Just when they thought the media spotlight had faded on the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, residents of this college town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains reacted to the latest glare with a heavy sigh: We've had enough attention, thank you. Please leave us alone.
"We're all sick of it," said 22-year-old Charles Bond, emptying a trash bin at a park just blocks from the shuttered Ramsey house that has stood empty for years. "It had all blown over. No one talked about it anymore. Now the reporters are back," Bond complained. And downtown Boulder, with its long pedestrian mall and many high-end shops, "is a circus," said Bond, grumbling about the new swarm of journalists.
"People are fascinated about how something so horrible could happen in a place like this," said Dan Hessey, pushing his 8-year-old daughter on an outdoor swing. "The media has this maw that has to be fed. But it's not a healthy way to understand this community."
Bob Rickert watched his 3-year-old son on the Pearl Street Mall and wished the publicity would end. "It's not that interesting anymore," said Rickert, an ad agency designer. "People really aren't that impressed by this guy they picked up in Bangkok. They're waiting for it to go away."