Burke Ramsey will speak out in a three-part special on Dr. Phil beginning in September

By Char Adams
Updated August 01, 2016 02:50 PM
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The older brother of JonBenét Ramsey will speak publicly for the first time in an upcoming episode of Dr. Phil nearly two decades after his little sister was found dead in the basement of the family’s Colorado home.

Burke Ramsey was just 9 years old the day after Christmas in 1996 when JonBenét, a 6-year-old beauty queen, was killed. Burke, JonBenét and their parents, John and Patsy, were the only people in the home at the time. The killing, one of the highest profile in recent memory, remains unsolved.

The case launched the Ramsey family into the public eye but the trio was cleared of any involvement in the crime in 2008 – two years after the death of Patsy to ovarian cancer.

Ramsey, who has never spoken to the media about the death, will speak out in a three-part Dr. Phil series beginning Sept. 12.

John, discovered the little girl with duct tape over her mouth and a cord twisted around her neck. Although there was no sign of a break-in at the Tudor mansion in Boulder, a ransom note left in the house demanded the oddly precise sum of $118,000.

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Authorities later determined that JonBenét had been sexually assaulted.

Last November, John said that he desperately tried to shield his son from tabloid headlines that accused him of murdering JonBenét.

“We tried to shield him from that,” John said in an interview with Barbara Walters.

“Friends would ask us, ‘What can we do to help?’ We said, ‘Next time you go in the supermarket, call the manager over when you see our child’s photo on the front cover, and ask him to remove it.’ A lot of them did that.”

The three-part interview airs Monday, Sept. 12; Tuesday, Sept. 13; and Monday, Sept. 19. Check local listings for times.