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Justice for Kaitlyn Arquette
Question: (From: LoisDuncanfan)

Dear Lois Duncan and Arquette family and friends,

First let me offer my sympathy and prayers for you. I am a mom myself and I just cannot imagine I could be as strong and determined to find answers as you are. You were my fave author when I was a teenager! Judy Blume was my fave childhood author. Several years ago, I saw your book about Kaitlyn, and I was stunned. I don't know what to say; in this day and age; how is it that so many people refuse to tell the truth? Its such a shame that you are all in hiding. Reading this website excerpts, especially from "The Tallyman", just disturb me. Its like a giant spider web, and everyone who touches it, comes away with a piece of the web on themselves.
I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you; and that you know all your fans wish you well and that I cannot wait to read "The Tallyman" very soon! I hope you find the answers you need; you have done so much good out of something very, very bad. I hope that very soon, you all won't have to live in the witness program any longer. Your precious Kaitlyn was a beautiful girl; and no parent should have to bury their child. I pray for justice for Kaitlyn Arquette.
Thank you.
God bless you and keep you all.

Asked on Sunday, September 09, 2007 at 12:53:25 AM
Reply: Your description of this situation as "a giant spider web" is excellent. That's exactly what it is. And a lot of good people have been trapped in it, including honest cops who know the truth about what happened but are prevented from doing the right thing because they are bound by the Blue Code of Silence.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
I hope that everyone reading these posts will be encouraged to do the right thing and to stay strong as they find creative ways to be truthful.

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (II Timothy 1:7)

Asked on Saturday, September 08, 2007 at 04:36:10 PM
Reply: That's a beautiful quote. But, sad to say, for many people, fear is a stronger emotion than any other.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Hi a reading the book about the muerder of your daughter and to me althoug i havent finish it i think it was dug;s friends that did , but like you said anything is possible. i been wondering if you guys still live in albuquerque,nm our moved out state, and if you still have contact with betty.

P.S I truly hope your daughter's mueder gets solved. take care and god bless you all...

Asked on Friday, September 07, 2007 at 05:01:50 PM
Reply: There appear to have been several groups of people at the scene when Kait was shot.

From the report of the witness who drove past the scene minutes after the shooting (see the message a few below this one) a police officer was there.

My personal belief is that Dung did not kill Kait, but your suggestion that his friends did cannot be discounted. Dung and his friends must have been there at the time of the shooting, because Dung was calling people, hysterically telling them, "Kait's dead! They shot Kait!" three hours before police broke the news to him.

Paul Apodaca was there. As was the person who drove off in Paul's VW Bug, leaving Paul at the scene to greet Det. Merriman when he arrived.

The Hispanic suspects who were arrested and then released -- Juve Escobedo, Miguel Garcia, and Marty Martinez -- may or may not have been there.

No, we don't live in Albuquerque any longer. After WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? was published, we received death threats to the rest of the family. My husband took early retirement from Sandia Lab, and we relocated.

We still have contact with Betty as a personal friend. We are no longer getting psychic readings. We feel we got all we were supposed to receive from psychics and what we need now is hard evidence or information from people with knowledge who trust us when we guarantee we won't reveal their identities.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Hello, I have read the book " Who Killed My Daughter" for a class project and when I heard that it was a true book I couldn't believe it. I felt so sad, but I knew that your family is getting through the tragedy but keep your head up and a blessing will come your way......

Love Always A fan

Asked on Friday, September 07, 2007 at 10:13:17 AM
Reply: Thank you for reading the book and for caring about us and about Kait.

It's gratifying to our family to know that young people, who are just getting launched into the "real world", read Kait's story and come to realize that the "real world" is more than a video game.

We send blessings to you as well. You're the hope of the future.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: i think it was Dung Ngoc Nguyen...

Asked on Thursday, September 06, 2007 at 07:36:45 AM
Reply: As I said below, anything's possible. That's why we have such a large variety of people listed as possible suspects.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
I think...
Question: its just a gut feeling...
i mean i read all the stuff on this site...but i just don't think it was a regualar guy... i think a cop KILLED YOUR DAUGHTER!!!!

