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highly suspect :(
Question: Why hasn't anyone followed up on An Le? I think he's more of a player than anyone. I can't believe that he was able to be naturalized.... that's almost more wrong than not interrogating him enough or following up on basically everything! I'm so sorry for everything that you've had to go through. Do you ever get sick of hearing that?!? Have you found anything out about An Le since? Sorry for playing detective, I'm just curious.

Asked on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 04:53:56 PM
Reply: A VERY good question. And one that I'm surprised people haven't asked sooner. For some reason, which we can't even begin to fathom, An Quoc Le seems to be under protection.

We would welcome any input on that subject that anyone out there can provide.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Jane B.
Question: Have you heard from Dung or Rod since, Who Killed My Daughter was published?

Asked on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 03:00:16 PM
Reply: We're in touch with Rod, and he sometimes posts on this message board.

We have not had contact with Dung since November 1989.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Are you saying cops are a bunch of wimps who are so intimidated by their bosses that they do whatever there told whether they want to or not? What happens to them if they don't?

Asked on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 03:50:11 PM
Reply: Not being behind the Blue Wall, I can only quote statements from those who are:

Re: The APD Evidence Room Scandal

There was instant retaliation against the whistleblowers. A captain, who had reported the damage from the chemical spill, was placed on administrative leave and asked to turn in her badge, gun and squad car. A different captain, who had ordered an investigation into high-ranking members of the police department, was punished by having the Internal Affairs division taken away from his command. At two citywide meetings, attended by hundreds of officers who were required to be there, deputy chiefs encouraged them to be “angry and repulsed” by Sergeant Orr for breaking the code of silence.

In a furious tirade, filled with profanity, one deputy chief warned his lieutenants that if they ever openly criticized the administration he would yank them from their command. One lieutenant taped that diatribe and filed a complaint with the City's Labor Management Relations Board.

"He was trying to intimidate us,” the lieutenant stated. “Others will not come forward because they are scared."
Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ex-Cop Describes the 'Blue Wall'
SANTA FE — 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.
McGinn wants to show a jury that the culture at APD rewards keeping your mouth shut...
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.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Taylor Harmon
Question: I have another question. Do you think that the investigators and police were bought out or bribed to omit their notes and very important evidence as well as not contact you every two weeks with a progress report/listen to you when you had very good evidence or was they just too lazy or unthoughtfull to try with all their best? My best regards always and forever and I am truly sorry for you loss. Kait seemed like a very nice, smart, beautiful woman.

Asked on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 11:40:05 AM
Reply: Not, by any means, the whole department.

My personal belief, and those of many others, is that a certain member of APD who was in a position to control the investigation deliberately sabotaged it. He controlled the investigators and what went into their reports, and they weren't in a position to resist without destroying their careers.

The big question is -- who was that particular individual? We think we know but need to have it confirmed.

Why did he act as he did? Another good question. We speculate that HE was under the thumb of someone HIGHER up, probably a political VIP.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Todd Babcock
Question: I've known Todd and his family for years and consider his integrity to be beyond reproach. Lord, I'm not naive about this, but Todd Babcock is not a dirty cop. He's a cop you could count on!

Asked on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 07:46:44 AM
Reply: We have had no interaction at all with Tod Babcock. However, he is on record as having had direct ties with the auto body shop where the VW bug fled after leaving Kait's scene.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Theories about Kaitlyn Arquette
Question: Having been an EMT here in New Mexico for almost nine years, there were several things I've noticed about the photos and descriptions listed in various areas on this site, as well as the photos from the Facebook page.

The first was the fact that while there were no exit wounds, no bullets were found. My only theory on that is that she was killed at point blank range and that blanks were used (Someone in possession of blanks was referred to on this site). Jon-Erik Hexum was an actor that died from this same sort of wound. Were there any powder burns located around the wounds? Were there any other wounds to any other parts of her body (bruising from the vehicle impact, defensive wounds, ligature marks)? Were any glass shards found in the wounds or on/beneath her clothing? I also believe at least two guns were used.

