Authorities asked Patsy Ramsey in late May, a month before she died of cancer, whether she would be willing to meet with the man who claims he killed her 6-year-old daughter, the Ramsey family’s attorney said Friday.
Ramsey said she would meet with John Mark Karr if it would advance the investigation into JonBenet Ramsey’s Christmastime 1996 slaying, but the meeting never took place because authorities did not get back to her before she died in June, attorney Lin Wood said.
John and Patsy Ramsey, parents of slain beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, are shown during the election for Michigan’s 105th District at his campaign headquarters in Charlevoix, Mich., Aug. 3, 2004. A man suspected in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey nearly a decade ago was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006 in Thailand, District Attorney Mary Lacey said. She disclosed no details about the suspect before a news conference scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006. Ramsey was one of six candiates for the Republican nomination for Michigan’s 105th District.
The attorney also said the written correspondence Karr sent to Patsy Ramsey either in the form of e-mails or letters was never received by her because it was routed to someone else. He said police or someone else set up an address for the correspondence to be sent to make it look like he was writing to Ramsey. It was turned over to the police instead.
“He thought that he was corresponding with Patsy, but he wasn’t,” Wood told The Associated Press.
A spokesman for the Roswell, Ga., Police Department, which helped to identify and locate Karr, declined to say Friday whether his agency conducted the correspondence ruse.
“We’re not commenting on any part of the investigation,” Sgt. James McGee said.
Karr, 41, was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, this week in a surprise twist in one of the nation’s most lurid unsolved slayings. The former teacher told the AP he “was with JonBenet when she died. Her death was an accident.”