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William Sidney Bradfield, Jr
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Birth: Feb. 11, 1933
Downingtown
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 16, 1998
Graterford
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA

William S. Bradfield, a former Upper Merion high school school teacher, was a convicted murderer of his fellow school teacher Susan Reinert and her children Karen, 11 and Michael 10 in 1979.

Bradfield was serving a life term in prison, six on death row for the murder of Mrs. Reinert and her children at Graterford State Prison in Collegeville, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bradfield's lifeless body was discovered by two officers at 4 p.m. during a routine inmate count. His body was taken to Suburban General Hospital in Norristown after attempts to resuscitate him in his cell and later at the prison infirmary. He was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest at 5:05 p.m.

Mrs. Reinert's body was found in the trunk of a car in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her children's bodies were never found.

The highly publicized murders made national headlines and sparked a best-selling novel by Joe McGinness and a television movie, and also a book by Joseph Wambaugh called "Echoes in the Darkness" published in 1987.

Jay C. Smith, the principal of the Upper Merion school, was also convicted of conspiring with Bradfield to kill Mrs. Reinert and her children to collect $750,00 in life insurance proceeds. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Sidney Bradfield (1902 - 1983)
  Nona E. Watson Bradfield (1904 - 1993)
 
Inscription:
"Thoughts in a labyrinth, and will fades, but the light, the light sings eternal"
Ezra Pound
 
Burial:
Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery
Downingtown
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Ronald Walter Tipton
Record added: Jul 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74149414
William Sidney Bradfield, Jr
Added by: Ronald Walter Tipton
 
William Sidney Bradfield, Jr
Added by: Ronald Walter Tipton
 
William Sidney Bradfield, Jr
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Prayers for Karen and Michael Reinhart, not for William Bradfield. God has dealt with all of them in his own good way.
-Anonymous
 Added: Jan. 8, 2015
For Karen and Michael
- Ronald Walter Tipton
 Added: Oct. 2, 2014
For Karen and Michael. May you rest in peace and may God hold you close always.
- AFarrier
 Added: May. 27, 2013
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