What do we know about the ransom note?

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Jun 5, 2006
 
Hello,
Obtained a website with barely legible copies of the ransom note:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/ransom1....

A helpful line by line break down for analysis;
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Mr. Ramsey,[no date]

Listen carefully!

We are a group of individuals that represent a small foreign faction.

We [scribbled mistake {do?}] respect your business but not the country it serves.

At this time we have your daughter in our posession-[sic].

She is safe and un harmed-[sic] and if you want her to see 1997, you must follow our instructions to the letter.

{new paragraph}

You will withdraw $118,000.00 from your account.

$100,000 will be in $100 dollar 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...[proceed to second page]

-page 2-

...money and hence a earlier [scribbled mistake {delivery?}] pick-up of your daughter.

{new paragraph}

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} added] 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 we are familiar with Law enforcement countermeasures and tactics.

You stand a 99% chance of killing your daughter if you try to outsmart us.

Follow our instructions...[proceed to third page]

-page 3-

...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 under estimate us John.

Use that good southern common sense of yours.

It is up to you now John!

Victory!
S.B.T.C.
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Jun 5, 2006
 
Let us start with the first two lines:

Establishing section one as salutation.

[line 1] Mr. Ramsey,

[line 2] Listen carefully!

The message specifies Mr. Ramsey as the target. Surprisingly it did not just say hello, or to all concerned...

Line 2 means to listen up! Or attention, hear ye, hear ye!
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Jun 5, 2006
 
"You will withdraw $118,000.00 from your account."

Supposedly this amount was his Christmas bonus that only his employer and wife would have know that exact amount ...
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Jun 5, 2006
 
Establishing section 2 as the "we" section.. because both sentences begin with the word "we".

[line 3] We are a group of individuals that represent a small foreign faction.

[line 4] We [scribbled mistake {do?}] respect your business but not the country it serves.

The writer is trying to establish power and/or authority.. was it the diabolical mindset of one person.. or more than one mind operating as a team?
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Jun 5, 2006
 
Establishing section 3 as the possession of victim section.

[line 5] At this time we have your daughter in our posession-[sic].

[line 6] She is safe and un harmed-[sic] and if you want her to see 1997, you must follow our instructions to the letter.

The writer conveys the daughter is safe.. and will possibly have the opportunity to see 1997..
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Jun 5, 2006
 
Yes, the investigation indicated that her death didn't appear to have been purposeful or planned . . .
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Jun 5, 2006
 
"You will withdraw $118,000.00 from your account."

Supposedly this amount was his Christmas bonus that only his employer and wife would have know that exact amount ...

hey,
I have wondered before who all knew about the bonus.. was the information laying around the house [say opened mail et cetera].. or did someone speak about it on the phone..

just wondering...
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Jun 5, 2006
 
Establishing section 4 as the cash,$$$, or money section.

[line 7] You will withdraw $118,000.00 from your account.

[line 8]$100,000 will be in $100 dollar bills and the remaining $18,000 in $20 bills.

The writer has the money as the main concern.. as spoken of earlier.. the bonus amount due John Ramsey.
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Jun 5, 2006
 
Establishing section 5 as the transport of money section.

[line 9] Make sure that you bring an adequate size attache to the bank.

[line 10] When you get home you will put the money in a brown paper bag.

The writer is concerned that John will show up to the bank with nothing to carry the money in.. he writes the word "attache" which is pretty much lawyer speak for brief case.

Joe Average would have said, "hey bring an athletic bag or sturdy book bag".. but our writer says attache.. which seems peciliar.

Also the writer wants the money transported to the delivery by paper bag.. so no heavy tracking devices can be inserted?
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Jun 5, 2006
 
curious wrote:
"You will withdraw $118,000.00 from your account."
Supposedly this amount was his Christmas bonus that only his employer and wife would have know that exact amount ...
hey,
I have wondered before who all knew about the bonus.. was the information laying around the house [say opened mail et cetera].. or did someone speak about it on the phone..
just wondering...
Like I said, it was only known by his wife and employer - or so that's what I understood when the investigation was going on at the time.
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Jun 5, 2006
 
Establishing section 6 as the delivery section.

[line 11] I will call you between 8 and 10 am tomorrow to instruct you on delivery.

[line 12] The delivery will be exhausting so I advise you to be rested.

[line 13] 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 [scribbled mistake {delivery?}] pick-up of your daughter.

Our writer has the key word "delivery" on the brain.. even so much that he has to scribble out delivery and write the word pick-up instead.

The peculiar word this time is "hence".. seems to me that word would be more used by a college professor.. who studies teaches ancient literature.. or a biblical person who reads the bible a lot.
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Jun 5, 2006
 
curious wrote:
he writes the word "attache" which is pretty much lawyer speak for brief case.
Joe Average would have said, "hey bring an athletic bag or sturdy book bag".. but our writer says attache.. which seems peciliar.
Also the writer wants the money transported to the delivery by paper bag.. so no heavy tracking devices can be inserted?
I agree about the word "attache" being a particular word only used by few, certainly not one you'd think a kidnapper would know or reference for a tote. Oh, but a paper bag wouldn't have hindered a tracking device from being used ... I don't think, as I imagine one could be small enough to slip inside a stack of bills. But what do I know?

