Rebecca Middleton Documentary Airs On TV

September 8, 2014

middleton_r_cp_9509122The Investigation Discovery’s television show Murder in Paradise – Stranger Danger aired on Saturday [Sept 6], focusing on the murder of Canadian visitor Rebecca Middleton [pictured] in July 1996.

The 17 year old was raped and killed while vacationing on the island, and the handling of the case has been widely criticized both locally and overseas.

In April 2014, Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy denied work permits to the overseas film crew who were planning to film this episode, citing “potential reputational risks to Bermuda,” a decision the Opposition called “an affront to freedom of expression.”

The decision by the Minister to deny the work permits was included in the episode, with the producers flashing a copy of the letter on screen [screenshot below], saying, “When this programme applied to film in Bermuda, we were turned down. Government authorities also turned down our requests for interviews.”

The filmmakers continued their plans, and the episode contains plenty of genuine footage of Bermuda ranging from the beaches, roads, St. George’s, Flatts, House of Assembly, Hamilton, Ferry Reach, Swing Bridge, local police stations and more, leading to the impression the filmmakers obtained specific footage for the episode.

The episode’s official description said, “While on summer vacation in Bermuda, 17-year-old Canadian Becky Middleton is raped, tortured and left for dead. Local authorities vow to find her killers, but an unbelievable turn of events may allow them to get away with murder.”

“Becky Middleton’s murder still haunts Bermuda,” says the narrator during the episode. “Mention her name, and its as if it happened only yesterday.”

25-second audio excerpt of the episode where they reference the work permit refusal:

The first 16-minutes of the 44-minute production covers the events of July 1996 when Ms. Middleton was raped and killed, with actors reenacting the scenes of that fateful night.  The episode carries a viewer discretion warning, and includes fairly graphic reenactments of Ms. Middleton’s actual murder.

Following the reenactment, the episode goes into the aftermath, covering the results of the autopsy, Ms. Middleton’s funeral, and the subsequent legal decisions with Kirk Mundy and Justis Smith, the impact of double jeopardy and more.

People that appear in the episode include Ms. Middleton’s friend Jasmine Meens, Jasmine’s father Rick Meens, both of Ms. Middleton’s parents, former Bermuda Police Commissioner Colin Coxall, author Dr. Carol Shuman, forensic pathologist Dr Michael Baden, and local residents Dean Lottimore and Dana Rawlins.

Speaking on the case in the episode, former Bermuda Police Commissioner Colin Coxall said, “Everything failed. I blame nobody. Nobody set about to wreck this case. But this was a failure of the entire Bermuda criminal justice process from beginning to end.”

“They want this case to go away,” said Mr. Coxall about the work permit refusal. “Because of the publicity it gives them, because it’s interference with its tourism. I am not the slightest bit surprised Bermuda would deny access.”

The episode ends with Ms. Middleton’s parents recalling their daughter, with Ms. Middleton’s mother Cindy Bennet saying, “Becky was a wonderful person and we have a lot of really good memories of her, and no one is ever going to take them away.

“They may have taken her life, but they are never going to take all the good things about my daughter away.”

We cannot, at this time, find any video trailers for this episode online, however the entire 44-minute television programme is available for purchase here on Amazon Instant Video [$1.99 or $2.99 for HD, with geographical restrictions for downloading] and is also available on iTunes for $2.99.

A few screenshots of the episode via iTunes, courtesy of Investigation Discovery, are below:.

Rebecca Middleton murder episode screencaps (1) Rebecca Middleton murder episode screencaps (2) Rebecca Middleton murder episode screencaps (4) Rebecca Middleton murder episode screencaps (5)

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  1. The Underground Movement says:

    This was a horrific event in Bermuda – and so much was exposed to the World of some of our Social Ills.-
    the Parents of the Victim has made sure of that ‘ . — BUT’ had the Victim been from a race of Color would we have
    seen the same response.-
    It has always been known that this case was either a botched up or the Lawyers simply out smarted the
    the Court forcing the Judge into less then adequate sentences for the two persons involved.
    There is never going to be a closure to this case. – never’

    • Kunta says:

      Um am I missing something here , is Bermuda de only place in de world where someone got murdered and de case was botched ?
      Mind you I do believe de guys are @$$ holes who did it but to throw de Islands reputation down de drain for one incident is overkill, no pun intended.
      Has there been a visitor murdered in Canada and de case was botched ?
      Just asking !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • DTG says:

        It’s not that the case was botched, but it doesn’t look good that the Minister denied them access to the country to do the story…. What are they trying to hide

        • Aggravated says:

          Duh! How could the case NOT be botched, when the stupid Canadians accepted a plea deal from one of the murderers, Kirk Mundy, PRIOR to HIS DNA coming back and being a match.I will never vacation in Bermuda even tho this occurred in 1996. I am mad about this sorry handling of the whole case! Who washes a body prior to autopsy? Yes, people who should be fired and a judge de-benched!!!

