I’ve been wanting to write about what happened on the trip to Florida. It was an emotional time for me and somewhat scary. After all, I was going to try and speak with the wife of the man who was involved in the murder of my sister Kathy. The original plan to go out and try and speak with Ed Dukette failed when he died shortly before that could happen. I have had some personal trials in my life the last two years that has brought a lot of heartache and sorrow in my life and on top of all that has gone on with Kathy’s case my faith has been tried over and over again. But through it all, God has continually reminded me that He is there and knows the pain I feel. I have asked Him to take the heartache away but He has not and I have to believe it’s for a reason beyond what my feeble mind can understand.
Ann and I went to Florida as we had planned but not with the police as we had intended to. I wasn’t going to be wired and try to plea with Ed Dukette to tell the truth, to tell the whole story of what had happened to Kathy. That was dashed when we got the news that he had passed away. Instead I was hoping that Mr. Dukette’s wife might speak with me and reveal something that we didn’t know. That maybe her husband had told her some information or left a letter or physical evidence that would help us fill in some more of the puzzle that wasn’t finished. The missing pieces that we needed to finish the puzzle once and for all.
Mrs. Dukette allowed me to speak with her. First I wanted her to know that I was sorry for her loss, she was in mourning and I wanted to be tender towards her because of it. She definitely loved Mr. Dukette and missed him. They were married in 1994 and from what I could tell from what she said it sounded like Mr. Dukette had turned his life around. I explained to her that even though he may have changed from what he was in the past he was still responsible for what he did and there were consequences for it. He was involved in Kathy’s murder and although he seemed to have made some major life changes, justice still needed to be served. Kathy’s murder was brutal and our family still sought justice for her. “Kathy deserves it” I told her.
I do believe he wanted to do the right thing near the end of his life but wasn’t willing to go all the way because of the consequences it would bring. He turned himself into the Police department and made a confession of killing Kathy, he had details. His wife did have a part in him not confessing everything and in not talking to the police any more. She wanted to believe that he was confused because of his illness and the medication he was on. Also that the oxygen he was on played a part in it. She wanted to believe that he had seen a movie or something on television that made him think he was involved in something he wasn’t. She did tell him that if he went to jail, they were not going to take care of him the way she did. That frightened him because he was very ill. He also had a fear of being put in a nursing home and made her promise that she would not put him in one. So the step forward to do the right thing was squashed and Mr. Dukette stopped talking to the Police.
The NH police interviewed Mr. Dukette for a half day and was planning on interviewing him the following day and he did not show up. When contacted by Major Miller, Mr. Dukette told him he was done talking, he didn’t want to talk about any more. Did Mrs. Dukette have a hand in changing his mind? I believe so…. After all, she didn’t know him as we did, but that doesn’t matter. To do the right thing is what matters. Kathy deserves justice for being brutally raped and murdered and that’s what matters. I pray if there is any other information that she needs to share with me or with the police that she would do so. I would hope that she would do the right thing, that she would make it right for her husband. Her husband, who in fear stepped up to the plate to do the right thing at the end of his life but did not go all the way by swinging the bat. If you step up to the plate in life but never swing the bat, the results are always the same, unprofitable.