Twenty years ago 6 year old child beauty queen, JonBenet Ramsey was strangled in her own home. There were only three people in the home at the time – her mother, father,and brother Burke. There was a lot of suspicion centered on the parents and even more suspicion centered on the brother’s involvement.
One thing which led to the suspicion involving the parents, was the ransom letter which was allegedly left behind. There was specific information in it that that only family members knew. It also seemed to have terms that Patsy Ramsey normally used and much of the writing allegedly looked like her writing. Also. it was determined the pad used to write the ransom note came from Patsy’s desk in the hallway and that both the pad and her pen were found underneath the phone.
Another cause for suspicion was when Patty was overheard in the background of her 911 call to police angrily admonishing her son Burke. She said that she didn’t want to hear another world from “You!” Was she trying to cover something up regarding him? I always found that incident particularly disturbing. If she just lost one child, it would seem that she might have been more gentle and loving towards another child who’s life was allegedly spared.
Many eyed Burke as the killer. In fact, in his Dr.Phil interview, he says “I know people think I did it.” Many thought that Burke had a motive to killing JonBenet because she was given so much more attention with her mother. She spent more time with her mother on the beauty pageant circuit. This early photo of JonBenet and brother Burke says a lot ot me. JonBenet is loving and affectionate, while Burke is stiff . He seems to be wishing she would literally get off is back .
At the time of the murder, any also thought that Burke’s behavior was odd. In fact, back then, I was often asked by the media to comment upon Burke’s behavior. I was even asked to look at his drawings. I found them to be very odd and disturbing.
As a child, Burke was constantly playing with videogames and disengaging. Now he has been interviewed by Dr. Phil and his body language is still odd and disturbing.
Before Dr. Phil asked him anything, you could see Burke having some repetitive hand movements.
When he spoke about what he remembered about the evening JonBenet was found dead he told Dr. Phil, ‘The first thing I remember is my mom bursting in my room, really frantic, saying, “Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!” running around my room – now I know looking for JonBenét,”The next thing I remember is a police officer coming into my room and shining a flashlight.’
But what is very disturbing is that he recalled the incident with a huge genuine smile. In the photo above, you can see his eyes crinkle, his teeth showing, and the apples of his cheeks raised. All of this indicates a real genuine smile. It is indicating happiness. This is not a nervous smile. Instead, it is a happy, elated smile.
Also, when he recounted the story, it seemed odd that Patsy woke him up and was asking him where JonBenet was when her husband found the body inthe basement. In essence, Patsy already knew where JonBenet was. Did Burke make this up or is he telling the truth? Whatever he said is masked by his huge smile, which may also possibly be a signal of deception.
The fact the smile didn’t seem to leave his face throughout the interview seems to be a possible cause for concern. When he spoke of the drawings he was asked to do by the child psychologist at the time, he still smiled. He said that since JonBenet was no longer alive he didn’t draw her. Perhaps his not drawing her at the time reflected a relief for him that his “focus of attention” sister was no longer the focus of attention becuase she was no longer alive.
Burke seemed too happy when recounting his story about JonBenet which makes one wonder if he still exhibits a subconscious sign (through his bright smile) that he is happy and relieved JonBenet is no longer alive. Perhaps she was the cause for much of his unhappiness as a child . After all, as a beauty queen, she was always in the foreground as far as attention was concerned. Burke was relegated to the background .
Three years after JonBenet’s death in 1999, a grand jury voted to indict JonBenet Ramsey’s parents. But the district attorney never signed the indictment because he didn’t believe there was enough evidence to convict them. Also Burke and his parents were eventually cleared of suspicion in 2008, when DNA pegged the crime on an unidentified male with no familial relation to JonBenet.
After watching Burke on camera with Dr. Phil, it made me wonder if Burke may be on the spectrum in terms of autism. Does he has Asperger’s syndrome, with his incongruous hand gestures and inappropriate smiling? Was his constantly being seen playing with his video games and seeming disconnected as a child an early indication of this disorder?
There is no doubt that a lot has impacted Burke- from his sister getting more attention, his sister’s gory murder, and his mother’s ovarian cancer and death in 2008, not to mention all of the suspicion and accusations towards him and his family. The bottom line is that his demeanor during the interview was still very odd and inappropriate.