“CBS‘s false and unprofessional attacks on this young man are disgusting and revolting.”
The long-time family lawyer of the Ramsey family, L. Lin Wood, is suing CBS over their special, The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey.
The two-part docuseries, which aired this week, used a panel of investigators to find answers to exactly what happened to the six year-old beauty pageant queen on December 26, 1996 – a question which has continued to confuse and fascinate people for two decades.
The investigators featured in the documentary ultimately concluded that Burke Ramsey, the brother of JonBenét, hit his sister over the head with a flashlight, resulting in her death.
A disclaimer shown at the end of the series encouraged viewers to form their own conclusions over what happened to JonBenét, though the panel of experts in the show unanimously agreed they believed the murderer was Burke Ramsey. They came to this conclusion after examining many different aspects of the case, including never-before-seen footage of Burke’s 1997 interview with a psychologist.
According to Reuters, Wood is suing for “lies, misrepresentations, distortions, and omissions” on behalf of Burke Ramsey, and says CBS should be ashamed of themselves. He argues that for the past 20 years, Burke has “had to live with the burdens of his sister being murdered, his parents accused, media frenzies periodically, and his mother dying in 2006.”
“CBS‘s false and unprofessional attacks on this young man are disgusting and revolting,” the lawyer said in a telephone interview.
Now aged 29, Wood says JonBenét’s brother will have to live knowing “that in any personal, professional or business relationship, people are going to Google him. And what’s going to be there? ‘CBS proves Burke Ramsey killed his sister’.”
Burke Ramsey’s involvement in his sister’s murder has been part of several long-standing popular theories about what happened to JonBenét that fateful December morning; creating controversy which only been heightened in recent weeks, with increased media attention on the family as the 20th anniversary of Ramsey’s death approaches. Most recently, Burke Ramsey gave his first ever media interview with talkshow host, Dr Phil, and drew further speculation after smiling through macabre interrogations about his sister’s murder.
The Ramsey family’s lawsuit against CBS will be filed within the next 30 days, as the law dictates the network must be given a reasonable amount of time to retract the program to avoid going to court.
CBS released a statement in response to Wood’s comments, claiming they “stand by the broadcast and will do so in court”.
Comment: Do you think CBS acted ethically by suggesting Burke Ramsey killed his sister?