Diamond Bradley, Richard Henderson: Watch ‘The Shadows Of Death The Protector’–The Russian Spring Valley Teen


Diamond Bradley, 16, met Richard Henderson, 26, aka “The Russian,” online, and he killed her. Diamond Bradley’s mother, Doris Bradley, will tell her daughter’s story tonight on ID’s The Shadows of Death: “The Protector.” In the episode, viewers will follow the police as they try to find the missing teen and find her killer.


The Shadows of Death episode “The Protector” on Investigation Discovery.

A mother is crushed after her daughter vanishes from her home in the idyllic neighborhood of Spring Valley, Illinois. Police uncover a trail of secrets the teenager kept, which they believe led to her demise.


Spring Valley, Illinois Black Teen Vanishes

Diamond Marja Bradley, a beautiful black teen with long flowing red-dyed hair, disappeared from her home in January of 2018. Doris Bradley last saw her daughter the night before between 10:00 and 10:30 p.m. Doris moved to Spring Valley to get Diamond away from the crime-filled neighborhoods of Chicago. She could have never imagined her daughter’s life would be snuffed out a short time later.

A missing person report was filed, and police canvassed the neighborhood for information. Diamond Bradley’s body was found three days after her disappearance. Her tiny frame was shoved in a ditch on a rural road along County Highway 850 N. in Putnam County’s Granville Township. For a while, police detectives refused to reveal exactly how Diamond Bradley died. Later, it was divulged she died from multiple stab wounds.

Broken-hearted acquaintances and friends left stuffed animals, balloons, and loving cards in her memory. Students at Hall High School were so devastated, the administration offered grief counseling sessions. A candlelight vigil was also held.


Diamond Marja Bradley-obituary

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Cell phone pings led police to a greenhouse worker named Richard A. Henderson, known by some as The Russian. A computer search indicated Diamond Bradley met the twenty-six-year-old man online. He was originally charged with concealing a death and held on $1 million bond. That charged was escalated to murder months later, The Patch revealed.

“Police said Bradley had agreed to meet with Henderson, who picked her up near her home sometime between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Jan. 24, the same day she was reported missing. Henderson reportedly drove Bradley to Putnam County, where an “altercation” occurred and Bradley was stabbed to death near the site where her body was found, police said during the press conference.”

The prosecutor explains further, according to the PJ Star.

“Henderson picked the 16-year-old up at home early on the morning of Jan. 24 and drove her in his Jeep to a remote rural location along a gravel road south of Standard near the border with LaSalle County. () There he stabbed her multiple times and then left her lifeless body in the ditch. () A knife later recovered by police in Henderson’s former workplace at a commercial greenhouse outside Granville later proved to be the murder weapon.”

Diamond Bradley was everything to her family, who always sought to protect her. Sadly, she vanished on her mother’s birthday. Teen killer Richard Henderson entered a guilty plea and was ultimately sentenced to 53-years in prison. To find out the motive in the killing and how the crime occurred, watch the re-enactment tonight on The Shadows of Death: “The Protector” on Investigation Discovery.



Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as Examiner.com and Inquisitr.com. Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.