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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
Question: I\'m a sophomore in high school and friend told me about your book. I\'m sorry about what they did to your daughter.Im confused about one thing though. Can you explain the witness intimidation section? what is the theory behind all of these \"alleged suicide attempts\"? Also, who do you truly believe killed your daughter?And what do you believe was their reason? I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

Asked on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 07:13:26 PM
Reply: How often do half a dozen people, all closely linked to a murder victim, immediately suffer slashings and stabbings after the victim's death? And as soon as the arrested suspect, who appears to have been set up to take the rap, is released from jail, with all charges dropped, he is shot in the stomach? (Alleged suicide attempt?) And, about that same time, a second suspect (charges dropped) is found lying in his doorway with his wrist slashed?

Don't you find that a little suspicious?

All these people had possible (make that probable) knowledge about Kait's death and/or the circumstances that led up it it.

We don't know who pulled the trigger on Kait. There are too many possible suspects, including the possibility of hired hitmen. In that case, the question is, who hired them?

Why was she killed? Of that we are certain. Kait was a potential whistle blower. She was in a position to expose information she'd learned from her boyfriend, Dung Nguyen, about a variety of criminal activities. She was shot to death on the day she broke up with him.

Coincidence? We don't think so.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Kait's purse
Question: Was Kait carrying a purse that night? Was it returned to you or placed into evidence? If you got it back, did you search through it to see if there were notes or anything else that might contain information about where she went that night during her three missing hours?

Asked on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 12:16:29 PM
Reply: Kait's purse was returned to us by nurses at the hospital, (I don't know that the police ever saw it). Of course, I looked through it. The only thing of interest was her "Daily Reminder," a calender/address book. Also, the fact that there wasn't a single penny in her wallet. I know she had money with her that night, because she told us she was going to stop on her way to Sharon's and buy ice cream to take for dessert. Sharon says she did not arrive with ice cream, so there should have been cash in her wallet. Even if she made a different purchase, there should have been change in her wallet.

But the most bewildering thing is, there was no blood on her purse. When a woman drives alone in a car, she places her purse on the passenger's seat. The Medical Examiner said that the blood pattern on Kait's clothing and the lack of blood on the dashboard and steering wheel indicate that, when she was shot, she fell immediately to her right. Det. Merriman says when he found her, she was lying across the two bucket seats with her head against the passenger's side door. Therefore, she should have fallen on top of her purse. She was bleeding profusely. Blood was all over the passenger's seat and the floorboards on that side of the car. How could it not have gotten on her purse?

This fact supports our suspicion that Kait's car was forced off the road, across the median, and into the post, and THEN she was shot. Might she have been preparing to throw open the driver's door, jump out of the car, and run? A woman's automatic reaction if she's leaving a car is to grab her purse. She doesn't stop to think about doing that, she just does it. If Kait was shot with the purse in her hand and then fell to the right, the purse would have had no blood on it. And it would have been exposed and obvious to anyone who looked through the broken window. Is it possible that Paul Apodaca, found standing next to her car, reached in and got her purse and cleaned out the wallet -- then dumped it back in through the window when he saw Det. Merriman arriving?

Answered by: Kait
Pit Technique
Question: I was looking at the map, and if someone were to use the pit technique, wouldn't they have glass in their tires?

Asked on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 07:05:30 AM
Reply: With the PIT technique, there wouldn't have been any glass at the place the car-ramming occurred. The pursuing car would have clipped the right side of Kait's rear bumper, (which is where there was damage to her car.) If her car then traveled over the median, hit the pole, and became stationery, and someone approached on foot and shot her through the driver's window, the glass would have been THERE, not back at the spot over 700 feet away where she was rear-ended. And someone would have had to clean up any glass that fell out of the broken window and go back and pick up the broken pieces of Kait's bumper so they wouldn't be found at the spot where she was rear-ended. Which would not have been hard to do. Remeber, there were people at the scene before investigators arrived -- Paul Apodaca and his friends, and perhaps others as well. a whole clean-up crew.

Answered by: Kait
Something seems wrong.
Question: If you really think about it, wouldn't the car swerve to the other side of the road? If she were shot on the left wouldn't her head hit the wheel swerving it to the other side of the road? I am not sure, since I don't drive, but it has been bothering me.

Asked on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 10:28:43 PM
Reply: You are absolutely right. Besides that, all physical evidence indicates that she didn't even fall forward, (no blood on the steering wheel or dashboard or even on the left side of her clothing,) she fell immediatly to the right.

If she were shot while driving, gripping the steering wheel, she would have twisted the wheel to the right when she fell.

The fact that the car not only "swerved" left, but did so with so much momentum that it leapt the median, crossed two traffic lanes, and went up onto the sidewalk, (when she couldn't have been pressing on the accelerator), would appear to indicate that her car was struck from behiind and forced to the right (using the PIT technique, which is taught in police academies) and came to rest against the pole, and she was then shot by someone on foot while her car was stationery. Damage to the left rear bumper of her car supports this scenario.

