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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The case of JonBenet Ramsey is one of America’s most famous and mysterious cold cases.
Now, 20 years after her murder, Jonbenet’s brother Burke Ramsey is breaking his silence and giving his first interview ever to Dr. Phil which will air Monday, September 12th, on CBS4 at 3 p.m.
JonBenet Ramsey was a 6-year-old child beauty queen when she was brutally murdered inside her family’s Colorado mansion on Christmas.
Burke, who was nine-years-old when his sister died, told Dr. Phil he felt it was time to talk about her death two decades after the media first swarmed onto that quite street in Boulder, Colorado.
“For a long time the media basically made our lives crazy. It’s hard to miss the cameras and news trucks in your front yard and we go to the supermarket sometimes and there would be a tabloid with my picture, Jonbenet’s picture plastered on the front or they would follow us around,” said Ramsey. “Seeing that as a little kid is just kind of a chaotic nightmare, so I was pretty skeptical of any sort of media, it just made me a very private person. As to what I’m doing now it’s the 20th anniversary and apparently still a lot of tension around it, I guess I kind of wanted to make it about remembering her and not just another news story.”
Despite being cleared by DNA evidence, many people still speculate that JonBenet’s parents or her brother Burke, the only ones in the home that night, could be responsible for the little girl’s death.
Burke admitted “I know people think I did it; that my parents did it.” For the first time he revealed what he says happened the day his sister was found dead in their basement.
The Ramseys said they searched the entire house for their daughter and one of the officers suggested they do it again. They started in the basement and that’s when they found Jonbenet’s body on the floor.
“Did you know she was dead,” Dr. Phil asked Jonbenet’s father John.
“No, not at that point. I mean I had this rush of thank God I found her. There was this overwhelming sense of joy that I found my child, and her hands were tied over her head and tape over her mouth. I immediately took the tape off,” said Ramsey.
A three page ranson note written on a note pad belonging to the Ramseys with one of their pens was found by Jonbenet’s mother Patsey.
“There’s a lot of suspicion around the note. If someone’s going to kidnap somebody, by the way you bring the ransom note already written, you don’t write it inside the house,” said Lawrence Schiller, author of “Perfect Murder, Perfect Town.”
Ramsey’s interview is part of a 3-part series airing on “Dr. Phil” on September 12th, 13th, and 19th. JonBenet’s father John Ramsey also speaks to Dr. Phil in what he says will be his final interview and the very last time he comment publicly on his daughter’s murder.