Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #97

This week's Carnival of the True Crime Blogs is hosted by True Crime Blogroll Co-Founder Steve Huff at his new blog, The True Crime Weblog.

Many, if not most, readers of True Crime Blogs and websites will know that Steve Huff- formerly of "The Dark Side of Planet Huff" blog and Crimeblog.Us, is widely accepted as the father of "Crime-Blogging."

Steve has done more for bringing well-researched, well-written crime stories to the internet than anyone else in the past 5 years. Please show him your appreciation by clicking the above links and visiting his *new* blog. Hope you get your "True Crime" on. :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #95

This week's Carnival of the True Crime Blogs is hosted over at Criminal Conduct. Bring a poncho, a firewall and some 600-thread count magic underwear*.


* You'll see.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #94

This weekly installment of the True Crime Carnival is brought to you by the letters F and U. And that's just two-thirds of the FUN. True Crime Blogroll members run the gamut from deadly serious to snarky to cynical and humorous in their blog entries.

The True Crime Blogroll endeavors to provide a full spectrum of tone for our readers; always with an eye on quality and originality.

This week's True Crime Carnival shall begin with the more lighthearted entries, and end with the more serious. It's up to the reader where they will click first.


¤ Crime Rant authors Gregg Olsen and Matt Phelps are at the "lighthearted" end of the spectrum this week with their take on Christopher Jack Reid, the alleged WSU Visiting Rapist and burglar who is a self-made "porn star" and uses the name Jack Venice in at least 86 adult movies. Read Jack Venice: Porn Star Rapist On the Loose? for their take on this "Jack," and also an interview with this retromingent mouthbreather that will leave any reader feeling like a genius.


¤ Michelle Gray from In Cold Blog writes about OJ Simpson's recent, ah... troubles, in her take on OJ's arrest which "happened in Vegas," but refused to abide by the postcard mantra. Replete with plenty of punny goodness and nods to his past, ah... troubles, Freshly Squeezed is a must read. Readers who are familiar with Google's Street View map function will appreciate the twisted irony in this image captured in front of 360 North Rockingham Avenue in L.A.:

















¤ Crime, Interrupted has begun a new weekly feature on the blog which also holds a reader poll. Four Corners Creep Of The Week: Robert Ashley is the second such weekly feature from this True Crime blogger who does a fantastic job of bringing "True Crime From The Four Corners" to our readers.


¤ Laura James of CLEWS has written another fine entry concerning the genre of True Crime. Laura is well known for her superb historical True Crime writing, and likewise, her Genre News with its book reviews and general op-ed commentary is not to be missed by TC fans. Oh, and she also tosses in her Pervert of the Week link.


¤ This next entry is extra-TCB and it deals with an oft-overlooked facet of True Crime: the "white collar" variety. Sam Antar of Crazy Eddie fame writes Advice from a convicted felon: How the government investigates and prosecutes white collar criminal cases at his White Collar Fraud blog.


I'm in my mid-30's now (the "new teens," I'll have you know!) and I loved those Crazy Eddie commercials on WPIX when I was a kid... still some of the best around, if you like that sort of regional advertising shtick. They're In-Saaane!


¤ Neill from True Crime Blog UK returns from his brief hiatus with his first historical True Crime story. The Misfortunate Mary Richards blends fact with local legend to tell at least one version of the awful attack upon a young woman in a small village in England in 1854.


¤ Chris from CrimeShadows News writes about a cold case which could possibly be tied to the Zodiac Killer. Read his entry July 4, 1969: The Murder of Judy Lichti and the related website links. Who knows, you could help solve this cold case!


¤ Steve Huff from Crimeblog.us brings us a story of murderous and mysterious happenstance in Strange Shooting in Dekalb County, GA. Although less than two hours ago, this case took another strange turn, as the fugitive suspect ate some lead when the police had him cornered.


¤ David Lohr has a blog entry up at In Cold Blog detailing the horrific rape/murder/assault charges leveled against a 16-year old Virginia boy in the sledgehammer assault, death- and later, rape- of his 22-year old sister, and the sledgehammer assault of his 2-year old niece. Police Accuse Walter L. Smith Jr. in the Rape and Murder of His 22-year-old Sister provides more details on this case.

¤ Finally, for the In Cold Blog trifecta, and "most serious" end of the spectrum, I will share TC writer Corey Mitchell's take on the upcoming anniversary of the West Nickel Mines Amish elementary school shooting of October 2, 2006. The Other Victims eloquently conveys the Amish way of forgiveness and compassion.

Traits which both share a soul with the FUN.

