One of the most closely followed “cold cases” in U.S. history will receive renewed attention in an event series being developed by Investigation Discovery and American Media Inc. The companies announced plans for “JonBenet: An American Murder Mystery” (working title), which revisits the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey.
The production will air as a three-night event starting Monday, Sept. 12, on ID. The project is produced with Weinstein Television and Jupiter Entertainment.
“It was the crime that gripped the nation — a bright, beaming, 6-year-old beauty queen is mysteriously murdered in her very own home the day after Christmas in 1996,” the announcement notes. “Investigators navigated false leads, a heavily compromised crime scene and a maze of finger-pointing. But now, 20 years later, Investigation Discovery (ID) in an unprecedented partnership with Weinstein Television, Jupiter Entertainment and American Media, Inc. (AMI) — parent company to RadarOnline and The National Enquirer, who have closely followed every lead and every step of the case — sheds new light on the still-unsolved case of who killed JonBenet Ramsey.”
Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, commented: “Provocative investigative programming is what ID does best — and there is no better case for us to take on than the two-decade-long, agonizing mystery of what happened to JonBenet Ramsey. The fact is, we may never definitively know the answer to that question — but ID will re-explore every angle, every shred of evidence, and every ‘whodunit’ theory to allow our viewers to draw their own conclusions on the case.”