John Bennett Ramsey was born on 7 December 1943, in Lincoln, Nebraska. His mother was Mary Jane Bennett and his father was James Dudley “Jay” Ramsey, an excellent World War II pilot.
Ramsey attended Okemos High School in Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1996. In 1971, Ramsey received a master’s degree in business administration from MSU.
Ramsey was married three times but lost two children during each of his marriages. In 1966, Ramsey married his first wife, Lucinda Pasch. They had 3 children Elizabeth, Malinda, and John Andrew. In 1978, the couple divorced. Their eldest daughter, Elizabeth, died in a car accident in 1992 at the age of 22.
In 1980, Ramsey married his second wife, Patricia (Patsy) Paugh. They had two children, Burke and JonBenét. In 2006, Patsy died of ovarian cancer at the age of 49.
After his second wife’s death, Ramsey met Beth Holloway, the mother of American teen girl Natalee Holloway, who has been missing since 2005. It was reported that they started dating. However, Ramsey downplayed their relationship, stating that they had developed a respect and admiration friendship for the common interests related to their children.
Ramsey moved to Moab, Utah, and met Jan Rousseaux, a Las Vegas Fashion Designer, in 2011. Later on, they got married and moved to Michigan.
|Full Name||John Bennett Ramsey|
|Birth Date||December 7, 1943|
|Birth Place||Lincoln, Nebraska, USA|
|Age||77 years old|
|Education||Michigan State University (BS, MBA)|
|Profession||Businessperson, Author, Politician, Naval Officer|
|Spouse||Jan Rousseaux, Patsy Ramsey, Lucinda Ramsey|
|Children||JonBenét Ramsey, Burke Ramsey, John Andrew Ramsey, Elizabeth Pasch Ramsey, Malinda|
|Parents||Mary Jane Bennett, James Dudley “Jay” Ramsey|
John Bennett Ramsey Net Worth:
At the age of 76 years old, John Bennett Ramsey estimated Net Worth was $33 Million. Ramsey earned his living as a professional Family Member.
In 1996, after the death of his daughter JonBenet, Ramsey sold his millions worth of assets including shares of the company, boats, and even his house due to emotional distress. The death of his daughter left him not only emotionally but also in substantial financial turmoil.
In 1989, Ramsey founded Advanced Product Group, one of 3 companies that merged to form Access Graphics. He became the President and CEO of a computer services company and a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, Access Graphics.
In 1966, Ramsey joined the Navy, served as a politician in the Philippine Civil Engineer Corps for 3 years, and served in the Atlanta Reserve Forces for a further 8 years.
In 1996, Access Graphics raised more than $1 billion, and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce named Ramsey the Entrepreneur of the Year. According to Lockheed Martin spokesperson Evan McCollum, he was temporarily replaced immediately after his daughter was murdered so that the company would not have to deal with him as he complained, but he would return within a few weeks.
In 1997, Access Graphics was sold to General Electric. On May 1, 1996, before his daughter was murdered, his net worth was $6.4 million. In an interview in 2015, Ramsey told Barbara Walters that Joan Bennett’s death, investigation, and case costs had caused the loss of his entire family’s property. He also said that it is now difficult for him to find a job because of the company’s high profile.
The Effects of The Death of Ramsey’s Daughter:
Just when the whole world was shocked and puzzled by the identity of the mysterious criminal who committed the heinous crimes against Joan Bennett Ramsey in 1996, the lives of the Ramsey family have changed dramatically.
JonBenet’s murder was recent and the investigation is still ongoing, but the victim’s family, father John, mother Patricia, and brother Burke, were listed as suspects by the police after their daughter’s body was found at home. Not only the police but the public and the media let him and his family know the suspect.
The victim’s father, John Ramsey, had considered suicide but gave up the idea because of his wife’s support. The wife even took drugs at night to cope with loss and guilt. Years later, Ramsey discovered that the DNA discovered under JohnBenet’s nails and her wearing underwear, cannot compete with anyone in the Ramsey family. It is unfair to hide such important information in the context of such allegations.
When one of the documentaries, The Cae Of JonBenet Ramsey, tried to cast suspicion on the victim’s brother Burke Ramsey by linking the murder to his childhood apocalyptic obsession, the situation for the John Benet family got worse. He later sued CBS for producing a documentary but lost the case.
JonBenet’s brother, Burke is a computer programmer and currently works from home to avoid public scrutiny. Although over time, the family has not accepted the fact of the murder, and although the case is still in court. On January 14, 2021, JohnBenet’s half-brother, John Andrew Ramsey stated in an interview with ABC News:
“It has been 24 years since the murder of JonBenet and I can assure you that my father and my family have not lost their power to fight and find the murderer”.