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Dec. Gallegos quit homicide dept?
 
Question: What was his explanation for leaving the homicide department?

Asked on Friday, September 03, 2010 at 02:51:22 PM
Reply: The head of the APD Cold Case Unit told our private investigator that Dec. Gallegos quit the department in embarrassment when my book came out. However, that statement isn't true.

WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? was published in spring 1992. Steve Gallegos was still in homicide in August 1993, and was lead detective on the Nathan Romero case. Nathan Romero was chased down in the street and stabbed to death by an Asian gang. Although the killers were identified, police wouldn't arrest them. Nathan's mother demanded to know why, and a police captain bellowed, "We know who killed your son just like we know who killed Kaitlyn Arquette! This is police business! Butt out!" When she asked how those two cases were connected, the captain went ballistic and shouted at her to keep her mouth shut and never repeat what he'd said.

Instead, she told her private investigator, who phoned the mayor in his client's behalf and threatened a massive law suit against the City if the police didn't do their job. THAT was when Dec. Gallegos quit the homicide department. He didn't quit over Kait's case, he quit over Nathan's case.

Nathan's killers were then arrested. That was Sept. 1995, three and a half years after my book was published.

You can read about the Nathan Romero case at http://www.realcrimes.com/Romero/Nathan_Romero.htm

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Book Translation
 
Question: Was your book about Kait ever translated into Spanish or Vietnamese?

Asked on Thursday, September 02, 2010 at 08:36:16 PM
Reply: WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? was published in : Germany, Norway, Denmark, Poland, and Sweden. I have no control over which foreign publishers acquire the rights to it. Even if it was published in spanish or Vietnamese, it would not be distributed in those languages in the USA. It would be sold in book stores in those countries.

The case had a lot of TV coverage in Albuquerque. I'm sure everyone with any interest in it kept well informed.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Unsolved Mysteries
 
Question: Nobody could watch those two segments of the show and believe it wasn't a police cover-up. They say the Hispanic guys they arrested and released were chasing Kait's car one hour before she was shot. How could that be unless they were stalking her all evening? And you finding those phone numbers and the obvious difference in the handwriting, how could police shrug those off? This is crazy.

Asked on Thursday, September 02, 2010 at 04:38:31 AM
Reply: It's not "crazy." It's a conspiracy. And good cops are being forced to comply with it.

Dec. Gallegos did not WANT to appear on "Unsolved Mysteries" to stumble around trying to respond to those questions -- he was there because the APD captain and DA Bob Schwartz, who were supposed to be the spokespeople, suddenly became "too busy" for a ten minute interview, and poor Steve Gallegos (who I believe is a basically good man who simply obeyed orders) was made the scape goat.

A couple of years later, when Dec. Gallegos was AGAIN put in this position with the Nathan Romero case (go to http://www.realcrimes.com and scroll down to that one), he quit the homicide dept.

Answered by: Kait
 
"Unsolved Mysteries" about Kait
 
Question: Just was given this link to a U-Tube copy of the Unsolved Mysteries show about Kait filmed in 1992.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePzOeDWAvE0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Asked on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 04:44:34 PM
Reply: Apparently there is a second half of the Unsolved Mysteries segment on U-Tube at this link Part II http://www.facebook.com/l/66c73;www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ81VVTfNmg

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Kait Arquette
 
Question: Dear Mr.&Mrs. Arquette, I hope who ever was the lowlife, son of a b**ch who did this will suffer one way an other. I know it won\'t bring Kait back, but for taking her life, he/she should lose their life as well.

Asked on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 12:29:46 AM
Reply: From what we've discovered, there were more than ONE "he/she" involved in this situation. It was a conspiracy, and when one member of it decides to come clean (or is exposed to us by an ex-lover, former friend, or someone who overheard information at a bar or at a drug party), we'll know the identities of the others and the parts they played in either the shooting or the cover-up.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
kait arquette
 
Question: i am sure the cops know something or they may of had something to do with it ,i am so sorry for your lost,,she is in GODS hands now ,but the lowlife that did this with BURN IN HELL

Asked on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 05:15:04 PM
Reply: "Burning in hell" may not be much worse than having to face Kait.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Kait's Mom
 
Question: FROM KAIT'S MOTHER:

Ann Rule, my dear friend and the nation's most highly respected true crime writer, has written a book, IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT, (due out in Oct.), about the suspicious death of Ronda Reynolds, whose case is posted, at Ann's request, on our Real Crimes site at www.realcrimes.com.

