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Question: Did Kait go to Highland High in Albuquerque? I graduated from there in 1987. I was reading her file on and her picture looks so familiar. Just wondering, you can write me back at

Asked on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 12:03:35 AM
Reply: Kait graduated from Highland High in 1989. So she would have been a senior when you were a sophomore.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
[From: Hava Lyon]
Question: Hello Lois, I work at the local public library and today, while doing check-in, I saw your book, "Who Killed My Daughter?" Intrigued, I set it off to the side to check it out and bring it home.

I got home from work at 1:00, and decided to read a little before taking a nap. Two hours later, I was still reading - I couldn't put it down! I knew from the book flap that you hadn't solved the mystery yet, but I figured that since the book was so old, that it had been solved after the publication of the book. I desperately wanted to know who did it, but I made myself finish reading the book before going online to do a Google search. (Luckily, I speed-read, so I was able to finish about an hour ago or so).

I quickly jumped online and was THOROUGHLY disappointed to find out that you still haven't solved the mystery!!!! How is that possible?! I was just SHOCKED when I found that out.

Anyway, I write reviews of nonfiction books as a side job for a website called - you can find my blog here: I will write a review tomorrow of your book, and post it on Monday. The post will stay at the top of the blog until Friday (when it gets bumped down by a new review) so hopefully new people who hadn't heard of your book will read and get interested in it.

I hope that somehow my very small contribution to the cause will help. I am very excited about the idea of a sequel, and if it does get published, I will be sure to review it prominently on my site.

I just wanted to wish you the absolute best of luck, and just to let you know that I will continue to check back to see if any updates have been made.



Asked on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 12:45:28 AM
Reply: Thank you, Hava! That would be great!

Please be sure to say that the book is still in print but, because it is no longer new, the best way to obtain a copy is from an online bookstore.

Also, it would be nice if you gave readers the URL of Kait's web site: That's like getting two books in one -- the original WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? and an Internet update that picks up where that book lets off and leads up to the present.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I'm sure I'm not the only one reading this post that can't wait to hear about the APD being blown wide open. I am dump founded that with everything that's being written, and I'm sure it's not just on this post, SOMEONE hasn't started asking questions. I can understand a code of silence within the police dept but this has gotten, or been, out of control. I'm sure there's at least one hero out there and I can't wait until he or she comes forward! God speed to you and your family>

Asked on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 09:28:37 PM
Reply: Thank you for your kind wishes. We are not without heros -- private investigators, crime scene analysts, forensic experts, handwriting experts, insurance claims adjusters, tipsters, and members of the media who have helped us accumulate and assemble the information you see on this Web site.

Now, however, we are waiting for that FINAL HERO, who will can put all the pieces together to form a complete picture.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I just Googled "fermin garcia" + "go video" and found 1 reference to the post below. The other 133 were links to porn sites and videos.

I don't know what that means, if anything, other than maybe Go Video rents the movies that Blockbuster doesn't carry.

Asked on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 09:16:48 PM
Reply: Thank you for doing that. It may be more important than you (or we, at this point) realize.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Fermin Garcia
Question: Where is he mentioned on the site? I've never seen him mentioned except for the message board, when he (or someone pretending to be him) posted his little comment.

Asked on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 08:39:02 PM
Reply: You're right, Fermin Garcia isn't mentioned on our site. The only mention I can find of him is a post on this message board about a year ago titled "APD Gang Officer Eric Garcia" or some such thing. The message didn't say anything bad about anybody, but it did identify "Ferman Garcia, the owner and manager of GO Video" as Officer Garcia's father. Fermin Garcia must have Googled his own name and stumbled on that reference. The question is, why would he feel so threatened by it?

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Yep, Fermin Garcia's APD sons are on record
Question: 2002 Albuquerque Tribune

Byline: Jan Jonas

Not long ago, Fermin Garcia called to share information about his three sons.

He ask me to share his youngest son's success. Eric J. Garcia, was recently promoted to lieutenant in the Albuquerque Police Department. He works in the northwest area.

Fermin Garcia and his wife Eutimia have two other sons.

Allen Garcia has been an Albuquerque police officer for about 8 years. He works at the Southeast Substation.

Danny Garcia joined the department with brother Eric about 12 years ago. Danny works in the special investigations...

Asked on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 02:33:05 PM
Reply: More checking reveals that Fermin Garcia's APD son Eric , was the person who testified at
the Matt Griffin trial on the killing of Michael Howard a 33-year-old, security consultant, found dead next to a red 1985 Pontiac Firebird that someone had attempted to steal. Eric Garcia was one of the first persons to discover
the body. In January 1989, six months prior to Kait's murder, APD Officer Matt Griffin had shot and killed Peter Klunck, a man who was threatening to turn Griffin in for multiple felonies. The Peter Klunck shooting is linked to Kait's murder through the fact that Peter Klunck did off-the-books work at the auto body shop where the VW bug that fled Kait's scene tried to take refuge. And APD Matt Griffin was one of the cops who hung out and had after hours parties at that body shop.

