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Tom Carson

Reportedly attended murder mystery dinner at Pasta Jays

JonBenet Ramsey Murder Case
Tom Carson
Individual Date Reference Key ? Gave Prints Gave Blood Gave Hair Handwriting Got DNA Cleared or Alibi
Tom Carson
(Access Graphic's CFO)
(Nedra's SBTC Suspect)
John Ramsey said, "I didn't trust him, which is absolutely terrible to have a CFO you don't trust" Ramsey said, "My former secretary almost filed a sexual harassment suit on him."
Paugh thought:
Tom Carson
12-18-1996 at
Pasta Jays was
murder mystery dinner with
Mike Glynn
Michael Minard
Jason Perkins
Cameron Hindson
The Merricks
Jim Marino
PMPT Pg108
PMPT Pg127
PMPT Pg130
ST Pg90
ST Pg121

Jeff Merrick
Peter Boyles
--- --- --- --- Ramseys
gave cops
"Carson's JonBenet funeral sympathy
note" for
handwriting analysis
--- Investigated by
Steve Thomas
Ron Gossage

United Airlines to Chicago then to Paris France with girlfriend Natalie


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

ST: Okay. I certainly have chased leads far and wide on SBTC and has that, and over the last four months, brought anything to mind?
PR: No.
ST: Have you had any time to think of any theories of significance of what that acronym uh, might relate to? I've heard everything from Smyrna Bank and Trust, Southern Bell telephone Company to uh, everything under the sun, uh, any thoughts on that Patsy?
PR: I mean, I have racked my brain, I mean, if you say, is, have I spent any time on this, I have, you know, I can, I don't have a clue what that is.
ST: Can you throw anything, you can't throw anything out on the table for what that might be a .
PR: (Inaudible)
ST: You mom thinks it's son of a bitch Tom Carson.
PT: (Inaudible)
ST: It certainly was, you know, thoroughly checked Tom Carson out. . .
PR: Um hum.
ST: . . .but. . .
PR: Yeah, she told me that too.
ST: Was there a problem with Tom Carson and John Ramsey.
PR: Not that I'm aware of um, that, you know might be something you can ask him.
ST: Um hum.
PR: . . .I, you know, I just really don't know much about what goes on at work.


[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 (Tom Carson)

17 LOU SMIT: Okay. How about people
18 that occupied offices real close to you, there.
19 I know there was a couple that had offices --
20 JOHN RAMSEY: Yes, that was next,
21 Ross Churchill was -- no, Don Paugh was on one
22 side and Tom Carson was on the other. Tom was
23 our chief financial officer, he was there when I
24 got there and kind of took care of him. We had
25 an awkward business relationship, just I never

1 felt comfortable, I didn't trust him, which is
2 absolutely terrible to have a CFO you don't
3 trust. He -- I was, he was always a struggle
4 for me to deal with. I just didn't like the
5 guy.
6 LOU SMIT: Was it a two-way street?
7 JOHN RAMSEY: Oh, probably to some
8 degree, I don't think he -- Tom might think --
9 at least for a while I think my impression, he
10 always thought he should have had my job instead
11 of me. And some people you're around, in your
12 work environment that when you're around them it
13 pumps you up and it's a positive thing and
14 others it's just always a drain. He was just
15 always a drain for me.
16 LOU SMIT: Do you think he could
17 have any reason to do this? I know we are
18 speculating, I know it's hard to say.
19 JOHN RAMSEY: Yeah. I mean I
20 thought about it, quite frankly. I mean I
21 thought about everybody. You know, we were
22 looking at, at that time, a, was it a sale of
23 the business? Yes, there was -- Lockheed had
24 made it kind of known, they -- we weren't
25 strategic to them and they were divesting some

1 of their nonstrategic businesses and we were one
2 of those and they were open to offers and so
3 that was going on. Tom certainly would have
4 been the loser had we been acquired by another
5 company. We were being looked at by Endicom
6 (phonetic), which a company in Omaha, that was a
7 fairly serious or getting fairly serious
8 (INAUDIBLE) value of the company and that's how
9 bizarre my thoughts have gotten.

