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Question: Which 3 are realted to Kait's?
I wish you the best and hope you find all the answers you are looking for.

Asked on Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 12:14:27 PM
Reply: (1) Peter Klunck -- shot by APD officer, Matt Griffin, who is now serving a life sentence for multiple bank robberies and an unrelated (?) murder -- worked at the auto body shop at 824 Arno, where the VW Bug tried to take refuge after fleeing Kait's scene. His killer, Matt Griffin, and Matt's fellow police officers, hung out at that shop and used it for late night parties, gambling, tc. The Vietnamese frequented that shop, (known as a chop shop that dismantled stolen autos, and known for auto accident insurance fraud, and for drug dealing). Matt Griffin has told an investigator that he knew Kait. The owner of the shop stated he knew Kait. Coincidence?

(2) Steve Herrera was living at the same address as Adrian Apodaca, Kait's next door neighbor, (who told police he saw Kait followed from her apartment by a VW Bug on the night of her murder, a statement that appears in the officer's field notes but was omitted from his report), tried to contact our PI, (his number turned up on her answering machine). Before she could call him back, Steve was shot to death. The police chief told the media Steve was found dead in a street with a shotgun next to him. In truth, he was killed in the apartment of an APD snitch, after telling his mother, "They're going to kill me." Steve was a friend of Peter Klunck. And also worked on cars. Coincidence?

(3) Nathan Romero was chased down in his car and stabbed to death by Asian gang members. Det. Steve Gallegos, the same man who was lead detective on Kait's case, was lead detective on Nathan's case. The names of the killers were handed over by their fellow gang members. APD did nothing. Nathan's mother was threatened by them. APD did nothing. Nathan's mother phoned APD, and a captain told her, "We know who killed your son, just like we know who killed Kait Arquette. This is police business. BUTT OUT!" This was the same captain who appeared on Good Morning America to state that the Vietnamese had nothing to do with Kait's shooting. Finally Nathan's mother gathered so much evidence that APD wouldn't look at that her PI contacted the mayor and told him she would be launching a civil suit against the city. At that point, Det. Steve Gallegos quit the homicide department. And arrests were made, although the convicted killers were allowed to plea bargain and are out on the streets again.

I hope all of you will go to and read about those three cases.

Answered by: Kait
Question: What did the scar that Sharon have look like if not a dog bite scar?

How is it harassment to contact someone? (Dung and his gf said you were harassing them) I thought you were free to contact whoever you want?

When you moved out of NM was it due to fear of an attack?

Are you sure that the other murders from your realcrime website are connected to Kait's?

Due to the age of the crime and your own personal age do you feel you should get this book out ASAP to get media attention back on the case? Maybe that one person with the answer out there you refer to will conact you once they know you have kept other identities secret?

Asked on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 12:35:10 PM
Reply: Sharon's scar indicates a straight slash about four inches long, with no opposing set of tooth marks.

Legally I don't think it's harassment to contact somebody. But a person can claim anything they want.

No, of course all the murders on the Real Crimes site aren't linked to Kait's case. Only three of them.

Things are happening behind the scenes that I can't post here. Because of them the book is temporarily on the back burner. It won't stay there indefinitely. My age doesn't matter as far as the book is concerned. It's in the hands of my agent and can be published whether I'm here or not.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Tera Chavez
Question: I just want to let you know that the city of Albuquerque agreed to pay $230K in settlement in the lawsuit that alleges Tera Chaves' husband, Albuquerque police Officer Levi Chavez shot her in the head in 2007 and made it look like a suicide.

Chavez is still paid as an officer, but is working for city Animal Control. This partial settlement is just for APD's role.

Asked on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 02:00:52 PM
Reply: Thanks for the update.

Answered by: Kait's mom
dear lois arquette
Question: thank you for answering my question.

This year i checked out your book again and i read on how kait's boyfriend was stabbed supposedly it was attempted suicide.

I wanted to ask you was it ever proven that he did try and comitt suicide or was it that someone tried to kill him?

Asked on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 04:51:31 PM
Reply: The boyfriend stated it was a suicide attempt. Police took him at his word.

However, from what we've been told by experts on Vietnamese culture, two of whom are Vietnamese themselves, to kill oneself violates the first rule of Confucius. The Pious rule is basic in Vietnamese and Chinese culture, unlike the Japanese hara-kiri.

Their belief is that Dung was stabbed by his friends -- or forced to cut himself as part of a ritual -- to punish him for putting the gang in jeopardy by confiding in Kait.

