Archive for March 23rd, 2011

Diana Gonzalez says: “I’ve waited 14 years to just fall apart.”

A confessed serial killer pleaded guilty Tuesday to the 1997 murder of a 10-year-old Beaumont boy as part of a plea deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty in California.

Joseph Edward Duncan III entered the guilty plea in Indio to the kidnapping, rape and murder of Anthony Martinez in exchange for life in prison without the possibility of parole. Duncan is expected to be sentenced April 5, when he will face two life sentences.

The plea came after Riverside County prosecutors accepted a plea deal offered by defense attorneys representing the 47-year-old man.

“What is your plea, guilty or not guilty?” Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Downing asked Duncan.

“Guilty,” he said.

The judge said Duncan would have been 70 years old before he could be put to death in California.

Diana Gonzalez dabbed her eyes with a Kleenex at times during the hearing. A few hours later in Riverside she wore dark sunglasses during an indoor news conference. When it was her turn to speak, she rubbed her hands together, stepped to a podium and spoke softly.

“I have no idea what I’m going to say,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t write anything down. I’m just going to speak from the heart, and just let everyone know that  …  it was 14 years almost, just within two weeks of being exactly 14 years that we’ve waited to get to this point where we’re at now  …  and it was the longest road that I’ve ever been on.”

She said she agreed to the plea bargain “because it had just been so long, we just didn’t want to wait.”

“I’ve waited fourteen years to just fall apart,” she said. ” … Now we can mourn Tony’s death the way we should have in the beginning. When we buried him we didn’t know who did it.”

Sterling said that Duncan admitted to luring a group of boys at a Beaumont home by asking them to help him find a lost cat “and offered each of the kids $1.”

Duncan then pulled out a knife and forced Anthony into a car before driving 50 miles to a remote desert area in Indio, which is near Palm Desert.

“(Duncan) forcibly removed all of Anthony’s clothing,” the prosecutor read. “My (Duncan’s) intent in touching Anthony was so he could control him to perform sexual acts on him. Joseph Edward Duncan then proceeded to rape Anthony.”

Sterling said Duncan admitted to binding the boy with duct tape before hitting him over the head with a rock, killing Anthony.

“His intention also was to exact revenge against society,” according to the prosecutor.

By pleading guilty, Duncan waives his right to appeal the guilty plea.

As I understand it relates to this case only,” Duncan told the judge.

Duncan has already been sentenced to death for the killing of an Idaho boy. He also faces six life sentences for kidnapping the boy’s sister and killing three other members of their family.

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I read quite a bit on Joseph Duncan. The ‘man’ is despicable. I understand the family wanting to settle this after all these years and since he has already received a death sentence and will be serving life I’d have let the deal go as well.

I would still be happier if he was put to death.

Joseph Duncan Wiki Page

The Cellar

No link for these but if you want to hunt the scumbag’s journal’s here is the info from Wikipedia:

Duncan recorded many of his violent sexual fantasies, even to the extent of becoming a sex offender advocate working for the repeal of sex offender law. He published his ideas on the Internet. He titled it “The Fifth Nail”, which is also the URL for his personal Web site. The website depicted Duncan’s day-to-day life as a sex offender.

Investigators are also considering the possibility that a “Minnesota girl” (Minnesotan) mentioned in his online diary could be related to another minor who is listed as missing.

“The Fifth Nail” advocates for sex offenders and contained material that called for the legal reform law aimed at sex offenders, calling them, “State Sanctioned Discrimination.” Duncan was particularly angered by the requirement for sex offenders to participate in a public registry.

With the help of a “ghost blogger”, Duncan posted to his new blog, “Fifth Nail Revelations”, from prison. He wrote his blog entries by hand and mailed them to the “ghost blogger”, who posted them exactly as written. According to media reports, law enforcement agencies have been watching the contents of the new blog in hopes of gathering incriminating information about Duncan’s crimes, both known and unknown.

The Cellar does go into depth about the journal and all of Duncan’s personalities, so to speak. Duncan was a transsexual and bi sexual according to his online journals. Unfortunately The Cellar is not being worked on right now but I believe the forums are still open. Even still it has a lot of information on this monster.

A Second Serial Killer In Ohio

Anthony Sowell was not the only serial killer in Ohio,

While investigating Sowell police discovered that they had had a second killer walking the streets.

A cold case investigation into the possibility of more victims than the 11 bodies unearthed at the home of Anthony Sowell in 2009 has led to the possibility of another serial killer in the area.

Sowell who left a grisly trail of bodies throughout his residence was suspected of having more victims that were not accounted for.The TimesOnLine reports from November 2009: “The latest discoveries bring the total number of human remains to emerge from Sowell’s ramshackle inner city property in Cleveland, Ohio, to ten — with the skull suggesting a possible eleventh victim. Police have dug up four rotting corpses from shallow graves in his back garden and found other remains hidden in the basement, in a third-floor living room and in a crawl space under the house eaves. The skull was wrapped in a paper bag in a bucket.”

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“I think it was on everyone’s mind,” says Richard Bell, one of the city’s chief prosecutors and director of Cuyahoga County’s cold-case unit. “We were not only finding bodies in his attic, but there were bodies out in the yard. The crew had to stay out there extensively, for days and days, wondering if they had dug deep enough.”

County Prosecutor Bill Mason said there was nothing to do but reopen the cases of the old, unsolved murders of women who resembled the victims found in Sowell’s house: poor, drug-addicted black women.

“Our approach to all of this was to find more Sowell victims,” Mason says. “Because we believed there were more.”

Mason’s cold-case team pulled the files of 75 unsolved homicides from within a three-mile radius of the two homes on the east side of town where Sowell — who has pleaded not guilty to killing the women — had lived since the 1980s. They dusted off old paperwork, pored over the reports and searched for any biological evidence that might still be tested for DNA.

“What we didn’t expect to find,” Bell says, “was another serial murderer.”


One day in November, a year after the bodies were found in Sowell’s home, O’Malley walked into Bell’s office and said there was a DNA hit in one of the surge cases: Mary Thomas, 27, who was strangled and beaten to death in 1989.

But the name on the lab report was not Anthony Sowell.

It was Joseph Harwell, who pleaded guilty to fatally strangling a woman near Columbus in 1997 and is currently serving 15 years to life at a prison in Mansfield, an hour south of Cleveland. Harwell, 50, has a long criminal history dating back to the 1970s, including a conviction for felonious assault in 1989, when he attempted to strangle another woman, who survived.

Harwell had already shown up once before on the cold-case radar. In 2008 — before any bodies were found in Sowell’s home — investigators had traced Harwell’s DNA to yet another woman killed near that East Cleveland neighborhood.

Investigators say there’s no evidence that Sowell and Harwell even knew each other. What they had in common was jail time for attacking a woman before they were accused of killing anyone. Investigators say they also shared a desire to rape and kill poor, drug-addicted black women.

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Two killers, no one is certain how many victims and it all happened within a relatively small area.

I do not like to be a fear monger but stories like this make me wonder how many serial killers are walking the street right now,

I know there is at least 1 in NJ, 1 in NY, 1 in Florida and 1 in Jennings Louisiana that have been caught as of now. I am not even including the many cases of  ‘possible’ serial victims. I am also only speaking of the ones in the United States that I have heard of.

Again, not trying to create fear just wondering in print, kind of like talking to myself out loud.

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