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Question: I need To contact Robert Petro -I am a journalist and need help on a high profile case in England -please can you email me

Asked on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 03:02:17 PM
Reply: We have not been in touch with Robert Petro for many years. We were impressed by the accuracy of his readings about Kait's case, but have not gone beyond that.

When we first had contact, he was in New Mexico. Then he moved to Arizona. The last we heard, he was in Florida.

The only advice I can offer is to Google him.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
A mother
Question: Did you ever find out how he was scared off or by who? Has he said anything else to you about what happened?

Asked on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 01:27:27 PM
Reply: No. He just insisted it was a car jacking and broke off contact with us.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
A mother
Question: What happened to Roy Nolan????

Asked on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 11:43:05 PM
Reply: Roy Nolan got scared off the case.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Do you still live in Albequerque? If not where?

Asked on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 05:58:27 PM
Reply: We left Albuquerque after WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? was published and moved to the East Coast.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Hi Lois! You mat know me I've written to you a lot today but I love writting and being written to. Anyway, do you believe that Dung killed Kait? If you don't do you suspect anyone of killing her?
Love, Tess
Please if you could keep in touch with me!!:-)

Asked on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 05:53:53 PM
Reply: No, I don't think Dung killed Kait. But I'm sure he was there when it happened. Otherwise he would not have been phoning people to tell them, "Kait's dead! They shot Kait!" three hours before police "woke him up" to inform him.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: You know I do believe you as a very strong person and I thank you for teaching me how to handle death well. It must have been the hardest thing to take your own 18 year old daughter's death. That would have been so hard to get through. Do you believe that Kait was and is reincarnated? If so do you believe that she will die similarly to how Kait died? If you do believe in reincarnation what is your view on it? I'm not sure if I do believe in reincarnation because I have lots of different thoughts about it. Wouldn't you want your own soul to be it's self, rather than many other people's. That is what I don't understand.
Tess age 12
Thank you so much, you are a great listener!!!:-)

Asked on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 12:08:56 PM
Reply: Hello, Tess,

I appreciate your thoughtful questions, but I'm not in a position to answer them. Since Kait's death, I've speculated a lot about "what comes next," and I've formed some personal beliefs, but there's no way to know if I'm right. Each of us must seek our own answers in regard to the mysteries of life and death, and for you to have "lots of thoughts" on those subjects at twelve-years-old is wonderful.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Who Killed my Daughter?
Question: I loved your book, and I'm so sorry what happened to her. Are you still close to Dung now even if he was the most suspected killer in the case?

Asked on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 11:59:14 AM
Reply: We haven't seen or heard from Dung since November 1989, when I called him at work to ask him to come pick up some of his possessions that were stored in our garage. His boss at Artwear, Roxanne Cecchini, drove him over to get them.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
in reference to a political figure
Question: Mrs. Arquette,
I am 32 yr. old woman that has, since I can remember, have been heavily envolved in NM politics. A former employee working next to a past Govorner. If it's not asking too much, could you E-mail me in Kaitlynn's concern. I don't know if anything I have to say would even be of any importance to you, although I feel is though your daughter would like me to inform you of my thoughts.
Respectfully, Thank-You

Asked on Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 05:29:46 PM
Reply: Thank you for this post. And for caring about us and about Kait.

Not knowing who you are or how to contact you, (please, don't post contact information here, for the sake of your own safety), I don't know how to reach you. But I'm very interested in what you may have to tell me.

Please, send me a personal e-mail at

Answered by: Kait's mom
A Dozen Years
Question: Since the first time I met you, the day that you spoke for a few hundred insurance fraud investigators and stunned them into a deafening silence, you've been my personal hero. I've told you that often, but I'd like to write it here for the world to read.

Also, since I first covered Kait's case in The John Cooke Fraud Report, her story has been in my heart. In fact, in all these years of publishing, that article is also among those most remembered by our readers, and just this past week, at a fraud conference, the case came up once again. The investigative community has not forgotten. You have thousands of open ears out there, still alive with hope that one day you'll get your answers.

May I have your permission to link to your site from It's our newest JCFR endeavor, a public education foundation to help people recognize things before they become victims. We've already reached Page One on Google under a serach of "fight fraud," so it may indeed help. I can only hope.

Leslie Kim

Asked on Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 10:20:47 AM
Reply: Indeed, you do have our permission to link Kait's site to your Fraud Site. And our deepest thanks to you and your colleagues for your on-going support, year after year after year.

