Who Killed JonBenét? jolts us to Christmas 1996 in Boulder, Colorado. Christmas
lights and snow set the backdrop, but instead of feeling the traditional warm
and fuzzies you might expect from a holiday season story, this movie recounts
the mysterious details of the true-life murder of a little girl, JonBenét.
JonBenét was the
six-year-old daughter of John and Patsy Ramsey—wealthy, highly respected church-going
citizens of Boulder, Colorado. She was also a petite pageant princess whose
talent and precocious nature drew many admirers. Thus when JonBenét’s strangulated
body was found the day after Christmas in the basement of the family’s home, the
immediate thought was that someone obsessed with the little girl had broken in
and killed the child. But that theory was quickly debunked.
Police then took an
interest to JonBenét’s 9-year-old brother, Burke, particularly because he had
often been left in the shadows of his sister’s pedestal and thus showed little
emotion over her loss. But after interviews and further investigation, it became
evident that the boy had nothing to do with the killing.
So who did kill this
Investigations were difficult
as detectives found themselves dealing with a compromised crime scene (yes, the
body had been moved—a slip-up that can be blamed on a lack of police presence
on the crime scene). The came across a ransom note, but upon further scrutiny,
the note proved to be fake. Suspicions then turned to the Ramseys.
The film is riveting
and revives the JonBenét murder mystery. The story gives provides a window into
the Ramsey’s lives and highlights the hindrances the police faced in trying to
solve this heinous crime. But what really happened to JonBenét that dismal
Christmas in Colorado remains a mystery to this day. No one knows for sure who
Who Killed JonBenét?
premieres this coming Saturday, November 5 at 8pm ET/PT.