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Question: i just finished reading "who killed my dauhgter?" and was wondering why they didn't arrest "marty martinez" when he confessed that he and his friends were hired by the vietnamese to kill kait

Asked on Sunday, February 03, 2008 at 03:01:50 PM
Reply: APD Lt. Chris Padilla stated that Marty was not
arrested because a drunken confession would not stand up in court. (We don't understand why Marty wasn't placed in a holding cell and allowed to sober up before he was questioned.)

A week later, Lt. Padilla told reporters that Marty still hadn't been questioned because police weren't yet sure that he was the same Dennis (Marty) Martinez who was arrested for Kait's murder. (Why didn't they run his Social Security Number?)

Even more startling is the fact that the officer dispatched to the scene, who heard Marty's confession, called the APD records department to verify who Marty was. He was told that APD had no record of ever having arrested Dennis (Marty) Martinez and no record of the Kaitlyn Arquette homicide.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Hello this is Andrey in Auckland New Zealand saying yes my prayers plus Duncan's prayers are with Lois Duncan and family plus for (Myself Andrey) who prays to God for the murderer of Kait's for justice.

Plus Lois Duncan you have myself (Andrey)'s full support for The Justice Committee.

Asked on Sunday, February 03, 2008 at 02:42:49 AM
Reply: Thank you for this post. It never ceases to amaze me that people in other parts of the world are following Kait's case.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
I'm Sorry
Question: Lois, I have always been a fan of all your books and read them all while I have been in high school. I am now a junior and my librarian suggested reading "Who Killed My Daughter?" but told me I should read it after I've finished all your other books, this wasnt hard considering I only had one left. Your book moved me, and at the same time made me extremely frustrated with the authorities. It really puts a damper on the world we think is so safe and well protected. It is frightening to know that our loved ones can be harmed in such a way and disregarded because of federal/local laziness. Even if that is a little harsh. You have always been an inspiration to me, since I am strongly considering a career in either English education, journalism, or some other field of writing. I hope that this case is solved or has been. It is now 2008, and that is almost twenty years I believe...if there is a more updated site with information, or the answer to this crime. Please let me know. I hope you are stil in contact with this site and will respond. I wish I had read your book sooner.
I send my sympathies!

Asked on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 09:41:54 AM
Reply: Thank you for your kind thoughts, Kylie.

This is Kait's only official Web site, and we try to keep it up to date. I respond to every message posted here and to every personal e-mail I receive.

Sometimes the posts are very informative and contain new information. Dung's employer has posted on this message board. So have Kait's second boyfriend Rod, and many of Kait's friends and coworkers, as well as good cops at APD, who have identified certain officers involved in the cover-up and/or who were at the scene but whose names were omitted from police reports.

Among those officers at the scene whose names were omitted were field officer, Sgt. John Gallegos,(who later served as supervisor of the APD Internal Affairs Unit until he was arrested for burglarizing a liquor store while on duty) and Alex Marentas, also a field officer and allegedly the boyfriend of Officer Mary Ann Wallace, the first officer dispatched to the scene. Marentas later became president of the Police Union and -- according to another informant -- "put pressure to blanket the officers" involved in the cover-up.

So, even after all these later, we continue to receive new information because of this Web site. We have our investigators check it out. Some of it's accurate; some of it isn't.

I visit this board every day, because I never know what I'm going to find here.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Who Killed My Daughter?
Question: I wanted to know if Rod ever contacted you?
If he did, did he mention anything about taking Kait to the "Desert Castle?"

Asked on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 05:42:48 PM
Reply: Yes, Rod contacted us. If you click on the link to excerpts from "The Tally Keeper" I think you will find an account of that there.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Lois Duncan
Question: First of all I would like to say that you are my favorite author :]
I just finished reading your book "Who Killed My Daughter" and was wondering if Kaitlyn's murder had to do with the Vietnamese, why haven't you asked Dung about why Kaitlyn was killed and who killed her?
Also have you ever, since the murder, asked Dung what Kait and him did on their trip to California?

I am so sorry about your loss and I hope that the police find out who killed your daughter.

Asked on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 05:28:17 PM
Reply: If you've read the book, you must know that I DID ask Dung that question when he was in the hospital recovering from his stabbing. He told me he was "deciding" if he loved Kait enough to devulge that information.

Six months later, I wrote him a letter, asking him again. He gave the letter to his boss at Artwear, the T-shirt place where he worked, and she gave it to the police as evidence of harassment.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
The Cold Case
Question: Hi my name is Kaitlyn Farmer I am a sophmore at a small high school in Monmouth Il. We read the first two chapters in your book in class, discovering that I wanted to read more I asked my teacher for a copy of the book. I was wondering if the case is still open. Now that we have better technology in the recent years, I was wondering if other detectives had "re-opened" the case to try to solve it using science. I realize that the police there had tampered with the origanal police report and all the evidance.I am having reason to belive that fresh new people should take over and try to find the one(s) who did this bad deed.I know that the time you went through was hard and I am sorry that it happened.

