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beyond ordinary
 
Question: If Sharon's family owned the club "beyond ordinary" I don't know if there is a connection but I remember bandidos there more than once...

Asked on Wednesday, May 04, 2011 at 08:00:44 PM
Reply: From what Sharon has stated, the Club "Beyond Ordinary" was owned by her brother-in-law, John Smith, and the Solomon brothers, Roy and Jeff. Sharon's husband, Blake Smith, allegedly worked there for a period of time as a bar tender. Sharon apparently took Kait there on at least one occasion, (identifying herself as Kait's older sister, since Kait didn't have a fake ID), which is where Sharon introduced Kait to Frank Arellano, (owner of the auto body shop at 824 Arno) and his bookkeeper/girlfriend, Stephanie Francisco.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
that horrible night
 
Question: after contacting the siblings, who else did you phone---her grandparents, her friends, her teachers, her work buddies?

Asked on Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 11:53:25 PM
Reply: We didn't call anybody that night other than her siblings. (Her grandparents were deceased.) Early in the morning we called a couple who were our closest friends in Albuquerque, and they came to the hospital to be with us. We didn't need to call anyone else in Albuquerque, because it was headline news in the morning paper and on television.

That night, after Kait was pronounced brain dead, we called her uncles, who lived out of state.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Pictures
 
Question: Lois, let me start by saying you are truly amazing. You have the heart of a lion and the voice of an angel...you are an inspiration to us all.
But I am wondering about photos...a reoccurring theme on this board is info on these people(cops,arrellanos, etc.)I can see I am not alone in my Googling for any info but I cannot find any pictures of these shady characters, could your PI in Abq get some that you could post on the site?

Asked on Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 08:49:46 PM
Reply: Paul Apodaca\'s photo is available on line at the New Mexico Sex Offenders Web site. He\'s listed in Albuquerque under the name Apodaca, Paul Raymond.\r\n\r\nI don\'t have access to the other photos in a form I can post.\r\n\r\nThe \"voice of an angel\" you\'re referring to is probably not mine. The person singing our original lullabies at www.lullabysongs.net is our oldest daughter, Robin.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
APD Lt. Patrick Dunworth
 
Question: Yes, Dunworth had total control, not only over the investigation of your daughter's case, but over what did and didn't go into the case file and other records. He was close with civilian data entry tech, Julie Allred - she would have had control of every report processed.

Dunworth got dumped out of APD after Kait's case fell through.

Asked on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 03:04:12 PM
Reply: Thanks for that info. I'd heard the rumor about his being forced out of APD when Kait's case fell through but didn't know if it was true or not. If it is, does anyone have any addition information about that incident?

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Question
 
Question: Thank you for sharing your heartbreaking story. I enjoy reading your fiction and Who Killed My Daughter? and am so sorry to hear that Kait\\\'s murder is still unsolved. \\r\\n\\r\\nI wish I had any information or even theories that would help, but I don\\\'t. I do have a question, though- how did Kait and Dung meet? How long were they together? What was their everyday relationship like? They seem like such different people and even if he wasn\\\'t directly responsible for her death, he was certainly a shady character. What did Kait see in him?\\r\\n

Asked on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 09:01:53 PM
Reply: They met at a coffee house across the street from the University where Kait was takiing some classes, (despite the fact that, at that time, she was still in high school). They went together about 18-months, but for all but the last couple of months, Kait lived at home with us and had a curfew. Then, she went to bed, and he, allegedly, went home and went to bed as well. (At least that's what Kait believed.)

However, when Kait got her own apartment and Dung moved in with her, it quickly became apparent that he had some kind of second life that she hadn't been aware of. He and his Vietnamese buddies went out at night, and he usually didn't return until 2 or 3 a.m.

You're right, they had nothing in common. But Kait was a nurturer, always bringing home injured animals to nurse back to health, delighting in being everybody's favorite babysitter, couseling disturbed friends, etc. Her goal was to become a doctor so she could "help people." In order to feel good about herself, she needed to feel needed. Dung was very appealing -- an apparently vulnerable (and attractive) young man, far from his own country and family, struggling with the English language, unable to find or hold a job. A sort of "boy child." And he seemed to adore Kait and to depend upon her for everything, from doing his laundry to driving him around to filling out job applications for him.

We could see that appeal and considered him a harmless distraction during her final year of high school. She was on the honor roll, held a responsible after-school job, didn't use drugs, and never got into trouble of any kind. And he seemed to make her happy. We were certain it wouldn't last -- that once she started college fulltime she would meet somebody more appropriate to build a life with -- so we weren't worried about it.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Patrick Dunworth
 
Question: I am the person who sent you a private e-mail about former APD Captain Patrick Dunworth. Am wondering if you're following up on that?

