Shirley Brady
Published in the Boulder Camera - January 10th, 1997

This is an awful way to start a new year after you get "Happy New Year" wishes from everyone.

I really don't feel happy and I wonder, how long will this sadness last? I never expected such a tragedy as little JonBenet's murder. Although I have not seen her since she was a baby, I have talked to her mother several times. I'll always remember the family as kind, good people; a soft-spoken father who is kind and loving, and his children are his life, and a beautiful mother who is always radiant. She's the only woman I've ever seen who comes to breakfast in her housecoat and looks like a ray of sunshine.

I was the housekeeper and nanny to their little son who was born while I was there. Both are devoted parents and I was crazy about Burke. I used to rock him to sleep; he loved Handel's Messiah's "Halleluiah Chorus." I have in my heart and mind so many happy memories of the whole family including grandparents and aunts. The oldest children had so much grace and class, so well behaved and refined.

When I saw that little coffin and the grieving parents, I was stunned. Who could do such a violent, crazy deed? It is plain insanity for anyone to even think a family member would have done it. After Mr. Ramsey's oldest daughter died, JonBenet was his salvation to go on from his sorrow, loosing his oldest.

Burke adored his little sister. When I babysat, I watched him playing with her when she woke up. He would tell me she woke up so I could change her. He always was a highly motivated, intelligent child. He figured out at 5 months in his walker, how to unscrew every doorknob in his kitchen. I used to call him "Super Kid." I took him to the piano and took his little finger to play: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." He enjoyed it at least five minutes, which is a long time for a six months old. He loved for me to read to him. I could write a book about them, titled "The Love of One Family."

I was asked how Mr. Ramsey is taking all the tragedies in his life. I said he has a tremendous inner strength - he is like the Rock of Gibralter. He will never ever forget it, but he lets God comfort him in the belief, what He does, he accepts it. Mrs. Ramsey is the same. When you have two people loving each other like they do, nothing can come between them. They share tragedies together.

Finally, as I wrote in their card:

God gave you JonBenet for a little while. Now she is in heaven, in the sunshine of God's smile.

God bless all of you for supporting them.

Americus, Ga.
10/6/1997 People quote:

Last Christmas afternoon, Shirley Brady spoke to Patsy by phone. "I could hear kids giggling in the background," she says. "And Patsy said, Oh, John is out there cleaning the sidewalk so JonBenet can try out her new bicycle."
Poster Anderson (Wilton Towe) met Shirley Brady and posted this on the Internet

"Meeing Shirley Brady"
Posted by Anderson on 16:44:52 9/23/98

I met Shirley Brady, the Ramseys former nanny, yesterday. She is a multifacited woman with a nack for telling storytelling unlike anyone I've ever know. Shirley is friends with Mother and came up with her to visit an old friend here in Atlanta. (Her friend is another story all together)

Shirley had nothing but good things to say about the Ramseys. She spoke highly of John and his patience with Burke when he was a baby. (BUT she told me that I look like John when I smile. AKKK). She had baby pictures of Burke and a picture of Burke and JonBenét taken at her first Christmas when she was only 4 months old. JonBenet was a beautiful baby.

Shirley told of Patsy going into labor with JonBenet at 2am. All in all she has left an impression on me that I won't soon forget. The topper was hearing her play the piano and sing the song that she wrote for JonBenet after she was murdered.
More from Anderson:

" Shirley told me about Burke rubbing egg yolk all over John's shirt while he was eating breakfast before going to work. John was very calm about it, continued eating and when he was finished he put Burke down and went and changed shirts. The point of Shirley telling the story was to tell how John never got upset with the children. She didn't have anything bad to say about him. Of course she left them when JonBenét was 6 months old and before Patsy's bought with cancer so

AND another post

Shirley brought a beautiful ceramic hand painted angel that she made herself that I'm going to hang on the tree for her. She has JonBenét's name stenciled on the bottom of it. She didn't bring nuttin for me but I had my picture taken with her. As soon as I get them from Mother I'll see about posting it.
Little girl gets lost in public image of beauty princess
By Cindy Brovsky
Denver Post Staff Writer

Oct. 15, 1999 - She is enshrined in the public's memory as a young, precocious blonde, prancing on the stage during child beauty pageants.

But JonBenet Ramsey was really a pretty typical 6-year-old girl, those who knew her say.

She liked kindergarten and was just starting to excel in math. She asked her family's landscaper questions about thorns on roses. She was eager for Santa Claus to visit on Christmas

"I can tell you that JonBenet was highly intelligent,'' Shirley Brady, a former Ramsey nanny, said Thursday. "Mrs. Ramsey taught her how to answer the phone when she was just 22 months old. I called once and she said, "Hello, who is this?' When I told her "Mrs. Brady,' she said in her tiny little voice, "Who is Mrs. Brady?' She remembered when I told her it was Nanny.''