Thank you!
Kaitlyn Farmer

Asked on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 10:44:22 AM
Reply: Legally, the case is still open, since it's unsolved. However, APD considers it closed, because they made arrests, despite the fact that the suspects were not brought to trial because of lack of evidence.

We have tried and tried and tried to get this case assigned to a different investigative agency. We're told that that is impossible. APD "owns" the case.

You're right, a lot more could be accomplished through science. APD never even attempted to match the fingerprints on the beer can on the curb by Kait's car with the prints of the Vietnamese suspects or of Paul Apodaca. That can was marked as evidence. Unless they've disposed of it, it should be sitting right there in the evidence room. A comparison still could be made with those of subjects linked to Kait's case and also submitted to a national fingerprint bank to see if they match those of any known criminal. But APD is unwilling to do that.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Kind of starts to tie things together
Question: PART III: I am curious, however, if the list of transgressions by APD is in the average for a city of this size (a police force of this size) and I am not sure how to find that out. Hmm, more research is needed.... I sure wish somebody would step forward with that key piece of is out there. It is too bad someone cannot offer Matt Griffin or any of the other officers now incarcerated some type of deal to talk now that they have been put away......

I would also like to suggest putting the actual links to the newspaper articles in the paragraphs that talk about the transgressions of APD and the other law enforcements. It would add more validity to the site. I know the stuff is true because I have read it but for others it would might help.

No name from this guy.....for all I know I will be tracked by this computer\'s IP now.......

Asked on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 01:00:12 PM
Reply: Not to worry. We would never attempt to track down anybody who posted on this message board. We'd have nothing to gain by that, even if we knew how to do it, which we don't.

In your case, however, I hope you will contact us by personal e-mail. You may have more information than you realize. We have an interest is certain events and individuals whose names are not mentioned on this Web site, and your son may have let things drop that you didn't think were important, but which would fill in some gaps for us and supplement information that we already have.

I swear -- on Kait's name -- that if you do decide to contact us, we will keep your identity confidential and will not do anything to endanger you.

Your suggestion about supplying links to newspaper articles is a good one, but I'm afraid it's not feasible. Most of those articles aren't available on the Internet and to try to scan or retype them would take us years. If people want to check out their validity, the best way to do so would be to contact the newspaper morge. (There's one morge for both the Albq. Journal and Albq. Tribune.) There's a charge for copying articles. However, if you live in Albuquerque and want to go down there in person and look up the articles on your own, I don't think there's a charge for that. They have them very well organized based upon subject matter.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Kind of starts to tie things together
Question: PART II: I have read these stories in the Albuquerque Journal all these years, and always sided with the police version. How could their story be anything but the truth? Now, after reading the \"other side of the story\" on the web sites, I am not so sure. I read the evidence room story and thought the person in charge was just placing blame by claiming a conspiracy existed. I read about Peter Klunck. I know Steve Nakamura and he is not talking about this issue. I met Matt Griffin in 1989 and spent some time with him as we had some things in common. I never knew he was an APD officer as he just told me he was a city employee when we first met. It was not until I saw the back of him on TV, in handcuffs in front of the judge, and heard his name, that I realized I had been hanging out with a bank robber and murderer. Wow, all the things my son told me now seem to make more sense after reading the web site. I plan on getting the book and reading it this weekend. It sure seems plausible to me that there is something more going on here that what the official story is. It is just too much of a coincidence not to be.

Asked on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 12:59:40 PM
Reply: I'm glad you're going to read the book. It will give you a foundation for all that happened next. But, bear in mind, it was published in 1992. At that point we had a narrow scope of suspitions, all of which involved the Vietnamese crime ring.

It wasn't until the book came out and received national media coverage that we began to receive information and offers of help from informants, outside investigators, crime scene analysts, and honest members of APD. Those people helped us obtain the rest of the information on this Web site that shows a much larger picture than we were previously aware of.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Kind of starts to tie things together
Question: PART I: I heard about the book about Kait a few days ago from a friend. I then searched on the 'Net and found the sites about Kait. After reading about APD and this case, some of the things I was told in the '90's have started to make more sense. My son (God rest his soul) was very involved in the Albuquerque drug scene in the 1990's. He told me that Bob Schwartz, the former DA in this area, was heavily involved in drugs, specifically cocaine. My son also told me Dave Garduno (of the Garduno restaurant family) was also heavily involved in drugs. I was also told last night by a friend that was what he had heard as to why YesterDave's restaurant was closed: because of some drug dealings. At the time my son told me about Bob & Dave I just shut him down and did not listen: how could two highly respected people, people I would consider to be NM VIPs, in our community be involved in stuff like drugs? Now, all these years later, I wish I could tell my son that perhaps there could be something to what he told me, and ask him what else he knew? Also, when I read the psychic's description of the political person at the party, there was only one name that immediately popped into my mind: Manny Aragon. Could it have been Bill Richardson? I doubt it, as he is, in my mind, too politically smart and driven to be involved in stuff like what was described at the castle. Now, my opinion he is another story. Granted, these were the stories told me by my drugged out son and possibly could still be false but.....combine those stories with this web site and it makes me wonder....

