Burke Ramsey

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Burke Hamilton Ramsey
Born (1987-01-27) January 27, 1987 (age 33)
Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Occupation Computer information technology
Known for Media coverage from the Murder of JonBenét Ramsey
Parents John Bennett Ramsey and Patsy Ramsey

Burke Ramsey is known from media coverage of the Murder of JonBenét Ramsey. He is the older brother of JonBenét and the son of John Bennett Ramsey and Patsy Ramsey. Intense media coverage and speculation around his involvement in the role of JonBenét's murder has followed Ramsey for almost two decades.

Early life

Burke Hamilton Ramsey was born to John Bennett Ramsey and Patricia Ann "Patsy" Ramsey (née Paugh) on January 27, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia.

John Ramsey was a millionaire several times over[1] and the family (comprised of John, Patsy, JonBenét and Burke) mainly lived in a Tudor-style 15 room house in Boulder, Colorado.[2] The house, sometimes styled a "mansion", was located in a very affluent part of the resort town.[3] In 2011 the house was put on the market by owner Carol Schuller Milner (third daughter of Robert Schuller) for $2.3 million USD.[4] The Ramsey family also had a "plane, boats and cars" and two other large homes.[5] The children's lives have been called "unnaturally charmed" for the life they lived prior to the murder.[6]

One of the housekeepers "often complained" about Ramsey leaving wood shavings around the mansion from carvings he would attempt with a small Swiss Army knife.[7] Besides whittling, Ramsey also had an interest in model airplanes, basketball and had a playroom full of toys.[8]

JonBenét's murder

On December 26, 1996, JonBenét was murdered at the family home in Boulder. The murder attracted wide national and international attention and has been characterized as "the story [being] on the front cover of every newspaper around the nation".[9] Ramsey and his parents were mentioned in almost every account of the murder, as they were the only four to spend the night at the house that night.


On January 24, 1997, Ramsey returned to school.[10] Author Steve Thomas was critical of Ramsey's parents letting him return to school without a police escort while they were claiming a "small foreign faction" killed JonBenét only weeks earlier.[11] Public scrutiny of the Ramsey family has followed them to this day, including Ramsey's whereabouts and the schools he attends.

In 2008, Boulder District Attorney Mary Lacy exonerated the Ramsey family, stating, "Significant new evidence . . . convinces us that it is appropriate, given the circumstances of this case, to state that we do not consider your immediate family, including you, your wife, Patsy, and your son, Burke, to be under any suspicion in the commission of this crime."[12]

While Ramsey was only nine years old at the time of JonBenét's murder, many in the media have continued to speculate that he may have actually been JonBenét's killer.[13][14] Author Joyce Carol Oates has stated that "Burke has become a dark-horse candidate for the honor [of killing JonBenét]: maybe, out of jealousy of his sister's celebrity, the nine-year-old killer her with a blow to the head and the elder Ramseys staged a cover-up (garroting, ransom note, etc.)"[15] According to Colorado law, however, a child of Ramsey's age could not have been charged with murder, leading Attorney Tom Miller to posit that "neither side wanted to examine" him in connection with the murder. Ramsey did testify in the trials that followed the murder, though his parents fought that from happening for quite some time.[16]

Murder aftermath

The intense media scrutiny around JonBenét's murder led Ramsey into a "cocoon-like existence", with his parents not allowing television or newspapers in their home.[17] The Ramsey family went without television for three years after the murder to protect their son from the press.[18]

After attending an Atlanta area high school, the Ramsey family decided to make Charlevoix their year round home. Ramsey graduated from Charlevoix High School in 2005.[8]

Adult life

In 2006, Ramsey started attending Purdue University, a school located in Indiana.[19] While at university, he continued his interest in planes by becoming a part of the Purdue Pilots Inc. club.[20]

When approached on his college campus in the Spring of 2010, Ramsey was given a business card by police investigators saying "that if he wanted to talk about the case, they'd like to hear from him." Ramsey declined the invitation and did not reach out to investigators, with a family lawyer stating he has no interest in answering further questions about the murder.[21] Of Ramsey attending their university, Purdue spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg said "We have nothing to say. Period. On anything. We're not going to answer any questions regarding him."[22]

Eventually Ramsey graduated from Purdue with a degree in computer information technology.[8] In March, 2012, John told People Magazine that Ramsey, then 25, was working with a job in the high tech industry at a medical records software company. John continued with "He's got a 401(k) plan and an IRA, and he did it all on his own."[23]

It was reported in 2012 that Ramsey had a girlfriend and had not yet married.[23][24] According to his Facebook page, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.[25]


