Our Golden Retriever dog is very suspicious of spiral stairs too, and refuses to use them whenever we visit my mother-in-law's home. So there is no way to get our dog up to the first and second floors there. We forgot to get her acquainted with this type of stairs when she was small because we don't have them in our own home. On one of our visits, I tried a little experiment myself: I went downstairs, and tried to step over the third stair from the bottom like Patsy claimed she did when seeing the ransom note lying on the third rung from the bottom, and "stepped over" it. I almost lost my balance and had to grab the railing to keep me from falling down! It is pretty difficult to step over spiral stairs. Patsy's 'ransom note discovery tale' has zero credibility. It gets even more absurd when one takes into account how she continues: she says she then ran up the spiral stairs, screamed for John, John came running down those same spiral stairs, so HE had to step over the note too! So to sum it up: Patsy goes downstairs, steps over the note, then runs back upstairs, stepping over the note again, then John plus Patsy come running back downstairs. so they both have to step over the note again. At one point during the upstairs/downstairs tale, the note suddenly ends up spread out on the floor, and both Patsy and John are very vague as to how it got there, i. e. when exactly John took it from the stairs. LE should have had Patsy and John perform their alleged upstairs/downstairs runs. I would have payed money to see that ballet! And it gets even worse: in his interview with Lou Smit, John Ramsey suddenly says Patsy gave him the note when they met upstairs, between the first and second floor (interview excerpt in my next post). John thereby contradicts what he told S. Thomas and T. Trujillo one year earlier. As is often the case with liars, they are not able to streamline their various lies into one consistent version.