Well, I’m on full creepiness overload tonight thanks to two television specials in a row on the JonBenet Ramsey murder. At 8:00 PM I saw the third Dr. Phil interview of JonBenet’s now 29-year-old brother, Burke, and at 9:00 PM there was the second The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey on CBS.
Burke smiled, grinned, and looked just plain eerie all through all three Dr. Phil episodes. The doc himself tried to deflect attention from that bizarre smile by saying Burke worked with computers, people handle grief in different ways, Burke was nervous, and he hadn’t really ever spoken out before. Be that as it may, it was still disturbing to watch those three interviews. Lots of people haven’t spoken out before about a whole variety of subjects, but come on, Phil, if somebody’s discussing their sister’s murder twenty years after the fact, why would they smile as they discussed it throughout all three shows?
Had Burke not plastered such a grinning mask onto his face, I would have been a lot more impressed. He gave decent answers to Dr. Phil’s questions. He even said he hopes the case will be solved one day. John Ramsey, the ever-calm father, was also interviewed on the show and presented himself very well. I’d have been able to say the same for Burke, save for the three episodes of constant smiles. Something’s wrong there. Nobody’s that uneasy…
Might their decision to speak out at this moment have been prompted by knowing investigators would be involved with the second show that was on tonight?
The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey did a remarkable job of presenting another look at the evidence. Their main theory, following exhausting research, is that Burke killed his sister by accident and the parents covered it up.
One of the most fascinating aspects of The Case Of was their enhancement of the 911 call Patsy Ramsey to report her daughter “missing” following her alleged finding of the ransom note. After Patsy thought she’d hung up the phone, the operator could still hear what was going on. The recording was muffled so they used technology to clarify it. One of the things that could clearly be heard was a small voice, presumed to be Burke, asking his parents, “What did you find?” The emphasis was on the “did,” not the “find.” A male voice scolds harshly, “We weren’t talking to you!”
If that child had truly been responsible for the accidental killing of his sister, why would he be asking his parents what they found? Wouldn’t he already know what happened? If the family spent the night trying to disguise “Burke’s” crime, isn’t it reasonable to believe he’d have seen at least part of the mad dash to cover it up?
What if Burke knew something about what happened, perhaps even saw some of it go down, but wasn’t the one who did it. My bet’s always been on Patsy. Why else would Burke ask what they found?
Besides, as The Case Of pointed out, the parents did all they could to prevent the Boulder Police from solving the case, not agreeing to be interviewed by them – while talking to CNN – and hiding behind lawyers…
What a mess!
I like the way The Case Of ended. They think someone out there might have been told relevant information by the person who actually did it. Come forward!
There’s a good summary of the findings here: Hollywood-Reporter-The-Case-Of-JonBenet-Ramsey