In her own youth, Patsy had been a fan of beauty pageants, and she herself won the crown of Miss West Virginia in 1977. What’s more, as JonBenet grew older, her mother took delight in introducing her daughter to the same world. Before she’d even reached her seventh birthday, in fact, JonBenet had won several titles despite her young age. Yet tragedy was soon to follow.
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 Santa Claus might bring. But days later, she would have her life wrenched from her in terrible and mysterious circumstances that have 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, the note detailed a demand for $118,000 in cash – threatening JonBenet’s life should the Ramseys decide to go to the police.