The Ransom note found on the kitchen staircase.
This is the extremely long ransom note which was discovered on the kitchen staircase. The ransom text (in a neater format) follows:
Listen carefully! We are a group of individuals that represent a small foreign faction. We
do respect your bussiness but not the country that it serves. At this time we have your daughter in our posession. She is safe and unharmed and if you want her to see 1997, you must follow our instructions to the letter.
You will withdraw $118,000.00 from your account. $100,000 will be in $100 bills and the remaining $18,000 in $20 bills. Make sure that you bring an adequate size attache to the bank. When you get home you will put the money in a brown paper bag. I will call you between 8 and 10 am tomorrow to instruct you on delivery. The delivery will be exhausting so I advise you to be rested. If we monitor you getting the money early, we might call you early to arrange an earlier delivery of the money and hence a earlier
delivery pick-up of your daughter.
Any deviation of my instructions will result in the immediate execution of your daughter. You will also be denied her remains for proper burial. The two gentlemen watching over your daughter do not particularly like you so I advise you not to provoke them. Speaking to anyone about your situation, such as Police, F.B.I., etc., will result in your daughter being beheaded. If we catch you talking to a stray dog, she dies. If you alert bank authorities, she dies. If the money is in any way marked or tampered with, she dies. You will be scanned for electronic devices and if any are found, she dies. You can try to deceive us but be warned that we are familiar with law enforcement countermeasures and tactics. You stand a 99% chance of killing your daughter if you try to out smart us. Follow our instructions and you stand a 100% chance of getting her back.
You and your family are under constant scrutiny as well as the authorities. Don’t try to grow a brain John. You are not the only fat cat around so don’t think that killing will be difficult. Don’t underestimate us John. Use that good southern common sense of yours. It is up to you now John!
This letter first struck us as extremely long, to long in fact to write the contents within the house thus our first conclusion says this is a premeditated letter or an inside job. Furthermore, it wouldn’t be smart to write the letter if she was going to die anyway therefore we can definitively conclude that it was ‘a job gone wrong’ with the letter written before or ‘an inside job’ and letter wrote after the murder.
Now these are two big categories yet the most important thing is always keep an open mind because it can be both or neither. If you shut all your doors too quickly you cannot ever come to the correct conclusion as you have disregarded all other options.
You must change a theory to suit the facts not change the facts to suit your theory.
Anyway, back to the note, there are several parts with grammatical errors within the note. Such include the obvious of ‘group of individuals that represent a small foreign faction’ as a group all ways consists of individuals and no-body is foreign to themselves thus the latter part makes no sense as you would say ‘We are the …’ Also the next line enforces the thought of a foreign faction talking about not respecting the United states such as a terrorist group who are against the beliefs of the USA. This in my opinion is a bluff that the person has created to throw the police off there tail.
Obvious spelling mistakes have been noted through the letter such as ‘bussiness’ (business) and ‘posession’ (possession) yet this is not consistent throughout the ransom note. It seems to be near the bluff of the foreign faction who dislikes the USA although they seem to have a more than adequate knowledge upon other (more confusing spellings) such as ‘particularly, enforcement and countermeausers.’
The person also has used quotations from films which were popular around this time such as Speed where the note says ‘Don’t grow a brain, John’ The ransom note is over the top with regards to information. Also the $118,000 is close to the amount John Ramsey received recently. Therefore we can deduce the person must have close contact with the Ramsey’s or be them to know about this cash amount. Also they have strong spelling which should mean they are educated to a good degree as not everyone can spell, yet also they are clever enough to attempt to throw off the police with the false spellings. So we have clever, educated, know or are the Ramsey’s.
The actual pen used with the letter is a felt-tip which was found within the Ramsey’s kitchen cupboard therefore an image of the story that takes place automatically comes to mind. JonBenet dies and the killer panics sees the note-pad (where the ransom note was written) searches for the pen and leaves the note in kitchen. Thus the theory of a premeditated note is banished from this point forward as the felt-tip pen and note pad was founded in the kitchen. It was in a panic or under stress that causes the mistakes (crossing out) as a premeditated note was arranged.
Now I told previously that you have to keep you options open and I have come to a logical conclusion that someone who knew the Ramsey’s is significantly more likely than someone who is not as the note contradicts the circumstances it was written in.
Finally the writer of this note has given too much away by the sheer length of the note because we can tell bluffs and much more from the letter. They use unnecessary vocabulary like ‘we have your daughter in our possession’ and in our possession is not necessary. They’ve given too much away. We will research the S.B.T.C at the bottom in a new post. Post your theories below. Good Luck,