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kait arequette
Question: look i think if they investigate more please i feel so ashamed on how every one is dying at ages 16 and 17 even 18 these young girls should stop it she should have been the best

Asked on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 09:53:00 AM
Reply: I agree totally. Young people have always felt omnipotent. (I can remember feeling that way in my teens, but the most dangerous thing I ever did was ride on the back of my boyfriend's motorcycle when my parents told me not to.) It was a different and gentler time back then.

But today, when teenage girls watch television or go to movies and see the beautiful young female detectives and/or secret service agents doing dare devil things to expose illegal activities and never getting killed or suffering any major injuries, they seize upon them as role models.

And young males do as well.

And the TV shows, films, and video games encourage that feeling. If an actor gets shot dead on one show, the viewer switches channels, and there he is, alive and well, charging into action once again.

Subconsciously this has to be broadcasting a message that death isn't real and danger isn't real.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
"Gagged Woman"
Question: I feel strongly that the gagged woman Betty Muench describes in the reading is Sharon Smith. Sharon knows much more than she indicated, as evidenced by the torn up check made out to her that was found in the remains of the body shop, and her odd injury that sent her to the ER on the day of Kait's funeral. I think someone physically hurt her that day as a warning of what could happen if she opened her mouth. Didn't she also go into hiding of sorts, leaving New Mexico and/or living under an alias? If I were a betting person, I'd lay money on the gagged woman being Sharon.

I agree with you that releasing "The Tallykeeper" will be the catalyst that helps bring this woman forward. And as far as competing with "Who Killed My Daughter", sequels only pique the curiousity of folks and inspire them to purchase the original book or film because they want to know the entire story from the very beginning.

Asked on Monday, October 22, 2007 at 10:26:34 PM
Reply: Sharon jumps to mind first, of course.

But there are other possibilities as well. APD Officer Mary Ann Wallace, the first officer dispatched to Kait's scene. She seems to be a good person, but her reports of what happened that night don't coincide with the other reports. Kait's female co-workers at Pier One Imports, who may have known about the heroin smuggling. Kait's many girlfriends -- she might have confided in one of them. One of the Vietnamese girls who was dating a member of Dung's gang -- Kait became friends with some of those girls. The ex-wife or ex-girlfriend of one of the killers or of one of the cops who was involved in the cover-up, and obtained information through pillow talk and has been afraid to devulge it.

Whoever she is -- we need her. We want her to contact us, and we promise, on Kait's name, that we will not do anything with her information that will endanger her.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Praying for your family
Question: I just got reading WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? and am astonished by how much your family went through. I honestly can say that throughout the whole book I was on edge wondering what was going to happen next. You're a great mother for digging deep to try to solve your daughters case! Kait would be proud!

Do you feel that there will ever be closure with who killed Kait? I truly hope you find the real killer soon!

You took the police not helping you or working with you very least in the book. I would have lost it! To think they are supposed to protect us!

I will continue to pray for you and your family; esp. Kait in that her case will be put to rest and she can rest easily after all these years!

Asked on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 08:49:52 PM
Reply: Yes, I do believe that we will receive the answers we need.

As for dealing with the police -- there IS NO dealing with the police. If you raise your voice when talking to a police officer, you're arrested.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Tally Keeper
Question: I was born and raised in Santa Fe and am about the same age Kait would be. I have followed Kait's story from day one and have faithfully read messages on this board every Sunday night for what seems like ages.

I notice below that you mention The Tally Keeper is ready to be published. I fear I must have missed something as it was always my understanding that you would continue to write the book until you knew who was responsible for Kait's death. Has this changed? I absolutely agree that it is much more likely that The Tally Keeper would increase Who Killed My Daughter sales rather than the opposite.

Also, a couple weeks back after a suggestion by a poster, you said that you made a timeline - I assume that you are keeping that for yourself as that may compromise your search?

As always, your family is in my thoughts.

Asked on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 07:40:02 PM
Reply: You're right -- I did say that I was waiting for a concrete ending before submitting THE TALLY KEEPER to a publisher. But I've now rethought that decision. We have so much new information that POINTS to an ending -- even if it hasn't yet been proven -- that it may be sufficient to lay that all out on the table and allow readers to put the pieces together for themselves.

