JonBenet Ramsey Case: Burke Ramsey to Break Silence on Sister's Murder

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Back in 1996, the nation was shocked by the Christmas Day murder of 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant JonBenet Ramsey.

JonBenet Ramsey Photo

Nearly 20 years later, the still-unsolved crime occasionally resurfaces in headlines as a result of new revelations or rumors related to the case.

Often these new developments are absurd. 

(For example, earlier this year, a rumor that Katy Perry is secretly JonBenet made the rounds on social media.) 

But sometimes they're significant.

By that, we mean that new information serves to shed new light on a case that's baffled investigators and the public for two decades.

Back in 2013, for example, unsealed court documents revealed that JonBenet's parents were actually indicted by a grand jury in 1999.

That came as a shock at the time.

Jon Benet Ramsey

The jury believed that the Ramseys assisted an unidentified person in avoiding the consequences of their unthinkable actions.

Officials believed that they showed "intent to hinder" efforts to bring the perpetrator to justice, according to the indictment.

Specifically, they sought to "delay, and prevent the discovery, detection, apprehension, prosecution, conviction, and punishment" in the shocking case.

Their alleged actions were premeditated, to boot.

Despite "knowing the person being assisted has committed and was suspected of the crime of murder in the first degree and child abuse resulting in death," the parents were accused of aiding that person.

The accused killer was never named.

Shockingly, the Boulder District Attorney's office determined there was insufficient evidence to press criminal charges.

Burke Ramsey, Dr. Phil

John and Patsy Ramsey were not officially cleared of wrongdoing until 2008 - 12 years after the murder took place.

Patsy was not around to see the day. She passed away from ovarian cancer two years earlier.

Now, just as it seemed that the death of JonBenet Ramsey would forever remain a mystery, the Dr. Phil Show is here to make sure we keep talking about it.

The program has announced a three-part interview with JonBenet's brother, Burke Ramsey, who was just 9 years old at the time of the murders.

Now 29, Burke is ready to break his silence.

He has reportedly shared everything he knows about the case in a series of pre-recorded interviews that are set to begin airing on September 11.

Producers have promised the interviews contain bombshell revelations that will change the way viewers see the notorious case.

Will they though?

Ramsey, JonBenet

Will any of these new claims and pieces of information truly alter our perception of one of the most famous U.S. crime stories, however?

We doubt it, but Burke does make for a compelling subject.

Despite his youth at the time of the incident, many over the years have posited theories that pointed the finger squarely at Burke.

Now, it's widely believed that he'll offer evidence that could incriminate his father.

Whatever the case, it's sure to make for an intriguing week of television and big ratings for Dr. Phil.

Just the way he likes it.

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