A man confesses to murdering a young beauty queen, but his story doesn't add up. But the investigation into how the confessor received confidential details of the crime could lead Goren and Eames to the real killer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nate Royce
Simon Fife
Dashiell Eaves ...
Jamie Royce
Kristin Rohde ...
Linda Bonnardi
Beth Harner
ADA Shankly
Jenna Switzer
Marvin Sheppard
Andrew Halliday ...
London Reporter
Japanese Reporter
Kayla Vanderbilt ...
Amberleigh Harner


A former beauty queen whose daughter, Amberleigh was found murdered on Halloween night 1992, is thrown back into the public eye when a pedophile in exile confesses to her murder. Detectives Goren and Eames aren't convinced it's that easy and re-question the mother, who was originally accused of the crime, as well as her informative, best-selling author neighbor, Nate Royce. Written by Kelly E.F. Wiebe

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31 October 2006 (USA)  »

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This episode is loosely based on the real-life murder of child beauty queen, JonBenét Ramsey. See more »


Jamie Royce: [referring to his late mother] She was a bit of a self-medicator.
Detective Robert Goren: I know the type.
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A prestige cold case
5 December 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Liza Minnelli tops the bill of guest players on this Criminal Intent episode. She plays the mother of a young beauty queen like Jon Benet Ramsey who was killed and her murder never solved.

I'm not sure what Detective Robert Goren thought of getting a simple extradition assignment. He's got the job of bringing back Matt McGrath a known pedophile who was in Southeast Asia, but who confessed to the murder that occurred on Halloween.

McGrath knows a lot, but certain things in his statement confession that Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe leave his confession suspect.

Still he knows a lot about the crime details so where is his knowledge coming from?

A prestige cold case is what Goren and Eames now have. Would that Jon Benet's murder be solved the way they solve this one.

There are a couple of nice performances from Bill Irwin who plays the next door neighbor best selling novelist who since the murder and his book on the case has become a cottage industry for him, his son Dashiell Eaves who was a kid himself when the murder happened and Kristin Rohde as the first officer on the scene.

I guess this one just needed the eclectic mind of Robert Goren to get it solved.

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