 1990, 1993 bike theft, Halfway houses, Arrowhead prison, Probation violation

02. Kevin Raburn discharged from Colorado Department of Corrections week before the murder
03. Raburn returned to Boulder on December 20th, he got his job back at Rafferty’s
04. Raburn worked at Rafferty's as short order cook but was off work December 24, 1996
05. Rafferty's Restaurant was closed on December 25, 1996
06. Raburn worked at Rafferty's in 1995 before going to prison
07. The Marine Park Apartments was Raburn’s last know address in Boulder
08. Last known address in Broomfield was living with his mother and sister
09. December 26th, Raburn got second job working nights at Juanita's, days at Rafferty's
10. Heard about the murder when TV crews came into Juanita's talking about the killing
11. Raburn had a friend who lived in Ramsey neighborhood on 17th Street.

12. Joan Wise (CDC) remembered Raburn saying he had sufficient funds to live on - $118,000.
13. Steve McLaury (CDC) called BPD on February 19, 1997 to alert them regarding Raburn.
14. Handwriting samples of Raburn were obtained from the prison record files
15. Smit showed photo lineup of Raburn, along with his mother and sister to the Ramseys
16. The Ramsey couldn't identify Kevin Raburn or his family

17. Raburn stole batteries February '97 for his Walkman
18. Raburn did time in Boulder County jail, got 1 year of unsupervised probation, lost both jobs
19. Longmont police were looking for Raburn on a check forgery charge
20. Raburn turned himself in on forgery charge with scheduled May 13, 1997 court date
21. July 1997 Raburn skip town and took a bus to to Knoxville, Tennessee

22. Raburn was arrested in Tennessee on September 1. 1997 for looking suspicious
23. September 11, 1997, Raburn was extradited back to Colorado in sheriff’s plane with Lou Smit
24. October 20, 1997, Raburn was questioned by Jane Harmer and Cary Weinheimer
25. October 22, 1997, Raburn was questioned by Lou Smit and Jane Harmer
26. October 22, 1997, Court reporter and Raburn's public defender, Cary Lacklen were present
27. October 22, 1997 they took blood, hair, and handwriting samples
28. Rayburn told Smit and Harmer “I’m a thief,” I said. “I’m not a killer.”
29. Christmas Night at home watching TV with mother and sister, house alarm set, no access code.

30. Kevin Raburn was investigated by Lou Smit, S.Ainsworth, J.Harmer, Cary Weinheimer


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

PMPT Page 246

"Lou Smit and Steve Ainsworth formally joined Hunter’s team on March 17 and immediately reviewed the files. They began by examining a list of suspects the police might not have investigated fully. One caught their eyes - Kevin Raburn.

A Colorado Department of Corrections investigator, Steve McLaury had called the Boulder PD on February 19 about a former inmate, Kevin Raburn, who was discharged from a Colorado prison just 200 miles from Boulder a week before the murder of JonBenet. Joan Wise, the counselor who had handled Raburn's discharge interview, noticed the ransom amount in newspaper stories and remembered saying that he had sufficient funds to live on. He mentioned $118,000."

PMPT Page 247

"Ainsworth soon discovered that Raburn had been in Boulder during the previous month. He had stolen some batteries and spent several weeks in the Boulder County Jail. Ainsworth immediately found his fingerprint cards and a list of local contacts. Next stop was the Marine Park Apartments in Boulder, Raburn’s last know address. That night Ainsworth visited Raburn’s mother, Caroline, at her home in nearby Broomfield. He had also contacted the Boulder halfway house where Raburn had stayed; Kristen Weiss and Lynn Essig, employees at a bar where Raburn hung out; and Keven Johnson, the manager of Rafferty’s Restaurant, where Raburn had worked as a short order cook in 1995 before going to prison. Meanwhile, Smit hit the bars, clubs, and restaurants where Raburn was a customer or had sought work. Within a few days Smit received samples of Raburns’s handwriting from the Department of Corrections. A week later, Ainsworth discovered that a friend of Raburn’s lived on 17th Street, only a few blocks from the Ramsey house.