Asked on Thursday, September 06, 2007 at 07:34:53 AM
Reply: Anything's possible.

A witness who drove by the scene right after the shooting saw a uniformed officer standing at the open driver's door of Kait's car as if he was checking on her. Kait was upright behind the wheel, (the witness mentioned noticing her "bloody hair."

According to police reports, that officer wasn't there when Det. Merriman (plain clothes, unmarked car) stumbled onto the scene minutes later. Merriman and Officer Wallace both reported finding Kait prone across the two front bucket seats with her head against the passenger's door.

So, who was that uniformed officer and where did he go? Why didn't he report the shooting or stay with the victim? Did he cause Kait to topple over when he checked for a pulse?

So many questions.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Hi, I was wondering if your family is going to post any new information reguarding your daughter's case on here? I've been praying for years that your family finds the answers you all so deserve. I understand, there may not be anything that you can post, however, I'm sure I dont just speak for myself, when I say that you are an amazing family! And God will take care of you, and who ever has done this horrible crime.

Asked on Wednesday, September 05, 2007 at 09:45:53 PM
Reply: Thank you for your kind words. We post as much as we can, but much of our new information is coming to us by private e-mail from tipsters who fear retailiation. We can't post anything that endangers them. However, we do have our PIs follow up on what they tell us. If we can verify that information on our own, through some outside source, without having to involve the tipsters, then we can post it.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
i think.....
Question: i think that she was killed by a cop.

Asked on Wednesday, September 05, 2007 at 07:31:02 AM
Reply: Do you have a particular reason for thinking that or is it just gut feeling?

Answered by: Kait's Mom
mike vamp
Question: this question has been bugging me ever since i finished reading Who Killed My Daughter? about a year ago. now im into chapter 7 of Don't Look Behind You! and i was wondering how the psychic could have described MIKE VAMP a fiction character. that just doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever. i no that u probably don't no either, but i was just wondering. how a fiction character could be the killer of a real person. now i have read a lot of Nancy Drew mystery books, and i love the suspense,and im actually very good at solving the cases, but this is one case i just don't get.
your biggest mystery loving fan,

Asked on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 at 06:36:06 PM
Reply: I agree, this is confusing to those of us who are not psychic. All I can do is tell you what I have been told by people who are (or who claim to be) psychic.

They say that information they receive psychically often comes to them in the form of images or symbols. For instance, in Chapter Eleven of WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?, when I asked psychic Betty Muench, "Would it be the right thing to turn all our information over to Mike Gallagher, investigative reporter?" she did a reading by automatic writing that said, "There is an image of a flatbed with a great bomb on it." As you can see from the copy of that reading in my book, she actually drew a sketch of that image on the corner of the page. She went on to say that the "bomb" was an image of Mike's energy, and he would "appear at first to be overkill" but would "cause some kind of intimidation" which would "cause a great headache" to those involved in the cover-up.

That's exactly what happened. Mike exploded the "random shooting" theory by doing his own investigation and writing an indepth story about his findings. That started events in motion that eventually led to charges against the Hispanc suspects being dropped. That caused APD "a great headache."

The image Noreen Renier received of "Mike Vamp" from my novel DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU is also symbolic. "Mike Vamp" was a hired hitman who worked for international drug smugglers. Noreen interprets the sketch the police artist drew of "Mike Vamp's" face as a symbol conveying the message that Kait was killed by a drug smuggler's hit man like the one in my book.

The Nancy Drew mysteries are fiction, and the authors make them simplistic because they're written for young readers. Real life doesn't follow the rules of plotted fiction. I wish that it did.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: What exactly happened to Kit?

Asked on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 at 07:45:31 AM
Reply: If you read the information on this Web site you will know.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: i have info 4 u.
i will tell u in private e-mail
what is it?

Asked on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 at 07:44:24 AM
Reply: You can click on the link to "Contact Us."

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I think that it's sad about your daughter...
I love your books...
What is the private email adress to talk to you?

