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Its me again!!
 
Question: Mrs. Duncan,

It is me Katy68 again and i did some research about your writing history. I did not know that you wrote "I know what you did last summer" congratulations, that was such a wonderful book and a very successful film!!! I am anxious to hear from you and i hope that you and your family are doing well this summer. I would love to write one day. I have always been complimented on my writing except for this year. I had a particularily picky teacher and she said that i have good ideas but they are not expressed well in words. I am working on my writing alot. I love to write stories in the summer and ever since my father died a slow and visually painful death from throat cancer, writing is a helpful way to let out my feelings. I am currently writing a story about a woman having to raise her small newborn daughter on a small run down ranch. Her husband is drafted and she deals with physical and emotional lonliness and feelings on isolation. My inspiration was the well known book, The Scarlet Letter, which I had previously finished in May. My question does not have much to do with Kait this time. Do you think that i should persue my writing? I always enjoy your books, as well as those of R.L Stine. They are inspiring and are always thought out so well. Like i said i am so anxious to hear from you and any updates with you and your family. I am praying for you and I hope you are healing a little more each day. I love you!

[from:Katy68]

Asked on Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 02:09:22 PM
Reply: Thank you for liking my suspense novels. Writing is not an easy career. There's no stability -- you may have a best seller one year and be totally forgotten the next year. So, yes, persue your writing, but, if you're smart, you'll also develop an alternate means of support.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
Kait's Death
 
Question: Ms. Duncan, I just finished reading Who Killed my Daughter? and it touched me so profoundly and emotionally, it made me sob for so long, that I could barely stop to write this. Is there anything that we, as your readers, can do to possbly help? Also, if her Vietnamese boyfriend (Dung Nguyen) still alive? and if so, why wouldn't he want to find her murderer as well as you, and if he had information about it, he should know that it is never too late to help you and your family in the search for your daughter's murderer. [From: book_girl12

Asked on Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 07:10:57 AM
Reply: We continue to hope at, at some point, Dung will decide to help us. We don't believe he killed Kait, but we do believe that he has important information.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
Any information?
 
Question: Lois, when i was in the 7th grade i read your touching book "Who killed my daughter?" It was the most beautifully written literature i have ever had the honor to read. It was also the first book to make me cry. I am now 17 years old and i still think about Kait all the time. Her story. What really happened? Why, she was so young and beautiful. I am as anxious as you are to find out what Really happened to your baby Kait. If there is ANYTHING i can do, please please please contact me at camarokaty68@yahoo.com I want to help.

[from: Katy68]

Asked on Friday, June 23, 2006 at 06:21:47 PM
Reply: Thank you, Katy. I don't know what anyone can do right now except (1) law enforcement, (2) our private investigator, and (3) tipsters with valid information.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
"Who killed my daughter"
 
Question: I have been reading your books for years, I am 44, and have just reread "Who Killed My Daughter. I am sending it to my own daughter to read for 1) I could not put it down and 2) I want her to view the relationship you and your daughter had. She often thinks that I am too protective. I told her when she is 40 I will still tell her to "be careful" I decided to get online to see if there had been any resolutions. I am saddened to see that there has not. Will you write another book to update? On a different note, when I was younger I wanted to be a writer. I still do and since I am not getting any younger I had better start fast. lol. I just wanted to say that you have once again inspired me and hopefully I will quit procrastinating. God Bless you and yours. Another Mother

Asked on Thursday, June 22, 2006 at 05:18:37 AM
Reply: Wanting to protect our children, (grown or not), is part of being a mother. When my other two daughters, Robin and Kerry, were going through Kait's apartment after the shooting, looking for clues, (scribbles, doodles, phone numbers, notes she might have written to herself), they found a newspaper clipping I had just sent her about how important it was to wear a helmet when you ride a motor scooter. I had attached a note saying, 'Honey, PLEASE, wear your helmet!" Robin said it made her cry to see how hard I was trying to keep Kait safe -- but had no idea where th danger really lay.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
New Show on Court TV!
 
Question: While surfing the web this morning, I came across a link that led me to a new show running on Court TV called Haunting Evidence. The premiere episode is available on the web, and I watched it...and it isn't one of those that requires a conviction to wrap it up. It's all about revisiting cold cases with a psychic profiler, a medium, and a paranormal investigator. They may be interested in Kait's story, and maybe you can get a few more answers.

The second episode airs tonight on primetime.

