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A few questions for Mrs Arquette- continued
 
Question: 2) Many of the tips and psychic readings indicate that Kait was killed because of \"who she saw,\" and that that person was probably a political figure. Did Kait follow local or state politics very closely? I ask because I assume that, if this was truly the reason she was killed, the person Kait saw would have to be very well-known and recognizable to the public. Most people probably don\'t know what many of their local and state politicians look like. I know I don\'t, even though I do try to follow politics because I think it is important. Have you come any closer to figuring out who Kait saw, if they were political or someone from the police department, or was the whole thing a dead end?
3) Finally, (and I apologize if you answered this before), did you ever locate the Desert Castle?

Sorry for such a lengthy post. I think I will go to the library and pick up a few of my old favorites of your books, as soon as I finish the Madeline L\'Engle book I\'m reading now (guess I never grew out of the Young Adult fiction section!)

Sincerely,
A Reader In Illinois

Asked on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 10:48:32 AM
Reply: To the best of my knowledge, Kait did not follow politics. However, she did watch television, and certain high profile political figures had their faces all over the news on a regular basis. According to Noreen Renier's reading, this VIP arrived at the party house in the mountains in a limo. That, in itself, would have sparked Kait's interest, as would the way he was greeted and treated. If the man's name didn't leap immediately into her mind, she would have asked somebody about him.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
A few questions for Mrs. Arquette
 
Question: I am a 27 year-old fan of your books from way back. I\'m a true-crime fan who has read \"Who Killed My Daughter\" twice. I always get a vauge feeling of uneasiness whenever I read the book or this website, maybe because of the sadness and injustice of the story. It is almost creepy.
I\'ve never posted here, because I never had anything to say other than that I respect and admire your continued effort for justice (and I love your books!) After reading the last few pages of posts, I did think of a couple of things to bring up.

1) A few pages back, you said that the bullets and shell casing were never found at the crime scene. Apparently the bullet holes indicated two different cailber guns/bullets were used. Were either of these consistant with the size of guns or ammunition commonly carried by police officers? Maybe the larger bullets? A little googling tells me that .40 caliber rounds are becoming the most common. 9mm (about .36 caliber) was the most common before that, and may have been in 1989. Do you have any what kind of guns the APD uses?

(continued in next post)

Asked on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 10:47:50 AM
Reply: I know almost nothing about guns. The explanation we were given for why the bullets that entered Kait's head were not found in her body was that they must have been very small caliber weapon, like a 22. We were also told by someone in Criminalistics (as well as by others) that the bullet hole in the doorframe of the car was too large to have been made by a 22.

I do know that police officers do not carry 22s. But I have no idea what they did carry in 1989.

So here are the pieces of the puzzle that we have so far:

1. Somebody in a heavy car used the PITT technique (which is taught at police academies) to ram the bumper of Kait's car in the exact spot that would send it out of control and across the median to land on the opposite sidewalk.

2. Somebody fired a shot from a large caliber weapon that struck the door frame of Kait's car. (Question: Did he fire that shot while Kait was driving, in order to intimidate her, and when she kept on going, did he ram her and force her off the road? Or did he ram her off the road and then get out of his car and fire the shot that struck the door frame?)

3. A different individual, with a 22, then shot Kait twice in the head after her car had crossed the road and landed on the sidewalk.

4. At least two individuals involved, probably in separate vehicles. One with a large caliber weapon and one with a 22. Therefore, this was a conspiracy. Were a cop and his snitch working together? Did the cop fire and miss deliberately, because his purpose was simply to scare her into keeping her mouth shut about activities certain members of APD were covering up, but the snitch took the situation seriously and finished her off?

These are just speculations. We're open to other possible scenarios.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Kait's Murder
 
Question: Hi. First of all, I really want to tell you how deeply sorry I am of all of this.

I was very moved by this case and you trying to solve it. I wish you the best in this !

Now, I was wondering...I just read the book, and I\'d be really interested in doing a movie on this subject. I realize that this is a painful subject, and I don\'t know how you and your family would feel about seeing this as a movie. But could you please tell me what you think about this ?

Thanks
Joey.

Asked on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 07:24:30 AM
Reply: Thank you for your caring.

The agent who represents the film rights to all my books is:

Jody Hotchkiss and Associates
611 Broadway, Suite 741
New York, NY 10012
phone 212-253-0161
e-mail: jody@haalit.com

However, you need to be aware that producing a movie and getting it distributed it to theaters is a massive and extremely expensive undertaking.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Pier One
 
Question: Maybe Renae Bunn was afraid of the vietnamese, maybe she had been threatened by them. Does anyone know where Renae is and or has she contacted you?

