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The death of six year old beauty queen Jonbenet Ramsey made national headlines the -- became a media -- much like the OJ Simpson trial.
And -- losing their daughter wasn't hard enough John and Patsy Ramsey also had to fight claims.
That they had a hand in her murder.
It was the day after Christmas of 1996.
The body of little Jonbenet Ramsey was found in the basement of her family's upscale home in Boulder, Colorado.
-- six years old she was a child beauty queen competing in pageants much like her mother -- a former miss West Virginia.
Early that morning Patsy Ramsey called police to report that Jonbenet was missing when they -- -- he shows them a ransom note found in the house.
Police conduct a search could find no sign of Jonbenet.
Seven hours later John Ramsey finds his daughter's body in a little -- room in the basement.
An autopsy show that she'd been beaten strangled and possibly sexually assaulted.
It wasn't long before police shifted their search.
From a possible intruder and -- the Ramsey family itself the boulder DA said John and patsy were under under the umbrella of suspicion.
The case became a media circus and the family was being tried in the court Republican.
I did not kill Jonbenet.
I did not have anything.
I love yeah.
The investigation dragged on for months with -- little progress and no arrests made.
John and patsy put their house on the market and moved to Atlanta and not far from where their daughter was married in 1998.
A grand jury decided there was not enough evidence to charge anyone -- jonbenet's murder tragedy.
Struck the family again in 2006.
When Patsy Ramsey died from a recurrence of ovarian cancer and then in 200812.
Years after that fateful.
Christmas John and Patsy Ramsey were finally exonerated in the case.
New DNA testing techniques -- The jonbenet's parents were innocent and the boulder district attorney's office sent a letter of apology to John.
Jonbenet's case was reopened in 2010 but still no suspects have been named.
John Ramsey has told his story and a powerful new book called.
The other side of suffering he joins me now John it's great to see -- -- be here.
The media frenzy that you experience is unlike anything I've ever heard from a private citizen if it exceeds that which most politicians experienced who asked for you actually had telephone repairmen.
Are people posing as repairmen.
Trying to tap the phones at your home.
And a Jewish reporter kneeling beside you at communion.
Trying to get you to say something as you -- to take communion and this madness absolute madness.
Johnny you know I think most of us.
Remember the story but it's hard pressed to conceive.
The agony that you're going through having lost a daughter.
But this wasn't your first daughter.
To have lost tragically your older daughter Beth had been killed in a car wreck just a few years earlier yes now you're facing a second daughter's death.
Adding to that you've been accused of the murder.
Yeah they did I mean obviously the real pain was the loss per child so the the accusations and craziness that was going on around this was was there but it was we were already near mortally wounded from the blossom per child so it it.
In -- -- it distracted us.
In an ironic way you in that we had to deal with how to -- How do we get from house to church -- -- -- we get from the house to Burke school without being barraged with cameras and microphones and Burke -- your your others -- younger and it was -- time and and one of the things -- there's a powerful moment and ended the book.
Patsy and -- at the grocery store and and they look over and there's a tabloid and ended it says the brother did it -- talking about Burke now.
He's a kid nine years old yet not that was that's very hurtful and now -- trying to keep all that away from Berkeley tried to shield him returning given enough.
As much of a childhood as we continue to give him.
-- -- -- Rarely do I read a book where I found myself so completely enthralled and unable to stop reading and I feel compelled just to dig into the story and this is one of those stories thank you because I think I knew what.
Had happened but I didn't know the -- that it.
The humiliation that you and patsy endured at the hands of a local police department that would not accept.
Really no for an answer they -- they were determined well and I.
I think what I was I don't know it -- it that they they place their better early they made the decision very early and wouldn't deviate from a regardless of evidence or or lack thereof.
I don't know I can't comprehend why they didn't mean a week we understood and it was explained to us that police always look at the carrier's first and -- parents and -- OK we understand that but don't stop there please -- -- in hand and of course they did.
I don't know one thing that I find amazing.
How do you keep from being.
Angry and bitter and just wanting to get revenge.
At well press and the police and all the people that wronged you and I mean by anybody's objective standard.
They did yeah well I'd be less than honest about -- felt that way for awhile but I spent a lot of time thinking about what forgiveness is all about it and a lot of Reading a lot of study.
And it went through three phases I guess of understanding for my benefit what forgiveness.
Really is it forgiveness is a gift I give myself it's a release of that anger in -- -- desire for revenge doesn't matter that the person.
They may not even know your forgiveness doesn't care -- of forgiving him but it's a gift to give yourself and it took me awhile to get to that point to understand that what.
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