I feel like we're in the Twilight Zone. How many people -- good or bad -- can be linked by one killing after another without a pattern forming?

When you start researching names and how they link -- (especially if one of those people is threatening to kill you) -- you start to wonder about these coincidences.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Fermin Garcia
Question: I'm not totally certain but I believe this may be the same Fermin Garcia who was related to Alvin Campbell,the sheriff at the time of Kait's murder.

If so, then his statement about having connections with the sheriff's department is accurate.

Asked on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 02:23:25 PM
Reply: That seems to fit. So, what does anybody know about Alvin Campbell?

This is like a jigsaw puzzle.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Psychic possibilities
Question: We are writing you from our high school class. We were wondering if you had ever contacted Sylvia Browne about a reading to see if she can give you any insight about the case. I've seen her on TV and she's solved many cases.

Asked on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 09:29:12 AM
Reply: Thank you for that suggestion, but Sylvia Browne is not someone in whom I have confidence.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I sure hope you take a copy of that threat and make it known however and to whoever you can and make it loud and clear cause that person needs to be caught and put away I would hit the news with it the govenor hell even the big boys in DC if i needed to I sure am sorry about your daughter and I hope you get justice you will be in my prayers

Asked on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 06:57:05 AM
Reply: If we reported this, Fermin Garcia would simply deny making the post. Besides, as he proudly told us, he is under the protection of both APD and the Sheriff's Department.

The mistake he made, (I can't imagine that he was sober at the time), was posting this death threat under his own name and providing the information that he was owner of GO VIDEO at the time of Kait's death, (his connection with GO VIDEO seems to be something that worries him) and that he has relatives in law enforcement who will protect him even if he has me killed. If he hadn't been stupid enough to post that information, we'd never have considered researching the names of those relatives, running background checks on them, and asking our friends on the Internet to supply us with their own information about those relatives, about GO VIDEO, and about Fermin himself.

So, let's get going and see what we can find out.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Fermin Garcia
Question: Take my name and GO Videooff your website or you just as dead aS your daughter
I have connections with APD and the Sherriffs dept. fuck with me you will die bitch

Asked on Monday, August 25, 2008 at 03:52:06 PM
Reply: That post makes me want to rush down to GO Video, if it still exists, and meet Fermin Garcia in person.

I 've never had any contact with Fermin Garcia -- I didn't even know who he was.. But, since he's now threatened to have me killed just like Kait, (random drive-by shooting?), and says he has contacts in law enforcement that can help him do that, I ran a background check on him. He did, indeed, own GO VIDEO at the time Kait was murdered. I don't know the significance of that, but he apparently doesn't want his ownership of GO Video publicized, even though (why would anyone do this unless he was drunk?) -- he has just posted that information himself. And -- he's truthful about the fact that he is tight with APD -- he has three sons at APD -- Lt. Eric J. Garcia, Gang Unit; Allen Garcia, officer for 8 years at SE substation; Danny Garcia, Special Investigations Unit.

If any of you have any information about Fermin Garcia and/or any of his three APD sons, please either post it on this board or send it to us by private e-mail.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Summer Reading Project
Question: Mrs. Duncan,

I wrote to you about a possible place I csould have people send donations to and that is covered.

I would like to know what Kait's middle initial is so I can put it on the tee shirt.

Just turned 14 student

Asked on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 10:09:41 AM
Reply: Kait's middle initial is C (her middle name was Clare). And, please remember, we do NOT was to solicit donations.

However, it might be helpful if you posted the URL for this Web site on your T-shirt so people can come here and read about Kait's case. That URL is

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Hi Mrs. Duncan
Question: Its me again lala_lata,BKA Diamond B

After reading your response it occured to me that a number of things could have happened that night. If Kait was killed because she new about a major drug scam that means she may have wanted to inform the police.
1. Mrs. Duncan do you think that the peolpe that chased you that day may have been the killers themselves instead of their families? An if so why couldnt the police trace the tags of the car? Werent there witnesses that mau hve been able to tell them what they saw?

Asked on Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 03:16:03 PM
Reply: I don't know which of the two times I was chased you are referring to, but, no, I don't think I was every chased by Kait's killers.

The first time I was chased was when my daughter, Robin, and I were posting reward fliers with a picture of Kait and Dung on them on trash bins behind an apartment complex in the Vietnamese area of town. The men who chased us were Vietnamese, and I think they just wanted to run us out of there.

