iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Steven Pitt, a forensic psychiatrist who consulted with law enforcement on a number of high-profile cases, including the mysterious death of JonBenet Ramsey, was found shot to death outside his Phoenix office on Thursday night.Witnesses told police they heard an argument between two people outside the office following by gunfire, according to Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV. Police said it is unknown whether the shooting is connected to Pitt’s work.Police described the suspected shooter as a bald Caucasian man wearing a dark hat with a short brim.Steven Pitt & Associates is headquartered in Phoenix, but Pitt worked on a number of nationally known cases, including Ramsey’s murder in 1996. The murder of the 6-year-old beauty pageant competitor, found dead in the basement of her family’s Boulder, Colorado, home has never been solved. Pitt was brought on by Boulder police and the district attorney to consult on the case in February 1997.In a 1999 profile of Pitt by the Phoenix New Times, centered around the Ramsey investigation, the psychiatrist was described as “a street-smart, openly ambitious wiseguy who seems most comfortable helping detectives sort out the psychopathology that has led someone — known or unknown — to commit a crime.”Pitt’s website has a laundry list of prominent cases in which he consulted, including the Columbine High School massacre, the Jodi Arias trial, the sexual assault civil case of NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case and the Phoenix serial murderer known as the “Baseline Killer.”After Pitt’s consultation on the “Baseline Killer,” the suspect, Mark Goudeau, was convicted and sentenced to death in 2011 for nine murders.Pitt, 59, was the father of two children.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The event was videoed, with footage showing a group of students dressed up as women running onto the quad, having a mock battle on the grass and then running back off the quad to applause and laughter. It all happened in front of the entire contingent of Exeter’s first year student, who were in the process of having their matriculation photo taken.It is an Exeter tradition for such an event to occur on matriculation day; Ella Richards, a second year student at Exeter, explained, “It’s an Exeter tradition that third years come and disturb the matriculation photo. Two years ago there was a guy dressed up as Ronald Macdonald running around the quad, being chased by a second guy dressed as a policeman and squirting ketchup.”This year’s prank was inspired by Monty Python’s famous ‘Pearl Harbour’ sketch, whereby a group of women from the ‘Townswomen Guild of Sheffield’ re-enact the Battle of Pearl Harbour. The sketch shows them proceeding to throw themselves repeatedly at one another in the mud, in much the same way as the Exeter students in this year’s prank.One of those involved in the prank, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “This was simply the continuation of an anonymous college tradition, and little else can be added as an explanation.” He did, however, refer Cherwell to the video of the ‘Pearl Harbour’ sketch. Michael Palin, one of the founding members of Monty Python, is an honorary member of Exeter JCR.The freshers seemed to enjoy the spectacle, with Cherwell reporter Ellen Brewster simply stating, “It was very funny!”