The entertainment media has already begun a review of the murder of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, four months before the 20th anniversary of her death in Boulder, Colo., in December of 1996.
“There are four separate TV projects about the JonBenét Ramsey case airing this fall, from CBS, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, and A&E. The first of these to premiere will be A&E's two-hour documentary, The Killing of JonBenét: The Truth Uncovered, on Sept. 5,” Cosmopolitan reports.
Viewers have already seen a trailer of an interview with JonBenet’s three-year-older brother, Burke, who has himself been a suspect in the case.
It entices viewers to view a three-part interview with Dr. Phil. Phil McGraw, who was educated as a psychologist, became a TV personality on the Oprah Winfrey Show and now has a large following.
His show is an odd place for Burke to give his first interview because of Dr. Phil’s in-your-face style.
It seems likely those who believe JonBenet’s death was no mystery, and that she was killed by her mother, won’t find much time devoted to that theory.
E! Online reports that “nothing will be off-limits during the interview, which will explore the public scrutiny of Burke and his parents.”
Again, magazines are unlikely to sell if they suggest the interview is aimed at defending the family members, mother, father or brother.
There was much bad publicity because of how much time was spent by the former beauty queen mother to turn her daughter into a replicant.
Patsy Ramsey died in 2006 of cancer. The detective in the case, who has moved to Australia after being sued by the family, has said her death means the case is solved.
The family published its own book but was unable to block the publication of an account of the case by detective Steve Thomas: JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation
Those who believe Patsy was responsible tend to believe father John Bennett Ramsey covered up her actions.
In the trailer for the Burke Ramsey interview the sibling says:"I remember my mom searching my room that night saying, 'Where's my baby? Where's my baby?'" Burke Ramsey tells Dr. Phil in a new preview clip from the three-part interview, which will air on Sept. 12, 13, and 14.
"I know people think I did it, that my parents did it," he continues, asked by Dr. Phil about those lingering suspicions. "I know that we were suspects … I want to honor her memory by doing this interview. I don't want anyone to forget.”
Anyone who has pushed the theory that the Rasmseys were involved in the death of their daughter, even close friends, have faced threats from the family’s lawyers, according to ShadowGov.
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