Twenty years ago, the body of JonBenet Ramsey was found in the basement of her Colorado home. She had suffered blunt force trauma to her face and had been strangled to death. The murder of JonBenet Ramsey was never solved. Police hope to change that with the upcoming docu-series titled The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey.
As reported by Deadline, the first trailer for the show was just released, and in it, investigators indicate that they believe the murder of JonBenet can be solved with the assistance of both technology that didn’t exist at the time of her murder and some experts. The trailer gives some highlights of what we knew back in 1986 when the Ramsey’s youngest child was murdered. It also gives us a glimpse into the steps investigators are taking today in an effort to solve this mystery that still fascinates the American public.
The three-part series will begin on September 18 and will include several people who were originally involved in the investigation into the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. Huffington Post reports that among these individuals are forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee and New York City prosecutor Jim Clemente. Also assisting in this look into the Ramsey case are a former New Scotland Yard criminal behavioral analyst and a retired FBI supervisory special agent.
When news of JonBenet’s murder emerged back in 1986, many in the general public pointed fingers at the family. Many speculated that the 6-year-old beauty queen was envied by her mother and that she had killed her. Others pointed to her 9-year-old brother Burke Ramsey. A ransom note was discovered on Christmas night, when JonBenet was reported missing by her mother. Some things about that note raised questions about its authenticity. When the youngest Ramsey’s body was found the next day, more questions arose. Why a ransom note if she was killed? Was it a kidnapping gone wrong somehow? There were questions about how the kidnapper/killer got in and out of the house without anyone knowing.
After months of investigating JonBenet’s murder, police came up empty-handed. All these years later, it’s a mystery that remains unsolved.
Part of the new investigation into JonBenet Ramsey’s murder is a replica of the Ramsey home that was created in a 50,000-square-foot warehouse. Some shots of the replica are shown in the new trailer. In those shots we see investigators walking through what looks like a child’s room, complete with the mess of toys you would expect, especially on Christmas night. The trailer for the JonBenet murder series also shows investigators taking a look at possible entry and exit locations, ruling out a couple.
As noted by Vanity Fair, although this is certainly not the first real-crime series in recent years, The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey is different from the others. The highly popular Netflix series Making a Murderer is returning to the same case in its second season. And unlike Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story, the JonBenet series is a documentary instead of a dramatization. It has a feeling to it that is more like 48 Hours or Unsolved Mysteries than it is to either of the other two shows.
The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey is only one of three upcoming projects that focus on this 20-year-old case. Sometime this fall, Lifetime will air an original movie titled Who Killed JonBenet? And a feature film is currently being worked on, but has no release date at this time. The title of that movie is Casting JonBenet. It’s being directed by Kitty Green and produced by James Schamus’ Symbolic Exchange.
The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey will air on CBS on September 18 at 8:30 ET, September 19 at 9:00 ET, and September 25 at 8:30 ET.
Check out the trailer below.
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