If you were past the age of ten in 1996, chances are you remember the other huge murder case of that decade; one that still haunts so many people. Despite having been reopened in 2010, the case remains unsolved. Of course, I’m referring to the (purportedly botched) kidnapping and killing of 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey, found (by her father) — bound, strangled, and with a fractured skull — in the basement of her own home. Just typing that sentence still makes me shudder; a flood of feelings over the bizarre ransom note that handwriting experts claim JonBenét’s mother, Patsy, wrote:
Her father, John, seemingly knowing exactly where to find her tiny body in the wine cellar, and a young brother (Burke, 9) the parents claimed was sleeping, but whose voice was allegedly heard in the background of their 911 call. With a tainted (unsealed) crime scene and a poorly handled police investigation, despite a grand jury’s finding sufficient probable cause to indict Patsy and John of child abuse leading to death, the district attorney disagreed and refused to sign. There is conflicting evidence for every thought and theory and, even now, if one reenters the maze, it only leads to a never-ending rabbit hole of confusion. It seems impossible the parents weren’t somehow involved or complicit (Did her brother do something they tried to cover up? Could a close friend or other family member have been discovered abusing JonBenét, and that was covered up?). Of all the madness, the ransom note — including its allusions to Ransom and Speed — is so highly personal and long — and is one of the most disturbing pieces of evidence found.
All this to say, CBS has released the trailer for The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey and, if you’re anything like me, in 30 seconds, you’ll be hooked. With forensic expert Dr. Henry Lee, forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz, retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente, retired FBI forensic linguistic profiler James Fitzgerald, and Scotland Yard criminal behavioral analyst Laura Richards, the docuseries will attempt to put together all the broken puzzle pieces to solve the murder.
If you were mesmerized by Serial, Making a Murderer, and/or The Jinx, I presume you’ll join me in actually watching the six-part CBS series, starting September 18th. The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey will air back to back episodes in three segments, September 18th, 19th, and 25th.