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References for Los Padillas
Retail heroin distribution is conducted by a number of criminal entities. Supplied primarily by Mexican criminal groups, retail heroin distributors vary in different areas of New Mexico. Prison and street gangs are the primary retail distributors of the drug in urban areas of the state. In the Albuquerque area, New Mexico Syndicate often works through street gangs, such as the San Jose and Los Padillas gangs, to control heroin distribution at the retail level.

Asked on Sunday, April 01, 2007 at 01:48:53 PM
Reply: Thank you for this link.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Now throw in some beer, sicilian pizza and few black robes.

Asked on Sunday, April 01, 2007 at 08:34:53 AM
Reply: Sounds like the party of the year. And just think -- it's probably held every evening!

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Kaitlyn Arquette
Question: I would first like you to know that I am reading your book "Who Killed My Daughter?" and I am just starting on the 19th chapter. I have cried so much and I havent even gotten through the whole book. I feel like for some reason that I have known Kait for a very long time, but I know I havent because I am only 14 soon to be 15 on December 7th. I feel very bad for you and wish that there was something that I could do. I was just wondering what you felt like when the police wouldnt do anything and just kept calling Kait's murder a "random shooting", and I was also wondering if you ever found out if Juve Escobedo was really in that garage. Also I would like to ask what you think of Betty's readings?

Asked on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 02:55:26 PM
Reply: What we felt about the police investigation was disbelief and disillusionment. We had always trusted the police and regarded them as "the good guys."

Juve Escobedo (aka Jose Hernandez) is an inigma. The police appear to have protected him. Miguel Garcia spent 18 months in jail before he was released for lack of evidence, but when a bench warrent was put out for Juve, police never even bothered to pick him up. People would call the police, inform them where Juve was (usually at his girlfriend's apartment), and no one would ever come get him. We'd be very interested in knowing where he is now.

We never used to believe in psychics. But so many of Betty's readings have proven accurate that we now take them seriously.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Los Padilla's
Question: From what ive read, the gang was involved in heroin traffacking during the time period of interest. My understanding is that Manny's from the South Valley, as is the gang.

Asked on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 02:52:05 PM
Reply: I didn't know Los Padillas were trafficking heroin during that time period. That's very interesting news. Can you steer us to an article in which that's documented?
Posted later:
I've now found the article, and you are right.

In 1999, there was a massive drug bust of Los Padillas by BCSO, APD, FBI - the gang was involved in murder, heroin and cocaine trafficking. The gang is comprised of 4 generations. The organization is headed by Jerry L. Padilla - Manny's business partner in JAM Construction.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
What do the bullets mean?
Question: Dear Mr & Mrs Arquette,

1st of all I would like to say how sorry I am for your loss. I read Ms. Duncan's book about 10 years ago and every now & then I check this site just to see what progress has been made regarding your daughter's case.

There's something I don't understand in regards to the bullets, and I was wondering what forensics had made of this...what could have happened to the bullets fired into Kait if there were no exit wounds? I was just curious as this doesn't make much sense to me.

I wish you all the best in finding out who killed your daughter and hope that oneday you will have the conclusion you search for.

All the best,


Asked on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 02:39:09 PM
Reply: This is one of the many mysteries that abound in this case.

For the two bullets that entered Kait's head to shatter into a powder-like substance that literally disappeared, they had to be very small caliber.

But click on the link to the crime scene, scroll down, and click on the link to the photo of the bullet hole in the door frame of Kait's car. That hole was not made by a .22.

Which means that two guns were used and the shooting was NOT "random."

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Description of the VIP?
Question: How did the psychics describe the VIP that Kait allegedly saw involved in a drug deal?

Asked on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 06:46:54 AM
Reply: Betty Muench in Albq. -- 1990: “The person Kait saw is a political figure who has the podium and is very coveting of his position. He is married. He has a fear of being exposed that borders on paranoia, and this will have been part of his fear upon the observation of him by Kait. He will not have had anything to do with the actions after that, but his followers will be involved.”

Noreen Renier in FL (channeling Kait) -- 1990: "He is a politician. He's a very powerful person with this group of people I shouldn't have been hanging out with... This is a powerful person. The police have fear."

Nancy Czetli in NJ-- 1992: “He’s active in both local city politics and state level politics. I think he's been in the state legislature. He may be part of your court system. He has black hair, he's heavy set, and is getting a little jowly under his chin. I'd say he's in his fifties and has a very powerful voice. This man has been involved for quite some time in rather extensive import-export of drugs. He did not order Kait's killing, but his presence helped trigger it.”

Robert Petro in AZ (channeling Kait) -- 1992: "The VIP was in local government. I can't give you the exact position, but he was a married man, well-positioned in government. But he wasn't the only one in the place. It appeared that everybody around there was doing something with drugs. For some reason I recognized him."

