The daughter of wife-murderer Borce Ristevski could have received no less than $ 250,000 for her controversial 60-minute interview.
Sarah Ristevski told the program that she was not “emotionally ready” to accept that her father brutally murdered her mother – and insisted that she should love and support him if he was released from prison.
But viewers of the expensive 60-minute interview wondered if it was money that was well spent after the exclusive hour-long session had not shed new light on the matter.
The windfall of the TV interview comes when the parental home, where Karen Ristevski, 47, was probably murdered, is rented out for $ 750 a week.
Clothing store owner Karen disappeared from the parental home in Avondale Heights in northwest Melbourne on June 29, 2016. Pictured with Borce and Sarah
Borce Ristevski and his daughter Sarah in 2016 before he was convicted of murdering his wife
Mrs. Ristevski’s body was found in bushland in Mount Macedon, north of Melbourne, in January 2017 – eight months after she went missing.
Ristevski never disclosed how or why he killed his 27-year-old wife.
“I don’t like to talk about what happened. We don’t talk about it. We don’t think about it, “Mrs. Ristevski said for 60 minutes.
“Even though he pleads guilty, I find it hard to understand that he is guilty. I think if he were in my position, he would support me. “
Channel 9 spokesperson Terry Stuart said the network would not comment on whether “interview talent” in one of his programs was paid for their appearance or not.
While reporters rushed to interview Mrs. Ristevski following her father’s last-minute decision to declare guilty last year of the lesser indictment of manslaughter, there was speculation that she had been “picked up” by a good-paying news program.
Industry insiders have told Daily Mail Australia that the figure being discussed before the interview was between $ 150,000 and $ 250,000.
“It would have brought them some viewers, but most of them would have thought it was rubbish and will not return the next time they do one of those promos,” said a wealthy insider.
“They went through the whole hour, even though she didn’t say anything … they wasted their money.”
Borce Ristevski (photo) was a pallbearer at the funeral of his wife Karen in March 2017
An emotional Sarah Ristevski told 60-minute reporter Liz Hayes (photo) that she is still struggling to understand her father’s role in her mother’s death
Karen Ristevski was probably murdered in the house of Avondale Heights, where detectives met on February 21, 2017 (photo)
High-quality payments to ‘valuable talent’ through flagship programs for current events are nothing new.
Lindy Chamberlain, the Beaconsfield miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb, and survivors and families of the Lindt Cafe Siege in Sydney all reportedly received large payments for interviews.
In 2018, Barnaby Joyce and his partner Vikki Campion reported a 60-minute 60-minute tell-all interview.
According to rumors, the Colombian drug donkey family’s mule Cassie Sainsbury would have scored around $ 200,000 for their 60-minute interview in 2017.
But while viewers may feel wiser after watching the Ristevski interview, television bosses at Nine are likely to explain the money well spent, another insider said.
“National, 60-minute” ratings have increased about 100,000 viewers week after week – 688,000 versus 772,000 last night – so they will consider it well-spent money, “a source said.
Although it is rumored that Mrs. Ristevski cleaned up the interview, the former media figure said that the cash may have been closer to $ 100,000.
“With (Channel Seven’s) Sunday Night and Today’s show shutdown and the decline in magazines, this means that the market – and therefore prices – for these interviews has fallen a lot in recent years,” he said.
“Five years ago she had maybe $ 250,000, but nowadays more like $ 80,000 or maybe $ 100,000, since it’s the second Sunday of the review year.”
Whatever the actual figure, Mrs. Ristevski – a graphic designer – is likely to cash in on the expensive rental value of the former family home where he met her fate.
Pictured: Sarah with her father, Borce, as a young girl. She said she has always loved her father and will always stay
The house currently requires as much as $ 750 a week, which is a few hundred less than it took in 2018 before it became uncovered as the Ristevski death house.
Although Mrs. Ristevski provided little insight into what went through her father’s mind when he murdered her mother, Daily Mail Australia revealed that the killer was having trouble staying financially afloat when the police approached him.
When debt collection agencies chased Ristevski about an extraordinary $ 51,102.18 credit card from Westpac, he worked at a construction site in Flemington – just north of Melbourne – to manage the traffic.
“He was a lollipop,” a source told Daily Mail Australia.
In August, Daily Mail Australia revealed that the murderer had not paid a cent of a whopping $ 28,666.77 Westpac bill for four years until debtor, Credit Corp Services Pty Ltd, brought him to court.