          • It wasn't .... says:

            Sorry but the plea bargain came from farther up the ladder than “the Canadians” – they were all on work permits and stood to lose their jobs if they challenged the AG who happened to be from Barbados.

    • BDA DINGY says:

      I do agree with you here as much of this case I read in the News paper several years ago.
      There are many question asked on this case particuly the light sentencing of the Culprits and how the
      case was conducted, but we must learn from this case that the Justice System is not always Just.
      I’m not in agreement with you how you feel there will be no closure.
      Else for the Color thing, its just sounds like the usual social rhetoric that I hear Day in and Day out.’
      The only thing that bothers me was very little was said or done when the PLP was in Govt. – which makes me believe
      that they had no faith in the PLP.
      Although we must never forget this precious loss of Life in such a horrific way it is time we move on.

    • the 1% says:

      Shame on you for suggesting that…. This has nothing to do with race, it’s about how flawed the justice system of Bermuda was and still is today. It’s comments and an attitude like that which holds us back as a whole.

  2. Allspice says:

    We are apparently just as unrepentant as the killer.
    The Bermuda Government has failed for decades to address this tragedy, and has become an accomplice by trying to pretend it never happened.

    Some demonstration of sympathy and remorse at the immense failure of the system might have brought closure for the family. Some reforms to our broken system in her name might have helped people feel that it could not happen again.
    All we had to do was be the kind and gentle people Bermudians claim to be but we were too cowardly and self-absorbed – for decades.
    I am less proud to be a Bermudian today.

    • unbelievable says:

      Good day,
      The murder was an unfortunate one. Many may feel justice was not served but the law is the law. Double jeopardy exist in other jurisdictions and can not be reversed to suit emotions.
      Not sure what people are requiring.

      • Precisely, “Double jeopardy exist in other jurisdiction and can not be reversed to suit emotion”.
        We all sympathize with the family of Rebecca Middleton but we neither can change what has happened nor bring her back…What we can do is not permit this to reoccur :-(

        • Rhonda says:

          Did Bermuda permit Rebecca Middleton murder…on the reasoning that we can not permit it from reoccurring… I we all agree this was an unfortunate tragedy…

      • Darwin's Child says:

        Double jeopardy has been removed in other jurisdictions if sufficient new evidence is presented following conviction. I would assume the DNA evidence would be sufficient to retrial Mundy at least (if he still on island).

        RIP Rebecca.

        • Double Jeopardy says:

          Wayne Perinchief actually brought this to the attention of Parliament but didn’t get very far. Lois Browne Evans, as AG, said that she liked the law the way is is.

      • Double Jeopardy says:

        Double jeopardy not withstanding, a retrial would have been allowed in many other jurisdictions (including the UK) if there was substantial new evidence.

    • Lesly says:

      So well said Allspice. You have said exactly what I wanted to say on this thread. Thank you!

  3. The Dark Knight Returns says:

    Sad and even more sad because our Government refused to grant work permits and then refused to be interviewed. What harm would it have cost? It always looks worse to refuse interview.

    • bermyluv says:

      Please enlighten us as tho what useful information you believe the government of today (18 years later) could have provided to this documentary. The police officers and legal time investigating and prosecuting this case should bear the full responsibility of botching it.

      • Redo says:

        I hear you but c’mon…it just looks bad. Their refusal looks as if we have something to hide. It was a tough call either way …glad I didn’t have to make it.

      • Rhonda says:

        an apology maybe..and highlight any changes made to the judicial system… state what lessons we learned as a jurisdiction… that’s what to current Admin could have done…

  4. sswhite says:

    must be dem PLP bye’s fault inna?

  5. Chris Famous says:

    the question is who was thew lawyer who beat the system

    Non other than the former Attorney General MP

    Do you all think they wanted that to be internationally known?

    • 32n64w says:

      Not surprisingly you’re looking at it from the wrong angle and with green tinted glasses.

      The question is who was head of the DPP that made the deal with the wrong defendant before the DNA evidence was returned?

  6. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Determined to muck rake…..spew venom…actions of a snake in the grass….now I know why they call this Island …the Island of the Devils…..they are sure busy doing what they do best….!Create mischief and bloodshed in the earth..!