They were working with law enforcement in that premiere, but it's definitely worth a try to see if they will work with your investigators if APD refuses to participate. APD's point of view is well documented in the ABQ papers and media, so that may make a difference.

I want to see this solved so much for you and the family!

I don't know if I can do a link on this board, but here's is URL:
http://www.courttv.com/onair/shows/haunting_evidence/index.html

I can't find a contact link, but there is a message board on the site as well:
http://boards.courttv.com/forumdisplay.php?s=f6d161de93f272dff0fd9a9b8b09e238&forumid=77

As always, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

[from Kris in Wisconsin]

Asked on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 06:12:32 AM
Reply: I will definitely check into this. Thank you for the information.

This may also be an option for some of the other cases on our Real Crimes site at www.realcrimes.com.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
cold case files
 
Question: Lois,

I know that Cold Case files does use the victims and families names, as well as any perpetrators. Within the past 2 years, they have reviewed a case from my State, Wyoming, which involved a young woman by the name of Lisa Marie Kimmell. Lisa was found dead, stabbed, bludgeoned and raped outside of Casper, Wyoming, in 1988. Her car, a Honda CRX, was not discoved until 2004 when a searched warrant was issued for a man by the name of Dale Wayne Eaton. Dale recieved the death penalty for Lisa's murder. Lisa's mother has written a book on the family's stuggle to get justice for Lisa's murder. I believe the book is entitled "The Murder of Little Miss".

I don't know whether of not Cold Case files would considering doing a case that doesn't have an end of resolution, but it's worth some checking into.

good luck, Savy

Asked on Monday, June 19, 2006 at 01:21:56 PM
Reply: In general, national TV shows will not run stories about unsolved cases in which there are identified suspects without fictionalizing them to such a degree that they are unrecognizable. Otherwise, they're open to law suits by the suspects, who are innocent until proven guilty and can claim that their reputations were ruined by the publicity.

Once a case is solved and the suspect has been convicted, that no longer holds true. That's why well known true crime writers, such as Ann Rule, will not write about cases unless there are convictions.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
question...
 
Question: Lois,
I first read Who Killed My Daughter when I was in the eighth grade. 11 years later, i still find myself interested in your daughters case. I still have my original copy of the book i purchased when i was thirteen. I have read and reread the book many many times. Your love and level of commitment to finding the truth are an inspiration to me. I look forward to an update on the case. My only hope is that you are able to fnd the truth and to see justice for your daughter...however, it is my belief that God will see a final justice done whether or not justice is found on earth.
I hope your book has shown others how to look for \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"wolves\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\".

Sorry so longwinded! Now to my questions...
My question is, did the psychic reading prove accurate in reference to Kait spending some of her missing time with Rod that night? If so, how accurate? I have read some of the posting in the webite (my first time on the site, good job!) so I apologize if these questions are repetative. I also know you may not be able to reveal some info, but I was also wondering if Rod was privy to anything that was going on in Kaits life relevant to illegal activities she was involved in.


I wish you the best and pray that you find the answers you need. God bless you and your family..

Asked on Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 08:36:37 PM
Reply: Rod did contact us and was very cooperative. He still keeps in touch now and then.

According to Rod, Kait did not spend time with him on Sunday, the night of the murder. However, they went to an early movie together on Friday. Kait left him immediately after the movie, saying she "had an appointment" with someone. She didn't elaborate.

It's possible the psychics got the facts right -- Kait meeting somebody who took her to the Desert Castle -- but got the timing of it wrong. Psychics, even good ones, have difficulty dealing with "time." (Maybe because. on "The Other Side," time, as we know it, doesn't exist?)

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
New Fan
 
Question: I am sorry to hear about your daughter. I have read your book I Know What You Did Last Summer. I thought it was a really gook book. I just started reading your other book Down a Dark Hall. While I was looking for
some more of your books I found the book you wrote about your daughter. I am going to buy the book the next time I am at a book store and read it. I am only 12 years old and love to read. My parents say I read to much. I pray for you and your family. I hope that you find who murdered your daughter. May God always be with you.
Your New Fan
Rachel

Asked on Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 08:10:50 PM
Reply: Hello, Rachel. Thank you for liking my books. WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? may be too old for you right now. However, if you want to get a copy to read later when you're a bit older, the best way to do so is to have your parents order it from an on-line bookstore like Amazon.com. You're unlikely to find it in regular bookstores, because it's too old to be in stock.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
From a long-time fan
 
