Where is Dennis Bradford now? | The shocking abduction of Jennifer Schuett

Dennis Bradford

What did Dennis Bradford do? 

Dennis Bradford was accused of sexually assaulting and abducting 8-year-old Jennifer Schuett in 1990. In the early hours of the 10th of August 1990, Bradford broke into the Texas home of Schuett and kidnapped her. He covered her mouth and nose so she couldn’t scream to alert her mum, and he took her to a field, sexually assaulted her, and slashed her throat.

Bradford left the young girl to die in the field, but she was eventually found and rushed to the hospital, where she was told she might never talk again. However, Schuett did eventually regain her voice and was able to give a written description of Bradford, and DNA evidence was later found at the scene, but it wasn’t enough to identify Bradford.

The cast went unsolved for over a decade, and Bradford went on to get married and ended up in the system after being arrested and charged with another crime.

What crime did Bradford commit in 1991?

In 1991, Dennis Bradford met 18-year-old Lisa in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They later got married and had a son and daughter together. But a few years into the marriage, things started to take a turn for the worse. Lisa became concerned when Bradford’s behaviour became erratic and in 1996, Bradford was arrested for the rape and kidnapping of a young woman in Arkansas. Bradford choked and beat her and dragged her into the woods. He then allegedly raped her while holding a knife to her throat. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison but was paroled in 2000.

How was Bradford caught for the assault on Jennifer Schuett?

Bradford continued to get away with the attack on Jennifer Schuett due to a lack of evidence against him, and 18 years went by when police couldn’t identify him. However, Schuett’s case was re-opened by the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, and they retested the DNA evidence that was found at the crime scene, and advancements in technology meant a small amount of DNA was used to find a match. In September 2009, Bradford was arrested for the assault on Jennifer Schuett.

Where is Dennis Bradford now? 

Dennis Bradford was awaiting trial for the assault on Jennifer Schuett when he committed suicide. This was a blow to a grown-up Jennifer Schuett, as she would never be able to face her attacker and read out her victim impact statement. 

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