  7. Just sayin' says:

    I find it interesting that Mr. Coxall has so much to say .. seemed back then that he was a big part of the problem ..but I could be wrong

    • So much to say .... says:

      He offered to return to the island and testify provided that the same indemnity that he had as a member of the police force was in place (note that’s indemnity, not immunity) and, when that wasn’t forthcoming he offered to testify by video link but the AG did not want to hear what he had to say.

  8. Um Jus Sayin' says:

    Are we the only ‘paradise’ island where something this horrible has taken place. Please stop trying to make it seem as if Bermuda is the only place something like this happens. There was a miscarriage of justice, but this happens EVERYWHERE!……..I am sorry for what happened to her, but stop placing all the blame on Bermuda as a country, it was the poor judgements of a few people. Not Bermudians as a whole!

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      Our fault lies in that we have taken no action to redress the injustice, despite petitions and calls for it to be done, to this date, nothing has been done to fix/update the judiciary that allowed such a miscarriage of justice to occur.

      • Just my 2 cents says:

        Build a better Bermuda- Are you serious? Do you know follow the Legislature?? The laws on double jeopardy where changed, but the PLP Government I might add, with this case being the classic example of why it had to be changed. That change in law does not mean those who allegedly committed the murder can be tried again- the case was tried under the old law. The judiciary was not at fault here, the Bermuda Police Service botched every part the investigation and evidence, that’s how both charged were able to walk free. The court cannot convict someone without proper evidence.

        • Build a Better Bermuda says:

          Actually the Police botched the Justis Smith evidence, the prosecution screwed the Kirk Mundy case that lead to botching up the Justis Smith case. The police provided the prosecution with the evidence they needed to convict Mundy, but the prosecution didn’t wait and gave him a sweetheart deal to flip on Smith, all of which he said was shown to be lies by the police evidence. The fact remains that we as a country have chosen to allow a deal based on lies to stand, when it is within the laws power to negate it and as it is also to not just change the double jeopardy law, but to repeal it so that guilt parties can be brought to justice. The actions taken thus far still fall short of the actions that can be taken to not just finally give this one family justice, but ensure that justice is available for future victims.
          As it stands now, there is still the ability for such an injustice to occur within our judiciary again, so yes, we still have not fully redressed this injustice in nearly 20 years.

        • Not quite true says:

          2 cents, UK law would have allowed both individuals to be retried based on new evidence. Wayne Perinchief actually brought this to Parliament but didn’t get very far. In fact, Lois Browne Evans said that she liked the law the way it is (of course she also said that Bermuda owed the Middleton family nothing).

      • mixitup says:

        Not diminishing the brutality and the loss of this young lady, but Injustices have taken place for decades in this society, only difference here is… well it was done to..well you know the rest. Hence the ongoing conversation decades later. No talk about correcting other injustices huh? Ask the Govenor.

        • Think before you speak says:

          Do you seriously believe that the only difference is the colour of her skin? You don’t think that being raped, sodomized and left for dead is equivalent to having to relocate? That’s disgusting and racist.

          • mixitup says:

            You obviously cherry picked what you wanted and turned it into what you wanted. And no I’m not comparing stolen land to a stolen life, I am simply highlighting a problem.. Now Let’s help you ‘GET IT’

            In the real world, there is more emphasis put on the value of certain peoples lives than others. FACT.
            Here are examples: My guess is that many of these names will be familiar to you.

            Polly Klaas (October 1, 1993) – A 12-year-old girl who was found murdered. Her murderer was convicted.[22]
            Chandra Levy (May 1, 2001) – A 24-year-old intern, she was missing for several months and her skeletal remains were found. Her murderer was convicted.[22]
            Laci Peterson (December 24, 2002) – A 27-year-old pregnant woman murdered by her husband.[23]
            Dru Sjodin (November 22, 2003) – A 22-year-old student who was found murdered.[22] Her murderer was convicted, and the case prompted the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry.[24]
            Brooke Wilberger (May 24, 2004) – A 19-year-old student who was abducted and murdered. Her murderer revealed the location of her body and was convicted.[22]
            Lori Hacking (July 19, 2004) – A 27-year-old woman murdered by her husband.[5][23]
            Natalee Holloway (May 30, 2005) – An 18-year-old high school senior who disappeared in Aruba and remains missing. She was declared legally dead on January 12, 2012.[5][23]
            Taylor Behl (September 5, 2005) – A 17-year-old Virginia Commonwealth University freshman who disappeared and was later found dead. Her murderer was convicted.[5]
            Michelle Gardner-Quinn (October 7, 2006) – A 21-year-old undergraduate at the University of Vermont who disappeared and was later found dead. Her murderer was convicted.[25]
            Tara Grant (February 9, 2007).[26]
            Madeleine McCann (May 3, 2007) – A 3-year old girl who disappeared from her parents’ hotel room during a family holiday in Portugal.[27][28][29] Described by The Daily Telegraph as “the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history”.[30]
            Holly Bobo (April 13, 2011) – A 20 year-old nursing student who went missing from her home in Darden, Tennessee. She remains missing and is presumed dead. Two men have been charged with her murder and kidnapping. [31]
            Lauren Spierer (June 3, 2011) – A 20-year-old Indiana University student who disappeared after a night of drinking. She remains missing.[32]

