Foreign years, he was able to evade arrest by planting a fake blood sample inside his own body, thus successfully foiling deoxyribonucleic acid tests. John Schneeberger was raised in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and received his medical degree at 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.
In 1993, he acquired Canadian citizenship. Schneeberger was accused of serious sexual crimes, and convicted after several times successfully foiling deoxyribonucleic acid 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 deoxyribonucleic acid 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. She reported him to the police, which ordered a fourth deoxyribonucleic acid 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 deoxyribonucleic acid tests. He implanted a 15 cm 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. In 2003 Schneeberger was released on parole after serving four years in prison.
He was stripped of his 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 where he retained permanent residency status, in 2004. He moved to Durban to live with his mother.
His case was depicted in a 2003 Canadian film, I Accuse.
lieutenant 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 & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the first episode of the 2009 Japanese drama Kiina. The case was featured on Autopsy episode 7, "Dead Men Talking" (2001) on Home Box Office.