None of these psychics knew we were getting readings from other psychics, so they could not have conspired to make their readings so similar.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Manny Aragon
Question: Unfortunately Mr. Aragon has so many powerful and rich people in his pocket, that he will more than likely, if convicted, be acquitted for supposedly, "lack of hard evidence." Hopefully, the US Attorney's office has enough evidence to support a guilty verdict beyond a reasonable doubt.

Asked on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 07:23:04 PM
Reply: According to newspaper articles, the feds have had him "under their radar for decades." You'd assume that if they waited this long to come down on him, they would have enough evidence to make their charges stick.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Manny Aragon
Question: Mrs. Arquette, I read your book several years ago, and have been checking this site since. When I read the book the first person to come to mind was Manny Aragon, and now that all of this is comming down about the court house, I am more convinced than ever that he has some knowledge about what happend to your daughter, or the sircumstances surrounding her death....especially reguarding the drugs. I am sure your right, im sure the're will be many more indictments to come!! I pray for Kait, and your family that somehow in all of this that you get to the truth. That's the least you deserve!!

Asked on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 07:13:36 PM
Reply: And that's really all we want -- to know the whole story. We'll never get the shooter if he was a hired hit man, but we need to know why she was killed and who was behind the hit. even if there's no arrest and conviction.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
NM Corruption
Question: Go to and you'll be able to read the "indictments" and all the rest of the court documents, plea deals, Manny Aragon's illicit dealings with convicted felons, etc. it's all there.

Asked on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 12:23:52 PM
Reply: And there's probably still more to come.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Indictments handed down in NM
Question: The journal article tells all about Manny's history including his brother's shinanagins, gang relations, prison tenants and clemency he gave to prisoners.

I remember you saying one time that one day all people involved in the 2004 corruption report by Larry Barker with Channel 13 would be revealed. Is this the list of people you were referring to?

Asked on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 11:59:05 AM
Reply: No. The secret report Larry Barker exposed was allegedly filled with the names of political VIPs who are running the NM drug scene. I don't think the list of hoodlums the media listed today contains such people.

However, there's one person who was named in the Journal article who interests us a lot. If any of you have information about this person, we would welcome it.

Manny Aragon was said to have been a partner in M&J Construction Company with Jerry Padilla Sr., a three-time convicted HEROIN DEALER. His relationship with Padilla overlaps the time period when heroin was allegedly imported through the store where Kait worked.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
RE: Indictments handed down in NM
Question: Manny up to the same old tricks. I've always thought if there is a high ranking politician responsible for Kait's murder it was Manny. The guy is a scumbag at best. It's also reported that Ken Schultz is involved, wasn't he the mayor when Kait was killed?

Asked on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 10:13:03 AM
Reply: As you know from my book, psychic Noreen Renier described the face of the political VIP Kait saw involved in a drug deal to a police artist. My publisher would not allow that artist's sketch to be reproduced in my book because it so closely resembled Manny Aragon,who, at that time, was president of the NM State Senate.

In the 1980's, Manny's brother, Chuck Aragon, was chief financier of a gigantic marajuana smuggling enterprise out of Mexico. He was arrested (out of state, of course) three months after Kait's murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Yes, Ken Schultz was mayor at the time Kait was killed. So he was in control of APD.

I have no idea if or how any of this links to Kait's case, but it's fascinating to watch the dominoes start falling.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
RE: Indictments handed down in NM
Question: Go to and click on the 3rd article. It will only be available for a limited time w/o having to register online. I would post the contents here, but it's too long.

Asked on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 09:37:50 AM
Reply: The news coverage will be much than local. My guess is we'll all get to read about it in Newsweek.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
I am so sorry
Question: Mrs. Arquette, I read your book about Kait many years ago and wrote you a message through this site a couple of years back. My son turned six months old on Wednesday and I just wanted to tell you again, now that I am a mom, I am even more sorry for your loss. I do not think I could pull myself out of the place I would be in if I lost my little boy. I hope it will be okay if I pray for you and your family to get the closure and peace you have worked tirelessly for over the past many years.

Asked on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 08:54:05 AM
Reply: Thank you for your kind thoughts.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Indictments handed down in NM
Question: If you have contact with anybody personally in Albuquerque. They need to send you the ABQ. Journal to read the latest in the 2004 Kickback corruption case. Several high-profile figures are mentioned. Very interesting read! I think this is just the beginning of the fall of "The Good Ole Boys"

People invovled in Kait's demise might be in the mix. Might not. But, if they are in here and not getting punished for her murder, they will pay one way or the other. ref. ABQ Journal, March 30, 2007. Paper also states the Fed. investigation is still on-going with the full cooperation of the new Attorney General's office.