Thank you for reading, and we'll see you next week!




Thursday, August 02, 2007

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #88

Just dropping in from a long vacation hiatus to bring you this week's Carnival of the True Crime Blogs, which provides the most sublime True Crime bloggery anywhere on teh internets.


Bonnie from My Life of Crime has two entries this week. The first is a very chilling story of a woman who allegedly murdered at least one of her newborn babies, and allegedly hid the bodies of three more dead newborns (or fetuses) in her home. Bonnie blogs about this *allegedly* disgusting, repulsive human being here: Christy Freeman murders *bodies of 4 infants found, so far* 7/30/07 Ocean City, MD.

Bonnie also has an interesting update on the Kelsey Smith murder. Alleged Scumbag Edwin Hall was in court yesterday: Kelsey Smith update *Edwin Hall indicted for the murder of Kelsey Smith*.


Trench from Crimene.ws submits a blog entry from contributing writer Gabriel Finch, regarding the beating of a 16-year old boy of Panamanian descent at a Meade County (Kentucky) fair last year. Was the KKK recruiting at this fair? Was this a "hate crime?" (Now, any long-time reader of this blog knows that I don't ascribe to the notion of "hate crimes" for a "group," as ALL crimes are composed of various degrees of "hate.") Please go to Gabriel's blog entry for more info and commentary: Civil Rights Group sues KKK.

Bestselling authors and TCB members Gregg Olsen and M. William Phelps have a sometimes deliciously snarky- and sometimes harsh- crime blog over at CrimeRant.com. (I personally think Gregg likes ABBA & Matt likes Minor Threat, which makes a perfect complement in my book.) They recently invited Thomas Loudamy to guest-blog at CrimeRant every week. Thomas Loudamy writes to and receives letters from incarcerated persons. Often, those people are notorious killers. Thomas has received thousands of letters from these persons, and he is sharing those communications with readers at CrimeRant.


Corey Mitchell, another Bestselling author and member of the TCB, editor of In Cold Blog submits a blog entry from our friend-in-common, Michelle Gray. A Missing Peace is the story of a True Crime Blogger's experience with the kidnapping of her baby boy before the days of America's Most Wanted, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Amber Alert et al.

Michelle Gray
doesn't hold much back in explaining to the reader how this could happen (23 years later, this is STILL happening!) and while her story is sure to induce a guttural reaction in most readers, writing about it sure doesn't fix things for Michelle or any number of parents who have slogged on, living their incomplete lives, without their stolen children...


There it is, the Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #88. Plenty more True Crime stories await the reader at the right, under the True Crime Blogroll heading.

Be safe. Be kind. Be smart. See you in a month or so.







Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #80

The Cellar is host once again to the Carnival of the True Crime Blogs, offering the best True Crime in the blogosphere. This week's offerings are fewer than normal, yet still pack a mighty punch:

Trench from Crimene.ws electrifies us with his blog entry on the Death Penalty. He cites studies which claim that the "DP" IS a deterrent. Will this be the final say in this old debate? By all means, read his post and weigh in: Studies say death penalty does deter crime.


Neill from True Crime Blog UK writes about a murderous pedophile ring in England, which would undoubtedly be receiving much more exposure if their horrific murders of young boys had occurred more recently. Some of the perps are now out of prison and "going on with their lives," yet the locations of some victims' remains are still unknown. In his blog entry, Hissing Sid's Gang: The Killers of Jason Swift, Neill presents a chilling history of the crimes committed by several men upon young boys. This blog entry is not for the meek.


The next post comes from the newest addition to the True Crime Blogroll. In Cold Blog bills itself as "A True Crime Compendium From the Leading Voices in the Genre." Founder/author Corey Mitchell has created a veritable True Crime smorgasbord with well-known authors such as Kathryn Casey, Gregg Olsen and M. William Phelps (Oh man, do I adore these guys! They also run CrimeRant), and Aphrodite Jones, plus 25 other authors and internet voices in the True Crime genre- some well-known, some serious fans.

In Cold Blog contributor Ron Franscell writes of the decades-old murder of two young sisters in his blog focusing on the more recent, odd mis-memory of their mother concerning one of her daughter's deaths. He brings his own involvement and memory in to the story, which creates a beautifully-written, albeit sad piece. Read Ron's When memory fails us. I promise you won't forget it.


Lilo from Lost in Lima Ohio has written the much-anticipated Part IV of her David Alway/ Pedophile mini-series. Lilo had researched this topic exhaustively and is dedicated to bringing us the most accurate and up-to-date information on this "famous" pedophile: David, The Deviant Years. Links to parts I-III of her miniseries are provided.

