The following ransom note is the real note used in the Kidnapping of Barbara Mackle and appears on page 65, 66, and 67 of the book 83 Hours Till Dawn. I have not posted this note since 2003 and many of you are new to the JonBenet case and I thought perhaps you might enjoy reading the note and knowing that a REAL 3 page ransom does exsist. The kidnapper in this case did indeed tell Barbara's father what to wear and also what car to drive. There were also instructions left in the box that Barbara Mackle was left in, those instructions are on the internet. For background information you may google Barbara Mackle, or 83 Hours till Dawn. THE RANSOM NOTE Sir, your daughter has been kidnapped by us and we now hold her for ransom. She is quite safe, if somewhat uncomfortable. We offer no proof of our possession of her at this time. It will arrive by mail in a few days. Barbara is presently alive inside a small capsule buried in a remote piece of soil. She has enough food and water and air to last seven days. At the end of the seven days the life supporting batteries will be discharged and her air supply will be cut off. The box is waterproof and very strong-fiberglass reinforced plywood-she has little chance of escaping. The box is in an unusual and lonely place. She has no chance of being accidently stumbled upon. Contemplate, if you will, the position into which this puts you. If you pay the ransom prior to seven days, we will tell you of her whereabouts. Should you catch the messenger we send to pick up the ransom, we will simply not say anything to anyone and ergo Barbara will suffocate. The messenger knows only one of us and he will report to us via radio from the pickup site. We will immediately know his fate. Should you catch all, of us we will never admit anything as to do so would be suicide and again-she will die. As you can see, you don't want to catch us for to do so would be condemning your lovely and intelligent daughter to death. The police may allow you to have a free hand prior to the return of your daughter should you be so callous as to contact them. If you ask the police to advise you in this matter please be aware that their very presence will scare us off. We can see no way for you to secure the safe return of your daughter other than to obey instructions explicitly. 1) Although we will always anticipate the involvement of the police in this situation, be assured that if your communication with them or their actual presence is detected, we will break off negotiations with you immediately. We have tied into several of the possible means of communications that you have with the police and feel that you will be unable to contact them without our knowledge. 2) The ransom will be $500,000 in recently issued $20 bills. Here are the requirements you must meet in this matter: The notes must not be older than 1950 issue. No more than ten notes must have consecutive serial numbers; ie., the notes must have a great variety of serial-numbers and not be merely shuffled. The notes must be Federal Reserve notes of standard configuration. No more than one-half of the notes may be uncirculated. No form of marking on the bills is acceptable. Please note that the bills will undergo a minimum of eight hours of intense examination before we allow you to have knowledge of the subject's whereabouts. We have planned a series of 44 tests on a large representative of the bills. These tests include every chemical and physical test of any remote applicability. No omission, shaving, spotting, cutting, counterfeiting, irradiating, ad nos will go undetected. 3) The bills should occupy no more than 400 cubic inches and thusly fit into a standard large suitcase of inside dimensions 31.5" longx18.75" highx6.25" deep. Purchase such a suitcase and lock the bills inside. When you have the money in readiness, call all the Miami area major newspapers and place the following ad in the "personal" section of the classified advertisemsnts: "Loved one-please come home. We will pay all expenses and meet you anywhere at anytime. Your Family." Prepare your car for a trip and on the night of the ad's first appearance we will call you at home after midnight to advise you of where you must go to deliver the money. You must be the one to deliver the money, Robert. You will dress yourself in an all-white outfit. You must use the Lincoln to deliver the money. In order to prevent the instructional call being traced it will be very brief and no portion of it will be repeated. If the phone rings more than three times or the connection takes longer than 15 seconds we will not contact you. You will have a limited period of time to make the rendezvous so you should be ready to leave your house within one minute of receiving the phone call in order to be within the time limit. You will proceed to the area of the meeting within the legal speed limit as if you were in no hurry. We will not meet you if you fail to show within the time limit which is only a short time longer than you will require to drive to the pickup site. Any unusual police activity or other activity in the area of the pick up will cancel the appointment. When you arrive at the pick up site you will know it by a signal of three short flashes repeated continuously from a flashlight directed at the windshield of your car. When you see the signal you will stop the car and immediately take the suitcase toward the light. The light will be mounted on the top of a box. The suitcase should be placed within the box. You will then return to your car and proceed back up the street, in the direction from which you came and go home. Any deviation from this outline will result in your death. Our messenger will have you in his sights from the time you leave your car. Within twelve hours after you deliver the money you will receive another call advising you of your daughter's whereabouts. A letter will be sent also to insure the findings of your daughter.