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Parents of 'Survivor' Murder Suspect Want Custody of Kids

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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.

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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.



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12 comments so far | Post a comment now
Joan April 23, 2010, 5:27 PM

Robin, this is the most disgusting and damning report I have read so far. I can only hope that the family of a suspected murderer (though as you point out not yet, and who knows if, convicted one) will not be awarded custody. My sources (and I am no reporter or crime investigator though I knew Monica and many friends) tell me that Bruce recently purchased a $5 mil. life insurance policy on Monica — makes it obvious why Bruce and his family need to keep control of the children. Absolutely unbelievable if he is not prosecuted and convicted. Do you know who could help Monica’s family?????

Anonymous April 23, 2010, 6:27 PM

Obviously they should be worried about “bigger issues” than making sure their grandkids have a home??

RED April 23, 2010, 6:49 PM

So your stance is guilty until proven innocent? This site is full of rants with no real value.

Anonn April 23, 2010, 7:11 PM

Yeah right. God forbid anyone worry about the innocent children. I applaud the grandparents for trying to make things as normal as possible while they sort out the worst event in their life. It seems that a “mom” would understand taking care of children first and foremost. Obviously not. Sometimes its better to take a step back and actually think about every angle. You took the narrow minded approach and failed to put the children first, like any real mom would. Maybe the grandparents believe he did as well and are trying to keep their world from falling apart.Although I am sure they stand behind their son, again, like any mom/family would. Unbelievable. Im outta here. MOM LOGIC? Thank god my mother has more sense than you.

Angel April 23, 2010, 8:57 PM

You are seriously deranged. You must not have children or be an awful mother/person in general. Grandparents are the obvious choice to care for the children, suspected killer as a son, or not. I am friends with these people and you are way off. You give free speech a bad name and should be ashamed of yourself.

dobettermomlogic April 24, 2010, 7:45 AM

Why wait for evidence or a trial right? Why worry about caring for the children who are grieving the loss of one parent and separated from the other parent?

This website is called Mom Logic, but I don’t see any logic in this article, and I doubt anything so inconsiderate was written by a mom.

This article sounds like it was written by a self-promoter who thinks she’s being interviewed as a talking head on a cable news show. Unfortunately, the type of nonsense that passes for “expert opinion” on primetime cable, comes across as the asinine drivel it is, in print.

This article does not help

Mantis April 24, 2010, 1:55 PM

You can talk all the crap about the Mexican justice system you want, but evidence (toxicology, and DNA testing) are necessary for the prosecution to make their case. Why would they go to court without so much as even motive, which you for some reason think is not integral to a murder investigation, when it is the MOST important thing to a criminal investigation. Motive is the whole point you moron. If you have ever wondered why young men nowadays cannot stand their mothers, its because of sites like this lol

anonymous April 24, 2010, 3:42 PM

No one knows for sure if he’s guilty. Also, this is a domestic violence case, maybe leading to accidental death. Sounds like the wife made his life a living hxll for the last few weeks, telling the children’s school that he could not be trusted with the kids, withdrawing their bank accounts - leaving him penniless, and threatening to take the kids away permanently. This was abusive toward the suspect. I’m sure things became heated the last few days. It’s too bad he did not just leave, and try to work things out through divorce attorneys instead of having things escalate.

A Mother April 24, 2010, 4:57 PM

Do you know this couple? How could you possbily go on such a ridiculous hunt and rambling! They are not the ones on trial! They love those two children and are trying to make their lives as normal as possible. You dont think they have lost in this situation? You should be ashamed and with your background you do have a responsibility in your reporting. I am a first time reader and I only pray this is not the type of work you for your clients in your field. It would sadden me to think of the families you have had a “hand” in helping…

Becca April 24, 2010, 6:08 PM

You sound like a cruel heartless woman,your a mother and you claim to protect children what do you think those grandparents are doing and you are saying such awful things about them for thinking about the kids who do you think you are to judge them so harshly? do you really believe what you are saying? If you do i feel sorry for you and for your children.”SO VERY SAD”

TigressPen April 26, 2010, 7:21 AM

I am glad the children are being cared for by family and not in the system there. But, I do not see why his family is going for full guardianship before her body is cold or their son is officially charged with murder. That doesn’t make sense. Monica was the children’s mother, her sisters are in LA and likely are just as capable of caring for those children as Bruce’s parents. Her parents are living and surely love them as much as Bruce’s parents. They should consider her family and the grief they are feeling after losing their beloved daughter and sibling before going after the kids.

Dear God, do the morally right thing and give the kids time to deal with the loss of their mother first before a court battle for custody starts!

anonymous May 7, 2010, 10:01 AM

The children are US citizens and the deceased’s mother is Brazilian and lives in Brazil. Not too hard to figure out.

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