Did Burke Ramsey Really Kill His Sister? Where Is He Now?

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Did Burke Ramsey Really Kill His Sister? Where Is He Now?
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Burke Ramsey is the brother of the late JonBenét Patricia Ramsey, a child beauty queen who was killed at the age of six in her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado. The infamous 1996 homicide is still an unsolved crime and remains an open investigation with the Boulder Police Department.

After the tragic incident, the rest of JonBenet’s family members fell under suspicion of the killing of the little girl. Along with her parents, John and Patsy, some began to suggest Burke also had a hand in his sister’s death.

Even after 21 years, JonBenet’s murder remains one of the most puzzling and popularly discussed unsolved mysteries in American history. Scroll down for the complete details of Burke’s sister’s murder mystery, his early life, and how is he coping up with all the blames and the death of his sister, itself.

Quick Facts

Full NameBurke Ramsey
Date of BirthJan. 27, 1987
ParentsJohn Bennett Ramsey and Patsy Ramsey
Great-grandparentOrval B. Rymer
SiblingsJonBenét Ramsey, John Andrew Ramsey, Elizabeth Pasch Ramsey, Melinda Ramsey
Marital StatusUnmarried
ProfessionSoftware engineer

Burke Ramsey Is The Son Of A Successful Businessman 

The now 34-year-old Burke Ramsey was born on Jan. 27, 1987, to parents John Bennett Ramsey and Patsy Ramsey. His father John was a successful businessman. He was in the Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps officer. Burke’s father later formed the Advanced Product Group, which then merged with two companies to become Access Graphics, a successful computer services company

His Mother Died Of Cancer

The family lived a comfortable life in Boulder, Colorado. Like his dead sister, Burke’s mother was also a beauty queen winner, former Miss West Virginia.

Ramsey’s mom died of ovarian cancer in 2006. He was 19 at the time.

Burke Ramsey's father, John Ramsey was quite a successful businessman. The family lived a comfortable life in Colorado
from right, Burke Ramsey with his mother, Patsy, father, John, and the late sister, JonBenet.

After the death of his mother, Burke’s father, John Ramsey briefly dated Beth Twitty, mother of Natalee Holloway, who disappeared in Aruba in 2005. They later parted with John citing “Beth was behind me in terms of the grief cycle.”

JonBenet’s father then went on to marry the twice-divorced Las Vegas designer, Jan Rousseaux, whom he met in 2010.

Burke Ramsey’s Education And Siblings

John and Patsy’s son, Burke studied at Purdue University, graduating with a degree in computer technology in 2010.

His sister JonBenet was the winner of titles including Little Miss Colorado, America’s Royale Miss, National Tiny Miss Beauty, and Colorado State All-Star Kids Cover Girl.

In addition to JonBenet, Burke also has two older half-siblings from his father, John’s previous relationship.

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The Murder of Burke Ramsey’s Sister, JonBenet

Burke Ramsey was just nine when his sister met the tragic accident in the basement of the family’s home in Boulder, Colorado. He once said at the time of his sister’s death his mom searched his room saying, “Where’s my baby? Where’s my baby?

The toddler sister of Burke had been strangled, hit over the head, and was underneath a white blanket on Boxing Day. Before that, Ramsey’s parents reported to police that their daughter had been kidnapped and that they had found a note demanding a ransom of $118,000.

When they found the dead body of their daughter, they said she had a nylon cord around her neck, her wrists bound above her head, and duct tape over her mouth.

Did Burke Ramsey Really Kill His Sister?

Though Burke was initially blamed for the death of his sister, he was later proven to be innocent. In 2008, Burke along with his two parents got a clean sheet after the investigation team detected three pieces of male DNA on JonBenét’s clothing.

Further, Patsy and John had also denied Burke was responsible for his sister’s death and said he was sleeping until after they called the police.

The late JonBenet's brother, Burke Ramsey sued the CBS for defamation asking $750 million in damages
The late JonBenet’s brother, Burke Ramsey got a clean sheet in the murder case of his sister from the officials in 2008. Source: CBS

On the other hand, the original evidence that helped prove Burke’s innocence has since received challenges. The experts claim the conclusions could have stemmed from other sources amid revelations the FBI made several mistakes when analyzing the crime scene.

