So, I am to assume that the heating element is bad?
Since the thermostat looks bad now you have me wondering.
Check each of the thermostats prongs for a short to the case.
All should be an open.
Did you have any luck finding my dryer by model#?
No. Call AppliancePartsPros they should be able to get the parts for you
The thermo connection on lint tube (4 prong I have been wondering about) rattles when shaken (i couldn't resist). Is that normal for those thermo parts?
No. I would replace it. Something has come loose inside.