Asked on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 12:58:27 PM
Reply: I'm so sorry for the loss of your son. From what you say here, he may well have had his finger on the pulse of the New Mexico drug scene. The fact that he would tell you these things would appear to indicate that he was worried about his own safety and felt a need to confide in someone he could trust in case something happened to him (as it did to Peter Klunck, Stephen Haar, Ramona Duran, and others whose cases are described at

I'd be interested to know the circumstances of your son's death, but it's better that you not post that here, as those facts might inadvertently identify you.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: howww iss calling someonee (dung) considerded a harassment??

p.s. your amazingg

Asked on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 05:45:04 PM
Reply: According to the police, phoning people who don't want to be in touch with you, or mailing them a reward flyer if they don't want to be reminded about a murder case, is harassment. Even though the reward flyer was mailed to 200 other people as well.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: hi tis is a gril in school and read the book i cried and sorry i think she is happy with god she was a nice gril as the book tells me.

Asked on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 07:33:30 AM
Reply: Thank you, Michelle. Yes, Kait was a nice girl. But she was a risk taker. And she took one risk too many.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Cyber Hug
Question: Dear Lois,

I don't so much have a question as I do an expression of heartfelt compassion and sympathy for you and your family. Your strength and perserverance in the ongoing fight for justice in your daughter's murder is admired.

I lived in California during the late 1980's and early 1990's therefore I had no knowledge of this terrible case. As a matter of fact, I only became aware when I read your book two months ago and I must say until that time I fully supported my son wanting to become a member of APD. Now, even he, whom I have discussed this case and your book with, is considering a different approach to law enforcement. It's not my place to say all APD cops are dirty, but the facts in this case, and Lord knows how many others we don't have information on, expose APD for the corrupt and lame excuse of public safety that they are.

Continue to be strong and may you know that another mom in Albuquerque holds you and your family in her heart.

((((*cyber hug*))))

An Albuquerque Mom

Asked on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 08:25:53 AM
Reply: Thank you for the cyber hug. I needed that today.

I'm struggling with how to respond to your concern about your son joining APD. I feel guilty advising against it, because God knows they need more honest, moral officers to make up for the bad ones. The problem is that honest, moral officers are totally under the control of their superiors and can be sucked into a pool of corruption before they know that it's happening, and then they can't get out again.

If this were my son, I would advise him to read the New Mexico cases on the Real Crimes Web site at before making up his mind about this.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Crime Scene Photo
Question: Lois, I thought I had seen a photo of Kaitlyn's car that shows it having hit the pole. The photo was taken from behind the car. Has it been removed from the website?

I think you are one very remarkable woman. I found out about Kaitlyn's story from the interview you did with Todd Matthews on Missing Pieces, and it was an honor to have transcribed your show. Of course I bought a copy of the book and then went back and read ALL the messages here and your kind, appropriate, honest, witty and sharp answers.

Let's hope that justice is just around the corner.

Asked on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 09:35:07 PM
Reply: You're right. Such a photo exists. I assumed it was one of those that is linked to "The Crime Scene" section of this Web site, but now that I've checked, I realize that it isn't. Nothing has been removed from this site, so I wonder where you saw that photo? If you send me an e-mail I'll send it to you as an attachment.

Which means I gave an incorrect answer to the question posted down a ways: " what is that stuff in front of her car in one of the photos?" I said it looked like it might be a piece of the bumper, but I was thinking about the picture that you're referring to. "The stuff" in the photo of her car that is on this Web site is not in front of the car, it's on the street next to the passenger's door. It's blood and vomit and probably brain matter that spilled into the street when medics removed Kait from the car.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
white candles
Question: I went to the cemetary monday and there were 4 white votive candles by Kait's grave. That made me wonder if you were in Albuquerque or who burned those candles?

Asked on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 04:04:38 PM
Reply: What a lovely gesture for someone to make!

