Reality Background Checks on TV

Jason Morris

ap_jenkins_fiore_090821_mnThis one has been all over the news this weekend.  Apparently, the producers at 51 Minds, the brains behind “Megan Wants a Millionaire” failed to properly vet contestant Ryan Alexander Jenkins.  According to the story, the production company does conduct background checks on the 17 wealthy bachelors, however it was obviously not done properly.  According to the Alberta Ministry of Justice, Jenkins was sentenced to 15 months of probation in 2001 for an assault charge in Calgary. So why is this news? Well its taken a few turns in the past few days.

As of Friday authorities were looking for Jenkins who was charged with the murder of his ex-wife, a former swimsuit model whose strangled and mutilated body was found Saturday stuffed in a suitcase in a trash bin in California.  Her body was so mutilated it had to be identified by her breast implants.

We humbly lend our series Employment Screening 101 to producers at 51 Minds.  Failing to properly screen employees (or game show contestants) can have grave outcomes.

Well now, his body has been found! According the the Associated Press:

Hunted Reality TV Contestant Found Dead in Canada

Reality show contestant Ryan Jenkins’ life ended in a way that could have been scripted for TV: as police investigated the murder suspect’s suicide at a secluded Canadian motel, word came Monday that a mysterious young woman had checked him in there.

Accused of the gruesome death of his ex-wife, a model whose body was so badly mutilated it had to be identified by her breast implants’ serial numbers, Jenkins evaded a massive international manhunt for days as he crossed from California into his native Canada.

The dramatic end came at an isolated motel at the edge of British Columbia’s mountainous interior, on the outskirts of Hope, a town known for its giant wooden carvings made with chainsaws and as the site of the first bloody Rambo movie.

On Sunday evening, police responded to a call from motel staff about a dead person, and then called investigators who were part of the manhunt for Jenkins, said Sgt. Duncan Pound of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police border integrity unit.

The manager of The Thunderbird Motel and his nephew said they found Jenkins hanging from the bar of a coat rack by a belt. They said a young woman had checked him in to the two-story inn surrounded by trees.


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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal,, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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