Brother of JonBenet Ramsey, Burke Ramsey, revealed on Monday who he thinks killed his younger sister nearly 20 years ago. According to Burke, the Ramsey family had nothing to do with JonBenet’s murder. Burke Ramsey, 29, went on to say in a Dr. Phil TV interview that he has his own theories about what happened the night JonBenet was killed, according to People Magazine.
In the third and final interview with Dr. Phil McGraw on Monday, Burke Ramsey continued to maintain the Ramsey family innocence in the 1996 murder of his then-6-year-old sister, JonBenet. All the evidence has always pointed away from the other three members of the Ramsey family who lived in the Boulder, Colorado, home with JonBenet, including Burkey Ramsey, who was only nine when JonBenet was killed, father, John Bennett Ramsey, now 72, and mother, Patsy Paugh Ramsey, who died in 2006 of ovarian cancer at the age of 49.
Burke says he can’t believe that people still can’t get it “in their head” that they didn’t do it. Even Lou Smit, the detective who actually came out of retirement in 1997 to assist Boulder authorities in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case, says all evidence collected at the crime scene point to an outside intruder. However, Boulder, Colorado, police continue to consider the broken basement window, an alleged ransom note, an unidentified footprint, and male DNA evidence all inconclusive.
But John and Patsy Ramsey were never pursued in the death of their only daughter, JonBenet, and Burke Ramsey said in his first and only sit-down interview since the death of his sister around Christmas Day, 1996, that he “thinks” he knows who killed JonBenet. Testing of DNA evidence actually cleared John, Patsy, and Burke of having any involvement in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. In fact, the Boulder County District Attorney, Mary Lacy, sent John Ramsey a letter in 2008 stating that members of the Ramsey family were no longer considered suspects.
Dr. Phil McGraw brought up the fact that there’s been continued “rampant” speculation about the role of the Ramsey family in JonBenet’s death — a question that Burke Ramsey addressed on Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil on CBS. Since JonBenet participated in child beauty pageants and won several titles, Burke Ramsey believes a pedophile actually entered the Ramsey family home on or around December 25, 1996, and then murdered JonBenet. John Ramsey actually found JonBenet dead in the basement of their Boulder home about eight hours after she was reported missing.
“Burke said on Dr. Phil that it was ‘probably some pedophile in the pageant audience.’ “
John Ramsey actually backs up Burke’s theory, saying that he also believes an intruder entered the Ramsey family home while they were out on Christmas Day. John also believes that the intruder probably hid in one of the upstairs bedrooms when they left, and was still there when they came home. Media coverage continues to focus on Ramsey family members as potential suspects, mainly due to JonBenet’s participation in child beauty contests, the Ramsey’s wealth, and “unusual” evidence.
The Boulder Police Department actually reopened the unsolved JonBenet Ramsey murder case back in 2009, and the Ramsey family has since filed defamation lawsuits against several media organizations. John Ramsey even told Dr. Phil that he would no longer speak with the media about JonBenet’s murder, saying that the real story hasn’t been that a child was murdered. “The real story is what was done to us by the system,” according to John Ramsey.
Burke Ramsey continues to remember his younger sister, JonBenet, as a little girl who loved the outdoors and ice-skating. Burke also told Dr. Phil that he still talks to JonBenet, and that he thinks JonBenet, along with their mother, Patsy, are together and watching over him. In the last installment of the three-part interview with Dr. Phil, Burke says that he hopes JonBenet’s murder will be solved sometime in his lifetime.
In the meantime, a team of investigators put together for a new CBS TV special, titled The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey, has their own theories about who killed JonBenet. The Wrap reports that the true crime mini-series ended on Monday night with the conclusion that Burke Ramsey is actually the killer. According to a five-member panel, Burke accidentally killed JonBenet Ramsey in a fit of rage with a flashlight.
Social media users say that conclusion is really “reaching” and “crazy.” But a new report by Hollywood Life says that Burke was known to get angry and violent with his little sister, and once even hit JonBenet in the face with a golf club. Child psychologists even allegedly think that Burke Ramsey didn’t seem upset at all when JonBenet died.
JonBenet Ramsey’s cause of death was a strike on the head and strangulation. So, could Burke Ramsey have actually hit JonBenet on the head with a flashlight hard enough to kill her, as speculated by the panel of law enforcement experts on The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey? According to Hollywood Life, investigators think that’s one possible conclusion to the JonBenet Ramsey murder mystery, and that John and Patsy Ramsey actually covered up the crime to protect Burke Ramsey.
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