JonBenet Ramsey Murder Mystery to be Reopened for CBS Docuseries ‘The Case Of’

John Ramsey; Patsy Ramsey
John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of JonBenet Ramsey, meet with a small, selected group of the local Colorado media after four months of silence in Boulder, CO, on May 1, 1997. Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post

The mystery continues. JonBenet Ramsey’s unsolved 1996 murder case will be reopened by CBS for a docuseries set to premiere on the network Sunday, September 18, it was announced at the Summer TCA Press Tour on Wednesday, August 10.

The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey, which will air in three installments totaling six hours, will examine the confounding details of the case just a few months shy of the 20th anniversary of the 6-year-old’s tragic death.

On December 26, 1996, Ramsey’s lifeless body was discovered in the basement of her Boulder, Colorado, home, eight hours after her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, reported her missing. The Ramseys were originally named suspects in the case, along with JonBenet’s older brother, but the family was partially exonerated in 2003 after DNA tests suggested the killer was someone else.

The case was reopened again in 2009, three years after Patsy died in 2006 at age 49, but a perpetrator has yet to be named.

In September, The Case Of will show a team made up of the original prosecutors reunited to reexamine the evidence using today’s technology. The team includes retired FBI supervisory special agent Jim Clemente; world-renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee; leading forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz; former chief investigator for the district attorney in Boulder, James Kolar; and retired FBI supervisory special agent and forensic linguistic profiler James Fitzgerald.

The series will include new interviews and careful re-creations of the scene of the crime in an attempt to get closer to an answer in the question of “Who killed JonBenet?”

CBS’s decision to greenlight the project seems in line with other networks’ successes with true-crime series, including FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and Netflix’s Making a Murderer. NBC is set to launch Law & Order: True Crime in 2017. 

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