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In the early morning hours of May 2, 1990, my stepfather, Rich Duncan, checked out of the Motel 6 in Moses Lake, Washington, and traveled over the North Cascades Highway en route to his home in Duvall, Washington. He was supposed to be home by four o'clock that afternoon. Two days later, police discovered his abandoned car in the small town of Darrington, Washington. As my mother desperately struggled to get law enforcement to help find her husband, his killer set out to cover up his crime and evade detection. Once he was eventually captured, the shocking truth about the killer's violent past and early release from prison deepened my mother's resolve on her relentless quest to ensure that, despite a favorable plea deal that would have released him on January 27, 2014, that he would never walk free again.
©2014 Jonathan R. Keehner (P)2014 Jonathan R. Keehner
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4 out of 5 stars
By Hilary on 09-24-14

Jon Keehner Loves His Mom...

This wonderful son (and author), Jon Keehner, went to the ends of the earth to piece together the story of the tragedy that took his mother's beloved husband from all of them... and for that alone, I commend him. What a tremendous gift this is, not only for his mom Karen, but for the public, who need to know these stories: the senseless murders of Rich Duncan, Newton Thomas and horrifying attack on James Kiltie.

The author prefaces his story by identifying that he did not interview (scumbag/enabler) Philip and Sharon Hillman in order to write this account, so that was perched in the back of my mind. When Keehner wrote about very detailed conversations, as the first person, I kept reminding myself that these were essentially fictional recounts. Still, I know why he did it and it greatly lends to the completeness of this work.

Phil Hillman is a poor excuse for a human. He murders people for zero reason. Then he uses his experiences in Vietnam (it is questionable how involved, even if involved, he was in combat) his alcoholism and his less-than-warm parents as excuses as to why he cannot control himself. He went through the system and got off with a pittance of a sentence for his first murder and assault charge, so he was barely concerned when he came across Rich Duncan.

As for Sharon Hillman’s part and (Hillman’s sister) Jody’s part… they should have been held culpable as well. They stood by and watched someone who had zero control continue to drink excessively, exhibit irrational behavior and all they did was placate him. Let him have guns, gave him alcohol and they were the idiots put in place by Hillman’s probation officer to ‘keep him in check’. Brilliant. Hope they’re having fun living with that reality.

Keehner did a fine job. I hope he and his family are thriving and keeping Rich’s spirit alive. Here is a cautionary tale that simply being helpful to others can cost you your life. Very tragic.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nickie on 02-15-15

Best true crime book I've ever heard!

I've read lots of true crime books and this one is one of the best I've read! This book made me so sad for the victims and so mad at the justice system! The narrator was awesome! I wish he narrated all the books!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Bobbie on 05-24-16

Too long

This book was far too long story would have been better, the voice also got bit boring it was also to my way of listening repetive

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