My second thought is that she didn't wreck the car. From the photos I viewed, this was a low speed impact, maybe 20 mph at the most, as there is very little damage to the car, and no noticeable damage to the utility pole. I also don't see any skid marks that would suggest she was moving at a high rate of speed and attempted to slow down before the impact.

Third, I'm curious to know if she was even killed in the car, as one of the photos shows the interior, yet I see no blood spatter or pools, and with the head being as vascular as it is, there would be a lot of blood, even in the driver's seat.

I have a few more ideas I'd like to share if you're interested in hearing them.

Asked on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 01:09:43 AM
Reply: Our PI says, in response to your post: "This person makes clear points. I have asked the same questions and made similar observations and I have definitely asked several people about lack of blood spatter on the driver's door window."

We're very interested in hearing your further comments.

I, myself, was startled by your speculation that blanks were used. I didn't realize that blanks would kill people; I thought they were used only for intimidation.

I can answer a few of your questions: Although the major parts of the bullets were not found in Kait's body, there were some tiny fragments of bullets along the wound track and a very small fragment of a bullet in the right side of her brain. There were a lot of satellite impacts around the entrance holes made from shattered glass from the driver's side window. There were no powder burns or injuries to other parts of her body and no defense wounds.

As our PI says, the big question that no one seems to have an answer for is the lack of blood spatter on the driver's side of the car. It would appear that Kait must have fallen immediately to her right prone across the seat. There was a lot of blood pooled on the floor on the passenger's side. The right side of her clothing was blood soaked. The left side was clean.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: dear lois
i was reading the book you wrote on Kait's death and had to do a project for school on it and was wondering what time kait was pronoced brain dead and then dead

Asked on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 01:06:56 PM
Reply: I don't know. Does it matter?

Answered by: Kait's Mom
who killed my daughter?
dear lois,

i have a question on your book again?

was your purpose of writing this book having to do with expressing your feelings and your opinion of this story.

Asked on Tuesday, March 09, 2010 at 07:44:01 AM
Reply: I wrote Who Killed My Daughter? to motivate informants and to prevent the facts of the inactive case from becoming dead and buried.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Corrupt cops..
Question: Wasn't T.Babcock a friend/partner of Rock Hart? Those two plus many more (in their circle of trust) were accused of being more than crooked! Intimidation, sexual favors from prostitutes in order to avoid arrest, physical abuse of people they wanted information from, threats if certain people didnt "Cooperate." Yeah, a REAL good group of guys! Im glad im not living that life any more. They had a reputation that was WELL known on the street. NOT in a good way either.

Asked on Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 04:59:20 PM
Reply: I don't know if there's a link between Tod Babcock and Roch Hart. (It would be fascinating if there were, since Hart has posted many times on this Web site, offering guidence on how we should and should not conduct our investigation.)

I would be very interested in knowing the identities of others in "their circle of trust." If you don't want to post those names here, perhaps you could send them by private e-mail?

Answered by: Kait's Mom
What was Kait about to expose?
Question: Hello Lois,

I hope you are well. I have been doing some more deep reading and thinking about Kait and if there was one thing that most women could not or would not put with is if they found out about a peadophile ring as well as drug smuggling. In a lot of countries child stealing is rife. If Kait had found out about it on top of the drugs which she may have been prepared to let go of it may just have tipped her over the edge and she was so obviously fearful of something or someone.
What do you think? I mean you know a lot more having done all the investigations.
Jo Hilton

Asked on Monday, March 01, 2010 at 12:41:50 PM
Reply: Your speculation about pedophile activity is not impossible. In those days a lot of stuff from the Orient -- drugs, of course, being primary -- was being smuggled into the States by various means, (often by UPS). We've been told that members of Dung's group were receiving child porn from the Orient and selling it to a local video dealer. But that's just hear-say -- we don't have anything to back that up, other than for the owner of an Albuquerque video store posting a crazy message on this board threatening to have me killed if I mentioned his name or the name of his store on this Web site. (And then the idiot signed his name.)

