Pageant seamstress fears JonBenet's photographer arrested for kiddie porn is ...

Photographer Randy Simons, 66, was arrested on July 2 in Oakridge, Oregon and charged with 15 counts of downloading child pornography. His trial begins August 30

Photographer Randy Simons, 66, was arrested on July 2 in Oakridge, Oregon and charged with 15 counts of downloading child pornography. His trial begins August 30 

A pedophile photographer who was once questioned for the 1996 murder of JonBenét Ramsey should be a prime suspect in the then six-year old pageant queen's tragic death, his former friend exclusively tells DailyMail.com.

Randy Simons, 66, is currently in Lane County Jail in Eugene, Oregon awaiting trial after being charged on July 2 with 15 counts of child pornography.

'I am begging the police to look again at this man,' said pageant seamstress Pamela Griffin, who introduced Simons to the Ramsey family when they wanted their daughter to have a professional modelling portfolio. 

Speaking at her home in Longmont, Colorado, Pamela revealed she has been warning police for two decades that Simons, who told her he did not have an alibi for the night of JonBenét's murder, should be treated as their top suspect in the girl's death.

She also gave police proof Simons had the exact type of nylon cord at his home that would later be found used as a garrote close to JonBenét's body - but reveals investigators never got back to her.

Her fears are now echoed by top investigator Boulder County Sheriff's Detective Steve Ainsworth, who was once brought in by Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter to review the investigation into the girl's murder.

Detective Ainsworth interviewed Simons in 1997 but, in light of the photographer now being charged as a pedophile, wants him interrogated again over JonBenét's death.

This is the well known photograph of pageant princess JonBenét Ramsey taken by Simons in June 1995 after being introduced to her parents by seamstress Pamela Griffin

This is the well known photograph of pageant princess JonBenét Ramsey taken by Simons in June 1995 after being introduced to her parents by seamstress Pamela Griffin 

JonBenet's seamstress Pamela Griffin

Boulder County Sheriff’s Detective Steve Ainsworth

Pamela Griffin (left), who introduced Randy Simons to The Ramseys, and Boulder County Sheriff's Detective Steve Ainsworth (right), who previously interviewed him, both believe police need to treat Simons as a serious suspect in JonBenét's murder after his child porn bust

Speaking from his office in Boulder, Colorado, he said 'I can't remember what he told me the first time I saw him. But no matter who we interview they never tell us the entire truth the first time.

'Sometimes they'll think of something later, or they purposefully hide things they don't want us to know.

'If he's been doing kiddie porn then it's been for a long time. Obviously, he didn't want us to know about it then. So what else did he not tell us?

'I would want investigators to go and talk to him, to go through all his computers and phones, downloaded media, all of that.'

Pamela had given Simons' card to Patsy Ramsey, convinced the photographs would help her daughter's career.

On June 5, 1995, Simons took the photos of JonBenét, accompanied by Patsy, in various locations close to the Ramsey family home in Boulder, Colorado.

Patsy was delighted with the results and grateful to Pamela, whose daughter Kristine acted as JonBenét's pageant coach.

Beauty pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey's death in 1996 shocked the nation and Boulder Police Department were criticized for never catching her killer

pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey's death in 1996 shocked the nation and Boulder Police Department were criticized for never catching her killer

Simons told his friend Pamela Griffin he had no alibi for the night of JonBenét's death

Simons was working as a children's photographer in Oakridge, Oregon when caught with child porn

Simons was interviewed at the time about JonBenét's murder and it is believed his DNA did not match that found at the crime scene - but in 2015 former Boulder police chief Mark Beckner admitted the crime scene had been mishandled 

But on December 26, 1996, JonBenét's lifeless body was found by her father John Ramsey in the basement of the house.

Detectives believed she had been killed the night before, on Christmas, either from a blow to the head or through strangulation by garrote, made from a white nylon cord and paintbrush handle found nearby. 

Pamela, 72, described to DailyMail.com how Simons had been a longtime friend but began to act strangely immediately after JonBenét's death.

She said, 'Randy used to call me on occasion and confide to me about his marital woes, but after JonBenét's death, he called acting odd.

'He was saying things like, 'I have a feeling the Boulder Police Department think I'm responsible in some way for JonBenét's death and I can't prove that I didn't do it. And I don't have an alibi for where I was on Christmas Day 1996.

'I told him he needed one, but he said he didn't want Lynda, his wife at the time, to find out where he had been. I didn't know if he was having an affair or hiding something else.' 

It is unclear what Simons would have needed to keep secret from Lynda, whom he had been married to since 1971.

Court papers obtained by DailyMail.com show Simons had already been separated from his wife since July 1, 1996.

And while Lynda stayed in the marital home in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Simons had been living for several years in Genoa, a sleepy town in eastern Colorado with a population of 139.

In this 1995 photo provided by Pamela Griffin, JonBenét Ramsey, then five, sits on the lap of Pamela's daughter Kristine, who acted as JonBenét's pageant coach. Pamela told DailyMail.com she went to police when she found a photo taken by Simons of Kristine several years earlier. Simons had Kristine holding a large kite, one that he had as a prop. The kite was connected to a thick nylon cord, identical to that found at the murder scene which police believed was a garrote. The photograph is still with investigators. They never responded to her

In this 1995 photo provided by Pamela Griffin, JonBenét Ramsey, then five, sits on the lap of Pamela's daughter Kristine, who acted as JonBenét's pageant coach. Pamela told DailyMail.com she went to police when she found a photo taken by Simons of Kristine several years earlier. Simons had Kristine holding a large kite, one that he had as a prop. The kite was connected to a thick nylon cord, identical to that found at the murder scene which police believed was a garrote. The photograph is still with investigators. They never responded to her

The nylon cord and paintbrush stick which were found beside JonBenét's body. Investigators believe it was used as a garrote to strangle the six-year-old

The nylon cord and paintbrush stick which were found beside JonBenét's body. Investigators believe it was used as a garrote to strangle the six-year-old

Simons may have been worried after being questioned early on in the investigation by Detective Ainsworth.

The lawman told DailyMail.com he remembers travelling 130 miles from Boulder to visit Simons at his Genoa home, which Simons had converted from a food store.

Well-known as JonBenét's photographer, Simons was an obvious person to question about the girl's death.

In June 1997 Simons had sold a portfolio of portraits of the queen to a picture agency for $7,500. 

Detective Ainsworth said, 'He had been her pageant photographer, so it made sense to see her. It's been many years and I can't remember what alibi he gave us, but we did not take him as a serious suspect at the time.'

In his book on the JonBenét case 'Perfect Murder Perfect Town', author Lawrence Schiller said Simons told Ainsworth he had been in Genoa the night JonBenét was killed.

Schiller claimed District Attorney Alex Hunter's office also managed to obtain saliva from one of Simons' used cigarette butts and was able to show his DNA did not match that found out the crime scene.

However, in 2015 former Boulder police chief Mark Beckner admitted crime scene evidence may have been mishandled.

The Ramsey family home (above) where JonBenét's body was discovered on December 26, 1996

The Ramsey family home (above) where JonBenét's body

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