‘Survivor’ Producer Who Killed His Wife Leaves Prison After Four Years

When it comes to Survivor, there’s always surprises — but the surprises aren’t usually this nefarious. Jeff Probst, Mark Burnett, and Charlie Parsons weren’t always the only three producers on the show. Survivor used to employ producer Bruce Beresford-Redman.

However, Beresford-Redman sealed his own fate when he murdered his wife in Mexico and fled the country. Now, a mere 4 years after killing his wife, Beresford-Redman has been released from prison in Mexico. Beresford-Redman maintained his innocence during his time in prison. 

Found dead in the sewer

A protest for Monica Beresford-Redman
A protest for Monica Beresford-Redman | AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman and his wife, Monica Burgos Beresford-Redman, decided to go on a vacation to Cancun in 2010. Beresford-Redman and his wife had been having marital problems — Beresford-Redman had been carrying out an affair, and his wife was, of course, unhappy. 

Monica disappeared after a shopping trip the pair took. Her body was later discovered stuffed into a sewer pipe nearby the hotel the couple was staying at. Police determined that she had died as a result of asphyxiation. She also had bruising on her face, and a head wound. 

Suspicion for the murder fell quickly on Bruce Beresford-Redman’s shoulders — it was determined that Beresford-Redman had incentives to kill his wife. These included collecting insurance, custody of the children, and his ongoing affair. 

Two teenagers in the room below the couple claim they heard, “screams, crying for help and extremely loud banging from the room above [theirs]… It sounded like a woman in extreme distress.” 

Beresford-Redman was told not to leave the country as his case was investigated. He ignored that requirement, crossing the border and fleeing back to L.A. shortly after his wife was discovered. 

Beresford-Redman released early 

Bruce Beresford-Redman
Bruce Beresford-Redman | JOSE DOMINGUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Mexico put out an extradition notice for the Survivor producer, and he was eventually detained by the U.S. Marshals before being extradited for trial in Mexico in 2012. Bruce Beresford-Redman was determined to have killed his wife in 2015, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

However, Beresford-Redman was just let out, after only four years in his Mexican prison. The reason for this is because, according to his lawyer, Mexican prisons are allowed to release prisoners on good behavior who have served 60% of their sentence. 

How does 4 years stack up to 60%? Mexico considered the time Beresford-Redman spent incarcerated before his conviction in 2015, bumping him up to roughly 60% of his 12 years served. Now, Beresford-Redman is back in L.A., living with his mother and two children. 

“Everyone seems to have decided that I killed my wife. I didn’t kill my wife — I really didn’t,” he told 48 Hours Mystery in 2012.

‘Survivor’ comes back soon

Jeff Probst
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CBS has confirmed an official premiere date of September 25 for Survivor: Island of the Idols. Fans will see Survivor legends Sandra Diaz-Twine and “Boston” Rob Mariano return to advise castaways during their time on the island.

Mariano informed Hollywood Reporter, “The main premise is they’re coming over here. It’s called the Island of the Idols. Think of it like a Survivor boot camp or training camp, where they can come over and they can learn any kind of skill that they need. Any lesson, they can come and learn it over here. We can do anything, you know? We’ve been here over 200 days between the two of us. We can make a fire like that. We can teach them how to fish. We have everything that they would need to learn how to do any skill that it takes to survive out here.”