            It’s amazing how in a Racially Biased society, that the ones who point out Racial Biased are now the Racist… Sad.

            Google: Missing White woman syndrome, maybe you will get the point im making.

            • bdaboy says:

              You are a racist, you know it as well as we al do. Yo continue to perpetuate the racial divide, constantly playing the victim. You are the problem.

              • mixitup says:

                Mmm sure. Now speak to the topic I posted then explain to me racism.

            • 32n64w says:

              Your initial comment stated “Injustices have taken place for decades in THIS society” [emphasis added] which, given we live in a fairly localised and geographically unique location would lead most readers to assume you meant Bermuda. Which “society” are you referring to?

        • Tell the Truth says:

          Exactly but shhh you might upset them with that fact!

        • Build a Better Bermuda says:

          There are so very few cases of this level of brutality and depravity in this country, I can only think off hand of maybe 2 or 3 on par with or that come close in the last 30 years, and in those other cases, justice was not so poorly managed that the guilty parties were imprisoned. This is the only case within our recent memory where such a crime has been committed and the guilty parties were caught and given nothing more really than a slap on the wrist, and still have much of the same judiciary that allowed this to happen in place to allow it to happen again.

    • Pay Attention says:

      That’s not the point. Let’s stop focusing so much on what’s happened in other countries. This incident happened here so yes it affects all of us as a whole.

    • Think before you speak says:

      This is the 6th episode of the 2nd season of a series called “Murder In Paradise” so obviously no one is ‘trying to make is seem as if Bermuda is the only place something like this happens.’

    • Bubbles says:

      Not wanting to deflect from the subject at hand; Miss Middleton’s murder. May her family be uplifted by the good graces of GOD!!

      But this should shed light and raise concern about the miscarriage of Bermuda’s justice system and the lackadaisical approach towards rectifying the outcome of a case as extreme as murder to ensure justice is secured.

      I mean for crying out loud if this could happen to a high profile murder case imagine what has happened to the many murder cases that have come and gone unsolved in recent years.

      It’s just useless. If men can flee “the system” with no sense of consequence or repercussion he will continue to pervert the system of laws at hand freely and willingly.

      Pointing fingers to blame is futile the real truth of the matter is Bermuda’s pathetic criminal justice system!

    • Rhonda says:

      Um Just saying…let’s just blame on someone else… similar to UBP done it…the PLP done it… the renamed UBP …is not responsible for doing the same…

  9. Stephanie says:

    Are they doing a screening here? They really should. Someone should organise that.

  10. Just my 2 cents says:

    Amazing all the comments. Yes, this will go down as one of the most tragic botch jobs in the Bermuda police service’s history. However, I agree with Government’s decision not to issue work permits- this wasn’t a documentary geared at finding or bringing to justice- that I wouldn’t have a problem with. The true intent of the documentary: I won’t guess, nor will I state my opinion on it’s tone. And I won’t point fingers about her friend Ms. Meens, however I still have a lot of questions today, that I had then, of her actions that night… This case is like many others throughout the UK, Canada and America- sad but true. Many families have not received justice and therefore no closure with the murder of a loved one. Bermuda is a great country and those who have visited these shores can attest to that- this tragic incident does not the Country spoil…

    • enough says:

      well said, thery need to stop making it seem Bermuda is such an awfull place and that Bermudians are so uncaring. This was the actions of two youn men and yes the system let everyone down, but that happens everywhere, also in Canada so please stop and let Rebecca rest in peace.

    • Local Yokle says:

      2 cents, the BPS did not botch this job. It was the Attorney General of the day who allowed one of the accused to plea to a lesser charge BEFORE all the evidence was in. Get your facts right.

    • Cardine Alice says:

      It’s censorship. It stinks. It does our society no favours.