Asked on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 02:02:34 PM
Reply: He was Lt. Dunworth at the time of Kait's murder and appears to have directed her investigation. Your information was extremely interesting and, yes, we are following up on it.

We would appreciate hearing from anyone else with information about Patrick Dunworth.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Dung
 
Question: So dung IS dead? I was just wondering.

Asked on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 03:10:23 PM
Reply: We have no reason to believe that Dung is dead. Do you?

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Your Interview
 
Question: I just read the excellent interview with you at http://tiny.cc/n2pij

I was very impressed and was touched by your husbands comment in the comments section. You must have a very strong marriage to have stayed together throughout this traumatic and never ending ordeal.

Asked on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 12:50:58 PM
Reply: Most marriages (someplace I read 92 percent, but that sounds extreme) fall apart after the death of a child. Dads and Mothers grieve differently Their diverse reactions to their grief drive them apart. When the death of the child is caused by murder, that inserts an additiional cause for separation -- one parent (usually the mother) becomes the tiger, and the other parent (usually the dad) withdraws and wantst them to 'get on with our lives."

I'm not saying this is always the case. Occasionally the dad is the tiger. But not often. Look at our Real Crimes site http://www.realcrimes.com and notice how many stories are posted by mothers as compared to fathers. The mothers are fighting The dads are retreating.

If you've read WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?, you already know how close Don and I were to suffering that division. For the reasons I stated above.

Miraculously, we pulled through. My own eyes teared when I read what Don posted about me and our marriage on the comments column of that Web site.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
amazing book
 
Question: I just read your book and honestly i am very surprised this book was not just a true crime book to me this was also something more spiritual and it made me feel like I knew your daughter for one brief second in time. This book has me thinking about psychics and what happens on the other side.This was my first time crying at the end of a book.I'm intrigued by your experiences with your daughter after death and would love to know of any of the books that you read during the investigation.

sincerely, one of you readers jen


Asked on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 05:06:37 PM
Reply: As you know from my book, the book that started me down this path was MANY LIVES, MANY MASTERS by Brian Weiss. i still think that book is one of the most convincing accounts I've ever read.

But the main research I did on this subject was done after my own book was published. Parapsychologist, Dr. William Roll, (you met him in WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?) asked me to coauthor a book for teenagers that would be a comprehensive coverage of every area of parapsychology from near-death experiences to clairvoyance to astral projection (remote viewing). Bill's background as a former researcher at the Parapsychology Laboratory of Duke University and past president of the Oxford University Society for Psychical Research, provided connections everywhere, so I was able to visit labs where experiments were being conducted, observe the results, and interview subjects of those experiments as well as authors of professional journal articles. Bill's and my collaborative effort, PSYCHIC CONNECTIONS: a jOURNEY INTO THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF PSI, was published in 1995. However, it was not successful, because schools librarians were afraid of having it challenged. (Strange that my fictional novels about the same subjects are seldom challenged, but a book that presented the subjects as reality was seen as scary.) Needless to say, the book is now out of print.

The good thing that came out of this for me was that, with Bill as my mentor, it was like taking a crash course in parapsychology. And, of course, I read everything Bill and his fellow parapsychologists recommended. I can't begin to list the number of books that went into that bibliography. Authors whose books you might want to look for are Brian Weiss, Kenneth Ring, Raymond Moody, Marcello Truzzi, Arthur Berger, Rabbi Yonassan Gershom --(his book BEYOND THE ASHES: CASES OF REINCARNATION FROM THE HOLOCAUST is mesmorizing) -- Ian Stevsen, Louisa Rhine and Charles Tart.

These authors don't all agree with each other. Each has his or her own view of paranormal events; some concentrate on anecdotal evidence and others upon laboratory research.

In the end, we all have to form our own belief systems based upon our personal background and life experiences. I personally believe that several of the most popular psychics of the day are not authentic, they're simply good showmen. Or, more likely, they started out with some degree of true psychic ability and lost it when they started tryiing to commercialize it on TV shows. One such psychic I find particularly offensive because people have e-mailed me about their own experiences with her, and it's obvious all she was doing was ripping them off.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
hello
 
Question: Lois, I am wondering if you ever found out who the two female friends were that were with Ray Padilla? Also, did you hear about Tara Chavez? A grand jury indicted Levi Chavez with her murder...the police are finally getting around to firing him...maybe? It is beyond my understanding why they would keep him on the payroll.

Asked on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 06:20:08 PM
Reply: According to public records, the two women who were with Ray Padilla when he slashed his wrist and who then cut themselves to "keep him company" were named Elena Chavez, and Kathy Sanchez.

Yes, I've been following the Tara Chavez case via the Internet.

