September 13, 2016
When JonBenet Ramsey’s lifeless body was found in her family’s Boulder, CO basement nearly 20 years ago, suspicion immediately fell on her parents, John and Patsy. Neither were charged in the death of the child beauty queen, and the murder continues to be one of the most mysterious cold cases in history. Now, Burke breaks his silence for the first time in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, including his reaction to secret interrogation tapes as police investigated his family.
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“For a long time, media basically made our lives crazy. It’s hard to miss the cameras and news trucks in your front yard, and we’d go to the supermarket sometimes and there’d be a tabloid with my picture [or] JonBenet’s picture plastered on the front or they would follow us around,” says Burke, who is now 29. “Seeing that as a little kid is just kind of a chaotic nightmare, so I was pretty skeptical of any sort of media, like, it just made me a very private person … As to what I’m doing now, it’s the twentieth anniversary and apparently still a lot of tension around it, and I guess I kind of wanted to make it about remembering her and not just another new story.”
Asked about the morning he learned his sister was missing when his mom woke him up, Burke tells Dr. Phil: “The first thing I remember was my mom bursting in my room really frantic saying, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh,’ running around my room looking for JonBenet … The next thing I remember is a police officer coming to my room and shining a flashlight … I was just lying there.”
Dr. Phil asks, “What else did she say? Did you know she was looking for JonBenet?”
Burke says, “I remember her saying, Where’s my baby, where’s my baby?”
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