Release Date: September 19, 2016
Episodes: 2 episodes, 2 hrs each (including commercials)
Overview: This December will mark 20 years since JonBenet Ramsey's vicious murder. Over the years, there have been several documentaries, books, podcasts, articles, etc about the unsolved case. CBS decided to bring together world-renowned experts to re-examine all of the evidence and hopefully find justice for this sweet angel taken from the world far too soon.
I listened to the Generation Why's podcast about the case and watched Discovery ID's docu-series as well. However, CBS's take on the case sheds new light onto the investigation and evidence.
CBS's docu-series focuses mainly on revisiting the evidence of the case and further analyzing where previous investigations failed. The experts, of which have over 250 years of experience collectively, spend a great deal of their time in the "War Room" and in the nearly exact replica of the Ramsey house created for this series.
The experts are very precise and clear about their investigation methods and have the credentials to show for it. They literally start from scratch to try and piece together the original muddled investigation and scientifically dispute what was thought to be facts from the original investigation.
There are also a few simulations of assumed events suspected to have happened the night Jon Benet died. These simulations are a little intense and should be avoided if you have a weak stomach. With these simulations, we are able to witness the amazing scientific advances made in the past 20 years.
The experts and analysts interview new witnesses whom may have not spoken out before. The sources reveal many shocking new details about the case and Ramsey family as well.
The most incredible part of this series is the recorded interviews of Burke after the death of his sister. I can only describe these interviews as mind-blowing and were by far the most significant parts of the series.
Overall, I enjoyed this documentary and feel like the experts did a thorough job and may have even come closer to bringing JonBenet justice. If only the original investigation could have been conducted properly and denied the hand of politics and money to get in the way.
What I didn't: I was extremely disappointed to learn CBS was cutting out so much of the documentary than originally intended to air. Another hour and a half was supposed to be included prior to the cut. The new experts and analysts spent months working on the re-investigation, I would have liked to see every piece of information they gathered.
I also wish they would have explored additional theories I had seen on other documentaries. CBS doesn't air any exploration into possible other suspects outside of the family while Discovery ID included many other suspects.
If you missed the series on CBS, you may watch here!