The family of a murder victim is fighting a “48 Hours” segment that is slated to feature the prison diary of her husband, who is on trial for her murder, the Associated Press reports.
The family of the woman, who was killed in Mexico, is concerned the CBS report will make her husband, former “Survivor” producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, appear sympathetic, according to the article.
CBS said it’s moving forward with the episode, and that the segment is balanced.
Beresford-Redman is on trial in Mexico for murder, facing allegations that he killed his wife, Monica Beresford-Redman, while they were on vacation in Cancun in 2010 with their two children. He’s been in jail in Mexico since February 2012.
“The Emmy-nominated producer was given a small camera by ’48 Hours’ and asked to document his life in prison,” the story reports. “Mexican prison authorities permitted the camera, CBS said.”
“It will elevate Bruce’s status to one of celebrity, it will elicit sympathy for him and most troubling, it may even influence the rightful verdict in this case,” Alison Triessl, the attorney for the sisters of Monica Beresford-Redman, said. “As Carla and Jeane Burgos have asked CBS, ‘Please do not further victimize our family.'”
According to the AP, Beresford-Redman says his prison is hot, cramped and noisy and he doesn’t trust anybody, while at one point his eyes are shown tearing up after guards set off tear gas because of a riot. In his cell, 10 men are sharing space, although it’s built for three people.
The producer also said he lies awake in bed, thinking about how much he misses his wife.
The story adds, “At the same time, the newsmagazine outlines a story that reflects poorly on Beresford-Redman. The couple’s marriage was in trouble because of his cheating, and appeared nearing its end. Correspondent Troy Roberts interviews Beresford-Redman and CBS draws on interviews with the sisters that were conducted for a 2012 story. The network said the sisters declined to be interviewed for Saturday’s show.”
“48 Hours” executive producer Susan Zirinsky said there was no intention to portray him in a positive light, but only to show viewers what it was like to be confined to a foreign prison.
Here’s a clip from “CBS This Morning” previewing the “48 Hours” report: