It is one of the great unsolved murder mysteries of the 1990’s; who killed 6-year-old Boulder, Colorado child beauty queen JonBenét Patricia Ramsey? Along with the O.J. Simpson murder trial, it captured headlines and led to a cottage industry of speculation and analysis that in many ways spawned today’s true crime networks. Now, almost 20 years later, the new docuseries The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey will try to look at the case with new eyes and see if justice can finally be served.
What is known is that on the morning of December 26th, 1996, Patsy Ramsey found a ransom note for $118,000 for the return of her daughter JonBenét. After contacting police and arranging to pay the ransom in full, police found the girl's dead body in the wine cellar of the Ramsey’s 5 bedroom mansion. Her hands were tied above her head, her mouth was covered with duct tape and a length of nylon rope was around her neck. Her skull had been fractured and the autopsy revealed she had died from strangulation.
JonBenét’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, became the main suspects, both to the Boulder police department and to the public, who followed the case with morbid fascination. However, years of investigation were inconclusive and several grand juries were unable to mount a convincing case to indict anyone. 2008 DNA findings exonerated the Ramseys and their 9-year-old son Burke. Patsy Ramsey died in 2006 at the age of 49 from ovarian cancer.
The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey will bring back the case’s original investigators and pair them with new experts as they try to find out once and for all who killed the innocent 6-year-old. A trailer for the new docuseries, which will consist of three 2-hour episodes, lays out the framework of how they will proceed, including their use of a full scale replica of the Ramsey house where the murder occurred. The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey premieres on CBS Sunday, September 18.