Q. And you understand the reason we are asking this, we want to make sure that this intruder did not bring these panties with him, this was something -- A. Right. Q. - that was in the house. A. Yes. Q. And we are clear that, as far as you know, that is something that was in this house? A. Yes. Q. -- that belonged to your daughter, these panties? A. Correct.What Patsy appears to be saying in this interview is that the panties in question were purchased by her (as a gift for another child, named Jenny) and were already in the house, meaning they were not brought into the house by an intruder and could not be used as intruder evidence. This seems straightforward enough, but for some reason a major piece of Ramsey case folklore has developed around the status of these panties and whether Patsy lied about them.
I must confess I don't completely understand why this became such a huge issue for so many and why the oversized panties are continually being raised, again and again, over the years, as sure fire evidence that Patsy was involved in the death of her daughter, but perhaps there is something I've missed. To get an idea of all the time and effort that's been expended on this issue, I'll direct you to the following incredibly complex and convoluted thread on the Forums for Justice Forum, as initiated by a poster called "cynic": The oversized Bloomingdale’s panties
Cynic quotes extensively from Patsy's 2000 interview, but it's not clear what the point is. Apparently Patsy is confused by all the questioning and tries to explain that 1. she herself never dressed JonBenet in such panties and 2. she didn't regard the size difference as all that important.
We are then shown side by side photos of little girls in which the two sizes are compared, followed by sizing tables illustrating the considerable difference between the two sizes.
According to Cynic, a poster named Jayelles actually went to the trouble of purchasing
from Bloomingdale’s an identical pair of size 4-6 “Days of the week” panties and photographed them alongside a pair of 12-14 panties. The disparity in size is striking. My wife purchased size 6, 12 and 14 children’s underwear, and I photographed them. The brand is Hanes and the difference is similarly striking.We are then treated to no less than 12 full color photos of pairs of panties of different sizes.
What is the point of all this? Well, supposedly Patsy has been caught in a lie: "Is PR telling the truth, or was she caught in a lie? Is the size difference minor as PR seems to suggest?" Well, the size difference is apparently not minor, or so it seems. So Patsy was lying about that difference. OR Patsy just got confused. OR Cynic and Jayelles got confused and were looking in the wrong places for the wrong things. Hard to say.
According to cynic:
PR lied at least three times during the course of questioning regarding the oversized panties.Interesting. But sorry, once again, I'll ask the question: WHAT IS THE POINT? If Patsy was in fact lying, why would she have lied? What purpose would have been served by her lying about the relative size of two pairs of panties she claims were already in the house, thus not introduced by some intruder? If she didn't want the police to know JonBenet had been redressed, she could simply have said she herself had dressed her in those oversized panties, pleading absent mindedness or that she'd been too pressed for time to notice.
• She tried to say that Jenny was a “little girl” and imply that her panty size would not be terribly dissimilar to JonBenet.
• She tried to say that she commonly bought size 8-10 panties for JBR, thereby making the size 12 – 14 panties seem less unusual
• She tried to say that the size 12 – 14 panties were only “a little bit big”
Additionally, I don’t believe that JonBenet picked out and wore these panties on Christmas day as PR suggested, nor do I believe that PR had any plans for those panties other than giving them to her niece. I believe that the panties were wrapped as a gift, but something happened which changed those plans, something which necessitated removing the Wednesday panties from the package in which they were wrapped and redressing JBR in them.
Patsy seemed to think JonBenet might have put those panties on herself, but as far as I can tell, she never claimed she knew for sure whether JonBenet was wearing them prior to the murder. If she didn't want anyone to know JonBenet had been redressed, then why wouldn't she have simply assured the police that the oversized panties had been on all the time? It sounds to me like Patsy was simply confused and not sure why she is being asked all these questions about different sized panties. I can't imagine why her effort to minimize the difference between these sizes would be seen as a lie; and if it was a lie, then I see no reason for it.
If her attacker did in fact redress JonBenet in panties that were inappropriately sized (and that does seem to have been the case), one has to ask, first, what motive an intruder would have to do that? Sorry, but I can't think of any, can you? So, second, if there was no intruder (there wasn't), then who would be more likely to select panties of the wrong size -- her mother? or her father? If Patsy was the one who redressed her, we can assume she'd know enough to use the correct size, especially since the oversized panties were located in a different place from the others and were still in their original package. John, on the other hand, wasn't like to be aware of any of this, and not being familiar with JonBenet's underwear preferences, could easily have selected the wrong item from the wrong package. So if the story of the oversized panties tells us anything at all, it suggests that John rather than Patsy was the one who redressed his daughter's corpse. And to his credit, cynic seems willing to at least consider this possibility, though Patsy is still his first preference, of course.
But for the great majority of forum posters, the folklore of this case is inextricably tied to Patsy, John is strictly off limits. So time after time the oversized panties are offered as proof positive that Patsy Ramsey murdered her daughter, penetrated her vagina with a paintbrush handle, strangled her with a garotte, and then, for some reason never actually explained, deliberately chose extra large panties to redress her in, before settling down to compose her literary masterpiece, the famous "ransom" note.