I was questioned today as to why it seems that every crime blogger worth their weight seems to be avoiding the current ongoing trial of Joseph Duncan. The deranged pedophile/murderer who plead guilty to the grisly murders of 13-year-old Slade Groene, his mother, Brenda Groene, and her fiance, Mark McKenzie, all murdered in order for him to kidnap Dylan and Shasta Groene.
While I attempted to explain that I was sure no one was trying to avoid blogging about it, I cringed a little. I can not speak for others, but for myself- there was a hint of truth about my reluctance to read the articles from CNN, Fox or anywhere else. Part of me really doesn't want to know what happened in the mountains and in order to blog about the current proceedings- I would have to read the stories.
If you were around any of the crime blogs back in the height of the case, you might of noticed the personal toll the case took on those covering every detail of it. I can easily say that many conversations between bloggers included the phrase 'it can't get any worse', yet it failed to live up to that hope.
Personally, I had just gotten my feet wet with blogging when the case erupted... and while I'd come to respect Steve Huff and his blogging- there were moments back then that it was hard to continue reading his posts on the matter. But most of us continued following the case, continued pouring through internet archives looking for any small chance that we'd find the key to just what caused this man Duncan to become the monstrous creature who committed these gruesome acts.
The truth is that Joseph Duncan lacks even the smallest bit of humanity, and the outcome of the current case, in the penalty phase now, will never bring justice. Death is too good for him, but so is life.
Coverage can be found:
The Associated Press -
"I have once again become a medium of violence in the world," Joseph Edward Duncan III wrote. He said he had been "inflicted by an evil 'demon' that is ...
They can't execute this one fast enough
Kansas City Star, MO -
In 2005, Duncan broke into the home of Brenda Groene, and her fiance, Mark McKenzie, and beat them to death, along with Slade Groene, age 13. ...
Idaho killer's letter: 'I am driven by my hatred'
Aug 15, 2008 9:37 AM (1 hr 35 mins ago) By REBECCA BOONE, AP BOISE, Idaho (Map, News) - Joseph Edward Duncan III, facing the death penalty for the 2005 ...
Idaho killer's letter laments 'huge reservoir of hatred' in his heart
KNDO/KNDU, WA -
That admission is contained in a letter Joseph Edward Duncan III wrote in a letter to his mother, but apparently never sent. Duncan pleaded guilty in ...
KTVB, ID -
A letter from Joseph E. Duncan to his mother was introduced in court Friday - detailing some of his inner-thoughts. You're probably wondering if I am even ...
Read them at your own risk, I've already had enough sleepless nights.