Asked on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 at 07:43:25 AM
Reply: If you''d like to talk to me about my books, you can e-mail me from my professional "Lois Duncan" Web site at

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: was kait gay?

Asked on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 at 07:40:21 AM
Reply: No.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
APD Officers
Question: I'm interested in the post about Officer Alex Marentes.

If he was a field officer processing the Arquette scene, why wouldn't he be officially documented as being present? Is there some reason he would not want his name on record?

Asked on Monday, September 03, 2007 at 10:49:41 AM
Reply: I have no idea.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
[Rachael Lyn]
Question: I am from Iowa and I just read your book about you and your family. I cried numerous times while reading it and especially now that I finished it. I came to the internet to search about if it fact her murder was ever solved and sadly, I see it has not been. I just wanted you to know how much your book touched me and I wish nothing except for you and those who knew and loved Kaitlyn to one day know the truth.
Thanks for sharing your story, Rachael Lyn (Iowa)

Asked on Saturday, September 01, 2007 at 09:16:13 PM
Reply: And thanks to YOU for reading it, Rachael, and for posting such a nice message.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
APD Officers
Question: I have been reading some of these posts and started to ask my husband some questions. My husband retired from the Albuquerque Police Department several years ago and knows some of the officers you mentioned. He was very reluctant to speak about the murder and at times was frustrated with my questions. This gave me the impression that perhaps there was something secret about the events and/or some cops were either afraid or trying to protect other people. I to this point I canít figure it out. In my opinion I think he private investigator you hired has done a poor job, as I have uncovered some interesting facts just by asking a couple of questions.

The bodyshop was a frequent hang-out for APD officers. Officer Mary Ann Wallace use to be a regular at the bodyshop and was very close to a lot of the officers there. Wallace criticized the investigation in the unset. During the murder she was girlfriend and roommate of Officer Alex Marentas. Marentas was a field investigator and on duty at the time of the murder. It is very likely that he assisted in processing the scene, this would be normal for such a scene, but not officially documented as being present. At the time he was also a very powerful union leader who had ties with Manny Aragon and would ultimately became President of the union.

Not sure if this is helpful, but somehow I think these facts seem important.

Asked on Friday, August 31, 2007 at 10:21:00 AM
Reply: Thank you for this information. Anything more you can find out would be greatly appreciated. If you're not comfortable posting it here, you can send it by personal e-mail. You're the kind of source we've been praying for.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Communicate with Kait?
Question: I have just finished your book and feel so badly for your family. I have never heard of this case before probably because I was only 9 at the time and that I live in Pennsylvania. I do want to give my prayers and condolensces to the family and friends. God knows who killed your precious daughter and He will be the ultimate judge. I know that until the case is solved your family will have no closure. So I say to you keep going from day to day and know that in the end justice will be served if not on this earth then in Heaven. I do have one question, hopefully not already answered. Is Kait\'s mom able to communicate with Kait? I know that she said she felt her and had dreams from her. Peace be with you all.


Asked on Friday, August 31, 2007 at 08:01:08 AM
Reply: Thank you for those kind words, Rachel. I cannot communicate with Kait the way psychics claim to be able to do. But I hear her voice in the night and I've obtained information in dreams that has turned out to be startlingly accurate.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I am just stunned, Ms. Duncan, that something as significent as the bumper of her car being rammed was dismissed so easily. That in itself clearly shows intent to do harm and simply was no random drive by. Didn't I read that they determined the point of impact was 700 ft from where the car stopped at the light post? If Kait was hit from behind, instinct is to slam on the brakes to get control of the car. Could it be that the first shot was fired at her car, that being the hole in the side, while she was in motion as a warning shot to stop and when she does, the driver jumps out and fires the two shot at her, hitting her? After that, they do the clean up job on the car and leave. Also, has there ever been given a reason as to why Kait was left alone so that when the ambulance arrived, no one was there at all? That is certainly the strangest part of this case I've heard yet.

