After the news of the murder came out, Melody Stanton who lived diagonally across the street from the Rasmeys, was talking with another neighbour Diane Brumfit. During the conversation Stanton recalled the terrible scream she had heard the night of the murder and mentioned it to Brumfit. Brumfit reported it to police. Detective Barry Hartkopp of BPD interviewed Stanton on January 3, 1997.FROM THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS November 16, 1997
This information was never divulged to the press by BPD or leaked by Steve Thomas
Jeff Shapiro the Globe journalist, who had spent much time talking to Steve Thomas, found out about the existence of Stanton. He tracked her down and reported the scream in an article he wrote in The Globe 11 months after the murder
JONBENET: A SCREAM?
A neighbor of JonBenet Ramsey says she heard the slain child beauty screaming at the top of her lungs the night she was murdered. "I heard a terrible sound," Melody Ann Stanton tells The Globe in this week's issue. "It was the longest, most horrible scream I have heard in my entire life. It sent shivers down my spine." "I could tell the sound was coming from the Ramsey house, and I knew instantly it had to be their little girl," said Stanton, 52, who lives across the street, less than l00 feet from John and Patsy Ramsey's home in Boulder.
The Ramseys have told investigators they slept while an intruder broke in and murdered their daughter last Dec. 26. Boulder police said they would not comment on the Globe report.
Stanton said her first instinct was to call police, "but then I realized John and Patsy were home . . . so whatever it was that caused their little girl to scream, they were there to take care of it." She said she had not spoken earlier because she feared the media spotlight
Bonita Sauer paralegal for one of BPD's Dream Team, Dan Hoffman recorded the story of Melody Stanton and the scream in the notes she made of the case between 1997 and 1999
"Melody Stanton awoke abruptly from a deep sleep - the prior stillness of the Boulder night had been pierced by the harrowing scream of a child. She assumed it was somewhere between midnight and 2:00 a.m., but didn’t look at the alarm clock. The scream lasted three to five seconds and stopped as abruptly as it started. Melody momentarily wondered what to do, but thought that surely the parents would hear and come to the child’s rescue. Although still bothered by the scream and the thought that a child had been injured, Melody eventually went back to sleep.
Melody Stanton was interviewed by Det. Barry Hartkopp on January 3. Stanton lives across the street and one house to the south of the Ramseys. Her bedroom is on the second floor of the west side of the house which faces the Ramsey home. On Christmas night she had gone to bed at approximately 10:00 p.m. Stanton always sleeps with her window slightly open, and on that night she had opened it 6-8 inches. She related that she had fallen asleep shortly after she went to bed, but was awakened by “one loud, incredible scream”. She related that it was “obviously from a child” and that it lasted 3 to 5 seconds and then abruptly stopped. It appeared that the sound came from across the street, south of the Ramsey residence. She did not look at the clock, but estimated the time at somewhere between 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. She stayed awake and listened for any other noises for five to ten minutes, but heard absolutely nothing after that no cars, no voices, no footsteps, so she eventually went back to sleep.
Stanton said she had not left on any televisions or radios when she went to bed. She admitted that she did not sit up in bed to look out the window, so she did not see any activity outside her window. When asked why she had not come forward with this information right after the homicide when detectives had canvassed the neighborhood, Stanton said she was so shocked by JonBenet’s death that she at first did not make any connection to the scream. Also, since none of the other neighbors had not mentioned to her about hearing a scream, she began to doubt she actually heard it. In fact, when she told her husband he said she had probably imagined it. It was Diane Brumfitt, a friend of Stanton's, who reported this incident to the Boulder Police after her conversation with Stanton."
Lawrence Schiller wrote about Melody Stanton and the scream in his book PMPT published 1998
Melody Stanton, up the street at 738, told the police on January 3 that she was certain she had heard a child's scream at about 2:00 A.M. on the night of the murder. Her bedroom window, which looks toward the Ramsey house from across the street, had been partly open. When questioned by the police, Stanton said that there had been only one scream but it was horrifying. If it came from the child, she assumed the scream had awakened her parents.