Who was Joseph Edward Duncan III?
Joseph Edward Duncan was a serial killer who was jailed for almost 16 years after he murdered an Idaho family until he died on death row in Indiana. The 58-year-old was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last year and his attorneys disclosed that he did not have long to live.
Authorities say a convicted serial killer Joseph Edward Duncan whose victims included two young boys has died at a hospital in Indiana. https://t.co/GWKqnxBbgp
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) March 29, 2021
How old was Joseph Edward Duncan?
Joseph Edward Duncan was 56 years old at the time of death.
Joseph Edward Duncan Murders
In 2005, Duncan was convicted of killing four members from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He kidnapped two children, Dylan and Shasta Groene, from the family’s home and tortured them in Montana before killing the boy. He had spotted the two children playing outside as he drove past their house on Interstate 90.
After holding them captive for several weeks, the little girl was only rescued after Duncan stopped at a restaurant in Coeur d’Alene and the staff recognized her.
On May 16, 2005, authorities reportedly found the bodies of Brenda Groene; her boyfriend, Mark McKenzie; and her son, Slade Groene, in their home along Lake Coeur d’Alene, outside the city of Coeur d’Alene
Duncan had videotaped several of his crimes against the Groene family which one investigator reportedly said: “shook him to his core”.
Joseph Edward Duncan Death Row
After Duncan’s arrest in this crime, he was extradited to Southern California as his DNA was matched with the death of a 10-year-old boy named Anthony Martinez of Riverside County in 1997. According to reports at the time, Martinez was killed during the time Duncan was on parole for a rape charge.
In July 2005, during his confession, FBI agents reported that Duncan said in an interview that the crime was “revenge against society again for sending him back to jail for a probation violation.”
Joseph Edward Duncan Wiki
In addition to that, Duncan had also confessed to the murder of two young girls, Sammiejo White and Carmen Cubias, in Seattle in 1996.
According to reports, after his release from prison, Duncan moved to Fargo and attended college. Shortly before graduating in 2005, he was accused of molesting a young boy on a playground in Minnesota. However, both those cases had gone cold by the time of his arrest and were not tied to Duncan.
He is believed to have committed these crimes when he was released on parole in 1996.
n 1997, he was arrested in Kansas and returned to prison for violating the terms of his parole. On July 14, 2000, he was released from prison with time off for good behavior and moved to Fargo, North Dakota, which is where he joined college.
Joseph Edward Duncan Dead
According to a statement from prosecutors in Riverside County, California, Duncan died at the medical center near United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, where he was on death row. He died just after 2:30 am on March 28.
It was in March 2021 court filings that attorneys disclosed that Duncan was suffering from terminal brain cancer and that he had undergone brain surgery last October and was diagnosed with glioblastoma, stage 4 brain cancer. According to court records, he declined chemotherapy and radiation.
Shasta Groene Today
On a new path, far from home, Shasta Groene clears her mind. The 18-year-old walks the paved streets of southern Idaho, searching for inner peace. This is her new home and her new life, far from the troubled young girl who experienced tragedy a decade ago.
The community prayed for Shasta and Dylan’s safe return, holding vigils, and openly weeping with despair at the idea of two sweet, local kids stolen from their quiet community. More than a month passed, and many believed hope was lost. They were wrong.
Shasta says she became a celebrity victim, defined by tragedy and plagued by guilt.