Investigators concluded Burke Killed His Sister Because She Took His Snacks

Also, the FBI team claimed when JonBenet tried to take some of the fruit snacks (pineapple) from her brother, then 9-year-old Burke lost it and forcefully struck his sister with a torch. Several media afterward theorized that in the ensuing panic, Ramsey strangled his own sister to death.

Apparently, the autopsy also revealed that there were pieces of undigested pineapple in JonBenet’s system.

The research team subsequently suspected Burke Ramsey accidentally killed his sister. Then after finding out, his parents Patsy and John tried to cover up the murder in order to protect their son.

Burke Ramsey Sued Those Who Accused Him Of The Killing His Sister 

In 2016, Ramsey sued the network for defamation asking $750 million — $250 million in compensatory damages and no less than $500 million in punitive damages. He likewise sued Werner Spitz, the forensic pathologist involved in the CBS docuseries for $150 million.

Burke and CBS later settled the dispute out of court for an undisclosed amount. CBS had reportedly released a document, The Case of JonBenét Ramsey, explaining how JonBenet’s brother was the real killer.

Ramsey had also sued Dr. Werner Spitz who accused him of killing his six-year-old sister in the documentary.

Ramsey Advocated His Innocence On Dr. Phil

While talking with Dr. Phil in September 2016, Burke stressed his innocence, along with that of his mother and father. The now software engineer brother of JonBenet added he was also ready to take a lie detector test to be in the clear. He additionally denied the allegation that he had sexually abused his sister.

Some nonetheless claimed him still being the murderer reasoning that he had a “creepy” attitude the whole time he was on the show. In response, Dr. Phil explained Burke was just socially awkward.

Burke Ramsey Also Denied The Accusation That His Mother Was The Real Killer

In the wake of JonBenét’s killing, the media and people suspected the whole Ramsey family including the little girl’s late mother, Patsy. This was especially on the grounds that the handwriting on the ransom note was similar to her own.

Countering the allegations, while exchanging talks with Dr. Phil, Burke said,

“Not to say she never got upset, but nothing near laying a finger on us, let alone killing her child.”

The tech guy maintained his mother never even spanked her kids, ‘not even close.’

So, Who Exactly Killed Burke Ramsey’s Sister? 

Private investigator Ollie Gray alleged it was Michael Helgoth, whose family owned a junkyard on the outskirts of the city that had killed Burke’s sister, JonBenet. Though, he, himself, died of an apparent suicide in 1997. The police put him off the suspects’ list a few years later when they found that none of his DNA was under JonBenet’s fingernails or in her underwear.

Then in 2006, a pedophile former teacher named John Mark Karr confessed to murdering the blonde kid. He was also let go of as his DNA did not match that found on the girl’s body either.

In like manner, the officials detained several suspects but to date, none has been convicted with strong credence.

Where Is Burke Ramsey Now?

InTouch Weekly in June 2018, reported Burke has long been preferring to live a quiet life, starting from the death of his sister. He has been working from home even before the pandemic-2020. This he presumably did in order to save himself from the attack of people.

It is also unclear if Ramsey is married or has a romantic partner of some sort. However, in 2015, news.com.au shared a picture that showed Burke by the side of an unidentified woman — who then many speculated as his girlfriend/wife.

Burke Ramsey's father, John Ramsey once claimed his son was doing fine with a girlfriend and a high paying job
In November 2015, News Au reported the late JonBenet’s brother Burke Ramsey was in a relationship with a girl. Source: News.au

In 2012, his dad, John Ramsey, told People that his son had “matured” and was living a “pretty quiet” life. He at the time also confirmed his son was doing great with a girlfriend and a job in the high-tech industry. Though, it is unsure if the older brother of JonBenet is still with the same lady. The father of four also said his son with Patsy had a 401(k) plan and an IRA.

What Does He Do For A Living?

After completing his degree from Purdue University, he has been working as a software engineer for a reputed company. He is a successful individual at present despite all he went through in life.


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