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John Ramsey's Unshakeable Faith

John Ramsey sits down with The 700 Club's Scott Ross to share how faith helped him through the aftermath of JonBenet Ramsey's murder followed by the death of his wife years later. Read Transcript


Reporter: JONBENET

RAMSEY'S SLAYING REMAINS ONE

OF THE MOST HIGH-PROFILE

UNSOLVED MURDER CASES.

TODAY SHE WOULD BE 22.

HER FATHER, JOHN RAMSEY,

STILL WAITS FOR HER KILLER

TO BE FOUND.

IT IS A HORRIFIC CRIME.

THE MURDER OF A CHILD IS

BEYOND ANY PERSON'S NORMAL

COMPREHENSION.

Reporter: IN THE 15

YEARS SINCE JONBENET'S

BRUTAL MURDER, ONE MEDIA

EXPERT NOTED THAT THE STILL

UNSOLVED SLAYING OF THE

BEAUTY QUEEN INITIATED ONE

OF THE FOULEST, YELLOWEST

CHAPTERS IN AMERICAN

JOURNALISM.

YOU WILL PILLERATED BY

THE PRESS AND THE

AUTHORITIES AND BY THE

WORLD.

THE POLICE ALWAYS LOOK AT

THE PARENTS FIRST, AND WE

ACCEPTED THAT AND JUST

ASSUMED THEY WOULD COMPLETE

THAT CYCLE AND MOVE ON,

WHICH, OF COURSE, THEY DID

NOT.

BUT, YOU KNOW, IT DIDN'T

MATTER REALLY.

WHAT MATTERED WAS WE LOST

OUR CHILD.

THAT WAS THE CRUSHING BLOW.

THE REST OF IT WAS, LIKE,

WHATEVER.

WE JUST ACCEPTED IT.

IT WASN'T -- WE WOULD HAVE

GIVEN EVERYTHING TO HAVE OUR

CHILD BACK.

Reporter: JONBENET'S

MURDER WASN'T THE ONLY

TRAGEDY HER FATHER, JOHN

RAMSEY, SUFFERED.

OVER A 14-YEAR SPAN HE LOST

HIS OLDEST DAUGHTER, BETH,

WHO WAS KILLED IN A CAR

ACCIDENT.

LITTLE JONBENET, AND THEN

HIS WIFE, PATSY, JUST 49 TO

CANCER.

PATSY NEVER LIVED TO SEE

THEIR FAMILY PUBLICLY

EXONERATED AS SUSPECTS IN

JONBENET'S SLAYING.

Reporter: HOW LONG DID

YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITH THIS,

AS THE TERM WAS COINED AT

THE TIME, THE UMBRELLA OF

SUSPICION.

WE WERE OFFICIALLY

CLEARED AND APOLOGIZED TO BY

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN

2008, SO THAT WAS 12 YEARS.

Reporter: MARY LACEY,

BOULDER'S NEW DISTRICT

ATTORNEY, SAID THEY CLEARED

THE FAMILY OF JONBENET'S

MURDER.

"THIS D.N.A.PROFILE BELONGS

TO THE PER TRADER.

THE CONDITIONS IN THIS CASE

CREATED AN ONGOING HELL FOR

JONBENET RAMSEY AND HIS

FAMILY, WE DICTATE THAT THE

RAMSEYS BE TREATED ONLY AS

VICTIMS OF THIS SERIOUS

CRIME."

I DON'T VIEW IT AS A

LET'S GO OUT AND CELEBRATE.

IT WAS JUST ANOTHER STEP IN

THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

BUT THE INTERESTING THING

WAS, OF COURSE, THAT THE

MEDIA WAS OUT TO LYNCH US.

THE INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE WERE

WONDERFUL TO US.

IT REALLY OPENED MY EYES TO

HOW COMPASSIONATE PEOPLE CAN

BE, AND HOW IMPORTANT THAT

IS.

WE CERTAINLY SAW EVIDENCE

AND EXAMPLES OF HOW GOD

TAKES THINGS AND TURNS THEM

FOR GOOD.

AND, YOU KNOW, I GOT A

LETTER FROM A LADY SEVERAL

YEARS AGO THAT SAID I WAS

CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE, AND I

DECIDED IF YOU COULD HANDLE

YOUR PROBLEMS, I COULD

CERTAINLY HANDLE MINE.

Reporter: IN TIME,

JOHN'S GRIEF GAVE WAY TO

HAPPY MEMORIES OF HIS

DAUGHTER.

I STILL, OF COURSE, THINK

OF JONBENET AS A SWEET

LITTLE 6-YEAR-OLD.

Reporter: JOHN, A "NEW

YORK TIMES" BEST-SELLING

AUTHOR HAS WRITTEN ANOTHER

BOOK, "THE OTHER SIDE OF

SUFFERING," TO ENCOURAGE

PEOPLE BROKEN BY TRAGEDY OR

INJUSTICE.

HE SAYS THE DEATH OF HIS

OLDEST DAUGHTER, BETH, IN

1992, WAS THE BEGINNING OF

HIS FAITH JOURNEY.

THE FIRST WORDS OUT OF MY

MOUTH AS I HUNG UP THE PHONE

THAT MORNING, THERE IS NO

GOD.

I SCREAMED, THERE IS NO

GOD.

