29-year-old Burke Ramsey, the brother of murdered 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, is suing CBS over their two-part series The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey and the false accusation that he murdered his sister.
According to documents obtained by the Associated Press, Burke intends to sue for a staggering $750 million to ‘redress the permanent damage to his reputation resulting from defendants.’
The special recreated the home of the Ramsey family in Boulder, Colorado – including the basement where JonBenét was found dead the day after Christmas. Experts including former FBI agent Jim Clemente, Dr. Henry Lee, former chief investigator for the Boulder District Attorney James Kolar, forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz, James Fitzgerald, and former Scotland Yard criminal behavior analyst Laura Richards all speculated over the murder.
They strongly suggested that Burke was angry that JonBenet had stolen a bite of his pineapple and perhaps in a fit of rage, he fatally bashed her in the head with a large flashlight. A previous autopsy of the body found that JonBenet had been killed by strangulation and a severe skull fracture.
Burke Ramsey spoke exclusively to Dr. Phil earlier this year, revealing unheard of details surrounding the case. He told Dr. Phil he remembered his mother becoming hysterical when she realized her daughter was missing.
He recalled, “The first thing I remember is my mom bursting in my room really frantic saying like, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh,’ running around my room looking for JonBenét. At that moment I was awake. She left, and you could kind of hear her freaking out.”
Burke also holds onto memories of the media circus that followed his family around. He said, “For a long time the media basically made our lives crazy. I was pretty skeptical of any sort of media. It just made me a very private person.”
According to the testimony of JonBenet’s mother, Patsy Ramsey, she discovered her daughter was missing after she came across a ransom letter in the kitchen demanding $118,000 for the safe return of her daughter – almost the exact value her husband’s bonus he had received earlier that year.
The note said JonBenet would be returned as soon as the money was paid. JonBenet’s father, John Ramsey, rang the police but when the officers arrived they found no signs of a forced entry into the family home.
John Ramsey searched the basement after the police arrived, he found his daughter’s body covered in a blanket and carried her upstairs in his arms. The police were later ridiculed for allowing the father to move the body from the scene of the crime. A nylon cord had been tied around her neck, her wrists were tied above her head, and her mouth was covered by duct tape.
The Colorado police officers initially suspected JonBenét’s parents and her older brother, Burke. Then in 2003, when DNA was taken from JonBenet’s clothes they were cleared of any wrongdoing.
In 2009, the investigation was reopened. Media coverage of the case focused on JonBenet’s time spent in child beauty pageants, her parents’ wealth and all the unusual evidence found in the case. Several defamation suits have been filed by the Ramsey family against the media as they continue to stress their innocence.