After 20 Years, JonBenet's Brother to Break Silence

'Dr. Phil Show' says he has 'shocking' details
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2016 2:24 AM CDT
Updated Aug 2, 2016 6:13 AM CDT
After 20 Years, JonBenet's Brother to Break Silence
This image made from a family video shows JonBenet Ramsey performing during a beauty pageant.   (AP Photo/Ramsey family video)

The Dr. Phil Show says "never-before-heard details" about the JonBenet Ramsey murder will be aired this fall when her brother speaks to the press for the first time. Burke Ramsey, who was 9 years old when his younger sister was found beaten and strangled to death in their Boulder, Colo., home on Dec. 26, 1996, spoke to the show for a three-part series that will air Sept. 12, 13, and 19, the Daily Camera reports. The 29-year-old will reveal "what he knows about his sister's mysterious murder," the show says on its website. Expect more such shows as the anniversary nears. The Investigation Discovery network, for example, plans a three-part series on the case that also begins on Sept. 12, reports Variety.

That series promises to "re-explore every angle," but a network release acknowledges that "we may never definitively know the answer" to the question of what happened to JonBenet. People notes that the murder, which remains one of America's most famous unsolved killings, put Burke and his parents in the public eye. No charges were ever filed, though it emerged in 2013 that a grand jury voted in 1999 to indict parents John and Patsy Ramsey for "child abuse resulting in death," but the DA refused to sign the indictment. DNA evidence, however, cleared all three family members in 2008. (One longtime suspect recently was busted on child porn charges, and former Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner has admitted big mistakes were made in the early days of the investigation.)

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