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New JonBenet Ramsey documentary for Netflix raises even more questions about the unsolved murder of the six-year-old beauty queen

Mirror logo Mirror 30/04/2017 Jessica Gibb

JonBenet Ramsey © Rex Images JonBenet Ramsey A new Netflix documentary about the unsolved murder of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has left the filmmaker behind it with even more questions than answers.

The little girl was found dead in her family's basement in Boulder, Colorado in 1996, but the killer has never been found.

Over the past two decades, the world has been fascinated by the case that has sparked numerous documentaries and been examined by experts and internet detectives alike.

But now a new Netflix film hopes to shine a light on why the case has held the world's attention.

Australian director Kitty Green interviewed 200 people in the 15 months she spent making the film, but said she was left without real answers.

"I went in open minded, spoke to 200 people but I'm no closer to the truth. I can't see us getting a conviction, it will remain unsolved. It left me with more questions than answers," she said.

Instead of reviewing old footage and re-interviewing those involved, Kitty's film will explore the impact of the case on the community through local actors who feature in lifelike re-enactments.

"I was 11 or 12 when I saw it on TV, I had an idealised view of American family and this crime punctured that, I was immediately fascinated," she told the Press Association.

The beauty queen was found dead in a basement. © Netflix The beauty queen was found dead in a basement. Lots of actresses hoped to be cast as JonBenet's mother Patsy, who died in 2006 and discuss their theories about her involvement in the crime in the film.

Meanwhile, male actors scrabbled to play lead detective Mark Beckner.

"I was looking for a way to explore multiple points of view and not land on a particular theory. I wanted to see how a community reacts when it has no closure," Kitty added.

"It was an open casting call and we explained we would use the casting film in the films. I was up front about what I wanted and how I saw the film coming together."

The documentary follows in the footsteps of true crime phenomenons such as Serial and The Jinx.

She said: "I love true crime and get addicted, we all do and I was interested in why.

"What is it about that genre? I was interested in how people use true crime to make sense of their own life. The film is not a critique of the true crime genre, it's not an intellectual exercise, it's an emotional exercise.

"This community has lived in the shadow of this for 20 years, they can't escape it, it's a different experience when you're dealing with it every day. So how do you find your way through?

"It's not ghoulish to be intrigued, to look within yourself, to understand.

"Everyone loves a mystery and this one is unsolved and it's the weirdest case, it's weirder than Twin Peaks."


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