According to Betty Muench, there is one specific person who needs to be jolted into action. THE TALLY KEEPER might cause that to happen. This is Betty's reading:

Betty Muench, 2/3/98:
Question: What is the key to the ending of this case?

Answer: "There is this image of a female who will have her mouth bound with a gag and it is as if she is chewing through this until her own flesh will seem to be bitten off. There is in this, however, SUCCESS, and she will be freed of this gag and able to scream out.

"This is not Lois but another who will not have been able to say anything until now. The view showing the flesh being eaten away will be symbolic of her own internal stress eating away at her because of her inability to come forward.
This one breaking the gag on herself will be the key to the ending of this long struggle in this case around Kait's death. There is an image of someone who is coming to the end of something in her own life, and she will then want to come forward and make things balance in this investigation. This will mean that a great change is taking place, which will be outside the hands of anyone but that one person. That person is not someone who has been able to put guilt and grief behind her.

"There is in this one the key to the ending of this case, which will not be able to be completed in the expected way, as this person would not be able to come to court with this. But there will be for Lois the understanding. The need to understand all this is strong in Lois and it is not so much the need for retribution. It will be the need to know what Kait will have been going thru and who will have dealt her this hand which was not played out.

"This is a story that will end with a kind of sigh, not a whimper or a bang, but a sigh all around. As others will come to also understand, there will be this which will permit Lois to lead others into a state of peace in so far as their own quests will be concerned. For Lois this will be an ending, a closure to this chapter of her life."

If that "gagged woman" reads that prediction in THE TALLY KEEPER, and realizes she is the one who is fated to do this, she may find the courage she needs to break her silence and "scream out."

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Admittedly I have only read one of your books -- WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? I don't really recall how old I was when I read it, but I just picked it up a couple of days ago again when I ran across it (I am now 29 years old).

I'm curious about something -- it seemed in the readings that Betty did at the beginning of the book that she indicated some day this crime will be solved. I know a lot of her readings were somewhat open to interpretation, but I'm curious how you feel? What does your intuition tell you about this? Do you think you'll ever have the answer you seek?

I know it has got to be frustrating. I wish the best for you and your family, and I genuinely hope somehow the case is solved some day so that you can really move forward. I ran across this website after doing a google search because I was wondering whether any new information had turned up. It sounds like it has; I'll look forward to your next book, whenever that may be.

Asked on Friday, October 19, 2007 at 11:55:05 AM
Reply: Yes, Betty did assure us that the crime would be solved. Her actual words were, "It will be for this family to know." So many of Betty's readings have come to pass, that it's hard for me to believe that this one, most important one, will not.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
The Arquette Family
Question: I just wanted to say that I am really sorry for what happened to Kait. I know it's been about 18 years and no one has said anything, but I hope that you do find who did that to Kait. I hope your family is staying strong and I hope for the best in this case. I love yourr books and I have read this book twice. Again I hope everything works out for the best. God Bless.

Asked on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 06:55:05 PM
Reply: Thank you for caring so much.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
The Tallykeeper
Question: I wanted to let you know how sorry I am that this happened. I only wish you the best in finding your answers. My heart goes out to you and your family. I was wondering when your new book will be published? I have had the hardback copy of Who Killed My Daughter since I was twelve(I am now 27). I reread it about every three years to refresh my memory. I was wondering if you have new investigators on Kait's case? I'm not positive on the way police departments work but shouldn't they have "cold cases" that detectives who specialize in older cases would investigate? I have so many different questions, but I think I will read the book again and write them down to ask when I am finished. I'm sure that most of my questions could easily be answered with your new book, but until that is published I will ask you. I hope that you will find out who took Kait from you and your family soon.

