Friday, August 19, 2005

Tracking Violent Sex-Offenders

Steve Huff, author of the Dark Side and Twilight Kingdom blogs, is asking for our feedback in regards to a post he made on his Dark Side true crime blog.

The post discusses the tracking of violent sex offenders who are non-compliant, thus being free to harm another child.

Steve gives a good example of this in the case of Joseph Edward Duncan, who murdered several members of the Groene family of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho less than a month after he absconded.

I think he's on to something here.


Blogger Michelle said...

The thing that worries me about speding so much effort on tracking known sex offenders, is that it might make people feel a false sense of security.

Sex offenders are bad. If they have been convicted, then we are lucky because we KNOW they are bad.

But they are not the only ones we need to be vigilant against. The tricky ones are loved ones. My grandfather was not a registered sex offender. Before *OR* ofter he abused me. My best friend's brother wasn't a registered sex offender- before or after her abuse either. In fact, I would venture to say that the most dangerous position one can take is the one that has them feeling safe when sex offender registration laws are passed.

My husband and I were just talking about this very thing. I was expounding on Duncan and Couey, and how their being tracked better may have helped the children. However, David Westerfield was not a registered sex offender. Such laws would not have helped Danielle.

Look out closer to home, mothers. Abusers are everywhere.

5:08 PM  

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