Pikes Peak Library District Hosts
John Wesley Anderson’s live online presentation on LOU AND JONBENÉT
Friday, March 3, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (MST)
Zoom Registration Required
My name is John Wesley Anderson. I am a former homicide detective, turned full-time author after retiring from a 30-year law enforcement career. I hold an MBA, from Regis University, and am the author of seven published books.
I began my law enforcement career with the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1972, which is where I first met the legendary Detective Lou Smit. I eventually became one of Lou’s detective partners and we worked major investigations together for over six years. I taught entry-level to advanced criminal investigation courses, was president of two forensic science organizations and became court qualified as an expert in forensics including bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction.
In 1995 I retired from the police department, at the rank of sergeant, when I was elected Sheriff for El Paso County, Colorado. On my first day in office I appointed Lou Smit to be my Captain of Detectives and put him in charge of the unsolved kidnapping-murder investigation of 13-year-old Heather Dawn Church. Within four months, Lou and his team had made an arrest in the 4-year-old cold case. The suspect pled guilty to two counts of 1st Degree Murder and is currently serving two life sentences. Three months after the murder of JonBenét Ramsey, I was asked by Alex Hunter, the Boulder District Attorney, if I would recommend he hire Lou Smit to be a detective with the Boulder DA’s Office Ramsey Task Force. I strongly encouraged DA Hunter to hire Lou and shared that I consider Lou to be the best detective I have ever met. Lou was my best friend and served as best man at my wedding in 1997.
In 2003 I retired after a 30-year law enforcement career and was employed for 10 years by the Lockheed Martin Corporation. In 2012 I retired from the corporate world to become a fulltime author.
In 2018 the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs presented me with the Literary Award for Excellence and was also honored to receive the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District 2022 Golden Quill Award.
Other Books by John Wesley Anderson
R.S. Kelly, A Man of the Territory (historical-fiction, first printing June 2019, softcover, 330 pages, 200-250 copies sold – note: screenplay is available and a 30-minute Rocky Mountain PBS documentary is available for viewing).
Native American Prayer Trees of Colorado (non-fiction, first printing 2018, hardcover, 118 pages, 2500-3000 copies sold – note: this is John’s best-selling book and averaged 1 book sold every day on Amazon in August 2021).
Rankin Scott Kelly, First Sheriff El Paso County, Colorado Territory (historical nonfiction, first printing 2017, softcover, 166 pages 250-300 copies sold – note: this book provided the backstory for the novel written by this author and a screenplay, Sheriff Kelly, which was coauthored by this author and one other author).
Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region (nonfiction, first printing 2015-2021, hardcover, 172 pages, 2000-2500 copies sold).
In LOU AND JONBENÉT, Author John Wesley Anderson Reveals the Inside Story of the Failed Police Investigation Into the Kidnapping and Murder of JonBenét Ramsey
Now, for the first time in LOU AND JONBENET, Anderson tells the story of Smit’s investigation and why the Smit family team now believes that the killer can be identified.
Gallery From Lou Smit’s Investigation | LOU AND JONBENÉT: A Legendary Lawman’s Quest To Solve A Child Beauty Queen’s Murder by John Wesley Anderson
EXCLUSIVE SLIDES USED IN THE INVESTIGATION Excerpts from Lou Smit’s slideshow presentation are being published with the consent of his family and released for the first time. The slides are being made available with the knowledge and consent of JonBenét Ramsey’s family in the hopes of bringing her killer to justice. CONTENT WARNING: The following […]
When the Ramsey home was searched, no roll of duct tape matching the tape on JonBenét’s mouth could be found anywhere in the house. Both ends of the duct tape placed over JonBenét’s mouth were torn, not cut. Same with the parachute cord. The parents didn’t own any parachute cord and none could be found […]
Two things inspired me to write LOU AND JONBENÉT, A Legendary Lawman’s Quest to Solve the Murder of a Child Beauty Queen. First, I wanted to correct the public misperception that someone in the Ramsey family was involved in the murder of six-year-old JonBenét. Second, is to communicate the fact that this case can still […]
On December 6, 2022, the Boulder Police Department issued a media release which began with the headline, “Internal Audit Discovers Officer Misconduct; Results in Discipline for Five Officers and Policy Changes.” The media release went on to announce: The Boulder Police Department has concluded an internal investigation process that resulted in a determination of officer […]