JonBenét Ramsey’s family vows to sue CBS over docuseries they didn’t participate in
It’s been almost 20 years since 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was found dead in her family’s basement, but the family still can’t seem to get away from media attention. The Ramsey family’s lawyer has vowed to sue CBS over a recently aired documentary about her unsolved murder. The two-part series entitled The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey showed a team of experts reexamining the cold case and coming to the conclusion that her older brother, Burke Ramsey, killed her on Christmas night. The team, which was led by retired FBI agent Jim Clemente and behavioral analyst Laura Richards, does not believe JonBenét was murdered by an intruder and thinks the Ramsey parents covered up the murder to protect their oldest child.
According to the documentary, JonBenét could have taken a piece of Burke’s pineapple and made him angry, so he hit her on the head with a flashlight. It didn’t help his case that Burke, 9 years old at the time, had previously hit his sister in the face with a golf club. Of course, 29-year-old Burke is pissed off and the family’s attorney, L. Lin Wood confirmed an upcoming lawsuit because of the “false accusations and the fraud of the docuseries by CBS.” The network has fired back and said they will stand by the broadcast in court.
Rumors about the Ramsey family’s involvement in JonBenét’s death have been persistent since the crime took place. Pasty Ramsey, who died in 2006 from ovarian cancer, and her husband John spent many years tangled in defamation lawsuits against media outlets. Burke recently broke his silence in an (awkward) interview with Dr. Phil about the accusations against him and the renewed interest in the case due to its 20th anniversary. Throughout the interview, Burke maintained his innocence and said there was no evidence against him to prove otherwise. He also suggested that JonBenét’s murderer was a “pedophile” who was probably obsessed with her.
The CBS docuseries included a disclaimer at the end saying the investigation team’s theory was just one of many theories about the case. They also encouraged viewers to come up with their own conclusions. The documentary was not an official investigation, so legal action against Burke won’t happen as a result of this series, especially since Burke was supposedly cleared via DNA evidence (which the series claims is inaccurate).
Unfortunately, this is a case which continues to have more questions and theories than concrete answers.