I know a lot of my trial watchers are very into the flood of Jon Benet Ramsey shows hitting the airwaves this fall. I probably will not be covering them but I will try to cover Dr. Phil’s three part interview with the brother, Burke Ramsey who was nine at the time of the murder. I have an odd personal connection because Jon Benet’s mother, Patsy and my father died around the same time and Patsy was at the same funeral home at the same time as my father.
I hit record on this show because Dr. Phil was on The View this morning and they showed a clip of the interview. The brother has a super creepy affect during the entire interview.
Dr. Phil really should not have stood in front of the house talking about how it has a new address and a large fence surrounding it. Let the new owners alone for Christsake!
Speaking of my poor memory. I’ve forgotten most of the details of this crime. I’m pretty sure y’all do. I do know I never believed that Patsy did it. I am not going to go into all the details and just focus on the interview. Burke set nothing as out of bounds, and had no attorney at the interview.
Right away, Burke’s affect is totally discordant with his speech. Dr Phil intersperses the interview with a previous interview with Jon Benet’s father. He tells the story of Jon Benet getting a doll that Patsy had specifically made to look like her. He says that when Patsy opened the box, she was creeped out by the doll in the box because it was like looking like Jon Benet in a coffin.
Burke never stops grinning. No matter how morbid the question, he answers with a grin. It could be nerves. But it is still very strange.
I remember some of the ransom note now. It was so weird the ransom was $118,000 and not an even sum. It was instead the exact amount of John’s Christmas bonus. The Ramseys called their pastor and a bunch of their friends who immediately came over, disrupting the crime scene.
They show an interview of Burke as a kid and he has the same affect and demeanor.
I don’t find it odd that a nine-year old boy would go right back to sleep after his mother wakes him up freaking out in the dark. It seems he was used to his mother, “going psycho.” But Dr. Phil does find it odd. He didn’t even get up when a cop with a flashlight came in. He says he didn’t know it a was a cop. I want to know why the cop didn’t just turn on the light. He says he has always just tried to avoid conflict. He says he is not the worrying type, partly because he just doesn’t want to know what is going on.
The female lead detective said that John was too calm and cordial at the time. Sounds like father like son. Just a personality. The father seems to have a smiling demeanor in his interview. Not as pronounced as Burke, but enough to notice.
Dr Phil asks, when he finds out for the first time that Jon Benet was missing (from a police officer!) if he was afraid for his sister. He says, “I think I was just trying to be positive.” He told the detective she was probably just hiding somewhere. Another detective told John to take his friend who was there and search the house looking for anything unusual. This was a major police blunder. One of many, many such blunders. That same detective is the one who later tells the media John was too calm and cordial. Why was he still allowed in the crime scene?
John discovered an open window in the basement. He assumed it was the point of entry. Then he finds Jon Benet in the basement. He picked her up and carried her upstairs. He didn’t realize she was dead at first. Her hands were tied and she had tape over her mouth.
The female detective said she just knew by looking at John that he was the killer. She said she mentally counted how many bullets she had in case she had to shoot her way out of the house.
WTF? The cops didn’t go in the basement? I remember watching a show about how the Denver police were simply not prepared to deal with the case. But come on, not searching the house for the missing child?
OMG, trial watchers! Remember Kyron the boy who disappeared from school? We called him “Frog Boy” because it was Science Fair day and he had a frog exhibit? Dr. Phil is interviewing the step mom this week. She admits that she lied to the media “because she was told to!” I am going to have to watch that!
Despite the idiot female cop being sure just by looking at John that he was the killer, the ransom note was tied to Patsy.
If you missed this at work today, you really didn’t miss anything. The photo says it all. Burke grinned through the entire episode. Tomorrow there is a never before seen tape of Burk 14 days after the murder describing what he thinks happened to Jon Benet that looks incriminating. But I don’t think he did it.
I thought the arrested a handyman for the murders. Am I thinking of another case? The interview continues tomorrow.