SPOKANE, Wash. – Before Joseph Edward Duncan III killed and sexually assaulted members of an Idaho family in 2005, he stalked a preschool on Spokane’s South Hill, authorities said.
Duncan used a Global Positioning System device to electronically record the coordinates of Kindermusik, a private music school, a federal death-penalty hearing was told Wednesday in Boise, Idaho.
Ruth Michaelis, who teaches music and movement to 5- to 7-year-olds at the school, was surprised to learn that Duncan had recorded the exact location of the business on his GPS. The school currently has 300 children, ranging from infants to 7-year-olds.
“Oh, that’s awful,” Michaelis said.
After FBI agents arrested Duncan in 2005, they seized a vast collection of electronic gadgets, including a wireless laptop computer, digital cameras and a GPS device, with its memory intact.
It appeared from the federal case that Duncan was using the GPS to keep track of locations where he’d spotted children.
He has confessed to spending days stalking the home of Shasta and Dylan Groene before killing their family and abducting them.