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After nearly three years in a Mexican prison, former reality show producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, on trial for the murder of his wife, takes viewers inside his life behind bars in 48 HOURS: “Prison Diaries” to be broadcast Nov. 15, 2014 (8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“For many years I worked in reality TV, and the reality of reality television, even at its best – it’s a world that’s created,” Beresford-Redman says. “Being here is real. It’s real.”
In 2010, Monica Beresford-Redman, 42, was found dead and naked in a sewer on the property of the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. She was on vacation with her husband, Bruce, and their two children. Bruce Beresford-Redman was questioned by Mexican authorities and then returned to California. He was later detained in California and extradited to Cancun, where he’s been on trial for murdering his wife.
“I am accused of the murder of my wife, Monica, a crime I did not commit,” Beresford-Redman says in a video diary made for 48 HOURS.
Recording diary entries in his cell and elsewhere around the prison compound over a period of four months, Beresford-Redman says he wanted people to “understand what can happen, to get an idea of, what things are like here in Hell.”
Beresford-Redman maintains he’s innocent, and as correspondent Troy Roberts reported in 2012, some of the Mexican government’s key witnesses do not support the prosecutor’s theory of what happened to Monica Beresford-Redman. Moreover, some key evidence is missing or has been contaminated in storage.
However, until the Mexican court system decides his guilt or innocence, Beresford-Redman remains incarcerated with upwards of 10 others in a 12 foot by 15 foot cell designed for three people. Unlike many of his cellmates, Beresford-Redman is able to pay for food to be brought in. Still, he describes the Mexican prison system as a dirty, rat-infested village with razor wire around it. There are about 1,800 men, women and some children living in a prison originally built for 700 people.
“I have seen a guy who was stabbed multiple times being carried out of here,” Beresford-Redman says. “I saw a guy pick up a chunk of concrete and smash it into the face of another guy, whose face exploded in blood.”
Before their Mexican vacation, Bruce and Monica Beresford-Redman lived in Los Angeles. Monica owned a restaurant and Bruce was a top producer for SURVIVOR and other reality shows. A month prior to the trip, Monica learned Bruce was having an affair and confronted him. He admitted he and a co-worker were lovers. Monica was devastated.
Bruce Beresford-Redman says he and Monica were getting along together on vacation. Monica’s sister, Jeanne Burgos, says Monica called her from Mexico and was very upset because Bruce was still in touch with his mistress. In a 2012 interview with Troy Roberts, Jeanne said she “really believed” that Bruce killed Monica in their hotel room.
Roberts and 48 HOURS examine the Beresford-Redman case through the first sit-down interview with Bruce Beresford-Redman and interviews with his parents, Monica’s sisters, Carla and Jeanne Burgos, and others.
“Being incarcerated anywhere, but I think maybe especially here, time just gets warped,” Beresford-Redman says in his video diary. “It is almost impossible to live in the present because the present is just absolutely miserable.”
“I spent a lot of time in the past, reliving times with Monica, with the kids, just times when I was free,” Beresford-Redman adds.
48 HOURS: “Prison Diaries” is produced by Josh Yager, Paul LaRosa and Ana Real. David Spungen is the producer/editor. Marcus Balsam and George Baluzy are editors. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.