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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
 
Rock Hart
 
Question: is a piss ant and Damon Fay a pathological liar, corrupted cop that I can't believe is still working in the field of law enforcement! Karma is a bitch though. he's got his coming.

Asked on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 09:06:17 AM
Reply: Would you care to elaborate and tell us what you know about those two people that makes you feel this way?

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Stephen Haar's daughter
 
Question: hello my name is crystal anderson i am the daughter of stephen haar who was also involoved in the knowing of apd police corruption and unsolved death. i just wanted to say that the answers to all our questions will be answered one day. keep searching and never give up on revealing the truth, cause thats wha they want. i only have 1 question do you know one of the corrupted cops by the name of "rock" hart???

Asked on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 07:14:27 PM
Reply: Hello, Crystal. Yes, I'm very familiar with Steve's case. (For those who are not, you can read about it on the Real Crimes Web site at www.realcrimes.com.) It appears that Steve's case may, in some way, be linked to Kait's case. At the time of his death, Steve was living in an apartment attached to the home of Kait's former next door neighbor, Adrian Apodaca -- the man who told police he saw Kait followed from her apartment by a VW Bug, (information that was withheld from her case file.) Steve also attempted to phone our private investigator shortly before his death. His phone number turned up on her voice mail.

Yes, I know Roch Hart. He follows this message board and has posted here several times.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
....
 
Question: Do you miss her?

Asked on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 07:18:01 PM
Reply: Part of my heart died with her.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
John Gallegos
 
Question: Gallegos is Deputy Director not Assessor.

Asked on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 08:48:45 PM
Reply: Thanks for the clarification, but my basic response is the same as the one below.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
John Gallegos
 
Question: There is a John Gallegos in Department of Finance and Administration. He is the Deputy Assessor, if it is the same Gallegos

Asked on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 08:43:47 PM
Reply: John Gallegos is a very common name, especially in New Mexico. Unless you have reason to believe otherwise, I very much doubt that this is the same man as the Sgt. John Gallegos who was at Kait's scene.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Crime Scene
 
Question: on this board, under crime scene, you state that the bullets were never found in Kait's body...how can that be? are you implying that someone removed them physically before she got to the hosptial? and if so, wouldn't that have left her head in total shambles. Or that they disintegrated in her body?

Asked on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 09:01:25 AM
Reply: I'm certainly not implying someone physically removed them from her body before she got to the hospital. That would have been impossible.

The only possibility is that, upon entering her head, they shattered into such tiny fragments that they couldn't be detected. Which would mean they must have been very small caliber bullets. Take a look at that hole in the car door frame. That was not made my a small caliber bullet. There was either a second gun that was of a much larger caliber, (which would mean there were two shooters and the shooting was not "random"), or the shooter fired with such precision that two small caliber bullets piggybacked, one on top of the other, to make one large hole. That kind of precise shooting could not have been done by a drunk, firing from one moving vehicle at another moving vehicle. The shots would have had to have been fired after Kait's car was forced off the road and came to rest against a pole.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Sgt. John Gallegos
 
Question: ...it is Really fishy that he ends up working for the Gov. .....hmmm?

Asked on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 12:25:03 AM
Reply: Really? What position does he hold?

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Miguel Garcia
 
Question: Was he a juvenile at the time? If so, was he waiting for his trial at Y.D.D.C?

Asked on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 12:00:15 AM
Reply: Miguel Garcia was 18 and held in the regular jail. Dennis (Marty Martinez) was 17 and held at YDDC for a couple of days and then, for some reason, released. Juve Escobedo was not even held overnight, even after he was indicted. We have often wondered why.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Re: Statute of Limitations
 
Question: That is wonderful news! I have prayed for positive movement and this is VERY positive!

(I mistakenly thought there WAS no statute of limitations on murder in the US.)

Asked on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 09:37:57 PM
Reply: That's what most people thought. And it's been true in almost all states -- but not in New Mexico. At the time of Kait's death, in 1989, New Mexico had a 15 year statute of limitations on murder. That statute was abolished in July 1997, but the repeal was interpreted by law enforcement as NOT being retro-active. Therefore, according to them, it did not apply to Kait's case if her killers were arrested and charged after 1997.

Of course, 1997 is long gone, so APD has stated that her case is not worth further investigation, since nothing can be done to her killers anyway.

Now, however, it's been decided that any case that had not reached the 15 year mark in 1997, when the statute was abolished, can be prosecuted. Kait's case definitely meets that qualification.

Answered by: Kait
 
GREAT NEWS ABOUT NM STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS!
 
