What’s old is new again. That seems to be the motto TV is taking these days, especially when it comes to true crime stories and miniseries investigating those cases in greater detail.
We’ve explored O.J. Simpson, the case of Adnan Syed, and relived all the creepiness of Robert Durst. Now a new 20-year-old case is resurfacing, and we’re hoping to finally find out what happened to JonBenet Ramsey with The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey.
As you’ll recall, the six-year-old beauty pageant competitor was reported missing in 1996. Hours later she was found dead in the basement of her home, and her parents and older brother became the main suspects.
They were partially exonerated years later in 2003 thanks to DNA evidence found on the child’s clothes that proved the family wasn’t involved. Unfortunately, no one else was ever accused or imprisoned for the crime and it became one of the greatest unsolved cases of our time.
So really, it was only a matter of time before someone did a TV show about the case.
The six-part series debuts Sept. 19 on CBS, and features many of the original players from back in the day. That includes the former prosecutor, the lead FBI agent and district attorney, the forensics expert and a linguistics profiler. All of them will share their points of view on what happened, and who they think was behind it.
But because we need to approach this from a new perspective (especially if we ever hope to get answers), some new characters are hopping on board too. People like a criminal behavioural analyst and a retired FBI supervisory special agent.
Together they plan on looking over all of the key evidence from all those years ago with new and advanced technology and forensics. They’ll also rebuild the crime scenes — including a full-scale replica of the rooms in the Ramsey household.
We all remember how sad this whole case was in the first place, so here’s hoping that with these new technologies, this many people involved and the attention of North America, the production team pulls a Jinx and manages to get some answers out of someone.
At least before the six episodes are over.