Season 4, Episode 1: Deliver Us From Evil: Purging Guilt from Unsolved Murders
Jim Duckett was a lot of things to a lot of people - father, son, brother, uncle, friend, horse lover, good listener, veteran and more. That’s why it’s so hard to understand how he came to be tied to a chair in his bathroom, bloodied and tortured to death on Nov. 10, 2008, in Shelbyville, KY. Well, it’s hard to understand for most of us. But somebody out there knows exactly what happened. It’s been 14 years. It’s time to come forward.
Let’s tackle another story from the world of true crime and see what spiritual and safety tips we can find. I believe every Christian’s calling is to be a different kind of PI - a person of impact. Stick around because I’ll give you a practical step to do just that.
It’s hard to believe that we are starting our fourth year investigating the intersection of faith and true crime. I’ve heard from so many of you about the impact certain episodes have had in your life. Let’s make 2023 the year we all make an impact in the lives of people who have had their lives impacted by crime.
We’ll be taking a close look at Deuteronomy 21:1-9:
Suppose you find someone who has been killed. The body is lying in a field in the land the Lord your God is giving you as your own. But no one knows who the killer was. Then your elders and judges will go out to the field. They will measure the distance from the body to the nearby towns. The elders from the town that is nearest to the body will get a young cow. It must never have been used for work. It must never have pulled a load. The elders must lead it down into a valley. The valley must not have been farmed. There must be a stream flowing through it. There in the valley the elders must break the cow’s neck. The priests, who are sons of Levi, will step forward. The Lord your God has chosen them to serve him. He wants them to bless the people in his name. He wants them to decide all cases that have to do with people arguing and attacking others. Then all the elders from the town that is nearest to the body will wash their hands. They will wash them over the young cow whose neck they broke in the valley. They’ll say to the Lord, “We didn’t kill that person. We didn’t see it happen. Accept this payment for the sin of your people Israel. Lord, you have set your people free. Don’t hold them guilty for spilling the blood of someone who hasn’t done anything wrong.” That will pay for the death of that person. So you will get rid of the guilt of killing someone who didn’t do anything wrong. That’s because you have done what is right in the Lord’s eyes.
So many cold cases were solved in 2022. While we celebrate the many, many cold cases that were solved in 2022, we have to remember how many more families are awaiting answers to the cold cases in their lives. As believers, we need to remember what it says in Galatians 46:2, “Help carry one another's burdens, and in this way you will obey the law of Christ.”
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Anyone with information about Jim Duckett’s murder is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 12, at 502-227-2221.
Learn about Kentuckian’s Voice for Crime Victims here.