Rising child star Kitty Holbrooke mysteriously disappeared on January 25, 2002. Soon after police arrived to investigate, a ransom note was delivered, demanding money in exchange for the girl's safe return. Less than a day later, the nine year old’s body was discovered in an abandoned shed. The story captured the nation's attention. Kitty’s mother, father, uncle, and older sister Allison were all considered suspects, but despite Lieutenant Andrea Bennett's best efforts, Kitty's killer was never brought to justice.
Today, an online tabloid has reopened the case. An anonymous source has provided editors with evidence previously unavailable to the public including secret police recordings and emails. Former Lieutenant Bennett shares her inside perspective, but even she can't stop the story from becoming a spectacle for online tabloid readers eager to comment on the tragedy. Inspired by the JonBenét Ramsey case, Smothered is a mystery told through transcripts, court documents, interviews, and comments from an online audience who just can't get enough.