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The graphic and disturbing video images found in the jeep of Joseph Edward Duncan III, allegedly showing him with Dylan and Shasta Groene at a remote Montana campsite, were being protected by Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas to the extent that he would not even make copies of the tapes for defense attorneys.

Douglas even went as far as having the contents of the cameras encrypted to prevent the release of the pictures. If defense attorneys wanted to see the materials, they had to come to Douglas' office to do so.

Douglas was protecting the photos from release because he said they were too "sensitive" and "offensive."

Last week, an Idaho judge ordered the prosecutor to make copies of the videos and give them to Duncan's defense attorneys, after they argued that not having access to the tapes prevented them from preparing his defense.

Later in the week, court papers released to the press indicated that those pictures were indeed of Duncan, photographing himself with the two children. Police said Shasta Groene, 8, told investigators about the pictures on the day she was rescued at a Coeur d’Alene restaurant.

Shasta Said She Saw Pictures

Shasta told police that Duncan molested them repeatedly and killed Dylan. Her nine-year-old brother's burned remains were found at the campsite. Some reporters believe the video shows the actual murder of Dylan.

Duncan, 42, a convicted sex offender, was released in May on $15,000 bail after being accused of molesting two boys. In April, he broke into the home of Brenda Groene and killed her, her 13-year-old son and her boyfriend. He then kidnapped Shasta and Dylan.

See Also:
Documents Show Duncan Photographed Himself With Groene Kids
Prosecutor Ordered to Provide Videos to Duncan's Defense
Edward Duncan's Porno Movies

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Earlier Articles:
County Sued for Mishandling Groene Case Suspect
Duncan to Face Death Penalty in Idaho
Seattle Police Investigate Duncan for Two Murders
Evidence Mounts Against Joseph Edward Duncan
Report: Sex Offender Stalked Idaho Children
Remains Identified as Dylan Groene's
Idaho Children Abducted, Repeatedly Molested
Search for Dylan Turns Up 'Human Remains'
Shasta Groene Found in Idaho, Brother Presumed Dead
Still No Clues for Missing Idaho Children
Three Killed, Two Idaho Children Missing


January 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm
(1) anonymous says:

I can’t believe a man as sick as him would do that to a family like that. They didn’t do anything to him. Things like this happen daily all over the world. It’s sad and disgusting when something like this happens. He should die for what he did to that family. Honestly, my opinion is that whatever a “prey” does to its victim should have the same thing done to them. So they can feel the pain and agony that their victims went through. I’m not speaking from experience, and I never want to. I just feel so bad for this family. I know what its like to loose a loved one, I just can’t imagine loosing my whole family. I’m so sorry Shasta for everything that happened to you. God be with you and your family in heaven.

June 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm
(2) Brooklyn says:

I cant believe this man got bailed out. He doesnt deserve to die. He deserves to suffer in jail! No food, or anything, let him die the long way.
Read about Kelsey Briggs
& Jessica Lunsford
& Samantha Runnion.
God Bless all 4 of you.

October 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm
(3) Jon says:

Shasta. If you ever read this I just want you to know that your strength is inspiring. You must be such a strong person to live through something so horrible. I admire you. I pray for you. I can’t stop crying since I read your story. Dont ever forget this. Life threw it’s hardest punch at you and your still standing!! You are too strong for words! Theres a reason you’re here we all need people like you. God bless you and your dad I wish you love and happiness, sweetie. Take care.

November 17, 2011 at 11:17 am
(4) Junior Cook says:

What hurts me more than anything is that as the President and Founder of a Charity Organization is that people speak of how bad these forms of attacks are yet do not support organization that could help a child’s life. In my own experience, spot crying about what has been done and start moving towards the future to protect these children.


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