Unknown Amber Hagerman Killer - Texas - 1996 Dec 18, 2013 11:28:10 GMT -5
Post by HeadMarshal on Dec 18, 2013 11:28:10 GMT -5
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Authorities in Texas have spent over 15 years trying to identify the killer of Amber Hagerman. Her abduction and murder led to the creation of the AMBER Alert. I don't know if AMW aired this case in 1996-1997 but I'll be shocked if I find out that they didn't.
On Jan 12, 1996, nine-year old Amber and her five-year old brother Ricky went for a bike ride in Arlington, Texas. Her brother returned and said she had disappeared. A witness said that an unidentified man had carried a young girl into a pickup truck. The man was white or hispanic and the truck was dark-coloured. Four days later, a man walking his dog stopped the nude body of Amber in a storm drain, her throat was slit. Authorities said that Amber was kept alive for two days before she was murdered.
In 2011, authorities arrested a couple in the small Texas town of Ellis on child pornography charges. Authorities wondered if the couple was involved in Amber's murder. Apparently a local newspaper led to the discovery of an alleged child pornography ring. The newspaper reporter who broke the story however was ordered to take the site down by a judge. The reporter was also charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year old boy.
Another theory I found was that Dennis Bradford may have been responsible. Bradford was the unidentified abductor of eight-year old Jennifer Schuett whom he raped, slit her throat and left to die. That case was featured on AMW. The problem is that Bradford killed himself in prison in 2010. The cases are somewhat similar. Some have wondered if Dennis Bradford may have also been responsible for the abduction of Morgan Nick.
Thoughts? I really doubt that the child pornography lead was credible and the reporter who created the story was just an idiot. Dennis Bradford is an interesting person to look into, although he's dead so if he is the killer, he can't serve time for it. If not then it's possible that her killer is involved in other cases and might have served time for a different crime.
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