I must say I entirely agree with Lynette about that mysterious John Fernie testimony about reading part of the ransom note through a glass door. Several years ago now I made several postings about the exact same subject on Jameson's forum. Mikie had been a bit mystified about it as well. Most of the posters just took it for granted. I can only asssume that in all the chaos and confusion first thing in the morning the ransom note must have been on the floor by the glass door at one time. At one stage I wondered to myself if in fact there had been two ransom notes, but there is nothing to back that theory up at all.One paragraph in PMPT which I've always wondered about is the following:
"Fernie ran to the patio door on the south side which he always used. It was locked.When he looked through the glass-panelled door, the lights were on and he could see some papers lying on the wooden floor. They were not facing him, but from where he stood he could read the first few lines of one page. That was all he needed. He understood immediately that JonBenet had been kidnapped".
From testimony at the Miller trial:
When John Fernie arrived he stated that he went to the glass door leading to the kitchen at back of house and saw the note laying on the floor inside the door. Fernie said, "It was inside the door and I was outside. The door was locked. I read it through the door"
I am almost positive I read somewhere that when Patsy made her panicked call to the Fernies telling them there was an emergency, John Fernie thought John had had a heart attack. What puzzles me is why, in that situation, he took the time to read the note UPSIDE DOWN through a door? Why did he waste time to do that when he thought his friend had had a heart attack? When he saw papers lying on the floor, what made him think they were of enough significance to read, especially right at that point?
I've never seen other posters comment on this. Am I the only one who finds it strange?
This looks like another error from the Schiller PMPT book posted by BraveHeart in 2006:
"In October 1997 Detective Everett would learn from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that it was impossible to determine the condition of the dew frost or snow cover on the ground around the Ramsey residence during the night of December 25 and into the morning of December 26."
Not exactly true. The hourly weather conditions, latent and sensible temperatures, for the weather station at Boulder and nearby towns was at one time posted on the web. Using a psychrometric chart I was able to determine the dewpoints/freezepoints for the night of the 25th. and 26th. Those figures show that there could have been no frost forming on the ground that night. A discussion on this topic is in the evidence section.
Granted, we have no weather readings for the Ramsey's yard that night, but the wind was rather still (I believe it was about 5 MPH)and it is reasonable to extrapolate the weather conditions for the neighborhoods around the weather stations.
Crime scene photos were taken that morning which showed no frost on the ground or sidewalks and we know the ambient (outdoor) temperature did not rise above freezing until after lunch."