Steve Thomas book, "JonBenet, Inside the Ramsey murder investigation"
Quotes from Page 281-283
From Page 281
"Don Foster from Vassar, the top linguistics man in the country, made his conclusion firm in March. "In my opinion, it is not possible that any individual except Patsy Ramsey wrote the ransom note," he told a special briefing in Boulder, adding that she had been unassisted in writing it."
"With his sterling academic reputation and track record of 152-0 in deciphering anonymous writings, this should have been a thunderbolt of evidence, but the DA's office, without telling us, had already discredited and discarded the professor. His coming to Boulder was a big waste of time."
"Patsy Ramsey wrote it, he said, "Those are her words."
"Foster dissected the ransom note, explained that the wording, contained intelligent and sometimes clever usage of language, and said the text suggested someone who was trying to deceive."
From Page 282
"The documents he studied from Patsy Ramsey, in his opinion, formed "a precise and unequivocal match" with the ransom note. He read a list of "unique matches" with the note that included such things as her penchant for inventing private acronyms, spelling habits, indentation, alliterative phrasing, metaphors, grammar, vocabulary, frequent use of exclamation points, and even the format of her handwriting on the page."
"The professor examined the construction of the letter 'a' in the ransom note and in Patsy's handwriting and noted how her writing changed abruptly after the death of JonBenet."
"In the decade prior to the homicide, Patsy freely interchanged the manuscript "a" and the cursive "a." But in the months prior to December 1996, she exhibited a marked preference for the manuscript "a." The ransom note contained such a manuscript "a" 109 times and the cursive version only 5 times. But after the Ramsey's were given a copy of the ransom note, Foster found only a single manusript "a" in her writing, while the cursive "a" now appeared 1,404 times!"
"That lone exception was in a sample that her nmother had unexpectedly handed to Detective Gosage in Atlanta."
"Not only did certain letters change, but her entire writing style seemed to have been transformed after the homicide. There were new ways of indenting, spelling, and writing out long numbers that constrasted with her earlier examples, and she was the only suspect who altered her usual preferences when supplying writing samples to the police."
From Page 283
"The Ramsey librarycontains many books that were sources for Patsy Ramsey's nineteen ninety-five and ninety-six writings, many of which also contained startling verbal or other detailed parallels with the Ramsey homicide and attendant staging, including language that appears in the ransom note, he said."