    • Declan Harrison says:

      How is the the fault of the Police? Do you even know how Bermuda’s criminal justice system is structured?

  11. unbelievable says:

    Also,
    I will purchase the footage to see if any of the filming took place when film crew were allowed on island during the “William Grange” disappearance.

    • Tricks are For Kids says:

      Thank you “unbelievable”……I was waitng to see if someone posted because THAT is exactly what I was thinking…….

    • So Sad says:

      The footage is on youtube, I looked it up yesterday. Just type Rebecca Middleton Bermuda and its the second video. Its 42minutes.

  12. Jus' Askin' says:

    Thanks for Nothin’ Fahy and OBA

  13. reality says:

    The most mature comment posted. Happens every where in the world and people still travel to these places. Leave my damn island home alone.

  14. just sayin says:

    This is just another case of how the generation running Bermuda now hides facts. As a 19 living here my whole life i have never once heard about this case. Why? Because all of these stories and cases would absolutely ruin the little trust that I and probably my whole generation have for the government and all it’s secrets. It’s time to stop hiding and face the truth.

    • Try reading .... says:

      Try reading Carol Shuman’s book on the murder. You’ll lose whatever faith in government and the court system that you might have remaining.

      http://tinyurl.com/m7rwa53

    • Tell the Truth says:

      Or maybe you’re just a moron who doesnt pay attention/reads the news. They literally talk about this case every year.

  15. Bermyboy says:

    The sole purpose of this interview is to garner ratings, NOT to find the truth! I congratulate the minister for not granting their permits!

    • The Underground Movement says:

      There were 3 sides to this story and 3 reasons why they were refused the Permits.
      [1] The OBA deemed it a really Bad time as it would have had some unknown negative impact on there plans to rebuild the economy
      [2] The idea of having an interview on Gangs in Bermuda could have had a Negative Effect with Foreign Investors..
      [3] It Could have impacted our Tourism industry — so they believe’

      What we believe at the UM is that the OBA being a young Political Party at the time simply couldn’t handle the aggressiveness of
      the Opposition Leader and it’s own arising internal problems at the time this came about – so something had to go’.

      • BDA DINGY says:

        How about Number 4 : that MP Fahy was trying to make his mark as a strong Politician.– at that time!
        and didn’t want to look like a pushover thus executed his powers when the Camera Crew had they failed to acquire the proper documentation to operate in Bermuda. You watch out for that Fahy! — he loves controversy and handles it well too.’

  16. sebring says:

    WAtch for free on this link !!!

    http://www.videoweed.es/file/5da87b90b096e

  17. front brake only says:

    The incompetence is still rampant in the police service and the department of public prosecution because they have persons there that haven’t a clue while denying justice to those who have been wronged on a daily basis

  18. Kindley says:

    I am so glad there was a post about the documentary. I love Bermuda and am always telling my friends and anyone who will listen that Bermuda is different from the other vacation islands so I hated to see this documentary. However, Bermuda is not the only island that will be seen on the ID program. Don’t forget Aruba a few years ago.

    My question is, where have Mundy and Smith been for the last 18 years? Safe on the island as if they did nothing wrong?

    • At one stage .... says:

      After being found not guilty in the Middleton case, Smith was arrested and charged after stabbing a girl in the stomach. The judge let him off with time served and a warning.

      At one point Smith left the island and didn’t return until after the appeals had finished. He was arrested shortly thereafter on a drug charge (heroin IIRC). No idea what happened after that.

      • who knows. says:

        Mundy was serving time for a robbery I think… not sure where at now..

  19. Triangle Drifter says:

    This case will hang around Bermuda’s neck for many more years to come. Don’t be surprised if it is not dredged up again by another TV crew.

    Many of the main individuals in this sad botched up case are not even Bermudian. Most are not even here anymore, We as Bermudians, take the blame, & should hold our heads in shame.

    This case has cost millions. If only people had done their job properly it would have been much less & the murderers would still be in jail. Who paid their defense bill? Imagine what that must have been!

    • bdaboy says:

      Wasn’t Justis smith a Jamaican who had no right to be in Bermuda in the first place?

      • Jim Jones says:

        No, Kirk Mundy was a Jamaican national. He was out on bail for armed robbery at the time. He has been locked up ever since, because he is ineligible for parole.

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Justis the nice young Bermudian fellow that was later convicted of stabbing a woman?

        • Nice young .... says:

          Yep, that’s the guy – Smith stabbed a woman in the stomach.

          He also left the island while the various appeals over the Middleton case were in progress and didn’t return until after they ended.