I can't respond to your question about why APD does what they do, because their innerworkings are a mystery to me.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Vietnamese Involvement
 
Question: I'm sure that this has been brought up or thought of- but one of the readings said something about a snake- that the meetings took place under a snake and that it would become the symbol for this group of Vietnamese men (as in their gang I would assume).

After some research I found that in the Vietnamese culture, the snake is commonly represented as a dragon. Dragon statues are far more prevalent I would assume than snakes. They are also more common symbolically on flags and for various groups. I know that the readings can be "iffy" but it was just a thought.

The Black Dragons are a sub-sect of the Vietnamese Mafia (if my research is correct).

All speculation... but possible...

Asked on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 03:15:06 PM
Reply: Yes, definitely possible. Psychic readings, (even the best ones, by gifted and honest psychics), are almost never right on target. They hit somewhere around the target. (The term for that is "displacement."

Also, I'm told that people who smuggled drugs from Asia into our country are known as "snake heads."

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Unsolved Mysteries
 
Question: I watch the show every day hoping to catch Kait's segment. It was just aired again. You are a strong woman, and I can't wait for the fruits of your efforts to be harvested. I just know they will. God bless you and your beautiful family.

Asked on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 02:25:44 PM
Reply: I'm delighted to know they're continuing to run that show, although it's a shock to see myself 20 years younger. How naive I was, thinking Kait's knowledge of the carwreck insurance fraud was the only possible motive for her murder! It wasn't until later that private investigation turned up all the rest of the information on this Web site -- information that was deliberately being withheld from us.

But I DID know -- even then -- that it was NOT a "random drive-by shooting" -- that Kait was assassinated.

I think somebody's posted that Unsolved Mysteries show on You-Tube.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Possible intimidated witnesses
 
Question: Do you think that all the witnesses that claimed suicide attemps were telling the truth?

Is it really possible to shoot yourselve in the lower abdomen and not hit any major or fvital organds?

Asked on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 06:57:08 PM
Reply: No, I don't think any of those alleged suicide attempts were really suicide attempts. I think they were attempts made by others to intimidate people with key information.

Miguel Garcia didn't die but was badly injured when he was shot in the stomach. I feel sure he didn't do that to himself. Who in the world would choose that form of suicide? Anyone who wants to kill himself with a gun shoots himself in the head and gets it over with fast.

As for Dung -- who commits suicide by stabbing himself in the stomach? If you're going to use a knife, you cut your wrists.

And what about Dung's Hispanic friend, Ray Padilla, (who stated that he and Dung were "as close as brothers.") As soon as he tells police that Dung's alibi witness, An Quoc Le, and his friends are major drug dealers, he "attempts suicide' by slashing his wrists? And the two female friends who were with him at the time "attempted suicide" by slashing their wrists and arms to keep Ray company? Does that make sense to you?

Answered by: Kait
 
Kait
 
Question: Has anyone ever looked at this case since it has been so long?

Have anyone besides you and your husband showed interest in solving this case even though it's been all these years?

Did you ever get Kait's stuff back from the police or do they sitll have it?

If they do still have it would you happen to know why?

Asked on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 06:51:11 PM
Reply: Yes, people are still looking at this case, but not the Albuquerque Police Department.

In the wake of the APD EVidence Room Scandal, when APD announced their intention of selling some of their older evidence on E-Bay, we appealed to the new DA, Kari Brandenberg, to get Kait's possessions back before APD got rid of them. She did so, and we got back a bag containing some (not all) of the materials from Kait's desk, including family snapshots, her birth certificate, graduation cards, etc. Since we neglected to take an inventory when we allowed APD to examine those things, (at that time we simply trusted them), we have no idea what they might have removed from the sack.

The only reason we can imagine why they would not have wanted us to reclaim Kait's possessions is if there was something there that threw doubts on their "random shooting" scenario. But we don't know what that "something" was.

Answered by: Kait
 
Your young, beautiful daughters death :'(
 
Question: In one of your replies I noticed you said Kaitlyn had been chased twice. Did you/family or the detectives think the murderers could have waited for Kaitlyn to come out of Sharon's house. Did the detectives ask Sharon's neighbors of any suspicious cars? I am 11 years old and I just began reading your book if you mentioned anything about this I'm sorry to repeat it I'm just really curious.

And...

Do you think your dreams of Kaitlyn have lessened because she has changed her thought about her murder and isn't very angry anymore?
Since, I haven't read the whole book yet.... did you and your husband get divorced? If so I am sooooo sorry!

Asked on Friday, April 08, 2011 at 10:16:43 PM
Reply: We don't know why she was chased twice.

No, the police did not interview the neighbors.

I don't know why Kait comes less often in dreams, but I'd like to believe it's because she knows we are on the right track and her input is no longer needed.

