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Question: I found this book in a family member\'s collection in middle school. I have always remembered your book and continue to look for updates on this website. I happened to visit this family member a while back and mentioned that you still hadn\'t found justice for Kait. This person remembers it happening and said that the law enforcement is corrupt. They also mentioned that a girl they used to work with at the UNM library or store (I don't know exactly when but this person has been retired for a very long time) was a \'prostitute\' and would sleep with the \'higher ups\' in albuquerque. They would take the girl to dinner/dates/parties etc. I\'m not sure how much the girl mentioned to my family member but one day the girl did not show up to work and ended up dead. My family member didn\'t seem to want to go into much detail and I didn\'t push the subject but i\'ve been wondering if those \'higher ups\' had anything to do with Kait. I hope to visit again soon and build up the courage to ask and maybe get into more detail.

Asked on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 10:07:24 PM
Reply: I'm afraid the news of this sad event doesn't surprise me.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
To Lois Duncan
Question: Hello, I am currently reading your story about your daughter. "Who Killed My Daughter." I've only read to about page 80, bust so far your book is so interesting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I know what it is like to go through a death in the family, and with it being my own mother... its hard. Once I read your story about your daughters death I realized, at least I had answers. I hope you get the answers you are looking for very soon.

Asked on Monday, January 05, 2015 at 12:31:59 PM
Reply: I have a lot more hope now that the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute has take on the investigation of the case. That means 2000 criminalistics students and 600 experts in all areas of crime will be studying the case & conducting individual investigations depending upon their fields of expertise.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I am currently having some technical problems with my computer which prevent me from responding to comments by posting underneath them. So the best I can do for the moment is read them and then use this method to respond. Thanks to you all for your caring posts. To the person who raised the question about renting the car, that hadn't occurred to us before. Although we DID wonder why they didn't rent the car Kait's dad reserved for them & switched to Snappy Car Rental instead. Your explanation is a reasonable one. However, I suppose that Dung, (who was 26), could have rented the car in his name but Kait used her/our credit card to pay for it.

Asked on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 09:51:55 AM
Hi from AW
Question: Is it reasonable to assume that the woman mentioned at the end of One to the Wolves as chomping at the bit (gagged) might be related to Paul Apodaca? Or a former girlfriend? I'm an intuitive type and this is what came to mind for me. The book was hard to get through, as I was so hoping for some closure for your family, but it kept me gripped until the end. I hope the pieces will soon fall into place in such a way that you might finally have a bit of peace.

Asked on Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 06:49:48 PM
Kaitlin Arquette
Question: Lois Duncan/Arquette - Just a quick background on me first. I have read a couple of your books as a teen, probably 40 years ago now. I for sure remember "Ransom" and probably "I Know What You Did Last Summer" - I came across "Who Killed My Daughter?" in a used book store last week & recognized your name as the author so picked it up to read. I am only half way through it and all I can keep asking myself is "what rental car company (even back in 1989) rents cars to anyone under 25 (26) ?? I searched Google & came across this sight & I have read bits of what has been going on these many years, so I have no idea if this has ever been asked, or if it even has any bearing on the case at all. I just read in the book where car rental reservations were made with Hertz but switched to Snappy...Maybe Hertz was more diligent about the age of their renters? At the age of 26 in 1987 I was able to rent a car from Hertz while on vacation in San Francisco, & I do recall them having age restrictions even then.
[From: Diane Galante]

Asked on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 01:31:11 PM
night of shooting
Question: I am sorry that all of this happened. I have the same questions you guys do. What does all this mean? Explain.

Asked on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 06:32:34 PM
Question: my mom knew your daughter and said she was very bright. And could always make my mom happy. so where going to try our best to help you all out.

Asked on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 04:48:46 PM
The three missing hours
Question: It may be that Sharon told the truth about meeting Kait at 7PM. Kait may have not trusted Sharon fully and after arriving at Sharon's house, lied about being at her parents' and said instead that she was at a movie. that would mean that Kait had left her parents' at 6:15 and arrived at Sharon's at 7. During those 45 minutes, she could have been driving, or at the party and/or called the wrong cop to report a drug operation. She may have realized her mistake after the call and once arriving at Sharon's house, been panicky, insisting to check on the whereabouts of her boyfriend.
After, if we continue to assume that Sharon had been telling the truth, Kait left Sharon's at 10:40 and driven in some direction along Lomas when given chase. The pursuers crashed her car from the back right corner so that it veered into the pole on the other side of the street, then got out and shot her in the head twice and once in the doorway with a different gun. Now ensured she wouldn't survive, they may have retrieved the bullets from the door and from within her head. What Apodaca was there for may be connected with that.
Just giving you the perspective that perhaps Sharon was telling the truth and Kait lied to her about her where she'd been before coming for dinner. Making those three missing hours, possibly only 3/4 missing hour.

