The Lifetime TV movie Murder in Mexico: The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story is based on the true story of Beresford-Redman who was convicted in Mexico of murdering his wife Monica Burgos. They were vacationing in Cancun, with their two children, when Monica was found dead in a sewer near the resort where the family was staying. She had been strangled. Although told not to leave the country by police, Beresford-Redman did flee, was eventually arrested by US Marshals. He was returned to Mexico where he is serving a 12-year sentence and trying to appeal.
In the TV movie, Bruce is portrayed by Colin Egglesfield. Monica Burgos is portrayed by Leonor Varela. The 42-year-old Chilean model/actress is best known for playing the title role in the 1999 television film Cleopatra, and vampire princess Nyssa Damaskinos in the 2002 film Blade II. More recently, Varela landed the role of Detective Sanchez in the 2015 film Captive, starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Kate Mara (House of Cards). Captive is also based on a true story. The TV movie Murder In Mexico: The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story will premiere on Lifetime on September 26 at 8pm. It will air again on September 27 at 12am, 7pm, and 11pm.