That's it for this week's Carnival, but there are plenty more new true crime stories written at the blogs listed to the right under the True Crime Blogroll header.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #79

Stephen McCaskill of Crime Scene Blog is hosting this week's Carnival of the True Crime Blogs. Wicked stuff over there, please be careful when clicking.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Two Years, and We Know What?

Two years ago today, Joseph Edward Duncan III brought his own sociopathic, twisted flavor of Hell to Coeur d'Alene Idaho. He scouted and stalked an innocent, blue-collar family living in a small, cinderblock home for at least a day, and then he waited until they were all asleep before executing his blitz-style attack.

Duncan broke into this home, threatened and methodically bound and brutally murdered two adults and one child with a common framing hammer. A stolen shotgun was his backup.

Joseph Edward Duncan, III destroyed this family all by his cowardly self. His motivation behind these murders? To abduct the two youngest, and most vulnerable, inhabitants of this home- 9 year-old Dylan and 8-year old Shasta.

May 17, 2005 brought an Amber Alert for those missing children to the rest of the nation, and the news of "three murdered people" in that home. Within the next two days, every major news syndicate had more details about this crime:

1. Brenda Groene, her 13-year old son Slade, and her boyfriend Mark McKenzie were the three victims discovered around 6:10 p.m., May 16, 2005, after a neighbor called police about "suspicious" things ( later outlined as blood smears on the door, among other, very obvious markings of a massacre) which he witnessed on the property when he stopped by the Groene-McKenzie home that evening to pay Slade for yard work he had done.

2. There were two children missing, and the police were seeking a "person of interest" (I'll not name this person, as they had nothing to do with this crime) who had been placed at the residence on Sunday, May 15th- the night before the bodies were discovered.

3. This was "definitely a triple homicide." Meaning, it was not a double-murder/suicide, or any other combination where one of the deceased caused the death(s) of any other of the victims at the scene.

4. The "person of interest" being sought by police had "turned himself in" and willingly submitted to rigorous questioning and a polygraph. This man (again, I am purposely omitting his name) was quickly released from "suspicion" as he obviously knew nothing about the murders and kidnappings, despite what the MSM wanted us to believe. After ALL- he had a criminal record. Drugs, fraud, parking tickets- oh my!

Meanwhile, a reptilian mock-up of a human being with prior, violent sex offenses and prison sentences had absconded from Fargo, North Dakota several days earlier- and all is hunky-dory, folks! The Fargo, North Dakota police, as well as other law enforcement agencies, had been monitoring Joseph Duncan's blog postings- yet he wasn't a suspect?

What, did his GPA from North Dakota State University throw them all off? Or was it his close friendships with Dr. Richard M. Wacksman, a "prominent" physician, and Joseph Crary, a "prominent" businessman? Nah, any friend of theirs is a friend of ours, right?

Both of those men "gifted" Joseph Duncan money to keep him out of prison. A LOT of money- at least $6,500.00 and $15,000.00, respectively. Did they know who they were dealing with?

While out on parole in 1996, Joseph Duncan once jumped into the backseat of a vehicle driven by his younger brother, Bruce, and leaned forward, grabbing Bruce around the neck, and rasped into Bruce's ear, "I AM the Boogeyman."

Nine years later, on April 15, 2005, Joseph Duncan wrote an entry in his Fifth Nail blog,
"The Boogyman(sic) Will Get Ya"

So, I've been accused of molesting a little boy. Those close to me know I didn't do it of course, how could I, I'm not even a pedophile. Well, I'm not a psychopath either, I feel the full force and pain of everyone I have ever hurt, but that doesn't stop me from doing what I need to do. Ultimately my feelings don't matter, I learned that in prison. I have to carry out my orders or a lot worse than just me dying could happen.

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #76

Harding of T.O. Crime is hosting this week's Carnival of the True Crime Blogs.

He has the low-down on five fresh true crime stories from members of the True Crime Blogroll.

He also added an update about something truly sinister he has been doing during his brief hiatus. He's such a good bad boy. Guess that's why we love him so.

Pay him a visit: Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #76.

Image by Harding.


Monday, May 14, 2007

The Cellar Forum is Online Again

Isn't that nice? Surely a little communication between the server owner and their hundreds of customers would have been nice, too. Even just a simple warning of an upcoming blackout or server problems.

Thanks to some of you for the help, you know who you are. Apparently, the "owner" has suddenly had a change of heart, and has reconsidered dumping and/or selling the domain which hosts our forum. For now.