      • Tricks Are for Kids says:

        Actually it was Kirk Mundy that was born in Jamaica and came to live in Bermuda.

        Justic Smith is Bermudian

        • Tricks Are for Kids says:

          *Justis

        • Why oh why says:

          This is what really got to me. Why wasn’t it mentioned that one person wasn’t a born Bermudian? On another note, the poor accents, the fact they didn’t even specify that this wasn’t normal for Bermuda, or further encourage our local outrage over this, is infuriating. It made it seem like our country as a whole doesn’t care about anything more than tourism. Bermudians were RATTLED by this. Yes the fact that this wasn’t (on various levels) handled correctly is relevant. OF COURSE IT IS! To paint our people like we don’t care (like we wrote the law books and didn’t fear for our own safety) is unfair and not the point of this whole thing. Just annoying… I feel so sorry for everyone involved with this situation. It is truly sad..but again..on a lesser scale sad our island isn’t being represented correctly.

          • Why oh why says:

            I mean even the superficial wounds…that’s a Bermudian known torture measure? or is that something known in other islands (like JA) It made it seem like we in Bermuda attacking peoples foreheads to get what we want!.. ugh

      • family first says:

        Get your facts straight…

    • BDA DINGY says:

      Thats what others have said ‘ This case will Hang around for many Yeas to come ‘ but now
      it’s time to put a closure on it which may have to come from Govt.

    • Tell the Truth says:

      So Bermudians werent responsible but we should hang our heads in shame? What type of dumb logic is that? I had nothing to do with it and hold no shame at all.

  20. Jim Jones says:

    Canada is not free of horrific injustice. Watch “Dear Zachary”

    • TGAOTU says:

      Jim Jones, what the hell is your point? You daft twit you are being so offensive and disrespectful to her family, to Canada, and to our island it is repulsive. You are a pathetic human.

      • Jim Jones says:

        My point was that no country is free of mind boggling miscarriages of justice.

        I was making no comment on Rebecca or her family. What happened to them was was tragic and the way our justtice system bungled the case so badly is a national embarrassment.

        While the case outlined in “Dear Zachary” is different, it is a story of a nation’s court system and poor decision making costing an innocent person their life. I’d say more but I don’t want to ruin the movie for you.

        Point is – nobody is perfect.

        If anyone besides TGAOTU out there was somehow offended, I apologize. But not to TGAOTU. Because I am a daft twit and a pathetic human.

  21. BermudaGirl says:

    It part of a documentary series called “Murder in Paradise”. Anyone watching it understands that, like the news, it is a documentary because it is NOT the norm.Bermuda should have allowed the producers in to do the filming. The murder, while very tragic, and one that has left scars on Bermuda and all of the families involved forever, happened almost two decades ago. It is not a weekly series of murders in Bermuda, for heaven’s sake! It will not affect tourism NOW. What DOES affect tourism now is the rising crime rate NOW.The gangs NOW. The tourists being victimised NOW. Deal with the reality of what Bermuda needs to do NOW for Bermudians as well as visitors, NOW!!

    • Kindley says:

      I agree. It is beyond me why the two who rode up beside tourist on a cycle and stole their belonging out of their basket have not been caught. Surely someone can identify them. I will think about this when we rent a cycle on our next visit. The tourist is not as steady on the cycles as the residents and this could have caused a horrible accident. The NOW crime should be addressed.

      My heart is very sad for Miss Middleton’s family. Bermuda government has learned a lesson.

  22. Tell the Truth says:

    Oh and the witch hunt continues!! Yes blame us innocent Bermudians! Blame the government!! But lets ignore the foreigners who did it and botched the case! Apparently she was the only person ever to be murdered in Bermuda…forget about all the people of color. I hope all facts are presented regarding the victim that night.

    • TGAOTU says:

      Tell the Truth, you are so stupid it disgusts me. An empty balloon knows more than you do. Go back to your corner and be quiet.

      • Tell the Truth says:

        Cry me a river. Theres a tree out there that needs your warm embrace. What I said is fact which is why you cant argue it you moron. Theres nothing insensitive about giving special treatment to one victim while completely ignoring others. I bet you dont have one single thought about Shaundae Jones…you probably dont even know who that is, right?

        • LOL (Original TM*) says:

          If a white person killed him all of Bermuda would know who it was and who killed him, if they were Bermudian, where they work and who their family is, if they have money what laywer they will get and all that.