June 1998 John Ramsey Interrogation by Lou Smit and Mike Kane (Tom Carson)

10 LOU SMIT: What's the name of the
11 company?
12 JOHN RAMSEY: Endicom.
13 LOU SMIT: Endicom.
14 LOU SMIT: Any particular name
15 associate?
16 JOHN RAMSEY: Well, Bill Fairfield
17 is the president. It's a public company, you
18 know, your mind is just reaching. And you know,
19 if I was -- think they should have just killed
20 me, that would have been it. Better way to do
21 it, then the company wouldn't have been
22 devalued, but Tom would have lost in that
23 because clearly they would have put their own
24 CFO in charge of the whole thing and he would
25 have been out, probably.

1 He was always anxious to get us out
2 from under Lockheed but do it in such a way that
3 he could make a lot of money at it. Tom's
4 agenda ways his own agenda, that was one of the
5 problems with the trust issue.
6 He had two daughters. He was
7 divorced. The only people he dated were people
8 in the office, which was always a problem. My
9 former secretary almost filed a sexual
10 harassment suit on him. He just, he was kind of
11 an awkward, socially, guy. But he came to the
12 memorial, he came to the funeral in Atlanta.
13 It's almost inconceivable to think he could be
14 involved. In fact, he was on one side.
15 LOU SMIT: What, would he have
16 known you were leaving?
17 JOHN RAMSEY: Quite possibly. We
18 talked a lot so it wouldn't have been -- he
19 probably more than anybody on my staff would
20 have, other than Denise would have known my
21 schedule, because, though Denise certainly would
22 have known my schedule, it would have been on
23 her desk. She kept a calendar. If somebody
24 wanted to know they could have gone to the
25 calendar.


[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 108

"Detective Thomas and Gosage were at the Access Graphics office that day, conducting interviews. Among other, they talked to Patsy's father, Donald 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 condominium 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 Jays. Paugh thought it strange that former Access Graphics employees were dining with a current employee like Carson.

The next day, Thomas and Gosage would follow up and interview Tom Carson at the Access Graphics office. They asked him where he'd been on Christmas night. Carson said that on December 24 he’d taken a United Airlines flight to Chicago and then gone on to Paris, where he spent Christmas Day. Later Thomas was able to confirm that Carson had indeed been on the transatlantic flight at the time JonBenet was murdered."


[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 90

"Nedra gave us some two dozen suspects off the top of her head, and when we asked if the initials SBTC meant anything to her, she snapped, "Yes. Son of a bitch Tom Carson." Years before, Carson, the current chief financial officer at Access Graphics, had been involved in Nedra's dismissal from the company. She also pointed to Fleet and Priscilla White, Jeff Merrick and his "vicious" wife, housekeeper Linda Hoffmann-Pugh, a handyman, a painter, the gardener, the nanny, and a couple of neighborhood kids. While thinking about other possible suspects, she accused one worker of theft, called a black man "boy," and described a little girl the same age as JonBenet as homely. But she had not one negative word to say about John Ramsey, which I thought was unique for a mother-in-law."


ST Page 121

Gosage and I returned to Access Graphics for an appointment with CFO Tom Carson, who had been so negatively portrayed by Patsy's mother and who was now linked by John Douglas to a suspicious dinner with Merrick, Marino, and another friend, Mike Glynn. Unlike most of the others at Access, Carson was open and helpful and had a rock-solid alibi. At the time JonBenet was killed, he was in France with his girlfriend, Natalie, and her parents.

He dismissed the controversial dinner as just a get-together with old friends, not a conspiracy to commit murder across a table in a public restaurant in which John Ramsey was a part-owner. I would devote many hours to running down the stories of the others named, and the result was always the same. It was an innocent gathering that meant nothing to our case.

Carson had no idea the Ramseys had given us a copy of the gently worded handwritten sympathy note he sent them after the murder. Team Ramsey asked us to see if there was any link to the ransom note.

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