The cut was not deep or life threatening. And how many people, who seriously mean to kill themselves, cut themselves in the stomach? Don't they usually take pills, shoot themselves, or, if they're going to cut themselves, slit their wrists?

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Paul Apodaca
Question: On the video about Kait's murder your Private Investigator keeps mentioning Paul Apodaca by name a few fimes. Are you or her not afraid of him that he will come after you? Or is he still in jail?

Asked on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 05:49:33 PM
Reply: Our P.I. didn't provide any information that isn't already in the hands of law enforcement. "coming after" us would not accomplish anything.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Sharon Smith
Question: Hi Lois
Try and get in touch with Sharon.

Asked on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 06:25:43 AM
Reply: Unless Sharon, herself, makes the decision to contact us, (which would be wonderful), it would do no good.

The person to question Sharon should be someone in a position of authority.

Answered by: Kait
Radio Broadcasting
Question: Hi Lois & Family
I've been sitting here listening to the radio broadcast you metioned, very intresting especially the part about Kaits so called friend Sharon Smith.

I posted a comment quite a while ago stating that to my opinion Sharon Smith certainly knows more than she is letting on, not only about Kaits last evening but also about what was going on behind the scenes.
My question is have you had any recent contact with Sharon? Who knows maybe she just might be ready to tell you what she really knows.(Makes you wonder how people can live with denial for so many years)
Contact her as i feel she has your puzzle pieces.
Take Care

Asked on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 03:27:06 AM
Reply: No, I've had no contact with Sharon for years and wouldn't know how to reach her.

But, if she decides to do so, she can certainly reach me through the Internet. My e-mail address is posted all over the place. And she has the name and phone number of our private investigator.

Answered by: Kait
dear lois arquette
Question: when i read this book just last year i have always wondered if the vietnamese letters you found were ever translated and if they were what did they say?

Asked on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 06:55:32 PM
Reply: The defense attorneys for the Hispanic suspects were able to get copies, but didn't bother to get them translated because they knew there was no evidence against their clients and the case would never go to court. They gave us copies, and we did have them translated, but they didn't say much of interest. Personally, I doubt that APD gave the defense attorneys ALL the letters. They've withheld so much information and so many photos from Kait's case file that they may well have withheld particular letters as well. We'll never know.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Did he answer Kait when she ask him, "what would you do if I died?". If so what did he say. I understand if you cant answer.

Asked on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 11:18:14 AM
Reply: He thought she was joking. Which is too bad. Because if he had pressured her on it, she might actually have broken down and told him she was scared.

Hind sight is 20/20.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: In the Tally Keeper are you allowed to use the real names of people or do you have to ask for permission?

Asked on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 03:28:53 PM
Reply: I can and do use their real names, as long as I can document my allegations, which I always can. I'm very careful about that. (Not one person who was identified in WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? ever claimed libel.

Occasionally (but very seldom) I choose to rename them, to protect an innocent person from retaliation. But I state at the start of the book that certain names have been changed.

Answered by: Kait
Question: I saw the excert from Tally keeper about the flowers and read some of these posts where you commented to or about Rod. Is this information we can be made aware of or is that something that cant be disclosed until the book is released? I am interested to know if he was Kait boyfriend and what he knew.

Asked on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 12:30:14 PM
Reply: Yes, he was Kait's "behind the scenes" boyfriend. He told us Kait did not tell him much about Dung. However, she did say she would be breaking up with Dung that weekend and then she and Rod could date openly. She also asked him, "What would you do if I died?"

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Yet another radio show
Question: FROM KAIT'S MOM: A friend sent us this direct link to the Crime Wire radio blog about Kait's murder. We hope it works.

What's particularly interesting about this show is that speech analyst Peter Hyatt analyzes Sharon Smith's phone conversation with me to detect untrue statements. I'd never seen this done before. It's sort of like a polygraph. His conclusions really make you think.

Asked on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 02:19:01 PM
How do you keep your cool?
Question: I've been watching the videos of you on shows like Larry King and Good Morning America with the DA and APD trying to intimidate you. You always keep your cool. You never get mad and you never cry. How do you do that?

Asked on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 02:53:53 PM
Reply: My mother taught me the secret back when I was a fat little buck-toothed kid. She told me, "Visualize those people sitting on the toilet. Once you do that, they lose all power to intimidate you." She was right! It worked back then, and it works today!

Try it!

