JonBenet Ramsey's Father Finds 'Toddlers & Tiaras' Bizarre
For some, "reality TV" is absolutely far too real.
It wasn't until 2008, a full 12 years after six-year-old child beauty pageant princess JonBenet Ramsey's still-unsolved murder, that Patrick Ramsey and his now-deceased wife Patsy were formally discounted as suspects with an official apology from Boulder, Colo. District Attorney's Office.
That makes it maybe the more compelling that Patrick claimed during a Tuesday "Good Morning America" interview that he finds TLC's fascinating-10-car-pile-up "Toddlers & Tiaras" to be "very bizarre" in light of his late daughter and wife's respective memories.
"Patsy and JonBenét didn't approach [pageants] that way," Ramsey said. "We — they just did it for fun. I see her, you know, in shorts and T-shirt and hair kind of scruffy and just kind of a kid."
The Ramseys' lives being lived sometimes around JonBenet's competition schedule became a tabloid-scrutiny subject following the girl's Dec. 26, 1996 death. She was found dead in the basement of the family's home. Patrick recounted during his interview a time when Patsy told him that a strange adult male made the two "uncomfortable" when he approached a car driving the pair through a parade.
As the TLC docu-comedy becomes a joke-butt for how it portrays sometimes uncomfortably dolled-up children and their hard-driving mothers, Patrick has his own discomfort about his daughter's short life that he deals with every day.
"I think about these things now and it makes me cringe," Ramsey said. "We were so naive. I now believe with all my heart that it's not a good idea to put your child on public display."
As of Patsy Ramsey's 2006 death at age 49 following a battle with ovarian cancer, the couple had not yet been ruled out in their daughter's death. Now 16 years past, charges have never been filed against a suspect.