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Artist arrested in Ramsey house arson
Web posted 6/20/97
The Associated Press
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - An artist who admitted
stealing a logbook page that recorded the arrival of
JonBenet Ramsey's body at the morgue was accused
Thursday of trying to burn down the Ramsey home.
James M. Thompson, who calls himself J.T. Colfax,
was arrested after he turned himself in to police. He
told investigators he tried to set fire to the vacant
house after spending the night on the property,
The Ramseys, whose 6-year-old daughter was found
slain in the basement of the home on Dec. 26, have
put the house up for sale and reportedly are trying
to buy a home outside Atlanta.
Thompson called a police detective and told him he
had set paper on fire and had shoved it through the
Ramseys' mail slot, police said.
Police looked through a door window and saw what
appeared to be burned papers and a lighter on the
floor beneath the mail slot. They said they saw no
flames or smoke coming out of the house.
Authorities did not say how much damage, if any,
the house sustained. Police confiscated from
Thompson two packs of matches, a lighter and a
handwritten note reading ``Something must happen
Thompson, 33, faces charges of first-degree
attempted arson and third-degree criminal trespass.
He was being held without bond and is scheduled to
appear in court Friday.
He was charged in May with abusing corpses after
he took photographs of bodies he had posed with
various written messages. Later that month, he
admitted stealing the page from the morgue, and
said he made copies and mailed them to his friends.
Police questioned him in the death of the child
beauty queen, who was found beaten and strangled
in the family's upscale, Tudor-style home. No
suspects have been arrested.
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