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Thinking of you...
 
Question: Hello, this is Kirsten, I just wanted to let you know that my heart is with all of you tomorrow and you are in my prayers.
(*hugs*)

Asked on Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 08:45:57 PM
Reply: Thank you for your caring, Kirsten.

It seems impossible that today is the 18-year anniversary of the shooting. We've now been without Kait for the same length of time that we had her.

Yet it seems like yesterday that the phone rang in the night and we were called to the hospital to watch her die.

It also seems impossible that with a best selling book, national TV shows, and reams of information from tipsters, crime scene analysts and private investigators, certain members of the police department have managed to block the investigation of this case for this long.

On July 16, 2004, The Albuquerque Tribune quoted the new APD Cold Case Detective, Don Roberts, as saying:

"It's absolutely an open case. It absolutely will be worked. It's of great interest to me. It's on my desk right now. It's probably the biggest case that I have." Unlike his predecessors, Roberts was open to new input and willing to meet with our private investigator and follow up on her new information. But as soon as he started to make arrangements to interview Paul Apodaca, (the first man at the scene, who was never interviewed by APD), he was transferred out of the Cold Case Squad and placed in the Pedophile Unit.

We don't believe that was coincidence.

On this heartbreaking anniversary, we beg honest police officers with knowledge about this cover-up, to contact us either on this board or by private e-mail, and tell us the reasons for it and who is behind it. We promise to protect your identities. We know how much courage it will take to break the Blue Code of Silence, and we would never put someone who was willing to do that in danger.

Answered by: Kait's parents
 
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Question: Has anyone given you any information or is the public to chicken to give out information?

Asked on Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 09:40:07 AM
Reply: A number of people have contacted us with information that our private investigators have followed up on and verified.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Reply: A number of people have contacted us with information that our private investigators have followed up on and verified.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Robin? Kerry?
 
Question: Are Robin and Kerry doing anything? Or have they lost their hopes?

Asked on Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 09:36:14 AM
Reply: None of us has lost hope, but we've all moved on with our lives, despite the fact that our personal investigation continues.

Robin's home page is www.lullabysongs.net. There, you'll be able to listen to excerpts from her musical CDs for children.

Kerry's home page is www.cantatabooks.com. She and her business partner are co-owners of Cantata Publishing and specialize in books about scrapbooking.

My "Lois Duncan" home page is at http://loisduncan.arquettes.com. That's mostly for young readers who are interested in my suspense novels and professional life.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
wat happend to dung?
 
Question: wat happened to dung? i heard he killed himself

Asked on Friday, July 13, 2007 at 11:44:20 AM
Reply: If Dung's dead, I don't know about it.

Following Kait's funeral, he was stabbed in the stomach. He survived and healed quickly. He told police he attempted suicide because of grief and because he believed that he was a suspect in Kait's murder.

Our family doesn't accept that for several reasons:

(1) Stabbing yourself in the stomach is not a common way to commit suicide -- if you're going to use a knife, why not make it less painful and slit your wrists?

(2) A Vietnamese intelligence agent contacted us to say, “To kill oneself violates the first rule of Confucius. The Pious rule is basic in Vietnamese and Chinese culture, unlike the Japanese hara-kiri. My guess is that the boyfriend belonged to a gang, and Kait was a threat in some way so she was killed. It’s possible that the stabbing was a self inflicted punishment order or carried out by the gang to punish the boyfriend for putting the gang in jeopardy. Self mutilation as a punishment for infractions is not unknown in the Vietnamese culture."

(3) Dung was not so grief-stricken that he didn't have another lady-friend within weeks of his recovery.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
sorry for what happned
 
Question: im really sorry for what happened to kait. i really didnt kno of this until one day in school we started an author study on lois dunca. then i decided to read the book who killed my daghter. it was a real good book by da way. and then i decided to look into thins on the computer and kait was real pretty by da way. i hope u will solve this mystery soon. i kno u wont give up. i kno its been a long time already but i kno u will find out soon. by the way dont belive in the phycics they lie... a lot lol but n e wayz good luck

Asked on Friday, July 13, 2007 at 11:41:31 AM
Reply: You're correct, a lot of people who profess to be psychics are con artists, ripping off desperate people made vulnerable by grief. And many others, although not intentionally dishonest, are not as gifted as they think they are. Often times the information they receive doesn't come through clearly and they misinterpret it and inadvertently steer people in the wrong direction.