The second time I was chased, it was just after receiving death threats from Miguel Garcia's sister. The people in that car were Hispanic. However, Miguel was in jail at that time, so he could not have been one of them.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
APD cop
Question: I was the one who posted the message about the APD cop. I am very sorry, I messed the name of the victim up. I am very glad you corrected me. When I read about the murder of Tera Chavez, the Melanie McCracken case came right into my mind. Thank you for all the information about it. That case deserves another look too.

Asked on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 04:43:00 PM
Reply: Another case that falls into this category is Stephen Haar, who was murdered in January 1998. Like Peter Klunck, Stephen was a small time drug dealer who was trying to turn his life around. During the month before his death, Stephen told his mother twice, "Mom, they're going to kill me." Mrs. Haar asked, "Stephen, who is going to kill you?" He said, "If I told you, you wouldn't believe me. It's best that you don't know." He told the same thing to friends.

APD released a statement to the media that Stephen was found dead in the street at Erbbe and Constitution, with a shotgun lying beside him, implying that he was killed during a street fight. In reality, Stephen was found shot in the back inside the home of a man who is reportedly an APD snitch.

After Stephen's death, his mother found a note in his jeans pocket warning him about a contract being put out on him and naming the same APD snitch in whose home Stephen was killed. His mother says, “I believe Stephen was killed for the same reason Peter Klunck was -- he knew too much about dirty cops who were involved in the Albuquerque drug scene and was a threat to them because he was trying to get straight. Stephen and Peter knew each other. Both were welders and did body work on cars. Stephen also knew Matt Griffin (the Ninja Bandit), the cop who killed Peter Klunck.”

The whole story, as told by Stephen’s mother, is on the Real Crimes Web site at

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I hope you can read in the Albuquerque Journal about the case of officer Levi Chavez. It sounds like another Mcgriffin case. The police got to the murderscene and destroyed evidence and contaminated the crime scene. In today's paper there is an article his lawyer saying "Cop suit sickens his lawyer. I'll bet he will get off too and get promoted. I just feel sorry for Melanie Mccrackens mother. Who ever still believes that Kait's murder was a drive-by shooting must be nuts. How long is the police going to get away with stuff like that?

Asked on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 04:03:07 PM
Reply: You’re right. The police cover up in the Tera Chavez case does mirror APD’s efforts to protect APD Officer Matt Griffin when he killed Peter Klunck.

For those unfamiliar with that case, on January 27, 1989, (same year Kait was killed), Peter Klunck, a small time drug dealer, was due to appear in court. Peter allegedly had been stealing get-away cars for Officer Matt Griffin to use for bank robberies and was involved in drug activities with Griffin. Peter, who was soon to become a father, was getting into rehab and trying to turn his life around. He told friends and relatives that, when he appeared in court, he was going to ”blow the lid off APD.”

Before he could do so, he was chased down by the APD ROP Team and shot to death by Matt Griffin. Police Chief Sam Baca issued a statement to the media that Peter was shot in the chest in self-defense. In reality he was shot three times in the back. One honest cop, who witnessed the shooting, said Peter was unarmed. Griffin’s APD buddies investigated the shooting and, after a seven hour search, came up with a weapon they maintained was Peter’s. It was found 15 feet from Peter’s body, and Peter’s fingerprints were not on it.

In July 1989, Matt Griffin was exposed as the infamous “Ninja Bandit.” He was convicted of multiple bank robberies and murder of a witness and is currently serving a life sentence. Even so, APD was infuriated by the Klunck family's allegation that Griffin deliberately murdered Peter to keep him from talking.

Matt Griffin was one of the cops who partied at the auto body shop where the VW bug tried to seek refuge after fleeing the scene of Kait’s murder. You can read the whole story, as told by Peter’s mother, on the Real Crimes Web site at

Answered by: Kait's Mom
new case may open doors
Question: Sadly, as another poster already stated, there has been another victim of APD's dirty cops. Tera Chavez, wife of APD officer Levi Chavez, was killed in her Los Lunas home last October and immediately following the news of her death, nine APD police officers arrived to destroy evidence and contaminate the crime scene. A civil lawsuit is pending in Albuquerque's District Court. Tera had recently reported her husband's insurance fraud activities, which involved his APD colleagues. I e-mailed the mayor of Albuquerque, Martin Chavez, and pointed out similarities in the Chavez case to Kait's case and others on Real Crimes and asked him when the bloodshed will stop. I asked whether he is part of the corruption and, if not, why isn't he doing more to stop it? I also e-mailed several crime reporters and investigative reporters pointing out the similarities and asking them to follow up. If there is any way to keep this case alive in Albuquerque, I plan to do what I can. The more Kait's case is in the media, the more likely it is to have an ending. I would encourage others to write to reporters, etc., and make sure they are aware that Tera Chavez isn't the first person to die from knowing too much about APD's dirty cops.

