Wednesday, July 13, 2011

No Immunity for “Survivor” Producer Ordered to Mexico on Murder Charges

TV Producer Bruce Beresford-Redman Faces Extradition After Voting Wife Off Planet Last Year

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Bennington Vale Evening Transcript) -- In April 2010, Emmy nominated producer Bruce Beresford-Redman was detained as a suspect in the killing of his wife, Monica. According to officials in Cancun, Monica’s body had been found in a sewer at the Moon Palace resort where the family was vacationing.

Bruce Beresford-Redman has remained in jail since November 2010 awaiting a decision on his case. This week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian determined that enough circumstantial evidence existed to establish probable cause for Beresford-Redman’s involvement in the murder. The United States must send Beresford-Redman to Mexico within 60 days, but he can appeal the ruling, which would extend the process for an indefinite period of time. However, because of the sadistic and twisted circumstances surrounding the murder, experts say an appeal is unlikely to succeed.

Sadistic Game Turned Deadly
Bruce Beresford-Redman was nominated for three Emmys for his work on “Survivor,” a reality television show in which groups of strangers are sent to exotic wilderness locales around the globe to compete for prizes. His other production credits included “Pimp My Ride” and “Crash Course.”

Although the details of Monica Beresford-Redman’s death were not disclosed to the media at the time of the incident, investigators and witnesses emerged to shed some light on the events that led to her demise.

Testimonies obtained from sources close to the incident portrayed a hostage situation that Bruce Beresford-Redman orchestrated himself in a bustling nightclub on the resort property, where he barred the doors and forced party goers to participate in a bizarre tribal contest.

“It was like something out of ‘Lord of the Flies,’” said one witness. “He’d [Beresford-Redman] gotten in with some guys from the local drug cartels. They were armed. Bruce spent the night drinking with them, and you could tell he was losing control. Once the guns came out, there was nothing we could do. They locked down the kitchen and the bar. Then they broke us up into two groups. Bruce was directing everything. His wife, Monica, was shoved into one of the groups after she tried to stop him. He was already upset with her because they’d fought earlier about his lame idea for a TV show like ‘The Bachelor,’ where a bunch of young girls go camping in the woods with OJ Simpson. The rest of the night was disgusting and cruel.”

Beresford-Redman allegedly presented the groups with rules for various contests that involved acts of deviant behavior, abuse and even bestiality. The most difficult for witnesses to discuss was something Beresford-Redman called “Real Jackass -- The Donkey Show.” Another, which involved a war of the sexes between elderly males and female minors, was called “Joy Division.”

Successful tribes were awarded amenities to make the night more endurable. In one instance, winning teams were allowed to use the restroom. However, the team could select only one person from the group, which led to increased conflict and in-fighting.

In other challenges, winning tribes were treated to bottles of beer and tamales. Losing teams found themselves forced to drink Mexican tap water. They were also deprived of all food except Oaxaca City tacos (limited to beef snout, chopped tongue, pig skin and eyeballs), and something called “corn smut.” Those who became violently ill were left to fester unconscious in puddles of their own sick.

This process of eliminating tribal members, according to unofficial reports, was referred to by Beresford-Redman as being “voted off the island.”

Monica Beresford-Redman was described as severely dehydrated and physically traumatized by the end of the night. Because her team lost every challenge, investigators believe she may have been suffering from dysentery when she died. Witnesses added that because Monica’s reactions, in Bruce’s opinion, lacked the sense of authenticity he was seeking, he made her repeat the scenes over and over again.

(c) 2011. All stories are works of satire and parody.

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