Question: Hi! I just read the entire site on your daughter's case. I read your books as a teenager (and even in college!!) and I was just telling my younger cousin recently to look up some of your books since I had enjoyed them so much. That prompted me to do a search on you because I had not read anything of yours in a long time and was trying to remember the titles. I am buying the book about your daughter today. All I can say is keep up your work and I hope and pray that someday you will have the answers you seek (I just got chills). May God grant you and yours the peace of serenity. Lizandra26@comcast.net

Asked on Friday, June 16, 2006 at 11:43:46 AM
Reply: Thank you, Lizandra.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
Singing your praises
 
Question: I hope you will still write novels for your young people. I have to say you saved my life as a preteen. I had a very difficult family life and my only escape was reading. The library was for elementary and very sparce on youth books for teens, your books were so amazing, they took me to another place. They helped me escape the present and imagine another future for myself. In every way physically I was trapped in that remote, sad, terrifying life, but your books set me free. I am now a teacher of fifth grade and suggest your books to the advanced readers and those with struggling home lives as positive ways to use their time. The students love them and it makes me happy to help them, but really it is your insight into their interests that makes it possible. You have given a real gift to the world. You are a very talented and special person. I am the only person in my family to graduate high school, much less get a master's degree. I attribute that to you and the few other authors that take time to write to the teen audience.

Asked on Friday, June 16, 2006 at 09:45:08 AM
Reply: Those are wonderful words to hear. It gives me great joy to know that I've made a difference in the lives of young readers. I stopped writing teenage suspense novels when Kait was killed, (except for one, GALLOWS HILL, which I was required to write because I was under contract). I find it impossible now to create a fictional story about a teenage girl in a life-threatening situation. It's too difficult to realize that I can "save" the fictional heroine, but was not able to save our real one, or even to get someone to solve her case.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
Me Maria
 
Question: I wrote on Thursday, I said that I hadn't finished the book yet, well I finished it last night. I saw the date of her birthday, which is the same date as mine, I was born on September 18, 1990! It seem really weird to me because I also know a little about some drug related things, but I don't use them but I know were they sell them at, because I hear many kids talking about it! I really would love if you wrote back or reply, my e-mail is at lonely.sol@gmail.com please reply, I would love to hear from you.
Maria

Asked on Friday, June 16, 2006 at 08:27:13 AM
Reply: Next September 18, when you're blowing out the candles on your birthday cake, please, make a special wish for Kait, since it's her special day too.

Answered by: Lois Duncan
 
Cold Case Files?
 
Question: Years ago, when I was first considering a writing career, I read your book How to Write and Sell Your Personal Experiences. Although I was never able to write much in way of creative nonfiction, I used that book as a kind of bible for a long time--I even had some confession stories published and still write them to this day!

Because I enjoyed that book so much, I began to read your YA books, too. I could not help but be drawn to WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? when it was first published so long ago. It touched me in a way that I can't completely understand, even now. I have never stopped thinking about Kait and wishing that there was some way for me to help you, when you helped me through your books. All I can do, unfortunately, is let you know that you are in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers.

In closing, I just need to ask this one question. I know that earlier you stated that because of the age of the case, it was impossible to expect more media attention. Is the series Cold Case Files, with Bill Kurtis, still filming? Would it be possible to get them interested if they are? I feel comfortable in suggesting that series as a possibility, because I feel that they handle all of the cases that they cover in a very tasteful and respectful manner.

Take care and God bless.

Asked on Friday, June 16, 2006 at 05:59:52 AM
Reply: It's my understanding that the Cold Case Files is a fictionalized series, although the stories may be loosely based on real happenings. We don't want anyone fictionalizing Kait's story or changing the names of the characters.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
Hoping
 
Question: Well I don't have a question but I did read the book, actually I am finishing it. My family tells me that I love to read too much, I have read so many of your books that I could remember about some of the books you were naming. I can't imagine how it feels to lose someone you love, I haven't lost anybody, tough my family was about to lose someone. I don't know why anybody says that they love someone without really loving them. I just don't know! I saw the picture of your daughter she looks very beautiful. I am trying to find the purpose of my life, and asking myself why I am here. I hope all of your family gets better, and that you keep being happy, and I think that a mother to defend their cubs would do anything I would have done the samething, tough I am still 15 years old!
From:Maria

Asked on Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 09:38:33 AM
Reply: It's wonderful for someone your age already to be searching for the purpose of her life. There are many people much older than you who have never given that a thought. The purpose of your life may keep changing, depending on circumstances, but every chapter of your life should be given meaning.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
Well wishes to the Arquette Family
 
