Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, sometimes referred to as the Tabloid Turncoat, is an investigative crime reporter who first made news in 1999 while reporting for The Globe tabloid after he turned over tapes of secretly recorded converstations with his editors to the FBI in the JonBenét Ramsey case.
When he made his decision to turn on the tabloids, Shapiro first called John Ramsey to apologize for working as a reporter for The Globe. He spent three years in Boulder but was still unable to pinpoint a suspect he was convinced was guilty. He vowed to never stop looking but no one knows for sure if he still is, especially since he has a history of practicing undercover journalism.
More recently, Shapiro covered the People of the State of Colorado v. Kobe Bean Bryant case for "48 Hours Investigates." His investigations of such are the basis for Kobe Bryant: The Game of His Life, which was released in March of 2004.
Kobe Bryant: The Game of His Life
Shapiro also penned this...
President Forsaken July 4, 2007
Forsaking Honor Nov. 17, 2006
Will Democrats Back War Effort? Nov. 12, 2006
Revenge behind the takeover of the Democratic Party by far left Aug. 13, 2006
Joe Lieberman may be Democrats' last hope at regaining White House Aug. 8, 2006
Take JonBenet Case Out of Limbo June 26, 2006
Last strong Democrat standing? The Washington Times - Jan. 8, 2006
A brake on the paparazzi LA Times - Oct. 8, 2005
Americans should be proud of U.S. achievements in Iraq Baltimore Sun - Oct. 6, 2005
What It Means To Be An American Insight Mag - Sept. 29, 2004
Were John Kerry's anti-Vietnam War efforts unpatriotic? Insight Mag - May 17, 2004
Dishonoring the real American heroes Gainesville Sun - May 2, 2004
Why Are the Tabs Ganging Up On Kobe Bryant's Accuser? Insight Mag - Apr. 26, 2004
Reporting rape takes great courage Vail Daily - Nov. 12, 2003
Practicing Dangerous Journalism The Baltimore Sun - Nov. 7, 2003
Bryant defense fouls up Vail Daily - Oct. 14, 2003
Alleged victim is not "accuser" Vail Daily - Oct. 8, 2003
In defense of President Bush The Gainseville Sun - Aug. 30, 2003
America Risks Repeating a 'Fundamental Injustice' Insight Mag - Aug. 25, 2003
Separate Proms -- and Racism -- Linger in Parts of the South LA Times - May 14, 2003
Commentary: Why a Liberal Supports Bush's War Insight Mag - Apr. 10, 2003
Free Press Does Not Have Right to Accuse Modesto Bee - January 24, 2003
Stories of Prior Knowledge of Sept. 11 More Than Urban Legend Insight on the News - Sept. 16, 2002
Police: Student spoke of attacks before Sept. 11 The Journal News - Oct. 11, 2001
Harrison, Sleepy Hollow rally around America The Journal News - Oct. 7, 2001
Ex-convict sues over county jail conditions The Journal News - May 30, 2001
Ghost of Christmas Past Boulder Weekly - 2000
The Journal News - Aug. 3, 2000
Did an Intruder Kill Jon Benet Ramsey? Time - Oct. 29, 1999
Inside the Globe: A tabloid reporter who taped his bosses tells all Washington Monthly - Jun. 1999
In the press...
Bryant lawyers continue risky strategy USA Today - Mar 23, 2004
Book heralds alleged victim. A UF LAW STUDENT AUTHORS A BOOK ON BRYANT Independent Florida Alligator - Mar. 4, 2004
Tabloid writer uncovers Portland link Portland Tribune - Feb. 3, 2004
Kobe a No-Show for Court Celebrity Justice - Feb. 2, 2004
Craig's Court: Tabloid Time -- The Shapiro Factor TheDenverChannel.com - Jan. 31, 2004
New Details About the Second Woman in the Kobe Bryant Case Celebrity Justice - Jan. 29, 2004
Paula Zahn interview transcript CNN - Aug. 26, 2003
Exposing the tragedies tabloids cause Vail Daily - Aug. 22, 2003
Leak in Ramsey case ID'd: 'Lead detective' provided magazine with info for article Rocky Mountain News - May 15, 2003
We must all be more sensitive The Daily Telegraph - Sept. 14, 2002
Untitled The Poor Man - Sep. 1, 2002
Case still intrigues ex-reporter: Shapiro, once tabloid's man in Boulder, can see self avenging Jon Benet with 'a little bit of luck' Rocky Mountain News - Dec. 20, 2001
Ramsey Case Spawns Media Feeding Frenzy and Public Obsession FoxNews - May 22, 2001
CCD gets a hell of an education Denver Westword - Aug. 31, 2000
On the Tube:CBS sidesteps the sleaze by focusing on the unsolved mystery for the JonBenet Ramsey miniseries Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Feb. 25, 2000
Detective accuses DA Hunter Denver Post - Feb. 16
Deposition excerpts from John Ramsey The Daily Camera - Feb. 6, 2000
The Ramsey Arrests Rocky Mountain News - Jul. 5, 1999
Ramsey case snags wide circle into its web Rocky Mountain News - Jul. 5, 1999
Globe denies pressuring JonBenet Ramsey investigator, grand jury gets 6-month extension CourtTV Online - Apr. 9, 1999
What I saw at the feeding frenzy: A between-the-lines look at the Ramsey case Feb. 29, 1999
Excerpts from new JonBenet book suggests conspiracy to oust lead investigator hampered investigation CourtTV Online - Feb. 16, 1999
Ramsey book points to DA as source of leak Rocky Mountain News - Feb. 16, 1999
Quotes on this...
"[...] what's fascinating is Shapiro's experience with a story nobody knew how to tackle." - Sheila Lennon, The Providence Journal on Shapiro's article "Stories of Prior Knowledge of Sept. 11 More Than Urban Legend"
Bloggers on this...
First Book on Kobe Case to Hit Stores Monday TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime - Jan. 30, 2004
What would the LAX shooting victims say? Stein Report - Aug. 28, 2003
Freedom Of Association. Heard Of It? VDARE.com - May 19, 2003
Prior Knowledge Little Green Footballs - Sep. 13, 2002
More on Mark Steyn beatup The Parish Pump - Sep. 25, 2002
Multiculturalist Sensitivity Kills Porphyrogenitus - Sep. 16, 2002
Prior Knowledge JunkYardBlog - Sep. 12, 2002
Untitled Daimnation! - Sep. 8, 2002
All the News That Counts and Search for Shapiro Braingraze (now SLATTSNEWS) - Sep. 8, 2002
Personal data on this...
"48 Hours Investigates" reporter
President of the Areion Foundation, a UFL student organization that recruits "big brothers and sisters" for children with life-limiting illnesses.
History of this...
2005 Graduate of the University of Florida Law School
2000 Crime Reporter for Gannett Journal News
1997-1999 Reporter for The Globe tabloid
1996-1997 Freelance reporter for the Miami Herald
1996 White House intern
1995 Graduated from Florida State University
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Original Post: March 19, 2004
Last Updated: Jan. 16, 2006