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Question: that was an actual post BY Michael Cecchini on one of those sites to find relatives. he actually posted that.

Asked on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 at 01:42:04 PM
Reply: Oh, I see. I misread it.

Yes, Michael and Roxanne Cecchini moved to Albuquerque from Chicago. According to the Chicago racketeer, Nick LoBue, the Cecchinis were "already in place" in Albuquerque when he got out of federal prison and relocated there.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
When the wall crumbles, it crumbles FAST!
Question: WOW! Look at how fast all these events are happening....LP HEAD of the gang gone , both M and J , the sons gone, apd officer B.A. indicted (yes the same one who has numerous excessive force accusations that was hired back.) Another apd officer fired for stealing money and drugs : Joe Baca?? , a tour of M's house ..... etc

This link is a full tour of Manny's Home just taped by a great blogger.

Can anyone say " Crack House " ? This was ONE WEIRD kat. This looks NOTHING like I imagined it would. I'm not saying this to be flip in any way, this guy was on some serious drugs. Only drugs would create this kind of "thing" No kitchen????

Asked on Monday, December 07, 2009 at 11:39:20 PM
Reply: There's also a video tour of the house on U-Tube. You'd better view it fast before it gets removed.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: All of this is purely speculation, as I mean no disrespect to Mr. R if this untrue in any way.

Noah had a construction business right? Anyone know the name? I'm pretty good at reading people and situations and this just seems TOO convenient to be SO opposite in personality : Construction guys USUALLY aren't into the "food" biz. Understanding some other folks were running them for him, it still doesn't jive. And an effort to get a truck stop? ....the cities the restaurants were in = corridor + "food deliveries" starting say in Mexico, up to Alamogordo, Roswell, etc. + winding up to Albq. + a truck stop = WOW. A nice little distribution "route" . Hmmmmm

Asked on Monday, December 07, 2009 at 07:16:53 PM
Reply: The person this poster is referring to is Noah Robinson (half-brother of Jesse Jackson) who owned a mansion in the foothills of the Sandias at the time Kait was killed and often hosted parties there for political VIPs. He divided his time between Albuquerque and Chicago, and was attempting to establish a series of truck stops in New Mexico. In 1989, (the year of Kait's murder), he was charged in federal court with violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations ("RICO") laws. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to six years in prison.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Weirder and weirder
Question: talk about spider web.... never knew this :

I know this is an old post but I thought I would give it a try.
My grandfather was from Udine and I know we have a relative named Flora (his sister) that lived in Trail BC.
We all thought my grandfathers name was Armando Cecchini but after researching further we have documents from Ellis Island having his name as Vincent Cecchini.
My family lived in Chicago, IL for 70+ years.
I now live in Albuquerque,NM. My dad Albert Cecchini is 82 years old. Does any of this make sense?
Michael Cecchini


Asked on Monday, December 07, 2009 at 02:37:34 PM
Reply: All possible tie-ins are interesting. But there must be hundreds of Cecchnis who live in (or come from) the Chicago area, and it's probable your relative has no connection to Dung's employers.

The fact that Dung's employers, Michael and Roxanne Cecchini, were business partners with Nick LaBoe, who served time in federal prison for involvement in extortion and kickback schemes when he was Finance Commissioner of Chicago Heights is interetsing in itself, but does not incriminate the Cecchinis.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Just missed this as well..
Question: I know this doesnt help any but , I read this ...

" At the time of Kait's death,(and very probably still today), drugs were being imported by truck from Mexico in huge wooden crates doused with chorine to avoid detection at the border and stored in warehouses in Albuquerque to be picked up by buyers in their own trucks. "

and then took another look at the picture of Dung by himself. And those white bottles behind him for whatever reason seemed out of place to me . I remember thinking " Whats with all the bleach?"

Asked on Monday, December 07, 2009 at 03:57:29 AM
Reply: There's an explanation for the bottles. That picture was taken at Artwear, on Washington NE, a business that made custom T-shirts. Dung's job was packing shirts for shipment. The owner was Michael Cecchenci, and Dung's boss was Roxanne Cecchenci. I assume those bottles contained dyes and/or other chemicals needed to transfer artwork onto T-shirts.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
The crime scene
Question: I think I recall you discussing the damage to the trunk in another post. About Dung locking the keys etc. Question: Why is the rear driver side tail light an Aftermarket light? To your knowledge, was that replaced before that night?
And the bullet holes, i'm no expert , but that is 1 hole made by 2 bullets. For sure. I cant believe i missed that for so long.

Asked on Monday, December 07, 2009 at 12:10:55 AM
Reply: I don't know a thing about an "Aftermarket light." I don't even know the term. But that car was second hand when we bought it, so so various part of it might already have been replaced.

There are two possible explanations for the size of the hole in the car door frame, and the various experts we've consulted are almost equally divided in their opinions. Some say the hole was made by a large caliber weapon. Others, like you, think the hole was made by two small caliber bullets, piggybacking, one on top of the other. (I tend to agree with your opinion, but I am no expert.)

