Steve asked for help spreading this around; please read it let him know your thoughts on it.
The moment anyone, whether it was Fargo PD or Larry Bloomgaarden or whoever, realized that they didn't know where Duncan was, the moment it was understood that he may very well have absconded, why could his already-present status as a level III sex offender not have been cause for a serious and wide-ranging alert?
This is where predatoralert.blogspot.com has the right idea. I say though, that it is obviously time we took that idea a few steps further." This is just a snip of his excellent piece on documented behavior patterns of violent Level III offenders which should have been cause for some kind of public alert, similar to the Amber Alert system.
Be sure to also visit the Predator Alert blog linked above, and in my sidebar to the right.
Update 8/21/05: Polimom also has an idea- a damn good one:
Paraphilia and the Sex Offender Registries is her recent blog entry and it meshes with Steve's idea.
"There's a fundamental flaw, however, in how these registries are designed and utilized. The "one size fits all" approach is undermining the validity and acceptance of monitoring. It is also blurring the lines between the dangerous and the merely different.
I believe we should be pursuing and supporting classification of sex offenders in relationship to paraphilia. Paraphilia are deemed “incurable”, and control requires constant effort, support, and monitoring. To me, these are the truly scary people - and there are lots of them."
Give it a read, I think she's spot on.