JonBenet Ramsey's father was 'in total disbelief' after he was declared the prime suspect in her murder
Twenty-two years after the murder of 6-year-old pageant star JonBenet Ramsey in December 1996, the public has still not been able to forget the case. Maybe it is because of the brutal murder or maybe because her parents were first considered suspects in the case and then later cleared. However, the unfortunate part is that the murderer is still at large and no clues whatsoever are helping the police get anyway closer to folding the case.
1996 and the years following that were trying times for JonBenet's parents — John and Patsy Ramsey who had become the prime suspects. John Ramsey will be opening up about the days after the murder in an interview with Dr. Oz on April 30. DailyMail was able to obtain a preview of the interview where John opens up on the time he learned that he was the prime suspect in the murder.
John spoke to Dr. Oz and shared, "It was a day or two after and we had gone to a friend's house to stay, and I got a call from a fella that worked for me. And he said, "John, I got a call from inside the system. He didn't say who, and the message was: Tell John to get the best defense attorney he can get his hands on because they're going after him, they think he killed his daughter."
Upon hearing the disturbing news, John was in shock and total disbelief completely unaware of how these suspicions would follow him for the next decade. John's interview on Dr. Oz follows his recent appearance on A&E's 'Hunting JonBenet's Killer: The Untold Story', where John shared never seen before images of his daughter. One such image shows little JonBenet smiling as she looks at the camera on Christmas Eve in 1996, the day before she died.
This was the last known picture of JonBenet who was murdered inside her own home. The show also featured an age-progression image which showed viewers what JonBenet would have looked like today. She would have been 28 years old though her father says he cannot imagine her growing old. "In my mind, she's still my 6-year-old little girl, that's how I remember her," John shared.
Four years before the passing of JonBenet, John had lost his oldest daughter in a car accident but revealed that he still feels blessed. "My kids are healthy and grandkids are healthy so you have to look at what's good in your life and be thankful for it." He did admit that he does think of how things would be if JonBenet was not snatched away from him.
He also opened up on when he and his wife Patsy were cleared by investigators around 12 years after JonBenet's death and two years after Patsy had died of cancer. "I figure Patsy knew that from whatever vantage point she had in heaven. And my mind frame was, OK, let's get on with finding the killer."
Little JonBenet was discovered dead in her home in Boulder, Colorado in 1996 on December 26, just a day after Christmas. She was found by her father eight hours after being reported missing by her parents.