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I have posted before, and I just thought of something. Have you ever tried getting people together and writing letters to higher ups such as the governor of New Mexico? If enough pressure is put on these people to solve these cases, then they may put pressure on APD to get it solved. I would try to do a letter writing campaign and maybe even a picketing campaign.

Even though I am not from New Mexico and never even been there, I would definitely write a letter for you asking why this has taken so long and why something has not been done about the corruption in the police force.

If enough of us wrote letters it would send a powerful message that people have no forgotten Kait and are not about to let this just go away.

Have you ever thought about getting the people in New Mexico to do a picketing campaign at say the governors? If people in power of voting would get involved then for sure the governor would put some pressure on this case and others. If for nothing more than to be re-elected.

Just a thought.

Asked on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 02:04:06 PM
Reply: Yes, people have gotten together and written letters. Here's a short excerpt from THE TALLY KEEPER about one such effort:

In 1997, a writer named Alec West became so upset by Kaitís situation that he set up a special Web site that would allow participants to click on Kait's photograph to send one single message simultaneously to a number of public officials including the governor, U.S. Congressmen from New Mexico, New Mexico State Senators and Representatives, the New Mexico Sheriffs' and Police Association, and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, as well as to local and national news media.

He activated the site for 6 p.m., Feb. 13. The first letter through the gate set the mode for those that followed:

"A terrible crime has been committed in Albuquerque. The crime is not the murder of Kait Arquette, but the inadequate i.e. bungled job that the Albuquerque Police Department made of the investigation. It was criminal. As is necessary when crime is carried out, call in the troops -- in this case, the FEDS!!! It's time to police the police!!!"

The outpouring was so overwhelming that Alec was forced to close down the site before noon on Valentine's Day in response to complaints from recipients whose servers were overloaded. "What the hell are 5,000 Goddamned letters doing in my mail box?" one of them wrote us.

The media latched onto the story with enthusiasm. An Associated Press article with the headline "E-MAIL CRUSADERS WANT TEEN'S MURDER SOLVED" began with the sentence, "It may seem like a strange plot twist -- mystery writers banding together in cyberspace to pressure New Mexico officials to solve the murder of a teenager," and went on to describe Kait's Web site, "which questions the police investigation, accusing officers of failing to question important witnesses. It also suggests a police cover up." A spokesperson for APD responded with a statement that the department believed its investigation was complete and the case was closed "pending further leads."

The only person on the e-mail list who was willing to be interviewed was State DPS Secretary Darren White. "I have nothing but the utmost confidence in the homicide unit of the Albuquerque Police Department," said White, a former Albuquerque police sergeant.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Part 2 of questions.
Question: I cannot imagine how you must have felt, knowing what your daughter was involved in. As a mother, I know how hard it is to admit that your kids are less than perfect.I must say though that there is more to this. Have you ever thought about the sex angle of this? Many of these cops have been prosecuted for sexual things. Isnt it possible that she also knew of an underground sexual ring? If it was me, I would definitely look into that. Not only was there drugs, corrupt cops and politicians, but it also seems like many of them were accessing young children and sex with them. If they were caught having sexual relations with young children, I would say that this is something that has been going on for a while. Is it possible that there was a *supplier* of young children for these guys, and Kait somehow found out about it? As for Dung and Sharon, I do believe they know more than they are letting on. I think that they are pawns in this game as well. I think when it all finally does come out, you will find that the corruption goes much higher than you ever dreamed of. Why was the corruption in the police departments allowed to go on for so long? Why was there never an FBI investigation into that department? Have you ever had any of these people personally investigated and watched? I pray for your continued safety and for the knowledge that you so desperately yearn for. I get a very powerful feeling that this is going to reach the very top of political arenas in your area. Good luck and my best wishes for you and your family.

Asked on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 05:07:07 PM
Reply: You are making some very valid points and asking the same questions we have had for years. We DID receive information that Dung and his friends were importing kiddie porn from Asia and it was being sold through a local video store. But that information has not been verified and, as I said in responding to a post below, we never accept information as accurate unless we receive it from at least two unrelated sources.

However, when someone posted the name of the video store in question on this message board -- without any reference to criminal activities taking place there -- the owner of the store posted a message threatening to have me killed. (He happens to have three sons who are APD cops.)

