2000-02-29: The Sick Secret Behind JonBenet T.V. Movie
The National Enquirer, February 29, 2000, p.16
The Sick Secret Behind JonBenet T.V. Movie
They even sold the rope that strangled her
For sale, Cheap: The rope that strangled JonBenet Ramsey and the
flashlight that crushed her skull!
In a sick "garage sale", chillingly realistic props from the upcoming TV
miniseries on the Ramsey murder were gobbled up by crew members and their
The grisly prop sale included the blanket that covered the little beauty
queeen after she was killed, the murder weapons, a ring she was wearing when
her body was found and a pageant crown placed on her head in her coffin.
"A woman electrician bought a bracelet and said 'Look what I got for
$20'" a set insider disclosed.
She didn't know it was a match for the gold bracelet JonBenet got as a
present on Christmas 1996, the day she was murdered.
"I showed the electrician the inscription on the bracelet - 'JonBenet
12-25-96,'" said the insider. "She went, 'Yuck' and got a sick look on her
"A lot of people at the sale thought it was in very bad taste."
The sell-off was held January 15 and 17 in Salt Lake City at a warehouse
where scenes for "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town" were filmed.
The two-part, four hour drama - scheduled to air February 27 and March 1
on CBS - is based on the best- seller by Lawrence Schiller, who produced and
directed the mini-series.
The filmmaker was so obsessed with detail, he had every room of the
Boulder, Colo., home where JonBenet was murdered re-created in a studio,
including the dark basement room where her body was found.
He built an entire replica of the Ramsey home exterior, the coroner and
district attorney's offices and the so-called "war room" where investigators
kept their files on the murder.
JonBenet's bedroom set was filled with exact reproductions of her
furniture, her stuffed animals, her clothes and the pageant costumes she
wore. It was all for sale.
So were the holsters the girl posed in, a set of golf clubs - a golf
club was at one point considered the possible murder weapon - and even the
investigators' evidence collection.
Incredibly, Schiller had two stun guns purchased for scenes that touch
on a theory the weapon was used to render JonBenet unconscious. Both the
stun guns were sold.
"The reproduction of the pageant crown JonBenet was buried in sold for
$80," the insider added "I was disgusted."
So was a crewman's friend who went to the sale and paid $20 for an oak
desk used for scenes involving police investigators - because inside the
desk he found horrific reproductions of JonBenet's autopsy and crime scene
"The guy who bought the desk thought the pictures were real," said
One photo depicts the dead JonBenet from the lips down to the top of her
chest and shows in detail the deep furrow left on her neck from the rope
that strangled her. Another shows her neck with the rope still on it.
"The pictures are only seen briefly on a desk in one scene shot in the
'war room', but Schiller wanted lots of detail," said a source on the set.
"That picture of the neck wound in particular disturbed a lot of crew
members and extras!"