She said Duncan opened up to her about his troubled childhood, sexual orientation and criminal past, and something he once told her haunts her to this day."He said, 'I like who I am now, but I have another person in me that I don't like, that's evil, and if that comes out, I just want them to kill me,'" Mc Cleary recalls Duncan saying. Duncan had lived there for about a month when he told Ware just before the community notification meeting that he was a Level III sex offender.
A former landlord says he's still "totally surprised" by Duncan's split personality."He was an ideal renter for us," said Jeff Ware, who, along with his partner, still owns and rents the property at 810 7th St. Ware said he decided to give his tenant a second chance after Duncan explained the reason for his sex offender status--that he was "16 and dumb" and "had anger issues" in 1980 when he forced sex on a 14-year-old boy.
Duncan's crime spree after leaving NDSU prompted the school to begin looking into background checks for students and forming a safety and security committee, Thompson said.
Now, when prospective students apply to NDSU, or to any North Dakota University System school, they must state whether they've ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a misdemeanor crime involving violence and whether they're required to register as a sex offender.
Duncan had shown the boy a gun, which he said was unloaded.