You are right. This infolves much more than a few dirty cops on a local police department. It goes higher than that. Which is probably what has stopped the investigation.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I am wondering, why were people partying in Kait\'s apartment? Who were they? Did she live with Dung? I would think that it would be a question that I would want answered. I really do hope that you get the answers that you desire. Have you had access to all of the interviews? Including the police ones? I applaud you for doing this and exposing the corruption in your area. Were you not afraid of retaliation by the corrupt police force? I also applaud you for not making Kait seem like some "perfect" person in your writings, it makes your side much more believable.

Asked on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 05:06:27 PM
Reply: Kait had just gotten her own apartment and had let her boyfriend, Dung Nguyen, move in with her. Dung's friends (whom she hated) were over there all the time. Allegedly, two of the friends who were partying there on the night Kait died were Dung's friends An Quoc Le and Khanh Pham, (the two men who were his alibies for the night of the shooting, which occurred the previous evening.) Dung first told police he heard Khanh make the call to the insurance fraud capper in California to tell him Kait was dead. In a later statement, he said he heard An Le make the call. In actuality, he couldn't have heard either man make the call, as he was at the hospital with us when the calls were made.

No, Kait wasn't perfect by any means. She was a headstrong 18-yr-old who fell in love with the wrong man and thought she could help him "change his ways and break free of those horrible friends." But she also had very strong feelings about right and wrong, and she was very much anti-drugs. So, while she might have tolerated a 'victimlaess" crime like insurance fraud, we find it hard to believe that she would have tolerated or participated in anything involving the drug trade.

Yes, we were afraid of retaliation from the cops. That's why we left Albuquerque when my book came out.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
good cops retired
Question: could still loose their lives or families lives if they came forward.

Asked on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 01:52:49 PM
Reply: Are you speculating, as a visitor to this site? Or do you have personal knowledge?

If -- please, God --you are one of those GOOD COPS who do have knowledge but are afraid of that sort of retaliation, I give you my word -- on Kait's name (and you know that means everythiing to me, it's like giving you my soul) -- that, if you choose to provide information by private e-mail or by a letter mailed to us at P.O. Box 27187, Albuquerque, NM 87125 or by phone to our private investigator (who guarantees the same thing) at 505-243-2222 -- your identity will never be revealed without your permission.

We have received a lot of information from good cops, both retired and active, but you'll never know their identities nor will anyone else. Their info has proved invaluable. Most importly, if the info from one cop supports the info from another, we know that info is accurate. We require two sources in order to take information seriously. You might be able to support information we already have but didn't feel we could use without a second source.

Answered by: Kait
Don't know for sure...but
Question: The Vietnamese were probably in cahoots with the APD.... in other words, the dirty cops probably shared in the spoils, and the good cops couldn't say anything about it because they feared for their lives. It seems all clues lead to this conclusion...

Asked on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:48:09 AM
Reply: That suggestion makes sense. The question is, WHICH COPS?

Anyone who has valid reason to suspect their identities can either post those here or send them to us by private e-mail. (And I'm including "good cops" in that request, because I know there are many of those. And some of them have retired and have nothing to lose now.)

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Interview with Larry King
Question: I watched the segments of your interview with Larry King.
In that interview, the D.A. said that the defense attorneys of the Hispanic suspects were given those Vietnamese letters you gave to APD.
Is that true?
If so, why were you never able to obtain copies?

Asked on Friday, February 04, 2011 at 09:56:41 AM
Reply: Following "Discovery" APD was legally obligated to release all information and materials they had about Kait's case to the Hispanic suspects' defense attorneys. (Actually, they didn't do that; they withheld all the information our family provided to them about the activities of the Vietnamese.) They DID release the Vietnamese letters. Those attorneys didn't bother to get them translated, as they realized there was so little evidence against their clients that they wouldn't be prosecuted anyway.

Since the police had forbidden us to communicate with the defense attorneys, we didn't know they had those letters. We discovered that several years later and asked for copies, which the defense attorneys provided. We had them translated, and they didn't contain much of importance. However, there's no way for us to know that the defense attorneys were given ALL of them. If APD could withhold information from the case file, withhold their report of their second day interview with Sharon Smith, and withhold all reports and photos from their second day work-up on Kait's car, they could have withheld other things as well.

Answered by: Kait
Kait Arquette video
Question: I just watched the 4 segments of the video your daughter Robin filmed about kait\'s case with the interviews with you and Don, your Pi, and that important witness. You have everything nailed down. With all that to back you up how can you be ignored?

Asked on Friday, February 04, 2011 at 06:58:05 AM
Reply: If law enforcement doesn't want a case to be solved, it doesn't matter how much incriminating information you provide to them.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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