OC Register: "Survivor thwarted in bid to face killer"


SAN DIEGO – Lynette Duncan gave up Christmas with her family and traveled across the country early to beat the blizzard that is enveloping the East Coast so she would absolutely be certain she would be there to face the man who ruined her life 33 years ago.

She desperately wanted to overcome the fear that gnawed at the fringes of her life since she was 17, and oppose parole for Brett Matthew Paul Thomas, one of two men who killed her father, Aubrey Duncan, and her sister, Denise Duncan, in 1977.

She said she felt she needed to see him across the table at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility and tell him, "no one else should ever have to live through the hell that my family and I have lived through."

Lynette Duncan leaves the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility with attorney Michael Fell and Marsy's Law for All President Andy Hong, left, after giving a statement against parole for Brett Thomas. Duncan told state parole commissioners, "I can still hear the sound of the gunshot." She said if Thomas is released, "I will be victimized all over again, as will my family.">>FULL STORY<<