JonBenét Ramsey Wiki: The Unsolved Murder of a 6-Year-Old Pageant Winner

JonBenét Ramsey was a typical six-year-old. She loved cats, pigtails, and standing on her head. But the tragically short life of the girl is anything but typical. The bizarre December 26, 1996 murder of JonBenét remains an unsolved mystery. This JonBenét Ramsey wiki provides information about her life, her love of beauty pageants, her family, and the ongoing murder investigation.

JonBenét Ramsey Wiki: Family Life

JonBenét Patricia Ramsey was born on August 6, 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia.

About JonBenét Patricia Ramsey
Age6 Years
BirthAugust 6, 1990 Atlanta, Georgia
DeathDecember 26, 1996 Boulder, Colorado
SiblingsBurke Hamilton Ramsey, Elizabeth Ramsey (half-sibling), Melinda Ramsey (half-sibling), John Andrew Ramsey (half-sibling)
ParentsPatricia "Patsy" Ann Ramsey (née Paugh), John Bennett Ramsey

She was named after her father, John Bennett Ramsey, and her mother, Patricia “Patsy” Ann Ramsey (née Paugh). The name JonBenét uses a French pronunciation: zhawn ben-AY.

JonBenet Ramsey

JonBenet Ramsey; Photo:

She had one older sibling, brother Burke, who was born in 1987.

John married Patsy Paugh in 1980 at Atlanta’s Peachtree Presbyterian Church.

Patsy was the 1977 Miss West Virginia and she was also a Miss America contender.

Patricia Paugh 1977

Patricia Paugh; photo: Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization, Inc.

John had been married previously. In 1966, he married Lucinda Pasch, a college classmate from Michigan State University. The couple had three children, Elizabeth, Melinda, and John Andrew.

John and Lucinda divorced in 1977. It has been alleged that the reason for the split was an affair John had been having with a co-worker.

JonBenét and her brother Burke were born into a life of opportunity. Their father is a well-known American businessman who, in 1989, founded the Advanced Product Group. It merged with two other companies to become Access Graphics, a computer services company. John seized control of the new company and relocated it to Boulder, Colorado in 1991.

It was here that John purchased the family’s 7,000-square-foot, three-story, Tudor-style mansion in the upscale neighborhood adjacent to Chautauqua Park for around $500,000.

Over the next two years, Patsy spent $700,000 remodeling and redecorating the home. The house was listed on the Boulder Christmas tour, as well as the home tour. Patsy would greet visitors at the door with JonBenét and Burke at her side, all of them wearing matching sweaters.

Ramsey Home in Boulder, Colorado

Ramsey home in Boulder, Colorado; photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

JonBenét had a massive bedroom with wall hangings, toys, stuffed animals, and a bright, colorful bedspread. On display were JonBenét’s trophies, sashes, and medals. Her bedroom had a well-appointed en suite bathroom. An outside door from her room led to a large balcony that overlooked the family’s lush property.

On January 8, 1992, John’s oldest daughter, Elizabeth, 22, was killed in a traffic accident near Chicago. A few months later, John’s father also died.

In the summer of 1993, Patsy was diagnosed with metastasized ovarian cancer. In 1995, the cancer went into remission.

By 1996, John’s business was booming. On December 20 of that year, Access Graphics celebrated its first billion-dollar year. The Boulder Chamber of Commerce named John “Entrepreneur of the Year.” At the time, his net worth was reportedly around $6.4 million.

JonBenét Ramsey Wiki: Profile of a Happy Child

A Typical All-American Girl

JonBenét Ramsey was an outgoing child who loved being the center of attention. According to her stay-at-home mom, JonBenét “loved pigtails, she loved kitty cats, she loved blue jeans, she loved standing on her head. She was really good at standing on her head.”

JonBenét Ramsey also loved her family, friends, and church. But not necessarily in that order.

Her mother recounted that one time, JonBenét had asked her, “How much do you love me, mommy?” Patsy had replied, “JonBenét, I love you and Burke and daddy more than anything else in this world.” JonBenét had then turned to her mother and said, “You’re not supposed to love anyone more than Jesus.”

Patsy said about this conversation, “So, she knew the truth. She is with Him now, and we’ll be together one of these days.”

Patsy said that JonBenét also loved school.

“She was excited about school. She had her hair in braids, said she was wearing them in pigtail braids. She had an Atlanta backpack that her grandma gave her, and she wore a little kitty-cat outfit with a little kitten on the front and she just tripped right in there. She was really excited about going,” she said. “That was kindergarten—she never made it to first grade.”

Beauty Pageant Winner

Being so outgoing and vivacious—and blessed with bright green eyes, bouncy blonde hair, and an infectious smile—it’s not a total surprise that JonBenét followed in her mother’s footsteps. She started to enter beauty pageants when she was only four years old.

Not only did JonBenét enter the pageants, but she won. By age six, JonBenét had been crowned Little Miss Charlevoix, America’s Royale Miss, National Tiny Miss Beauty, Little Miss Christmas, Colorado State All-Star Kids Cover Girl, and Little Miss Colorado. JonBenét had also won more than a dozen talent and personality awards.

More good things were expected to come JonBenét’s way. Word on the pageant circuit was, “This one’s going all the way.”

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JonBenét Ramsey Wiki: A Little Girl’s Death

Christmas 1996: What Happened?

Christmas 1996 was as exciting as it could be for the Ramsey children.

Christmas was one of JonBenét’s favorite times of the year. And her family went all out, adorning the outside of the house with lights and ornaments and lavishly decorating the inside with different Christmas trees in every room.

On December 22, JonBenét performed at a local mall, where she sang “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” danced, and played a plastic saxophone.

On Christmas morning, JonBenét and Burke snuck downstairs early to see what Santa had left. Burke recalled seeing an electric train set, and he said that JonBenét had gotten a big dollhouse. Both of them also received new bikes.

Burke & .JonBenét Ramsey

Burke & .JonBenét Ramsey at Christmas; Photo:

That Christmas, JonBenét also received a doll. Her mother had sent a picture of JonBenét to a doll company so they could make a doll that supposedly looked like her. When JonBenét opened it, Patsy looked at the doll lying in the box and noted that it looked like JonBenét in a coffin.

That evening, the entire family had Christmas dinner at the home of their best friends, Priscilla and Fleet White Jr., a mile or so away.

They returned home around 10:00 p.m. John took the already sleeping JonBenét up to her bedroom and Patsy helped tuck her into bed.

According to what the couple have told authorities, it was the last time they saw their dau