Question: FROM KAIT'S FAMILY:

Up to now, APD has self-righteously maintained that there's no sense wasting time on further investigation of Kait's case because the statute of limitations has run out and, even if they nailed the killers, they couldn't be prosecuted.

Believe it or not, New Mexico was one of the few states in the US that HAD A 15 YR, STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON MURDER!

But the New Mexico Supreme Court has now changed that restriction! They've declared that all violent capital felonies committed after July 1, 1982, are subject to prosecution. Kait was killed in 1989.

Asked on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 10:09:39 AM
 
book
 
Question: I have read your book and I have been extremely inspired by the story to help. I have also read the entire motives and the entire story. I am left with a few questions on some of the possible suspects. you mentioned Matt Griffin was convicted of bank robbery and also was tied in with the Vietnamese. Did Griffin Work alone? if not what are the descriptions of the suspects involved? You also mention the FBI investigating some of the crime related to the crime that ties everything together. Did the FBI get involved early in the investigation and if so who did they interview?

I will do my best to help you find your answers and I pray for your family that soon you can get your answers and finally your daughter can be at peace.

God Bless

T. Bravo

Asked on Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 02:11:01 AM
Reply: APD insists that Griffin worked alone. He went into the banks alone when he committed his robberies. However, witnesses told reporters he used a Walkie-Talkie and told someone, "I'm coming out now." It stands to reason that an accomplice must have been driving the get-away car. He wouldn't leave a Camaro with its engine running, parked in front of a bank while he went in to rob it.

The only tie with the Vietnamese that we know of for sure is that Griffin sometimes rode motorcycles with Vietnamese companions. And he was a motorcycle buddy of Airman Steve Richardson, who was the roommate of Khanh Pham, one of Dung's two alibi friends on the night of the murder. Also, we were informed by an attorney that there is information in the APD Internal Affairs files that Vietnamese were stealing get-away cars for Griffin. That's not as far fetched as it might sound, as part of their MO was to steal cars to use for staged car wrecks. In June 1989, An Quoc Le, (Dung's other alibi friend), and his carload of passengers were hit by a stolen Corvette in California. Somebody got double duty out of that car, because it was used for a robbery before it was used for a car wreck.

Right from the start, the FBI wanted to take part in the investigation. (We wondered about that at the time -- why would the feds have an interest in the "random drive-by shooting" of a teenage girl?) Now that we've learned that heroin from the Orient was being smuggled in through the store where Kait worked, their interest makes more sense. According to Kait's coworker, she informed the FBI about the heroin a couple of weeks before Kait's murder. So possibly they suspected there might be a connection.

However, they couldn't become involved in the murder investigation without APD inviting them in, and APD wouldn't do that. They told them, "we've got this under control -- butt out." The FBI did tell us they would investigate the suspects in California who were running the car wreck insurance scam -- (and possibly they did; there's no way for us to know) -- but they also told us they couldn't investigate Kait's murder as that wasn't a federal crime. Even if they inadvertently found out who murdered Kait, as fall-out from their own investigation, they would not have the authority to tell us.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Over the Years
 
Question: While checking in on this posting board, I've noticed that you mention Matt Griffin and other APD retired officers many times. Do you already know that one of them was involved in the cover-up? Also, just from watching homicide detective shows on t.v. (I realize that all those stories are based on fiction), some of the stories say before being viewed that the particular episode might seem connected to a real life crime, but in fact it is not. To my point, in those t.v. episodes, most of the whole homicide division of the police department knows what went down in a crime. They have their daily briefs meetings and the whole homicide division shows up. someone who is still breathing has to know the whole "Kait Arquette" killing story... don't you think?

Asked on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 09:48:49 AM
Reply: No, we don't know for a fact that any particular one of them was involved in the cover-up. What we do know is the following:

(1) Several of the officers that hung out and partied at the A&A auto body shop at 824 Arno have been charged and/or convicted of felonies, including murder.

(2) At the time of Kait's death, that shop was under observation by the Feds. It was later raided and found to be a distribution point for drugs.

(3) The VW bug that fled Kait's scene went directly to that shop to take refuge.

(5) The owner of the shop knew Kait.

(6) Matt Griffin, who hung out at that shop, told our P.I. when he was in prison that he had met Kait, (he did not say where.).

(7) Somebody at APD was instrumental in omitting or deleting all mention of that shop from police reports. And omitted/deleted/altered a lot more information from her case file.

And we know some other things that I don't want to post on a public message board.

