The brother of JonBenet Ramsey remembers going to her funeral, and looking at her open coffin.
“The casket was so small. Her eyes were closed. And I think one of her eyes was a little bit, like, droopy,” Burke Ramsey tells Dr. Phil McGraw in a three-part series of exclusive interviews that began airing Monday.
The discussions mark the 20th anniversary of the 6-year-old’s gruesome murder, which remains unsolved to this day.
Seeing his sister’s body laid out in her casket was difficult. “That was weird,” he said. “That was traumatizing, a little bit,” he told the syndicated talk show host.
“I remember my parents being really upset,” he recalled about the funeral. “I remember my dad leaning down to give her a kiss.”
Burke Ramsey, now 29, says he remembers the day his mother, Patsy, came running into his room on the morning after Christmas, frantically looking for JonBenet, who was not in her bed.
Ultimately, the child beauty queen's body would be found hours later in the basement. And a long journey in the public spotlight would begin for the Ramsey family.
“For a long time the media basically made our lives crazy. It’s hard to miss the cameras and news trucks in your front yard. And we go to the supermarket sometimes and there would be a tabloid with my picture, JonBenet’s picture plastered on the front, or they would follow us around,” said Ramsey.
Part two of the special series airs Tuesday. The last installment is scheduled to be broadcast on September 19.