Asked on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 10:43:04 PM
Reply: Our P.I. met with her. She had no information to offer.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Corrrection
 
Question: Sorry--when I wrote, "Now here''s the kicker. If she had been recruited as a snitch, it might explain who was with her, the person she met at the mall that turned out to be Rod," I meant "ow here''s the kicker. If she had been recruited as a snitch, it might explain who was with her, the person she met at the mall that turned out NOT to be Rod."

Asked on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 05:29:15 PM
Reply: I realized that was a typo.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Follow up
 
Question: The point I was making below: The idea that Kait was a federal informant for either FBI or DEA would explain what happened to Kait, how it happened, when it happened, and why she was at some point traveling with a person you cannot identify.

Is there any other explanation that accounts for all the facts, including why Sharon and her friends were hired, EVEN THOUGH Kait admired the new manager.

Asked on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 05:25:57 PM
Reply: It's one of the best explanations so far.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
you arenrambling
 
Question: RE: the idea that Kait was involved with the feds: One lone kid going to the corrupt Albuquerque police--why would anyone be afraid? Why would she be killed, when she might just as easily be the victim of an "accident" in the company of Dung? Or when she might be threatened, or someone like Dung killed as an example to her? (Remember, Dung's death, or the death of one of the other's involved, would not have raised as many eyebrows as the murder of a very young woman who is the daughter of a well-known writer.) It also explains why they would have sent a real assassin to shoot her in the street instead of just having low-level thugs kill her more quietly. (I am thinking here of earlier posts on the board that speculate that a trained police officer or someone with similar training stopped Kait’s car and shot her).

Now here''s the kicker. If she had been recruited as a snitch, it might explain who was with her, the person she met at the mall that turned out to be Rod. FBI or DEA undercover. Maybe that guy was recognized. Or maybe the criminals knew there had to be a snitch and when Kait turned up at the wrong place, they figured they knew who it was. So Kait had to die. It would be interesting to know if an FBI or DEA agent was found dead, went missing, or was assassinated around the time of or closely after Kait’s murder. And maybe the "good man" who knows the answers is a federal agent. For the first time, for me, things start to add up. This also explains why Kait's spirit cried out, "They won't silence me!"

Asked on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 05:23:01 PM
Reply: You're right. A picture does seem to be forming.

On Friday evening, Kait and Rod went to an early movie -- "Peter Pan." Then Kait told Rod she had to split because she "had an appointment." Who she would be meeting with at about 9 p.m. on a Friday evening has always been a mystery to us. Then, two days later, she was murdered. Your speculation that she might have been spotted meeting with an FBI or DEA agent is a valid possibility.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Pier One
 
Question: If Pier One was being used for drug trafficking, I wonder why they still operate here in Albuquerque? One reason could be, that law enforcement officials are in cahoots with the Pier One people. Both of their stores here in Albuquerque have really moved up to a much more upscale merchandise place, than it used to be back in the 70's and 80's.

Asked on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 03:14:37 PM
Reply: The Pier One chain would not have been involved in smuggling. If smuggling was, indeed, taking place, it would, most likely, have involved particular individuals at a particular store. Once those individuals were gone, the smuggling would have stopped.

From a reading by psychic Betty Muench: “Pier One itself was not suspect, but there will have been those employed there. Kaitlyn thought she had some allies, but indeed they all bolted on her when she needed them the most.”

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Interesting time line
 
Question: Kait’s co-worker at Pier One finds heroin in box of fans.

That co-worker reports her find to the FBI.

Renae Bunn, manager of Pier One, is fired (why?) and replaced by someone from the main office.

Kait is murdered, so Dung and his friends no longer have an excuse to hang out at Pier One.

Sharon and her boyfriend immediately apply for jobs there.

Asked on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 11:13:21 AM
Reply: This is a thought provoking post.

To answer your question about why Renae Bunn was fired, allegedly it was for not "keeping the story up to merchandising standards." However, everyone we've talked with who worked there has told us Renae was a perfectionist and the store was very well run. No one believes she was fired for that reason.

So -- following your line of thinking -- why would she be fired for a bogus reason immediately after one of her employees contacts the FBI about finding heroin in the merchandise?

Assuming the FBI contacted Pier One Headquarters, might that have led to the firing of the manager? If so, why?

A few possibilities that occur to me:

1. They suspected the manager of being involved in the interception of the heroin.

2. They did not suspect her personally, but wanted her out of the way so they could replace her with someone from Pier One Headquarters to keep an eye on what was happening at that store.

3. By stating that the manager was not "keeping the store up to merchandising standards," they meant she was doing nothing to prevent the Vietnamese group from hanging out there and having access to the store room and loading dock.

