Jonbenet Ramsey’s father John recently conducted a new interview for ABC’s “Nightline,” and reveals a different side of his daughter and how he feels about child beauty pageant’s today.
The day-after Christmas in 1996, a six-year-old Jonbenet was found dead in her family’s Boulder, Colorado home in the basement. The child beauty queen had been reported missing 8 hours earlier by the family and when she was found it was determined she died from a blow to the head and was strangled. Both her parents and her older brother were suspects in the case for quite some time but never charged, and as of today, over 15 years later the case remains unsolved.
Talking with ABC’s Juju Chang, father John Ramsey, says he remembers more of a tomboy like girl, who played with her older brother, rather than the girl seen in pictures all dressed up and in full make-up walking around on stages at pageant’s.
“I see her, you know, in shorts and t-shirt and hair kind of scruffy and just kind of a kid,” he said.
Ramsey. who says he has never actually watched a full episode of TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” but has seen parts of it, finds it disturbing the way the so-called ‘Tiger moms’ parade their daughters around.
“It’s very bizarre,” he says. “And, it certainly- – Patsy (Ramsey) and JonBenet didn’t approach it that way. We — they just did it for fun.”
John Ramsey went on discuss how he now regrets having her daughter in beauty pageants.
“Only because– that possibly might have drawn attention to us,” he said. “I don’t know. But– I think for– for advice to a parent is just recognize that– regardless of where you live, there– there could be evil around you. And– and don’t be naive about it. And keep your kids protected.”
The full interview with John Ramsey on “Nightline” at 11:35 P.M. ET/PT on Wednesday.