Shocking, never-before-heard details about one of America’s most talked about cold cases will be revealed when the brother of JonBenet Ramsey speaks publicly about his sister’s murder for the first time, Daily Mail Online has leaned exclusively.
Burke Ramsey was nine when when six-year-old child pageant star, JonBenet was found dead in the basement of her family’s Colorado home in December 1996,
Breaking his silence as the 20th anniversary of JonBenet’s death nears, 29-year-old Burke reveals what he knows about his sister’s mysterious murder in a ripped-from-the-headlines exclusive interview with Dr. Phil in a three-part interview that will air beginning September 12.
JonBenet was found bludgeoned and strangled on December 26, 1996, hours after she was reported missing.
She had been covered by a white blanket with a nylon cord around her neck, her wrists bound above her head and her mouth covered by duct tape. Her skull was also cracked.
Her parents, John and Patsy, had called police to report her kidnapping and said they found a note demanding a ransom of $118,000 – and ordering them to not contact authorities – if they wanted their daughter returned safely. Despite the ransom note, police arrived to their home shortly after in clearly marked vehicles.
Hours after police searched the home, John Ramsey found JonBenet’s body in a little-used utility room in the home’s basement.
John and Patsy would remain the primary suspects in their daughter’s death for more than a decade, and it was not until 2008 that police finally cleared them of any wrongdoing.
At that time, Patsy had been dead for two years after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer.
She was initially suspected by many of being the murderer after reports emerged that handwriting on the ransom note was similar to her own, but after she willingly provided a sample to police it was determined she did not write the note.
Many also suspected the killer was someone in the family as they claimed there were no footprints in the snow around the house and the ransom amount was the exact amount that John had just received in his annual bonus.
No one in the family was ever charged in the death of the six-year-old, but for years tabloids and members of the public believed one or more were the culprits of this unspeakable crime.
Most of these stories focused on parents John and Patsy, but some went so far as to claim that JonBenet’s brother Burke had been responsible for his sister’s death – despite the fact that he was only nine-years-old at the time.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Kelly McLaughlin