Casting JonBenét, Netflix’s upcoming documentary of the more than 20-year-old unsolved murder of JonBenét Ramsey, is set to have its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. On Thursday, Netflix released the first clip from the doc, which The Hollywood Reporter notes will be a “hybrid” that also examines how the murder and myths over the years have shaped the “attitudes and behavior of successive generations of local parents and children.” Director Kitty Green also traveled to the Ramseys’ hometown of Boulder, Colorado to speak with residents “through reflections and even performances.”
In the clip, eight JonBenét lookalikes of varying heights are waiting to audition to play the 6-year-old, whose body was discovered at her family’s home on Christmas Day in 1996. The only lookalike to have a speaking part in the clip is Hannah, who asks, “Do you know who killed JonBenét Ramsey?”
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Casting JonBenét, a documentary about the notorious JonBenét Ramsey murder case, the streaming company announced Wednesday.
Directed by Kitty Green (Ukraine Is Not a Brothel), the film is slated to make its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, with a Netflix and limited theatrical release to follow in the spring.
Billed as “a sly and stylized exploration of the world’s most sensational child-murder case,” Casting JonBenét delves into the still-unsolved death of the 6-year-old beauty queen, which ignited a media frenzy two decades ago and continues to hold a dark fascination for the public. Shooting over 15 months, the filmmakers traveled to the Ramseys’ Colorado hometown to examine how the crime and its aftermath have affected generations of parents and children.
Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s vice president of original documentary programming, said in a statement that Green’s film represents a “sharply-rendered vision of a mythic American tragedy.”
The older brother of JonBenet Ramsey is suing CBS and others for US$750 million ($1billion) over a series that concluded he killed his sister.
In the lawsuit filed yesterday, Burke Ramsey claims that the network, its production company and the experts interviewed in the series on the unsolved murder permanently ruined his reputation. The six-part series aired in September ahead of the 20th anniversary of JonBenet’s death.
The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey concluded with investigators revealing that after extensive research into the events that happened on the night of the murder they believed Burke Ramsey was responsible for killing his sister, Daily Mail reports.
Since the strangled body of 6-year-old The mystery surrounding her death is the focus of the upcoming People Magazine Investigates episode “JonBenét: The Untold Truth,” which airs Monday night at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.
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JonBenét’s parents, John and Patsy, lived under an “umbrella of suspicion” in connection with her death, the Boulder police chief said at the time. But they maintained their innocence – even appearing on CNN within days of the killing to say they had nothing to do with it. They have never been charged in the case.
It has been nearly 20 years since 6-year-old The 1996 killing, one of the highest profile cases in recent memory, remains unsolved. The mystery is the focus of the upcoming People Magazine Investigates episode “JonBenét: The Untold Truth,” which airs Monday night at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.
Here are five things to know about the unsolved case that continues to grip the nation.
JonBenét Ramsey in July 1996Zuma Press
1. JonBenét and Her Family Were the Only People Known to Be Home at the Time of Her Death
On the day after Christmas in 1996, John Ramsey discovered his only daughter dead, with duct tape over her mouth and a cord twisted around her neck in the basement of the family’s Tudor mansion in Boulder, Colorado.
One of the grand jurors who viewed evidence related to JonBenet’s murder refused to say who he believes killed the six-year-old beauty queen – after bragging he ‘highly suspects’ he knows the identity of the killer.
The man testified anonymously on Friday night’s episode of 20/20 on ABC, which took a look back at the case 20 years afterwards. He was part of the jury that voted to indict JonBenet’s parents John and Patsy on charges related to the murder of their daughter after a year-long grand jury trial.
The district attorney nullified the findings of his grand jury and declared there wasn’t sufficient evidence to indict the little girl’s parents. Friday night’s juror, however, said he believed John and Patsy should have been tried, based on the evidence he had seen.
But the man told host Amy Robach there would have been no way
Images of the petite 6-year-old pageant queen — a striking contrast to the horrific tragedy of her still-unsolved murder — have been seared into the public consciousness.
JonBenét Ramsey’s forever smiling visage belies her fate 20 years ago, a mystery that is the focus of the upcoming People Magazine Investigates episode “JonBenét: The Untold Truth,” which airs Monday night at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.
Ahead of that broadcast, PEOPLE Senior Editor Alicia Dennis sat down on Friday’s People Now to preview the episode and talk about the ongoing search for answers.
“It was idyllic,” she says of the Ramsey family’s life before tragedy struck on the morning of December 26, 1996. “They were a wealthy family and JonBenét was a beauty queen. She participated in pageants like her mother had, and they were just a very close family. Everything looked
It’s one of the still-burning question of the JonBenét Ramsey case, even after 20 years: Who wrote the ransom note found in the family’s Boulder, Colorado, home shortly before the 6-year-old beauty queen’s body was found?
In an upcoming episode of ABC’s 20/20, veteran handwriting expert Cina Wong points the finger at Ramsey’s now-deceased mother, Patsy.
“It is highly probable she wrote the ransom note,” Wong tells ABC News’ Amy Robach.
Wong spent three weeks examining the handwriting on the three-page ransom note and comparing it to 100 samples of Patsy’s handwriting, finding more than 200 similarities between the two.
“You will see that just with the A’s, the ransom note writer has four different variations of the letter A, and then Patsy Ramsey uses the same variation of the four different types of As,” Wong said.
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A handwriting expert who has examined the ransom note left in the JonBenet Ramsey case says it is very likely that the letter was written by the child beauty queen’s mother Patsy.
‘It’s highly probable that she wrote the ransom note,’ says handwriting expert Cina Wong in a preview for Friday night’s episode of 20/20 on ABC, that will take a look back at the case 20 years after JonBenet’s murder.
Wong spent three weeks examining the note and comparing it to 100 examples of Patsy’s handwriting back in 2000, and found multiple similarities between the two.
For instance, the ransom note had the letter ‘A’ written in four different variations, and Patsy wrote that same letter in those some four ways.
In total, Wong found over 200 similarities in the writing of the ransom note and the 100 samples of Patsy’s penmanship.
A haunting new video showing JonBenet Ramsey singing Christmas songs in a mall just days before her death has emerged. The six-year-old is seen performing, ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’, in a home video time-stamped 11:50am on December 22, 1996. She happily sang her way through the famous holiday track, before picking up a fake saxophone and pretending to jam some of the notes, Inside Edition reports.
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A haunting new video showing JonBenet Ramsey (pictured) singing Christmas songs in a mall just days before her death has emerged