After nearly two decades the murder of JonBenét Ramsey, Lifetime is revisiting the baffling case that Americans still can't wrap their heads around. A day after Christmas in 1996, 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her parents' Boulder, Colorado home. To this day, no one knows who killed the child. The case brought on a sensationalized media frenzy, which pointed fingers at Ramsey's parents, John and Patsy. However, DNA evidence cleared the family of suspicion of any involvement in the crime in 2008. Thus, the mystery remains. In the last 20 years, there have been dozens of books and a handful of films and documentaries attempting to explain exactly what happened that night. However, Lifetime's upcoming four-hour JonBenét Ramsey special promises to bring something new to the table.
On Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. EST, the two-hour movie, Who Killed JonBenét?, followed by the two-hour special JonBenét’s Mother: Victim or Killer? will attempt to give viewers new information they have not yet seen before and in a way they haven't yet received it. The cast of the film includes Eion Bailey (Detective Steve Thomas), Julia Campbell (Patsy Ramsey), Michael Gill (John Ramsey), and Payton Lepinski as JonBenét Ramsey. In a press release about the special, Lifetime says, "With the addition of recently surfaced information, the film takes a fresh look at the events and the competing theories about the murder."
The interesting thing about the many, many specials that are coming out about Ramsey as we inch closer to the anniversary of this horrific crime is the fact that every single one of them brings something new to the table. The case has fascinated Americans for so long — in the most maudlin of ways — that you would think that every stone should have been turned in the past 20 years. However, as the Lifetime four-hour block makes clear, there are always new facts to be found, and new angles from which to approach the tragedy, no matter how much time has passed.
Ramsey's killer may not have been found or brought to justice, but his victim will never be forgotten.
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