Reader Submission

This was sent in by Jenn who is a regular commenter and reader here at DS. Be sure to go visit her blog @ blog.restofyourday.com.

taken from article found on crimelibrary

Duncan arrived in Kootenai County, Idaho sometime during the second week in May. Precisely why he stopped in the Wolf Lodge area, located about 8 miles east of Coeur d’Alene and just off Interstate 90, is not known. Perhaps he had stopped there to grab a bite to eat, or merely to rest for awhile. At some point, however, he ended up on Frontage Road and drove past the small white cinderblock and frame house with green trim, the lower portion of which appeared to have been coated with stucco giving it a smooth appearance, where the Groene and McKenzie family lived.

The house, somewhat secluded and surrounded by trees, brush and low-lying hills, made an easy target for someone bent on wrongdoing.Duncan likely saw his next victims, Shasta Groene, 8, and her brother, Dylan, 9, playing outside the house in the unseasonably warm May weather as he drove past Shasta and Dylan’s mother, Brenda Kay Groene, 40, came and went, as did Brenda’s boyfriend, Mark McKenzie, 37, and Shasta and Dylan’s older brother, Slade, 13, throughout the weekend of May 13-15.Before Duncan’s arrival there, it was the type of community where parents were not afraid to leave their children alone. It was the type of seemingly safe community where children played outside without parental supervision all the time, rode their bikes wherever they wanted, and built forts in the woods—generally, kids there simply did all of the things that kids would normally do where they felt safe. But that was all about to change.

It was the type of seemingly safe community where children played outside without parental supervision all the time, rode their bikes wherever they wanted, and built forts in the woods—generally, kids there simply did all of the things that kids would normally do where they felt safe.But that was all about to change.

The second anniversary of these terrible killings is coming up next year.  Things like this don’t typically happen in Idaho.  We are slow moving here and not used to such horrific acts of slaughter.  I remember hearing the father of these children on the radio.  The hearbreak in his voice broke many other hearts as our thoughts and concerns went out to this family.  To read the full crime account and what’s happened since visit here

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~ by B on September 26, 2006.

One Response to “Reader Submission”

  1. Thanks for posting B. I had a hard time finding anything in Idaho, but I’ve been thinking about this one for days now.

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