The older brother of murdered beauty pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey has launched legal action against CBS following a cold case investigation for a television show, which claimed that he had killed his sister.
Burke Ramsey is now suing CBS, a production company and seven consultants for a total of $750 million. The action was filed in Michigan two days after the anniversary of his sister’s murder. The programme The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey was aired three months ago.
In the programme, investigators came to the conclusion that Burke, who was nine at the time of his sister’s death, killed her by bashing her over the head with a torch. Burke is now asking for $250 million in compensatory damages and $500 million in punitive damages for damage to his reputation resulting from the “false accusation” that he was responsbile for his sister’s death.
It is not the first time he has launched legal action following the same television show. Two months ago, he filed a $150 million action against Dr Werner Spitz, a crime expert who talked about the case in the special programme.
Mr Spitz made the comment: “If you really, really use your free time to think about this case, you cannot come to a different conclusion.” Because 2016 is the 20 year anniversary of the little girl’s death, there has been a lot of media coverage and a number of special shows have been produced about the case, which still remains unsolved.
Six year old JonBenet was discovered dead in the basement of her family home in Boulder several hours after her mother called police to report her daughter missing, saying that she had found a ransom note. The child had been strangled and had suffered a skull fracture.
Authorities believed that Patsy Ramsey may have written the ransom note and she was asked to provide a number of handwriting samples. However it was decided there was not enough evidence against the couple and the case was dropped, with police settling a lawsuit for an undisclosed sum.