Asked on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 02:29:09 AM
Reply: Problem with those theories is that Sharon told TWO different stories--she told the police that Kait got to her house at 9:30 (that's in the police report) and later changed her story and told us Kait got to her house at 7:00 (that's on tape). Both can't be true. So she lied to SOMEBODY.

And it's physically impossible for a shooter to dig two shattered bullets out of a victim's head.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Murder Motives
Question: Out of the following possibilities and motives, which one would be the strongest, or most likely to happen?

Asked on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 06:58:47 AM
Reply: Drug importation from Asia via the import store where Kait worked; Vietnamese recipients in the store (allegedly "visiting Kait" every single day); Kait's discovery of what was going on and her threat to report it to the authorities; certain rogue cops, protecting the operation, who had "snitches" positioned to take Kait out before she blabbed and who then covered up for those snitches.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Recent Occurrence in Mexico
Question: I read all your non-fiction books first, so when I was assigned by my school to read a non-fiction book with a relevant problem I went straight to \"who killed my daughter\". I was so interested I read \"one to the wolves\" as well. But my point is, this is very similar to what happened in Mexico last week. About 3 gangs who were never seemingly connected murdered 43 students. This had happened before as federal investigators searched where the students disappeared and found mass graves. Apparently the police were selling the students to the gang and getting away with it. what I\'m saying is, all the suspected groups could be involved, but for that to happen there has to be at least one person of authority in the government to cover everything up for them. I\'m so sorry for your loss.

Asked on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 11:42:19 AM
Reply: You're right, it is very similar. And your explanation makes sense.

Answered by: Kait's mom
i think i know! matt sigley
Question: I think it was dung and he went to a restraunt and got drunk with his 2 friends and chased her in a vw bug on the high way. When they couldnt run her of the road dung in front passenger seat fired 2x and it made her go unconisious and made her reck.

Asked on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 01:53:36 PM
Reply: I don't believe it was that simple. There was too much outside cover-up.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I am a dispatcher from Los Lunas and I do remember seeing the broadcast of this terrible tragedy that occurred so long ago. I would love to help in anyway I can.. Im a pretty good sleuth. I dont know where thing are at this point in this case, but I am willing to help if I ever can.. My gmail is and Im on it when Im actually at work..If you know of some way I can help, don't hesitate to contact me. I have been dispatching for over 20 years in this area..some in Santa Fe and some in Bernalillo County..etc. I know a lot about a little or maybe the other way around:).. I read your book, and I feel for your family. God Bless.

TJ Clary

Asked on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 01:10:22 AM
Reply: Thank you for your offer to help us. You're right--dispatchers "know a lot about a little or maybe the other way around." We have received valuable information from a APD dispatcher at the time Kait was killed. You guys also have connections with people who know about things you may not know about personally. Please, read ONE TO THE WOLVES: ON THE TRAIL OF A KILLER. There may be red flags that go up for you. If so, you can contact me privately at

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Here's the link

Asked on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 01:04:36 PM
Question: I grew up in Albuquerque. I was to young to remember your daughter's murder when it firts happened but I read your book "Who Killed My Daughter". You are such a courageous mother. I am sure Kait is very proud of you. I graduated hs in 96 from La Cueva so I am a couple pf years younger than Kait. I, like Kait, hung out with some questionable people from some questionable areas in town. Corruption runs deep in New Mexico, especially up north where family is from. I've been reading your this message board and read that Sharon is related to the owners of the nightclub Beyond Ordinary? Is she related to Michael Goodwin? Michael Goodwin opened up a club in Las Vegas, OPM, and then Poetry @ Ceasers Palace. Poetry shutdown. After that, Mr. Goodwin went to work for the Maloofs @ The Palms in 2010. The Maloofs are definitely considered New Mexico vips. Did Kait go to school with the younger Maloof brother? I think they all graduated from Highland High. Here is a link I'm posting about Michael Goodwin

Asked on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 01:03:17 PM
Reply: Thanks for sending the link. I will follow up on it.