The detectives, who were unable to find Raburn, pieced together a picture of his movements. His mother told the police that after her son returned to Boulder on December 20, he got his job back at Rafferty’s.

Raburn was off from work on December 24, and Rafferty’s was closed Christmas Day. According to his mother, with whom he was living, he spent Christmas night watching TV with her and his brother. Mrs. Raburn didn’t remember if she turned on the house alarm, which she normally did before going to sleep. But she said that Kevin didn’t have the access code. The police learned that a week after JonBenet’s murder, Raburn lost his job at Rafferty’s. He began working nights at Juanita’s, another restaurant.

Raburn was suspect not only because of the $118,000 coincidence but because, from the night of the murder through the first week in January, his whereabouts could not be confirmed. And now he seemed to have vanished."

PMPT SB Page 348

"While Lou Smit and Steve Ainsworth were trying to locate Kevin Raburn, the released convict who seemed to have disappeared, they continued to search for new leads. Daily, Smit looked at the crime scene and autopsy photographs and read police reports, hoping to discover overlooked clues. He had solved several cases simply by reading and rereading old police files."

PMPT SB Page 393

"Two weeks later, Smit, Ainsworth, and Hofstrom met with the Ramseys and showed them a photo lineup. Included were Kevin Raburn, his mother and sister, and two sex offenders the investigators were checking out. The Ramseys couldn't identify any of them. Without blood and hair samples from Raburn, who still hadn't been located, Hunter's office began to process the few handwriting samples they had culled from his prison files.

While Smit and Ainsworth continued investigating Raburn, unknown to them, the Longmont police were also looking for him. Back in March, when Smit and Ainsworth had first tried to locate him, Raburn was forging checks. A Longmont detective had tracked him down, unaware that Hunter's office was looking for him. Raburn agreed to turn himself in for check forgery and, still unknown to Smit and Ainsworth, appeared on May 13 at the police department, where he was released pending a court date. After that he became a fugitive, and Smit and Ainsworth were still unaware of his run-in with the Longmont police."


[JonBenet, Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation]2000-04-11: “JonBenet, Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation”
by Steve Thomas and Don Davis, April 11, 2000

ST Page 219

"Throughout the FBI sessions, Lou Smit said not a word about his Intruder Theory. But he ducked out early on the final day to fly secretly to Tennessee and fetch back to Boulder, in manacles, an itinerant worker named Kevin Raburn, whom he and investigator Steve Ainsworth had decided was an intruder candidate. Raburn was held for a while on an unrelated charge, then released when his alibi checked out. He had nothing to do with the death of JonBenet."

ST Page 231

"Then Commander Beckner ordered us to be "more objective" in our reports and not skew them to theories that a Ramsey was involved in the death of JonBenet. It was an insult. He appeared to be already in the DA's camp, because those accusatory words were all too familiar. We challenged him, demanding that he show us even one report in which we had slanted our views. He could not. Tell the same thing to the DA's investigators, Lou Smit and Steve Ainsworth, we argued. Read their red notebooks and see how the case is being polluted with their nonsense. Beckner plunged ahead and suggested that since Smit was "just sitting over there in the DA's office," we should use him to run down possible intruder leads. Oh, really? What about flying off to pick up Kevin Raburn in Tennessee? What about their stun guns and exhumation plans? Beckner stammered. Sergeant Tom Wickman, who believed he was being cut out of his leadership position by Beckner, rolled his eyes in exasperation.

The commander warned that we should be prepared for Smit to make an arrest without us if the DA's office developed a "good suspect." I asked why we couldn't do the same thing and arrest a suspect whom we could put at the crime scene and for whom we already had probable cause. Detective Gosage said he wasn't worried about Smit, Ainsworth, and Trip DeMuth turning up some unknown intruder. "Let 'em fucking look. They're never going to find him," he said. Nevertheless, it irked us that the DA's office seemed to be trying to solve the case without us. It would be the ultimate political ploy. They would crow about how the police screwed up the investigation but the DA saved it."

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