LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) The family of murder victim Monica Beresford-Redman may have found an unlikely ally in their fight to gain custody of her two children -- namely her husband, and suspected killer, Bruce Beresford-Redman.
Carla Burgos, Monica Beresford-Redman's sister who has been very vocal in the investigation of the murder, has been fighting for custody of 3-year-old Alec and 5-year-old Camila, since custody was granted to Bruce Beresford-Redman's parents after Monica's death.
Burgos claims that an e-mail from Bruce Beresford-Redman to Monica, obtained by RadarOnline, shows exactly why the children's paternal grandparents should not be granted custody; Beresford-Redman's father inspires fear.
In the email Bruce Beresford writes, "My mother was afraid of my father and lied to him about silly things...I took the wrong lesson from this and the other instances where it was just easier to lie than it was to face my father's temper."
Monica's body was found April 8 in a sewer at the Moon Palace Hotel resort, where the couple and their children were vacationing. Bruce Beresford-Redman, a former "Survivor" producer, has been considered a suspect by Mexican investigators but has not been charged with a crime.
An attorney for Beresford-Redman said Thursday that the hotel where the couple and their two children were vacationing has a history of violence and unsolved deaths and criticized Mexican authorities for focusing on his client instead of looking elsewhere for the real killer.
Richard Hirsch said that an initial investigation by his office uncovered two suspicious deaths and one attempted rape at the Moon Palace Hotel in Cancun..
"There's weird things going on there and they should investigate that before they try to indict Bruce," Hirsch said.
Bruce Beresford-Redman was ordered to remain in Mexico while the investigation was ongoing but returned to the Southern California Monday to be with his children and attend to family and personal matters, according to Hisrch, who says his client was under no legal obligation to stay in Mexico.
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