Again, sorry about the inconvenience over the past several days.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #72

This week's Carnival of the True Crime Blogs will begin in central England, in the historic city of Worcester. Neill from True Crime Blog UK writes about a horrific murder case from 1973 in his post David McGreavy: The Monster of Worcester.

Stephen from Crime Scene Blog has a happy update to a two-year-old kidnapping case: Jocelyn Reunited With Father.

Crime, Interrupted wrote about an online petition she found concerning "Autistic Retards." Her thoughts on those who would foment hatred and violence toward autistic people, or any other people, by way of internet petitions and "freedom of speech" can be read here: Intolerance In Our Society.

Home Sweet Home blogs about Domestic Violence, and has written about yet another woman who was loved to death because she felt sorry for her attacker: While he was away.

Bonnie from My Life of Crime has an update in the Raechale Elton murder trial:
Update: Raechale Elton murder *Jury recommends that Robert Cameron Houston be sentenced to life without parole*.

Lilo from Lost in Lima Ohio warns parents about the ever-present pedo freaks who love to ogle children and then fantasize about them to their internet friends- and provide tips on how & where best to do it: Well, You're Damn Right That Was Scary- At least for them.

Mark from The Malefactor's Register has another intriguing and well-written story about a twisted murderess in the early 20th century: Does This Black Dress Make Me Look Fat?

Imahologram from Criminal Conduct and Crimeblog.Us has the third installment of an historic murder case from 1940's Los Angeles: The Strange Case Of Chloe Davis; Part 3. If you haven't already, please read part 1 and part 2 at Crimeblog.us.

Harding from T.O. Crime submits a story with long-awaited news in the murder case of Rebecca Middleton: Speaking for Rebecca - Bermuda Review Underway.

Finally, yet sadly, there is no dearth of information concerning the mass murders at Virginia Tech yesterday. As usual, crime bloggers (and bloggers in general) are ahead of the mainstream media with the goods. The True Crime Bloggers though, unlike certain talking heads, check their facts before broadcasting incorrect information as "fact" to the masses. Steve Huff from Crimeblog.Us is staying with this story: Campus Shooting at Virginia Tech, Massacre at Virginia Tech: The Victims, as are several others from the True Crime Blogroll:

¤ The Trenchcoat Chronicles (naturally)

¤ CrimeRant

¤ Crime Scene Blog

¤ Home Sweet Home

¤ Lost in Lima Ohio

¤ My Life of Crime

¤ MyCrimeSpace


Graphic of the True Crime Blogs' bloodsucking mascot by Steve Huff & Lilo.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #71

Stephen from Crime Scene Blog is hosting this week's Carnival. As you know, the Carnival of the True Crime Blogs consistently brings you the best True Crime stories the internet has to offer. Please click on through to visit CSB's round-up.

Graphic by Harding.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Cake & Ice Cream with a Serial Killer

Serial killer/sexual predator Joseph Edward Duncan, III turned 44 today.




That's already 4 more birthdays than Brenda (Groene) McKenzie will ever have. It's 7 more than Mark McKenzie will ever see.

It is 31 more birthdays than young Slade Groene will ever celebrate with his family; 39 more birthdays than little Dylan Groene will ever be so excited about that he simply cannot sleep the night before...

It is 31 more birthdays than Sammiejo White will experience; 39 more than her half-sister Carmen Cubias will enjoy. It is 34 more years of life- and freedom- than little Anthony Martinez will ever realize.

That is, assuming these victims would have lived TO the age of 44- it is more than likely each of them would have lived to age 75+.

All the promise of these lives, all the future. All these wonderful human beings (and possibly more) are now dead- all because of JED. This tally doesn't even consider the multiple young lives JED has tainted by molestation, rape, assault... They are still alive, and still dealing with his evil remembrance. He has also stolen years from those victims.

Last year- February, 2006- JED's brother, Bruce "Spyder" Duncan, recounted to me a conversation he had with his mother about visiting JED in the KC jail. He hadn't spoken to her in so long, and he told me that he knew the only reason she called him was because "she needed something." In that phone call, she claimed she didn't want to drive "out there" to Kootenai County jail by herself, in her own vehicle, so she asked Bruce to drive her:

"We can all visit together and celebrate- for ALL our birthdays!"
(Bruce's and Lillian's birthdays are close to JED's). Bruce told his mother that no, he didn't want to go, but she could go ahead and travel there by herself- he wasn't interested, thanks. She came back with "But gas prices are SO high!"

Bruce shot back, "Yeah, and they'll be higher with my pickup truck! If you want to go, use your own car, but ask someone else to drive you because I'm not going."

