As I recall, that was a sample written at my request at a local restaurant by a woman who claimed she had written the ransom note under the direction of another woman. She claimed the other woman later masterminded JonBenet's murder and wanted to see the other woman brought to justice. The handwriting sure is similar! I told her story and called her Nancy online though I believe one of the tabloids used her real name when she went to them. In the end, the lead went nowhere. She met with Lou Smit and others and her writing was analyzed with the lead going no where. I heard from the woman not too long ago, she still says we are wrong. But I trusted Lou when he told me she believed it but was wrong. Totally.So no, this is not a sample of John Ramsey's penmanship. And yes, like the Chris Wolf story, it is an example of how what should have been an open and shut case evolved into a hopeless morass, with tentacles extending out in a thousand directions, affecting countless numbers of innocent -- and not so innocent -- people. The Nancy Krebs story (which I'd forgotten all about, but now I remember) is a perfect example of how convoluted this case became and how so many "likely" suspects were literally coming out of the woodwork.
Her story is encapsulated on the Ramsey Case Encyclopedia here. In brief, she claimed she had been molested as a child by Fleet White's father, Fleet Sr., and also on occasion by Fleet Jr. and John Ramsey himself. And, as Jameson reports, she claimed to have penned the Ramsey "ransom" note as dictated by another woman. She also claimed she'd been told Fleet White murdered JonBenet. I won't get into her story here, except to agree with Jameson that it was thoroughly investigated and turned out, apparently, to be a hoax. Possibly perpetrated by her lawyer, Lee Hill.
As I see it, if there had been anything to her story implicating Fleet White, both Jameson and Lou Smit would have been all over it. On the other hand, both Jameson and Smit have consistently overvalued the significance of the DNA evidence, which imo has severely limited their ability to assess any of the suspects they've considered. There's more to it, however, and Nancy was interviewed also by BPD investigators with a broader take on the case. Some of her allegations regarding who was where when were checked and proven false, but as far as I can see the very odd circumstances surrounding her case have never been fully examined, and as Jameson indicates above, she is still sticking to her story.
Could Nancy Krebs have penned the ransom note? Here once again is the comparison I made when I thought it likely John penned it:
The similarities are indeed striking. But admittedly I too was cherry picking (which I've never denied), looking only for what matched and ignoring everything else. We need to consider also the very real possibility that if Nancy was perpetrating a hoax, she could have trained herself to write certain words and letters in a style resembling the "ransom" note. My principal reason for doubting her, however, has to do more with the circumstances and logic of the case, which for me are almost always the primary considerations.
If someone needed a ransom note that could not be traced back to them, the most sensible thing to do would be to find an old typewriter and type it -- or print it on a computer printer. The typewriter or printer could then be dumped somewhere, preferably in a body of water. The dumbest thing to do would be to ask some "innocent" young girl to print it for you by hand, since you could never be sure that person might turn on you at some point and reveal your secret.
Also we need to consider the motive of the person who allegedly asked Nancy to pen it. If you're planning on murdering John's daughter out of some old resentment, you have no need for a ransom note. And if you're planning a real kidnapping, you also don't need a note -- you can simply phone the Ramseys the following morning with instructions on what to do and not to do. Finally, if your intention is to use this note to frame John or Patsy, you'd want to forge John or Patsy's hand. You'd have no reason to ask someone else to write it out in her own hand.
So no, I don't think Nancy Krebs had anything to do with the murder or the kidnap staging, either directly or, as she claims, indirectly. Which tells us the rest of her story is probably phoney also. But my own analysis of the above document should be taken seriously -- as yet another example of what can happen when we (in this case I) "see what we want to see."