The Face of Evil

I try to keep things light around here, but it’s hard to do so with scum like Dr. Earl Bradley walking around.

Bradley, a Delaware pediatrician, was arraigned yesterday on 471 criminal charges related to his alleged abuse of 103 children — some of them as young as three-months-old.

Naturally, Bradley is innocent until proven guilty — but here’s what his attorney, Eugene Maurer Jr., has to say about the case:

“Most of the evidence in this case comes from videotapes — it’s kind of hard to argue with videotapes,” Maurer said, adding, “The issue in this case is going to come down to his mental health at the time.”

And to what end will this case come down to mental health? So that Earl Bradley may be sent to a hospital instead of a state prison? The idea is that someone who commits crimes like these may be “cured” and walk free again is revolting.

If I had my way, we would impose the death penalty on people like Bradley who commit horrible, premeditated crimes. Serial killers and pedophiles should be permanently removed from society.

In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned laws in six states that made child rape punishable by the death penalty. Smarter people than me disagree. People like Barack Obama, who told reporters before he was elected President:

“I think that the rape of a small child, 6 or 8 years old, is a heinous crime, and if a state makes a decision under narrow, limited, well-defined circumstances, that the death penalty is at least potentially applicable, that does not violate our Constitution.”

I’m sure Bradley will be well-protected during his trips back and forth to court. It’s very possible that the parent of one of his victims may decide to settle the score.

15 thoughts on “The Face of Evil

  1. Ahh….something upon which you and I can agree. Either the death penalty for this POS, or use him and his ilk as lab rats and free up some innocent animals. Maybe deport him to Iran. I understand that they have a way of dealing with people like him.

    Did you happen to notice the logo on his jacket? Looks like Mickey Mouse and maybe some other Disney characters. Very unsettling, to say the least.

  2. Roz: On that monster’s jacket is the cute cartoon logo of his pediatric practice, BayBees. Pardon me, I meant alleged monster.

    I defy anyone to try to explain here why someone who commits crimes like these deserves our mercy. From the NY Daily News:

    Court papers say videos, ranging from 30 seconds to 11 minutes, show multiple forced sexual acts. Some show the doctor, wearing blue scrubs, yelling orders at babies and toddlers who are crying or trying to run away.

    In one video, Bradley has a “violently enraged” expression on his face as he pursues a 2-year-old, police wrote. Bradley stands 6 feet tall and weighs 225 pounds.

    A detective, noting that he had viewed thousands of horrid child molestation images, described the video as “one of the most violent and brutal attacks on a child of any age that he has seen captured on video,” the documents say.

  3. I saw this on the news. Some of the inappropriate touching occurred with the parents present and watching the exam. Many say that small town folks such as the ones from this community are honest, salt of the Earth people. But, there is definitely something to be said for a person who is educated or has enough street smarts to know that a doc doesn’t put his hand up your daughter, or lure her into a private room for ice cream during a visit. God bless these pitiful ignorant people…

  4. I’m in agreement he deserves no mercy and am shocked that he actually was allowed the chance to post bail. After looking at this man, I do have to ask, who in their right mind would think this man is a pediatrician? And why are the parents not in the room? I mean you have to be there to see what’s going on and get a better understanding of what’s wrong with your child. Another reason for me to let my two kids know how much I love them in the morning.

  5. If this doctor is guilty of the charges, and it’s likely that he is, I agree. He is a monster.

    Now how would the death penalty deter other monsters from preying on children? The death penalty has not been proven to be a deterrent. Death penalty cases do not save money. Minorities and the poor are more likely to be sentenced to death.

    Rob, explain sentencing this man to death helps society?

    If he is guilty of the crimes, he should spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Criminals convicted of sexual crimes against children and adults frequently serve very little prison time. That needs to change.

    I don’t know a lot about this case. How did he get away with this for years? Why did have have unsupervised visits with infants and toddlers?

  6. Momto1: I’ll admit that my reaction here came from the gut, but the allegations against Dr. Bradley go beyond simple criminal behavior, they are a crime against humanity.

    I believe that when there’s a pattern of premeditated behavior that’s so inhumane that it rises to the level of atrocity, society is justified in using the death penalty.

    In many cases I can’t abide by the death penalty, especially in the case of an crime committed during a heated moment or extreme circumstances. People make tragic mistakes. On top of that, the possibility of convicting the wrong person is a chilling possibility.

  7. My gut reaction might be the same. Revenge seems necessary. When I think rationally about the death penalty, I realize killing is wrong. Choosing to kill another person for any reason other than self defense or war is criminal. Although it’s criminal in the case of war at times, but that is another topic. If I promote/accept the killing of another person, how does that set me apart from those without a conscience? I’m trying to raise a child with good morals. How could I possible explain the merits of taking another person’s life?

    Beyond that, I believe life in prison is a harsher penalty. If one believes in hell, death is harsh sentence. I don’t.

  8. I remember seeing an interview many years ago with a woman who shot her son’s molester and I was horrified. Then I gave birth to my son and saw a repeat of the interview. I was still horrified, but I understood how she could be capable of doing it.

  9. #4 (Mick) – “After looking at this man, I do have to ask, who in their right mind would think this man is a pediatrician? And why are the parents not in the room?” – AMEN!

    I am not a parent, and I’m sure that there are many that feel I don’t have a valid opinion since I’m not, but… there is not way in hell I would let my child at the age of 2 be alone with this man. Call me judgemental, then so be it but this man’s appearance is clearly disturbing. I wouldn’t choose to be a patient of this man, much less expose my children to his ‘care’.

  10. Lola – Your opinion is valid. I wouldn’t allow my toddler alone with any medical provider, but I can see how other parents could be pressured to make different decisions. Some dentists do not allow parents in the exam room after a certain age. I would never take my child to a dentist with that policy, and I’m surprised other parents tolerate it. Professionals can be child molesters, too.

  11. These parents need to be hit over the head! Who allows their children to be alone with the dr.? Would the Mom allow her gynecologist (male) to do an internal without a nurse present? Hello? And the one parent who took their little girl back after she complained once about being touched! Unbelievable…….

  12. Kay- As I stated above, I would not leave my child alone with a doctor. But other parents have different experiences with authority figures. I wouldn’t be surprised if some parents did not know it was an option to say no to the physician. I don’t understand why a parent would take a child back after a report of abuse. It happens with sexual abuse within families, too.

    To answer your question- I had many gyn exams without a nurse present. That wasn’t routine until the past decade or so. An OB I saw for many years did not have a nurse present when seeing established patients. Why only males? Women are capable of abuse, also.

  13. sorry momto1 – you are right, a nurse should be present regardless of gender of the gyn.

    My mother in law is from the old school “you don’t question the person in the white coat” mentality. She won’t question any test the dr. orders or any prescription he gives her etc. it’s very frustrating to say the least. It’s a stupid and out dated practice.

    Sorry, but this is the 21st century and if your child can’t count on you to advocate for them then who can they count on? No one. If a parent subjected their child to abuse just because they didn’t have the courage to say no to a dr. then they are at fault as well.

  14. Kay- Parents have a responsibility to protect their children. I’m not excusing it, but I recognize that others don’t have the education, life experiences, or confidence you and I have. My mother-in-law is the same way and I find it frustrating. It’s amazing that she can question everything I do yet can’t ask a male doctor why he is sending her for the 4th CT scan in 4 months.

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