Some Thoughts on the JonBenet Rams-aissance

We all know people are really into true crime these days.  I’m sure there are myriad think pieces I can read about this, but I don’t need a pundit to elaborate on the universal truth that humans adore blood, gore, and a sense of moral superiority.  Anyway, according to, it looks like the next big nineties murder to get the true crime docu-series treatment’s gonna be JonBenet Ramsey.  A few questions on that, and also the article itself.  Here are some excerpts:

“… rehashing the real-life Philip Roth novel that was the O.J. Simpson case proved a successful pursuit this year… “

How do you figure Philip Roth?

“Adding to the bubbling Ramsey craze redux is Dr. Phil McGraw, who is already counterprogramming the CBS series this week by teasing the first-ever interview with JonBenet’s brother, Burke, now 29, who was 9 at the time of the murder.”

Okay, this is the big one .  Some of you might know I’m a Burke truther, but that’s neither here nor there.  The real question is: you’re a very sought-after interview, and you go with DOCTOR PHIL?!  That’s extremely embarrassing.  Hit up a classier TV journalist like Barbara, if you have your pick.  Not sexual predator, litigation magnet, bad pet parent McGraw.  Sheesh.  Why don’t people consult me before they do things like this?

“Unlike either Simpson project, The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey won’t be camp drama or a higher-brow almost-academic exploration of the case. Instead, it looks more like a longer, bigger-budget 48 Hours. In a particularly fascinating stunt, CBS rebuilt the Ramsey family home in Boulder, Colorado—to scale—in a warehouse, for the purpose of revisiting the crime scene. But that’s not to say the show won’t smack as sordid or raise uneasy questions about repackaging and resensationalizing a child’s murder, conveniently, during September sweeps.”

Wait-–why is there a “but” after the announcement of the model house?!  If anything, to me that revelation indicates exactly that the show will “smack as sordid… ”


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