Asked on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 01:15:24 PM
Reply: THE TALLY KEEPER is finished, (unless new information surfaces and I decide to add onto it). I'm having a legal problem getting it published. There is a "non-compete clause" in the contract for WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?. Dell (now Random House) who published WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?, is insisting that a sequel will "compete" with the sales of the first book. Personally, I can't imagine how a sequel could conflict with the sale of a 15-yr-old paperback that is available only from on-line bookstores. If anything, I should think it would be just the opposite and sales would increase. The Author's Guild agrees with me. I'm hoping this problem can be worked out without litigation.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Hi, my name is Destiny. I am in the 7th grade at Noe Middle school in Kentucky. I juts wanted to say that me and my best friend Cassidy love your books. We have read: Ransom, Locked in Time, Starnger with My face, They Never Came Home, Killing Mr.Griffin, Gallows Hill, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Summer of Fear, and we are wanting to read al of the others. WE especiallt want to reaf Who Killed My Daughter? and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. I also wanted to tell you that for a project that counts for more than half of our grade we are Using you as our topic. So for our report do Friday if there is anything else we need to know write back soon. Thx Destiny

Asked on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 01:05:37 PM
Reply: Thank you for choosing me for your report, Destiny. But for information for an author report, you'll need to contact me by private e-mail from my "Lois Duncan" Web site at

Answered by: Kait's Mom

Asked on Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 11:51:35 AM
Reply: Messages like yours make me so terribly aware of how much time has passed since Kait's murder. But to those of us who love her and continue, year after year, to seek that ONE BREAKTHROUGH that will solve this case, it seems as if she died yesterday.

At night, I still have dreams about my husband's and my drive to the hospital, along rain-slick streets, assuming she'd had a car wreck and had a broken leg or arm. Then, having a nurse greet us at the emergency room door and put her arms around me and say, "Your daughter's been shot in the head. You need to prepare yourselves for the fact that you may lose her."

As I said, it feels like yesterday. I relive it and relive it.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
The Tallykeeper
Question: Dear Lois, Don, and family,

I first read Kait\'s story fourteen years ago when I was fifteen, and I have never forgotten it. I still check out your website every few months, and I pray that you find your answers. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with the world, and please know that it has a made a powerful impression.



Asked on Friday, October 12, 2007 at 01:52:40 PM
Reply: Thank you for continuing to care over so many years.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I'm really hope for you to slove this and you inspire me! lol

Asked on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 05:19:51 AM
Reply: Thank you.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: how old are you now?

Asked on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 05:17:46 AM
Reply: If this is of searing interest to you, Google "Lois Duncan" and get my birth date. Then subtract that date from 2007.

Then go to my "Lois Duncan" web site at and look at a recent photo.

The Internet contains all sorts of interesting information. I Googled myself the other day and found, not only my birth date, but the date of my alleged DEATH.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: hello Mrs.Duncan well i just finished reading your book "Who killed my daughter" and i was really touched your really inspiring because not only did you not give up you've also been able to go through all this and continue your life im a 9th grader and your book was really intresting that i've decided to read "killing mr.griffen" next i really hope you get a soulition to this problem.

Asked on Monday, October 08, 2007 at 09:16:30 PM
Reply: Thank you for liking my books. But you need to be aware that KILLING MR. GRIFFIN is fiction. It's a novel -- a made-up story. WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? is non-fiction, and every fact is accurate.

Young people sometimes get confused about that.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
New Info
Question: Hey! My name is Marie and I was just wondering if you've gotten any new information about Kait and any other suspects? I'm in the middle of the book right now and every page is filled with detail and each and every word is so deep and wonderful. Thanks so much!


Asked on Sunday, October 07, 2007 at 07:58:56 PM
Reply: Thank you for reading Kait's story, Marie. If you follow all the links on this Web site you will have a good overview of our new information.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Hi Mrs Duncan, My name is Felicia. I have read your book numerous times, i just want to say I'm sorry about your daughter, She was very pretty. They don't have your book at the school i go t so i can't read it now, but i just wasnt to say thank you .You inspire me to write; at first i didn't like to write but now i love to write. I havent read all your books but i am planning on it! I ;ove your book and i want to ask you how much would it cost me to buy you copy of Who Killed My Daughter?
Please email me back as soon as you read this. My email address is PLEASE AND THANKS

Asked on Friday, October 05, 2007 at 10:51:53 AM
Reply: Thank you for liking my books so much. If WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? isn't in your school library, it may be in your public library.

The easiest way to buy a paperback copy is from on-line bookstores like Your parents will need to do that for you, because it requires a credit card. Or a "real" bookstore can "special order" it for you.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Get out there
Question: I read a post on here about doing talk shows...i honestly think that is an awsome idea because i was like 2 when that one on unsolved mysteries or sumthing was shown so i would love to here your story on the television. It may even make a reak with all the years its been someone may have heard something? i dont know just a sugestion.

