In a clip from his first media interview ever, Burke Ramsey has told Dr. Phil McGraw about the moment he found out his sister JonBenét Ramsey was dead.
On the morning of December 26, 1996, nine-year-old Burke Ramsey’s mother woke him up looking for his sister
“The first thing I remember is my mom bursting in my room really frantic, saying, like, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh,’ running around my room, looking for JonBenét,” Burke, who is now 29, says on The Dr. Phil Show on September 12 during a three part interview.
“At that point I was awake. The next thing I remember is a police officer coming to my room and shining a flashlight.”
That morning, six-year-old JonBenét was reported missing after her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, found a ransom note in their Boulder Colorado home demanding $118,000 for her safe return.
Burke stayed in his room.
“Somebody comes in your room and flashlight looks around,” questions Dr. Phil in the clip above. “Your mother’s been in there yelling, ‘Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Where’s my baby?’ And you never get up and say, ‘What is going on here?’ “
Burke says, “I guess I kind of like to avoid conflict or, I don’t know, I guess I just felt safer there.”
“I’m not the worried type,” he continues, with an awkward laugh. “I guess part of me doesn’t want to know what’s going on.”
Later that day, JonBenét’s body was found with a cord around her neck and duct tape over her mouth in the basement of the Ramsey family home.
But still, Burke, did not leave his room.
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“You, of course, know that critics would say you weren’t curious because you already knew,” says Dr. Phil referencing the long held suspicion that the Ramsey family themselves, particularly Patsy Ramsey (who passed away in 2006 from ovarian cancer), had something to do with JonBenét’s death.