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Hotel guests heard 'screams' and 'loud banging' from room where TV producer allegedly killed his wife, court documents say

November 17, 2010 |  8:58 am

Beresford-redman Hotel guests staying in a room below where a TV producer is accused of killing his wife in Cancun, Mexico, were awakened by "screams, crying for help and extremely loud banging from the room above," according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court.

Bruce Beresford-Redman, 38, a former producer of "Survivor," is scheduled to appear Wednesday in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles for an extradition hearing in connection with the death of his wife, Monica Beresford-Redman, 41.

A complaint filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of the Mexican government offered new details about the days leading up to the April 8 discovery of Monica Beresford-Redman's body in a septic tank not far from the hotel where the couple and their two children were staying.

Bruce Beresford-Redman was detained by U.S. marshals Tuesday afternoon at his Rancho Palos Verdes home.

According to the complaint, the sounds the other hotel guests heard sounded like a woman in "extreme distress." It also stated a key card was used to open the Beresford-Redman room door at least nine times from midnight to 7 a.m. on April 6.

Mexican officials said an autopsy showed Monica Beresford-Redman died April 5 of "asphyxia by suffocation." It also found bruising to her face and a blunt head wound.

Bruce Beresford-Redman has repeatedly denied he had anything to do with his wife's death. He reported her missing on April 6, telling police and relatives she never made it back to the hotel after a solo shopping excursion the day before.

Security guards check all people that come and go at the Moon Palace Resort, and there were no records of Monica Beresford-Redman having left the hotel grounds, according to the complaint.

An April 9 forensic examination of the couple's hotel room found blood stains on a pillar, on the bed sheets and on a balcony railing that tested "presumptively positive" for the presence of blood, according to the complaint.

Family members said the couple's marriage had been strained in the months before Monica's death, ever since she discovered her husband had been having an affair.

Her sister, Carla Ferreira Burgos, said in the complaint that Monica withdrew assets from the couple's joint bank account and moved them to a new account after she learned of the affair.

Later, after discovering her husband was still having contact with his mistress, Monica demanded a divorce and told him that if he did not agree to it, she would keep all the money, according to the complaint.

Ferreira Burgos told authorities that before the trip to Mexico, Monica had changed the locks on the family's home. But when Bruce proposed a family trip to Mexico, his wife accepted. Ferreira Burgos said her sister hoped the trip would help repair the relationship.

The nanny of their children told authorities the couple had a big fight the night before they left for Cancun, according to the complaint. She also told investigators she learned Bruce Beresford-Redman wanted to buy life insurance for his wife and himself, the complaint said.

Bruce Beresford-Redman's arrest was made after a U.S. magistrate judge on Friday signed an arrest warrant. He has not said whether he would fight extradition to Mexico, which could take months or even years.


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Photo: Bruce and Monica Beresford-Redman. Credit: Los Angeles Times