In response to your other question, I don't know how much information is given to officers during their "daily briefing." Maybe it's only what it's considered necessary for them to know. We have been told by a former member of APD that the head of the Police Union instructed all members of the union (which means almost everyone at APD) to "blanket (protect)" the officers who were at Kait's scene.

'Yes, someone who is still breathing does have to know the whole story. We pray that person will contact us or relay the information by some third party. At the least, we hope he/she will leave a message to be given to Don and me (or our children, if we are gone by then) at the time of his/her death.

BUT, OH, PLEASE, GOD, I HOPE HE/SHE DOESN'T WAIT THAT LONG TO DECIDE TO HELP US!

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
the shooting
 
Question: I think you're being too kind. After reading all this I think a cop was behind the murder. If he didn't do it himself he hired someone to do it. Probly one of his snitches. The Vietnamese were protected because they knew what Kait was going to expose and which cops were involved.

Asked on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 03:27:48 PM
Reply: That's a possibility.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Response to Civil Court
 
Question: I agree with the poster suggesting maybe taking it to Civil Court. Also in regards to the police not wanting to accept Martinez' confession - if it was "Murder for hire" then that might implicate that a cop was involved in the actual shooting, hence the cover-up, hence "Random Drive-by"

Is that what you're thinking?

Asked on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 09:17:42 AM
Reply: If it was "murder for hire," that would open up a can of worms. It would mean Kait was killed for a specific reason, which had to have been to keep her from disclosing information. That would raise the question, what was she going to expose? If those activities were protected by certain members of APD, that would certainly be a reason for the department to want to close the case as a "random shooting."

The reputation of APD was very shaky at that particular time, and the last thing they wanted was to have further allegations thrown at them. One week before Kait's murder, APD Officer Matt Griffin ("The Ninja Bandit") was arrested for multiple bank robberies and murder of a witness. Matt Griffin was one of the cops who hung out and partied at A&A Unlimited, the auto body shop where the VW Bug tried to take refuge after fleeing the scene. If that was made public, it would not have looked good for APD as a whole.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
Dennis (Marty) Martinez
 
Question: Why do you think he confessed to the murder? What would he gain by that? Was he hoping that the cops would end the Vietnamese gang activity? Why would he implicate the Vietnamese Gang, knowing the repercussions. Where is Martinez now? Wouldn't have that been very dangerous for him, since the cops didn't protect him? Doesn't make sense.

Asked on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 02:14:48 PM
Reply: I don't know why he confessed. He was drunk at the time. When people are drunk they do senseless things. Especially if they're feeling guilty. Maybe he was so drunk on the night of the shooting that he can't remember what they did and suspects the worst.

Why did the cops not take a statement? Only reason I can think of is that they didn't want a confession to 'Murder for hire" because that would make it a conspiracy. they wanted "random drive-by" or nothing.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
looks like someone's fishing
 
Question: On The Damon Fay stuff it surely looks as though someone is fishing to find out how much information you have on Fay as well as what you are willing to share. I have followed this case for years now and it does appear that you are getting very close to finding out some harsh truths about the APD and other persons involved. Please be careful. I'm looking forward to the release of the Tally Keeper...... [joi]

Asked on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 10:36:04 AM
Reply: "Please be careful" doesn't apply now. That doesn't matter anymore. I've already tossed the eggs at the fan, and strong supporters have stepped in to take over the cause, so there's not much to gain by getting rid of me at this point. That would just re-enforce the motivation spurring "Kait's Army." Should have been done back in 1989 or 1990.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
frank arellano
 
Question: Frank Arellano died several years ago from cancer. I know his son well. We've discussed Kaits case he truly doesn't remember anything that would be of any use to you. I've asked.

Asked on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 03:24:02 PM
Reply: That may well be true.

However, he must know the identities of the cops who held late night parties at A&A Unlimited. If you'd really like to help us, please ask him about that.

His father, Frank, attempted to contact us through a mutual friend soon after the murder, but we had by then left Albuquerque and were out of reach. (This was well before we knew anything about A&A, even that it existed, much less that the hit car tried to take refuge there.) Frank must have known something significant and felt compelled to tell us about it, and then, later, when my book came out, lost his nerve.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
re: 4th possibility
 
Question: in that case, it will never be solved.

Asked on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 09:29:35 AM
Reply: Not by APD.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
A FORTH POSSIBILITY
 
Question: a forth possibility is that a cop did the shooting. un the police academy there taught that there first duty is to take care of each other.

Asked on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 04:22:47 AM
Reply: That possibility has been suggested to us.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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