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The media's portrayal of JonBenet as a beauty pageant princess has also caused frustration for the Ramsey family. "That's not what she was," John says. "She was a 6-year-old little girl who loved to do lots of different things. ... It became a tag line that all media attaches to her name now, which I just don't think is a fair representation of who she really was."

What most people don't know is that JonBenet also took violin, piano and rock-climbing lessons. "Patsy had a philosophy of letting our kids experience whatever they wanted to do," John says. "JonBenet wanted to try [pageants], and she was an extreme extrovert and she loved to sing."

John says Patsy was criticized in the press for dragging JonBenet to beauty pageants, but it was quite the opposite. "Patsy also was someone who, if you're going to do it, let's do it right, and they did," John says. " They just had fun with it."
FROM: Elizabeth Smart, John Ramsey: The Stories That Captured the Nation
Published on September 10, 2008


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