LOS ANGELES -- Monica Beresford-Redman, whose gruesome death in Cancun is being investigated, allegedly filed a will leaving all of her property to her husband, who remains a "person of interest" in her murder.
Celebrity news website TMZ reports that in the will drafted in 2004, Monica left her jewelry, clothing, furniture, cars, books, real property and the entirety of her possessions to Bruce Beresford-Redman.
The will names Bruce as the executor with Monica's sister, Jeane Burgos-Carrno as the alternate executor. Monica's sister Carla Ferreira-Burgos is designated as the guardian of her children, if there becomes a need.
Bruce's parents currently have temporary guardianship of the couple's children, Camila, 5, and Alec, 3, and are petitioning for permanent guardianship.
Bruce has not been arrested or charged in Monica's killing, though is regarded as the main suspect in the murder investigation.
Prosecutors in Mexico are reviewing a series of e-mails between Bruce, his slain wife, Monica, and an alleged mistress that may provide a possible motive in the murder of Monica Beresford-Redman, according to the victim's family.
Monica Beresford-Redman's family gave copies of the e-mail exchanges to prosecutors when they arrived in Cancun in late April.
Carla and Jeane Burgos had said they and their mother, Ely, were traveling to Mexico to retrieve the victim's body and give a deposition in the case.
He has been ordered to stay in Mexico until the murder investigation is completed.
The e-mails, found on Monica's home computer, are dated through mid-March, less than a month before her death.
Rodolfo Garcia Pliego, the assistant attorney general of the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo confirmed he had read the messages.
Pliego would not discuss the contents of the e-mails but said, "it appears there were problems" in the couple's marriage.
Celebrity website RadarOnline has obtained exclusive copies of the e-mail exchanges.
In an e-mail posted on the site and dated March 10, Bruce wrote to his alleged mistress, Joy Pierce, telling her their affair was over.
"Our relationship was a mistake and is over. I am committing myself to being a husband and father and am making a number of changes in my life. I am going to write to many women who I am inappropriate with and tell them that I am making changes too," Bruce wrote.
"I am going to get therapy for being a liar," the email continues.
Bruce asked Pierce not to contact him, and said he would not contact her.
"It was just an affair for me, I am sorry that you became so involved. The love for you I mentioned in my letter to you was as a friend. With the changes I am making a friendship will no longer be possible either."
Other e-mails discussed the apparent toll his affair had on the Beresford-Redman's marriage.
"She [Monica] has denied me access to my children (and continues to do so), she has shut me out of my home, she has liquidated all my money and going even further than I thought she would she has alleged at my daughter's school that I am abusive and unfit and should not be allowed to pick up my daughter."
There is also an email from the victim to her husband's alleged mistress calling him a "liar" and "manipulative."
Monica also makes reference to the fact that she'd recorded conversations of Bruce's from inside his car.
"This is my embarrassing husband, and even more for being the father of my kids," Monica wrote.
The couple had attended marriage counseling in recent months after Monica found out about the affair, and the trip to Cancun was another attempt to save their marriage, according to the victim's family.
"That's why they went to Mexico -- because she decided she wanted to try and reconcile the marriage and she believed he was done with the other woman," said Carla Burgos, Monica's sister.
The victim's mother, Ely Burgos, told reporters that her daughter's murderer was in Mexico.
"The killer is in Cancun. Be careful, he is among you. He is cold and cruel." She did not use a name.
On the "Today" show, Ely Burgos said her daughter's slaying has devastated her family.
"I think there should be justice; everything indicates that it should be so," she said. "The form with which the crime was committed was terrible, it was horrible. Nobody has a right to destroy a family the way that they did it, no one has that right."
Carla Burgos said the trip was planned by Bruce Beresford-Redman, even though such arrangements were usually made by her sister.
Jeane Burgos said she had grown suspicious when her brother-and-law said her sister left her cell phone behind and the couple's two children in his care because both were out of character for her.
Beresford-Redman reported his wife missing on Tuesday April 6, telling police and relatives that she never made it back to the Moon Palace Hotel after a solo shopping excursion the day before. But police officials say there is no record of her having left the hotel grounds. Security guards check all cars that come and go.
Monica's naked body was found in a septic tank at the hotel April 8, which would have been her 42nd birthday. Investigators say she died some time on April 5th.
A guest at the hotel reported hearing a commotion coming from the room occupied by the couple on the day Monica died. The hotel staff in Cancun was notified that the guest heard "a woman screaming for help" around 6 a.m. on Monday April 5. The guest also reported the "sounds of furniture being moved or thrown" coming from the Beresford-Redman room. A security guard said that a hotel employee called the room to check on the complaint and said, "A man answered the phone and said that everything was fine."
Mexican authorities said they're waiting for the results of forensic tests before deciding whether to arrest Bruce Beresford-Redman in the death of his wife.
The couple's two children, Camila, 5, and Alec, 3, are back in Los Angeles. A judge has granted temporary custody to Bruce Beresford-Redman's parents, but Monica Beresford-Redman's family is now fighting for custody.
Monica Beresford-Redman, a native of Brazil, owned the Zabumba Restaurant on Venice Boulevard near Overland Avenue.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun