James Duckett, Joshua Duckett’s Father, on Death Row for Murder

James DuckettHoly shit on toast – here’s an interesting twist on the Trenton Duckett saga that I didn’t discover until tonight. Joshua Duckett, of course, is the father of Joshua Duckett and the grandfather of Trenton Duckett, currently the most well-known missing child in the United States. James, however, is not hard at work helping his son find poor Trenton. Instead, the elder Duckett is sitting on Florida’s Death Row for the rape and murder of 11-year-old Teresa McAbee in 1987. Duckett was the last person to see McAbee alive before her dressed body was found at Knight Lake, near the town of Mascotte, Florida.

For his part, Duckett maintains he’s an innocent man. He’s been railroaded – RAILROADED, I say! The Canadian Coalition against The Death Penalty has a personal letter written by Duckett attesting to his innocence, as well as pointers to other information describing how the case against him was flawed

For a while, retired homicide captain Marshall Frank bought much of this evidence. In 2003, he published a two-part article documenting numerous problems with the case, such as rotten evidence handling and prosecutorial sloppiness. But after pressing deeper into the case, Frank did a 180-degree turnaround. He concluded that, not only was Duckett guilty of murdering McAbee, but that he was a “serial killer” who was also responsible for the murder of 14-year-old Jennifer Weldon. Frank’s turnabout occurred after he examined the case file the Lake County police had on Duckett regarding the McAbee murder…and after the Polk County police shared information on a string of other similar murders, including Weldon’s.

I’ve been unable to discover whether the Weldon murder was ever solved. It appears that James Duckett has refused to cooperate with prosecutors on any other cases, which means that progress on these 20-year-old crimes has probably ground to a halt. Weldon, having died before the advent of the Internet, lives on only in the memories of the family and friends who loved her…and in the desks of detectives who no doubt would love to close her cold file.

Back in August, over at the Court TV forums, users discussed James Duckett and what probable impact he might have had on his son, Joshua. Mind you, this was immediately after Trenton went missing, when Josh and Melinda were both prime suspects. At the very least, this family history explains why Josh wasn’t the perfect father up until the time Trenton disappeared. I wonder what similar behavioral insights lie in Melinda’s past…?

  • Dawn

    this is so sad and brings up many memories, I was a freind of Jennifers. Then she was kidnapped and murdered by mr duckett. Now I know what her killer looks like.I can only imange what she went through that night. Jennifer is gone but not forgotten..

  • Dawn

    this is so sad and brings up many memories, I was a freind of Jennifers. Then she was kidnapped and murdered by mr duckett. Now I know what her killer looks like.I can only imange what she went through that night. Jennifer is gone but not forgotten..

  • Latrise

    http://www.myspace.com/duckett64

    This is the web site that is for his son, he has several website that are dedicated to his son. So please get your facts straight before saying the man is a babd parent because on his main myspace that he have for along time doesn’t mention his son, while he has over 15 websites dedicated to his son.

  • Latrise

    http://www.myspace.com/duckett64

    This is the web site that is for his son, he has several website that are dedicated to his son. So please get your facts straight before saying the man is a babd parent because on his main myspace that he have for along time doesn’t mention his son, while he has over 15 websites dedicated to his son.

  • wastedenergy

    I don’t understand. Why is so much energy being wasted here on who did or did not do it? The fact is Trenton still hasn’t been found. Every hour, every minute, every second his odds seem less likely. It’s so scary and sad.

    I’ve followed all of this very well but somehow I’ve missed a few things. Has anyone questioned as to why she put her son to bed right before 7pm? That seems awfully early. What time did this child get up in the morning? And why doesn’t she know if he had a shirt on or not when she put him to bed? And could her parents have him? Have they been investigated constantly?

  • wastedenergy

    I don’t understand. Why is so much energy being wasted here on who did or did not do it? The fact is Trenton still hasn’t been found. Every hour, every minute, every second his odds seem less likely. It’s so scary and sad.

    I’ve followed all of this very well but somehow I’ve missed a few things. Has anyone questioned as to why she put her son to bed right before 7pm? That seems awfully early. What time did this child get up in the morning? And why doesn’t she know if he had a shirt on or not when she put him to bed? And could her parents have him? Have they been investigated constantly?