If opinion #1 is right, that means two guns were used, which eliminates the possibility that the shooting was "random."

If opinion #2 is right, that means the shots could not have been fired from one moving vehicle to another. Even if the two cars were moving side by side at exactly the same speed, the slightest little bump in the road would have thrown off the accuracy. Kait's car would have had to have been forced off the road before the shooting took place and been stationery against the post for two bullets to have made one hole.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
No Doubt
Question: the connections that everyone contributing to Kait's site have made, are spot on . no doubt in my mind. After researching the brilliant posts a few below me, i've read some very interesting stuff. These guys have been involved in pretty much Everything since that night and before. I mean EVERYTHING. I am blown away on how deep and far it goes. Second chance drug rehabilitation center is just 1 small example. on how u have to really dig to find out who the "players behind the curtain" really are.

Asked on Sunday, December 06, 2009 at 11:59:24 PM
Reply: Excellent comment.

And people, at upper and lower levels, was so entwined with everyone else, that it makes it almost impossible to know the true catalyst for Kait's murder. Which of these many activities and important players was she getting ready to blow the whistle on, on the night she broke up with Dung and, hour later, was shot?

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Drug raid yields arrests, buried cash
Question: Feds target Los Padillas Gang dpp/news/ crime/ drug raid yields arrests buried cash

Since Manny's gone , little by little, brick by brick -- "And the wall! Comes tumbelin down. And the wall. Comes Rumbelin', Tumbelin', Crumbilen' , Tumbelin' DOOOWWNN.."

Asked on Sunday, December 06, 2009 at 11:46:39 PM
Reply: For those who aren't aware of it, Manny Aragon was a partner in a construction business with Jerry Padilla Sr,, the patriarch of Los Padillas. JP Sr. was a 3-time convicted heroin dealer. On the year of Kait's murder, he was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison, and control of the gang was turned over to his son, Jerry Padilla Jr., and other family members.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: This is a poem I wrote for Kait, for Christmas 1989.

Asked on Saturday, December 05, 2009 at 09:22:57 AM

When I was young they used to tell
About a star that shone one night.
It led the Shepherds from their fields
And filled their paths with crystal light.

I loved the tale when I was small,
But now I am a woman grown.
I have walked far on lonely trails
And groped through darkness of my own.

I've learned, I hope, to brave the dark,
Yet sometimes still, when God seems far,
The house is still, the world's asleep,
And night is long and cold and deep
I like to think about the star.

cc: Lois Duncan, 1989

Answered by: Kait
Who killed my Daughter?
Question: We are reading your book, Who Killed my Daughter? in our cont. lit. class and i am truely sorry to hear about what happened to your daughter. we have very heated arguements about what happened and we are all very annoyed and angry with the outcome so far. I seriously hope that you find out who did it and i also hope that every single person that is involved gets in a lot of trouble, even as far as a life sentence. No one deserves to have this happen to them. Sorry for your loss.

~Katie Metcalf~

Asked on Wednesday, December 02, 2009 at 01:27:09 PM
Reply: Thank you, Katie. And please thank your teacher for introducing her students to Kait's story.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: i believe in my heart that the police did have some part in this horrifying plot. and i also want to say that who ever does no the killers name to please come forward and not to be afraid of telling the truth. a really good person got killed for something that she new and if whoever nos who did it and its covering up then thier might as will be accomplices too no matter if their scared. have a heart and tell the truth!!!

Asked on Wednesday, December 02, 2009 at 11:39:43 AM
Reply: There are people who DO know. And we want to reassure them that, if they contact us by private e-mail by using the contact link on Kait's home page, we will not reveal their identities without their permission. I promise that on Kait's name.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: We're reading your book, Who Killed My Daughter, in class and I'm truly sorry. I despise the fact that the police covered and are still covering up her murder. Anyone with a brain can realize that it wasn't a random shooting. Especially all the evidence you've recovered. Is is possible that that first guy on the scene removed the bullets? I'm sure you've already considered that though. I sincerly hope Kait and your family get the justice you all deserve.

Rachal Davidson

Asked on Tuesday, December 01, 2009 at 03:47:14 PM
Reply: No, it's not physically possible for anyone to have removed the bullets from Kait's head. They must have been very small caliber, so they shattered in her head, after being weakened by going through the glass of the car window.

What IS possible, however, is that somebody recovered from the car the bullet that went through the hole in the car door frame and saw to it that that bullet was not placed into evidence. Look at the size of that hole. That wasn't made by a small caliber bullet. If a bullet of a larger caliber had been found in the car, that would mean that two different guns were used. Which would indicate that the shooting was NOT random.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
im so sorry
Question: hi my name is marissa and im a huge fan of your book lois duncan. they are all i will read. i never relized that u had such a tragety happen to yo and your family, i send my condolences for you and i hope that one day u can find out the truth about what happend to your daughter.

i would like to know how you and your family deal with the fact that your beutiful daughter has been killed?

