What Does Burke Ramsey Do? JonBenet's Brother Is In The Spotlight After Decades
It's been 20 years since the world first learned that a 6-year old beauty queen from Boulder, Colorado was found brutally murdered in her own home the day after Christmas. Since then, the unsolved murder of of JonBenét Ramsey has captivated the nation and though the media frenzy eventually subsided, the approaching anniversary of the murder has inspired a slew of TV specials dedicated to the case. This attention has renewed interested not only in the case, but in everyone connected to it, and those who have followed the investigation likely want to know what Burke Ramsey is doing now. Especially because, until his recent three-part interview with Dr. Phil, Burke has stayed completely out of the spotlight.
According to People, Burke graduated from Purdue University and currently works as a software engineer. Dr. Phil said in their televised interview that Burke works remotely from his home and is "a very private individual." In a 2012 interview with People, John Ramsey also said that Burke was "pretty quiet," with a job in the high-tech industry. "He's certainly matured. He's got a 401(k) plan and an IRA, and he did it all on his own," John said.
Until this with Dr. Phil, which aired its third and final segment on Monday, Sept. 19, Burke had avoided media attention since his sister's death (Burke was 9 years old when she was murdered). He had actually never given an interview to the press before this sit-down with Dr. Phil. In that interview, Burke maintained his and his parents' innocence in JonBenét's death (the family was officially cleared due to DNA evidence in 2008) and said that as a child, his parents tried their best to keep him away from the media circus that surrounded the murder. You can see part of Burke's interview below.
In a 2008 interview with The Daily Beast, John explained how hard it was to keep Burke away from the public scrutiny that their family faced. John recounted an incident that happened when Patsy was once at the supermarket with Burke and told The Daily Beast, "The headlines from a tabloid screamed out that Burke had done it. She dropped her produce and rushed Burke out, but the damage had been done."
With his Dr. Phil interview, Burke is finally able to share his own perspective on JonBenét's murder and everything his family faced afterwards. However, it's not the only TV special to focus on the case, as multiple television networks have put together documentaries about the case — none of which Burke has been involved in. On Monday, Sept. 19, CBS will wrap up its two-part docuseries, The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey, which brought together a group of experts to reexamine the case. A trailer for the series also showed a camera crew for the series approaching what appears to be Burke's home, but there has been nothing to suggest that Burke ever actually spoke with the crew.
In fact, when John Ramsey spoke with A&E for its special The Killing of JonBenét: The Truth Uncovered, he said of people that come "banging on [their] door":
“It makes me mad. This is not entertainment. This is my child that was murdered. She was a wonderful, innocent child that was murdered."
It seems like the final two hours of the CBS docuseries will heavily focus on Burke's interviews with psychologists and law enforcement from when he was a child, so it's good that he was able to share his own view on the case with Dr. Phil so that anyone who watches The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey can do so with his perspective in mind.