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
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, Jonbenet 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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Wasn't Liza phenomenal?
23 July 2007 | by (Pahoa, Hawaii) – See all my reviews

Yes, like her mom,(and me) maybe a bit too much partying, but look at that actress. She's a legacy Judy and Vincent would be proud of today, truly a legend in her own time! Her appearance on 'Criminal Intent' (here on New Zealand television- 23rd July 2007) headlined the previews of the week's coming shows! More Liza More!!!!!!!!!!!!Just found out from IMDb I need to write more for this to be accepted. OK. I became a huge Judy Garland fan after finding out my dad proposed to my mom at a Judy Garland concert on September 4th 1958, Chicago. Judy is a Goddess, and after all of the reading and research I've done;... Liza, from her appearances with Judy in concert and on television, as well as her own career, has matched her mom's charisma!!! Thanks Liza. Hope to see a lot more!!!

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