The murder of JonBenet Ramsey is one of the great: unsolved mysteries of my time. At the time of the murder, the media described her as "a painted baby, a sexualized toddler beauty queen."
I recall the sense of disgust I had watching the case unfold and the horror that struck me as I watch the biography that was played back in film of her competing with other children in the beauty pageants that were conducted.
Recently in Albany, I attended a meeting at the Marriot on Wolf’s Road, and there gathering and prepping for a competition was a bunch of little girls, all being groomed for this competition.
As I walked through the halls near the banquet and dining rooms, I noticed the sense of quiet tension that pervaded the atmosphere, something I imagine we haven’t witnessed since Check Point Charlie in Berlin back in the 1960’s with the Soviet Union! Parents and I mean husbands as well as wives, eyed their children as works of art, as special projects as maybe show-horses, being readied for a rodeo.
The determination, that the mothers in particular showed was: “Don’t look at the other children, don’t recognize them and ignore their good looks.” There seemed to be a daze in their eyes as they stared ahead at their child, combing and painting them for the big show.
The children all seemed caught in a vacuum of obedience to their parent, the need to be a child first and the consequences if they didn’t do and perform as a slave on the block for sale.
Maybe I’m being harsh, maybe I have no appreciation for this type of competition, but one thing I did notice, was the unhappiness of the child, and the sick, grotesque look the child had, a freakish almost mannequin-like look that make them look so unnatural. Little girls about 5 dressed with fancy hairdo’s and high heels and stockings or pantyhose, and tons of makeup on their faces, being made to parade as that show horse I spoke about.
What is the message being sent to you and me by these parents? What is it they are trying to say and what is it they think they are doing. To me this is exploitation; this is child abuse in its most subtle and insidious form! These poor little unhappy children, all being made to be tools in the disrespect the world shows toward women already. The message these little children will learn is: You are not good looking enough nor are you worthy to go about this world in your natural state, you will have to hide your natural God-given beauty for acceptance by the rest of the world!
If I was a father of a child being set up for life like those fathers, I would be filing for divorce and custody of my child.
As for the murder: is it possible that the murderer has a child who competed in a beauty contest with JonBenet Ramsey?