The Info List - John Schneeberger

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JOHN SCHNEEBERGER (born 1961) is a North Rhodesian -born former physician who drugged and raped one of his female patients and his stepdaughter while a physician in Canada. For years he evaded arrest by planting a fake blood sample inside his own body to confound DNA tests .


* 1 Early life * 2 Rape
case * 3 In media * 4 Notes * 5 References


John Schneeberger was raised in Northern Rhodesia
Northern Rhodesia
(now Zambia
) and received his medical degree at Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch University
in South Africa . In 1987, he moved to Canada. He lived in the town of Kipling, Saskatchewan and practiced in the Kipling Medical Centre. He married Lisa Dillman, and had two daughters with her. In 1993, he acquired Canadian citizenship
Canadian citizenship
and still retained his other citizenship.


Schneeberger was accused of serious sexual crimes, and convicted after several times successfully foiling DNA tests.

On the night of 31 October 1992, Schneeberger sedated his 23-year-old patient, Candice, and raped her. While Versed —the sedative he used—has strong amnesiac effect, Candice was still able to remember the rape. She reported the crime to the police.

Schneeberger's blood sample was, however, found not to match the samples of the alleged rapist's semen , thus clearing him of suspicion. In 1993, at the victim's request, the test was repeated, but the result was negative, as well. In 1994, the case was closed.

Candice, still convinced that her recollections were true, hired Larry O'Brien, a private detective, to investigate the case. He broke into Schneeberger's car and obtained another DNA sample, which, this time, matched the semen on the victim's underwear and pants. As a result, a third official test was organized. The obtained blood sample was, however, found to be too small and of too poor quality to be useful for analysis.

In 1997, Lisa Schneeberger found out that her husband had repeatedly drugged and raped her 15-year-old daughter from her first marriage. She reported him to the police, which ordered a fourth DNA test. This time, multiple samples were taken: blood , mouth swab, and hair follicle . All three matched the rapist's semen.

During his 1999 trial, Schneeberger revealed the method he used to foil the DNA tests. He implanted a 15 cm Penrose drain
Penrose drain
filled with another man's blood and anticoagulants in his arm. During tests, he tricked the laboratory technician into taking the blood sample from the place the tube was planted.

He was found guilty of sexual assault , of administering a noxious substance, and of obstruction of justice , and received a six-year prison sentence.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan stripped Schneeberger of his medical license and his wife divorced him. She also complained about him to the Canadian immigration authorities.

In 2003 Schneeberger was released on parole after serving four years in prison. He was stripped of his Canadian citizenship
Canadian citizenship
due to having obtained his citizenship illegally, untruthfully denying to a citizenship judge that he had been the subject of a police investigation, and deported to South Africa, a country whose nationality he retained, in 2004. He moved to Durban
to live with his mother.


His case was depicted in a 2003 Canadian film, I Accuse . It was also featured in an episode of Forensic Files ('Bad Blood') on TruTV

The case also inspired works of fiction, including "Serendipity", a fifth season episode of Law ">

* ^ "Sask. doctor sentenced for rape". CBC News
CBC News
. November 10, 2000. Retrieved 2011-03-29. * ^ CTV.ca Sex offender Schneeberger ordered deported


* "The Case of Dr. John Schneeberger". Regina, Saskatchewan: CBC News. 1999-11-27. Retrieved 2009-01-28. * "Sask. doctor sentenced for rape". Regina, Saskatchewan: CBC News. 2000-11-10. Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2009-01-28. * "Regina\'s sexual assault doctor deported". Regina, Saskatchewan: CBC News. 2004-07-21. Retrieved 2009-01-28. * Manning, Lona (3 April 2003). "Rapist, M.D.". Crime Magazine. Pat