To those concerned about the danger writing that book may place her in, this is my response:

"I trust Ann's instincts. I think she is following "her path." Ronda's mother never would have maintained the energy to uncover the truth without the emotional support she derived from Ann's efforts and belief in her cause.

The safest thing one can do in a situation involving crime is SPEAK OUT. Otherwise, you're a threat. Once you've talked, there's no reason to kill you, because you've already done your damage. To harm you then would confirm your accusations. That's why Kait was killed. To prevent her from speaking out. If she'd done that immediately, she would have been safe.

In my eyes Ann Rule is a heroine in every sense of the word.

Asked on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 03:11:37 PM
 
Covering up a Murder
 
Question: As to why police might cover up a murder: police and police officials might cover up murder that, if solved, might reveal embarrassing corruption or incompetence in the department. For example, in the Columbine school shootings, law enformcement delayed and delayed in releasing a promised report. Documents were "lost"; the existence of prior investigations into neighbor complaints about the two boys was denied. (See Dave Cullen's fine book "Columbine" for details about the investigation into the mass murder at the high school and into what police knew about the boys before the murders.)


Asked on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 02:55:45 PM
Reply: Your observation is right on target.

And it undoubtedly contributes to the reason why new, young, honest cops at APD, who surely catch on to what was done in a high profile case like Kait's if only through locker room talk, choose to keep their mouths shut. Their first commision is to protect the Blue Brotherhood and the reputation of the department that they are dedicated to devoting their lives to.

But then, once in a while, there is someone with the courage of Det. Cynthia Orr, who decides, "Enough is enough. This corruption can't be allowed to continue. This is not the reason I became a cop."

She is a hero in every sense of the word.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Kaitlyn Arquette's Murder
 
Question: Having just finished reading Who Killed my Daughter (required reading for my son's high school), I'm moved to ask why hasn't this story profiled on America's Most Wanted? Or did I miss it?? I did note it was featured on Unsolved Mysteries back in 1993, but John Walsh could do this justicetoday! What about a fingerprint from the beer can at the scene? And what about pressing for the dirty cop angle? Maybe the head guy was with the law himself!

As a mother of a daughter living in LA, the entire scenario of the underworld is so scarey.... we owe it to families everywhere to solve Kait's case...

Asked on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 09:10:13 AM
Reply: We did submit Kait's story to "America's Most Wanted." We were told that John Walsh depends upon police departments to collaborate with him on his stories. They said he would not use stories that presented the police in a negative way, because that would wreck his image with law enforcement and destroy his sources of information and access to case files.

I can understand that, although I wish it wasn't so.

The fingerprint on the beer can? Does it still exist? The "APD Evidence Room Scandal" a couple of years ago revealed that important information from the APD evidence room had been mysteriously disappearing for years. Some of that had monitarily value -- such as thousands of dollars worth of family jewelry and a plasma TV, evidence in a white collar crime, supposed to be returned to its owner, that APD instead took to the dump (?) because it allegedly had a crack in it.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Overview of NM police crime & corruption
 
Question: I had been watching this (police corruption) myself for ages and wondering why the media isn't saying anything much about it. It just amazes me, like Nikki Baca charged with DUI and involved in an accident, no ignition interlock, no time in jail, 5 days suspended (no doubt with pay) and right back out there writing tickets!!!! It just makes me sick. You've got a great site here but it ended in 06? You need to keep this going!

[From betterlife505@yahoo.com]

Asked on Monday, August 09, 2010 at 10:16:09 AM
Reply: By "ended in 06" I assume you mean the section about police corruption? No, of course, the corruption didn't end then. However, with the event of APD Evidence Room Scandal, and all the cops turning against each other and their superiors, and then the abrupt exposure of the concealed reports about the drug activities of NM's top VIPs extending back over 20 years, this became too much for us to keep up with. We no longer live in New Mexico and have to get such information on-line. When the Albq. Tribune went down, we lost a valuable resource.