GOOGLE "Pitt Technique" or sometimes spelled "PIT technique" and you can find a diagram of how this is accomplished.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: 5308232265

Asked on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 07:34:40 PM
Reply: I'm sure you mean well by posting that, but I'm not going to call an unknown number for no specific reason. Please send me a personal e-mail telling me whose number this is and what more I should know about him beyond the name "Paul" -- (I know at least 5 "Pauls") -- and why I should phone him.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
The Peter Klunck Radio Show
Question: My name is Velma Martinez. As you well know the 27nth of this very month will mark the 22nd anniversary of Peter Klunck's murder. If you receive this comment in time I would love to have you as a guest on my next blog talk radio show Wednesday the 26th. Of course, the full hour will be dedicated to Peter and what happened to him and those around him that were involved. There is so much I would love to discuss with you. For instance I did reach former Seargent Heatley a few years ago and asked him for an interview. He said he was 50/50 on granting me one. Said if I got others to talk then he would agree...... and that is just one small part of what I believe to be strange occurrences since I have started digging in APD's cesspool of corrupt activity. I am an unemployed journalist (NMSU 1991) Perhaps eventually we can meet over a cup of jo and talk cause there is just too much for one to write in a comment post.
My email is To learn more and listen to some archived shows google The Peter Klunck Radio Show. There is no doubt in my mind that Peter and your daughter knew something that found them in the most tragic of circumstances.
My radio show is about all police murders/brutality mainly here in The Duke City and I am very proud to have Peter's name as it's title. Justice here is long overdue. Let me know what you think.

Asked on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 12:31:47 PM
Reply: Thank you for posting this important comment. I am a personal friend of Peter's mother, and the two cases have been proven, via private investigation, to be linked.

I don't feel comfortabe posting more than this on a public message boaard, but I sent you a personal e-mail. If you haven't received that e-mail message, let me know. My own personal e-mail address is

Answered by: Kait's Mom
comment about your book
Question: I\'ve always had an interest in \"true crime\" novels, and came across your book about Kait while shopping. I, like some of the others who\'ve posted was so moved, and upset about the case. When I finished the book I immediately went to the internet also to see if the case had been solved. From reading the book, it is so evident of police corruption, cover-ups, etc. I\'m truly sorry for your loss & hope one of the cold case squads as seen on tv can eventually solve this case. The book was so real & raw, it\'s like I felt your pain and every emotion you were going through. God bless you and your family. [Tamika from Indiana]

Asked on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 08:58:20 AM
Reply: As you can tell by following links on this Web site, the amount of new information we have unearthed and, unbelievable as this seems, STILL are uncovering since I wrote WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER is mind-blowing.

For instance, we have recently been contacted by a woman (I'm keeping her identity confidential) who had a very revealing conversation with the case detective, Steve Gallegos, immediately after the Hispanic suspects were released and APD dropped off the unsolved case, declaring it "solved."

Such people continue to contact us. And their information -- when added to information from other sources -- continues to fill in missing pieces of this jigsaw puzzle that appears to have been invented by a madman but which, we're becoming convinced, will turn out to be quite simple once we are given that all-important final piece that will make the whle picture come together.
Thank you for caring.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I just read your book and wanted to find out who had been caught and who was responsible...???
I am shocked that it still has not been solved...I am so sorry for you, but can't believe how strong and giving you are to help soo many other families. May you find the answers sooner than later.

Asked on Sunday, January 02, 2011 at 10:33:59 AM
Reply: Well, I personally hope that it's "sooner," because at our ages there's not too much "later" for Don and me.

However, two recent developments have made us very hopeful about the eventual outcome of Kait's case and the effect it will have on a number of other suspicious death cases and illegal activities that led up to them. (1) New people who have become emotionally invested in Kait's case have entered our lives to help us, and these are people with heft who have federal connections. (2) New informants have contacted us with valuable information. And When Don and I check out of this world, the next generation will step into our shoes. Kait had two sisters and two brothers, all of whom adored her, and none of them are dummies. Kait's oldest sister, Robin, (you know her from WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?), is a videotographer. She decided that, since everyone's aging and some witnesses and informants are slipping away, it was time to get all the case information on tape. So she and a colleague recently spent a week in Albq., filming lengthy interviews with private investigators, friends of Kait's, and witnesses (who APD declined to interview), so none of their info will ever be lost. The least we will get from this is a documentary that contains, along with the interviews, names of suspects in both the shooting and the cover-up, details about the case that no one has disclosed but will now become public knowledge, crime scene photos (including some we weren't supposed to have access to), and a great deal more.

This can prove invaluable in a variety of ways. And it's not going to die when Don and I die. It's THERE FOR A PERMANENT RECORD and I can picture it, not just in the hands of the feds, but on shows like Dateline. I just viewed Robin's tapes myself and am blown away by seeing a condensed version of all that our 20 yr. accumulation of documented information adds up to.

Answered by: Kait
Question: I am sickend by this and any crooked cop or judge out there. I am a politician and do support a New World Order, that order is to punish and arrest crooked cops and judges and anyone els who thinks they can lie and do what ever they want. Anyone in elected positions or working in a gov fashion that kills ,lies, steals, or any other frlony I do and will call them an enemy of the state and in violation of our patriot act! If I can I will put a chip in every one of them and th corruption will start to end. No one I will say again NO BODY!!!!!!!!!! is above the law. I would love to see a giant prison constructed to house all these crooks. I hope and pray the killlers get caught. bastards!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Asked on Friday, December 31, 2010 at 12:19:08 AM
Reply: It sure sounds like we need you standing behind us!

If, as a former police officer and a politician, you have contacts at a federal level who would be receptive to receiving information about corruption and cover-up, please contact us by private e-mail. We have the info. We even have it on a video. But we need someone with the right connections and the sort of passion that you have to help us get it into the hands of the appropriate people.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
What I think?
Question: Cops and organized crime think about it?

Asked on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 04:57:36 PM
Reply: We definitely HAVE thought about it. If you have any information or valid suspicions that you would be willing to shaare with us, don't post it here -- send us a personal e-mail.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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