The 6 Most Disturbing Parts Of Lifetime's Who Killed JonBenét?

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Lifetime's new movie, Who Killed JonBenét?, attempts to make sense of a heinous crime — but just ends up making its audience wildly uncomfortable.
The 1996 murder of 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey has gripped the nation for two decades. With the 20-year anniversary of the case approaching this December, it makes sense for the still-unsolved crime to be reexamined. JonBenét was found dead in the basement of her family's Boulder, CO, home after her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, alleged that they found a ransom note alluding to JonBenét's kidnapping. The odd circumstances of the case led to the police (and amateur sleuths) to come up with their own theories as to who killed JonBenét — yet, no one was ever charged with the crime.

Who Killed JonBenét? asks the same question many people have pondered over the last 20 years, framing the Ramsey case through the eyes of Steve Thomas, a detective on the case who resigned from the force in 1998. The movie is chilling, as any movie about the murder of a child should be, yet there are certain elements of Lifetime's new true-crime story that might make viewers uncomfortable for a different reason.

Thomas penned a book that alleged Patsy (who was cleared of the crime along with John and their son, Burke, in 2008) killed her own daughter accidentally and cover it up with John's help. Through Thomas' eyes, the Ramseys are killers — a point of view the film seems to take, as well.

Is that brave storytelling or wrongful condemnation of a family already cleared of their daughter's murder? No matter what you believe, it's just one of the disturbing parts of Lifetime's take on the Ramsey case.
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JonBenét Narrates The Story
Listening to JonBenét's voice-over — which sounds as childlike and sweet as possible — describe the circumstances surrounding her murder makes the Lifetime movie wildly uncomfortable. In order to get around the fact that the spirit of JonBenét is the only person in the film truly capable of solving this murder-mystery, her voice-over reminds us (over, and over) how much she wishes she could remember what happened that fateful night.
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JonBenét Reads The Ransom Note
The ransom note that the Ramsey’s claim to have received shortly after JonBenét's disappearance has been analyzed and debated over the years. In this version of the story, we get JonBenét reading the note out loud. You know, just in case the context of the note wasn’t disturbing enough.
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JonBenét Alludes To Her Death With Bad Metaphors
During a flashback to happier times with JonBenét and her best friend Daphne White, the voice of JonBenét drops this cryptic, painful line:

“One time, as a joke, Daphne hid from her family...but when I disappeared that morning, I wasn’t hiding. And I wasn’t joking.”
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The Finger-Pointing At The Ramseys
Thomas, our eyes into the story, is convinced that the Ramseys had something to do with their daughter's death. There are still many who believe that is the case, despite the family being cleared of the crime. Yet, the film delivers Thomas' suspicions as fact, leaving out many of the other suspects and theories to support the agenda.
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So. Many. Murder Boards.
80% of this movie involves the camera panning across clues, suspects, and depressing images of an alive-and-well JonBenét on the board in the police station.
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Burke Ramsey Is Painted As A Sociopath
Burke Ramsey, JonBenét's older brother, was a child himself when the murder occurred. Despite being cleared alongside his parents, amateur sleuths still consider him a potential suspect in his sister's death.

The new Lifetime movie certainly portrays him as a sociopath: he remains eerily calm as he discusses the circumstances of his sister's death with a psychologist, yet freaks out the minute she accidentally takes a sip from his can of Coke. His ticking-time-bomb demeanor is straight out of Criminal Minds and though the film never explicitly says that Burke is the one who committed the crime, it not-so-subtly points the finger in his direction.
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