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'Practice' ransom note found in Ramsey home

JonBenet Ramsey January 8, 1997
Web posted at: 6:20 p.m. EST

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BOULDER, Colorado (CNN) -- Police found part of a "practice" ransom note at the home of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old found strangled in her basement, CNN confirmed on Wednesday.

The practice note and the actual ransom note found in the home of John and Patricia Ramsey were written on paper from the same legal pad. The actual ransom note demanded $118,000 for the return of the girl.

JonBenet's body was found December 26 in the basement of her family's Boulder home. Patricia Ramsey said she found the ransom note about eight hours before the discovery.

The author of the actual note appeared to be attempting to disguise his or her handwriting at first, but abandoned the attempt as the note went on, unnamed sources told The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post.

Police reportedly found the practice note and the legal pad during their search of the Ramseys' Boulder home. On Tuesday, a judge ordered the court-approved search warrant for that home sealed for 30 days.

Police are also searching the Ramseys' Charlevoix, Michigan, vacation home for evidence of threats against the family, according to Denver television station KUSA.

Police did interview parents


A source close to the case said Wednesday that John Ramsey was questioned for four hours at the Boulder Police Department two days after his 6-year-old daughter was found dead at their home.

His wife, Patricia, spent 1 1/2 hours talking to police the same day, the source said.

It was during these sessions that the couple gave police hair, blood and handwriting samples, the source said.

Leslie Aaholm, spokeswoman for the city who has been handling the news media in the investigation, told CNN she has no knowledge of the sessions with the Ramseys at police headquarters.

Police chief to speak

Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby announced will make his first public comments on the case to the citizens of Boulder at 7 p.m. Thursday (9 p.m. ET) in remarks to be aired on the local municipal cable station.

He will then be questioned by five Boulder newspaper reporters. That also will be telecast live by the cable station.


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