In the 20-plus years since JonBenét Ramsey was senselessly killed at just six years old, true crime fans everywhere poured over the evidence, trying their best to find any shred of evidence that could explain who was responsible for this senseless crime — with some people suspecting it was her parents, and others pointing their fingers at the possibility of an intruder. For years, people pointed to the ransom note as “proof” that her murder was an accident, later covered up by her parents — but new evidence unearthed suggests that new suspect, Glenn Meyer, could have written the ransom note.
According to Radar Online, Meyer — who has since passed away — was interviewed at the time in relation to the pint-sized beauty queen’s death. Fans first urged authorities to exhume Meyer’s body after his wife came forward, admitting that she believed her late husband was responsible for the murder. Since then, forensic experts have compared the handwriting on public record documents to the ransom note, and the one expert claims that the handwriting is a “perfect match.” Roscoe Clark tells the site, “Meyer had a unique writing style that’s consistent with the ransom note — making it highly likely he wrote it.”
As In Touch previously reported, the ransom note is often named as a piece of evidence that suggests that JonBenét’s parents — Patsy and John — were responsible for her death. The note was found in the kitchen of their Boulder, CO home, written on stationary found in the house. The fact that it was written inside the house — and the fact that it was “unusually long” had many experts suspecting that one of the Ramseys wrote the note themselves. Adding to this argument was the fact that the ransom note seemed to mimic ransom notes seen in Speed and Ransom, prompting even more people to believe it wasnt’t the work of a professional.
This theory was only further backed up by the amount demanded in the note — $118,000 to be paid for in $100 bills up to $100,000 and the remaining balance to be paid in $20s. While the number may seem arbitrary, it was later revealed that the total was just slightly more than John Ramsey took home that year as a Christmas bonus — prompting many to believe that it was written by someone with insider knowledge of the family’s finances.
Of course, there’s another piece of evidence that suggests the ransom note may not hold all that much weight: JonBenét’s body never left her family’s home. While the note asked for the money for JB’s “safe return,” when she was found in her parent’s basement, there was no reason to believe she ever left.
Unfortunately, this is one mystery we likely won’t ever have an answer to. The new suspect passed away years ago and tests trying to prove that John or Patsy wrote the note have been inconclusive.