Because I was, in 1989, a contributing editor for Woman's Day and was able to get an assignment to interview the top psychic detectives in the nation, we were fortunate enough to have access to psychics that I, personally, believe are authentically gifted. These were people who worked with police and/or the FBI and had excellent track records.

Even so, we've never treated psychic readings as "solid information." We've treated them just as we have information from other "tipsters" -- helpful, but not to be accepted as valid until they've been proven to be true.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Similar Case
 
Question: Dear Ms Arquette
As I read your tragic story, I couldn't help but remember another case I read about. They may not be connected at all, but then again, it wouldn't hurt to look into it. I learned of this other case in a book: "Boys on the Tracks" by Mara Leveritt. These boys were murdered when they happened upon a drug drop in Arkansas. Ms. Leveritt, who is an investigative reporter and one of the boy's mothers found a connection to the CIA, and MENA. This led all the way up to then Gov Clinton.
The book documents the research and evidence and who was involved much better than I can say here. You mention a network between California, New Mexico and Texas. Arkansas is just over the state line from Texas, if I am not mistaken.
I think even if there is no connection between the cases, still you are involved in a similar fight and perhaps can help each other with ways & means you have used to get at the truth.
I deeply hope that some day the truth will be uncovered.
[From Adrienne]

Asked on Friday, July 13, 2007 at 07:08:36 AM
Reply: I'll definitely read this book. Thank you for letting me know about it.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
To Kait's friend Carla
 
Question: What an absolutely beautiful letter!

Love,
Kerry (Kait's other big sister)

Asked on Friday, July 13, 2007 at 06:52:15 AM
 
response to "An Old Friend"
 
Question: How nice that you remember Kait that way!
I miss her so much!

Love,
Robin (Kait's oldest sister)

Asked on Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 02:52:20 PM
 
An old friend
 
Question: Lois and Don:

I was thinking about Kait today and wanted to write to say how sorry I am that this case has not been solved like a great Lois Duncan book or a Cold Case episolde, but also to let you know that Kait is very much alive in my memory. I hope you all are doing well, as well as can ever be expected after your tragic loss. But what was great about Kait was her enduring spirit, her love of life and her incredible sense of humor.

I have so many memories of your home, learning to ski with your family (and Don coaxing me down a run by teaching me to snow plow); Kait's love of our dog, Clio; Sandia Prep; a trip to Disneyland together; watching movies in your den; swinging wildly into mud puddles from your tire swing. There are so many moments that I recall that bring me so much joy. It was a gift to have a friend like Kait.

While I can't offer any help on solving her murder, I can at least remember Kait as a wonderful friend with a delightful sense of humor. And I can recall your family with much love and warmth.

Wishing you the best and that someday this heinous crime can be resolved and that you have some peace of mind (not that it will ever make your loss any less horrendous).

Best to you and your whole family!

XoXo

Carla

Asked on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 11:19:54 PM
Reply: Thank you for sharing those happy memories, Carla. One that you neglected to mention, but which I'll never forget, is the vision of you and Kait going trick-or-treating on Halloween, and you were dressed up as a Kleenex box!

On the subject of memories, there's one that's kept nagging at my mind for all these years, because it was so out of character. A couple of days before the murder, Kait stopped by our house while her dad and I were eating dinner. She said, "I just want you to know that nobody ever had a happier childhood than I did. If I have children, I hope I can be the same kind of parent you are." Then she left.

Kait had never said such a thing to us before. In fact, it always embarrassed her when people got "slushy."

I've wondered if she subconsciously sensed that something was going to happen to her and that was the goodbye message she wanted to leave with us.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Congradulations! for being a BRAVE mom!!!!!!
 
Question: Have you ever tried contacting the manegr of Kaits\'s building. When you called the manger because he changed the locks he had soem information on Dung and his friends. Did you ever call him to ask some more information?

Asked on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 11:35:55 AM
Reply: I’m glad you’ve given me the opportunity to talk about that. So many new pieces of information have surfaced since Kait’s death, that I tend to forget the “minor” events at the beginning, which may be more significant than we ever thought.