Bruce told me that his mother still persisted in trying to get him to drive her out to the KC Jail to visit JED close to his birthday, even suggesting they rent a car- with Bruce footing the bill.

When he had finally had enough of her cajoling, he yelled out what was most keen in his mind- what he told me, in hindsight, he should have just said up front to his mother- but somehow could not:

"I am NOT going to have cake and ice cream with a fucking serial killer!!!" (click)

(or CRASH!?) Bruce then slammed his cordless phone receiver against the handset so hard that he cracked the base. He told me that his anger toward his mother had been building prior to that phone conversation, and that in the midst of it, "She must have forgotten what she said to me about never wanting me to be born. But I didn't forget it."

That was one of the last times he spoke with her before his untimely death of a heart aneurysm on July 31, 2006- to which Bruce's young daughter was a witness. Another death I feel JED caused. And so, Joseph Edward Duncan, III has also had 3 more birthdays than his own little brother will ever share with his much-beloved children. The little brother who JED tortured for so long. The same little brother who grew into a sensitive, caring, cautious (and paranoid!) father only because of who, and what, his older brother was.

All those victims, all those years. Think about the expectations of your children, their bright faces and imaginations when their birthdays are close at hand. That simple, pure HOPE they have. The energy and excitement is palpable, no? All those lives- all those children- all those birthdays... No.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #64

The Cellar is proud to present this week's Carnival of the True Crime Blogs, a showcase of recent entries from some of the best True Crime blogs. Always fascinating, always original, the True Crime Blogroll currently consists of over three dozen blogs and websites with top-notch quality True Crime information and stories. The True Crime Blogroll details and links may be found in the sidebar of this blog.




Starting off this week's Carnival is the mind-boggling story behind the graphic seen above. Gregg Olsen, accomplished True Crime writer/investigator has a new blog entry at CrimeRant, a blog which he shares with fellow True Crime writer M. William Phelps.

In his latest blog entry, Eli Stutzman: DNA and Prints to Solve Colorado Murders?, Gregg reveals more information concerning suspected crimes of recently-deceased Eli Stutzman, former Ohio Amishman and subject of his acclaimed book, Abandoned Prayers.

Olsen thinks Stutzman may have gotten away with murdering two men in Durango, Colorado, in addition to the murder he served time for in Texas, and the suspected murders of his pregnant Amish wife, Ida, and years later- the murder of their 9-year old son Daniel, also known as "Little Boy Blue" for the color of the sleeper pajamas he was wearing when found.

Gregg Olsen is doing his best to see to it that law enforcement will utilize Stutzman's fingerprints and DNA to help solve the "cold case" murders of those men in Colorado. Gregg has posted several blog entries concerning Stutzman- also linked from his recent entry- and is always on top of this case. I recommend buying his book, as Gregg Olsen is the authoritative voice on Eli Stutzman and "Little Boy Blue."

Update 2/25: Gregg Olsen has updated his Eli Stutzman entries at CrimeRant with more information on his perseverance in solving the murders of two Colorado men linked to Eli Stutzman.

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J.D. Chandler
from Slabtown Chronicle brings us the first part of a story that is shaping up to be a domestic nightmare. Jennifer Lindbo shares the story of her marriage to Joe Meling in J.D.'s Exclusive: A Survivor's Story. Part two will be coming soon, be sure to check back with J.D.
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One can learn more about J.D. from his recent blogger interview, courtesy of the True Crime Blogroll: Blogger Interview with J.D. Chandler.
...in true blogger tradition for each to choose their ’style’ he has chosen to respond in the narrative. J.D. is a storyteller and a published author and I promise you, it is a narrative well worth reading.
It truly is well worth reading. Thanks to Home Sweet Home for the interview! More blogger interviews will be coming very soon.
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Home Sweet Home, whose blog focuses mainly on Domestic Violence crimes and issues, recently wrote The Police Response about a pregnant Randi Regensberg being murdered by Cory Kotrba, who then killed himself. This is a story not to be missed, as the issue of 911 NON-response occurs in cities and towns across this country, every single day.

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Lilo recently wrote a story about Obed Cortes, a child rapist who decided to quibble with the plea deal he had been given. He thought things were looking quite rosy for him, until... Well, Lilo has the "feel good" story in her post, I would love nothing more than to see him sit in prison for the rest of his life.
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Harding from T. O. Crime presents Who Will Speak for Paula and Julie? Two women in Canada murdered, separately. Two families grieving and in need of answers.

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Criminal Conduct tells the story of a young boy who disappeared just over three years ago from a boys' home in Wyoming in Little Boy Lost: What Happened to Justin Harris? Sad and strange, the reader will wonder why this boy's family does not seem to be doing anything to find him.

