A mysterious case


Written by Adaline Pauly, Copy Editor

“The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey” is a documentary miniseries released in 2016. This series, available on Google Play movies, Apple TV and Vudu, studies the then 20-year-old case about the murder of the 6-year-old girl. 

On Dec. 26, 1996, Patsy Ramsey (JonBenet’s mother) found a ransom note on the bottom of the home’s spiral staircase. Frantically, she called 911 stating her daughter had been kidnapped. When the police arrived they told JonBenet’s father, John Ramsey, to search the home completely. Not far into his search, he found his daughter in the wine cellar. She had suffered a blow to the head, and she had a garrote around her neck. To this day, many people question whether there was an intruder that night, or if the family had something to do with the murder. 

This series explores all the possible evidence in this case. First, the team analyzed the 911 call. When Patsy went to hang up the phone, it fell off the hook. Two voices in the background were heard, although investigators could not figure out what they were saying. The team enhanced the phone call, to make it more audible. While listening, they recognized a child’s voice. The only other child in the home at that time was JonBenet’s older brother Burke. This was strange because Burke said he was asleep through all of this. 

The next piece of evidence they looked at was the ransom note. They noticed that the amount of money the kidnapper demanded was close to the amount John Ramsey earned for his Christmas bonus that year. The team also conducted an experiment recreating the blow to the head JonBenet suffered. They used a 10-year-old child to see if he was able to inflict the same injury. This experiment was to determine if Burke Ramsey was able to kill JonBenet by hitting her in the head with a blunt object. The team was not able to solve the case, but they came up with some intriguing theories. 

I loved watching this miniseries because I am into true crime, and this has always been one of my favorite cases. This show dives into all the possible theories and aspects of this case. I recommend this show to anyone who likes true crime. 

I give this series a 5 out of 5 cardinal heads.