Robin Sax: The Mexican authorities haven't even gotten their act together to file charges against "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman (the one and only suspect in the murder of his wife, Monica Beresford-Redman), yet Bruce's family has already managed to move into the Beresford-Redman home, gain temporary custody of the kids -- and are now filing for permanent guardianship of the couple's children.
Don't they have bigger issues to worry about? Shouldn't they be gearing up for a Mexican criminal trial? Perhaps they know something we don't ...? Could it be that they are so confident that Bruce won't be charged, they're preparing for Plan B in what is starting to shape up to be "the perfect crime"?
Bruce Beresford-Redman is no stranger to getting things done in foreign countries. After all, as a producer for the "Survivor" show, his job description included making good reality-TV hits in foreign territories. He had to be adept at greasing the locals, learning the customs and paying off the right people to be so successful in his producer role. It's no secret that Mexico is one of the most corrupt countries -- particularly in the areas of crime and criminal investigation. Is it therefore possible/conceivable that Redman has already paid off the peeps and is just buying more time so there's an appearance of a thorough investigation?
But how much more do the Mexican authorities need? I mean, really! They say they're waiting on the forensics and toxicology reports. But who cares? There's more than enough probable cause (which is the standard to arrest in Mexico) to justify an arrest NOW! Aside from the differing (ludicrous) accounts from suspect Bruce Beresford-Redman, there's the motive to kill (which you don't even need to prove murder), the eyewitness testimony about fighting (allegedly, Bruce may have struck Monica) and a cause of death: strangulation. What could the toxicology or forensics say? That Monica was drugged, too? Who cares?! Obviously, Bruce Beresford-Redman's family really doesn't care.
Instead of spending time investigating the crime -- or, even better, acknowledging that their son could be the killer -- they have moved their comfy butts into a nice pad in Palos Verdes and filed for permanent custody of their grandchildren. Besides being outraged by their tactics at this difficult time, I am most disgusted that they could not even identify the names of the maternal grandparents on their court-certified declaration. Couldn't they even Google it? Even I know that Monica's mother's name is Ely Burgos! But they didn't.
|Robin Sax is a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney who specialized in prosecuting sex crimes against children. She is the author of six books, including "Predators and Child Molesters: What Every Parent Needs to Know to Keep Kids Safe." Robin is a regular legal commentator on "Larry King Live," "Nancy Grace" and FOXNews, and has a weekly radio show, "Justice Interrupted." Robin lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles, California.|