Brady came to work for JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, when they were living in Atlanta in the late 1980s, before they moved to Boulder in 1991. She initially was hired when the couple's son, Burke, was born, and then she helped raise JonBenet until she was 6 months old.

"In the three years I was in that house, there was never an argument, never voices raised,'' Brady said.

That's why Brady, 72, says she never has wavered in her belief that the Ramseys are innocent - even though they have always been suspects in the girl's murder. On Wednesday, Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter announced that, after a year-long review of the case by a grand jury, no one would be charged in the case.

"I'd like to shake every one of the grand jurors' hands because they know this mother and father couldn't have hurt their child,'' Brady said. "Mrs. Ramsey survived cancer. Why would she kill the only little girl she would ever be able to have?''

In Lawrence Schiller's book "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town,'' friends are quoted saying that JonBenet's life was more than her beauty-pageant competitions.

Landscaper Brian Scott told Schiller how the little girl used to follow him around the family's Boulder yard asking numerous questions.

"Do roses know their thorns can hurt?'' she asked him one day.

Scott also remembers how JonBenet started to cry one day when she said she missed her father when he went on trips. But in the next minute, her playful side emerged.

"I saw JonBenet was scooping up the leaves from the top of the barrel and hurling them over her head into the wind,'' Scott recalled.

Barbara Kostanick's daughter attended school with JonBenet.

"I remember the first time I saw them together - they looked so cute playing on the monkey bars,'' she recalled in Schiller's book.

Pam Griffin, a seamstress who made JonBenet's pageant costumes, said the Ramseys had a loving relationship with their daughter.

"And then there was all the love in JonBenet's eyes when she spoke to her father,'' Griffin said. "Everything he said was important to her.''

Those kinds of memories don't surprise Brady. She said the Ramsey family were thoughtful of each other and very loving.

"The public never met the Ramseys, so they jump to these horrible conclusions that just aren't true,'' Brady said. "They were a loving family who never could have hurt each other. I know that is the truth.''
from Steve Thomas' deposition

Q. Did you ever interview Shirley Brady, who had been a housekeeper for the Ramseys for almost
four years?
A. The name sounds familiar and if it's the person I'm thinking of who resided in Georgia I think
Harmer or Gosage conducted that interview.
Q. They would have prepared a report?
A. I would think so.
Q. Shirley Brady tells me that she got a phone call and about a five-minute interview and when she
said she made it pretty clear that the Ramseys weren't in any way the type of people that could be
involved in this, that the interview ended and she never heard from anybody again. Does that sound
like a thorough investigation if that's true?
A. It depends on what the detectives were doing. I don't know what they were doing.
Q. Well, you know if you have got to -- if you're spending a lot of time with Linda Hoffmann-Pugh
who had worked for them less than two years and only worked part time and you want to know all
about this family's background, a thorough investigation, wouldn't you believe, sir, from your experience
as a police officer that you're going to spend more than five minutes on the phone with someone who
was a housekeeper for three years?
A. For some reason in my mind, and I may be wrong, I don't think Mrs. Brady was ever in Colorado
with the family. There was apparently nothing that the detective who interviewed her felt was worth
more than their five minutes. You would have to ask them.
Q. So you had to be in Colorado with the family in order to be a significant witness as to their
A. No, not to their background.
Q. That doesn't make any sense, does it?
A. No.
Q. I didn't think it did.
'A future promise is gone'
Slain 6-year-old buried in Georgia
Associated Press

January 1, 1997

It was a dismal homecoming Tuesday for the family of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey as they mourned the child beauty queen in the church where she was baptized and where her parents were married.

Her funeral came five days after she was found strangled in the basement of her family's luxury home in Boulder.

Her casket was adorned with pink flowers, and a small white teddy bear sat next to it at Peachtree Presbyterian Church.

Her mother, veiled in black, wept during the funeral service.

"When a child is lost, one feels that a part of a future promise is gone," the Rev. W. Frank Harrington told mourners. "All of us who are parents fully expect that our children will live long after we are gone."

The family moved from Atlanta to Boulder in 1991. The girl's body was discovered Thursday in the family's Tudor-style home about eight hours after she was reported kidnapped.

Harrington made little mention of the girl's killing.

"I promise you today, she is safe and secure in the hands of the Lord," he said.

Many wept at the hymn "Jesus Loves Me."

