JonBenét Ramsey’s Brother Speaks About Her Tragic Death and Being a Suspect
It’s been twenty years since the country was stunned by the mysterious death of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey. As we reach the sad anniversary of this heartbreaking tragedy and prepare to delve back into the case in the style of Making a Murderer, JonBenét’s brother, Burke, who was just nine years old at the time, is now speaking out about his sister’s death, the intense investigation and the fact that, even at that young age, he knew that he was a suspect.
As if losing his sister wasn’t tragic enough, Burke was well aware that he and his parents were all suspected of committing the heinous crime. “I know people think I did it, that my parents did it,” Burke, now 29, said in an interview with Dr. Phil, according to E!, with Phil even asking, “Has it ever occurred to you that your parents actually thought you did this and didn’t ask you because they didn’t want to know?” Oof.
In the years following JonBenét’s death, her mother passed away and her father remarried, still living with what happened that Christmas Eve in 1996. As a new documentary takes a renewed look at the unsolved case that captured the hearts and minds of the entire country, Burke says he wanted to speak out in order to “honor her memory by doing this interview. I don’t want anyone to forget.”
The Case of JonBenét Ramsey takes a look at the 140+ suspects and more than 1,400 pieces of evidence that were examined in the initial investigation and attempts to finally find some closure. It premieres on CBS and will run for a full week in three two-hour installments that will be shown on September 18 at 8:30pm (EST), September 19 at 9pm (EST) and September 25 at 8:30pm (EST).
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(h/t E!; photos via Dr. Phil/CBS, The Case of JonBenét Ramsey/CBS)
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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