Asked on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 05:35:10 PM
Reply: Since we can't trust what's in the police reports -- (the fake NO EVIDENCE HOLD notice inserted, etc.) -- there's no reason to believe that Kait was shot 700 feet from where her car ended up. There's no evidence to support that as the site of the shooting. There is mention in police reports of "a large amount of broken glass" at that location, implying that it was glass from Kait's car window. However, no one collected that glass. No one photographed it. And we have yet to talk to any police officer who personally SAW it. It appears to have been a rumor that was started by somebody who wanted detectives and and others to think it was a "driveby shooting."

A reconstruction expert has told us that evidence indicates that Kait's car was forced off the road and she was shot while the car was stationery, AFTER it came to rest against the post. Then someone cleaned up whatever glass landed in the street at that location. (There's couldn't have been much such glass, since so much ended up inside the car.)

Answered by: Kait's Mom
The Book
Question: Ms. Duncan,

I just finished your book on Kait\'s murder and I am in awe that I haven\'t heard of this case before now. I read it and I couldn\'t believe how many, many inconsistencies there were leading up to the night of her murder that the APD simply didn\'t follow up on. I know it was 1989 but still, there should have been some sort of forensic investigating for even that time. The crime scene itself told so much. The car in park, Kait\'s shoe outside on the ground, no bullets or casings. That screams cover up to me.

I am appalled at the way the whole case has been handled and I, as a mother now, but a teen myself in 1989, can only imagine the fight you have fought through the years to find justice for your beautiful daughter. I have a daughter myself and I can assure you that your fight has not been in vain, as I would do no less for my child. I applaud you and your continuous efforts to find who did this to Kait. A mother\'s love knows no bounds not even in death. My prayers and thoughts are with you always and I will keep checking for updates in hopes that one day the pieces of the puzzle will fit together and Kait\'s murderers will be brought down.


Asked on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 12:29:36 PM
Reply: Thank you for your kind message, Lisa.

Your statement that "even back in 1989 there should have been some kind of forensic investigating" is totally accurate. And there WAS! Those particular cops did a great job. But their findings were covered up.

According to Kait's case file, no evidence hold was placed on Kait's car, and it was towed directly from the scene to an impound yard. Because her blood and brains were pooled on the floor boards, we couldn't stand to look at it, much less drive it, and stupidly allowed them to dispose of it.

We later discovered that the "No Evidence Hold" notice was a decoy placed in the file to prevent people from knowing that there had been a second day work-up. The reports and photos from that workup were withheld from the case file and the negatives mysteriously disappeared from the photo lab.

We had to submit an Inspection of Public Records Act request to get copies of the scene photos, and it literally took years to get them. And we NEVER were given the ones from the second-day work-up -- just some badly lit nighttime shots taken at the scene. However, one of those shots showed damage to Kait's left rear bumper which had not been there earlier that day. That damage was compatible with the PIT Technique, which is used to force cars off the road. In other words, close-up photos of that bumper (which would have been included in the photos from the second-day work-up that vanished from the photo lab) would prove without a doubt that Kait's car was rammed from behind, forced across the median up onto the sidewalk and into a post, and she was shot by someone on foot. (Hardly a "random drive-by shooting.")

Answered by: Kait's Mom
police corruption, cover-ups
Question: Dear Ms. Duncan,
Per your book, you wrote several letters to the FBI and received no response. I know that the bumbling APD will not consent to FBI involvement regarding Kait's murder, yet have you been able to get the FBI involved in the cover-ups and corruption that has been revealed since that time? If so, could a letter from a concerned and tax-paying person such as myself help in any way? I would be glad to send letters to the FBI
officials or any organizations involved with aiding your family's quest to find justice for your daughter. Please advise. I'm looking for the Tally Keeper. Best wishes to you and your family.
Jean Adams, Salinas, CA

Asked on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 01:52:43 AM
Reply: Thanks for the offer, Jean. But the FBI appears to have their own agenda. They have all the information about Kait's case and the last time we contacted them the agent we talked to said, "That case file is on my desk right now. We've been discussing it."

WHY were they discussing it after so many years? (Or was this agent telling me that just to get me off his back?) They may or may not be utilizing the information. Everything they do is secret.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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