The Other Side Of Suffering

Jul 092012

The Other Side of Suffering by John Ramsey

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: FaithWords; 1 edition (March 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0892963859
ISBN-13: 978-0892963850

The untold story of how John Ramsey survived unspeakable tragedy and learned to hope again.

Like the biblical Job, John Ramsey had it all-wealthy, social position, a loving family. And like Job, Ramsey was destined for great affliction, as many of the most precious things in his life were cruelly taken from him.

First came the death of his eldest daughter in a car accident in 1992. Then, four years later, his beloved six-year-old, JonBenét, was murdered; Ramsey was the one who discovered her body, concealed in the basement of his family’s home. The case drew international media attention, and-compounding Ramsey’s woe-suspicion unfairly focused on Ramsey and his wife, Patsy. Although they were ultimately cleared of any connection with the crime, Ramsey’s sorrows did not end. In 2006, Patsy died, at 49, of ovarian cancer.

In this remarkable book, Ramsey reveals how he was sustained by faith during the long period of spiritual darkness, and he offers hope and encouragement to others who suffer tragedy and injustice.

I learned so much about the Ramsey family from reading this book. The “real” story, not the story the media gave us. I won’t even go into my thoughts about the media. They aren’t good.

I now have a better picture of the Ramsy’s as a family, where they lived, how their family life was, and it makes my belief that none of them had anything to do with what happened to JonBenét. I think the police and the media dropped the ball big time on this one!

I followed this story from the very beginning and my heart ached for JonBenét and what she must have gone through, and for Patsy, John and Burke, as well as Melinda and John Andrew, John’s children from a previous marriage. I can not imagine the pain they must have suffered through. But for Patsy, John and Burke to be suspects was to be expected at first, but to not clear them when there was evidence to the contrary was just cruel.

The author has suffered so much more in his life than I was aware of, and he shows how is Faith got him through the dark days…years of his suffering.

To the reviewers that seem to think he only wrote this book for the money, I know that if I was accused for years (nationwide no less) of such a horrible crime,  and I was innocent, I would definitely want to get my story out.

I  recommend this book to any one who likes true crime, or wants to know more of the story than the media told.

  7 Responses to “The Other Side Of Suffering”

  1. Thank you for your honest review. I can’t imagine what they’re lives were like. I know we as onlookers felt horrible, can you imagine being right close up and personal.

  2. The media likes to rush to judgment regardless of the facts, It is very sad that the Ramseys were not publically cleared when it was clear that they were not involved in their daughter’s death.

  3. Hi Vicki,

    I am not one for memoirs, be they written for monetary gain, or not.

    I truly believe that grief and loss are purely a personal emotion, not something to be broadcast as a public outpouring, but that is just me being very introvert and introspective.

    I do agree that the media, all forms of media, are responsible for some terrible acts of cruelty and misrepresentation. Whilst I don’t agree with censorship, I truly believe that these organisations should be held to account for their actions, much more stringently and publicly.

    It is both good and sad to see that issues with media coverage, seem to extend well beyond my own UK shores.

    If this book has brought some kind of closure for both the author and his family, then that can only be good.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts


  4. This is one of those great unsolved crimes of our time I think. I didn’t make the Jon Benet connection until you mentioned it … but I was thinking “That name sounds familiar for some reason.”

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