No, my husband and I did not divorce. We are still very much together, although we have left Albuquerque.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Kate Arquette
 
Question: I was wondering if the cops ever told you the size of the bullet that killed Kate? In one of the interviews in your book Who Killed My Daughter someone said that she saw Juve hand over a .22 gun. That story can be thrown out if she was shot by a different size gun.

Also, another question. Did you ever find out why the APD never showed interest in this case? It's just unbelievable. Here it is 22 years later and I want to solve this case and I'm only 16 years old. I think it's asinine.

Asked on Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 06:19:06 PM
Reply: Since no bullets or casings were found, the medical investigator could only speculate on the caliber weapon used. Her guess was that it was a small caliber weapon like a 22, otherwise the bullets would not have shattered in her head to such a degree that they were never found.\r\n\r\nScene investigators, observing the size of the bullet hole in the door frame of Kait\'s car (made by a third bullet, not one of the two that entered her head) speculated that it was too large to have been made by a 22. That would mean two guns were used.\r\n\r\nThe neighbor across the street from Migueo Garcia, who stated she saw Miguel hand a gun in to his mother through the window of his house and announce, (loudly enough for the neighbor across the street to hear him) \"Take this. I just killed somebody,\" (or words to that effect), turned out to have been a person with a long standing feud against Miguel\'s family. Her statements were discredited.\r\n\r\nThe only reason we can imagine that APD did not investigate this case properly is if a police officer or his relative or close friend was involved, either in the shooting itself or in the activities that Kait was killed to prevent her from exposing.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
once piece of the puzzle
 
Question: I noticed in one of your answers that you only need one piece to the puzzle to find out who was responsible.... was that a figure of speech or literally there\'s only one piece of the puzzle left?

Asked on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 02:59:47 PM
Reply: That's a very good question.

How do we know that we are missing information unless someone contacts us and points it out to us?

Until now, we thought we had assembled so many pieces that meshed that it would take only one particular piece to form a complete picture.

Then, out of nowhere, somebody throws in a ball from outside -- like GO-VIDEO, Fermin Garcia, his APD sons -- who previously weren't part of that picture but are now becoming interesting possible additions. Do they fit into the picture? If so, the picture doesn't necessarily change, but it enlarges to possibly incorporate an additional activity that Dung and his group might have been involved in. And even more APD cops who might possibly have been part of a cover-up.

On and on it goes. People keep asking, "Why don't you publish THE TALLY KEEPER?" This is one reason. The sequel to Kait's story keeps growing.

Answered by: Kait
 
trying to form links based on new info
 
Question: The poster who raised the subject of Go-Video said it was the cover for a drug den operation. You've verified heroin was imported thru Pier One Imports where Kait worked and Dung and his friends hung out. Is it possible that heroin was sold at Go-Video? Does anyone know if one of the drugs sold there was Asian heroin?

Another question. If Fermen Garcia's 3 sons were all cops, were any of them special friends with the cops at Kait's scene? Thinking especially of Officer Mary Ann Wallice who was known to have a busy social life with fellow officers.

She got to the scene pretty fast after she was dispatched. It took her only 40 seconds. sounds like she might already have been there.

Asked on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 03:56:15 PM
Reply: All good questions. If anyone has answers to any of them please either post them here or send them by private e-mail.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
GO-VIDEO and Ferman Garcia
 
Question: In 1989 Fermin Garcia was the owner and Manager of GO VIDEO (aka GO TV & Video and GO TV Video Rental) at 670 B. Juan Tabo. His three sons, Eric, Allen and Danny were all APD cops.

Asked on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 02:21:34 PM
Reply: A public records search does verify that. But how does GO-VIDEO link to Kait? Or was the poster implying that the business linked to the Vietmanese in some way?

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
BCSO & drugs
 
Question: Go video, owned by fermin Garcia, was a drug den operated by fermin garcia who is a relitive of alvin canpbell (sherriff at the time) fermin & campbells mule was darryl burt'

Asked on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 04:34:52 PM
Reply: Thank you for this input. You seem very knowledgable. Specifically, what connection do you see between these activities and Kait's case?

If you want to contact us privately you can click on the link to "contact us." We guarantee your identity will be kept confidential.

At one time someone posted something on this board about Go Video. Fermin Garcia then, under his own name, posted a threat to have me killed if I didn't delete the reference to Go-Video. (His 3 sons are all cops with APD.)

The reference to Go-Video had been posted at least a year before. He must have found it through Google.

For those who don't recognize the name, BCSO Darryl Burt was a friend of Matt Griffin (the Ninja Bandit) and arrested for a variety of charges including drugs, weapons, sexual assault of young males he stopped in his role as deputy, forcing them to perform oral sex.

Answered by: Kait

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