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Sara D. (sugarblossom) - reviewed Stolen in the Night: The True Story of a Family's Murder, a Kidnapping and the Child Who Survived on
True Crime novels have always intrigued me. This particular book astounded me. Joseph Duncan was a vicious serial rapist turned murderer who never should have been set free on $15,000 bail. He had proved time and time again that he was not able to be rehabilitated nor could he function properly in society.
This book was a real eye-opener to some of the major loop holes within our judicial system. Unfortunately it took a situation as unfortunate and preventable as the despicable unnecessary gruesome murder of this family and the kidding name of the Groene children in order for some of these laws to change and become more stringent. It's unbelievable that this event only occurred a few short years ago.
The book itself is easy to read, though at times I felt the author was choppy in the details. Some details seemed misplaced and rather than create a new chapter or paragraph just seemed to continue with the flow of thought. This annoyed me at times, but otherwise the book was wonderfully written and spared no details.
Joseph Duncan had been convicted of raping and torturing a 14-year-old boy in Tacoma, Washington. On the Internet he proudly boasted of his perversions. But the system turned Duncan loose, and no one would stop him from committing an even more horrifying act...
This time, he prepared meticulously. He chose his getaway car. He chose his murder weapon and loaded a video camera. Then, when he saw young Shasta and Dylan Groene playing outside their Idaho home, he struckkilling their mother and her boyfriend, and their older brotherand vanishing into the night with Shasta and Dylan.
Detectives pored over the bloody murder scene. The FBI scrambled to find the children and the abductor. And even when Duncan was finally located, the story was not yet over: Dylan was still missingand the depth of one mans evil was still coming horribly to light.