Joseph E. Duncan III

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Joseph E. Duncan III
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Edward Duncan III
Born(1963-02-25)February 25, 1963
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
DiedMarch 28, 2021(2021-03-28) (aged 58)
Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
SentenceDeath (federal)
Life imprisonment (Idaho, California)
Killings
Number of victims7
Span of killings1996–2005
CountryUnited States
State(s)Idaho, California (convicted)
Washington (confessed)
Date apprehendedJuly 2, 2005; 16 years ago (2005-07-02)

Joseph Edward Duncan III (February 25, 1963 – March 28, 2021) was an American convicted serial killer and child molester. He was on death row in federal prison for the 2005 kidnappings and murders of members of the Groene family of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

He was also serving 11 consecutive sentences of life without parole for the Groene muders and the 1997 murder of Anthony Martinez of Beaumont, California.[1]

Duncan confessed to — but has not been charged with — the 1996 murder of two girls, Sammiejo White and Carmen Cubias, in Seattle.[2] At the time of the attack on the Groene family, Duncan was on the run from a child molestation charge in Minnesota. He spotted Shasta and Dylan Groene playing outside as he drove past their house on Interstate 90.[3]

In October 2020, Duncan was diagnosed with terminal glioblastoma and had brain surgery.[4][5] He died on March 28, 2021 in prison in Terre Haute, Indiana from the illness, aged 58.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Boone, Rebecca (August 28, 2008). "Duncan sentenced to death". The Seattle Times. Seattle, Washington: The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  2. "Idaho killer Duncan pleads guilty to 1997 Calif. murder". Seattle, Washington: KOMO-TV. March 15, 2011. Archived from the original on March 18, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  3. Maben, Scott (October 24, 2016). "Shasta Groene wants sex offenders to spend life behind bars". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington: Cowles Company.
  4. Luck, Melissa (March 7, 2021). "Convicted child killer Joseph Duncan has terminal brain cancer". KXLY-TV. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  5. Vestal, Shawn (March 7, 2021). "Shawn Vestal: Duncan, on death row, now facing aggressive brain cancer". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  6. Luck, Melissa (March 28, 2021). "'The sun is a little brighter today': Serial killer Joseph Duncan is dead". KXLY. Retrieved March 28, 2021.