But, if that last was the case, why wasn't KAIT fired? She was the alleged reason those guys were always there. Yet, she remained in her position as the person in charge of imported clothing. She also, in comments to us, expressed her respect for the new manager, Doyle Cawthon. Is it possible the feds were using Kait as a "snitch," to report to them, via Cawthon? If that was the case, it could certainly have led to her death. That's what happens to snitches. And it would explain why the FBI has refused to follow up on any information we've given them or to help us in any way. If Kait was their "snitch," they were responsible for her death.

I'm rambling, I know. Please, consider this brainstorming. The person who posted this message launched me on a new line of thought about previously unconsidered possibilities.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
who was the manager?
 
Question: Who was the manager who got fired from Pier One after Kait's co-worker found the heroin and turned it over to the FBI?

Asked on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 10:36:49 AM
Reply: Renae Bunn.

She was replaced by Doyle Cawthon from the main office.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
more and more crime
 
Question: The question of pornography is an interesting one, considering that the Arquettes began unravelling this tangled criminal web with the car crash scam in Los Angeles. Look how that criminal conspiracy metastasized into drugs, crooked cops, other murders, etc. So why not other illegal imports?

And it's an excellent question: How did these guys manage to get their stuff out of Pier One? Someone on the inside had to be helping and that would not have been Kait.

Asked on Tuesday, September 09, 2008 at 09:12:32 PM
Reply: No, it would not have been Kait. Because, if Kait was part of the operation, there would have been no reason to kill her.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Oriental porn / Pier One
 
Question: You said, "While Dung was allegedly "visiting Kait," An Quoc Le and the others were all over the shop and loading dock. If heroin was being imported via UPS from the Orient, why not other marketable things as well?"

Now I have to wonder, what type of management did Pier One have, if the staff allowed An Quoc Le and his buddies to wander all over the store & loading dock without being stopped? It makes you wonder how many of the employees were in on this.

Oriental porn is a big market. Underage girls are commonly used for the trade.

Asked on Tuesday, September 09, 2008 at 08:21:18 PM
Reply: You're raising some good questions.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Sharon Smith
 
Question: Do you think someone connected to Sharon did the deed?

Asked on Tuesday, September 09, 2008 at 01:30:47 PM
Reply: We don't know how Sharon fits into this. We do know she has made a number of untrue statements and that she and her boyfriend both got jobs at Pier One right after Kait's murder. We've never understood that.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
well i think
 
Question: i think her friend sharon smoth killed her.

Asked on Monday, September 08, 2008 at 08:27:05 AM
Reply: I believe that Sharon has information that she is afraid to reveal, but I'm certain that she did not kill Kait.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
porn from the Orient?
 
Question: I've been reading about this situation on a different web site. There was a post on that site that asked:

"What sort of videos did GO Video rent? Is it possible there was a section that was devoted to Oriental porn?"

I think that's a valid question, considering how frantic Fermin Garcia, the owner and manager of GO Video, got when he read his name was linked to that business. He threatened to have you killed if you didn't remove that post.

Whether Fermin Garcia posted that death threat or one of his three APD sons did, the big question is, why would he and his sons be so upset about his being named as the owner of GO Video?

Asked on Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 02:26:25 PM
Reply: This message board discussion becomes more interesting with every new post. This speculation has merit. We've been told, by one of Kait's co-workers, that heroin was being imported through Pier One Imports, where Kait worked as clothing manager. Kait's boyfriend, Dung Nguyen, and his Vietnamese friends were at that shop every day. While Dung was allegedly "visiting Kait," An Quoc Le and the others were all over the shop and loading dock. If heroin was being imported via UPS from the Orient, why not other marketable things as well?

Anybody who is reading this and ever visited GO Video and can provide information about what people might have been able to rent "under the counter," please either post it here or contact us by private e-mail.



Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Post Re Tribune Reporter of Albuquerque
 
Question: There is not such paper called the "Tribune Reporter for Albuquerque" The Albuqueque Tribune stopped operating earlier this year.

Maybe it is another publisher, and the poster got it mixed up.

Asked on Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 11:12:19 AM
Reply: I found the article the poster referred to, and his quotes were accurate. The Garcia brothers professed their love of flashing lights and sirens. One of them stated that he especially enjoyed working graveyard shift in the southeast section of the city, which is the Vietnamese area. He termed it "The War Zone." The article was published in the Albuquerque Tribune. The reason for the poster's confusion is that it was attributed to "Jan Jonas, Tribune Reporter." Someone unfamiliar with Albq. newspapers would naturally assume that that was the name of the paper.

