We would like to think that this a case of violence against American tourists, but face it, people: The evidence as we know it does not appear to be shaping up that way.
Robin Sax: All police investigations begin with the inner circle, looking at the people closest to the victim to find clues. Thus far, the clues have come together rather quickly in this case, and it appears that all of the elements of a domestic homicide may be present:
• An affair and the discovery of the affair, which provides plausible and explainable motive (though it's not needed to prove a criminal case).
• Observations by hotel security of a fight between Bruce Beresford-Redman and his wife ...
• ... which allegedly included Bruce attempting to strike or actually STRIKING Monica.
• Mr. Beresford-Redman allegedly had scratches on the back of his neck, which are consistent with defensive wounds.
• Mr. Beresford-Redman apparently did not immediately inform authorities that his wife was missing. According to some accounts, he even waited until the day after she went missing.
• Mr. Beresford-Redman says that Monica went on a shopping trip alone but left her cell behind.
• Thus far, it appears that Bruce Beresford-Redman was the last person to see his wife alive.
• The reality that, according to the Department of Justice Statistics, more women are killed by an intimate partner than by a stranger.
So, if the police have done their homework in terms of beginning the investigation, why do they appear to be dropping the ball now by allowing Bruce Beresford-Redman to be out of custody? Mexican newspapers are reporting that their citizens are angered by the lack of rights that their own citizens have in their own country. According to lawyers in Mexico, officials are being very careful and do not want to have Beresford-Redman in actual custody until charges are officially filed.
Is Mexico trying to uphold the law, or should we brace ourselves for injustices to come? Only time will tell, I guess. Stay tuned.
|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.|