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TV’s true crime obsession is showing no signs of slowing down.
A&E on Thursday announced plans for a two-hour documentary special pegged to the 20th anniversary of JonBenet Ramsey’s slaying.
Set to premiere Monday, Sept. 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, The Killing of JonBenet: The Truth Uncovered will include never-before-seen case details — including Burke Ramsey’s 1998 interview tape detailing his first-hand account of the events of the death of his sister.
JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten to death in the basement of her family home on Dec. 26, 1996. Her slaying remains unsolved.
The special also will include what A&E is billing as the first interview with John Ramsey, the former child beauty queen’s father, in a sit-down discussion marking the 20th anniversary of her death. He is poised to share “unprecedented access” to his diaries at the time of his daughter’s death as well as share his thoughts and feelings from his wife, Patsy, at a level he has not done before. The special also will include what the cabler describes as “exclusive and shocking DNA evidence” that sheds new light on who “actually committed the murder.”
The Truth Uncovered is produced by Mills Productions for A&E. Exec producing are Davis Mills and Janet Taylor alongside A&E’s Elaine Frontain Bryant and Laura Fleury.
This marks the fourth JonBenet Ramsey-themed project in the works as TV looks for its next O.J. Simpson. Investigation Discovery will air a three-part special — JonBenet: An American Murder Mystery — on Sept. 12 that is also said to include new evidence. CBS will kick off its fall season Sept. 18 with its Tom Forman-produced docuseries The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey, whose title was changed from Case Closed to reflect the investigation’s ongoing nature. And Lifetime, meanwhile, will debut a TV movie, Who Killed JonBenet?, in the fall, though a premiere date has not been announced.
True-crime fare continues to be in high demand on broadcast, cable and streaming services following the recent success of HBO’s The Jinx, Netflix’s Making a Murderer and FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Multiple outlets are exploring other crime stories in both the docuseries and scripted formats.
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