Jose Ramos is known in New York as the man responsible for the death of Etan Patz, this according to a jury in a 2004 civil suit. In Pennsylvania, he goes by inmate number, AJ-0496.
In a letter obtained by PIX 11 News, Ramos starts off the letter by saying, "Please excuse the manner in which I am writing this brief letter to you."
Incarcerated at the Dallas Correctional facility in Pennsylvania on a molestation conviction, Ramos shares what happened to the letter he received from the sender, "Your envelope was steamed-open by the mail room, which was very stupid of them to do?"
The letter mentions PIX 11 News Reporter Mario Diaz. It was written during Memorial Day, a day that Ramos admits does not sit well with him, "with me being a veteran, I really don't like this day at all."
The letter is 4-pages in length. As expected, it paints a rough image of life behind bars, "This cell I am in is like a hot torture chamber, I am 68 and I don't think I'll survive the 90 days..." Ramos says as he anticipates three more months in the tight surroundings.
At one point he calls himself "an innocent man," at another he says that he is, "very depress."
For nearly 30 years Ramos has been viewed as the primary suspect in the disappearance of Etan Patz. It was on Memorial Day weekend 1979 when Patz went missing near his home on Prince St. while walking to school for the first time.
Ramos was connected to the crime by the NYPD who found out that he was the boyfriend of Patz's babysitter while working on another case. To many, the multimillion dollar settlement against Ramos in 2004 was a form of justice served. However, the case took a jaw-dropping turn in May with the shocking arrest of Pedro Hernandez.
Ramos addresses the sudden emergence of Hernandez on Page 2. In the 3rd sentence from the top, he says, "These people now know as the rest of the Nation that I did not kill Etan Patz it was according to the USA Today article a Mr. Pedro Hernandez, 51, of Maple Shade, New Jersey who did!"
Even through his shoddy grammar, his message is very clear.
From there Ramos immediately pivots to his treatment at the facility. He calls one guard a "racist pig," adding that he is served "slave food," and that the prison tampers with his meals, calling their actions "childish and stupid"..
He also states, "These people are again conducting their personal campaign of mental torture in order to prevent me from full access to all my legal papers and evidence."
It isn't until near the end that Ramos brings up the Patz case once again as well as the confession of Pedro Hernandez.
Ramos asks the person that the letter is written to, to reach out to the media listed regarding the Patz case, including PIX 11 News Reporter Mario Diaz, and to get in touch with him "ASAP."
Ramos ends the letter with the word "Peace" and a smiley face.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times