Asked on Tuesday, December 01, 2009 at 11:37:05 AM
Reply: When they're offered no choice, people deal with what they have to deal with. Thank you for caring.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Albq. Journal: Retaliating against an officer who spoke out against perceived misconduct by sheriff's deputies will cost the city of Albuquerque close to $1 million.
A federal jury in Santa Fe awarded $662,000 Wednesday to a former Albuquerque police officer who claimed management action and inaction hounded him off the force after 23 years because he breached the "blue wall of silence" about police misconduct.
"This is a great victory for me and all police officers," Costales said after the verdict was returned late Wednesday. "Maybe officers won't be afraid to come forward now. This is one small step in a big process."

Asked on Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 07:44:16 AM
Reply: "One small step for mankind!" Hooray for Officer Costales!

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Happy Thanksgiving
Question: Wishing your family a blessed Thanksgiving.

Asked on Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 04:48:59 AM
Reply: Thank you.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Albq. Journal, 11-21-09: EX-COP DESCRIBES THE BLUE WALL: As a sworn Albuquerque Police Department officer for two decades, Sam Costales said he saw dozens of instances of police misconduct but never saw anyone reported for it, nor did he see any officer written up for failing to report the misdeeds, despite official policy requiring it.

"So long as you stayed behind the 'blue wall of silence,' nothing happened to you?" his attorney Randi McGinn asked Costales on Friday during testimony in Costales' civil lawsuit against APD and its once and future police chief Ray Schultz.
"Yes," he said.
Costales spent most of the day testifying in federal court on his claims of defamation and that retaliation by management ultimately forced him to quit. The lawsuit also named Sheriff Darren White and police union official James Badway, but claims against them have been settled. Costales said he became fearful, started vomiting regularly and that his blood pressure soared. He began seeing a psychologist. But he said he kept working because he'd promised his daughter he would help pay for her to attend private college.

Asked on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 10:01:14 AM
Reply: Ex-officer Costales is a perfect example of how basically good men, who became police officers for all the right reasons, become the victims of their own departments.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Lt. Patrick Dunworth
Question: I was wondering about other homicides in that 'era', espeially young women, and guess whose name showed up? Lt. Dunworth.

Asked on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 05:33:22 AM
Reply: Patrick Dunworth headed the violent Crimes Unit in 1990, so it's to be expected that his name would be linked to many cases.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Police Oversight
Question: The City did finally set up a police oversight commission in 1996 separate from APD Internal Affairs. Even tho it has been a long time, did you or anyone ever file a complaint about the unusual officer activity at the crime scene?

Asked on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 09:37:06 PM
Reply: There would be nothing to gain by that. The Police Oversight Commission, though fine in theory, lacks teeth. They can't obtain information about police transgressions because APD is not obligated to turn over their reports. Although citizens can appeal to the commission, the police chief does not have to act on the commission's recommendations. According to an article in the Albq. Journal, no officer named in a citizen complaint has ever shown up for a hearing.

"We have been stonewalled," the commission chairman told reporters.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Joe Monahan blog...
Question: Joe is a respected newsman.

He says in his blog "Longtimers will recall that Manny Aragon served with then Mayor Schultz as a top city attorney when Schultz manned ABQ City Hall from 1985-89. In fact, Aragon became a focal point in Schultz's unsuccessful bid for re-election as he faced criticism of the state senator's dual role."

So, yes. MA WAS city attorney in 1989! And Ken Schultz was in office then -- also toppled by his own corruption charges lately.

Asked on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 08:12:24 PM
Reply: From what I've been told, Ken Schultz was Mayor from 12/01/84 through 11/30/88. Schultz tried to appoint Manny Aragon as the City Attorney, but Manny couldn't pass the APD Intelligence clearance due to possible links to the contra-arms trade. So
Schultz made Manny Aragon the top city attorney by creating a new contract position called City Attorney-of-Counsel.

So, if the APD legal department structurally existed back then, one would surmise that it would have been accountable, ultimately, to Manny Aragon.

Answered by: Kait
wallace and the chief?
Question: Previously it was posted: "Among those officers at the scene whose names were omitted were field officer, Sgt. John Gallegos,(who later served as supervisor of the APD Internal Affairs Unit until he was arrested for burglarizing a liquor store while on duty) and Alex Marentas, also a field officer and allegedly the boyfriend of Officer Mary Ann Wallace, the first officer dispatched to the scene."

However, clerk records has gilbert d. gallegos (former chief of police had same name...hmmm) as a property partner with Mariann Wallace. I'm no realtor, but it seems like a lot of realty.
Rec Date: 08/19/1996 06:00:00 AM
Notes: Legal: DOC94 112881
Warranty Deed Joint Tenants
Rec Date: 06/18/1996 06:00:00 AM
Notes: Legal: L13 B5 MONTANO WEST SUB
Rec Date: 09/14/1994 02:34:00 PM
Grantee: CTX MD CO
Warranty Deed Joint Tenants
Rec Date: 09/14/ 1994 02:34:00 PM BookPage: B: 0000 P: 4875

Asked on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 08:02:49 PM
Reply: We mustn't jump to conclusions. Both Gilbert Gallegos and Mary Ann (Mariann) Wallace are common names

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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