Question: I first read Who Killed My Daughter? thirteen years ago when I was twelve or so because I was such a fan of Lois Duncan's books and childishly interested in how such a horrible thing could happen to one of my favorite authors. The other day I picked it up again to read it as an adult and was affected much more deeply by it. Obviously, Kait's murder was tragic and sad, but I couldn't sleep from the anger I felt my the APD seriously dropping the ball, on top of underestimating the lengths a woman who has lost a child--especially violently--will go to in order to find justice for their baby. Like Kait, I am the youngest, and my mother has ingrained in me since I was very young how strong a mother's love is, possibly the strongest kind of love there is. I don't see how the police could ever think Lois was just going to accept their case as gospel when it didn't make sense, especially considering her profession as a writer, one who is prone to research. But I digress.

I spoke to my own mom about the book, and she asked if Kait\'s killer was ever found, and couldn\'t I look on the Internet to find that sort of thing out? I thought surely in the almost seventeen years since her murder Kait\'s killer would have been found and behind bars. It\'s very upsetting to me that this is not the case. I wonder if the police now blame Lois for the case still being open.

Good luck to you, Lois, as well as the rest of Kaitlyn\'s family. I hope justice for Kait is served one day. I admire your strength in what you\'ve had to endure. Much love to you all.

[From: Rae]

Asked on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 10:29:37 PM
Reply: Thank you for your encouragement. No, the police are not happy with me. They have accused me of damaging the reputation of “an impeccable police department.”

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
Heartbreaking
 
Question: I, too, am a mother. My niece, Katrina (Katie), was murdered when she was 16 years old in 1989. The killers were found and punished. Did that bring closure? I really don't know. I suppose it's relative. Did their punishment bring justice? In one sense it did because they are being punish. In another sense, no. Justice in my mind's eye would be to have Katie back, for them to trade places with her. But that is not to be. As I read your story, I am heartbroken for you. You are truly in my thoughts. I will remain hopeful that her murder is solved. Take care my friend.

Becky Stonecipher

Asked on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 04:34:23 PM
Reply: I'm so terribly sorry about the murder of your niece. You're right, the arrest of the killers cannot bring our murdered loved ones back, and the grief of our losses will never leave us. However, the stress of NOT KNOWING WHAT HAPPENED is eliminated once the truth is exposed. So, in one way, there's closure, even if that closure is painful.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
Frozen Lightning
 
Question: I searched on Amazon.com for this book and couldn't find it. Where did you order it?

Asked on Friday, June 09, 2006 at 07:35:59 PM
Reply: Click here to buy the book, WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?, by Kait's mother, Lois Duncan.

The book, FROZEN LIGNTNING, about Bill Richardson, can be ordered from www.frozenlightning.org.

Answered by: Tom, one of the helpers
 
frozen lightening
 
Question: Hello, I was wondering how I could get a copy of this book, i've looked online, and I cannot seem to find a copy, am I not looking in the right place, or maybe im not putting the right title? Thanks

Asked on Friday, June 09, 2006 at 02:22:59 PM
Reply: See the response to the post above this one.

Answered by: Kait's mother
 
Frozen Lightning
 
Question: Has anyone read this book on Bill Richardson's connection with corruption? I havent but I will soon. Im wondering if the whole drug situation is addressed in the book. It may have valuable information relevent to this case.

Asked on Friday, June 09, 2006 at 06:30:51 AM
Reply: Thank you for telling us about this. We've placed our order.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
APD
 
Question: I don't know what other cities are like. Most of my life I have lived in Albuquerque. But I have to say that a lot of law makers and law enforcement people here in this town are very corrupt!! What's bad about that, is that it starts at the very top, if you know what I mean. If a person lives here, you more or less have to mind your own business just to be happy. Otherwise you can get all caught up in the drama.

Asked on Thursday, June 08, 2006 at 12:23:03 PM
Reply: That's what we did too. We closed our eyes to it.

Then, out of the sky, it came and got one of our own.

Answered by: Kait's mom
 
why?
 
Question: hello i would just like to say i read the book who killed my daughter? and i was touched hurt and could really feel the pain. what i want ask is why did dung feel that he had to tell kait about the drugs that's just dumb.

Asked on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 04:14:18 PM
Reply: We don't know for sure what Dung revealed to Kait. It would help us a lot if we did know.

Answered by: Kait's mom

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