JonBenet Ramsey's Father Regrets Letting Her In Pageants

John Ramsey Promoting Book, 'The Other Side of Suffering'

The father of murder victim JonBenet Ramsey has written a new book about his journey from grief to hope.

The book, "The Other Side of Suffering," recounts how John Ramsey's faith helped him navigate course from suffering to forgiveness, according to ABC News.

JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her family's home in Boulder in December 1996. No one has been charged in her death.

Many around the world came to know the little girl through pictures and videos of her as a 6-year-old beauty queen, wearing full make-up, in fancy dresses with her hair fully-coiffed.

But John Ramsey remembers JonBenet as something of a tomboy, who loved to hike and play with her older brother, Burke.

"I see her, you know, in shorts and t-shirt and hair kind of scruffy and just kind of a kid," he said.

Ramsey said he found the hit TLC show on children in beauty pagents, "Toddlers and Tiaras," disturbing.

"It's very bizarre," he said outright. "Patsy and JonBenet didn't approach it that way. We -- they just did it for fun."

Ramsey said he remembers his little girl in a parade, just days before JonBenet was found dead.

"Patsy had her sitting atop a friend's convertible in the Christmas parade waving at the people lining the streets," Ramsey recalled. "Patsy's mother later told me that a strange man approached the car during the parade and it made her uncomfortable. I think about these things now and it makes me cringe. We were so naïve. I now believe with all my heart that it's not a good idea to put your child on public display."

Patsy Ramsey was a beauty queen herself and JonBenet very much wanted to take part in pageants after seeing her mother on stage at a pageant reunion, John Ramsey said, but letting his daughter compete in pageants is something he regrets.

"Only because- that possibly might have drawn attention to us," he said. "I don't know. But- I think for- for advice to a parent is just recognize that- regardless of where you live, there- there could be evil around you. And- and don't be naive about it. And keep your kids protected."

Read more of John Ramsey's interview with ABC News.

Murder Investigation

Boulder police told 7NEWS last summer that more than 150 DNA samples have been tested in the investigation. More than 140 people have been investigated as potential suspects, but none could be linked to the crime.

Boulder police took the investigation back from the district attorney's office in 2009 saying they would apply new technology and expertise in hopes of solving the case.

At the time, newly elected District Attorney Stan Garnett agreed that police should lead the investigation again.

"District attorneys prosecute and police investigate," Garnett said. "I have carefully reviewed the state of the evidence in the Ramsey case, meeting with many people both inside and outside of my office. Based on the state of this evidence, no charges can be filed against anyone in this case at this time. Possible leads come in on a regular basis and the Boulder police should investigate these leads. I, in consultation with my staff, will make any filing decision based on the evidence."

In 2009 Boulder police formed a task force to provide ideas and direction for the investigation, but a spokeswoman told 7NEWS the task force is not an ongoing group.

Ramsey Family

JonBenet's mother, Patsy Ramsey, died from cancer in 2006.

John Ramsey, remarried in July 2011.

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