  • http://novaangel747yahoo.com nova

    about the daddy in prison thing.My dad died in prison for murder of his sixth wife.he married no.seven in prison.as for kids,there was seven of us,but my sister was stomped out of my mothers body at nine mths.causing her untimely death.later in the years after our escape as he constantly brutilised my mother,he decided ,when i turned fifteen that it would be best to kill me ,cause (all women were whores) and he didnt want my virtue spoiled.we were tiped off he was comming for me so i was taken to my oldest brothers house.in an attemt to keep us safe my brother put one bullet in his 22 ,as the call came that his detective tracked me down.i was at the nearby store when the call came.it was in walking distance.my sis-in law tryed to call the store but i was already almost back home,when all of a sudden i seen the car approching with two men,one hanging out the window with a riffle.he shot at me and missed.i dodged through the woods and got in the house.as they came back by my brother stood by the road with the one bullet gun but they sped away.a call came in later that he did not want to chance hurting my brother.a week went by and the gun was left on the night table and the bullet was forgotten.well my third born brother and his fiance came by to see us to say they were going to elope.my older brother was at work,so it was me ,my sisterinlaw(on her birthday),and my brother and his girlfriend.He was a very happy ,fun loving friend to all.His major down fall was picking about just everything.at the time my sisinlaw had just gave bith a few moths before.baby was asleep in the crib.my fun loving brother loved this baby so much.On that day he talked of his plans that they were going to have such a great life together and have a ranch house full of kids.anyway,he had went in to see the baby,and as he was comming back through the master bedroom he spotted the gun.well he knew my brother never kept a loaded gun and he had been out of town and we had all agreed not to tell him what had happened.it was done.only ,in his picking nature he picked up the gun and walked back in to where we were.he had his hand behind his back and the other hand reached for some nutterbutter cookies he had brought to share.he was grining and eatin that cookie and he said little sister,why you so glum?(i had been depressed for awhile).you know that aint healthy.he also new i had said a time before i was gonna kill myself(another story).he said now about all that stupid talk about killin yourself,upsettin all of us who love ya,why would you say somethin like that,i been curious to know.i muttered ,cause i just want to die sometime,i aint tellin you why.i had said this in a joking manner as he was in a joking manner.he took a bite of another cookie and said in a sligh grin ,well if thats what ya want,and he pulled his hand around and pointed the gun.I screamed ,no please put it down ,its loaded.He said sister,big brother dont keep loaded guns,see and he fired the gun. well it didnt go off,so i thought maybe my brother did remember,he laughed at me so hard AND SAID SEE,YOU DONT WANT TO DIE,SO DONT EVER SAY IT AGAIN.IT HURTS PEOPLE AND IT MAKES US THING YOU DONE GONE NUTS.his girlfriend said johnny,that was not funny.He still joking said ill shoot you.(laughing and picking),he then pointed in her direction and fired again and again it clicked.she jumped up and said stop that you nut,that thing looks scary,even without bullets .they stood there and shared a cookie from each others lips,with I love yous and todays the day we start our new life.its gonna be so great.my sisin law said ,some birthday present scarin the crap out of me.by the way where is my present ?he knew she was big on gettin gifts so he had left it in the car on purpose.he then said ,okay ill shoot u then since its your birthday,and he fired again and the gun clicked again.she said put that thing up and give me my present so we can cut my cake.he laughed and swiped his finger through the icing on the side picking and said now i get the good luck from the candles.she said durnit johnny,u messed up my cake. he said awe,i sorry.guess ill have to do myself in now and he put the gun to his head ,picked up another cookie,and in that moment iwas looking in his laughing eyes and a fear struck me and i screamed johnny noooooo,please put it away please you scaring me.he took his hand doown for a moment and said sister,look ,its not loaded,and fired again to the ceiling and it clicked.he said i gotta teach you to lighten up girl or you end up dying of a heartattack or something.comeon smile,you better smile,okay since you dont want to smile here goes,and he put the gun back to his head ,i got up and was going to hit him for scaring me so bad and he was just laughing at me and he took a bite of the cookie and fired.the bullet was in the gun.as it fired everything went in slow motion and he fell up against the wall and i seen the shock in his eyes and atear rolled down his face and he dropped to the floor.his girlfriend was shacking him,saying johnny get up ,you really scarin me.i knelt to the floor and picked up the gun and threw it out the door,thinking if i could just get rid of it everything would be okay.my sisterinlaw screaming,running in to the room to hold her baby.i felt his nose and could feel air.i ran to a neighbors house to get help.but they locked the door.in my mind her husband who was a doctor could help,but he was not there ,only his wife.another lady,a friend on the other side ran out and i was screaming for help,she went in and called 911.my brother lived on life support long enough for them to save someone else as even the life support could not bring his brain back.when the recipient of organs arrived at the hospital the machine was cut off and his heart beat no more.This was only one of the major horrors me and my family would suffer.and through it all my mother worked in a cotton mill double shifts to raise us kids.she took us to church every sunday and even after all the bad stuff my dad had done to her and his actions that lead to the death of my brother,stomping her spleen in two,stomping her stomach so hard killing the baby in front of us kids,after messing her legs up so bad stomping them ,having to get all her veins stripped out getting over two hundred scars in her legs,she taught us that we were always to remember that we were better than that.did all the tragedys affect me,yes,but I have expereinced everything almost except death,i was in a coma from a car accident,but i learned,as my mother talked me through every tragedy,that All my tragedys could maybe help others.why did i write this,to show people who are in situations such as mine,that you dont have to be a victim,you have to give it to God and He will guide you as you go.yea,my daddy committed murder,but that dont give me the right to do the same.see,MY MOTHER TAUGHT US RIGHT FROM WRONG AND EXPLAINED THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHOOSING WHAT YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART THAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG.I now live in the house next door to her.she is 76 yrs.old and still taking care of the babies ,her greatgrandchildren.Peace.NOVA oh yeeah,about the gun,ballistics said it would remain a mystery why the gun misfired

