After months of a complex murder investigation by both Mexican and American authorities, a former “Survivor” producer has been ordered to stand trial in Mexico. Bruce Beresford-Redman is accused of killing his wife while on a luxury vacation to work out their troubled marriage.
Circumstances of the Case
On April 5, 2010, Monica Beresford-Redman disappeared from the Moon Palace resort in Cancun where she’d been staying with her husband and two young children. Mr. Beresford-Redman told hotel employees the next day that she was missing. When the hotel urged him to report his wife’s disappearance to the local prosecutor, Beresford-Redman went to the U.S. Consulate instead.
The consulate gave him the same advice as the hotel staff and urged him to make a report to the prosecutor’s office, which he finally did later that evening.
According to Beresford-Redman, he had not seen his wife since the previous morning when she’d left to go shopping. He also said he didn’t expect his wife to return until late that night and he went to bed around 10:00pm.
But witnesses state they heard loud noises and a woman screaming for help in Beresford-Redman’s room. When the hotel confronted him with this complaint, he claimed he was simply having a fight with his wife about the behavior of their kids.
Investigators looking into his wife’s missing person status noticed cuts and scratches on Beresford-Redman’s hands, face and legs. Beresford-Redman responded that he got the abrasions while climbing and swimming.
On April 8th, a search team organized by the resort found Monica’s naked and swollen body stuffed into a sewage tank less than 100 feet from the Beresford-Redman family room.
An autopsy revealed Ms. Beresford-Redman died from asphyxia by suffocation. The coroner also discovered bruising and blunt-force trauma injuries to her head.
Additionally, court documents show that investigators found bloodstains all over the Beresford-Redman hotel room, including the bed sheets and a balcony railing.
Hotel records prove that the room key had been used 9 times between midnight and 7:00am.
From the very beginning, Mexican authorities regarded Beresford-Redman as a person of interest in this case. They requested that he remain in the country pending their investigation.
But despite the fact that Mexico retained the former reality TV producer’s passport, he managed to return to California. In November of 2010, Beresford-Redman was arrested by U.S. Marshalls on a warrant from Mexico. He’s been in federal custody ever since.
Beresford-Redman’s defense lawyers plan to appeal the Los Angeles judge’s decision to extradite him to Mexico. Furthermore, legal measures will be taken to protect him, according to the Beresford-Redman family’s spokesman.
The Beresford-Redman Marriage
All reports paint the couple as having had a very disturbed marriage. Authorities believe there was extensive mental abuse in addition to Beresford-Redman’s alleged addiction to phone sex, with bills totaling $5,000.00.
Investigative documents also note that Beresford-Redman was having an affair with his assistant and that his wife found out about his infidelity through text messages and e-mails. It was at this time that Ms. Beresford-Redman cleaned out their bank accounts and demanded a divorce. If he agreed to the divorce, she’d divide their assets in half. Otherwise, she’d keep everything she had withdrawn from their accounts.
According to Beresford-Redman’s defense team, the trip to Cancun was intended to help the couple work out their marital difficulties.
The couple had two children together. Camilla, who is now 6, was almost called to testify on her father’s behalf to prevent the extradition proceedings. Beresford-Redman’s defense team claimed his daughter could tell the court that her mother had left the hotel room alone on the morning of April 5, 2010. Their other child, Alec, is now 4.
The former television producer’s parents now have temporary custody of both children.