Denver Post - 02-17-1997 - JonBenet all over the Web (BAD LINK)

JonBenet all over the Web

By Kieran Nicholson
Denver Post Staff Writer

Feb. 17 - About 1,000 miles east of Boulder, a computer in Kenosha County, Wis., is linked to other computers around the country to bring breaking information to the JonBenet Ramsey Homicide Web Sites - perhaps the world's most inclusive computer page on the young beauty-queen's murder.

The World Wide Web site, created by Ken Polzin Jr., a sheriff's department detective and city alderman, brings a mass of information to one locale:

Users can peruse media stories and timelines on the case. Video and audio clips are available to those with appropriate software.

A photo gallery brings who's who images to the screen. And a variety of news organizations are a click away for followers who prefer unmoderated views on the murder mystery.

Polzin said he first came across the JonBenet Ramsey murder story in his hometown newspaper and was drawn to the mystery of it.

"Basically, I'm doing this so people can get information at a single site," said Polzin, an 18-year veteran of the sheriff's department who was a homicide detective earlier in his career.

He says his web site is not in any way related to his job, which involves investigating welfare and child-support fraud.

Polzin, who is married and has a 14-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son, has degrees in economics and applied computer science and, in 1995, earned a master's in business administration. He says he bought his first computer, a Radio Shack TRS80, about 20 years ago. "It was state of the art, although it would be worse than a dinosaur now," he said.

Assembling the current JonBenet site would seem to be a formidable task, however, Polzin shrugs it off. "All I do is put links on my website to other people who have information stored on their computers elsewhere," he said. "The guy with pictures, he has an AOL (America On Line) account."

Polzin, who coordinates adults to work with his Baptist Church youth group, said he doesn't make money off of the site and has refused a proposal to do so.

The 6-year-old's murder has drawn global attention, but Boulder authorities are tightly controlling the information they are releasing in the 2-month-old unsolved slaying.

"How could anyone do that to someone this young?" Polzin asked. "A lot of it (attention) is the tragedy."

"Not that there aren't other tragedies going on, but there is information out there (on the WWW) on this tragedy."

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