Discussion in 'Texas Killing Fields and Mysteries Along I-45' started by bessie, Sep 25, 2013.
Raped at 8 and left for dead, a victim raises her voice
Jennifer Schuett, 8-years-old
Because Schuett survived and was able to talk, despite her would be killer's intentions when he slit her throat, we've heard a first hand account of the vicious, cruel and inhuman acts waged by Dennis Bradford. Her voicebox was damaged by the blade he used, and doctors said she'd never speak again. Yet she went on to become a strong voice for the thousands of victims who didn't live to tell their tales. Such courage. May God bless her.
Here's Dennis Earl Bradford in 2009
From an October 13, 2009, FBI press release:
DNA AND DETERMINATION LEAD TO ARREST IN 19 YEAR OLD ATTEMPTED MURDER INVESTIGATION
Dennis Earl Bradford, Charged With 1990 Kidnapping And Rape Of Jennifer Schuett, Hangs Self In Texas County Jail
Raped and left for dead, woman shares her story of survival
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5wKnOvtsL0"]Jennifer Schuett - Raped as a child, left to die gets justice 20 years later - YouTube[/ame]
Before Jennifer had the opportunity to read her victim impact statement in the courtroom during the sentencing phase of the trial, Bradford committed suicide on May 10, 2010. Not to be silenced, on August 10, 2010, the twentieth anniversary of the attack, sitting beside Bradford's grave Jennifer read it aloud.
Read Jennifer's victim impact statement at Justice for Jennifer.
Miracle pregnancy for woman raped, stabbed and left to die in a field aged 8 as she believed brutal attack left her infertile
Your Southeast Texas Audio Interview, April 18, 2013
Arrest Made in 19 Year Old Rape Case
Wheel of Justice Special: Jennifer's Story
46 minute video report
Bringing this thread forward for anyone else who also watched the updated story of this case on 48 hours on ID last night.
Here is a CBS link to this updated video and written transcript of the case.
WARNING - Very graphic and disturbing.
Here's a link about the story linked above with the heartwarming ending.
Dickinson mom's amazing survival story featured on '48 Hours'
Hi Everyone. New to this thread. I hope someone can point me in the right direction.
On Jan. 8th, 1983 or 1984, I was abducted at gunpoint, driven from Irving, TX to Hutchings, TX and sexually assaulted. It happened down a rural dirt road called Lemon Ave. The kind you would see in a horror movie with old mattresses and boxsprings dumped, couches, bags of garbage. He drove me around for hours, before taking me to Hutchings, and I studied the landmarks in case I was able to escape. This man planned to kill me and leave me in that field. I tricked him into taking me to a motel we had passed before we got to this dirt road. He took me there, and it was a motel for prostitutes where you pay by the half hour. I jumped out of the car and, long story short, escaped. It was NOT an easy escape.
I was 20-21 years old at the time. A lot of other stuff happened that I don't want to release publicly.
The man was black, early 40's, well dressed, with a short afro and full beard and moustache. I have searched on and off for him since I got my 1st computer in 1998.
Has anyone heard of a serial killer or rapist, or of any bodies that were found off of Lemon Ave in Hutchings, TX in the early 80's? He seemed to know the area well. He thought I was a prostitute but I wasn't. I was a cocktail waitress at Alberts Lounge in the Ramada Inn Texas Stadium in Arlington, TX. I lived in Irving. When he found out I wasn't a prostitute, he refused to believe me. When I finally convinced him, he was angry like he had messed up. That struck me as odd and I never forgot how mad he was at himself. I now know why. Prostitutes are usually not in contact with people who would report them missing. This crime destroyed my life. In so many ways. I don't want to start a thread, but because Hutchings, TX is off I-45, I thought I would start here. Thankyou.
Welcome to this thread.
I'm so sad to hear that you had such trauma and fear so many years ago and are continuing to fight for your life this many years later.
Have you checked up on Sam Little? His name popped up when I did a google search. He is a serial killer who has victims all over the US, including Texas. His age would be about right. Here are some links for him where you might find some pictures of him when he was younger. Also I have included a couple of the WS thread links on him.
Hugs and prayers to you on this journey and please stay in touch. We are a good group of people who care about you and other victims. Take care.
Has a lot of his pictures throughout the years about halfway down the article.
