Blood Tests Used to Tie Brother to Rouse Case

By Gordon, Tony | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), August 6, 1996 | Go to article overview

Blood Tests Used to Tie Brother to Rouse Case


Gordon, Tony, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Tony Gordon Daily Herald Legal Affairs Writer

Several drops of blood found after Bruce and Darlene Rouse were slain in 1980 provided the latest platform for William Rouse's defense attorneys to suggest his older brother may have been responsible for the crime.

A serologist for the Northern Illinois Crime Laboratory testified Monday she performed chemical analysis of blood drops found in the kitchen and a hallway outside the room where the couple was murdered, as well as blood stains discovered in the shack Kurt Rouse lived in about 300 feet from the family home near Libertyville.

Deputy Public Defender David Brodsky, who has said in the past Kurt Rouse may be the killer, said that the blood type of the stains in the house and shack was type B, the same blood type Bruce Rouse had.

That his blood was found outside the bedroom where he and his wife were shotgunned to death could be explained by the fact that Bruce Rouse was also beaten and stabbed six times with a knife, and the weapons were apparently carried from the room by the killer, Brodsky said.

Last Friday, Kurt Rouse denied he had anything to do with the killings of his parents and said he was not sure if his younger brother had done it, even though police have a 37-minute videotape of William Rouse confessing to the crime.

Dr. Leslie Dean, who is now an Anchorage, Alaska, surgeon but in 1980 was a serologist at the Northern Illinois Crime Laboratory, testified she ran a series of enzyme tests on four blood samples found by police and compared them to a blood sample taken from Bruce Rouse's body. …

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