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Sgt. John Gallegos
Question: 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

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
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.


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
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
So many other Cold Cases
Question: APD has been working on so many other Cold Cases as of late. I don't see why they don't look at Kait's case. It doesn't make sense to me. Why is her case any more disconcerting or difficult than the ones they've been opening back up. It makes me think that the persons that were involved have either died, have gotten sentenced to prison for other crimes they've committed, or the VIP that Kaitlyn saw is so powerful and intimidating, that APD and all other investigators that were involved will not touch the cold case with a 10ft. pole. what is your opinion?

Asked on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 07:22:18 PM
Reply: There was more than one person involved: (1) the shooter, or shooter(s) if the bullets were two different calibers; (2) the person who drove the hit car; (3) the person or persons(s) who set up the shooting; and (4) the persons involved in the cover-up. They can't ALL be dead or in prison.

And even if they were, people in prison are often charged with crimes they committed before they were incarcerated. And guilty people who have died are identified after the fact, even if that means they can't be punished for the crime.

We think your third suggestion is the most valid.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Damon Fay
Question: Damon Fay was a 24-year veteran investigator and supervisor for the Albuquerque Police Department in New Mexico. He was a primary case agent for homicides, police officer involved shootings and major violent crimes cases for 14 of his career years. As a supervisor he led an officer involved shooting team and assisted in numerous major crime joint jurisdictional investigations and task force initiatives. Damon is a recognized expert in homicide investigations. During his extensive investigative career he has developed nationally accepted procedures for cold case homicide investigation and has become one of the leading circumstantial case specialists in the country. Local, state and federal prosecutors and Police Command have called upon Fay numerous times in his career to provide expertise in complex, high profile and highly sensitive investigations. As a Sergeant of the Advanced Training Unit of the Albuquerque Police Academy, Damon and his staff oversaw the specialization training and career advancement of police personnel. He is an instructor in Firearms, Defensive Tactics and Ground Fighting, Use of force and intermediate Use of force, Homicide and cold Case Investigation, Major Case Management, Interview and interrogations and Contact Weapons Defense. Why can't you contact him through his web-site? It seems to me with all this background, there would be some way he could help you now - it's been so many years that he was involved with your daughter's investigation that surely he has devised a method to tell you without it ever implicating him as the snitch.

Asked on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 12:58:06 PM
Reply: I've read the same information you have about his career with APD. I agree -- if he wanted to reveal information to us, he would have found a way to do so. My e-mail address is readily available on the Internet. Everyone in law enforcement has the name and contact information for our private investigator. I even have a Facebook page, that is open to the public, and people can contact me that way.

The information that he DID reveal -- that a bullet found during a second day work-up on Kait's car proved that her shooting was NOT "random" -- he revealed during conversations held shortly after the shooting. Obviously, one of his superiors got wind of fact that he was revealing information that would destroy the "random shooting" scenario, and closed him down. To compensate for that indiscretion, he began slandering me, without ever having met or had contact with me. To chase him down now and confront him would only antagonize him and make him defensive. If he wants us to know, he will contact us because he is a good man and wants to do the right thing. That's not something we can force. It has to be motivated by conscience.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Damon Fay
Question: Will you post that personal information?

Asked on Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 04:40:34 PM
Reply: No. That would not be fair to Det. Fay.

I do want to mention that he is a man I have never met and have never had any contact with. Any opinion he has formed about me is based solely upon what someone else has told him. So, the questions is, "Who IS that SOMEONE ELSE? Who, at APD, would have reason to want to undermine the investigation of Kait's case by turning young homicide detectives against her family?"

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Damon Fay
Question: What do you know through investigation or tipsters about Damon Fay?

Asked on Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 02:32:13 PM
Reply: Only personal information.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Damon Fay
Question: was supposedly a very top notch homicide detective. and claimed that Kaitlyn Arquette's mother was psychotic. he called her, "that crazy lady" when questioned about the investigation at the time it happened. apparently, the ones investigating the case thought it was crazy that her mom brought in psychics to help. would always call the mom "that crazy lady" and change the subject right after he talked about how she brought in psychics to help. Laughed it off.

You ask me, I think he knows (and knew) who killed Kaitlyn.

Asked on Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 10:13:10 AM
Reply: That would make sense, except that we never told the police we were consulting psychics and we never offered them any information from psychics. We realized that doing so would destroy our credibility.

The first that anyone knew that we'd been using psychics was when my book was published in 1992. Police dropped off the unsolved case in spring of 1991. If Det. Fay and others were calling me "that crazy lady" back in 1989, it was because I was refuting the "random shooting" scenario by offering them information about the Vietnamese criminal group.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Damon Fay
Question: he has his own website - he's some kind of investigator trainer.

Asked on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 02:45:18 PM
Reply: Many cops from that era have now retired. And many have become PIs or "investigative trainers." Or body guards. Or, for some strange reason, they've become limouseine drivers.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Damon Fay
Question: Still lives in ABQ, on San Mateo or San Pedro area NE heights.

Asked on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 02:41:28 PM
Reply: Thanks, but I meant information about him as a member of the APD homicide department. Not personal information. That's none of our business.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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