Meaghan Kirby
September 20, 2016 3:07 pm
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The second part of the CBS docuseries The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey aired on Monday and investigators dropped a major bombshell with their theory of who killed the six-year-old beauty queen: her older brother Burke Ramsey.

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For the few unfamiliar with the infamous case, JonBenét Ramsey was a six-year-old beauty pageant queen who was found dead in the basement of her family home after being reported missing on December 26th, 1996. The murder has remained one of the most prolific unsolved murders in America. Despite being cleared of suspicion by police in 2008, the Ramsey family, specifically JonBenét’s father, John, late mother, Patsy, and brother Burke, have been at the center of the most popular theories regarding the murder. The Ramseys have maintained that an intruder broke into their house and committed murder.

While the case has remained the the media for the last 20 years, the CBS docuseries brought newfound fame to the cold-case, compiling a team of expert investigators including retired FBI agents, forensic scientists, and criminal behavioral analysts to try and solve the case.

In a three-part interview with Dr. Phil, Burke Ramsey debunked the popular theory that their mother Patsy, who died of cancer in 2006, committed the murder and a separate theory that he killed his sister and their parents covered it up. 

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However, the CBS investigative team suggested that a 9-year-old Burke, did in fact, kill his sister and that their parents were behind the cover up.

The team concluded that Burke unintentionally killed his sister in a “fit of rage” and that John and Patsy concocted the intruder theory to protect their son from prosecution.

Docuseries investigative team member and retired F.B.I. agent James R. Fitzgerald spoke with E! News regarding the outcome of their investigation, stressing that while the team believe that they had confirmed the most plausible theory regarding the murder, the docuseries was not part of an official investigation.

The series ended with a disclaimer from CBS stating that the conclusion of their investigation team represented one of many theories as to who killed JonBenét Ramsey, acknowledged that John and Burke Ramsey have maintained their innocence, and encouraged viewers to come up with their own conclusions.

We hope that the mystery is solved (like, really solved) one day.

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