A new documentary about JonBenét Ramsey’s murder, titled Casting JonBenét, began streaming on Netflix today, but the one hour and twenty minute film doesn’t really dig deep into her family, who were left heartbroken by her death while simultaneously denying their innocence in the homicide.
John Ramsey, JonBenét’s father, remains a particularly intriguing character, whom many have suspected of staging the crime scene to protect his oldest child Burke. Scroll down for details about the entrepreneur and his involvement in his daughter’s case.
The family’s wealth was a popular topic of conversation in the media.
As of May 1, 1996, John’s net worth was estimated at $6.4 million, which many assume is one of the reasons the case gained such intense media coverage. After serving in the Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps officer, the now 73-year-old formed the Advanced Product Group, which later merged with two companies to become Access Graphics, a successful computer services company.
In a 2015 interview with Barbara Walters, John claimed the cost of the investigation drained the family’s savings. He also stated that it’s been difficult for him to find work.
John with late wife Patsy in 2000.
Several of John’s family members denied speculation that he had been a child abuser.
After JonBenét was found in the basement with a broken skull and a garrote around her neck, several reports suggested that John had been an abusive father. The businessman’s ex-wife, Lucinda Pasch, his brother, and his sister-in-law all gave statements to the media defending John’s character. Also, two of his children from his first marriage told interviewers that their dad had always been a loving and gentle parent.
John hasn’t revisited the Boulder, CO, home where his daughter was killed.
In a 2016 interview with Dr. Phil, the Nebraska native revealed that he hasn’t been back to the family’s old home since they moved shortly after JonBenét’s death. “I never spent another second there. Never went in that house. Couldn’t. Can’t do it,” he shared.
Watch Casting JonBenét on Netflix now.