SAMUEL LITTLE, 79-- U.S. MOST PROLIFIC SERIAL KILLER 90+
CA - CA/OH/LA/MS/TX - SAMUEL LITTLE, aka Samuel McDowell, 1970's thru 2012, Serial Killer
Hi. Yes. I actually thought it was Sam Little and contacted the powers that be twice. Never heard back. My assailant had dark brown eyes, and Little's look blue/grey. But...socio's and psychos eye colors can change when they are in the midst of a crime or angry. His were consistently dark brown. Plus, he may have been in jail at the time of my kidnapping. Thankyou very much. I studied my kidnappers face closely and Lewis has many similarities except the eyes. I will keep looking. The Arlington, TX PD would not take a report or do a rape kit that night. They said I would have to drive back to Hutchins, TX that night to file a report. I got a ride to Arlington from Hutchins after my escape by one of the regular "johns" at the motel I escaped at. I had no way to get back there, didn't know if my kidnapper was still in Hutchings, and just wanted the Arlington PD to handle it. They said it wasn't their jurisdiction. It's a shame they couldn't. I was very angry they expected me to drive an hour to file a report and get rape tested. I never wanted to ever go back there again. I feel they dropped the ball. I am sure a Hutchings police officer could have come to Arlington to take the report. Especially now that I see they had so many unsolved murders along I-45 at the time. I didn't shower for 3 days trying to find a ride out there. Finally, I gave up and showered. I ended up getting pregnant from my kidnapper. I couldn't keep it. I couldn't carry it. I just couldn't. The procedure scarred my uterus and I was never able to have children. He took so much from me. I still think about the child and beg God for forgiveness. Thankyou.
How horrible that must have been, a nightmare that has never ended.
Remember, none of it was ever your fault.The only forgiveness needed is for you to forgive yourself.
God has always loved you and will continue to have you in his heart forever.
Continuing to offer hugs and prayers to you.
Times have changed so much from 30+ years ago. Rape and assaults cases are mostly treated by LE with dignity and respect now. Unless you were able to save some of your clothing that may have had DNA on them, there's probably not much LE can do for your case now but they may listen to you. Maybe a survivor group for rape victims could be of help to you.
In addition, another idea would be to turn this terrible experience you had into a crime solving mission. You were a witness as well as a victim to a kidnapper and rapist. He very well may have had other victims, maybe one in the same area you were in. It's possible that LE is looking for a witness to put a criminal on the scene during that certain time and day. You may be able to help LE solve a crime for another victim.
On the off chance the kidnapper could have been Samuel Little, maybe you could contact the FBI and/or the Texas Rangers who are diligently searching for missing victims that Little has drawn. Maybe he drew you by mistake or maybe your presence during that time will help them with the location and identity of other victims.
If you have any information linked to Little’s confessions, please contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit at tip online at tips.fbi.gov. The FBI number is in this article.
Samuel Little: Confessions of a Killer — FBI
Thankyou for your kind words and ideas. I contacted the FBI and the DA working on finding more of Little's victims. Had to leave a message, so I l left message for DA and sent email to the FBI with details of what happened to me. Never heard back, so I'm assuming that he had an alibi for the date I was kidnapped like jail, or proof he was in another state.
I remember exactly what my kidnapper looked like, and in trying to gain his trust, I asked his age and he said 42. He stalked me for a long time after I escaped. The GM at the Ramada Inn where I worked, Ernie Nadeau, demanded we stay at the hotel for as long as we needed too. He hired a security guard for outside our suite. It was unbelievable. They never caught him, although Hutchings police did get involved by taking a phone report, and a rookie officer kept in contact with me for awhile. I ended up leaving the area as my life had spiraled out of control and I attempted suicide. I just couldn't take the situation anymore.
I wish I could have helped more.
If you have not already done so, it may be beneficial to you to contact RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network) for assistance. Their organization is dedicated to helping persons in your situation. Looking at their website, I see they have all types of services and they also have the insider tracks to get you in touch with professionals who can assist you in the search for the kidnapper.
Find help and the resources you need.
Call 800.656.hope (4673)
They also have a chat line on their website. Everything is supposed to be secure and confidential.
RAINN | The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization
Hugs and prayers continuing for you.
Was there ever a composite done of your attacker ?
Also did they get DNA?