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Church Seeks Permission to Demolish Former Earl Bradley House

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Bradley lived inside of this historic home at 344 Savannah Road in Lewes (Source: WBOC) Bradley lived inside of this historic home at 344 Savannah Road in Lewes (Source: WBOC)

Pastor Earle Baker of the Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes says the church will submit this summary to the Lewes Historic Preservation Commission Thursday evening, when it seeks permission to demolish the home where Earl Bradley used to live.

  1. The house is in the Lewes Historic District, but it is not historic except for its notoriety as the residence of the worst child predator in American history.
  2. The house is not unique architecturally, and is not one of a kind to Lewes.
  3. The house was given to Bethel United Methodist Church in very poor condition.  Builders estimate it would cost $350,000 to $400,000 to make it livable.
  4. The house is stigmatized by its association with Bradley is may be unsellable.  We presume that is why Wells Fargo gave it away.
  5. The Bradley house is not useable to Bethel United Methodist Church because of its layout, condition, and zoning in the Lewes Historic District.
  6. If the house were sold it might get into the wrong hands and become an even greater blemish on the community.
  7. The Bradley house is a grim reminder to his victims, and the entire Lewes community of one of the most notorious sex offenders in American History.
  8. The presence of the Bradley House in Lewes is a serious impediment to the healing and recover of Bradley’s victims who may number as many as 1,400 who were abused over 10 years as reported in the Washington Post
  9. Other communities with sex offender properties have had to demolish them because of their negative impact on the community.
  10. The late Attorney General, Beau Biden, prosecuted Earl Bradley.  He said on WHYY radio, “This community deserves to see any visual reminders of these horrible crimes erased from existence.”
  11. The members and leaders of Bethel United Methodist Church believe this chapter of Lewes’ storied history should not be preserved.
  12. The “Guidelines” of the Lewes Historic Preservation Commission permit demolition, although they discourage it.
  13. The Lewes Historic Preservation Commission in its “Guidelines” is to “safeguard the heritage of the City by preserving the elements which reflect the cultural, social, economic, political, or architectural history of the City.”  They are not charged with preserving the criminal history of Lewes.
  14. It is time for the community to heal.  We need to put people ahead of property.  The Hippocratic Oath which Earl Bradley violated says, “First, do no harm.”
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