JonBenet was buried at a cemetery in suburban Marietta. Her parents and other relatives placed yellow long-stemmed roses on her casket before it was lowered into the ground.

Shirley Brady of Americus, Ga., who worked as a nanny and baby sitter in Atlanta for JonBenet and her brother, Burke, 10, said the family was loving and close-knit.

"They had strong family ties. They never raised their voices, never argued," Brady said.

A Christmas letter from the Ramseys said JonBenet was enjoying kindergarten and had been moved ahead to first-grade math, Brady said.

The family had planned to celebrate Patsy Ramsey's birthday with a New Year's cruise, she said.
Camera Staff Writer

Sunday, January 26, 1997

At just 6, JonBenet Ramsey seemed to relish the public limelight, singing and dancing, winning national beauty pageants and attending an academic specialty school.

But the little girl's death has placed her in an entirely different spotlight. Her father, John, found her strangled in the wine cellar of the family's 15-room, ornately decorated home at 755 15th Street on Dec. 26. About eight hours earlier, her mother, Patsy, a former Miss West Virginia, reportedly found a ransom note demanding $118,000 and called police.

The mystery of her death - heightened by police investigators' silence, the family's behavior, and the national media scrutiny - has captivated the country.

Now, one month later, JonBenet's parents and brothers Burke, 9, and John Andrew, 20, remain in seclusion and have begun to reassemble their lives. Boulder police, however, still have not identified any suspects or formally interviewed the parents.

"I don't know if they'll talk to police or if things ever will be the same for them, but they're getting better," a family friend said. "John's going to go back to work, and Burke's back at school. I don't think they'll ever feel more normal again until the press starts to leave them alone."

The homicide has captured national attention: Reporters from TV networks and newspapers across the country file regular, if not daily, reports; Newsweek, People and several tabloids have featured the former Little Miss Colorado on their covers. Lately, the number of reporters and TV and radio personalities has dwindled.

"I think, at first, people were enthralled, but now people are sick of hearing about the whole thing," said Mark Oberman, a 37-year-old Boulder resident. "I just think the police need to hurry up and make an arrest, or at least tell us a little bit more about what's going on, so the rumors will just stop flying and the press will move on to another story."

Police have narrowed the field of suspects, but otherwise refuse to release new information or confirm details leaking out about the murder, such as where the killer strangled the girl or the time of death.

For example, the killer reportedly struck the beauty queen's head with a blunt object, such as a baseball bat or golf club, and sexually assaulted her. "She had bruises indicating something like that, and the person most likely used some type of instrument," a source close to the investigation said.

Police have questioned friends and relatives about the family.

"They asked me if the (John Ramsey's) first divorce ended because of child abuse and ... how the children acted when they were around their daddy," said Shirley Brady, the Ramseys' nanny in Atlanta from 1986 to 1989. "I told them there was no way the divorce could have ended because of child abuse and that the children loved being around their daddy. He was gentle and he adored them."

John and Patsy Ramsey appeared on CNN to discuss the crime. They also have hired a media consultant, two private investigators, two criminal defense attorneys, a former FBI criminal personality profiler and a hand writing analyst. As the so-called "Ramsey team" and authorities search for clues, the family continues to struggle with its grief.

"They're taking their first tentative steps to try to regain some normalcy to their lives," said Pat Korten, the Ramsey's media consultant. "They are getting out a little bit and getting support from friends ... because if they didn't, it would be almost impossible to cope."

John Ramsey, president of Boulder-based Access Graphics, temporarily stepped aside from his position but may return to his job this week, company spokeswoman Laurie Wagner said.

"He has not picked a specific date yet," she said.

Last week, several reporters staked out the business hoping for a glimpse of Ramsey, authorities said. "A reporter got into the back stairwell watching for John on Wednesday, but he was asked to leave," Wagner said.

Ramsey will not field questions as he walks into the building, she said.

"When he's back, as far as the business goes, everything will return to normal," Wagner said. "We might create an opportunity for employees to speak with him one on one to express their condolences rather than just bumping into him in the hallway."

Burke Ramsey recently returned to his fourth-grade class after officials counseled staff and students, Boulder Valley School District Superintendent Lydia Swize said.

Meanwhile, police await the results of tests of handwriting, blood and hair samples from the Ramseys, several friends and others.

"We receive them (from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation) as they are available," city spokesman Kelvin McNeill said. "The interview is a matter of scheduling, and the investigation is proceeding as planned." But McNeill's words did not comfort one Ramsey family friend.

"I know the police are working hard," he said. "I just wish they would arrest whatever monster did this, because there is a madman loose in Boulder. It just needs to be resolved, so the Ramseys can truly start to deal with their grief and have a private life again.

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