Rebecca Middleton: such a sorry saga UPDATED 1

UPDATE 1 Here is the full TV show

UPDATE: And so it came to pass. The film on the murder of Rebecca Middleton has been aired on TV (remember this was the one where the Canadian crew were denied work permits…?)

I predicted then that they would say in the film that they had been denied access, and guess what …..

The Bernews story says: “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, saying, “When this programme applied to film in Bermuda, we were turned down. Government authorities also turned down our requests for interviews.”

SMH

……………………..

I cannot really fathom the OBA’s decision to ban a film crew from coming to Bermuda to make a documentary on the killing of Rebecca Middleton.

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Instead of having a chance to influence the content of the film by making people available for comment, by opening the files of the case to the documentary makers, by showing them the steps that have been taken to correct the mistakes that were made, there are now only negative headlines – around the world.

The decision to stop them entering the Island does not stop them filming, it does not stop them adding a rider at the end saying something like: “We approached the Government of Bermuda but instead of co-operating they decided not to allow us entry to the country where Rebecca met her death.”

It has already created headlines and will continue to make headlines. It has also given a huge amount of publicity to a film that would probably have gone largely unnoticed.

I covered Rebecca’s murder when I was a reporter on The Royal Gazette. It was horrific. The worst case I have ever covered as a reporter and it has left a terrible stain on Bermuda. We should still feel ashamed about what happened.

Not co-operating like this looks as if we want to wash our hands of the issue. That is wrong, so wrong. We teach history and research history so we can avoid making the same mistakes as our predecessors.

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  1. I still remember when this happened. We had just moved to Bermuda. As so many hearts broke over the death of this beautiful young woman our hearts also felt deeply for the family, the intense shock of their loss, and the disgust that justice never prevailed. The forensics person whose children were at school with mine told me how he broke down at seeing Rebecca and how heartbroken he was because, he too, had a daughter, a wee one at the time. I don’t know if they were just rumours but I remember hearing that one of the monsters had moved to another country, and that the other one stabbed another woman at the Esso Station years later, because of course somehow Bermuda allowed them to get away with this. I remember the horrible thing a school teacher said about the incident and how disgusted I was that a grown man, a teacher who would one day become a school principal, with a daughter could say what he said about a young girl. Sometimes countries, like people, think that by hiding their past or ignoring it, that it will just go away, the “embarrassment” of it all, of their inadequacies, but it never goes away until we face things head on and the truth is brought forward. Then the doors can finally be closed and the healing for a family, hopefully can finally begin.

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