JonBenet Ramsey Update 2016, CBS Reopens Case With New Clues, Mini-Series

The JonBenet Ramsey case is getting an update with more than one mini-series that will examine old and new clues in order to finally find the beauty queen’s killer after over 20 years. Just as the OJ Simpson case got fresh sets of eyes in the spring, the JonBenet case will soon be getting the same. JonBenet Ramsey, who was killed in 1996 in her family home, has remained an unsolved case, but with fresh eyes on the case, and JonBenet’s brother Burke Ramsey opening up to Dr. Phil, there might be a chance of bringing the murderer to justice.

Burke Ramsey, brother of JonBenet Ramsey, was a child himself when the murder occurred, but that didn’t stop some from looking at him as a suspect. DNA evidence officially cleared Burke Ramsey in 2003, and now, for the first time, Burke Ramsey is coming forward on the Dr. Phil Show. Burke Ramsey will explain the story from his perspective, as well as the frustration of having the case unsolved.

Authorities are hoping that with the success of such true crime projects like Jinx, Making a Murderer, and The People vs OJ Simpson, a similar treatment for the JonBenet case will thaw out the cold case from 1996. CBS has announced the six-hour docuseries that will begin on September 18th, meshing with the Burke Ramsey appearance on Dr. Phil. The idea is to mark 2016, Jonbenet’s 20th death anniversary, as the year the case is finally solved.

JonBenet Ramsey was a six-year-old beauty queen in Boulder, Colorado, who was reported missing over Christmas, only to turn up eight hours later in the family basement, bound, gagged, and dead. The family were all suspects, but DNA exonerated them in 2003. The mini-series, called The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey will bring together the original investigators, profilers, and FBI agents with forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee and pathologist Dr, Werner Spitz, and other experts to shake loose some new clues.

In order to move in a new direction on the JonBenet Ramsey case in 2016, the project will get new eyes from New Scotland Yard and language analysts who can help with the ransom note left at the Ramsey home that night. A description of the new project was released to explain the direction of the CBS project.

“The scope of the highly skilled team’s investigation includes re-examining crucial evidence using advanced technology and forensics, meticulously recreating the crime scene by rebuilding full-scale replicas of key rooms from the Ramsey house, conducting extensive interviews and introducing new theories.”

The series will air all of the episodes of The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey within one week, so as to not lose any momentum.

Like with OJ Simpson, there will be more than one JonBenet Ramsey movie, and the second one will be on Lifetime. The New York Times says that JonBenet Ramsey will get the OJ effect, but more like the OJ treatment. The Lifetime movie, Who Killed JonBenet? will premiere after the CBS mini-series, and it is thought that the combined projects can at least out the case of JonBenet Ramsey back on people’s lips in order to find JonBenet Ramsey’s killer in 2016, twenty years after her death.


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The OJ Simpson case might have had bloody gloves and a missing knife, but the JonBenet Ramsey murder case has a stranger item as a clue, and that is a pineapple. Steven Pitt, a nationally recognized forensic psychiatrist, is focused on a single clue, which appears as just a piece of fruit.

Upon autopsy, a piece of pineapple was found undigested in the digestive tract of JonBenet Ramsey, meaning that it hadn’t had time to digest by the time she was murdered. But Patsy Ramsey, mother of JonBenet Ramsey, told investigators that the family didn’t have any pineapple in the house, and JonBenet didn’t have access to pineapple elsewhere.

This led investigators to believe that the killer must have, for some reason, brought pineapple with him, but there were fingerprints on the pineapple container.

“The fingerprints on the bowl or cup that were used to give JonBenét the pineapple were Patsy’s fingerprints. It suggests someone is not telling the truth about what happened at that home that night.”

Pitt says that, sadly, he doesn’t believe that JonBenet Ramsey will get justice in 2016.

Do you think that these two television projects, plus the Dr. Phil interview, will help solve the murder of JonBenet Ramsey?

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