BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – For the first time in nearly 20 years Burke Ramsey is recounting what happened when his little sister JonBenet was murdered in the family home.
Burke talked exclusively to Dr. Phil McGraw and the interview will play out in three episodes. Monday’s part focused mostly on Burke’s memories of the morning JonBenet’s body was found.
“The first thing I remember is my mom bursting into my room … really frantic saying, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh’ … running around my room looking for JonBenet,” Burke said.
In his first ever public interview about the death of his sister, Burke describes the frantic search for JonBenet in the early hours of Dec. 26.
“Next thing I remember was a police officer coming into my room,” Burke said.
Burke says despite the commotion he never got out of bed.
“But still someone comes in your room with a flashlight and you never get up and say, ‘What is going on here?'” Dr. Phil asked Burke.
“I guess I just like to avoid conflict … or I’m … I don’t know … I guess I just felt safer there,” Burke replied.
“Were you curious?” Dr. Phil asked.
“I guess I’m not the worry type … I guess part of me doesn’t want to know what’s going on,” Burke replied.
“Critics would say you weren’t curious because you already knew,” Dr. Phil said.
“I was scared I think. I mean I didn’t know if there is some bad guy downstairs that my dad was chasing off with a gun. I had no idea,” Burke said.
In a no-holds-barred interview where no questions were off limits Burke talks about the evidence and behavior that turned him into a suspect in the murder. And for the first time, Dr. Phil reveals the interrogation tapes done with Burke nearly 20 years ago.
Dr. Phil’s interview with Burke continues on Tuesday on CBS4 at 4 p.m.