Asked on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 10:04:06 AM
Reply: Thank you for your efforts. We've come to believe that the media is the only weapon available to victims' of police cover-ups.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
APD cop
Question: Another APD cop is accused of killing his wife. He is on paid leave and protests his innosence. It sounds like another case like the Melany Mcgriffin case.
I hope you will publish "The Talley Keeper" soon too. Other murder cases got published without an ending like the Jon Bennet Ramsey case and the girl that got killed in Aruba, ich can't remember her name now. I am sure you will sell a lot of books when you publish "The Talley Keeper"

Asked on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 04:29:51 PM
Reply: This poster refers to the Melanie McCracken case. For those unfamiliar with that case: Melanie had been married 18 months to New Mexico State Police Sergeant Mark McCracken when she mysteriously died. There was never an official determination of what killed her, but expert witness, Dr. John Smialek, head of forensic pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, issued a written opinion that Melanie died as a result of "homicidal suffocation."

Sgt. McCracken's subordinate officers at NMSP performed the investigation. They seized no evidence, and all scene photographs taken by OMI field investigator Luis Brown were “lost.”

NBC Dateline did a story on this case which received the Edward R Murrow Award for investigative reporting. The producer set up an interview with Robert Mireles, former head of Living Cross Ambulance Service, to ask him about numerous 911 calls that had been made from Melanie's home prior to her death. On those occasions, Mark did all the talking, only allowing medics to check Melanie's vital signs. The paramedics noticed bruises, which Mark McCracken explained away by telling them that his wife was "critically ill with leukemia.” (The autopsy showed no sign of leukemia or any other disease.)

Dateline’s arranged meeting with Mr. Mireles never occurred, as Mireles was found hanging in his garage in the early morning hours of the day before his appointment with Dateline. EMS run sheets of 911 calls to the McCracken home, which are believed to have been in the possession of Robert Mireles in his briefcase at the time of his death, have never been located.

To show their on-going support for Mark McCracken, the State Police promoted him to the rank of lieutenant.

You’ll find a full account of this case, written by Melanie’s mother, on the Real Crimes Web site at

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Dunworth and Manny Aragon
Question: From what I've been told by former members of APD, Patrick Dunworth moonlighted by doing security for Manny Aragon.

Asked on Monday, August 18, 2008 at 02:30:41 PM
Reply: I don't know anything about his spare time activities.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
APD Patrick Dunworth
Question: I knew Dunworth in the 1980s. He was extremely close with certain people in the Vietnamese community, especially the women. He had total control of Kait’s case and got dumped out of APD when the set-up case against the Hispanic fall guys fell through.

Asked on Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 02:59:50 PM
Reply: As I said in my response to the last post, we have never had personal contact with Lt. Dunworth. However, he did head the Violent Crimes Unit at the time of Kait’s murder. His name is included in the Kait Arquette Homicide report, and the times he was part of meetings with the DA's office on the handling of Kait’s case are on record. It's clear that Lt. Dunworth played a direct role in the investigation of Kait’s case. However, when talking with us or our PI, APD has denied that Dunworth had any connection with Kait’s case. Why would they try to distance Dunworth from Kait’s case? And -- if your information is accurate -- why did he get "dumped" when the case against the Hispanic suspects fell through?

If anyone out there has anything to offer on this subject, please either post it on the message board or send it to us by private e-mail.

Answered by: Kait
Patrick Dunworth
Question: The person in charge of the Kait Arquette homicide investigation was (at that time Lt. and later became Capt.) Patrick Dunworth.

He was the one who was in a position to orchestrate the investigation or non-investigation of Kait's case.

Asked on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 04:47:55 PM
Reply: We've never had any personal contact with Lt. Dunworth. We didn't even know he existed until he called Albq. Journal reporter Mike Gallagher to the police station to try to convince him not to write an article about Kait's case.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Come forward...
Question: Hello Lois, & Family,

I check the site monthly to read comments and updates. I still reside in Albuquerque and have for the past 20 years. At the time Kait was murdered, our family had just moved to Albuquerque about a year prior and I had just completed 9th grade. I concur with the poster who suggested the Tally Keeper be published sooner rather than later. I think your book, regardless of its lack of an ending, will give you the answers you need. I know you've said you want to wait for the person who has information to gain courage, but perhaps this is the catalyst they need to release this courage. You've promised this person's identity will remain a secret. I know you will take it to the grave. I beg of this person who has knowledge to come forward. Bad things happen to good people, such as Kait, when good people refuse to step in and take action against the bad. Don't stand by any longer. Take a stand as the good person you are. Your information is what's needed to solve this case. Pray to GOD for the strength you need. HE will give it to you. Please contact Lois and her family to give them the peace they deserve.

Asked on Friday, August 15, 2008 at 11:11:10 AM
Reply: Thank you for encouraging timid people to find the courage to contact us. Once again, I promise to protect the indentities of people who provide us with information.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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