The accusation of "child stealing" has never been made, and we have no reason to suspect that could have been happening.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Cold Case Task Force
Question: Some are as corrupt as the next APD cop. I wouldn't trust any of them.

Maybe the new mayor can help you out.

Asked on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 03:07:50 PM
Reply: I don't think Det. Don Roberts is corrupt. We had high hopes when he was in the Cold Case Unit. But as soon as he began to get deeply involved in Kait's case and started to interview suspects, he was transferred to the Pedophile Unit.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
In Response to your communication w/Santa Fe C.O.
Question: First, I would find out who the instructor is first before you share any info with him. Many retired APD officers have gone on to teaching/training.
I know one for a fact has done so, name Damen Faye. So watch who you confide in.

Good luck to you! and God speed!!

Asked on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 03:05:34 PM
Reply: Thank you for wanting to look out for me, but we have presented APD with all our new information, (except for the I.D.s of our sources). They just haven't been interested in reviewing it. If this gentleman's instructor is a former member of APD and takes an interest in the case, more power to him. Even if he's Damon Fay.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Your book...............
Question: Ma'am I have never read an entire book in my life! Back cover was good enough for me thanks to my Criminal Justice instructor our entire class must read and write a paper by end of semester in which we are required to tear apart and magnify any possibilities we observe while reading.
I was also a corrections officer in Santa Fe Maximum security unit and Matthew Griffin often bragged how he ran this city how he had control over who lived and who didnt. I know for a fact Albuquerque Police Department is very corrupt. I hope and pray we can assist you in solving this if not maybe the next class can!
Admire you Faith
Stay strong God Bless

Asked on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 03:28:50 PM
Reply: Thank you for posting.

Please contact me by private e-mail. I'd like to know more about your class and how to contact your instructor directly. It sounds like this might be a golden opportunity for both of us -- we can provide him with additional information to supplement what's in my book and is posted on this Web site, and he and his students may be able to help us unscramble this mess and direct our focus.

We would also be more than grateful for any information you can provide to us about Matt Griffin. (I guarantee your identity will be kept confidential.) Don't post it here. We need to discuss it in private.

First you may want to visit the Real Crimes site at and read the Peter Klunck story.

God bless you for posting.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
New detectives assigned to cold cases.
Question: Lois, Its my understanding that APD has now added 8 people to work cold cases. This might be a great time to push to have your daughters case opened back up.

Asked on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 08:58:04 PM
Reply: One of those 8 new members is a cop named TOD BABCOCK.

Babcock is one of the cops linked to the auto body shop i.e. drug distribution center at 824 Arno where the VW tried to take refuge after fleeing Kait's scene.

The owner of that shop, Frank Arellano, stated in a deposition that his buddy, APD Officer Tod Babcock, frequented the shop after hours. He also said Babcock babysat for him and his wife.

I don't think the Cold Case unit is going to be investigating anything that one of their own members was personally involved with.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
hi there
Question: hi i live in albuquerque nm and im reading who killed my daughter? i live on edith and mountain just down the street from the cemetary i believe kait is burried in ... i would love to visit her can you guide me on where exactly i can find her

Asked on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 09:02:54 PM
Reply: Thank you for wanting to visit her grave. I believe it's on Canna. But it's impossible to describe in words how to find a particular resting place. You'd do best to go to the cemetery office and ask them to show you the location on a map.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Night of the shooting questions
Question: Hello Mrs. Arquette!
I have followed your message board on and off through the years. I paged back over the past year\'s messages and caught up this weekend, and there are a couple of things I am curious about.
1. Had Kait updated her driver\'s license or vehicle registration to reflect her new address? (I never updated my info until after I graduated from college, but maybe that\'s just me..) If she had not, how did the police end up at her apartment to notify Dung? Did you ask them to inform him after they informed you? Or did they backtrack, using the directions in the car, and tell Sharon Smith before even you had been notified? And if so, did she direct them to Dung and then phone him? (Perhaps how he knew before the cops officially told him.)
2. Who actually called for the ambulance? If I understand, Mary Ann Wallace SAID she called for backup (but didn\'t) and Merriman SAID he called for an ambulance (but didn\'t). So where did the call for the ambulance originate from?
3. Was Kait still buckled in, or was there autopsy finding of any head/chest bruising from being flung forward against the steering wheel or being caught by the seat belt?
Just things I wondered about as I looked at the photos and read up. I can\'t tell you how sorry I am for your loss, and how sorry I am that the people who are supposed to help are, likely, the culprits themselves. I hope you all are well.
Best wishes,

Asked on Monday, February 15, 2010 at 04:35:50 PM
Reply: Good questions, Shawnie.

