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Friday, July 08, 2005

A scary look into the mind of a monster

A Kidnapping-Murder Suspect Blogged About His Demons

Joseph E. Duncan III, a convicted sex offender, has been charged with the kidnapping of two children from their home in Idaho and is suspected of murdering the children's mother, the mother's boyfriend, and the children's 13-year-old brother in order to procure the children for sex. Of the two children, the boy is feared dead but the girl was recovered when people recognised her eating with the suspect.

Duncan had apparently spent months chronicling his inner daemons in a blog called 'Blogging the Fifth Nail' [I'm including the link not to condone or support it, but because no matter how horrible it may be, someone might learn more about how to stop this sort of offender by reading it], ending the blog just 3 days before taking the children.

One of the things I like about blogs is that they are windows into the lives and minds of different kinds of people. I haven't been to the site [and I'm not sure I will] but I wonder if any of us surfing could have prevented this from reading the blog. Of course, so much of the Internet is anonymous, at least to the average user. Such sites, no matter how difficult they may be, give us a look at the darker side of human nature, the evil that lurks within some people. I just wish in this case that it had never gone further than cyberspace, because there's a little girl out there who's life has been changed forever, who is left with her father and older brothers but is now motherless, whose family has been torn apart, and everything that was is changed. That's a heavy burden for an eight-year-old. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family, and thank goodness the story was publicised so that she was found still alive.

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