          LOL I venture to say all Bermudians are predjudice towards the other race here, we see it in comments, our politicians, how we talk about each other. Mind like many others I did not think that I did any of these things as I find I think differnetly than most and have been told that many times but I seem to have a need to defend my people only because a certine group seems to try to paint my race the most hated on the island while completely ignoring that they are deffinately not any better. Personally I wish we were Bermudians first but politics in this country don’t seem to want that.

    • family first says:

      I agree with you 100%… address the details of the entire visit…

  23. Rick Meens says:

    I honestly can’t believe some of the comments made in this form. Black White green or pink she was a young lady in the prime of her life. Went out that night to enjoy time with friends in this beautiful country called Bermuda.. Hey, we are a peaceful country right, sure thing, then why all the negative comments. Honestly folks if you don’t have your facts strait keep your comments to yourself… With that said if you want the truth just ask me and I will give it to you just how it is. So please stop focusing on this black white thing and focus on the fact she was a young woman, close your eyes and you won’t see color but rather a sweet young lady that could have been your child. Speaking of which, what and where would you be if this were your daughter/sister/grandchild. how would you feel if this happened to your child, would you fight and forget about it. Seriously, would you not want Justice for your child, can you honestly blame the parents for continuing there fight. Would you reject an offer from someone to tell your story again, seriously would you say no to the offer. I think not, and if you say no your not being honest to yourself.

    Regarding Bermudians and the people of this beautiful country. When and where have you ever not seen me support this country. I/we have always stood firm on supporting the people and lay blame on a few for this travesty. that has always been my position and it will never change.

    God help us all.

    • Kindley says:

      Blame the two men who committed this horrible crime.

      • Blame .... says:

        Kindley, there are two crimes here. The first is the murder. The second is the absolute c@ck up of an investigation and prosecution followed by an absolute mess of an inquest where the powers that be seemed determined to sweep the entire thing under the carpet. We even saw an attempt to have a reporter’s work permit pulled because he had the nerve to report on the trial.

        And Fahy’s decision not to allow the film crew into the island defies belief – it’s got to rank among the dumbest things he’s ever done. Bermuda lost any chance it had to influence the show and/or explain how the legal system has been “fixed” so that something like this can’t happen again.

  24. Heplful Reader says:

    Here is a working link to the episode.

    http://allmyvideos.net/m7pophyfn9qe

  25. Rick Meens says:

    The truth be said”

    What would you like to know about Beckey, the victim that night. Honestly what’s your point here, what are you implying??????? What do you want to know????????

    Maybe we can have coffee and I’ll enlighten you with some facts that will surely set you on a strait course to seeing what the truth looks like. However, if your a racist don’t waste my time or yours. Dam, did I just prejudge you. shame on me. Coffees hot and waiting for your call.

  26. Watcher55 says:

    So FAHY despite your best efforts to hide the offensive and egregious crime that is one of Bermudas most shameful moments in history exposing our Police service and judicial systems to be on par with Aruba’s it as expected makes TV only perhaps with an apologetic and humble Government allowing all access to the producers may have put Bermuda today in a better light with the millions of people who will be viewing (and contemplating the value of a Bermuda vacation)
    This was an ugly and horrible crime with the rats who perpetrated it still amongst us, their picture should be on every billboard to remind us each day to make their lives a living hell and all those who contributed to the botched investigation should have been relieved of their positions and exported where applicable.

  27. Tom Cooke says:

    Well said Rick..

  28. Nigel Rawn Tucker says:

    Out of respect for the family, I feel for you. I was still residing in Bda when this happened. I remember it as if it were yesterday. Most older Bermudians know my background, so they know my no holds barred to the truth, When it comes to the BPS and the political scene.
    Yes, the investigation was a gigantic screwup from the outset. There is a lot more to it then has been revealed from all parties involved. Yes, there were cover ups, that were utilized by the BPS, because they were ashamed of their stupidity. Former Commissioner Coxall knew of this, and had to cover his butt( nothing new with commissioners in Bda ). That’s an ongoing situation.
    However, the faulted few know who they are, and they in due time will have to answer for their faults.
    In totality, Bda is like any other country. Like many have said……the justice system needs to be revamped. It was stated over 30 yrs ago that a revamping was needed. They did not heed the warning, but now pay for their senseless attitudes. And it HURTS!! Bda will thrive, but only with an attitude change!!!

  29. positivity says:

    Do you know where Rebecca Middleton’s memorial plaque is? Hidden on the railway trail in Warwick.

    • Rick Meens says:

      S hill in Warwick just up from middle road. I.e. the east end of Ord Road at the bottom of S Hill. Head east on the railway trail on the right hand side about a 100′ past the last building.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Why is it there?

