A woman who was kidnapped at the age of 8 by a serial killer with night vision goggles said her soul is “finally free” after dying of terminal brain cancer.
Joseph E. Duncan died early Saturday in a hospital in Terra Haute, Indiana, near the federal prison where he was serving his sentence on federal death row, KXLY reported
Shasta Green, now in her mid-twenties, has issued a written statement after Duncan’s death about the man who murdered her entire family.
‘One thing is certain, it no longer exists. Now we can live our lives by knowing that. I’ve struggled with hatred for that man for so long. Today I woke up with the feeling that my soul was finally free, ”the statement read.
“I hope other people affected by Joseph Duncan woke up the same way.”
Groene’s statement continued, “For some reason, I can’t stop thinking about the Anthony Martinez family for the past few days.”
‘They were victims as well as my family. Just like the family of Carmen Cubias and Sammie Jo White. I just want to contact them. If I could I would hug them all. If I could I would take all their pain away, ”she wrote KTVB
Shasta Green, now in her mid-twenties, issued a written statement about the man who murdered her entire family after Duncan’s death
Steve Green, with his daughter, 8-year-old Shasta Green, left in July 2005 in Coeur d ‘Alene, Idaho
An undated evidence photo shows the Montana cabin where Joseph Duncan held Dylan and Shasta Green and filmed his crimes
Joseph E. Duncan, pictured in a police posting photo in 2008, right, and in 2011, left, died of brain cancer in an Indiana hospital Saturday while serving a death row sentence for several murders
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho, which conducted the investigation, also issued a statement.
In May 2005, the Green Family of Kootenai County, living in the Wolf Lodge Bay area, brutally became the victim of a serial killer passing through our community. The family was stalked, attacked and tortured, ” the statement said.
“It was one of the worst tragedies Idaho has ever witnessed.”
Duncan was a registered sex offender and told a therapist that he estimated he had raped 13 younger boys by the time he was 16. He spent much of his life in prison.
His most violent series of crimes occurred in May 2005 while driving across the Idaho Panhandle on Interstate 90.
Duncan saw two children playing in their swimsuits in the yard of a house off the highway. He drove off the road and began to guard the house, later he broke in with night vision goggles.
He tied up Brenda Green, 40, her boyfriend Mark McKenzie, 37, and her son, Slade Green, 13, before they were beaten to death with a hammer.
Duncan then kidnapped two of Brenda Green’s other children: Shasta and her 9-year-old brother Dylan. He took them to the wilderness of Western Montana, where he tortured and mistreated them for weeks before killing Dylan.
Shasta was spotted with a guy on J.July 2, 2005 by employees and customers at a Denny’s restaurant in Coeur d´Alene who called the police and lined up to stop the man from leaving.
Green said she “ struggled with hatred of that man, ” referring to serial killer Joseph Edward Duncan III
Joseph Edward Duncan III faces trial in 2011 in Indio, California, after being sentenced to life in California in 1997 for torturing and murdering a 10-year-old boy.
Joseph Edward Duncan III, right, is shown at a hearing at the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Justice Department Building in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 2006
Police arrived with their lights out, pulled their weapons and arrested Duncan without incident. Duncan insisted in court that he had taken Shasta to the restaurant just a few miles from where he murdered her family with the intention of returning her to the authorities.
Investigators also found the remains of Dylan Green at a remote makeshift campground in the Lolo National Forest near St. Regis, Montana.
During the trial, it was revealed that Duncan had shot the boy at close range by holding a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun to his head.
Duncan videotaped many of his crimes against the Green children, leading an experienced investigator to say the images shook him to the bone.
VICTIMS: Anthony Martinez of Beaumont, California, (left) was murdered by Joseph Duncan in April 1997, Dylan Green (right) was murdered in 2005
Slade Groene (left) and Mark McKenzie (right) were murdered in 2005 by serial killer Joseph Duncan
Brenda Groene, pictured in an undated photo, was murdered with her son Slade Groene and her boyfriend Mark McKenzie by child molester Joseph Duncan
Duncan was found guilty and sentenced to death in 2008, and after his arrest, DNA evidence linked him to the April 1997 murder of ten-year-old Anthony Martinez in Beaumont, California. He admitted to killing Martinez in 2011.
“The sun is a little brighter today,” Diana Martinez, Anthony’s mother, said earlier this week.
My soul is lighter. The world is a more beautiful place without the evil that is Joseph Duncan. God chose to make his end a long suffering and I believe that is appropriate. The horror of his thoughts consumed him. ‘
Although I would have loved to witness his execution, knowing that he now stands before God and is held accountable for what he did, what he did to my son and the terrible crimes he committed against others, that’s the real thing justice, ‘Anthony Martinez’s father, Ernesto, said.
Flowers were left at a memorial service for Dylan Green in July 2005 in Post Falls, Idaho
Anthony’s younger brother, Marcos, said there is now “less evil in the world.”
“Nothing can bring my brother back, but now Duncan can never hurt anyone again. Thanks to him, I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to fight the evil that is left in the world, ”said Marcos Martinez.
“God has brought pure justice to all those Joseph Duncan has hurt,” he said.
Duncan’s lawyers announced at the end of last year that he had terminal brain cancer and did not have long to live. He lost the last appeal of his death sentence in 2019.
Martinez was murdered while Duncan was on parole for rape in Washington. He was kidnapped while playing outside his home and his body was found 15 days later.
Duncan was suspected of the crime only after his arrest in Idaho, and he was extradited to Southern California to be tried for the crime.
Duncan was also linked to the murder of two young girls in Seattle in the 1990s.
In 2005, Duncan was charged with molesting a young boy at a Minnesota playground. He paid a low bail and skipped the city.