This Video Of Burke Ramsey With A Psychologist Is A Sobering Reminder That His Sister's Death Was Traumatic
In the nearly 20 years since six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey's mysterious disappearance and death, her case still has not been solved. Her family has been largely cleared of any suspicion, but that hasn't stopped many people from continuing to reject the DNA evidence, according to Ramsey's older brother, Burke. Ahead of the 20th anniversary of Ramsey's death, her brother gave his first-ever media interview — and Dr. Phil has aired a video of Burke with a psychologist after JonBenét's death.
Burke is now 29 years old, but he's still dealing with the repercussions of his younger sister's 1996 death. In 2008, DNA evidence cleared the Ramsey family of having any part in the young beauty queen's death. But as Burke told Dr. Phil McGraw in Monday's interview, "I know people think I did it... [or] that my parents did it." Burke's interview includes three separate parts.
In a segment that has already aired, Dr. Phil showed Burke — and viewers — a video from about two weeks after his sister's death. In January 1997, Burke met with a psychologist, who asked him to draw a picture of his family. Curiously, he did not draw JonBenét in the illustration — and, according to the video, he seemingly didn't intend to.
"Anybody else in your family that you are going to draw?" the psychologist asked a nine-year-old Burke in the video. He then replied that he's going to draw himself, but he didn't mention his younger sister. When Dr. Phil asked Burke years later why he didn't draw JonBenét, Burke gave an understandable answer, considering he's watching a video taken nearly 20 years ago, when he was just nine years old: "I don't really remember what was going through my head, but she was gone, so I didn't draw her."
The video seems to show an innocent young boy hard at work on an illustration, while simultaneously trying to answer the doctor's questions. In the footage, Burke seems upbeat. As he told Dr. Phil, he remembers the room where he spoke to the doctor, but he doesn't remember thinking that it was a psychologist at the time.
Along with the in-depth interview on Dr. Phil's eponymous show, the video of Burke meeting with a psychologist provides some insight into what the aftermath of JonBenét's murder meant for her family. In this case, it meant meetings with psychologists and an analysis of a nine-year-old's illustration. It doesn't seem to raise any suspicions about Burke's involvement (or proven lack thereof) in his sister's murder, but it still seems somewhat disturbing to see footage of the young boy taken so soon after a traumatic family experience.
Image: The Dr. Phil Show (1)