  30. MB says:

    wow- 2 things stand out from this doc.
    Why was it impossible to get a taxi at 2am in Bermuda after jasmine says they called twice. Oh right, it’s not the dispatchers’ job to get a cab to our tourists. taxi service is as PATHETIC as ever btw.
    I remember ordering a cab for a funeral once and they showed up 30 mins late after i called 3 times. never called a cab since>

  31. Need Peace says:

    What appears worrisome here is that the letter from the Chief Immigration Officer clearly stated that the Minister of Immigration refused to grant Temporary Work Permits to the crew but Minister Fahy stated that the crew never applied for work permits. He either has a short memory or a gift of deception!

  32. ExBDA says:

    Closure could have been had by all if only the Minister had granted the work permits. What’s the worse that could have happened? I am very conversant with the law Sec 61(4)(e) and F of the BDA Immigration Protection Act 1956 by which the Minister chose to refuse these permits. These individuals were merely acting on behalf of the victim to get this long awaited closure which in a positive light shown Bermuda to be the light that is so needed in this world which appears to shine for the victims who gets victimized by the legal systems of this world after falling victims to crimes. In this action the Mnister has inadvertently breached Article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The culprits have had their day in court therefore the victims relatives should have had their 15 seconds of fame to lay this to rest. In a case (1999) Baker V.Canada(Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration) the supreme court reversed a decision made by the Immigration Minister citing that Procedural Fairness required that Human Rights expectations be considered in making decisions. Nuff Said and I am amazed that the family did not seek to challenge the deision and that the Oposition spoke and then just let it go. It’s not a good look for Bermuda.

  33. PANGAEA says:

    I am entitled to my feelings as you are entitled to yours.

    The innocent shall always suffer for the guilty.

    The people of Bermuda are governed by the laws of our peers.

    We are not our brothers keeper.

    Are “We The People” the object of international embarrassment.

    You can not hold an entire nation to ransom. You just did !

    Does this satisfy a desire for revenge?

    Salt will smart in the wounds of of our integrity.

    Will this bring that beautiful young lady Ms. Middleton back ?

    May you come to know that the people of the Island of Bermuda are God loving; Peace full; kind; loving and above all very charitable.

    May I personalty extend my sincere and heart felt condolences to the family and friends Of Ms. Rebecca Middleton, as she walks amongst the Gods.

  34. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    i’m jus amazed, how no one has really tried to understand why a really mentally demented dangerous person is still walking among a general population somewhere, and i ask why? DO WE KNOW NOW, WHO REALLY IS GUILTY??…yes or no

  35. Missy says:

    I just vacationed to Bermuda, I am from California its a beautiful place a great feeling and wonderful nice welcoming people. I am definitely going back. To let this unfortunate mishap stop anyone from going to such a beautiful place is a shame. No where around the world is Completely safe.

  36. Tracy S says:

    I watched the show and was absolutely sickened. I honestly don’t know how the inept people involved can sleep at night. Especially the judge. If I were a resident of Bermuda I would be livid and worried about my children’s safety. It is absolutely scary to think that something like this could occur in my community and guilty perpetrators walk free. I would be sick worried about who they were going to attack next. Does some other innocent girl/women need to die because of incompetent string of events? What if Smith murdered the other poor girl he stabbed. What then? The thought of poor Rebecca suffering the way she did is horrible and I couldn’t sleep since learning about what she experienced, the pain, fear, humiliation…..these men/boys are pure evil. I wonder if the community signed any petitions after…. demanding more from the judicial system there? Parents must have been outraged but I haven’t read anything about what the community did in terms of voicing their concerns and outrage. I feel for the family and for the friends who she was staying with. I have travelled with my teenage son’s friend and my god, if something like this had happened to him I would be tormented for life. Terrible tragedy for the all.

  37. Bethany says:

    Just saw this horrible, sad story on Investigation ID you will NEVER see me visiting Bermuda or Aruba ( Natalie Hollyway) these cases were handled unprofessionally, incompetent and their justice system or lack of, letting these murders walk free is sick beyond belief.

  38. gleao says:

    Why someone dont go to this stupid country where make some serious mistakes like that and kill those two devil with the most level of torture? its a 17 yo who missed her life in the most terrible way. they deserve more than death. People should avoid this country and government shoud cut relations until they do the right thing, send the two monsters to hell! the family did not forget and for them it seems like yesterday. very very sad with that..

  39. Kassy Kay says:

    I will never visit Bermuda.It’s scandalous that these evil dangerous men should be allowed to walk free. They should be put to death.

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