  • http://novaangel747yahoo.com/ nova

    about the daddy in prison thing.My dad died in prison for murder of his sixth wife.he married no.seven in prison.as for kids,there was seven of us,but my sister was stomped out of my mothers body at nine mths.causing her untimely death.later in the years after our escape as he constantly brutilised my mother,he decided ,when i turned fifteen that it would be best to kill me ,cause (all women were whores) and he didnt want my virtue spoiled.we were tiped off he was comming for me so i was taken to my oldest brothers house.in an attemt to keep us safe my brother put one bullet in his 22 ,as the call came that his detective tracked me down.i was at the nearby store when the call came.it was in walking distance.my sis-in law tryed to call the store but i was already almost back home,when all of a sudden i seen the car approching with two men,one hanging out the window with a riffle.he shot at me and missed.i dodged through the woods and got in the house.as they came back by my brother stood by the road with the one bullet gun but they sped away.a call came in later that he did not want to chance hurting my brother.a week went by and the gun was left on the night table and the bullet was forgotten.well my third born brother and his fiance came by to see us to say they were going to elope.my older brother was at work,so it was me ,my sisterinlaw(on her birthday),and my brother and his girlfriend.He was a very happy ,fun loving friend to all.His major down fall was picking about just everything.at the time my sisinlaw had just gave bith a few moths before.baby was asleep in the crib.my fun loving brother loved this baby so much.On that day he talked of his plans that they were going to have such a great life together and have a ranch house full of kids.anyway,he had went in to see the baby,and as he was comming back through the master bedroom he spotted the gun.well he knew my brother never kept a loaded gun and he had been out of town and we had all agreed not to tell him what had happened.it was done.only ,in his picking nature he picked up the gun and walked back in to where we were.he had his hand behind his back and the other hand reached for some nutterbutter cookies he had brought to share.he was grining and eatin that cookie and he said little sister,why you so glum?(i had been depressed for awhile).you know that aint healthy.he also new i had said a time before i was gonna kill myself(another story).he said now about all that stupid talk about killin yourself,upsettin all of us who love ya,why would you say somethin like that,i been curious to know.i muttered ,cause i just want to die sometime,i aint tellin you why.i had said this in a joking manner as he was in a joking manner.he took a bite of another cookie and said in a sligh grin ,well if thats what ya want,and he pulled his hand around and pointed the gun.I screamed ,no please put it down ,its loaded.He said sister,big brother dont keep loaded guns,see and he fired the gun. well it didnt go off,so i thought maybe my brother did remember,he laughed at me so hard AND SAID SEE,YOU DONT WANT TO DIE,SO DONT EVER SAY IT AGAIN.IT HURTS PEOPLE AND IT MAKES US THING YOU DONE GONE NUTS.his girlfriend said johnny,that was not funny.He still joking said ill shoot you.(laughing and picking),he then pointed in her direction and fired again and again it clicked.she jumped up and said stop that you nut,that thing looks scary,even without bullets .they stood there and shared a cookie from each others lips,with I love yous and todays the day we start our new life.its gonna be so great.my sisin law said ,some birthday present scarin the crap out of me.by the way where is my present ?he knew she was big on gettin gifts so he had left it in the car on purpose.he then said ,okay ill shoot u then since its your birthday,and he fired again and the gun clicked again.she said put that thing up and give me my present so we can cut my cake.he laughed and swiped his finger through the icing on the side picking and said now i get the good luck from the candles.she said durnit johnny,u messed up my cake. he said awe,i sorry.guess ill have to do myself in now and he put the gun to his head ,picked up another cookie,and in that moment iwas looking in his laughing eyes and a fear struck me and i screamed johnny noooooo,please put it away please you scaring me.he took his hand doown for a