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Finally, Neill from TrueCrimeBlogUK brings us a story of a sadistic, sex thrill serial killer in Allan Grimson: Nightmare in the Navy. Neill is a new member of the True Crime Blogroll and has a lot of great writing on his blog of crimes from the UK.

Monday, February 12, 2007

NorCal Rapist

Stephen at Crime Scene Blog has some more information on this suspect in his latest blog entry, NorCal Rapist Update. Please read his entry about this wanted predator and pass the link on to others so that he may be caught.

Friday, February 09, 2007

May the Schwarz be with you.

Sometimes what a person writes on the internet will come back around to bite them on the buttocks. Long-time readers of this blog will understand this; we've seen it all before with the various internet posts from Joseph Edward Duncan, using various personas/usernames.

Yesterday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger asked Idaho and federal authorities to extradite Joseph Edward Duncan, III to Riverside County, CA so he may be tried for the 1997 kidnapping and murder of Anthony Martinez.


Federal prosecutors maintain they will complete their prosecution of Joseph Duncan first, despite Gov. Schwarzeneggers's demand, as they believe they have custody.

Here's where it gets a little humorous: Joseph Edward Duncan listed Arnold Schwarzenegger as "My Favorite Hero" on a personal website dating back to March, 2002. That endearment appears when the mouse moves over Arnold's image in the photo collage. The link from JED's personal website sidebar led to this Arnold fan site, (archived).

Additionally, Joseph Duncan was fond of creating faux Time Magazine covers of himself. This is one of the handful he created, which can still be viewed by using the Internet Archive:


If JED had any say in this whole extradition matter, I imagine he would certainly bow to his "favorite hero's" request/demand. One would think Ahhnold already knew this.

Updated 6/9/07 to include video of press conference.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Feds Seek Death Penalty

It's official: Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Joseph Edward Duncan, III.

According to documents filed this morning in the case of U.S.A. v Joseph Edward Duncan, III, the United States government believes that the indictments for counts One, Five and Seven warrant the sentence of death, in the event of a conviction.

To recap (11-page document here):
Count One- Kidnapping Resulting in Death
Count Five- Sexual Exploitation of a Child Resulting in Death
Count Seven- Using a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence Resulting in Death

The Cellar Blog has purchased these documents and uploaded the pdf file here.

The United States intends to prove the following aggravating factors to justify putting Joseph Edward Duncan, III to death (note item D (2) (B) in red, bold text!)

A. Statutory Proportionality Factors Enumerated under 18 U.S.C. § 3591(a)(2)
The following statutory proportionality factors apply to each of Counts One, Five and Seven:

1. Intentional Acts to Take Life of Another Person. The defendant intentionally killed D.G. 18 U.S.C. § 3591(a)(2)(A).

2. Intentional Inflection of Serious Bodily Injury Resulting in Death. The defendant intentionally inflicted serious bodily injury that resulted in the death of D.G. 18 U.S.C. § 3591(a)(2)(B).

3. Intentional Acts to Take Life or Use Lethal Force. The defendant intentionally participated in an act, contemplating that the life of a person would be taken or intending that lethal force would be used in connection with a person, other than a participant in the offense, and D.G. died as a direct result of the act. 18 U.S.C. § 3591(a)(2)(C).

4. Intentional Acts of Violence Creating Grave Risk of Death. The defendant intentionally and specifically engaged in one or more acts of violence, knowing that the act or acts created a grave risk of death to a person, other than a participant in the offense, such that participation in such act or acts constituted a reckless disregard for human life, and D.G. died as a direct result of such act or acts. 18 U.S.C. § 3591(a)(2)(D).


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B. Statutory Aggravating Factors Enumerated Under 18 U.S.C. § 3592(c) Applicable to Each Count
The following statutory aggravating factors apply to each of Counts One, Five and Seven:

1. Death During Commission of Another Crime. The defendant caused the death of D.G. during the commission of a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1201 (kidnapping). 18 U.S.C. § 3592(c)(1).

2. Previous Conviction of Offense for Which a Sentence of Death or Life Imprisonment Was Authorized. The defendant has previously been convicted of another Federal or State offense resulting in the death of a person, for which a sentence of life imprisonment was authorized by statute, to-wit: first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in case number CR F05-13674, Kootenai County, State of Idaho. 18 U.S.C. § 3592(c)(3).

3. Heinous, Cruel or Depraved Manner of Committing Offense. The defendant committed the offense in an especially heinous, cruel, and depraved manner, in that it involved torture and serious physical abuse to D.G. 18 U.S.C. § 3592(c)(6).

