John Ramsey, the father of murdered child beauty pageant contestant JonBenet Ramsey, says he finds programs like the TLC show “Toddlers and Tiaras” a bad idea.
Ramsey tells ABC News the show is “very bizarre.” He adds that his late wife Patsy and his daughter weren’t anything like the youth beauty queen contestants highlighted in the show.
“Patsy and JonBenet didn’t approach it that way…they just did it for fun,” he says.
Ramsey also says that he regrets letting his daughter compete in such competitions “only because — that possibly might have drawn attention to us. [My] advice to a parent is just recognize that, regardless of where you live, there could be evil around you.”
JonBenet was found dead in her Colorado home in Dec. 1996. The murder remains unsolved. Her brother as well as both John and Patsy were questioned repeatedly, but law enforcement has since cleared them. Patsy died of cancer in 2006.