So, we thought, "Well, what we've posted here will at least give people an idea of the corruption in NM law enforcement, and they can take it from there." To keep up with the everyday stuff, especially trying to follow it from afar, would consume our whole lives.

Any valid information about current corruption that you want to post on this message board would be not only acceptable but extremely welcome.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
To "I don't understand"
 
Question: The same reason anyone would try to cover up a murder!
Police are no better, or more moral than the average person.

Asked on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 12:27:52 PM
Reply: What you say is true. But, in addition to that, they are under tremendous pressure from their superiors and from the police union to conform to the first rule learned at the police academy -- their first alliance is to The Blue Brotherhood.

Those who defy that rule, suffer. It takes a cop with real guts to stand up to that.

To quote from an article in the Albq. Journal:

"In a furious tirade, filled with profanity, one deputy chief warned his lieutenants that if they ever openly criticized the administration he would yank them from their command. One lieutenant taped that diatribe and filed a complaint with the City's Labor Management Relations Board.
"He was trying to intimidate us,” the lieutenant stated. “Others will not come forward because they are scared."

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
I don't understand
 
Question: Why would police ever want to cover up a murder?

Asked on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 06:44:50 AM
Reply: Some possible reasons:

1. The killer is a cop.

2. The killer is a relative or a close friend of a cop.

3. The killer works for the cops as a snitch and is herefore automatically protected.

4. The killer (or, more likely, the person who hired the actual killer) is a VIP, or the killer is a relative or close friend of the VIP.

5. The victim was involved in criminal activities that involved and/or were protected by certain cops.

6. The victim was hetro or homo sexually involved or having business dealings with a cop, and that fact would be exposed during a full investigation.

7. The case would be messy and complicated to solve and the cops are overloaded with more important cases (some high profile) and a quick case closure as an accident, suicide or "random shooting" will wipe it off the books.

8. The victim was an "unsavory" person, (drug dealer, gang member, prostitute) who probably got what he/she deserved and the investigation of the murder would take time, effort and money that the police department doesn't want to waste on such a person when there are "more deserving'"victims waiting in line for their cases to be solved.

9. It was a gang killing. Member of one gang killing another. Too complicated and dangerous to get involved in.

10. The suspects are difficult to locate or to interview, because they have another culture and speak a different language.

I'm sure there are additional possibilities, but these are the ones I'm personally aware of.

Answered by: Kait
 
Thank You
 
Question: for the reply to the post left on the 23rd. I''m still all to familiar with "THE SYSTEM" & I appreciate you (and Pat) for continuing to fight the fight (for people like myself) through your continued persistence & never backing down in your pursuit for justice & shedding some light on a dark part of the world that can consumes peoples lives. It''s a sad & unfortunate comfort remembering I''m not alone... WE''RE NOT ALONE!!! Thank ALL of you who contribute... Helping to right the wrongs of this flawed institution! From An Old Friend

Asked on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 06:38:23 PM
Reply: I'm not sure which "old friend" you are, (sad to say, I have acquired many friends over the past 20 years who are struggling to focus the light of truth on mishandled cases), but if you would like to describe your own situation here, you are more than welcome to do so. Perhaps it would help the average visitor to this board to better understand how widespread this situation is.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Kait's Killers
 
Question: Does your reward for information that will convict Kait's killers apply to the people who hired them as well as hired hit men?

Asked on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 12:23:36 PM
Reply: Definitely.

But it's a moot point. If one element is fingered, that person will plea bargain and turn on the others. Look at what happened with Ken Schultz, Raul Parra, Toby Martinez and Manny Aragon in 2008. When push came to shove, the other three turned against their long-time friend, Manny, without an instant's hesitation.

At the time of Kait's murder, Manny Aragon, (president pro tem of the NM State Senate) and Ken Schultz, (mayor of Albq.), were bosom buddies.

