Jury hears disturbing letter from Duncan to his mother - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Jury hears disturbing letter from Duncan to his mother

Throughout the letter Duncan appeared to struggle with God, at one point wishing he could kill himself. Throughout the letter Duncan appeared to struggle with God, at one point wishing he could kill himself.

BOISE, Idaho - During sentencing proceedings for Joseph Duncan Friday morning, an Idaho State Police detective read a letter written by Duncan to his mother, in which the convicted killer blamed society for feeding the evil in his heart.

Idaho State Police detective Fred Swanson was on the stand again discussing more evidence. Duncan was present, wearing the same yellow jail attire, his hair tied in a ponytail.

Detective Swanson showed evidence from July 2005, from inside a red Jeep found where Duncan was finally arrested. Included were topographic maps of Montana with markings on them, one in Idaho, and the other five in the Lolo National Forest where Dylan was killed.

Also found in the jeep were binoculars, Mark McKenzie's wallet, a checkbook, a small hatchet, a bag of zip ties, a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun with Dylan's DNA.

Also found was a "DAD ROCKS" tee-shirt and a "WORLD"S GREATEST FATHER" ball cap that had "is god" written on it in marker.

Detective Swanson also read aloud a letter written Duncan wrote to his mother, which she never received.

Letter Excerpt:

"You are probably wondering if I am even alive, much less doing o.k. I have once again become a medium of violence in the world, and once again wish I wasn't alive. I pray that god have mercy on those I hurt. I have considered suicide but my will to live. Who would ever listen to a convicted child rapist? Evil is real only because we make it real. I have been _________ by an evil demon that is nurtured by our so called criminal justice system."

In the letter Duncan also wrote that there is "love in my heart and yet at the same time there is a huge reservoir of hatred."

Throughout the letter Duncan appeared to struggle with God, at one point wishing he could kill himself.

Duncan plead guilty in December to ten federal charges related to the kidnapping of Shasta Groene and her brother Dylan, and the murder of Dylan.

The jury in Boise is considering whether he deserves life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.

Also on KHQ.com

- Duncan Sentencing: Police interview with Shasta played in court
- Groene shares letters from children; Duncan questions FBI agent
- Jury selected; opening statements made in Duncan murder sentencing
- Judge closes court during Duncan victim testimony
- Duncan's standby counsel want no part in jury selection
- Court rules Duncan mentally competent

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