John Ramsey, the father of murdered 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant JonBenet Ramsey, opened up to ABC News in a recent interview about his regrets regarding the 1996 tragedy. The grief-stricken father admitted in the interview that he regrets letting his daughter take part in beauty pageants, adding that he thinks her still-unsolved murder case is “pretty dead.”
In one of the most chilling murders in history, JonBenet Ramsay was found strangled in the basement of her family home in Boulder, Colorado on the morning of December 26, 1996. Her father, John Ramsey, told ABC News that he recalls his daughter appearing in a Christmas parade days before she was brutally killed. He added that his mother-in-law later told him a strange man had approached the car that was carrying JonBenet during the parade, and it had made her uncomfortable.
"Patsy had [JonBenet] sitting atop a friend's convertible in the Christmas parade waving at the people lining the streets," Ramsey recalled. "Patsy's mother later told me that a strange man approached the car during the parade and it made her uncomfortable. I think about these things now and it makes me cringe. We were so naive. I now believe with all my heart that it's not a good idea to put your child on public display."
“Only because… that possibly might have drawn attention to us. I don’t know,” he laments. “But- I think for- for advice to a parent is just recognize that- regardless of where you live, there- there could be evil around you. And- and don’t be naive about it. And keep your kids protected.”
John Ramsey, who is promoting his new book titled “The Other Side Of Suffering,” told the host that the increasing number of “kiddie pageant” reality shows on television today makes him cringe and that his wife Patsy and JonBenet didn’t take them too seriously. Ramsey added that thinking about those things now disturbs him.
JonBenet’s killer was never found, and for years John Ramsey and his wife Patsy were considered prime suspects in the child’s death. The couple was later exonerated along with their son, Burke, who was nine at the time by Boulder District Attorney Mary Lacy due to new "touch DNA" evidence and the Police Department issued an apology for implicating them in JonBenet’s murder.
John Ramsey's book, to be published on Wednesday, describes his religious faith throughout his tumultuous life, including the death of his eldest daughter Beth in a car accident, and the loss of his second wife Patsy Ramsey to ovarian cancer in 2006. It also speaks of the international media attention to JonBenet Ramsey's still-unsolved murder case.