However, the date of publication appears to have been Jan. 30, 2003, not Sept. 2008.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Fermin Garcia and brothers
 
Question: I found on Google the Tribune Reporter for Albuquerque a write up about Fermin Garcia and his brothers it is dated 9-6-08 i wont type it all but let me at least put a few comments down here that the Garcia brothers said " they said they like nothing better than a car with running lights and sirens "one of them said now get this ( go figure ) he joined the department because its fun' what else am I going to do in Albuquerque where I get paid to have fun".

one of the other brothers is a former undercover narcotics officer and still does some undercover work but he says this " he never thought he wanted to be in narcotics or work undercover , but after his first drug buy he liked the rush"

now hmmmmmmmmm lets see sounds a little bit like they are having to much fun and to much of a power trip with their jobs what do you all think

Asked on Saturday, September 06, 2008 at 07:56:33 PM
Reply: I think there was a typo in your post -- you meant Fermin Garcia's "sons," not his "brothers."

Thank you for finding this article and directing us to it. But where did you find the date on which it was published? It can't possibly have been published in September 2008, because the Tribune folded early this year.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Go Video
 
Question: Where is this business located? There used to be a video store near Old Town that I am convinced was a front for something less legal. The people associated with the property (if not the store) are lawyers who run in the same circles as John Brennan, Manny Aragon and others whose names have been brought up here. I used to live near this store and anytime I popped in looking for a movie, they never had it -- not only that, it was one of those stores where you had to bring the box up and they'd get the actual movie for you, the woman would never even check. I'd just take a box up and she'd say "no, it's out," or "we don't have that anymore," until I finally got the hint that there weren't actually any movies in the back. (I feel silly that it took me a few times, but I'm pretty naive about stuff like that!).

Asked on Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 10:57:21 AM
Reply: A data search under the name Fermin Garcia yielded information that in 1989
he was the owner and Manager of GO VIDEO (aka GO TV & Video and GO TV
Video Rental) at 670 B. Juan Tabo NE (also listed as 501 A Paisano NE), in a
strip center behind a restaurant at the corner of Juan Tabo and Chico.

That doesn't mean that the business still exists.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
your letter to Allison DuBois
 
Question: How did you word your letter to Allison DuBois to get the producers to be interested in Kait's case? They must receive thousands of letters about cold cases.

Asked on Monday, September 01, 2008 at 01:43:16 PM
Reply: Dear Allison DuBois,

I would like to submit a case for your consideration for your new “Soul Evidence” show.

It meets your criteria:

Our daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, 18, was shot to death in her car in Albuquerque, NM, on July 16, 1989. The death was ruled a homicide. The Albuquerque Police Department dubbed the murder a “random drive-by shooting” and investigated it as such, ignoring a large amount of evidence indicating that Kait was deliberately killed because she was preparing to expose an interstate criminal operation.

In 1991, police arrested three men for “randomly” shooting Kait. Charges were dropped when the state’s “eye witness” turned out to have been incarcerated at the time of the shooting. In 1992, the APD dropped off Kait’s unsolved case. The case is still open, but inactive. Police say they do not ever expect to make further arrests. They’ve washed their hands of it.

However, our family has continued a personal investigation with the help of private investigators, crime scene reconstructionists, forensic experts, etc. for over 16 years. We have accumulated a tremendous amount of new information which police refuse to look at because it does not support their “random shooting” scenario.

Kait’s case might be a particularly good one for your “Soul Evidence” series for several reasons:

1. We have the APD case file, so you won’t have to fight the authorities to get it.

2. We have all the information from our years of personal investigation, organized and documented.

3. Our private investigators will cooperate to the fullest with your researchers and will also be willing to be interviewed on the show.

4. There’s a “peg” that you can hang the story on that will stimulate viewer interest. I am an author, (I write under the name “Lois Duncan”), and HOTEL FOR DOGS, a children’s book I wrote in 1971, has just been filmed by Dreamworks as a major motion picture. It will be released to theaters in January 2009. That silly little book was Kait’s favorite of my stories when she was a little girl. How thrilled she would have been to have seen it on the Big Screen!

Lois (Duncan) Arquette -- Kait's mother
Donald Arquette -- Kait's father

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
More from me...
 
Question: I just finished the review - it will show up on my site tomorrow morning.

Also, I think I remember on one of these threads that you were going to get in contact with Allison Dubois to see if she could help you out. Did anything ever happen with that? Or am I thinking of the wrong psychic? Anyway, I might have a tenuous "in" with Allison, so if that's something you're interested, I can see what I can do (or if you've already explored that avenue, I won't bother).

Thanks,

Havs

Asked on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 07:19:10 PM
Reply: I received a phone call from Andrea, assistant to Allison Debois, saying their producers were interested in Kait's story as a possibility for their "Soul Evidence Show." They wanted to send me some materials to fill out, but their e-mails to me had been bouncing.

We've now changed Internet providers and that problem seems to be fixed. I've written them again. I hope we haven't lost this opportunity because of an e-mail glitch.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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