TRUE CRIME ON AGENDA

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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.

JILL MEAGHER.

JAMES KOLAR, DR WERNER SPITZ, JAMES FITZGER­ALD, LAURA RICHARDS, DR HENRY LEE, JIM CLE­MENTE, STAN BURKE FROM THE CASE OF: JONBENET RAM­SAY.

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