Kait's driver's license still gave the address of our family home (which is how the hospital was able to contact us). Police got her apartment address from Sharon Smith, whom they talked to before they talked with us at the hospital. I may also have given Det. Gallegos that address at the hospital.

No, the cops didn't phone Dung before going to the apartment at 3 a.m. They allegedly "woke him up" when they arrived to tell him.

It's not totally clear who actually called for rescue. Merriman says he did, and no one disputes that, so he may well have done so. However, the ambulance that arrived first at the scene was already in the area when the call went out, which is why it got there before the fire rescue team.

There's nothing in the reports to indicate that Kait was buckled in. Actually, she couldn't have been, or she wouldn't have fallen sideway across the seats. So she either hit the pole, undid her seat belt in order to get out, and was shot before she could do so, or she wasn't wearing a seatbelt at all. (That would not have been unusual for her. she didn't always buckle up as she should have.)

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Dungs friend/alibi was with kirtland afb. thats the easiest and safest way to get drugs in. so the cover up is for agencies/people higher than the apd.

Asked on Friday, February 12, 2010 at 09:11:56 PM
Reply: That's an interesting speculation and a possibility that has been suggested to us before. Past employees at the NCO Club on Kirtland AFB and servicemen stationed at Kirtland in the late 1980s, describe a large drug operation in which drugs from Puerto Rico and Antigua were flown into the US by para-rescue teams, who would stop at Kirtland for refueling before proceeding on to California. Sources say those drugs were distributed in the main NCO Club and adjoining lounges. Sources have identified a group of APD officers, who frequented the (NCO) Roadrunner Lounge and solicited women to attend late night parties at the auto body shop where the VW Bug fled after leaving Kait's scene.

We feel sure Kait's murder was linked to her knowledge of the New Mexico drug scene. But there were so many facets of that scene that it's difficult to pinpoint any particular one as the direct cause of her death.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Marianne Wallace
Question: Did anyone ever contact you about her.

Asked on Tuesday, February 09, 2010 at 02:26:05 PM
Reply: I promise confidentiality about private correspondence, so I cannot respond to that question.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
APD Cold Case Unit
Question: Have you thought about goiing back to the APD Cold Case Unit and trying to get them to investigate Kait's case?

This morning's Albuquerque Journal showed Cold Case detectives Mark Wilson and Tod Babcock working at the scene to search for the body of Michael Synder from 2002.

Asked on Wednesday, February 03, 2010 at 11:02:32 AM
Reply: TOD BABCOCK is now a member of the APD Cold Case Unit?!!! No wonder they have no interest in investigating Kait's case.

Babcock is one of the cops linked to the auto body shop where the VW tried to take refuge after fleeing Kait's scene.

The owner of that shop, Frank Arellano, stated in a deposition that his buddy, APD Officer Tod Babcock, used the shop at 824 Arno after hours to fix his car. He also baby sat for the Arellanos.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
the FBI and the local police
Question: Did the FBI ever become interested in trying to help you solve this crime or investigate the drug ring? Exactly what were the Albuquerque police afraid of? Did you ever find out who the VIP buying drugs was? Loved your book,wish you hadn't had to go thru it all. Colleen

Asked on Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 02:27:21 PM
Reply: We don't kno what may be going on behind the scenes with the FBI.

We can't imagine what APD could be afraid of, unless that some of their own people were either involved in the murder or protecting the criminal activities Kait was going to expose.

We don't know for sure who the VIP was, since so many political VIPs were/are involved in the NM drug scene.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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