  1. Thomas, Steve (2011). JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation. Macmillan. p. 25. ISBN 9781429981736. 
  2. "A timeline of the JonBenét Ramsey case". Denver Post. 14 October 1999. http://extras.denverpost.com/news/ram1014j.htm. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  3. Katz, Hélèna (2010). Cold Cases: Famous Unsolved Mysteries, Crimes, and Disappearances in America. ABC-CLIO. p. 348. ISBN 9780313376924. 
  4. Roberts, Michael (24 February 2011). "JonBenét Ramsey house for sale: Owner talks about finding light in darkness (PHOTOS)". Denver Westworld. http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2011/02/jonbenet_ramsey_house_for_sale_photos.php. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  5. Franks, Lucinda (13 August 2010). "John Ramsey's Lingering Suspicions". The Daily Beast. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2008/10/13/finally-exonerated-in-the-murder-of-his-daughter.html. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  6. Hewitt, Bill (20 January 1997). "Lost Innocent". People. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20143261,00.html. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  7. "Bonita Papers - JonBenet Ramsey Story". Re-News It. http://www.re-newsit.com/p/the-bonita-papers-are-unedited-notes-of.html. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Ramsey, John (2012). The Other Side of Suffering: The Father of JonBenet Ramsey Tells the Story of His Journey from Grief to Grace. Hachette Digital, Inc.. ISBN 9780892965595. 
  9. Savastio, Rebecca (25 October 2013). "JonBenet Ramsey-When Can We Stop Talking About Her?". Liberty Voice. http://guardianlv.com/2013/10/jonbenet-ramsey-when-can-we-stop-talking-about-her/. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  10. "JonBenét Ramsey Case Timeline". Crime Shots. http://crimeshots.com/RamseyTimeline.html. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  11. Thomas, p.132.
  12. Auge, Karen (10 July 2008). "DA Clears Ramsey Family". Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/ci_9833564. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  13. Bain, Ron (26 October 2013). "EDITORIAL: I know who killed JonBenet Ramsey". Western Slope Watchdog. http://westernslopewatchdog.com/2013/10/editorial-i-know-who-killed-jonbenet-ramsey/. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  14. Maloney, J.J. (30 August 1999). "The Murder of JonBenét Ramsey". Crime Magazine. http://www.crimemagazine.com/murder-jonben%C3%A9t-ramsey. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  15. Oates, Joyce Carol (24 June 1999). "The Mystery of JonBenét Ramsey". USF. http://www.usfca.edu/jco/mysteryofjonbenetramsey/. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  16. Miller, Thomas. "Chapter 1 - JonBenet Ramsey: Prostitution of Justice by Thomas C. "Doc" Miller". Thomas Miller Law. http://www.tommillerlaw.com/Chapter-1-JonBenet-Ramsey-Prostitution-of-Justice-by-Thomas-C-Doc-Miller.shtml. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  17. Haas, Werner (30 October 2006). "Who Killed Jon Benet Ramsey?". Yahoo. http://voices.yahoo.com/who-killed-jon-benet-ramsey-101621.html?cat=17. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  18. "People Weekly - Volume 61". TIME. http://books.google.com/books?id=h3s7AQAAIAAJ&q=patsy+ramsey+no+television+not+allowed+burke&dq=patsy+ramsey+no+television+not+allowed+burke&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QcxJU4OvKMviyAG-2YA4&ved=0CD0Q6AEwAw. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  19. McDonough, Sam Dennis (2007). 120 CLUES That Show WHO KILLED JONBENET. Lulu.com. p. 50. ISBN 9781430302216. 
  20. "Purdue Pilots Inc. meeting". Purdue University. https://engineering.purdue.edu/PPI/docs/minutes/26jan09.pdf. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  21. Foreman, Tom (16 October 2010). "Questions for JonBenet's brother -- again?". http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/10/15/jonbenet.ramsey.investigation/. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  22. Brown, Tanya (23 August 2006). "Community ready to let Ramsey study in peace". Boiler Station. http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~natt/ramsey.htm. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  23. 23.0 23.1 Bane, Vickie (26 March 2012). "John Ramsey: Life After Jonbenét". People. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20580704,00.html. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  24. "JonBenet Ramsey's Dad Admits: I Considered Suicide After My Daughter's Murder". Hollywood Life. 19 March 2012. http://hollywoodlife.com/2012/03/19/jonbenet-ramsey-dad-john-ramsey-suicide/. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  25. Schwartz, Karen (29 September 2010). "Author: Police Hope JonBenet's Brother May Yield Clues". AOL. http://www.aolnews.com/2010/09/29/police-reportedly-hope-jonbenet-ramseys-brother-may-provide-clu/. Retrieved 13 April 2014.