Asked on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 07:28:14 AM
Reply: Back in 1994, in response to my question, “How is this going to end?”, psychic Betty Muench (who works by automatic writing) transcribed the message: "There is this group which is not understanding how things operate and they will be making their own rules. When this will border on anarchy, then they will fall, with truth coming out all around.”

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Where is Sharon now? Does she possess a criminal record? What about her boyfriend(s) at the time? Is she involved with a criminal crowd? Was she at that time? She was associated with Pier 1, but how about the cops and the auto shop and the VIPs? She knew dung and could have collaborated with him or his buddies, right? She seems like the logical starting point to trace backwards because she saw Kait right before she was killed and must have been part of the plan. What other connections were there that involved her?

I'd like to understand more about her and her boyfriend and thier circle of influence at the time. Are there any readers out there that knew her??? Is Sharon monitoring this sight?

Asked on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 06:15:00 PM
Reply: I know where Sharon is now, but I promised her I would keep that information confidential. I wish now that I hadn't promised that, but having done so, I can't go back on my word.

If she has a criminal record, I'm not aware of it. I don't know whom she's currently associating with or whether she visits this web site. Her boyfriend at the time of Kait's murder, Ray Bowes, has since served time in prison.

We have reason to suspect she may possibly have been linked to the body shop, but we have not been able to verify that, and the owner of the body shop is now dead. Yes, she did know Dung, and she knew the people he worked for at Artwear, Michael and Roxanne Cecchini. In fact, she apparently knew them before she met Dung.

We, too, would like to know more about how she fits into this case and would welcome any information people want to send us.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Media Coverage
Question: Dear Lois Duncan

I am a British Ex Pat living in Turkey. Earlier this year I came across this site & I would like to express how sorry it makes me to read of your loss. I can only imagine the frustration you must feel that justice has not yet been served & answers are left unknown.

I had never heard of this case before so unfortunately I can't help with any information.

Have you ever considered applying pressure from aboard. In the UK BBC 2 & Channel 4 produce investigative journalism programmes that may be interested in your story. My thought behind this is that it might embarrass agencies involved into action.

I am thinking of Channel 4 'Cutting Edge' in particular. These are very professionally delivered & cover a wide variety of subject matter.

I think the UK public would be shocked at the lack of professionalism of the APD.

If you would like more information I would be happy to do some research for you.

Wishing you & your family all the best.

Kindest regards

Asked on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 08:54:36 AM
Reply: I appreciate your idea, but I very much doubt that the 18-yr-old murder of a teenager in the US would be of interest to TV producers in the UK. In fact, my London publisher, who bought the rights to all my young adult fiction books, turned down WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?. Their reason: "People in the UK have no interest in the criminal justice system in the United States."

On the other hand, there was such a huge demand for that book in Germany that the rights were put up for auction. It was also extremely popular in Norway, Denmark, Poland, and Sweden.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Cold Case Files
Question: I don't think that show would ever feature the Kait Arquette case. when I looked it up on the Internet it said, "Cold Case Files is not just a show about solving crimes and getting the bad guy. It's about dedication from police and detectives. The never give up theory of the many who want justice for the dead and peace to those who have families who are left behind with so many unanswered questions."

In other words, they only want cases where the cops are the good guys and cooperate with the producers. APD never would do that.

Asked on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 07:50:30 AM
Reply: That's a common problem with such shows. They need the cooperation of local police departments to get access to the scene reports, etc. When there's corruption involved, the police don't want it exposed, so they refuse to cooperate.

The producer of Unsolved Mysteries told me they had a terrible time filming Kait's story because APD didn't want them to do it. They had to depend on investigative reporters for their information.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
cold case files
Question: No, the A&E program cold case files is real cases. There is also a program called American Justice and City Confidential that are also real cases on that channel. I'm sure that they couldn't air the story on American Justice because there has been no justice, but City Confidential focuses on a city where a notable murder took place. I'm not from Alburqurque but it's hard for me to imagine that any crime more notable than Kaitlyn's could have taken place there. Being that you are a famous writer you could probably get in touch with the people at A&E. Anyways, it was just a thought.[From:Leah in Florida]

Asked on Monday, March 26, 2007 at 04:55:02 PM
Reply: It's a good thought, Leah. I'll look into City Confidential.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: From Lois Duncan (Kait's Mom):

My professional Web site now seems to be working. At least, for the moment. The URL is (No www in the URL.) You may need to refresh it to bring up the new information.

Asked on Monday, March 26, 2007 at 08:37:09 AM
Question: Mrs. Arquette, thanks for posting the msg. about the URL website. I hope you get it to start working again so i (student) can ask you some questions! Thank You!~

Asked on Monday, March 26, 2007 at 07:01:26 AM
Reply: I think it's okay now.

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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