JonBenét Ramsey's Father Talks In Depth About the Murder Of His Daughter With Barbara Walters

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JonBenét Ramsey, the child beauty pageant princess who was found murdered in her basement in 1996, would have been 25 this year. Many still vividly remember the scandal that erupted following her murder — which was never solved.

As part of a Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals series, which aired on cable’s Investigation Discovery Nov. 2, JonBenét's father, John Ramsey, opened up about those difficult days following her murder when he, his now-deceased wife, Patsy, and son Burke were the center of an intense investigation.

Ramsey said his greatest priority was to shield his son from tabloid headlines that accused Burke of the murder of his six-year-old sister.

“We tried to shield him from that,” John said. “Friends would ask us, ‘What can we do to help?’ We said, ‘Next time you go in the supermarket, call the manager over when you see our child’s photo on the front cover, and ask him to remove it.’ A lot of them did that.”

For the first time since the death of JonBenét Ramsey, Burke, now 28, spoke about those horrifying days, saying that he has since moved on.

JonBenét was found dead in her parents’ Boulder basement the day after Christmas 1996, an apparent victim of sexual assault. For months after the discovery of the body of the child beauty pageant contestant, her parents and her brother were investigated but never charged in the crime.

In Walters’ sitdown with Ramsey, he said he believes law enforcement botched the investigation. He also spoke about the untimely death of his wife Patsy in 2006 from ovarian cancer. His new wife, Jan, talked about how she dealt with the controversy despite some people telling her that she was “marrying a killer.”

Walters’ next installments in her scandal series with feature the trials of O.J. Simpson, the murder of John Lennon, Jim Bakker’s sex scandal and imprisonment for fraud, and the Menendez brothers.

Pam Wright