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JonBenét Ramsey's brother Burke files $150 million defamation lawsuit

Christina Marfice


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We can't say we're surprised Burke Ramsey is suing over the allegations that he killed his sister, JonBenét

And now for news that's surprising to absolutely no one: Burke Ramsey has filed a $150 million defamation lawsuit in the wake of a documentary investigation that named him to be JonBenét Ramsey's killer.

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CBS aired the two-part The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey last month, featuring pathologist Werner Spitz, who is the subject of Burke's lawsuit. The conclusion Spitz came to on the show is that Burke, who was jealous and angry at his sister for stealing a piece of pineapple from his bowl, killed his sister by hitting her on the head with a heavy, blunt object, possibly a Maglite flashlight that was found on the family's kitchen counter.

Now Burke is suing Spitz for "explicitly and falsely stat[ing] that Burke Ramsey killed his sister, JonBenét Ramsey."

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Spitz has worked on a lot of other high-profile cases, and in his lawsuit, Burke claims that Spitz has "a disturbing history of making false statements related to the brutal murder of young girls."

During the initial investigation of the 1996 murder, Burke was exonerated by DNA evidence. His parents were also cleared as suspects. So Burke has every right to be upset about this — he's already been found by investigators to be innocent, and now, while being forced to relive his sister's death, he's also being publicly accused of killing her without a fair trial. That's pretty rough.

Regardless of what people think after watching the documentary, we all need to keep in mind that Burke was cleared and has never faced trial. Calling him guilty is unfair and possibly false. He deserves some compensation for all the accusations being thrown his way.

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We can't say we're surprised Burke Ramsey is suing over the allegations that he killed his sister, JonBenét
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