$118,000 sounds pretty random. Why not ask for a nice round $200,000?
But this number may have been precise for a reason: it was almost the exact same amount of money John Ramsey had received as a Christmas bonus earlier in the month.
Which could mean one of two things: either the kidnappers knew John had received this amount of money as a bonus and that he would have it, or John wrote the note himself, trying to make it appear that someone who knew his bonus amount was the kidnapper.
The long ransom note claimed to be from a “small foreign faction.” What exactly is a small foreign faction?
Nobody is quite sure. It also claimed that the kidnappers would behead JonBenét if the money wasn’t given to them in a brown paper bag after what they described would be an “exhausting delivery” for John.
It ended with the strange sign off “Victory!” It is an all-around weird note. Because of its strange language and weird demands, some people think the note was a fake.
But the weirdest thing about the note is on the next page.
It’s possible if there was an intruder, this is how they got in. However, there were no footprints in the fresh snow outside the Ramsey house and there was a spiderweb across the window that was undisturbed.
If someone had broken in through the window, the spiderweb likely would have been broken. John Ramsey claimed he had accidentally broken this window before the murder.
But where did the footprint come from?
Was it a badly-done set up by John to make it appear that someone had broken in, did someone really break in through the window, or was it all just a coincidence?
And a weird thing about that suitcase: the Ramsey’s claimed it wasn’t theirs and they didn’t know how it got in the basement.
The theory is that Burke had killed his sister by accident, perhaps by accidentally hitting her on the head with something heavy or hitting her in anger, and then his parents wrote the note and tied JonBenét up in the basement to make it look like a kidnapping.
But JonBenét died of both blunt force trauma to her head and strangulation. She was found tied up with a cord around her neck, and it was shown through autopsy that she was still alive when she was strangled.
If Burke had accidentally killed his sister, why would she have been both beaten and strangled?
When Patsy called 911 to report her daughter missing, she used some pretty strange language. She said, “We have a kidnapping” when she explains why she is calling.
This type of passive language (“We have a kidnapping” vs. “My daughter has been kidnapped”) has been linked to lying.
Patsy also didn’t even mention JonBenét until a few sentences into the 911 call, she talked about the kidnapping and the note, but not that her daughter was gone.
This doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but you would think the first thing you would tell 911 if you woke up to find your six-year-old daughter missing was that your six-year-old daughter was missing.