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Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000)

About the infamous murder of six year old child beauty pageant contestant Jonbenet Ramsey and the hysterical media coverage that made the investigation even more difficult.

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On December 26, 1996, six year old beauty queen Jonbenet Ramsey was reported missing by her mother Patsy Ramsey after she found a ransom note. Later that day, her husband John discovered ... See full summary »

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Lou Smit
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John Ramsey
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Peter Hofstrom
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About the infamous murder of six year old child beauty pageant contestant Jonbenet Ramsey and the hysterical media coverage that made the investigation even more difficult.

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27 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Crime na Cidade Perfeita  »

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Dyanne the child who played Jonbenet, did not participate in the murder scenes or see the basement. She was also aways referred to as by her name and never jonbenet. See more »

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Two Tabloid reporters meet in the International Airport in Denver, Colorado, near a fountain. Built to completion in 1994, the Jeppesen Terminal Building still had no complete fountain in the center of the hall until years later. In fact, in April of 1997,the year depicted in the scene, an artist had not even been chosen for the fountain project, who chose the multi-level system of fountains seen in the background. See more »

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JonBenet would have been 22...
20 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

This year, sad to reflect on this.

This film is convoluted and protracted, as a few other critics have mentioned. While a few good performances are presented (Ann-Margret, as Nedra, Patsy Ramsey's mother) and Marge Helgenberger as narcissistic and erratic Patsy Ramsey. Also Kris Kristoffersen is interesting, but portrays detective Lou Smit, who has sided with the Ramseys and offered no other possible explanations, and there were many.

So many people had keys to that house. A Christmas party in 1996 with over 50 people in their Colorado home.

I wanted to like this film as the case even today is intriguing and labyrinthine. But the film diverges onto sub-plots (some unnecessary, the audience knows tabloid reporters will sell their own grandmother for a headline). Ken Howard portrays the D.A., Alex Hunter and yet we do not see Harold Haddon, the defense attorney and the defense side here, and the machinations of the American legal system, the control over Bolder Police Department, and the possible obstructions to justice and obfuscations created by the defense.

By now we in the U.S. have seen many bungled and sad cases like this with "baffled" police and powerful District Attorneys, as well as corrupt defense attorneys. Sad that JonBenet herself may never see justice (the parents motives have been questionable), and new facts may not come to light.

A highly recommended book on this case is recommended: Steve Thomas wrote a few investigative theories, and also Jeffrey Scott Shapiro. Worth looking into for those interested in facts and true crime investigations. A curiosity piece as a movie, but in my opinion the audience today is more savvy and deserves some answers. 5/10.


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