4. Substantial Planning and Premeditation. The defendant killed D.G. after substantial planning and premeditation to cause the death of D.G. 18 U.S.C. § 3592(c)(9).

5. Vulnerability of Victim. The defendant’s victim, D.G., was particularly vulnerable due to youth, to-wit: D.G. was 9 years old. 18 U.S.C. § 3592(c)(11).


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C. Statutory Aggravating Factors Enumerated Under 18 U.S.C. §3592(c) Applicable to Selected Counts
The following statutory aggravating factor applies to each of Counts One and Seven:

1. Previous Conviction of Violent Felony Involving Firearm. The defendant committed the offense charged after having been previously convicted of a Federal or State offense punishable by a term of imprisonment of more than 1 year, involving the use or attempted or threatened use of a firearm (as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921) against another person, to-wit: rape in case number CR 57116, Pierce County, State of Washington. 18 U.S.C. § 3592(c)(2).

The following statutory aggravating factor applies to Count Five:
2. Prior Conviction of Sexual Assault or Child Molestation. The defendant committed the offense charged after having been previously convicted of a crime of sexual assault, to-wit: rape in case number CR 57116, Pierce County, State of Washington. 18 U.S.C. § 3592(c)(15).


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D. Other, Non-Statutory, Aggravating Factors Identified Under 18 U.S.C. § 3593(a)(2) Under 18 U.S.C. § 3593(a)(2), the following non-statutory aggravating factors apply to each of Counts One, Five and Seven:

1. Effect of the Offense on the Victim and the Victim’s Family.

a. In committing the offense, the defendant did cause emotional trauma toS.G. in that she witnessed the abuse and death of her brother, D.G., and was told by the defendant about how he killed her mother, Brenda Groene, her brother, Sl.G, and her mother’s boyfriend, Mark McKenzie.

b. In committing the offense, the defendant did cause emotional trauma to S.G. and her family by depriving them of D.G., Brenda Groene, Sl.G. and Mark McKenzie.

2. Future Dangerousness of the Defendant. The defendant is likely to commit criminal acts of violence in the future that would constitute a continuing and serious threat to the lives and safety of others as evidenced by, at least, one or more of the following:

a. Continuing Pattern of Violence. The defendant has engaged in a continuing pattern of violence, attempted violence, and threatened violence, including, at least, the crimes alleged against the defendant in the Indictment in Counts One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Seven, and the crimes of which the defendant was previously convicted, as described in paragraphs B2, C1 and C2.

b. Admission of Other Crimes Against Children. The defendant did commit the offense after having previously killed three other children, offenses for which he has not yet been prosecuted, to-wit: The defendant has confessed to killing S.W., age 11, and C.C., age 9. The children disappeared from Seattle, Washington, on July 6, 1996. The bones and teeth of these children were recovered by law enforcement in February 1998 in Bothell, Washington, and their deaths have been confirmed. The defendant confessed to abducting and killing A.M.M., age 10, in April of 1997. A.M.M. disappeared on April 4, 1997, from Beaumont, California. His body was recovered north of Indio, California, and his death has been confirmed.

c. Flight Risk. The defendant poses a future danger to the lives and safety of other persons, as demonstrated by his flight from Fargo, North Dakota, in April 2005 to avoid prosecution in the State of Minnesota on charges that he engaged in criminal sexual contact with a person under 13 and that he engaged in attempted criminal sexual contact with a person under 13, as charged in Case No. K3-05-389 in Becker County, Minnesota.

To view the complete, 7-page document filed this morning, click here.


Update 5:20 p.m. ET:
KXLY: Duncan admits guilt in California, Seattle-area murders
www.kxly.com/news/?sect_rank=1§ion_id=559&story_id=7890

AP: Kidnap-slay suspect confesses to more killings
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16773075/from/RS.3/

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Indicted: Will Plead Not Guilty

Joseph Edward Duncan, III was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Idaho for the kidnappings of the two youngest victims, aged 8 and 9, from Idaho, their sexual abuse, and the murder of one of them. He also faces charges relating to his illegal possession, transportation and use of firearms, as well as the earlier charges of transporting a stolen vehicle. This indictment will allow the feds to seek the death penalty, according to U.S. Attorney Tom Moss.

Roger Peven, Joseph Duncan's defense counsel, has said that his client will plead not guilty on Friday.

News of this indictment was released just hours after Riverside County DA Rod Pacheco announced they intend to charge Joseph Duncan with the kidnapping and murder of Anthony Martinez in 1997. They also plan to seek the death penalty.