When people are backed to the wall, loyalties dissolve.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
FROM KAIT'S FAMILY
 
Question: Our tech guru just checked the stats on this Web site and it's averaging 3,000 UNIQUE HITS PER DAY! "Unique hit" means a visit by someone who has never visited this site before. That means 1,095,000 new people come here to read about Kait's case each year!

On top of that, her message board receives AN ADDITIONAL 22,449 HITS EACH MONTH. Those are return visitors who skip the initial Web site, which they've already read, and come straight to this board to review the dialog and see if anyone has posted any important new tips.

This on-going interest in Kait's case after 20 years is way beyond anything we'd ever imagined!

Asked on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 07:43:50 AM
 
hi,
 
Question: hi,, i'm a private investigator,,


i have some ideas ,,and i think it can help,,
kindly leave a message in my y.m ,, near_anonymous@yahoo.com
if you want ,, to cooperate with me,, thanks

Asked on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 09:29:20 PM
Reply: We are always grateful for assistance from professional investigators. However, this isn't the way we go about obtaining it. Any lincensed private investigator who wants to become involved in helping with Kait's case should contact us directly by private e-mail and identify himself/herself by name and the name of his/her agency.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Tod Babcock
 
Question: Do you know anything about a cop or ex-cop now named Tod Babcock?

Asked on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 03:27:24 PM
Reply: According to public records, he was directly linked A&A UNlimited, the auto body shop where the VW bug fled after leaving the scene of Kait's shooting.

According to a recent article in the albuquerque Journal, he is currently a member of the APD cold Case Unit.

I know nothing about him personally.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Another anniversary
 
Question: 21 years ago someone took Kait away from us. Her mother has been steadfast and undaunted in her efforts to try to find her killer. I’m glad to hear “The Tallykeeper” is finished to her satisfaction, but hope one day to see a different message on this message board. The one that indicates her killer has confessed and answered why he/she took the life of such a lovely young person from those who loved her. I will light a white candle this eve and bring roses to her grave site tomorrow, as I always do until her killer is found.

~Rod

Asked on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 02:52:12 PM
Reply: Thank you, Rod. Since our family no longer lives in Albuquerque, you and our caring P.I. are the ones representing us.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
I'm the person who wrote about Hart and Fay
 
Question: I will definitely light a candle for her - especially for you Lois, from one mother to another.
Until you become a parent - you don't understand the meaning "that those that your bring into this world are a part of you, body, and soul." Hence when you lose a child, you lose part of yourself.

Asked on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 07:26:05 AM
Reply: Elizabeth Stone said it best: “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
on Rock Hart and Damon Fay
 
Question: From personal experience with Damon Fay. and just from what was posted on this board in regard to Rock Hart, I just formed my own opinion on Hart. Fay was a charlatan back in those days (80's). maybe he's changed with maturity...one would hope. But the arrogance he has is still with him.

He used to be a good cop and I think it went to his head, plus he fell into that trap (blue code of silence).

Asked on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 02:32:09 PM
Reply: I've heard from a number of cops who have quit the force for that very reason. This is from one of them:

I AM A FORMER POLICE OFFICER AND KNOW THAT THINGS GO ON IN POLICE DEPT'S
THAT WOULD SHOCK MOST PEOPLE. I WAS ON A DEPT. FOR THREE YRS, AT THAT POINT I
DECIDED I HAD ENOUGH!!!

I DON'T WANT TO GIVE YOU THE WRONG IDEA, MOST POLICE OFFICERS ARE HARD WORKING
AND DECENT, THE PROBLEM IS THE THE BAD ONES AND THE ONES IN THE HIGHER RANKS
WHO TOLERATE OR IGNORE THESE SORTS OF THINGS. IF YOU HANG AROUND LONG ENOUGH,
YOU BECOME THEM, WITHOUT REALIZING IT, KINDA LIKE THE FROG IN THE POT OF WATER,
IF YOU BRING IT TO A BOIL SLOW ENOUGH, HE DOESN'T CATCH ON TILL ITS TOO LATE.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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