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)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!