It isn’t always the husband

Bernadette Bradham, 50, is facing charges for 1 st degree murder. She not only killed her husband, she went to great lengths to disguise her guilt.

According to the article, Bradham’s daughter came to the house and found her father dead in the bedroom, and her mother bound with duct tape. Police were called, and found the back door open. Bradham stated that 3 men burst through the back door of their mobile home and demanded money and drugs. She said they cooperated, but that they shot her husband, Lawton Bradham, 54, anyway.

After further questioning from the police, Bradham admitted that she and her husband were arguing that night. Then he went to sleep. She told police she didn’t remember how many times she shot him, police found 6 empty cartridges. After shooting him, she took the gun out to the woods near the home, and discarded it. She then returned to the home, and left the back door open, to make it seem as though a robbery had taken place. She then bound herself with duct tape and waited to be found.

Now I don’t know how long this couple had been married, but they weren’t young, hot headed kids. And I feel pretty certain that by her age, she would be aware that divorce was always an option if there were problems in a marriage. No matter how difficult a divorce is, it is certainly better than standing trial for murder.

The article doesn’t name the daughter, give her age, or any information as to whether this was her father or her stepfather. But, I wonder if this mother had given any consideration to what she was putting her daughter through? By using a 9 mm weapon and 6 shots, the crime scene would have been messy. She allowed her daughter to walk in on this. She either allowed her daughter to believe that they had been robbed and Mr. Bradham shot, or she convinced her daughter to remain quiet knowing what her mother had done. I feel pretty certain that her daughter would have been questioned by police to see if she had any involvement in this. I wonder if she will be having nightmares over this? I know I would. And now she will be seeing her mother on trial for murder. If it was me, I would guess that it would take me quite some time to get past this.                         



  1. October 29, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    I read your article and you were very close on a lot of facts. If you need more details, just e-mail me…

  2. October 29, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    My email addy is on the left toward the bottom.

  3. Kristy said,

    March 10, 2008 at 3:38 am

    I was incarcerated with this woman in the county jail as she awaited trial. She told horrid tales of abuse by her husband of 30 years. She seemed as if she had no confidence and the stories seemed true. If it were true there are no documented cases of her trying to get help prior to this. She seemed sincere in that she was a battered woman.

  4. autumn said,

    March 27, 2008 at 5:20 am

    that was my uncle and aunt youre talking about. you really dont know shit about what your talking about

  5. autumn said,

    March 27, 2008 at 5:21 am

    by the way my uncle was never abusive. you people have no idea what your talking about

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