Associated Press
November 14, 1999


JonBenet Parents Giving Interview


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The parents of JonBenet Ramsey resent the Colorado governor and others who say the couple acted suspiciously after their 6-year-old daughter was killed in 1996.

In an interview with WSMV-TV to be aired over several nights starting Monday, John Ramsey said he was offended by the criticism.

``When you've lost a child, nothing else matters. ... You're rendered as low as you can possibly be without dying,'' he said. ``Our focus was laying JonBenet to rest properly and that's all that mattered during that time.''

The Ramseys, who haven't spoken publicly in more than a year, gave the interview with the local television station to promote their new book, tentatively titled ``The Death of Innocence.'' It is due out in March from Nashville-based Thomas Nelson Publishers.

``I don't know who will want to read it, but if they do, it's going to be there as best we can portray what we've been through in two and a half years,'' said Patsy Ramsey.

A grand jury last month ended its 13-month investigation of the case without an indictment, but Colorado authorities have said the Ramseys remain under suspicion.

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens said earlier this month that ``if they're innocent, they're sure not acting like they are.''

The Ramseys declined to directly discuss the slaying, but talked about its impact on their lives, especially the intense media coverage.

Dateline NBC is scheduled to air excerpts of the interview Friday.

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