In 1986, Duane Owen was found guilty of the violent rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl and a mother of two who was 38 years old. He was sentenced to death for his crimes.
Owen stabbed the young babysitter, Karen Slattery, 18 times, killing her, and then raped her dead body. Two months later, he attacked Georgianna Worden with a hammer and sexually assaulted her while her children were in the house.
During the proceedings in the courtroom, Owen claimed that he had “absorbed the souls” of his victims and that they “still lived inside of him.”
Owen stated that he sexually attacked women as part of a ritual to collect their hormones and engaged in sexual violence to “turn himself into a female.”
Owen boasted that he was responsible for a total of seven rapes, five murders, and a host of additional crimes that the authorities could never find.
However, the American Civil Liberties Union considers the state of Florida to be the “cruel and unusual” one, not just for having Owen put to death but also for not allowing him to get “gender-affirming” surgery.
Owen claimed to be trans.
Owen was put to death by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison in Raiford at 6:14 p.m. for the homicide of Worden in her Boca Raton home in 1984, beaten with a hammer while her children slept nearby.
The monster was put down for the murder and rape of the 14-year-old.
Early in May, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the death warrant for Owen. However, the execution temporarily stayed for a mental health examination after Owen’s attorneys argued that their client was mentally incompetent to be put to death.
Since the reinstatement of the capital penalty in 1976, just two other people sentenced to death in Palm Beach County have had their sentences carried out.