The credit card had an interest rate of 19.99 percent and the interest increased until it lagged with an additional $ 22,000 in payments in 2017.
The credit card process may have been the last straw for the Bella Bleu store that he continued after Karen’s death.
Television reporter Cameron Baud (right) bravely asked Borce Ristevski (center) if he had killed Karen, ending a press conference. His interview informed viewers more about Borce than a rumored expensive ‘tell everything’ with his daughter
In chains: Borce Ristevski is brought to court in March last year. He remains isolated in prison for fear that he will be beaten again
He closed the store in the Watergardens shopping center that same month.
A huge credit card bill was not the only bad debt that Ristevski had.
The Australian newspaper has previously claimed that a rag trade run by Ristevski and his brother, Vasko, collapsed with a debt of $ 600,000 more than ten years ago.
Ristevski has reportedly lost a loan of $ 290,000 to the company. Allegedly a warning was also placed on his parental home.
Daily Mail Australia has been told that the woman’s killer is still struggling in prison.
On his first day in prison, in December 2017, he was attacked in the garden of the Melbourne Assessment Prison.
“He processed a quilt,” an insider told Daily Mail Australia.
It is understood that Ristevski remains isolated from other prisoners for his own protection, with guards watching closely the 55-year-old, who initially received nine years in prison, but was raised to 13 with a minimum of 10 after a appeal of prosecutors.
Karen was killed by her husband in June 2016 at their home in Avondale Heights, Melbourne.
Sarah Ristevski led the procession at the funeral, with a framed photo of her shop owner and mother of fashion designer
Mystery remains about why Karen Ristevski (photo) was murdered by her husband Borce, who pleaded guilty to her manslaughter
Borce Ristevski, 55, killed his wife Karen (left) in their house at Avondale Heights, Melbourne, in June 2016, before plunging her body into a regional park. In the photo with their daughter Sarah, who was then 21
He pretended innocence, lied to the police, the public and his daughter, and even carried his wife’s coffin at her funeral until he admitted to manslaughter on the eve of his murder trial in 2019.
In the 60-minute interview, Mrs. Ristevski said that she “would not go there” as she pressed on her father’s debt.
Channel 7 reporter Cameron Baud had asked Borce the same question the day after his wife disappeared.
Known as the “Harvester of Sorrow” among news reporters, Baud’s interrogation remains the most convincing insight into the murderer’s mind, although he did not answer the question.
“He got more out of it with no answers than an hour of bulls last night,” an insider said.
KAREN RISTEVSKY: HOW THE MYSTERY PERFORMED
29 June 2016
* Karen Ristevski last seen at her home in Melbourne in Avondale Heights
* Her cell phone depends on a tower in the Macedon Ranges
* A car similar to its black Mercedes SLK coupe spotted by CCTV cameras near Diggers Rest train station
December 19, 2016
* Police search grassland, waterways, creeks and farms
February 20, 2017
* Body of Karen Ristevski found in Mount Macedon Regional Park
A hiker encountered Karen’s body between two tribes in Mount Macedon National Park on February 20, 2017
March 6, 2017
* Funeral service held with husband Borce Ristevski a pallbearer, while daughter Sarah leads the procession
August 31, 2017
* Police mimics Mrs. Ristevski’s journey on the day she was missing in a black Mercedes, identical to her
December 13, 2017
* Borce Ristevski accused of murder and stands in court where a lawyer reports a non-guilty plea. He is taken into custody
April 18, 2018
* Ristevski returns to court, revealing that detectives have taped phone calls and listeners while investigating the alleged murder, and have collected 22,000 pages of evidence
* Ristevski receives state-funded legal aid if he fights the allegations
Trapped: Borce Ristevski
March 12, 2019
* Prosecutors face a major setback.
A Supreme Court Judge decides on evidence about Ristevski’s behavior after Karen’s death could not be used as evidence of his alleged “murderous intention”
March 13, 2019
* The indictment of Ristevski is degraded and he pleads guilty to Karen’s death
April 18, 2019
* Ristevski has been sentenced to nine years in prison, with a six-year non-suspended period
May 13, 2019
* Prosecutors launch bid to increase Ristevski’s prison sentence and label his sentence as “apparently inadequate.”
His sentence is increased to 13 years, with a non-conditional period of 10.
Source: AAP, Daily Mail Australia