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Do Reality Shows Spur Total Insanity?

Last night, Bruce Beresford-Redman , a reality show producer who worked on both Survivor and MTV’s Pimp My Ride was arrested in connection to his wife’s murder in April . Monica Beresford-Redman’s body was found in a sewer in Cancun, where the two were vacationing. The verdict is still out, of course, but if Beresford is found guilty of his wife’s murder it will be the third murder in the last couple of years that was committed by someone who worked on a reality show. Which, if nothing else, is just plain weird.

Last year, Ryan Jenkins, a contestant on the VH1 show Megan Wants a Millionaire , killed his ex-wife and then himself . And shortly after that, James Treslove , who appeared on I Love New York 2 , was convicted of killing a man. In a horror story that could be straight out of a Gary Shteyngart dystopia, the host of a Brazilian crime show, basically the South American version of Cops , was found guilty of commissioning murders so his cameras could be first on the scene and the show would earn a ratings boost. And just today, TMZ reports that a man shot his TV because Bristol Palin’s lackluster perfomance on Dancing With the Stars Monday night made him so very angry. I mean, really, is reality TV making people absolutely insane? Or are insane people just drawn to reality TV? I’m going to turn off the Real Housewives marathon playing on Bravo now and go for a walk.