In her own youth, Patsy had been a fan of beauty pageants, winning the crown of Miss West Virginia in 1977. And as JonBenet grew older, her mother took delight in introducing her daughter to the same world. In fact, before her seventh birthday, JonBenet had won several titles despite her young age.
On December 22, 1996, six-year-old JonBenet performed a festive routine at a Boulder mall. As she sung the hit Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, she seemed just like any other young girl, excited to see what presents Father Christmas might bring. But just days later, she would lose her life in a mystery that has haunted America ever since.
At 5:52 a.m. on December 26, Patsy placed a phone call to 911. Apparently, JonBenet had disappeared, and a lengthy ransom note had been left behind. Addressed to John, it detailed a request for $118,000 in cash – and threatened JonBenet’s life should the Ramseys decide to go to the police.