Beresford: shot footage in jail for television show. Beresford: shot footage in jail for television show.

Court upholds verdict for jailed TV producer

Bruce Beresford's 12-year sentence for murdering his wife is confirmed

An American television producer convicted of killing his wife in Cancún in 2010 has had his 12-year prison sentence upheld by a court in Quintana Roo.


Bruce Beresford, producer of programs such as Survivor and Pimp My Ride, was sentenced last March after being found guilty of killing his wife, Mónica Burgos, while on vacation.

In the latest decision, Beresford was also ordered to pay 43,000 pesos (US $2,360) in reparation to Burgos’ mother.

Beresford reported the disappearance of his wife on April 6, 2010. Two days later her body was found in a septic tank some 80 meters from the hotel in which Burgos and her husband were staying with their two children.

The couple were attempting a reconciliation at the time following an affair between Beresford and another woman.

Scratches on his arms and face and contradictions in the case made him a suspect and he was ordered to remain in Mexico and surrender his passport. But Beresford left, crossing the border on foot and traveling across the U.S. by train to his home in Los Angeles, further raising suspicions about his guilt.

After an international warrant was issued, he surrendered to police and was returned to Mexico.

CBS News aired a report on Beresford in 2014 using footage he had shot in his Mexican jail. The former producer of Survivor said he was living in “survival mode.”

Source: EFE (sp)

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  • James Smith

    What’s the big deal? Mexican machistas do this every day to their wives and girlfriends! Oh that’s right…..this dude is a gringo. Almost forgot. Never mind.

    • AM

      What’s the big deal? America was built on the backs of slaves. Surely, you must have no qualms about placing your own citizens under the domination of the state! Oh that’s right….America only locks up the its most vulnerable. This guy is a gringo, never mind 🙂

      • David Nichols

        America was built primarily in the original 13 colonies, the slave trade was in the South…
        While slavery was reprehensible, for most slaves their life was, on the whole, better than in Africa where they were sold by the local Chiefs…

        • AM

          America made slavery an institution. It was in the South, but still America, deal with it. Wow, I can’t believe people are still making that point about African slavery vs American slavery…Ook?? And this happened in the late modern period, what a joke.

          • David Nichols

            Non-responsive to my point about WHERE America was PRIMARILY built…
            Slavery was ended in America 151 years ago, deal with it…
            The horse is dead, time to stop beating it, time to stop hating…

          • Antonio

            Who are you to say that someone is better off a slave than in Africa. One of the most racist statements Ive heard in awhile. No wonder we have a Trumo

          • David Nichols

            Who am I , Antonio? I am a guy who studies historical fact… The fact is once on American soil the African slaves were treated better, for the most part, by their “owners”… Yes, of course it was reprehensible to buy and sell human beings. Of course it was reprehensible to work them like they were just another farm animal…
            But there are degrees of terrible, and in America they were fed a sufficient diet and lived together with their children… In Africa they were slowly starved and killed off–because they had no value to the Chiefs …
            It wasn’t kindness that caused the American slave owner to treat his slaves better, it was self-interest–they were an investment… So, that’s who I am Tony–a guy who know what he is talking about…

      • James Smith


  • lang_eddy

    really…Mr. Smith….please shut the #*^@ up…your so stupid….oh, I forgot…your a gringo and an American…that says it all…