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"The Devil is Here" -- Torture Videos Shown in Duncan Sentencing

By Steve Huff in homicide, serial killers
Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 5:01 pm

fifthnail.jpgThe jury in the sentencing trial of confessed serial killer Joseph Edward Duncan III saw into the heart of hell today. Three videos Duncan made when he had Dylan and Shasta Groene captive in the Montana woods in 2005 were show to the jurors. Reports from the courtroom indicate that while there were no breakdowns from the members of the jury, many were clearly revolted by what they saw.

Collectively, the videos are said to show Duncan whipping Dylan with a belt and sexually assaulting the little boy. The first two videos were a couple of minutes a piece, but the third video was about 10 minutes long, and even accounts of the words said by Duncan on the tape give some idea as to how soul-rending, how horrific the experience must have been for the 12 people in that courtroom today.

In the last tape, Duncan was shown hanging Dylan Groene from the ceiling of a remote cabin. As the little boy struggled to breathe, Duncan screamed at God. He masturbated. He sang.

Duncan was heard at the beginning of the tape saying, "If there is a God, then I pray, with all the love I can muster, if you're not real you know why this is happening, that doesn't even make sense, God, this child, this boy, does not deserve to die."

Later, after Dylan was gasping for air on the floor of the cabin, Duncan said, "Listen boy! I just saved you! I saved your soul, okay? [...] God isn't the only one who can forgive me. God made everything that just happened happen."

Duncan continued, saying, "I killed you. I got it on videotape if you want to watch it [...] God, what is going on here? I don't understand. I'm getting sick of your games."

To Dylan, Duncan said, "Boy, you're special. God is protecting you. It was the devil who stood here. The devil himself, not just a demon."

At some point later in the tape, Duncan moved away from the camera, and according to the AP, he could be heard "singing the Lord's Prayer."

The AP reported the most chilling words heard on any of the tapes inflicted upon the jury in that Idaho courtroom. It wasn't clear when Duncan said the following, but that didn't really matter. At some point, Duncan shouted, "The devil is here, boy, the devil himself. The demon couldn't do what the devil sent him to do so the devil came himself [...] The devil likes to watch children suffer and cry."

Duncan's first victim, the man whom he assaulted in 1980 when the victim was just 14, took the stand at the end of the day. His story, unsurprisingly, was similar to the one revealed by the videotapes viewed by the jury.

Always a demon, with Duncan. Or the Devil himself. Never the killer, admitting that he's an animal who enjoys the suffering of children. Duncan has probably never said, 'hey, I just like hurting people. That's what really gets me off,' even though that's exactly what he is -- a sexually sadistic psychopath.

Someone remind me why I've become less and less pro-death penalty again. This story alone is making me forget. [KXLY.com and the Associated Press.]

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