No, it wasn't one of our family. We all live elsewhere now.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Reading this book has changed a part of me.....
Question: Mrs.Duncan I am sorry for the death of your daughter.But I believe there is hope on finding her killer.While reading your book on my own, me and my fellow class mates were discussing that there is a place that someone goes to after they die.Before they go to heaven or hell, all depending on all of their actions and words they did or said when they were still alive.I believe Kait will stay in that place, know as Elsewhere, untill her killer is found.Since I read your book, 'Who Killed My Daughter', I have thought more about the safety of my family, friends, myself, and the others around me.If there is anything you want to talk about feel free to talk to me about it.I know we don't really know each other, but since I read your book I feel like I've known you for years.Well got to go for now.Untill next time, may my respects and concerns be with you. -Crissa Helton 21517 Highway 16 Okmulgee,Oklahoma 74447

Asked on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 08:51:18 AM
Reply: It's interesting that you and your classmates would discuss that subject. There's no way for anyone to know about that for certain until we leave this earth, but, speaking only for myself, my mind is open to all possibilities.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: okayy in the hospital dung kept sayingg "im so sorry its all my fault im sorry im sorry".

Do you think he hired someone to kill your beautiful daughter?
Do you think he knows exactly who killed her before it was done?

Why cant you just go and talk some since into him to tell what happened. yall were so close and when he sees how much you miss kait he hopefully will tell

good luck and truly sorry

Asked on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 09:36:38 PM
Reply: I may be wrong, but my personal belief is that Dung did not hire someone to kill Kait and probably didn't realize she was going to be killed.

I believe he got angry with Kait because she would not go along with some criminal activity his group was involved in, and that he complained about her to others involved in that activity, and those OTHERS were behind the shooting.

I have talked to Dung. I have written to him. I have pleaded with him to tell us what he knows. The last time I did that his girlfriend phoned the police and tried to get me arrested for harassment.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
What the Heck???
Question: Oh my goodness! If you go to you will see a bunch of New Mexico crimes and in all of them the police say that the deaths were "accidents"! This isnt fair at all the poice are just slacking off and they seriously need to do some work on these cases! There was a guy who was found dead in an alley with a Veitnamese medallion in his hand and the police didn't even collect it as evidence or report it at all! I think that there is something seriously wrong with the Alberquerqe Police Department.

Asked on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 08:26:12 PM
Reply: The case you refer to is the Nathan Romero case. I hope everybody who reads this post will go to and scroll down and read the account of that fiasco.

When police refused to investigate the Asian suspects that eye-witnesses had identified, Nathan’s mother hired a PI and performed her own investigation. When she attempted to give her new information to APD, a homicide captain became so furious that he bellowed at the top of his lungs, "'We know who killed your son, just like we know who killed Kait Arquette! This is police business -- butt out!" Nathan’s mother asked the captain why he was connecting those two cases, and according to her he went totally ballistic and yelled at her to keep her mouth shut and forget she’d ever heard him say that.

The detective in charge of the APD investigation of Nathan's case was the same detective who was in charge of the investigation of Kait's case.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
I can't believe it
Question: It isn't really a question but, I can't believe I didn't hear about this sooner I wish I could have been there to get those creeps who killed your daughter I would not been afraid to tell the police what happened. I am ashamed that the police did nothing. IT IS AN OUTRAGE!!!!!!! I hope that some day those creeps who killed your daughter will turn themselves in. Please tell us ASAP if they have found the people who killed your daughter. I am only 13 but I know the police could have and should have done a better job

Asked on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 02:51:47 PM
Reply: Thank you for caring so much. If the police ever make any additional arrests I will MOST DEFINITELY post it here.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: sorry i have one more ?

has anyone ever left a comment saying they killed kait or had any evidence of anythingg? if so was it true or were they just pulling a prank?

Asked on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 09:31:16 PM
Reply: Pranksters post all kinds of stuff. We don't take it seriously unless they contact us directly and can back up their information.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: i am sorry about everything. like so so so sorry. i am 13 and if my mother or sister died or something like that i could never live with the grief. you are such a wonderful and strong woman.


1. Why cant you and some police officers just go to dungs housee?

2. Any leads?

3. can you put photos up of her earings or whatever she was wearing on the day she died

4. how are your kids

5. have you had any visions of kait recently

6. what is that stuff in front of her car in one of the photos?

Asked on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 09:29:19 PM
Reply: The police did interview Dung both at his apartment and at the police station. I am not able to go to Dung's house because that would be considered harassment and I'd be arrested.

No, I don't have photos of her earrings. Her clothing is in the APD evidence room.

My other "kids" are now adults and involved in building their own lives.

No, I haven't had any recent dreams about Kait.

I don't know for sure what that is in front of Kait's car. Since the car rammed into a post, I assume that's a piece of the fender or the bumper.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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