Asked on Tuesday, October 02, 2007 at 01:46:46 PM
Reply: It's a nice idea, but you can't just get yourself on a talk show because you want to be on one. You need to be invited.

Talk show hosts only want guests who will increase their ratings. When WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? first came out in hardcover in 1992, and again, when it came out in paperback in 1994, I was invited to appear on many talk shows. But that time has now passed.

For me to be invited again, something major has to happen to bring Kait's case back into the public eye.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Viet gangs
Question: There time is coming to an abrupt end. And there will be no escape from justice. Yes, all the children you've used in pornos, all the lives you stolen, all the drugs you've peddled, all the people you've hurt, it's all coming back on you, very soon. You will have no place to hide. No place to run. The blood of your victims cries out for justice. Justice will be done. Your only hope is to confess or face the One who will make you confess His name, for at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tonque will confess that Jesus is Lord. This is no joke my friends. You are reading these posts. You know who you are. You will not escape justice. This woman has been tormented for years. Soon, it will be your turn. All of you involved, even if you think you've covered every step you've made. Eyes are watching you, they've been watching you for years. Still watching. This girl's death will not be forgotten. God has heard the mother's cries for justice. He has bottled every tear she's cried.

Asked on Monday, October 01, 2007 at 01:39:47 AM
Reply: We mustn't forget that there are many good Vietnamese people, and they, too, live in terror of Vietnamese gangs.

I received the following letter from a lovely Vietnamese girl who renewed my faith in humanity:

"I am a 17-year-old girl who lives in San Diego. I am one of the Vietnamese boat people and very proud of my heritage, except I am shameful of the conduct of some of my fellow refugees. I am afraid for my life when I am in Little Saigon after dark. My mother's hairdresser was gunned down by the Vietnamese Mafia. Storekeepers close shop early for fear of being robbed and killed. The fear this community has is fear of retaliation. It's a catch 22 -- tell and hope that justice will prevail -- don't tell and keep your family alive.

"Thank you for writing your book. You have taken one of the first steps in unveiling organized Vietnamese crime to the general public and in turning the legal wheels that will one day make Little Saigon and all other Vietnamese communities safe again.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: The police involved in this case, that is the corrupt scumbags who were more concerned about their porno fix and dark connections, then the death of your daughter, make me sick. May God curse the ground they walk on. May God curse every step they take may each live involved in the death of your daughter be nothing but pain and sorrow until they tell the truth, for what good is it for a man to gain the whole world but forfeit his soul? There will be justice. Time is ticking. It's time to come foward and you know who you are. God is watching you. Better you confess, as in this week, and find forgiveness, then face more years of curses and God on the day of judgment.

Asked on Monday, October 01, 2007 at 01:31:59 AM
Reply: I do feel that the people involved in the cover-up are just as guilty as the triggermen. And the people who weren't actually involved but who know the truth and don't speak out because they're afraid of being labeled "whistle blowers" bear their share of guilt as well.

"The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing."

Answered by: Kait's Mom
just a quick question
Question: Hello Lois.
Tonight I was just kindof glancing at the last few chapters of the book I have left, and I noticed that the last two pages of chapter 29 in my book are ripped out, and I know I didn't do it because I wouldnt rip pages out to the ending of a book. And I remember reading at the beginning that there were covers riped off and they were considerd "stolen" I was wondering if there was any cases in pages being riped out and sold?
I wish you the best of luck with this case and hope sooner than later you and your family find some closure.

Asked on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 07:22:44 PM
Reply: I'm sorry your book was damaged. It's hard to imagine anyone ripping out pages and selling them. This is a mystery.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: First I want to say, Im sorry for the loss of your daughter, that must've been hard.
I just have somewhat of a question, but Sharon Smith said she was trying to call Dung the night of the shooting for Kaitlyn, did you ever try to get in contact with her phone company to try and get a copy of her phone bill to see who she might've called the night of the shooting or 18 hours after the shooting, and the day of Kaitlyn's funeral? Since she didn't attend the funeral, she couldve contacted someone that may have known about the shooting.

Asked on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 06:50:19 AM
Reply: The police told us that would be impossible. They said the phone company doesn't keep a record of local calls.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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