As I describe in WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?, (pg. 31 of the paperback), the day after Kait died, Dung told me the apartment manager had changed the locks so he couldn’t get in. Kait had rented the apartment in her name and Dung had been staying there as her “guest.” Feeling sorry for Dung, I phoned the manager and told him Dung had our permission to stay there until the lease ran out at the end of the month.

The manager told me, “The last thing I want to do is create more problems for you, but there’s no way I’m going to let Mr. Nguyen back in there. Kait was a real sweet kid – my wife and I thought the world of her – but Nguyen and his cronies are something else.”

He told me there were times when Kait ran to their place, begging to sleep on their couch, because she was scared. She asked the manager to change the locks to keep Dung’s friends out, but those friends smashed a window and got in that way. Another time she locked Dung out, and he kicked in the door.

That information was in the apartment file. APD did not want that file. Everyone else wanted it – local reporters, the defense attorneys for the Hispanic suspects, researchers for “Unsolved Mysteries,” all were visiting the apt. office to make copies. But it wasn’t until 1992, when I told DA Bob Schwartz about the file and requested that the DA’s office obtain a copy, that APD was pressured into doing that. It’s now in Kait’s case file, unless somebody at APD has removed it.

After my book came out, I tried to interview the apartment manager in person. But he was gone. He and his wife had fled the state with no forwarding address. When I talked with the new manager, he told me Dung had tried to re-rent the apartment. When the new manager refused to rent to him, because of his former conduct, Dung had an attorney threaten a lawsuit claming “racial discrimination.”

Eventually the original manager and his wife returned to Albq. On 8/30/01, our PI finally met with them. They elaborated upon the information in the case file and also described how, the day after Kait died, Dung and his friends were out in the apartment parking lot, spray-painting a beige VW bug black. Tenants were complaining because black paint was spattering their cars. The manager reported that activity to APD. APD wasn’t interested.

This was TWO DAYS AFTER THE SHOOTING! The media was all over the case, describing how a beige VW bug was seen fleeing the crime scene and asking anyone with information about such a vehicle to contact APD immediately! The grieving lover (who, at that point was the only suspect and didn't own a car) was spray-painting a beige VW bug the next morning? Why wasn’t APD interested?

At first, the former manager and his wife agreed to sign a notarized affidavit confirming their statements. Then they abruptly changed their minds. They told our PI that they were afraid for their lives.

Answered by: Kait
 
Any Hope?
 
Question: Hi I read your book and felt very sad. I was wondering do you have any hope that you will ever find out the killer. Well, I hope you do. Keep it in there I have a feeling you will find the real killer. Your a very strong mom!!!!Bravo!!!

Asked on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 03:56:46 PM
Reply: Thank you for your support. We're doing our best.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
So sorry about Kait
 
Question: In your book Who Killed My daughter you mention that Dung tries to kill himself and then you went to the hospital and tried to get some information out of him. Do you think that Dung knows something that might help you find the murder? I want to say that you are a very brave mom! Keep it up!

Asked on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 03:01:19 PM
Reply: We are certain that Dung knows what happened to Kait. Otherwise, how could he be phoning people, hysterically telling them, "Kait's dead! They killed Kait!" hours before police allegedly "woke him up" to inform him about the murder?

Our personal belief is that Dung didn't kill Kait and didn't want her killed.

But -- yes -- he does know. Somebody stuck a knife into his stomach on the date of Kait's funeral to let him know what would happen if he talked. He survived, but that did prevent him from talking.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Just wondering...
 
Question: Are the police still looking for Nyugan?
I happened to be reading the paper the other day and on the front page was a boy about 10 years old who resembled Nyugan and had the same last name.

Asked on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 01:57:54 AM
Reply: The police have NEVER been looking for Dung Nguyen. They have no interest in anyone other than a "random drive-by shooter."

"Nguyen" is a very common Vietnamese name. Like "smith" or "Jones." (Or like "Garcia" or "Padilla" in Albuquerque.) It's doubtful that the boy in the picture was Dung's son.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
tara calico
 
Question: This is in regard to Kelly's question about Tara Calico. I approached the new sheriff, Rene Rivera, in valencia county and asked him about this case. He said they know who did it, but they nee the body before arrests are made.
carol

Asked on Monday, July 09, 2007 at 12:24:28 PM
Reply: How do they think they're going to find a body after 18 years?

