Lifetime Orders JonBenét Ramsey TV Movie

JonBenet Ramsey Parents TV Movie
JonBenet Ramsey Parents TV Movie

Lifetime has ordered a television movie about the JonBenét Ramsey murder case, “Who Killed JonBenét?”

The cable net announced the project on Wednesday. Production has begun and the movie will air later this fall.

Lifetime’s movie marks the third JonBenét Ramsey television project recently announced, joining CBS’s six-part docuseries and Investigation Discovery’s three-part special.

With the 20 year anniversary of Ramsey’s murder coming up this December, the six-year-old beauty queen’s tragic story has become the new TV trend, following the first half of the year that was consumed with O.J. Simpson.

Ramsey’s infamous 1996 murder remains unsolved, after her body was found in her Colorado home. The story became a global phenomenon and interest in her death has not faded overtime, especially with the recent surge of true-crime television programming.

The TV movie will provide a closer look into what exactly happened the day after Christmas 1996 when Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the family’s basement. With the addition of recently surfaced information, the film takes a fresh look at the events and the competing theories about the murder.

“Who Killed JonBenét?” stars Eion Bailey (“Band of Brothers”) as Detective Steve Thomas; Michel Gill (“Mr. Robot”) as Ramsey’s father John; and Julia Campbell (“Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”) as Ramsey’s mother Patsy. Newcomer Payton Lepinski will play Ramsey.

“Who Killed JonBenét?” is produced by EveryWhere Studios and Brightlights. Julia Eisenman, Tom Mazza, Anne Carlucci, Shawn Williamson and Jamie Goehring are executive producers. Jason Lapeyre will direct and Brian L. Ross penned the script.

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  1. Carol Grace says:

    I am sure most folk want justice done for Jonbenet. A little angel taken too soon. There are a lot of flaws in the investigation and there is one major point I would like to point out. IF YOU WERE A LOVING FATHER AND HAD JUST FOUND YOUR DAUGHTER DEAD IN THE BASEMENT, WOULD YOU CARRY HER UPSTAIRS AND JUST DUMP HER ON THE FLOOR? OR WOULD YOU PLACE HER TENDERLY ON THE COUCH NEXT TO WHERE SHE WAS PLACED? I believe and it is just my opinion, Jonbenet was placed back on the floor where her parents found her. I am sure we all know who killed Jonbenet. I would think it was manslaughter and her parents tried to cover up the truth. I also am very surprised Jonbenet’s gravestone has so few words on it. I would have thought being as wealthy as they are they would have put a few loving words on the gravestone. RIP Jonbenet.

  2. Sherlock says:

    They should conduct new DNA tests on the physical evidence. Find out why 20 years later we now find out from Burke that he did go downstairs during the night (the one new piece of info from the Dr Phil interview). Can enhancements be made to the 911 call to provide clear proof of the voices and what’s being said? Prove that it was an intruder or a family member. Then it can be solved. Right now it’s still a mess.

  3. Helena MORRELL says:

    Why was the kids therapist records never revealed?

  4. Ernie Flamik says:

    Dr, Phil just used this for ratings. No one in their right mind would expect the brother to say he or the parents did it. Now, a movie with just speculation. Can’t the little girl just RIP without someone wanting to make a buck out of her?

    • sherry says:

      AMEN! all of the evidence clears the ramsey family and it such a SHAME that Patsy went to her grave NOT knowing who killed her daughter and suffering cancer. I personally think it is a SHAME and disgrace that we put up with a network (lifetime) that exploits this case and also they have a new series “amish witches”? what is up with that? they have their right in America to practice their religion..and I really doubt amish people even (at least most) have electricity to see this crap show lifetime has put out..in my humble opinion America has strayed SO far from God and what we established this country by..which we all luv and defend..but MY lord..when does the stupidity stop?

  5. When does this come on. I thought it was tonight,3 part.

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