With the 20th anniversary of the JonBenet Ramsey murder looming, there have been several television shows to air about the case this month alone. The two documentaries that aired came from two completely different perspectives. A&E’s documentary entitled, The Killing of JonBenet: Truth Uncovered, is extremely sympathetic towards the Ramsey family. CBS’s documentary The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey points the finger of guilt directly at the Ramsey family. If you’re a true crime enthusiast like I am, you’re going to want to watch both of these completely different documentaries.
The A&E show, The Killing of JonBenet: Truth Uncovered, aired first. It’s extremely clear from the first 15 minutes that this documentary was very empathetic towards the Ramsey family. This series went to great lengths to prove that the Ramsey family could not be responsible for the murder of their daughter JonBenet. The evidence is very convincing. A&E brought forth a lot of evidence that the police made up plenty of circumstantial evidence to make the Ramsey family look guilty, but if the police told the truth, they may not be guilty at all. Without spoiling the big revelations, this 2-hour special certainly had me question if my suspicions of the Ramsey family were warranted.
Fast-forward a week later, and the CBS 4-hour series The Case of: JonBenetRamsey airs. This series skewered the Ramsey family completely. They spend a lot of time disproving many of the theories brought forth in the documentary mentioned above. While some of their arguments are convincing, other arguments are not. The A&E doc does not attempt to completely solve the crime and leaves the viewers to make up their own mind about what happened. The CBS doc however, presents an entire theory about what happened.
In the end, I found the CBS documentary to be more sensational and it really felt like it was made to capitalize on the 20th anniversary of this poor little girl’s death. I would suggest watching both because they both bring forth compelling evidence. However, The A&E special took a look at all of the evidence and not just the evidence that proved their theory that the Ramsey family was innocent. I don’t think we’ll ever know what happened to that beautiful little girl. When watching these shows, it’s important to keep in mind that this is not just entertainment; this is an investigation into the murder of a child. I hope one day the truth will be revealed, but after watching these two polar opposite docs, it’s clear that is very unlikely.
You can stream both of these shows on Comcast On Demand.
– Janiera Eldridge
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