Newsweek publishes copy of JonBenet ransom note
September 7, 1997
Web posted at: 8:53 p.m. EDT (0053 GMT)
DENVER (CNN) -- Newsweek will publish a photocopy of the
ransom note found when 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was
murdered in December.
The complete text of the note, which demands $118,000 for her
safe return, was published last week, but this would be the
first time the handwriting itself has been made public.
Newsweek says the 2 1/2-page note was written on white lined
paper in small shaky handwriting.
The magazine had two former FBI experts analyze the note, and
they concluded it was intended to mislead investigators.
The experts pointed out that the writing at the beginning is
shakier than at the end, suggesting the author could not
sustain the disguise. And one of them said it was the longest
ransom note he had ever seen, indicating either that the
author had enough time to carefully craft it, or that it may
not be a genuine demand for money.
Handwriting tests have ruled out the child's father, John
Ramsey, but analysis of five samples from her mother, Patsy
Ramsey, has proven inconclusive.