The federal charges are as follows:

Count One- Kidnapping Resulting in Death

Count Two- Kidnapping

Count Three- Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Count Four- Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Count Five- Sexual Exploitation of a Child Resulting in Death

Count Six- Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Count Seven- Using a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence Resulting in Death

Count Eight- Transportation of a Stolen Firearm

Count Nine- Possession of an Unregistered Firearm

Count Ten- Transportation of a Stolen Vehicle


¤ The redacted 11-page indictment provided by the Spokesman-Review can be read here.
¤ The 3-page felony complaint from California can be read here, courtesy of KXLY. Also, KXLY's Melissa Luck explains today's developments (video).

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Federal Charges Filed in Idaho

Joseph Edward Duncan, III won't be going anywhere for a while. He cannot be extradited to California for murdering Anthony Martinez, to Washington for his alleged murders of Sammiejo White and Carmen Cubias, nor any other state that might be bringing charges against him- until the Feds are finished with him.

JED'll be sitting tight in Idaho now that the Feds have filed their first charges against him: for stealing the rental vehicle from Enterprise in St. Paul, Minnesota (the 4 page document is below in slideshow form). Joseph Duncan rented this vehicle on April 15, 2005. It was considered stolen when he did not return it by April 20, 2005, but was not reported as stolen until May 4, 2005.

The Feds have him all to themselves now, and I am confident they will have their pound of flesh. That red Jeep Cherokee Laredo he stole for his nasty adventure is being cleverly used to keep his ass in Idaho while the Feds cross their t's and dot their i's with the more serious charges.

It really is the little things that count.

Nice work, Special Agent Gneckow- and all those in Federal law enforcement concerned with ensuring Joseph Edward Duncan, III gets what he deserves.

Click on the slideshow below to read the 4-page document:

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #57

This week, it is my honor to bring you the 57th edition of the Carnival of the True Crime Blogs. Each week a different member of the True Crime Blogroll hosts this carnival, made up of True Crime Blogroll member submissions. Recently, we’ve begun to include submissions from outside the TC Blogroll, so if you like what you see on a non-TC Blogroll blog, be sure to bookmark them!


I’ll begin this Carnival with one such submission. Leon of Sox First, a business blog heavy on corporate crime, has an entry up titled The Top Scams of 2006. He supplies links to a few respected organizations’ Top Scams lists from the past year, as well as a must-read article about the internet changing the “con.” Thanks, Leon!


Trench of Mycrimespace.com notes an irony concerning a Craigslist CEO and Net Neutrality in his People in Glass Houses entry. MyCrimespace.com, “a place for fiends,” contains nearly 800 entries concerning crime connected to social networking websites like MySpace, YouTube, Craigslist, etc. And it’s definitely worth ignoring your chores for a few hours’ reading.


MySpace: A Place for the Missing is a recent entry by contributing author Stephen McCaskill at Crimeblog.us. He writes of the advantages of using MySpace as a tool for missing persons. McCaskill is also the author of Crime Scene Blog, and was recently interviewed by the True Crime Blogroll for a new series of blogger interviews we have begun.


Author Nene Adams of The Year ‘Round brings us 19th century true crime which, while often horrifying, is delivered with her distinctly genteel panache. This week her Appearances are Deceptive entry recounts a rage-filled double slaying from 1846 Ireland.


Domestic Violence is the focus at Home Sweet Home. A Night of Horror tells the developing story of a man who allegedly murdered his wife and her daughter, and injured her son last week. The son allegedly killed the stepfather in self-defense. The details are still not fully known, but there certainly seems to be much more to this than a guy who “snapped.”


Pias from HOTT writes 2006: The year in Review where she details the most-viewed crime stories from her blog by month. Take a good long look at these cases, as many of them are unresolved and she’s asking for your tips.


This next one has a lot of people angry; might want to check your blood pressure before reading this one. Parents Behaving Badly writes about another fine mother in Nancy Dyer Naps as Toddler Takes Stroll on Interstate. How's that blood pressure now?


Bonnie’s Blog of Crime focuses on murder, and she has many entries about missing/abducted and murdered children and adults. This week, she has compiled a list of high-profile murder cases from Utah in her entry 2006: The year of murder in Utah review.


Our upstairs neighbor Harding from T. O. Crime writes about a street corner in Toronto where violence is not rare. He also includes a video in his New Year’s in Toronto: A True Crime Story.

Thank you all for the submissions for this first Carnival of 2007. If anyone would like more information about the True Crime Blogroll and our Carnivals, please visit our website.