CBS, Lifetime prep JonBenet Ramsey projects

A six-hour doc series from Critical Content will air on the U.S. broadcast net, re-examining evidence in the murder case with new techniques, while the A+E cable net has greenlit a TV movie.
August 11, 2016

CBS will premiere a six-hour limited series about the unsolved murder of child beauty queen JonBenét Ramsay on September 18.

Produced by Critical Content and exec producer Tom Forman, The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey reunites the original team of investigators to re-examine evidence in the notorious case.

Investigators set to appear include former New York City prosecutor, retired FBI supervisory special agent and profiler Jim Clemente; forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee; former chief investigator for the District Attorney in Boulder, James Kolar; forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz; and retired FBI supervisory special agent and forensic linguistic profiler James Fitzgerald.

They will be joined by other experts, including New Scotland Yard criminal behavioral analyst Laura Richards and retired FBI supervisory special agent and statement analyst Stan Burke.

In December 1996, six-year-old Ramsey was found dead in her Boulder, Colorado home after being reported missing by her parents. Her older brother and parents became suspects, but the family members were later cleared by DNA evidence.

According to CBS, the scope of the new investigation involves “re-examining crucial evidence using advanced technology and forensics, meticulously recreating the crime scene by rebuilding full-scale replicas of key rooms from the Ramsey house, conducting extensive interviews and introducing new theories.”

The network will air The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey over three nights on September 18, September 19 and September 25.

Eddie Schmidt executive produced the series alongside Forman.

CBS is not the only network marking the 20th anniversary of the Ramsey case. Lifetime has greenlit the TV movie Who Killed JonBenét? and Investigation Discovery is prepping a three-part series on the subject with Weinstein Television, Jupiter Entertainment and National Enquirer magazine parent American Media Inc.

Reports surfaced earlier in the year that CBS had ordered a JonBenét Ramsey doc series as part of a true-crime anthology that would feature a different case each season. A spokesperson for CBS told realscreen that The Case Of is “currently [a] single limited series.”

The limited series also follows on the heels of popular true-crime series such as HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, Netflix’s Making a Murderer and FX’s scripted drama The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

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