moment and said sister,look ,its not loaded,and fired again to the ceiling and it clicked.he said i gotta teach you to lighten up girl or you end up dying of a heartattack or something.comeon smile,you better smile,okay since you dont want to smile here goes,and he put the gun back to his head ,i got up and was going to hit him for scaring me so bad and he was just laughing at me and he took a bite of the cookie and fired.the bullet was in the gun.as it fired everything went in slow motion and he fell up against the wall and i seen the shock in his eyes and atear rolled down his face and he dropped to the floor.his girlfriend was shacking him,saying johnny get up ,you really scarin me.i knelt to the floor and picked up the gun and threw it out the door,thinking if i could just get rid of it everything would be okay.my sisterinlaw screaming,running in to the room to hold her baby.i felt his nose and could feel air.i ran to a neighbors house to get help.but they locked the door.in my mind her husband who was a doctor could help,but he was not there ,only his wife.another lady,a friend on the other side ran out and i was screaming for help,she went in and called 911.my brother lived on life support long enough for them to save someone else as even the life support could not bring his brain back.when the recipient of organs arrived at the hospital the machine was cut off and his heart beat no more.This was only one of the major horrors me and my family would suffer.and through it all my mother worked in a cotton mill double shifts to raise us kids.she took us to church every sunday and even after all the bad stuff my dad had done to her and his actions that lead to the death of my brother,stomping her spleen in two,stomping her stomach so hard killing the baby in front of us kids,after messing her legs up so bad stomping them ,having to get all her veins stripped out getting over two hundred scars in her legs,she taught us that we were always to remember that we were better than that.did all the tragedys affect me,yes,but I have expereinced everything almost except death,i was in a coma from a car accident,but i learned,as my mother talked me through every tragedy,that All my tragedys could maybe help others.why did i write this,to show people who are in situations such as mine,that you dont have to be a victim,you have to give it to God and He will guide you as you go.yea,my daddy committed murder,but that dont give me the right to do the same.see,MY MOTHER TAUGHT US RIGHT FROM WRONG AND EXPLAINED THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHOOSING WHAT YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART THAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG.I now live in the house next door to her.she is 76 yrs.old and still taking care of the babies ,her greatgrandchildren.Peace.NOVA oh yeeah,about the gun,ballistics said it would remain a mystery why the gun misfired

  • gina

    Good riddens to “something isnt right here”. Seems to me that you want Melinda on a pedistal. Further more, I still think it is “totally stupid” to think that just because a parent in is prison makes their children the same way. A person makes their own decisions in life. A person whi does not is a weak person. Take my word for it, I know!!!!!!!!!

  • gina

    Good riddens to “something isnt right here”. Seems to me that you want Melinda on a pedistal. Further more, I still think it is “totally stupid” to think that just because a parent in is prison makes their children the same way. A person makes their own decisions in life. A person whi does not is a weak person. Take my word for it, I know!!!!!!!!!

  • something isnt right here

    First of all I never claimed I know everything like you said “To you who claims to know everything” and secondly, I lost interest in what you have to say in this forum when you said “How totally stupid” to my first post here.

    I’ve decided to take this discussion to my blog instead of wasting my time typing about it here.

    Enjoy your online arguement forum LOL

  • something isnt right here

    First of all I never claimed I know everything like you said “To you who claims to know everything” and secondly, I lost interest in what you have to say in this forum when you said “How totally stupid” to my first post here.

    I’ve decided to take this discussion to my blog instead of wasting my time typing about it here.

