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    John Bennett Ramsey

    • John Bennett Ramsey
      Born (1943-12-07) December 7, 1943 (age 73)
      Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
      Alma mater Michigan State University
      Occupation Computer firm executive
      Political party Republican
      Spouse(s) Lucinda Pasch
      (m. 1966–78)
      Patsy Paugh (m. 1980–2006; her death)
      Jan Rousseaux (m. 2011)
      Children Elizabeth Pasch Ramsey (1969–92)
      Melinda Ramsey (b. 1972)
      John Andrew Ramsey (b. 1976)
      Burke Hamilton Ramsey (b. 1987)
      JonBenét Patricia Ramsey (1990–96)

      John Bennett Ramsey (born December 7, 1943) is an American businessman, author, and father of homicide victim JonBenét Ramsey, who was murdered in her Boulder, Colorado home on December 25, 1996. He discovered 6-year-old JonBenét's body in the cellar of the home just hours after her murder.

      Ramsey was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of Mary Jane (née Bennett) (1919–1978) and James Dudley "Jay" Ramsey (1916–1992), a decorated World War II pilot. He graduated from Michigan State University.

      Ramsey joined the Navy in 1966, served as a Civil Engineer Corps officer in the Philippines for 3 years, and in an Atlanta reserve unit for an additional 8 years.

      In 1989, he formed the Advanced Product Group, one of three companies that merged to become Access Graphics. He became President and Chief Executive Officer of Access Graphics, a computer services company and a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.

      In 1996, Access Graphics grossed over $1 billion, and he was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. Immediately following the murder of his daughter he was "temporarily replaced so the company did not have to bother him about business matters as he grieved", according to Lockheed Martin spokesman Evan McCollum.

      Ramsey soon left his job to move his family to Michigan, where he joined another computer company. Access Graphics was later sold to General Electric in 1997.

      His net worth was reported at $6.4 million as of May 1, 1996. In 2015, John told Barbara Walters in an interview that the death of JonBenét and the ensuing investigation and cost of the case had cost him the entire family fortune. He also claims that because of the notoriety of the case he now finds it very difficult to find work.

      The murder of Ramsey's six-year-old daughter, JonBenét, was the only murder in Boulder, Colorado, in 1996.

      The Boulder police considered the possibility that an intruder had gotten into the house and committed the murder. The Ramseys retained a public relations firm and appeared on national television to assert their innocence.



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