BECAUSE IT JUST DIDN'T MAKE

SENSE.

A CAR ACCIDENT IN THE MIDDLE

OF THE DAY.

A FREAK ACCIDENT.

SHE AND HER BOYFRIEND WERE

BOTH KILLED.

I REALLY HIT ROCK BOTTOM.

AND PRIOR TO THAT TIME, I

WAS A CULTURAL TIME.

I WAS A CHRISTIAN BECAUSE I

WAS BORN IN A CHRISTIAN

HOME.

AND THAT'S WHAT YOU DID ON

SUNDAYS.

I DIDN'T REALLY GET IT.

DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND

IT.

SOME GOOD FRIENDS CAME

ALONGSIDE ME, ONE IN

PARTICULAR TOOK ME ASIDE AND

SAID, JOHN, I'VE BEEN

PRAYING FOR YOU.

I WANT TO SPEND TIME WITH

YOU.

TAUGHT ME HOW TO STUDY THE

BIBLE.

SO MY FAITH HAD REALLY

GROWN.

Reporter: WHAT DO YOU

UNDERSTAND NOW ABOUT GOD AND

JESUS?

THAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW BACK

THEN?

JESUS IS REAL.

HE IS WHO HE SAID HE IS.

I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT.

I CAN COMMUNICATE WITH HIM

IN PRAYER.

HE IS REAL.

SO WHEN JONBENET WAS

MURDERED, I HAD FAITH.

IT WASN'T JUST A LOGICAL

EXERCISE.

IT HAD GONE FROM MY HEAD TO

MY HEART.

SO I KNEW JONBENET WAS

OKAY.

I DIDN'T QUESTION GOD AS TO

WHY THIS HAPPENED.

Reporter: JOHN'S

SUFFERING CONTINUED.

PATSY HAD BEEN HEALED OF

STAGE FOUR OVARIAN CANCER IN

1994, BUT EIGHT YEARS LATER

IT WAS BACK.

2002 PATSY'S CANCER

RETURNS.

SHE HAD, I THINK, THREE

REMISSIONS OVER THE NEXT

THREE OR FOUR YEARS.

AND THEN THE POINT CAME

WHERE I WANTED GOD TO TAKE

HER HOME BECAUSE SHE WAS

SUFFERING SO MUCH.

IT WAS, LIKE, GOD, PLEASE

TAKE HER HOME.

IT IS TIME TO END THIS

SUFFERING AND STRUGGLE.

DEATH BECAME BOTH A SORROW

AND A RELIEF FOR ME, IN A

STRANGE WAY.

WE KNEW WE'D MISS HER

TERRIBLY, BUT I WAS GRATEFUL

THAT SHE WAS NOT SUFFERING

ANYMORE.

Reporter: AS A WIDOWER

AND SINGLE FATHER, JOHN WAS

CHALLENGED BY A FRIEND TO

LIVE AS IF HIS BEST DAYS

WERE AHEAD.

HE SPENT TIME IN INDIA

SERVING LOCAL PASTORS.

YOU JOINED UP WITH WIWIM,

YOUTH WITH A MISSION, TO

BECOME A MISSIONARY TO

INDIA.

IT WAS A WONDERFUL

EXPERIENCE.

IT REALLY MOVED MY SPIRITUAL

JOURNEY ALONG DOUBLE TIME.

Reporter: HE ALSO FELL

IN LOVE WITH AND MARRIED

JAN.

JAN, MY WIFE, GREW UP IN

ETHIOPIA AS A MISSIONARY

KID.

A REAL SOLID BELIEVER, SO

WE'VE HAD A WONDERFUL

MARRIAGE.

AND IT'S BEEN A BLESSING FOR

ME.

AND HELPED ME DO ALL OF THIS

TO VIEW THAT THE BEST DAYS

OF MY LIFE ARE STILL AHEAD

OF ME.

Reporter: THROUGH ALL

OF THIS, JOHN, YOU COULD

HAVE COME OUT ON THE OTHER

SIDE OF IT, AN ANGRY,

BITTER, RESENTFUL MAN, AND

YOU DIDN'T.

NO.

I THINK THERE WERE SEVERAL

FACTORS.

ONE IS WE WERE REALLY

BLESSED BY THE COMPASSION OF

OUR FELLOW MAN.

PEOPLE JUST REACHED OUT TO

US AND CARRIED OUR SPIRITS

AND ENCOURAGED US AND

APOLOGIZED FOR WHAT WAS

BEING SAID AND DONE TO US.

IT REALLY WAS AN UPLIFTING

EXPERIENCE FOR US.

Reporter: THROUGH ALL

OF THIS PROCESS, SUFFERING

IS PART OF THE PACKAGE THAT

JESUS SAYS YOU INHERIT WHEN

YOU EMBRACE HIM.

IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.

I'VE LEARNED THAT PRETTY

MUCH EVERYBODY SUFFERS AT

SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFE.

LIFE IS NOT NECESSARILY

EASY, AND PEOPLE STRUGGLE,

PARTICULARLY NOWADAYS, AND

THAT WAS KIND OF AN

EYE-OPENER FOR ME.

AND THAT IT HAS A BEGINNING

ANN END. ANN-- AND AN END.

AND THAT IS WHAT THE BOOK IS

ABOUT, THAT THERE IS AN END

TO SUFFERING.

IT IS NOT FOREVER.

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