Just like CBS’ non-scripted special did before, Lifetime’s scripted drama on JonBenet Ramsey, titled ‘Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey?’, seems to suggest that her older brother Burke is responsible for her death. No surprise there — but what DID catch us off guard was the decision to have JonBenet narrate her own murder.
Creepy, right? Well, that’s not even the half of it. Lifetime’s Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey?, which focused on the 1996 murder of child pageant star JonBenet Ramsey (voiced by Phoebe Lawrenson), was very uncomfortable to watch. Not only was the acting less than stellar, but when John Ramsey picked up his daughter’s stiff dead body, I nearly vomited. Yes, we know that really happened, but it just seemed like the Network relied on cheap thrills to try and keep the movie interesting.
Things just went from bad to worse when JonBenet’s voice said her murder was sort of “like a bedtime story.” And later, she creepily read the ransom letter out loud — you know, the one that was potentially staged by her parents who quickly became suspects in their daughter’s murder.
We do, however, have to give the network credit for hitting all the predictable plot points (thanks to all the non-scripted specials that came in the weeks before its release) — the 911 call, the contaminated crime scene, the Ramsey’s influential position in the community and so forth. It was all there, so nothing that we’ve come to know over the last 20 years was left unmentioned.
Of course, many of the actors could have used more acting classes beforehand (we won’t name names), but Once Upon A Time‘s Eion Bailey, who played lead detective Steve Thomas, stood out from the crowd — in a good way. As you may or may not know, Steve resigned from his position in protest after becoming frustrated with the state’s handling of the case.
The movie doesn’t necessarily provide a clear answer or solve JonBenet’s murder, but it does seem to suggest that Burke is responsible for his younger sister’s murder, and his parents were forced to cover it up. That theory, however, has long been suspected. So until someone actually solves JonBenet’s murder, perhaps we should let the little girl rest in peace.
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