I've always thought the person who did it was Mrs. Ramsey - due to her jealousy over the child's relationship with Daddy, and her being the beauty queen and all that. The police had her give handwriting samples several times without any conclusions, but my answer to that is that Mrs. Ramsey is a dual personality, and her writing would be similar but not quite right enough as herself.

I believe this is something Mr. Ramsey knows about her, but is unwilling to accept, especially since the other personality hasn't returned after the incident and it's all about denying that they did it. Well, they didn't do it, but she did it as her other self!

When the child died, accidently (using a paintbrush or sculpture tool from Mrs. Ramsey's arts and crafts box from under the basement shelving where no one else would have had reason to go looking with all the other things to steal in the house) she left the child and snapped back to herself ... But like I said already, what do I know?
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Jun 5, 2006
 
Establishing section 7 as the immnence of the daughters doom.

[line 14] Any deviation of my instructions will result in the immediate execution of your daughter.

[line 15] You will also be denied her remains for proper burial.

[line 16] The two gentlemen watching over your daughter do [{not} added] particularly like you so I advise you not to provoke them.

[line 17] Speaking to anyone about your situation, such as Police, F.B.I., etc., will result in your daughter being beheaded.

The writer conveys diabolical intent with phrases such as "being beheaded".. "execution of daughter".. even threatening keeping burial ability for the deceased away from the family.

Should make an honest person weary as to who they keep company with.
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Jun 5, 2006
 
Establishing section 8 as the "she dies" section.

[line 18] If we catch you talking to a stray dog, she dies.

[line 19] If you alert bank authorities, she dies.

[line 20] If the money is in any way marked or tampered with, she dies.

[line 21] You will be scanned for electronic devices and if any are found, she dies.

The writer has "she dies" on the brain so much.. that they bother to finish all four sentences with the expression.
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Jun 5, 2006
 
Establishing section 9 as the "You" section.

[line 22] You can try to deceive us but be warned we are familiar with Law enforcement countermeasures and tactics.

[line 23] You stand a 99% chance of killing your daughter if you try to outsmart us.

[line 24] Follow our instructions and you stand a 100% chance of getting her back.

[line 25] You and your family are under constant scrutiny as well as the authorities.

The writer has "You" on the brain.. except for the word "Follow" which makes me think this sentence was not in the first draft.. but added later to the final draft.

Unless the original said, "You stand a 100% chance of getting her back, if you follow our instructions"..

But that would imply that this ransom note was not the original draft at all.. but a newer improved copy from the original(s).
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Jun 5, 2006
 
Establishing section 10 as the "sing-songie to John" section.

[line 26] Don't try to grow a brain John.

[line 27] You are not the only fat cat around so don't think that killing will be difficult.

[line 28] Don't under estimate us John.

[line 29] Use that good southern common sense of yours.

[line 30] It is up to you now John!

The writer is writing in a lyrical non-linear thought process style. Three sentences end with the word "John". John is on the brain.. the focus of attack.. the writer is almost chanting/taunting.

This is where I got the strongest feeling that the ransom note was not the free-wheeling ramblings of a cold blooded killer.. but just as methodically pre-planned as the single blow to the deceased childs head.

I see the writer sitting in the Ramsey abode.. copying word for word.. a pre-written draft that was carried in.. but yet not unsurprisingly.. left behind.
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Jun 5, 2006
 
The grand finale section

[line 31] Victory!
[line 32] S.B.T.C.

The writer is victorious! Why? Because he has familiarized himself with the Ramsey home? Is it just a matter of hours before the climax will be reached?

S.B.T.C. stands for something... saved by the cross? I sure hope not. More than likely, "say bye to child".. But that seems sinister.. implying that the child would be going away.. never to return.. and that the writer was aware of that all along.
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Jun 6, 2006
 

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I'm telling you it was Patsy! She doesn't even know it was her that did it! But no one else had the access and the knowledge she did at the time.
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Jun 6, 2006
 
KinKStar in NoCentral FL wrote:
[i][b]I'm telling you it was Patsy! She doesn't even know it was her that did it! But no one else had the access and the knowledge she did at the time.[/b][/i]
Patsy as the writer... well now let us see if we can be pointed in that direction.

[line 7] You will withdraw $118,000.00 from your account.

[line 8]$100,000 will be in $100 dollar bills and the remaining $18,000 in $20 bills.

What self-respecting kidnapper would take a chance on receiving the electric chair.. for a measely 118 thousand dollars?

Patsy did it! I guess she wanted to go shopping.

Honestly speaking.. if the perpetrator asked for a higher amount.. say a million dollars.. the ransom note would seem more reasonable.

But as it stands 118 thousand seems more like chicken chit money.. a red herring to cover a more sinister plot.. to cover a murder that was for other reasons than kidnapping..

How about that old nagging reasonable doubt? Is there enough to acknowledge?
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Jun 6, 2006
 
Something else...

Who can walk into a bank.. and make a withdrawel of 118 thousand dollars.. without raising some eyebrows?

At what point is the bank going to say.. we need advance notice of this transaction in order to fill it.

What I'm getting at is the whole withdrawel scheme b.s.? The writer just blowing smoke so that:

A. the whole she-bang seems like a failed kidnapping.. complete with phony ransom note?

B. the perpetrater could have a better get away.. while the family/cops fret over a ransom note.. perp is putting distance between themselves and the crime?

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