Blog Bares Sex Offender's Demons
Netizens began gathering at the chilling weblog of accused kidnapper Joseph Duncan this week, turning the online journal into both a forum for their rage against the convicted sexual predator and a tribute to his victims.
"Thank God and our law enforcement community that you are now permanently behind bars," wrote one anonymous poster, addressing Duncan. "I would have reported you if I had seen this blog earlier," wrote another. A third reads simply, "Thoughts and prayers for the family."
In all, there were more than 1,000 comments posted to the weblog by the end of the day Tuesday.
Duncan, 42, was arrested early Saturday after turning up in a 24-hour diner with 8-year-old Shasta Groene just a few miles from where the bodies of Shasta's mother, her mother's boyfriend and an older brother were found bound and bludgeoned at their home near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
A static website maintained by Duncan and hosted by GoDaddy was not accessible Tuesday. But Duncan's blog, hosted by Blogger, has remained up and running even following heavy media attention. (Google, which runs Blogger, didn't return phone calls regarding Duncan's blog.) The weblog is easy to find, and Duncan configured it to allow visitors to post comments, a feature that appears to have enjoyed little use prior to his arrest.