More Messages: The Wrong Star?
The main naysayer at the Rocky? In an August 19 column headlined "Karr May Be Crazy, But He's Not the Right Man," Rocky columnist Bill Johnson (pictured) wrote, "I've had enough. So I will just come right out and say what others in this business apparently will not... John Mark Karr as much killed JonBenet Ramsey as Mickey Mouse did."
Could be -- but making such a definitive statement at this point is ludicrous --unless Johnson has exclusive access to inside information, and that's mighty doubtful. More likely, Johnson has just been watching a lot of television -- a medium he has turned to for "scoops" in the past. As documented in this February 2006 installment of the Message, the Rocky printed a correction after Johnson admitted that he hadn't actually witnessed a colorful scene he'd described for a piece written in Pittsburgh during the NFL playoffs. Instead, he had simply eyeballed it on TV.
Even so, Johnson could be correct when it comes to Karr -- and if so, his paper is going to look nearly as foolish as Boulder district attorney Mary Lacy, whose actions relaunched the JonBenet media frenzy. They'd better pray they haven't hitched their wagons to the wrong star. -- Michael Roberts