“Casting JonBenet”: Unraveling the unsolved murder case

Casting JonBenet Photo Credit: Nadia Roa

Nadia Roa ’18

The documentary “Casting JonBenet”, directed by Kitty Green, has one the AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary. The documentary’s purpose is to “explore the macabre legacy of the world’s most famous child-murder case”.

JonBenet Ramsey was one of the most famous child beauty pageant queens. She was brutally murdered in 1996 at the age of six, in her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado. According to the police reports she died of traumatic brain injury and strangling. There are many speculations as to how the once child beauty pageant queen was murdered. Till this day the murder is still unsolved.

The documentary is one that will leave you in shock as you learn about the specifics of JonBenet’s death and the suspect(s) who might have killed her.  Unlike most documentaries that give out fact after fact, this documentary is able to reveal the facts in a way that leaves the viewer wanting more. The director does this through casting and performance of the hometown in which the Ramsey’s family lives in. Through each actor they have them read line and reenact the incident.

JonBenet’s mother, Patsy was made a suspect. Many of the actors believe the mother might have killed the daughter. One of the actors trying out for the part, Patsy Ramsey, said, “Since Patsy Ramsey was a beauty pageant queen herself, maybe her daughter was having a little it more success”. The daughter was a bedwetter and according to people that were interviewed during the case they reported, “that had infuriated Patsy Ramsey”. Many people speculate that if the mother killed the child it was out of jealousy and frustration.

This is one of many speculations on who killed JonBenet. The suspicions go as far as from her brother to her parents killing her. This documentary is one that will keep you interested but also will want you to know more about the family.

  • Director: Kitty Green
  • Rating: 6.1/10
  • Time: 1hr 20mins
  • Documentary is on Netflix