Answered by: Lois Duncan
my heart aches for you
Question: Ms. Arquette,

My mother is a high school teacher, so when she introduced me to your books, I fell in love with them. So far, I have only read Killing Mr. Griffin and Stranger with my Face, but I look forward to reading all of them.•

unfortunately, I don't have any information on the case. I sincerely hope you find closure. My heart goes out to you.

Asked on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 12:24:58 PM
Reply: Thank you for your kind wishes and for enjoying my books.

Answered by: Lois Duncan
A burning question
Question: Hello Mrs. Arquette,

I loved reading your books through middle and high school. You were, and will always be, one of my favorite authors. While uncovering this website about your daughter, I recalled a question I had while I was reading your book about her. In your book you said that when you met people that you felt like you had already described in your previous books--they were as though your own characters. Do you feel like you, perhaps, harbored some sort of psychic ability?

This has been a question I had always been itching to ask if I had ever gotten the chance to meet you. I would love to hear your response. Also, my heart still aches for your daughter and her passing. She must have been very brave to have endured as much as she did at the age of 18. I truly hope that even today there is a way that her case can be solved.

Asked on Saturday, August 09, 2014 at 12:06:46 AM
Reply: I believe everybody has some degree of psychic ability. Creative people may have more of it than others, since ESP is processed by the same side of the brain that processes imagination and memory. I think most mothers have it in regard to their children, and certainly twins have it. My husband has brothers who are twins. When they were kids, one twin went to camp, fell and broke his arm. At that exact moment, the twin who was at home screamed and grabbed his own arm.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
My continued condolences
Question: I\'ve followed this case since I was little more than a child myself and a fan of your books. Kait was only a few yrs older than I, and now I am a 37 year old mother of 4. It just absolutely sickens me that 25 years have gone by without resolution in this case. I watch for updates throughout the year and get sickened every July that rolls around that you are left waiting in the dark. I remember always thinking in my youth that I truly hoped that you wouldn\'t end up like the mother of Amy Billig and pass on before ever having any resolution in your daughters case. I fervently pray that this may be the year that what was done in darkness shall be brought into the full light of justice! Does anyone know the whereabouts of Dung and what become of him in the intervening years?\r\n\r\n May the Creator bless you now & always Mrs. Lois!

Asked on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 01:31:57 AM
Reply: Thank you for caring. That 25 year mark was a difficult one to get past. It drove me into a bout of PTSD, which had me sleepwalking in the night in search of a non-existent phone to call 911. I ran into a bureau and fell facedown on the floor. I'd thought I was pretty well adjusted, but I guess I'm not.

Dung now lives in Southern California. A couple of months ago a reporter for Buzzfeed knocked on his door. A woman answered who identified herself as his stepdaughter and said he wasn't there. The reporter left Dung a note asking him to call him. Dung did not do so.

The Buzzfeed article is at .

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: In Pennsylvania in 1985, a little girl named Cherrie Mahan went missing. She has yet to be found, but the following quote from a Pennsylvania newspaper yesterday reminded me of your case and quest for justice too, and I thought I would share it:

Birckbichler, who is a lead investigator in the Mahan case as well as a father, said he's undaunted and continues to pursue information related to Cherrie's whereabouts. He's especially optimistic that a tip will arrive this winter, when the disappearance hits the 30th anniversary.

“Anniversaries trigger conversations. Conversations trigger memories. Memories are going to lead to the tip we need,” Birckbichler said.

I hope you all get the answers you need.

Asked on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:58:18 AM
Reply: I like the concept that anniversaries trigger memories. I believe that also, which is why I'm so grateful for the Buzzfeed article being published at exactly the time it was. That has stirred up a lot of attention.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I just listened to you talk about how your daughter was shot. I listened to Dan zupansky. I live in Australia and am just starting out as a writer. Your courage is amazing and I want to thank you for the way in which you have allowed the public to know the events.\r\nBest nicole

Asked on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 09:19:35 PM
Reply: Thank you, Nicole. I tried to get as much information into that interview as I could.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I understand your frustrations with APD, we have had no closer with my uncles \r\nmurder. We have felt strung along by APD until the case went cold and now it is just another unsolved case. I hope that one day you can find the criminal who killed your daughter. I support your efforts to do so fully.\r\n

Asked on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 01:41:32 PM
Reply: I'm so sorry about the murder of your uncle. What you've described is exactly how the police handle a case they don't want to solve. They let it drag on & on, leading you believe they are working on it night & day, so you won't get a private investigator. And then suddenly, when it's too late for you to react, it's classified as a "cold case" and buried and forgotten.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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