from the TimeLine
In February of 2000, Judith Phillips gave an interview to Mary Suma, a poster on the internet who used the hat "mame".

In that interview, Judith said that when she first heard of the murder, she was "not surprised".  Judith felt that the Ramseys had been given their hard times as a "lesson".  They were living evil lives, not doing as they should have been, so they lost Beth, Patsy got cancer, and then JonBenét died. Judith felt they should have been donating more time and money to the poor, not spending it on homes, decorating, traveling... certainly not PAGEANTS!
But Judith said that she did NOT believe that the parents were involved in the murder at all. She said the thought was "inconceivable".
THAT was what she felt right after the murder.
She went on to say that she later became convinced that Patsy wrote the ransom note - this all happened at the same time her marriage was failing and her new friends were the tabloid people.  They were calling her up to 30 times a day, talking to her, befriending her. She said this happened because she "was privy to a lot of information."
She said she knew the Ramseys had asked their friends and relatives not to speak to the press, but, she said, "I guess I'm the kind of person that, someone says, 'Don't do something.', I go ahead and do it anyway."
Before long, Judith found herself not only cut off from the Ramseys but befriended by the tabloid reporters and FURIOUS at Patsy!
Judith said that she became infuriated at Patsy's statement said at the end of the CNN interview - the one where Patsy said "There's a killer out there, hold your babies close."  She said that terrified her, was a terrible thing for Patsy to do - scare people like that.  Mame, the leading interviewer, commented that that was a "...very selfish thing to do."  Judith agreed. "...she would want us to share in her terror."
Judith went on to say that she revieved a letter from the Ramsey lawyers advising her not to make the photographs public.  She said that "...made me mad....extremely angry."  and "...that's when I started thinking, "What's going on here?"

Judith was marketing herself as a friend of the Ramseys, but she clearly was not. The interview gives clear evidence of that.  They spent very little time together, had little in common.
In 1998, Judith believed Patsy wrote the ransom note.
In February 2000, Judith was stating that she believed Patsy killed her daughter.  Her theory was that Patsy had caught John molesting his daughter and that resulted in the murder of JonBenét.
In February, 2000,  Judith was engaged to Tom Miller and close friends with Craig Lewis. 
During this time, Judith Phillips, a photographer and acquaintance of Patsy, talked Patsy into letting her do a photo session with her (Patsy) and the kids. This was done for a show showing strength of women. In fact, one photo was later part of an exhibit on women titled "Motherhood". it was a traveling exhibit and was seen throughout Colorado. At some point during the photo session, Judith asked Patsy to remove her wig. Patsy did, and posed with her children. Some of the photos were quite intimate - especially one where young JonBenét was kissing Patsy on the head.
In another photo, Patsy, without the wig, bit on a cross. This photo upset some people when it was published in a tabloid months after the murder.
A third "odd" picture had Patsy, her mother Nedra, JonBenét and Burke standing at attention. Judith told told them to stand like soldiers (according to Judith on a tv show, Hard Copy) and at the last minute JonBenét saluted. (It reminded Judith of John-John at JFK's funeral.)
After the murder, all of the Ramsey friends were asked to please not speak to the press, not to speak about or for the Ramseys. Judith knew the Ramseys, her husband did some legal work for John Ramsey. Whether or not she was a "friend" or "acquaintance" is open to question.
For months, Judith was not heard of by the general public, but she was heard of in October, 1997, when she sold those photos to the Enquirer, in December 1997, on the anniversary, and again in August of 1998 when she asked for a special prosecutor to take over the case. By that point, Judith clearly wanted to see the Ramseys indicted for the murder of their child.

From a deposition given on 10/20/98:

Q by Lee Hill - "Judith Phillips, would you consider her to be a close friend?"
John Ramsey - "No."
Q. I'm not asking currently, but previously.
A. No.

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