from "JonBenet's America"
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Man: The following morning, Dec. 26th, the Ramseys got out of bed early in their third floor bedroom. They were due to take off from the local airport at half past seven. Patsy Ramsey says she went downstairs at about 5:30 to collect clothes together for the trip from the laundry cupboard just outside JonBenét's bedroom.
PR: I was fussing around with some clothes and glanced at her door and the door was closed. I always left it ajar a little bit. I just started downstairs - there were these pieces of paper lying on one of the rungs of the stairs. So I kind of turned around and looked at it to see what it was and I started reading the first couple lines. It just kinda wasn't registering but somewhere it said, 'we have your daughter. It clicked, you know, 'Your Daughter' and I just bounded back up the steps and threw her door open and she was not in her bed.
Man: The note, written on one of the Ramseys own notepads began, 'Listen carefully! We are a
group of individuals that represent a small foreign faction. At this time we have your daughter.'
Patsy: And at this time I remember screaming to John, he was still upstairs dressing.
John: I knew something was very wrong. I came down and she had the note and I read it quickly
trying to take everything in. I screamed.
Patsy: You don’t know what to do - I mean, what do you do? You know you just don’t know what to do - What do I do? You’re just panicked.
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John: You don’t know where to start.
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Patsy: You don't know what to do. You're just insane. You can't think fast enough.
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John: Somebody asked me later, what was the worst moment in all of this and that was the worst
moment. Suddenly realizing that someone had your daughter, your child, someone has taken her,
she’s gone and we didn’t know where she was and it was dark, it was cold outside.
Man: The ransom note said, speaking to anyone about your situation such as the police, FBI etc., will result in your daughter being beheaded. If we catch you talking to a stray dog, she dies.

Patsy - "I said, 'I'm going to call the police and he said OK. And I think he ran to check on Burke.
And I ran downstairs and, you know, dialed 911."
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John - "We had no choice. I mean, I would have gone mad sitting there hoping someone would call. We had to do something. I was ready to call out the Russian Army, the National Guard. Close the airport, let's close, cordon off the city. Those are the kinds of thoughts that were going through my head and we had to get the police involved to do that."
Patsy - "...and I said, you know, 'Send somebody over here quickly'. You know, I couldn't get it out fast enough."
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Patsy - "I said, 'I'm going to call the police and he said OK. And I think he ran to check on Burke.
And I ran downstairs and, you know, dialed 911."
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John - "We had no choice. I mean, I would have gone mad sitting there hoping someone would call. We had to do something. I was ready to call out the Russian Army, the National Guard. Close the airport, let's close, cordon off the city. Those are the kinds of thoughts that were going through my head and we had to get the police involved to do that."
Patsy - "...and I said, you know, 'Send somebody over here quickly'. You know, I couldn't get it out fast enough."
Man: Police reports from that morning show the uniformed police who came were suspicious from the start. But by then the Ramseys were already raising the ransom, an odd amount, just $118,000. The ransom note said the kidnappers would call John Ramsey between 8 & 10 AM.
John: The phone would ring, it rang half a dozen times and it was always somebody else. Every time it would ring, my heart would stop.
Patsy: I kept looking out the window, staring out the window, and I just expected any second that
she would come running down the street. I just kept looking for her and looking and praying.
John: And yet there was really not a whole lot that we could do, we were relying on the police to do what they knew was necessary.
Man: It is now accepted the police made basic errors that morning. There was no proper search of the house nor any attempt to protect possible forensic evidence. Friends were allowed to walk around. The scale of the failure became apparent that afternoon. A detective asked a friend of John Ramsey to take him and do a search of the house for anything unusual. They started in the basement.
John: As I was going through the basement, I opened the door in the room and just knew immediately that I'd found her because I, there was a white blanket. Her eyes were closed, I feared the worse but yet I'd found her and she was back in our safe protection again. And yet when I found her, even though there was this rush of "Thank God, I'd found her", I was fearful that she wasn't OK and just, I couldn't say anything, I screamed to attract attention and carried her upstairs. The detective was there that had helped us that morning, spent a minute with her and looked at me, said to me, "She's dead". I think up to that point, I just kind of hoped that we could bring her back, that she was just asleep.
Patsy: I think uh, we walked into the living room and she was there and … John said, "She's gone."
Man: The autopsy report revealed that JonBenet had been garroted. She also had a fractured skull,
there was tape over her mouth.
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Man: Later that afternoon the Ramseys were escorted by police to a friend's house on the outskirts of Boulder. Susan Stine later went there. She first saw Patsy.
Susan: She was extremely distraught. I've never seen people as sad as these two. We didn't know
what to say. We didn't know what to do. And she just kept saying, "Who would do this to my
baby?" And we just kept saying, "I don't know - I don't know" There were no answers. It was a
very hard - hard time. None of us could imagine how this could have happened.
Man: While the Ramseys were being cared for by friends, their home now became a major crime
scene. Few of the police here had ever handled a murder before, but they immediately assumed the
parents were involved. The fact that JonBenét was found in her own home by her father was
considered damning. By the time her body was taken from the house that evening, some of the
suspicion had been passed to a local journalist. The tragedy of the murder was about to enter a new
phase.
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