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Survivor Redemption Island Mexican Murder Secrets!

Posted by on February 2, 2011 at 5:24 PM EST

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Today was an interesting day in Survivor news. There are a couple of topics I want to cover quickly including a cast member of Survivor Redemption Island leaking secret information to the press and a Survivor producer  Bruce Beresford-Redman on trial for murder.

First let’s start with the more serious of the two crimes, murder. Mexican prosecutors are seeking to extradite former Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman to Mexico saying that his wife, Monica Burgos‘ murder was premeditated. Prosecutors say the two had been having severe martial problems and that Beresford-Redman took his wife to Mexico with the intent to kill her. While there he hit her in the head with a heavy blunt object, choked her to death then dumped her body in the hotel sewer. In a document released today Mexican officials say that Beresford-Redman had a mistress, that he had also had run up a $5,000 phone bill to a sex phone line and that his wife threatened to take their savings if he didn’t grant her a divorce. Beresford-Redman was arrested in November and is in jail in Los Angeles where he is fighting the extradition.

In lighter, but still serious news, we have the case of leaked information and potential lawsuits. Survivor fan and blogger Jim Early, who runs a site called Survivor Sucks, was sued by CBS last summer after he posted a series of spoilers that contained information that only an insider could know including the order in which contestants were eliminated and the winners of season 19 and 20. There was also information about and involving the show locals that only an insider could know. CBS hit him with a lawsuit and in exchange for having the suit dropped Early gave up his source. Early claims that it was Survivor villain Russell Hantz that gave him this information.

Early says the two became friendly when he (Early) contacted Hantz to let him know that some other sites were putting his personal contact information online. He claims that Hantz offered the information to him.

This is big news because we are on the eve of the next season, Survivor Redemption Island which will feature Hantz and his arch enemy Boston Rob as all-stars within new tribes. CBS has not filed suit against Hantz yet, but it is well known that the contracts the cast members’ sign are pretty iron clad and include a penalty of $5 million if they leak information.

Hantz now presents two sides of the coin to CBS. He is one of the all-time hated villains on Survivor. People love to hate him and that alone will help them draw viewers, but at the same time he clearly can’t be trusted to not leak the secrets from the show.  I have a feeling what happens to him will be determined by the outcome of this season. No doubt they have given him a stern talking to. If he goes deep into the season and helps them get good ratings, they will likely forgive him. If he is voted out quickly then I wouldn’t be shocked if they go after him legally.

We will keep you informed as the story develops.



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