Father Of JonBenet Ramsey Sues CBS Over 'Sham' Documentary

The mysterious case of JonBenet Ramsey came back into the public eye in a big way last year via a highly-touted show from CBS entitled “The Case of JonBenet Ramsey,” which coincided with the 20-year anniversary of the girl’s death.

On December 26, 1996, the six-year-old girl’s body was found beaten and strangled at her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado. The discovery came just hours after her mother had reported the girl missing upon the discovery of a ransom note.

A massive investigation followed, and the case became the subject of intense media scrutiny as well as a topic of fascination among the general public. The case was never solved, but theories abound as to what really happened.

The show attempted to tie together all of the loose ends, and it came to a sensational conclusion. It pointed the finger at her brother, Burke Ramsey, as the culprit. This was in spite of the fact that DNA evidence had cleared both Burke and his parents back in 2008.

As the New York Post shares, John Ramsey, JonBenet’s father, has filed suit against the network. This comes on the heels of a similar suit that was filed last year by Burke, who sued the network and others associated with it for $750 million.

John’s suit also names others, but details weren’t immediately available. In Burke’s case, the suit calls out a “sham reinvestigation” of the murder that was the result of “the preconceived storyline.”

“The accusation that Burke Ramsey killed his sister was based on a compilation of lies, half-truths, manufactured information, and the intentional omission and avoidance of truthful information about the murder of JonBenét Ramsey,” the suit reads in part.

Burke filed another suit last year against a forensic pathologist that was also featured on the show. No comment was forthcoming from CBS in the wake of John’s suit.

“A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother in 2008 based on DNA evidence. But the district attorney currently overseeing the case has said it was premature to exonerate the Ramseys and ordered additional tests using new DNA testing technology that authorities hope will further the investigation,” the Post shares. “Police have collected and studied thousands of pieces of evidence and say the case remains open.”

JonBenet’s mother, Patty, passed away from ovarian cancer in 2006. As for the show, it certainly captured the imagination of the audience, but it didn’t exactly move the case any closer to being solved.

As far as the Ramseys are concerned, it’s done nothing but cause additional problems and trauma. Those that have been tasked with investigating the case through the years have been accused of bungling things from the get-go, so it doesn’t seem likely that it will be solved anytime soon.

On that note, if CBS can poke around and come up with theories, we would assume that those same theories have already been examined ad nauseam by others. We’ll have to wait and see how the cases against CBS play out, but it could prove to be an awfully expensive programming decision.

Source: New York Post
Photo:s YouTube, Jennifer Boyer/Flickr, Wikimedia

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