TRUE CRIME ON AGENDA
Television writers often use real-life crimes as inspiration but following the global success of the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, networks appear to be skipping the expensive fictional component by bringing a number of true crime stories to our screens this month.
The Nine Network is screening the three-part series The Case Of JonBenet Ramsay on Monday.
Twenty years after the six-year-old pageant queen’s body was found in the basement of her family home, producers have reunited the original investigators with new experts and fresh witnesses and have rebuilt the crime scene in a warehouse, with the explosive claim that the killer will finally be revealed.
Netflix is screening the documentary Amanda Knox, about the American student who was twice convicted and acquitted by Italian courts over the brutal killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.
Producers feature never-before-seen archival material and aim to shed new light on this controversial case.
Closer to home, the murder of ABC staffer Jill Meagher in 2012 created a national outpouring of emotion at the senseless, brazen crime. In a one-off documentary special, Conviction, Victorian detectives relive the hunt for the killer and take viewers through the complex issues that surround such a high-profile case.
THE CASE OF: JONBENET RAMSAY PREMIERES ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, AND CONTINUES SEPTEMBER 20 AND 26;
CONVICTION SCREENS ON ABC AND IVIEW ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, AND AMANDA KNOX PREMIERES ON NETFLIX ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30.
JAMES KOLAR, DR WERNER SPITZ, JAMES FITZGERALD, LAURA RICHARDS, DR HENRY LEE, JIM CLEMENTE, STAN BURKE FROM THE CASE OF: JONBENET RAMSAY.