The event Leslie Kim is referring to was the annual seminar of the Texas International Association of Special Investigation Units in Austin, TX, in 1995. I was imported at the last minute as a replacement for the dinner speaker, who cancelled out. It was an intimidating experience to speak at such a gathering -- especially when I learned that the speaker I was there to replace was Texas Governor George W. Bush.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Could you tell us which parts of "Who killed my daughter" turned out to be significant? I keep re-reading the book and enjoy it every time. I also got your new book from Amazon and it is wonderful. Like the person in the last message said, you laugh and cry and you feel like you know you.

Asked on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 04:10:08 PM
Reply: One example:

Pg. 40 of paperback: "The Albuquerque police were represented by six motorcycle officers, more than the usual escort complement. 'It is important that we come out and show that we do care,' said traffic Sgt. John B. Gallegos." (This is John, not to be confused with the case detective, Steve Gallegos.)

Why did John Gallegos think it was so important to convince the public that police "DO care" about this one particular murder victim?

Who was this John B. Gallegos? Was he in some way connected to the investigation of Kait's case? If so, why, if he was just a traffic officer?

When examining police reports, we discovered that John G. was already at the scene when the Criminalistics Unit arrived and "assisted with the scene investigation." He was the one who defined the crime scene to Criminalistics, who arrived there late, having been to another crime scene first. John G. told Criminalistics about the location of the "pile of broken glass" that was used to determine the spot where Kait was shot. (The Criminalistics team didn't see any broken glass. That's why it was never photographed. They just took John G's word for its existence, and therefore it was assumed that Kait was shot while driving and not by someone who approached her car on foot after it was rammed from behind, went out of control and hit a post.)

John B. Gallegos's name was withheld from the list of officers at the scene. Why?

He later was arrested for robbing a liquor store while on duty.

A year after that he got fired from APD.

So, how much credence can we give the scene reports, with a man like that responsible for influencing the content? What was he DOING THERE in the first place?

This raises a lot of questions that had not occurred to us when I wrote that book.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Seasons of the Heart
Question: I got your new book from Amazon and laughed and cried all thru it. After reading that I feel like I'm a part of your family. That last picture of you alone on the beach made me cry.

Asked on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 03:42:45 PM
Reply: I'm not a spring chicken anymore, as that photo clearly showed. Aging is a fact of life. It's not pleasant, but the alternative is worse. I wish Kait had been given that opportunity.

Thank you for reading that book and relating to our family.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I have read the book about 3-4 times and each time I read it I see something I missed before. I just wanted to tell you I think it is wonderful that you and your family have never stopped looking for answers. I wish you the best of luck and hope you find out who killed your Kait.
God Bless you!

Asked on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 10:37:55 AM
Reply: Thank you.

And, the odd thing is, every time I read that book I discover "something I missed before" too. I wrote it in real time, recording events as they occurred, without having any idea what would turn out to be important. Since then, some minor details that did not seem significant when I wrote about them, have turned out to be very important.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
A fan of your work
Question: Hi Lois,

I am deeply sadden after i finished reading your book. I admire your dedication into finding the real killer. I felt uneasy after i finished reading the book. It touched my heart that such a crime can happen in this world. I pray for your family. I did try to email Oprah and Nancy Grace. It's a long shot, but I hope they would give you a chance. Nancy Grace is a tough lady, that believes in justice. I don't know if you have watch her show, but I am also a fan of her show. I hope that she can help give you the exposure to keep this case in the public eye. I wish you and your family the best of luck!

Asked on Monday, June 11, 2007 at 11:41:56 PM
Reply: Yes, Nancy Grace is a long shot. But thank you for trying. Sometimes long shots hit the mark.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Books into films
Question: Dear Lois-

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

I was wondering if we'll see any more filmed versions of your books, or has the unpleasurable experience with "I Know...Summer" turned you off to Hollywood?

Take care, and thank you for the joy you've given us readers throughout the years.

Patrick Stibbs

Asked on Monday, June 11, 2007 at 09:49:14 PM
Reply: No, I haven't given up on Hollywood. It's a grab-bag -- some movies are good, and some are bad. I thought KILLING MR. GRIFFIN was very well done.

Several of my books are currently under option -- DOWN A DARK HALL, STRANGER WITH MY FACE and HOTEL FOR DOGS. That doesn't necessarily mean that they'll be filmed, it must means that studios have purchased the right to film them.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: I first read the book Who Killed My Daughter as a fifth grader, and today reread the book. I am now 25, and a student in UNM's Communication Dept. As a native of Albuquerque, and a friend of murder victims, I am hopeful that this case will be solved. Good luck, and thank you for the bravery your family has shown in investigating Kaitlyn's death.

