She is, perhaps, the original toddler with a tiara.
6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was brutally murdered in her Colorado home nearly 15 years ago. Her case is still unsolved.
Recently, during an interview with ABC, her dad talks about the daughter he lost so many years ago.
As Yahoo reports, John Ramsey doesn’t remember the stiffly coiffed beauty pageant girl most of the world saw, he remembers a scruffy, little girl who loved to hike and play with her brother.
“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 has written a book about his journey from grief to hope called “The Other Side of Suffering”, says the continual line of parents who primp their daughters for the TLC show Toddlers and Tiaras are weird.
“It’s very bizarre,” he says outright. “And, it certainly- Patsy and JonBenet didn’t approach it that way. We- they just did it for fun.”
In fact, Ramsey says he thinks it’s wrong to put your child on public display. He cited an incident that happened just days before JonBenet’s murder as an example why.
“Patsy had her sitting atop a friend’s convertible in the Christmas parade waving at the people lining the streets,” Ramsey recalled. “Patsy’s mother later told me that a strange man approached the car during the parade and it made her uncomfortable. I think about these things now and it makes me cringe. We were so naïve. I now believe with all my heart that it’s not a good idea to put your child on public display.”
Ramsey wants parents to be aware of the fact that they never know what lurks around and that putting their children on a public stage, while it may seem fun, could invite unwanted attention. He now says he regrets letting his daughter compete in 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.”
Immediately after their daughter’s death John and Patsy Ramsey were considered suspects. The Boulder district attorney didn’t clear the couple of any wrongdoing for 12 long years at which point Patsy Ramsey had already died of ovarian cancer. Ramsey believes the intense focus on him and his wife may have allowed JonBenet’s killer to not only get away, but to possibly hurt others.
You can pick up Ramsey’s new book, “The Other Side of Suffering,” it’s in stores now.
What do you think? Did her life in the beauty pageant circuit play a role in JonBenet’s death?