On 28th of April, Netflix users will be able to stream new true-crime epic Casting JonBenét, a two-hour documentary film based on the strange assassination of 6-year old girl JonBenét Ramsey in 1996. At the time, the murder enthralled America, not just because of the cruel death of the beauty pageant contestant shocked families- but the annoying situations around to. Now it’s being became a captivating two-hour film, but not in the way you’d imagine.
While Serial and Making a Murder featured professionals and talking heads, a linear timeline and obtainable details you hadn’t even started to consider- Casting JonBenét is a quite different. The film is made up of reforms of the assassin’s aftermath, but the story is told by local actors as they audition for the roles in reforms for the show.
As the motion picture provides a more conspiratorial and emotional take than other real crime prodigy’s, here are some cold hard details to know about the case in question.
On 25th of December or 24 1996 in Boulder, Colorado, six-year-old JonBenét was murdered in her house. Her corpse was found by her mother and father in the basement of house eight hours after she was reported lost. The family learned of her vanishing through a ransom note left in the kitchen. A coroner would rule that her cause of demise was caused by ‘asphyxiation’ after she sustained wounds to her skull and was chocked by a garret.
Who murdered JonBenét?
This is where it’s complicated- a murderer has never been recognized. At the time police suspected that the committer may have been someone in the family, either her father John Ramsey, her mother Patsy Ramsey or her nine-year-old brother Burke. The family were interrogated about the discovery of the body but have never charged.
Cops also entertained the theory that she could have been killed by an interloper into the home, despite no clue of forced entry. The theory was chased after an unrecognized boot mark was found in the basement of their house, and was assumed to belong to the murderer. Boulder District attorneys recommended that due to JonBenét’s charm pageants from a young age, that it could not be ruled out that she was targeted by child addicts or abusers.
What did the cop find?
At the time, the cop doubted a family member and suggested that the ransom note and the missing corpse were staged. The particular amount demanded her freedom ($118,000) alarmed cop, as it matched the exact bonus her father had got before that year. The investigators also were suspicious of the replicated use of shout marks and acronyms on the letter, and the lack of DNA proof such as fingerprints from the note. At the time, the cop’s doubting finger was pointed to Patsy as well.
Specific evidence linking an intruder to the crime was initially difficult. When the body was discovered by John and a friend who had come to help in the search – it was moved several times by John, potentially damaging key evidence that would have identified the perpetrator. In 2003, new tests showed that she may have been sexually assaulted before death.
Was anyone charged with the killing?
In 1999, a Colorado Grand Jury voted to accuse the parents over demise of JonBenét, citing ‘two counts each of child abuse’ and added that the parents ‘did illegally, purposely, recklessly and feloniously allow a child to be irrationally placed in a situation that posed a threat of damage to the life or health of child”, which resulted in the death of JonBenét Ramsey, a child under the age of 16.
Where are the family now?
Patsy Ramsey left the world in 2006 because of cancer. John Ramsey has taken a pace back from the attention since the family was cleared of the killing DNA proof.
In 2016, CBS documentary The Case of JonBenét Ramsey, a DNA professional recommended that elder brother of JonBenét Burke may have committed the killing. As a result, the channel faced the defamation from Burke. In an interview with Dr. Phil in 2016, Burke shared his words, “I don’t know what to say to that, because I know that’s not what happened. There have been people who have said that’s not even physically possible for a nine-year-old to do that. Like you won’t find any evidence because I didn’t do it.”