Saturday, November 6, 2010

Belief Patsy Ramsey wrote the note

DENVER - A former lead detective in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case says he believes Patsy Ramsey, the murdered girl's mother, wrote the ransom note that was in the family home the day her body was found.

Steve Thomas, who resigned in protest of what he called a lack of aggressive prosecution of the case, made the assertion in an interview airing tomorrow on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Of 73 suspects whose writing samples were analyzed by experts, only Patsy Ramsey could not be excluded as the note's author, ABC quotes Thomas as saying. ABC released a portion of the interview yesterday.

JonBenet, 6, was found beaten and strangled

a. To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle.

 in the basement of the Ramsey home in Boulder on Dec. 26, 1996, about seven hours after the rambling, three-page note was found.

Thomas interrogated the Ramseys four months after the slaying and was a lead detective until he resigned in August 1998, saying Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter sacrificed procedure for politics.

Thomas has written a book called "JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation." He is to appear on ABC programs this week to promote it.

He said Patsy Ramsey changed her handwriting after the slaying.

"In the ransom note, almost exclusively the lowercase manuscript `a' was used I think 98 percent of the time," ABC quotes Thomas as saying. "But what was telling was that after the Ramseys were given a copy of the ransom note, the lowercase manuscript `a' almost disappeared entirely from Patsy's post-homicide writing."

Samples of Patsy Ramsey's writings before the murder contain a lowercase, printed style of "a's,"

Thomas said. He said she switched to a cursive style "a" after JonBenet's slaying.

The former detective also said the tear pattern of the ransom-note paper matched Patsy Ramsey's personal notepad The text editor that comes with Windows. It is a very elementary utility, but gets the job done most of the time. See text editor and WordPad. , and the felt-tip pen used to write the note matched a pen found in a cup in the Ramseys' kitchen.

A call to Ramsey attorney Hal Haddon was not returned yesterday.

Boulder officials have said the Ramseys are under an umbrella of suspicion in their daughter's death, but nobody has been charged and a grand jury ended a 13-month investigation last fall without an indictment.

Last month on CNN's "Larry King Live Larry King Live is a nightly CNN interview program hosted by broadcaster and writer Larry King. The show premiered in 1985, and is CNN's most watched program, with over one million viewers nightly. ," Hunter said the ransom note remains a key piece of evidence and that new analysis of the note could benefit the continuing investigation.

The Ramseys, who now live in Atlanta, consistently have denied involvement in their daughter's death. They have written a book and have appeared on television programs recently to discuss aspects of it, including their theory that an intruder An attacker that gains, or tries to gain, unauthorized access to a system. See attacker, intrusion and IDS.  killed JonBenet.