Asked on Monday, June 11, 2007 at 07:47:08 PM
Reply: Fifth grade is awfully young for you to have read that book. Thank you for rereading it as an adult.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
I read the part where you mentioned there were NO bullets in her head even though she was shot twice and that there were no exit wounds. I was incredulous. That can't be.

It just occurred to me if it was possible that somebody "rigged" the autopsy? Or the coroner was intimidated by someone else to report something that was not?

Too bad you couldn't have it autopsied outside of the jurisdiction.

Asked on Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 05:07:28 PM
Reply: APD did not show us the autopsy report. And, if we had seen it, we wouldn't have known how to interpret it. We just trusted the authorities to do their job.

Many years later, when we obtained this information from a private investigator, it was far too late to do anything except feel that we had stumbled into the Twilight Zone.

You're right -- IT DOESN'T SEEM POSSIBLE that there were no exit wounds and no bullets were found in her body. Unless some special kind of bullets were used that disappear when they enter the body.

But, if that was the case, why was there that huge bullet hole in the door frame of her car? (That image is linked to the "Crime Scene" section.)

This causes us to believe that two guns were used.

Which does not indicate a "random drive-by shooting."

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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Asked on Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 04:27:29 PM
Reply: Thank you for caring. There's nothing to tell you that isn't already posted here.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
One more thing..
Why don't you post more photos of Kaitlyn of her childhood? I'd love to see them and am sure others would too!

Asked on Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 02:50:24 PM
Reply: Kait's dad and I come well before the Computor Oriented generation. (Remember, she died in 1989.) When we do things on this web site it takes us forever and sometimes it does horrible things to everything else we have on here. We could destroy the whole site if we started adding new visuals.

Posting images for us is an overwhelming challenge. And is it really necessary? Shouldn't Kait's story be enough?

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Hello Lois,

I was a fan of your books but stopped reading after your last book about Kaitlyn. It seemed you altogether stopped writing suspense books for teens after she died. I understand it is not the same as before.

Anyway, I wanted to know when Kait first dated Dunc and introduced him to you, didn't you feel any "strange feelings" or something was off about him?? Did you ever like him at all while they were dating or did you ever discourage or warn Kait about him?

I wish you best of luck. However, I DO hope you are moving on with your life with your husband and other children plus grandchildren! :)

Asked on Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 02:48:40 PM
Reply: Thank you for liking my suspense novels. And, no, I'm no longer writing those, although they're still in print. My new book, SEASONS OF THE HEART, is the story of my life, not a fictional novel.

In answer to your second question: Kait enjoyed stepping "outside the box." She was interested in all kinds of people, especially those from other cultures. When she decided to date a Vietnamese immigrant, we had no problem with that. We thought it was an experimental time in her life and probably good for both of them. We felt sorry for this appealing young man, so far from home. He called me "Mom." Kait told me, "He misses his own mother so much that when he comes into our house and you're baking a cake, he hugs you and starts to cry." That melted my heart.

We felt secure in our belief that she wouldn't marry him, because they had nothing in common other than physical attraction. She was going to college and hoped then to go to medical school and become a doctor. Dung couldn't even hold a job. We thought Dung was a blip in her life that would be a learning experience and then she would move on.

We had no idea that Dung was involved in any sort of illegal activity. And, no, I had no "strange feelings," until after Kait got her own apartment and Dung moved in with her.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
The Santa Fe tornado
Question: From our house, high up on Bishops Lodge Road, north of Santa Fe town, my wife and I watched the complete development, from when its "tongue" began to extend down from the rain cloud, of the La Bajadur Hill tornado. Having seen it hit dirt, with the resultant large "explosion" of a "dirt cloud" rising from the ground, we were both of the opinion that this was the first tornado that had ever touched down close to Santa Fe. I know Peter Hurd painted the scene of the beginning of a tornado that came down close to Albuquerque, and we both understood that this was the first tornado that had been created in northern New Mexico*; but, for sure, and to our knowledge, there never had been one sighted in the vicinity of Santa Fe. My question of you is:

Are we correct in thinking that Saturday's tornado was, in fact, the first one to have ever been seen in our part of northern New Mexico?

Bob Dales

*Governor Carruthers had this painting hung in his office

Asked on Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 10:24:21 AM
Reply: You've addressed this question to the wrong person. I don't know anything about the history of tornados.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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