Linda Hoffmann-Pugh sues the Ramseys
Linda Hoffman-Pugh sued the Ramseys for allegedly “defaming” her character in their book. Two issues of her complaint were-
>Hoffmann-Pugh's complaint alleges that the Ramseys libeled her in particular in the following passage from their book, describing the Ramseys' interactions with the police after JonBenet was discovered missing but before her body was found in the Ramseys' house:
"The police ask Patsy these same questions about who might have been angry or acting strangely, and she begins to think about our cleaning lady. Linda Hoffmann-Pugh had called Patsy a couple of days before Christmas, very distraught and in tears. Linda said her sister, who was also her landlord, was going to evict her if she didn't come up with the past-due rent. She asked Patsy if she could borrow twenty-five hundred dollars to cover it. Patsy had consoled Linda and agreed to lend her the money. In fact, Patsy had intended to leave the check for Linda on the kitchen counter before leaving for Michigan; Linda would let herself in the house and pick it up while we were gone for the holidays. Patsy remembers that her mother, Nedra Paugh, had said that Linda had remarked to her at one time, "JonBenet is so pretty; ar
en't you afraid that someone might kidnap her?" Now those comments seem strangely menacing."
Linda says that she did not make these statements to Patsy Ramsey and that Patsy was lying. But, was Patsy lying on Linda Hoffmann-Pugh?
Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, Lawrence Schiller, pages 198-202
Linda Hoffmann-Pugh interview with Schiller:
Linda Hoffmann-Pugh, “I was supposed to come back the next day, December 24, and clean up. I called Patsy and said I couldn't. I told her I had a fight with my sister and needed some money to pay the rent. I asked Patsy for a $2,000 loan. I told her I would pay it back $50 each week. She didn't hesitate. “Sure.’ Said she'd leave it for me on the kitchen counter for my next regular visit on December 27.”
JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation, Steve Thomas page 35
"(Linda) Hoffmann-Pugh-“This was what she had dreaded and warned the family
about! The gorgeous child was allowed to roller-skate and ride her
bike all alone, and the nightmare had come true."
Linda Hoffman-pugh, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Patricia Ramsey, John Ramsey, Defendants-appellees, 312 F.3d 1222 (11th Cir. 2002)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit - 312 F.3d 1222 (11th Cir. 2002)
November 19, 2002