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
hope?
 
Question: Is the investigation still going? Do you still have hope that you will catch who ever did this tragic thing? god bless you and your family... your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Asked on Monday, July 02, 2007 at 07:15:53 PM
Reply: If your question, "Is the investigation still going?", means are the POLICE still investigating, the answer is no. They dropped off the case in 1991, after the DA refused to prosecute the Hispanic suspects.

However, our personal investigation, with the use of private investigators, still continues. And we are open to any information that tipsters are willing to provide.

We KNOW there are people out there with bits and pieces of information that will fill in the gaps and make this picture complete. If they are willing to help us, we promise not to reveal their identities.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
A mother
 
Question: That case of Bucky is sad. You know I started investigating your case because I grew intrestead in it and in you. I really do care Lois. It bothers me that there is such hate in this world. To take a strangers life like its nothing, but to be a parent and be able to be given such a privledge and then harm your own child and take their life. Why???? You hear so many stories about husbands killing their wives and mothers killing their children and now weve even got people killing the mother's of their children and their unborn babies. How do people get like this? Why do they think its ok? How do they live with themselves? I visited your other website, realcrimes.com. It's so sad to know that just in ABQ, NM there's so many unsolved stories. That's just one state.
Barbara

Asked on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 10:51:34 PM
Reply: I don't have answers to those questions.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Bucky Kephart ABQ Trib Article
 
Question: http://www.abqtrib.com/news/2006/aug/24/joline-gutierrez-krueger-sister-displays-her-to/

Hello!
It was almost totally by accident I was even at the c-store that day that I saw the ad for Bucky. I was thirsty from bike riding and I thought of going back to the hotel but I thought of getting a drink first. That was the only missing poster I saw of Bucky. It was handwritten and copied off in black and white. I am in shock that even if Bucky's body is ever found no one will ever be tried.

Another NM case that has haunted me was Tara Calico who disappeared in 1988 or 1989. The case went national when a picture was found in FLA of a boy and a young woman bound and gagged. I believe the girl in the pic is Tara. The boy was thought to Michael Heneley - who also went missing from NM, but his remains were found in 1990, so it is not him.

Yours truly, Kelly

Asked on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 05:43:15 PM
Reply: Tara vanished shortly before Kait was killed. Tara's mother phoned me after Kait's death, wondering if there might be a link between the two cases. We could find none.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Bucky Kephart
 
Question: Hi! Kelly again! Here is a link to Bucky:

http://charleyproject.org/cases/k/kephart_barry.html

He lived at 329 Texas St. SE.

Asked on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 07:58:17 PM
Reply: What a beautiful child! And what a heartbreaking story.

An additional sickening aspect of this situation is the statement that Bucky's killer can never be brought to justice (even if he confesses) because the statute of limitations has run out. Most people believe there is no statute of limitations on murder. But law enforcement in New Mexico is different from other states. Until recently NM had a 15 year statue of limitations on murder. That law was changed just before the statute ran out on Kait's case, but Bucky died eight years before Kait did, and his case didn't make it under the wire.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
 
Lois Duncan
 
Question: Hello! My name is Kelly and I am 38 years old. I have loved your books since grade school and I was horrified to learn that your daughter had been murdered. I have spent many vacations in ABQ, NM. I love the people, hospitality, food, and culture! I was visiting in August 1981 when I learned of a missing child, Barry "Bucky" Kephart. I saw a poster of him on a c-store window and something in his eyes spoke to me and he was on my mind thru the years. Last year I read on doenetwork.org that the police had determined that he was probably beaten to death by his parents then his body placed in a dumpster.
Have you heard of this case?

Asked on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 08:15:13 AM
Reply: No, I wasn't aware of that heartbreaking case. And I'm ashamed that I wasn't.

Unless something horrible happens to OUR OWN LOVED ONES, most or us skim such stories as if they were posted for entertainment, like television dramas.

You must be an extremely sensitive and compassionate person to have absorbed that tragedy and remembered it after all these years.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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