On Jan. 29, 2013 the LA Times reported that the grand jury indictment of Patsy and John Ramsey in 1999 was surrounded by controversy, including whether Patsy Ramsey wrote the ransom note found at the scene.
According to the Times, the resignation of one of the lead investigators in the case at the time “stoked suspicion” that Patsy Ramsey wrote the note.
Steve Thomas is the lead investigator who resigned, and a Fox News writer feels that the recent revelation about the grand jury’s indictment of the parents in the JonBenet Ramsey case vindicates the case’s lead detective.
Specifically, Fox’s writer thinks that Steve Thomas was proven right in his suspicion that Patsy Ramsey was involved in her daughter’s death because a grand jury wanted to indict her and her husband in the case. But it is the Ramsey ransom note that continues to create controversy.
JonBenet Ramsey ransom note
A profile analysis was conducted on the ransom note, along with a psychological profile of Patsy Ramsey, and both appear to support the hypothesis that the mother of JonBenet wrote the note. They can be viewed in the book “Profiling Violent Crimes: An Investigative Tool,” by authors Ronald M. Holmes and Stephen T. Holmes.
However, authors Holmes and Holmes aren’t agreeing with the findings of the analysis conducted, necessarily. They point out that it was not a recognized criminal profiler from law enforcement circles who conducted the analysis of the note or Patsy Ramsey. Instead, it was an academic with no police investigative experience.
The analyst says that he drew from a decade old conversation he had with an FBI agent at one time about a woman who killed her child when he was forming his opinion on the ransom note.
He says the agent told him the verses Psalm 118:18-27 was instrumental in that case and alleges that the verses, although not found in the ransom note anywhere, helped him arrive at his conclusion that a southern Christian woman, like Patsy Ramsey, wrote the note in her daughter’s case.
He cites Patsy Ramsey’s ties to the Charismatic/Pentecostal movement as part of the proof for his theory that she killed her daughter, and the fact that the note is signed S.B.T.C., which he says stands for an acronym that represents the words Saved By The Cross.
The grand jury in the case of the murdered 6-year-old beauty queen had access to the ransom note analysis and the psychological profile on Patsy Ramsey to be sure. And they had to have been told that Patsy Ramsey had provided as many as five handwriting samples regarding the note.
What they did not have access to, however, was the information gathered by John E. Douglas, an acclaimed former FBI profiler who spent hours with the Ramsey’s in the aftermath of their daughter’s murder. He created a profile of the killer for them, which the grand jury did not get to see.
Douglas has made a career out of interviewing seasoned serial killers and successfully predicting what police should look for when seeking the “delusional sociopaths” in our midst. But the academic analyst asked by the Boulder Police Department to study the JonBenet Ramsey case has not. And while the police’s academic analyst says Patsy was a “delusional sociopath” in his ransom note and psychological report on Patsy Ramsey; John Douglas says she was anything but in his book according to this snaptwig.com article.
National Criminal Profiles Examiner Radell Smith has a degree in behavioral forensics, ties and experience in the law enforcement community and successful unsolved homicide case experience. Follow her criminal profile articles by clicking on the subscribe link at the bottom of this page.