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Diane Bruce describes marriage with convicted killer in Catholic Supply store attack

Diane was married to Thomas Bruce, the man who killed a woman and sexually abused others at a Catholic Supply store in 2018. She condemns his actions.

Christine Byers (KSDK)

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Published: 6:56 AM CST February 24, 2022
Updated: 4:24 PM CST February 24, 2022

To Diane Bruce, Thomas Bruce was a man who didn’t like to fish because he didn’t want to hurt a worm putting it on a hook.

He was a man she met in Bible study.

A man who had more patience with her mother than she did when dementia was taking over.

Note: This story contains descriptions of violent crime, including sexual violence.

A man she went with on missionary trips around the world.

A man she married 24 years ago.

That was before he forced his way into the home of a 77-year-old Jefferson County woman and sexually assaulted her.

And before Nov. 19, 2018 – the day he walked into a Catholic Supply store in west St. Louis County, killed a woman who refused to comply with his demands for sex acts and sexually assaulted two others while Jamie Schmidt lay dying next to them. Schmidt died in the attack.

And before Diane Bruce learned the man she planned to spend the rest of her life with was somebody else entirely.

“I don't know how to reconcile this,” she said. “I don't know how to make sense out of any of it.

“And I know the public, the victims, probably everybody would like for somebody to be able to give an explanation. And I would love to, but I don't have a clue. I'm at a total loss. I just can't, can't figure it out. I've spent three and a half years trying to figure out.”

Diane Bruce said the only thing that has helped her move on with her life is her faith – and she hopes to inspire others by sharing her story publicly.

“No matter how small your problems are, no matter how big they are, He cares about every one of them, and I just want to encourage other people that He has been there for me and He’ll be there for them too, if they just trust Him,” she said.

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