DNA Identifies Jennifer Schuett’s Kidnapper and Rapist


On August 10, 1990, Jennifer Schuett was just 8 years old when she was raped, and her throat was cut, severing her voice box. She was not expected to live, but she did and unlike many rape victims Jennifer did not choose to forget what happened, but instead burned every minute detail into her memory for the day she knew would come and her abductor and rapist would be found. Jennifer you are incredibly strong, and a true hero to children and women everywhere!

Dennis Earl Bradford is now 40 years old and was arrested early this morning as he drove to work. Unfortunately his wife was in the car with him and I cannot imagine the pain she is now undergoing. I am praying for her to be strong. Thanks to the FBI’s DNA profile of Dennis Bradford from another rape in 1996, forensics was able to match him to the crime scene of Jennifer Schuett’s.

I love forensics! Forensic science is advancing daily, and it is catching criminals who once thought would get off free. DNA and the advances in forensic science are proving ways to solve old, cold cases from child rape and abduction, and even murder. It also exonerates the innocent whom have been wrongly accused.

There is a story in everyone’s DNA. DNA is everywhere and is what in the end will bring someone down who believes he or she is above the law. This time it was a child rapist and kidnapper whom 19 years ago took a little girl out of her bed in the middle of the night, raped her, and left her for dead. Perhaps one day it will find the man whom killed Angie Marie Houseman. I am waiting for that day!

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