Steve's book did not come out until August 2000. I'm guessing the loud speculation about Patsy started in March 1997 when the report about her handwriting came out. I wonder...who was the main suspect prior to that? Like who did the media and public lean towards? I think "Patsy did it" theory (in the 90s) was also fueled by the recent Susan Smith case, and the whole beauty pageant footage, so like the stage mom thing. And also Patsy's dramatics during the CNN interview.
The original cnn interview was very damaging to the Ramsey's public image. They both said the interview was to thank family, friends, and strangers for their support. However it seemed they used the interview to declare they were innocent Christians and there was an unknown dangerous individual still out there. The press and public weren't fooled and could see right through their intentions.
Patsy's image took worse damage than John's because she seemed to be trying harder (with tears,emotion) than John to convince the public of a dangerous unknown murderer.
Genuine emotion usually wins over the public but Ramsey's came across as salespeople.
Just down the road from me in Ancaster, the recent Tim Bosma murder definitely has caught my attention.
When Sharlene Bosma(wife) talked to the public it was next to impossible to not feel absolutely heartbroken along side her. Patsy seemed to lack that wide open emotion and didn't connect well. Whether she, was coached and scripted, had suspected John, had been drugged up, was guilty, for whatever reason she seemed to lack credibility in that interview.