Perfect Murder, Perfect Town
This four-hour miniseries based on The New York Times bestseller about the investigation of the JonBenet Ramsey murder case first airs on the CBS television network on Sunday, 2/27/00 and Wednesday, 3/1/00 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT each night).
“Perfect Murder, Perfect Town” tells the story surrounding the still unsolved murder of a six-year-old girl on Christmas night in 1996. The fact-based story, which draws on recorded interviews with investigators, prosecutors, law enforcement personnel and members of the Ramsey family, reveals the events that have caused a maelstrom in the once peaceful and affluent Colorado town of Boulder.
Although this miniseries gives us an incisive look at the investigative process and credible performances, I can’t bring myself to recommend it for family viewing. The drama does ask and explore probing questions about this complicated case, but the gruesomeness of finding a lifeless corpse and seeing it on a coroner’s table in different states of undress was, for me, nauseating. The suspicion of a mother’s ability to abuse and kill her own child is difficult to comprehend, let alone view as entertainment. But to be fair to the producers, it is well executed. Perhaps keeping this story before the public will help shed some light and bring the perpetrators to justice. But as for something to enjoy with the entire family, I’d stick with CBS’s “Touched By An Angel.”