On 8th April 2010, Monica Burgos Beresford-Redman was found dead at a resort in Cancun where she and her husband and children had been on holiday. Hours later and her husband had been brought in for questioning. But was he responsible and why does he still maintain his innocence? What happened to Monica Burgos Beresford-Redman?
Monica Burgos and Bruce Beresford-Redman married in 1999 and had two children. The marriage was reported to have problems, with both sides allegedly having affairs. Monica discovered Bruce’s affair with casting director Joy Pierce right before the holiday, asking for a divorce.
On the day of her murder, Bruce said that Monica was spending the day alone, shopping and visiting spas. When she didn’t return that night, he assumed she had gone out. It wasn’t until the next morning that he reported her missing. Three days later and police discovered her body. She had been bludgeoned and strangled to death and her naked body had been left in a sewer.
Much of the case against Bruce rests on the marital problems the couple were having. Whilst in Cancun, witnesses came forward to say they had seen the couple fighting, with one even going so far as to say Bruce almost physically attacked Monica, only refraining when he saw there were witnesses.
Before she disappeared, English tourists in the room next to the couple reported hearing a woman’s screams, cries for help and loud bangs. The concierge rang the room and was told by Bruce that he and his wife had been fighting. Bruce, on the other hand, claims this was just the children playing.
On top of this, Monica’s friends and family have questioned Bruce’s claims that Monica spent the day she was killed alone, stating it was unlike her to spend any long periods of time away from her children and that she didn’t like shopping or spa trips. More damning is the fact that her phone was left at the hotel.
Bruce, meanwhile, has maintained his innocence. His defenders claim he’s the victim of a corrupt legal process; that Monica’s death shows the violence that exists in Cancun, which, if exposed, would damage its lucrative tourism industry. She wouldn’t even be the first tourist to die at that resort. Bruce himself claimed that police threatened him and pushed for a bribe.
As police failed to do a rape kit on Monica or test under her fingernails, thus potentially missing important evidence, the evidence there is is largely circumstantial. Blood found in the room that much of the prosecution’s case rested on didn’t match Monica’s and footprints found near her body didn’t match Bruce’s. Witnesses even recanted. Prosecutors claimed other evidence had been lost or damaged.
What’s more, experts that have since investigated the case have even said there’s no evidence to link Bruce and that Monica was probably killed by two people.
If that’s true, what really happened to Monica Burgos Beresford-Redman? That’s a mystery.