    Enjoy your online arguement forum LOL

  • http://homesweethome.wordpress.com Home Sweet Home

    Something isn’t right here, you do make some good points. “typically impulsive, unstable, exquisitely sensitive to rejection, have regular outbursts of anger and live daily with extreme emotional pain. Identity problems, low stress tolerance, volatile relationships and fears of abandonment” does sound like the descriptions that have been given of Melinda. Is that the disorder that she was diagnosed with?
    Sometimes it is difficult for non-professionals to understand the different diagnosis’s as the symptoms can be very similiar, and the differing degrees of the symptoms can be a large part of the diagnosis. So it is best not to diagnose via web discussions, though they are good for helping to understand a diagnosis that has been made by a professional.

    A couple of points though- not all serial killers are mentally ill. For your research you might want to check out this link:
    http://faculty.ncwc.edu/toconnor/428/428lect16.htm

    and this one:
    http://www.hss.caltech.edu/~mcafee/Bin/sb.html

    Sociopaths are not considered truly mentally ill- they don’t have thought disorders, they know when they are doing wrong- they just don’t care or don’t think that the laws should apply to them. So while treatment is often attempted by mental health professionals, it isn’t usually considered a mental illness.
    Also, while children of mentally ill persons may have a slightly increased predisposition to mental illness, it isn’t considered to be significant enough to be called genetic, except in a couple of very specific diagnosises.

  • http://homesweethome.wordpress.com/ Home Sweet Home

    Something isn’t right here, you do make some good points. “typically impulsive, unstable, exquisitely sensitive to rejection, have regular outbursts of anger and live daily with extreme emotional pain. Identity problems, low stress tolerance, volatile relationships and fears of abandonment” does sound like the descriptions that have been given of Melinda. Is that the disorder that she was diagnosed with?
    Sometimes it is difficult for non-professionals to understand the different diagnosis’s as the symptoms can be very similiar, and the differing degrees of the symptoms can be a large part of the diagnosis. So it is best not to diagnose via web discussions, though they are good for helping to understand a diagnosis that has been made by a professional.

    A couple of points though- not all serial killers are mentally ill. For your research you might want to check out this link:
    http://faculty.ncwc.edu/toconnor/428/428lect16.htm

    and this one:
    http://www.hss.caltech.edu/~mcafee/Bin/sb.html

    Sociopaths are not considered truly mentally ill- they don’t have thought disorders, they know when they are doing wrong- they just don’t care or don’t think that the laws should apply to them. So while treatment is often attempted by mental health professionals, it isn’t usually considered a mental illness.
    Also, while children of mentally ill persons may have a slightly increased predisposition to mental illness, it isn’t considered to be significant enough to be called genetic, except in a couple of very specific diagnosises.

  • http://www.justicequest.xpt.net Amraann

    A simple test of gun powder residue on her toe would indicate if she pulled the trigger or not.

    If you will note.. My comment was MAN HATERS (plural) As clearly many that are posting in defense of Melinda simply want to believe Josh is evil incarnate without a grain of reason for that. They are defending her not because she is worthy but because they themselves were subjected to bad relationships at young ages and in some weird way to admit Melinda was the wrong one would be to admit they were as well.
    BTW Melinda was diagnosed with a mental disorder.
    A mental disorder is not the same as mental illness.
    Notice that they call BPD a pchyc DISORDER.
    PS. Mental illnesses are not all catogorized as the same .. that was what I was referring to.
    Your little articles only backed up my reference.

    Josh has nothing in his history that indicates he is anything but what he appears.
    A young father who was involved with a messed up young women who took as many down with her as she could.

  • http://www.justicequest.xpt.net/ Amraann

    A simple test of gun powder residue on her toe would indicate if she pulled the trigger or not.

    If you will note.. My comment was MAN HATERS (plural) As clearly many that are posting in defense of Melinda simply want to believe Josh is evil incarnate without a grain of reason for that. They are defending her not because she is worthy but because they themselves were subjected to bad relationships at young ages and in some weird way to admit Melinda was the wrong one would be to admit they were as well.
    BTW Melinda was diagnosed with a mental disorder.
    A mental disorder is not the same as mental illness.
    Notice that they call BPD a pchyc DISORDER.
    PS. Mental illnesses are not all catogorized as the same .. that was what I was referring to.
    Your little articles only backed up my reference.

    Josh has nothing in his history that indicates he is anything but what he appears.
    A young father who was involved with a messed up young women who took as many down with her as she could.

  • gina

    P.S. *********Take me to court like Melinda’s so called family**************
    I’m still in stitches, your post was the funniest thing I have heard all day.