JonBenét Ramsey's Brother Is Planning to Sue CBS Over Claim That He Killed His Sister

'The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey' concluded that Burke's parents covered for him.

Burke Ramsey reportedly plans to sue CBS, after its documentary The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey alleged that he killed his 6-year-old sister (opens in new tab).

The two-part documentary saw a team of experts—among them a former FBI profiler, a criminal behavioral analyst and a forensic pathologist—assemble to re-investigate evidence and theories in the unsolved 1996 murder of JonBenét Ramsey.

The investigators concluded that Burke, who was 9 years old at the time, killed his sister by hitting her over the head with a heavy flashlight. This theory conflicts with autopsy evidence, which found that JonBenét's cause of death was "asphyxia strangulation", rather than the head trauma that preceded it.

"I will be filing a lawsuit on behalf of Burke Ramsey," his attorney L. Lin Wood told Reuters (opens in new tab). "CBS' false and unprofessional attacks on this young man are disgusting and revolting."

But the network—which you can only imagine was prepared for such an outcome—responded with this statement: "CBS stands by the broadcast and will do so in court."

During the final part of his interview with Dr Phil (opens in new tab), which was recorded prior to the airing of CBS' documentary, Burke commented on (opens in new tab) the ongoing public suspicion of him and his family: ""It blows my mind. What more evidence do you need that we didn't do it?" He suggested that her murderer was "probably some pedophile in the pageant audience."

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Emma Dibdin
Emma Dibdin

Emma Dibdin is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles who writes about culture, mental health, and true crime. She loves owls, hates cilantro, and can find the queer subtext in literally anything.