Megan Wants a Murderer?

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There’s never a shortage of crazy on reality television and that’s never been more apparent than the manhunt out for Ryan Jenkins, a former “contestant” on the VH1 reality show Megan Wants a Millionaire.  According to the authorities the reality “star” is the number one suspect in the violent death of his former wife and former Playboy model Jasmine Fiore.

Jasmine Fiore, who had her union with Jenkins annulled in May, was viciously murdered in an attack that left her teeth removed as well as her fingers and stuffed in a suitcase that was found in a dumpster. All this done (allegedly) by someone that she loved… at least at one time.

I can never be surprised with what people are capable of doing to one another since I watch tons of Tru Tv. Yet, I am always surprised at how reality shows never seem to know about the violent past of their participants.

One conversation with Justin Sebik in Big Brother’s Season 2, should have been enough to show anyone that he has a propensity for violence. His expulsion from the game was from multiple rule violations including destroying property and aggressive and threatening behavior. His final shining moment which had him whisked away through the diary room was for putting a knife to the throat of a female contestant who was drunk and asking:

“Would you get mad if I killed you?”

Even after his expulsion he spoke to Julie Chen and still didn’t seem to understand why he was removed from play making him look like a huge idiot on top of a violent piece of crap.

There are several more cases of violent pasts of reality contestant which begs the question: What does it take to get on a show? The producers always claim background checks yet never know of a violent past. They also stand behind their vetting process… but so did John McCain!

VH1 has wisely canceled Megan Wants a Millionaire and although nothing happened to her on the show I wonder if she thinks of how close she may have come.

Do you think reality show producers should do more background checks on contestants?

Should they be held responsible if an act of violence occurs on the set of their show?

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Regina Foster Bartlett is a mother of two teenagers who recently married her soulmate and believes her favorite wedding gift was the addition of four stepchildren and four grandchildren! She’s a confessed tech-nerd who loves all things social media. She’s also a published freelance writer and she’s been blogging since before blogging was cool. She's the voice behind the radio broadcast and writer behind this blog. Always on the lookout for interesting stories she can be reached by emailing: regina@reginasuniverse.com or using the Contact form by clicking the link above.