Burke Ramsey Wiki: The Older Brother in JonBenét’s Shadow

Burke Ramsey will forever be known as the older brother of JonBenét Ramsey. JonBenét was the six-year-old girl who was abducted from her bed in the early hours of December 26, 1996, taken to her family’s basement, sexually abused, and murdered. Over the years, a theory has emerged alleging that Burke accidentally killed JonBenét and his parents tried to cover it up. This Burke Ramsey wiki looks at his early childhood, the mystery surrounding his sister’s unsolved murder, and whether there is any merit to the theory that he could be the killer.

About the Ramsey Family

John Bennett Ramsey was born December 7, 1943, in Lincoln, Nebraska. His parents were Mary Jane Bennett Ramsey and James Dudley “Jay” Ramsey.

About Burke Hamilton Ramsey
Age33 Years
BirthJanuary 27, 1987 Atlanta, Georgia
GenderMale
SiblingsJohn Andrew Ramsey, Melinda Ramsey, JonBenét Patricia Ramsey
ParentsPatsy Ramsey, John Ramsey
AlumniPurdue University

John met Lucinda Lou Pasch while they both attended Michigan State University. In 1966, they got married.

After a stint in the Navy, during which time he served as a Civil Engineer Corps officer, John formed his own company, Advanced Product Group.

John and Lucinda had three children together: Elizabeth (born in 1970), Melinda (born in 1971), and John Andrew (born in 1976).

The couple divorced in 1978 after John had an affair with a co-worker.

In 1979, John Ramsey noticed Patricia Ann Paugh, a 22-year-old brunette living in Atlanta, and pursued her romantically.

Two years earlier, Patricia (“Patsy”), while majoring in journalism at West Virginia University, had been crowned Miss West Virginia.

Originally from Gilbert, West Virginia, Patsy was the daughter of Nedra Ellen Ann Paugh and Donald Ray Paugh.

John and his new love married in 1980 at Atlanta’s Peachtree Presbyterian Church. John was 37 and Patsy was 23.

Burke Hamilton Ramsey was born to John and Patsy Ramsey on January 27, 1987 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Burke Ramsey

Burke Ramsey; Photo: Investigation Discovery

Three years later, the couple had Burke’s only full sister. JonBenét Patricia Ramsey was born on August 6, 1990.

Death of Burke Ramsey’s Half-Sister

Before JonBenét died, the Ramsey family went through another tragedy.

On January 8, 1992, Burke’s older half-sister Elizabeth Pasch Ramsey was killed in a car accident in Downers Grove Township, Illinois.

Her boyfriend Matthew Derrington was driving the car, when it went out of control and careened into a truck. Elizabeth died from multiple internal injuries.

Elizabeth was just 22 years old at the time, working as a flight attendant.

From Atlanta to Boulder

Once they were married, John and Patsy Ramsey moved to the Dunwoody section of Atlanta. There, John ran his own company, Microsouth, from their house.

In 1989, Burke’s dad merged his company with Boulder-based Access Graphics and one other firm.

He then seized control of the new company and, in 1991, relocated his family to a small, upscale neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado.

Burke’s family moved into a 7,000-square-foot, three-story, $500,000 Tudor-style mansion in a well-heeled neighborhood next to Chautauqua Park. They invested at least $700,000 more into the home in the form of renovations supervised by Burke’s mom, Patsy.

The home at 755 15th St. was listed on the Boulder Christmas tour, as well as the home tour. Patsy would greet visitors at the door with Burke and JonBenét at her side, the three of them wearing matching sweaters.

Burke, Patsy and JonBenet Ramsey; Image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spQRFfEoZVs

Christmas was a big deal and a happy time at the Ramseys’ home, until that terrible day in 1996.

Burke’s Family Christmas, 1996

On Christmas morning, Burke snuck downstairs early with little sister JonBenét to see how much loot they had received. Burke said he recalled seeing an electric train set and a big dollhouse for JonBenét. Burke said they both also received new bikes.

Burke Ramsey with JonBenet on Christmas morning, 1996

Burke with JonBenet on Christmas morning, 1996; Photo: Investigation Discovery

That evening, Burke, his sister, and their parents went to a Christmas dinner party at the home of close family friends, Priscilla and Fleet White Jr.

They returned home around 10:00 p.m. JonBenét had fallen asleep in the car, so John carried her up to her bedroom. Patsy followed to tuck her into bed.

Burke went to bed not long after his parents tucked his little sister in. There are conflicting stories about what he did before bed that night. In one account, he had a snack of pineapple and tea. In another, his dad helped him put together a model he’d gotten for Christmas.

His parents may have spent some time packing last-minute items for a family trip that they were going to take to Michigan the next day, before they also went to bed.

Burke’s Sister Goes Missing

Early in the morning of December 26, 1996, shortly after waking up, Patsy found a three-page ransom letter on the bottom steps of the staircase.

In it, the supposed kidnappers claimed that they had JonBenét. They demanded $118,000 for her safe return.

Six Additional Seconds of 911 Call Secretly Recorded

Patsy called 911 at 5:51 a.m. What was caught on that phone call has been debated for years.

The most controversial and contentious part of the 911 recording is that, at the end, Patsy failed to properly hang up the phone. Because the operator did not hang up, the call continued to record for six additional seconds. But no one has ever been able to conclusively decipher the muffled voices in the background.

In 1997, at the request of the Boulder Police Department, Aerospace Corporation conducted a test of the 911 call recording. The results were never officially released. Somehow, though, the National Enquirer got its hands on a copy of the recording and leaked it in 1998.

The enhanced 911 tape appears to reveal that Burke Ramsey was awake when Patsy called the police to report JonBenét’s kidnapping.

In the background, Burke can be heard asking his parents, “What did you find?”

John Ramsey allegedly shouts back at Burke, “We are not talking to you!”

Patsy can be heard shouting “Oh my Jesus, oh my Jesus.”

The Ramsey family has always insisted that Burke was still asleep in bed at the time.

Commenting on the leak of the transcript to the National En