Saturday, April 13, 2024

Small World: The Strange Connection Between the Jon Benet Ramsey Murder and John Edwards


If you’re watching the excellent investigation of the Jon Benet Ramsey murder on CBS tonight, here’s a little “Six Degrees of…” scenario. There’s a way to tie former senator John Edwards and his scandal to this story.

How? Edwards’s marriage and career fell apart because of a woman named Rielle Hunter. She had an affair with Edwards and became pregnant with his child. The affair destroyed Edwards’ family and his presidential campaign.

What’s the tie in? Hunter wasn’t always named Rielle Hunter. She was born Lisa Druck. But then she got married to Alex Hunter. His father, Alex Hunter Sr., was the prosecutor who failed to find Jon Benet’s killer. Lisa/Rielle was married to Hunter Junior for 10 years, the same time during which her father in law was involved in the unsolved murder.

As Walt Disney said, it’s a small world after all.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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