“Roses are red
You pigs are blue
count up my victims
there will be quite a few.” -Killer Duane Owen taunting police.
Feb-May 1984. Delray, Florida.
Karen Slattery was only 14 when she was babysitting for 2 little girls while their parents went on a date. She babysat to girls often, and things went as usual most of the night. She braided their hair, played games, dressed them in their pyjamas, and put them to bed. Karen called her mama at 10 pm to check in and let her know everything was okay. Karen was fine, and the girls' parents were due home by midnight. She didn't know a killer was already in the house. He had cut a window screen, and he was about to strike.
When the girls parents came home, they found blood everywhere. They called the police, who found Karen's mutilated corpse. She had been beaten, stabbed 18 times, her throat slashed, and dragged to the master bedroom where she was raped. Before he left, he covered her face with a towel, and robbed the house. Surprisingly, the 2 little girls were unharmed, they'd slept through the entire thing.
Police noticed similarities between the murder of Karen and a recent attempted murder in the area. The victim in this case, 18 yr old Marilee Manley, was lucky. She survived, and she got a good look at her attacker's face. She did positively ID him as Duane Owen.
Before police could catch Duane, he stuck again. This time it was a single mother named Georgianna Worden, he also cut her window screen and attacked her as she lie in bed reading a book. Her children were sleeping in another room, and they were unharmed. Her home was also robbed, which was another similarity. Police knew it was the same killer.
Duane was caught before he could kill again, which he definitely would have.
He was convicted on two counts of 1st murder, one count of attempted murder, three counts of armed burglary, two counts of sexual battery with a deadly weapon, and one count of unarmed burglary. He received the death penalty.
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