FBI Agent in JonBenet Ramsey Case Reveals in ‘Overkill’ Sneak Peek the Biggest Mistake Police Made

Another look at an infamous crime. Following a rash of TV projects this year focused on the still-unsolved December 26, 1996, death of JonBenét Ramsey, Overkill: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét premieres Saturday, December 17, and Us Weekly has an exclusive sneak peek at the special.

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The Reelz documentary centers on Lawrence Schiller — author of a bestselling book on the case, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town — digging into his archive of conversations with numerous individuals who were involved in the original investigation in an effort to unearth new information about who may have committed the crime.

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Us’ preview clip features an interview with Ron Walker, the first FBI special agent on the scene 20 years ago when the 6-year-old pageant queen was found dead in her family’s Boulder, Colorado, home. He believes that the Boulder police department mishandled its questioning of JonBenét’s parents, Patsy and John Ramsey.

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“[People have] criticized the Boulder police for not doing what the police should have done on the 26th of December, and that was separate John and Patsy into two different interview locations, and get them interviewed, and get a full signed statement from them,” Walker says.

“Everybody makes mistakes at crime scenes, and I don’t want to lay the blame on any particular person, but it was the philosophy in the police department at that time on the command staff that inhibited the officers and the detectives from doing the job that they knew they needed to do,” Walker continues.

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John and late wife Patsy were removed from the suspect list in 2008. Their son, Burke, who was 9 years old when JonBenét died, filed a $150 million defamation lawsuit in October against forensic pathologist Werner Spitz for suggesting in the CBS docuseries The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey that Burke killed his sister.

Overkill: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét premieres on Reelz Saturday, December 17, at 9 p.m. ET.

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