Christmas Day
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December 25th, 1996
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Christmas Day - not much information was available for over 18 months -  there was silence from the family, friends, authorities.  Only 19 months later, when the documentary aired in Denver, did the public get a glimpse of what happened that day.
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What time did the children wake up? John told us in the documentary - "I can remember Burke and JonBenét running up to our bed to get us up. The little kids would pass out the gifts to whoever they were for and we would go around the room and open each gift – We did that that morning."
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What gifts did they receive? What was their reaction?  We know about the bike, JonBenét got a bike.
 At the release of the autopsy, we surmised that JonBenét received jewelry - she received an ID bracelet with her name on the front and the date 12/25/1996 on the back, and she received a small gold cross and a gold ring. She was wearing this jewelry when her body was found.


(We later were told she was given the ID bracelet at the Christmas Party on the 23rd. )
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Burke would have been the right age to get the new Nintendo 64 that was just released. We know he got a model that his father helped him with later that night.
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 In the British documentary, John described how the children passed out the gifts and then they watched each open what they got in turn.
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 The police took all the cameras and film as evidence, but it was returned later to the family.  We can see JonBenét  on the last day of her life.
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Early on, no one said anything about that day, NOTHING! Without any evidence that JonBenét spoke to anyone outside the house on Christmas day, without photographic evidence that she opened her gifts or laughed at a new toy, some observers theorized that JonBenét never saw that morning.
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9:00 am
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Patsy spoke to Shirley Brady, previous nanny and family friend, in Atlanta Ga. Mrs. Brady could hear the children playing in the background. Patsy told her that the four of them were alone, having a quiet Christmas morning.
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Patsy spoke to Mrs. Brady about her cancer. She felt God had healed her, she felt good. "I told you the good Lord won't let me die. I want to live so I can raise my children."
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Patsy told Mrs. Brady that John was out clearing snow and ice off the patio and walks so that JonBenét could try out her new bike.
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14 months later, we would hear rumors that three neighborhood girls went to the house to visit JonBenét. They were told she didn't feel well, but did visit JonBenét in her room. True? Conflicting reports and no word from the witnesses made this a confusing issue more than 2 years after the crime. But the subject dropped from discussion soon after it started so many felt it was rumor and nothing more.

(2019 note - - no one ever said JBR was sick that day - that was a BORG myth put out to support the theory that there had been prior sexual assault.)
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Pam Paugh, Patsy's sister, spoke to JonBenét on the phone. JonBenét thanked her for her gift - a gold cross on a chain - the cross she wore when she was murdered hours later. She told Pam that she had been riding her bike IN THE HOUSE (giggle, giggle), she loved her Twinn Doll, and she told her aunt that Burke had gotten the Nintendo he had wanted.
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Later in the day, Burke was seen outside, riding his bike, by Joe Barnhill. Joe did not see JonBenét.
Burke also played on the street with his remote control car.
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JonBenét DID ride her bike that day, on the patio on the side of the house - where Joe Barnhill would not have seen her from his house or yard. JonBenét rode her bike with her father. They made a memory.
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It is a bittersweet memory for John Ramsey.
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In his words - "JonBenét had gotten a bicycle that Christmas and we played most of the day. We were going to go out to dinner and I remember we were trying to get everybody organized to leave and JonBenét was on her bike and wanted me to take her around the block. I said, no - no we don’t have time, we’ll do this later. She said, 'Oh Daddy please,' and I can remember that and that kind of hurts because we didn’t do that." (from the documentary)
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#6
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JAR, Melinda, their mother, Lucinda Johnson, and her friend Mr. Harry Smiles, had Christmas dinner with Atlanta friend and neighbors, Judy and Jerry Crowder. They would later help solidify JAR's alibi, very important since he was a very popular suspect right from the beginning.
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4:30 - 9:30 pm - The Ramseys were with the Fleet White family for Dinner Christmas afternoon and left sometime around 9:30. The mood at the dinner was very relaxed and cordial, there was no indication of any problem between family members or friends.
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When the Ramseys arrived at the Whites, dinner was almost ready to be served. They nibbled a little on snacks until dinner was completely ready and then sat down. Then the children went upstairs to play with the new Christmas toys. They were happy, it was, after all, Christmas and a party.
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There was one point when the children left the house. Fleet took the children and joined a small group of neighborhood carolers for a short time.
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When they got back to the house, they were happy. It had been a good day.
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ò¿ó - personal comment - One of the big questions is where JonBenét may have eaten pineapple that night. It was described in the autopsy as POSSIBLE pineapple, passed through the stomach, in the intestines. snip
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#8
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The Ramseys did not go directly home that night - they dropped off gifts to two other families, the Walkers and the Stines. These people gave statements to the police of what they saw that night - JonBenét in the back seat of the car, a tired but happy family who had a nice Christmas, and had no idea what the night held.
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personal note - ò¿ó - As of October 1999, my sources were telling me all of the people who saw JonBenét that night have not been interviewed. Police oversight? Or is it really that they don't want to hear from these Ramsey friends?
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Patsy - "By the time we got home, JonBenét had fallen asleep in the back seat." (from the documentary)
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#9
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Sometime before the Ramseys got home, it was reported, Joe Barnhill saw someone he thought was JAR going to the Ramsey house. This was incorrect. Joe Barnhill has since said he did not say that. Someone else did, but not Joe Barnhill. Someone DID see someone approaching the house, the witness was visiting in the neighborhood and has asked his name not be revealed. (Located by 2019 podcast project, the man denied making the statement.)
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He was wrong about it being JAR, JAR was in Atlanta, but this sighting may be something to consider as the case unfolds. There WAS a sighting, it was NOT JAR. Remember, however, there was an alley behind the Ramsey house, access to other homes. Maybe the person seen was simply crossing the yard to the alley - could be.
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But it could have been an intruder approaching the Ramsey house.
(In January, there would be a press release on the "Midnight Burglar". He was last heard of on Christmas night, 1996. He disappeared that night. Coincidence? Maybe, but the BPD never said that the evidence found at the Ramsey house was NOT a match to anything found at the other scenes. We don't know if they ever checked.)
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#10
sometime around 10:00
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The Ramseys returned home. John carried the sleeping JonBenét to her room, removed her shoes, then left Patsy to prepare her for bed.
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Patsy - "So I undressed her down to her little knit top that she had on and put some long underwear bottoms on her and tucked her in real tight and kissed her goodnight."
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Patsy also said the little prayer that JonBenét usually said with her:
Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take
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John - "Burke was downstairs trying to put together a model that he’d got for Christmas and I couldn’t get him to go to bed. We were going to get up in the morning and leave to go to Michigan so I help him put it together so I could get him to go on to bed. So he went to bed and Patsy and I went to bed.
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*From warrant #1 - JonBenét was last seen by Patsy Ramsey in the residence at approximately 10:00 p.m. December 25th.
*From warrant #1 - The female child, JonBenét Ramsey, had last been seen by her father, John Ramsey, at approximately 2200 hours on December 25, 1996. This information had personally been told to Det. Arndt by John Ramsey. JonBenét had last been seen in her bed.
*From warrant #1 - The Ramsey's believed that the house was locked when they went to bed.
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