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Merry Christmas
Question: Merry Christmas to you & your family, Lois. I am glad to know that answers are coming - albeit slowly. Hopefully, this trend will continue into the new year.


Asked on Friday, December 22, 2006 at 09:31:41 PM
Reply: Thank you, Kim. I hope you have a lovely Christmas.

Answered by: Kait's mom
the person who will help you
Question: Just a guess, but I don't think any cops at APD, no matter how "honest" they are supposed to be or how much they "agree with what you think," will have the guts to contact you. They may be big brave heros when it comes to using guns but not when it comes to following their consciences if it means there's a chance of making other cops mad at them.

With an occasion exception, like that incredible Sgt. Orr who exposed the evidence room scandal, they're ethical wimps. They may not be scared of criminals but they're scared of each other.

Like you said a few posts down, I believe your information will come from a woman, and probably one who has a child and understands what your going through. That woman might be the wife or girlfriend, or ex-wife or ex-girlfriend, of a cop who disclosed information during pillow talk. That woman will say to herself, "Enough is enough. HE subscribed to the "code of silence," but I didn't."

Asked on Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 02:56:42 PM
Reply: In general, I tend to agree with you.

However, once in a while, there is an exception.

12/23/06, Albq. Journal: APD Officer Sam Costales testified in court that he witnessed deputies pull Al Unser Sr. from his car at a road block and throw him to the ground. Sheriff Darron White criticized Costales for "sucker-punching" his deputies, and police union official James Badway apologized to White because a member of APD had broken the “blue wall of silence” by testifying truthfully against members of law enforcement.

This proves that there are some male cops at APD who are willing to take risks to do what they know is right.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Good cops
Question: I am very sorry for your loss, and hope that whoever did this horrible thing to your daughter (either by the cover-up or the homicide) get what they deserve!!
I also want to say that not all Albuquerque Police Officers are corrupt. There are a heck of a lot of great cops out here. I happen to know for a fact that there are a lot of APD officers who came on after your daughters death that stand behind your beliefs. There was a lot of cover-up going on with Kaitlyn's case. There is such a thing as the Thin Blue Line, but people need to take in consideration that there are a lot of officers who know right from wrong and stand up for the victims, not APD. They work hard and put their lives in jeopardy for us and so many people don't see that until an officer is shot and killed in the line of duty.

Asked on Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 02:37:21 PM
Reply: I agree totally. There are many good and honest cops.

Your statement, "There are a lot of APD officers who came on after your daughter's death that stand behind your beliefs. There was a lot of cover-up going on with Kaitlyn's case," has given us more hope than we have had for a very long time.

Those clean, young cops may be our salvation.

From your post, I assume you are a friend of one of those cops. If so, please, pass this message on to him/her:

Please, read the information on this web site, most of which we have obtained through private investigation after APD dropped off the case. You won't find much of this information in Kait's case file.

If you have information about the murder or the over-up, here are ways that you can help us without endangering yourself:

If you trust us enough to accept our guarantee--which I give in Kait's name--that your identity will never be revealed, then contact us directly, through e-mail, snail mail, or a phone call to our private investigator at NIA/NM (505-243-2222). If you communicate with us directly, we can discuss the situation and brainstorm.

If you're afraid to reveal your identity, you can contact us anonymously in the following ways:

1. Send us an e-mail from an e-mail address that you establish under a fake name for that purpose only. (But, hopefully, retain that address long enough so we can respond if we need something clarified.)

2. Write to us at: P.O. Box 27187, Albuquerque, NM 87125.

3. Phone our P.I. at 505-243-2222, from a public phone or a blocked number. (This might be most productive, since it will allow for a two-way conversation, and our PI can respond to your information and ask specific questions.)

If you do want to help us, I beg you, PLEASE, be specific and tell us all that you know, including names of people behind the cover-up and the reason for the cover-up. And advise us about possible ways we can verify that information on our own, since we won't be able to identify you as a source. Don't toss out titillating shreds of information that we have no way of following up on, such as "There was a field officer at the scene who was friends with the killer." Go for broke and tell us everything you can.

If you do, we will bless you forever.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
New Information
Question: Hello, I was wondering when and if you will be posting any new information reguarding your daughter's case. Merry Christmas to you and your family

Asked on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 11:37:49 PM
Reply: There's no way to know when and what we will post in the future. We're not going to post anything that will get in the way of a continuing investigation by alerting the wrong people to what we are onto.

We wish you a happy Christmas also.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
merry christmas
Question: hi , I just read the book.I will never forget this. I read it in 2 days i couldnt put it down, I am just shocked at how the police handled this. If they havent,, They really need to reopen this case! I will Pray for you all.

Asked on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 08:34:54 PM
Reply: Thank you for your prayers.

The APD Cold Case Squad did reopen Kait's case in 2006, but the detective who took an interest in it and started to agressively follow up on our PI's information was yanked off the squad and transferred to the Pedophile Unit as soon as he started to make arrangements to interview Paul Apodaca.

The other members of the Cold Case Squad have no interest in the case.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Mrs. Arquette,
I just finished reading Who Killed My Daughter? and I would first like to say that I am terribly sorry for your loss. Although written under sad circumstances, the book was wonderful and I couldn't put it down; I just had to finish it because I "needed" to know what happened to Kait. It's amazing how we are taught that police are our protectors, yet in Kait's case, the police did nothing to find her true assassins. I hope someday you and your family find the true answers and those guilty of ending such a wonderful person's life are brought to justice. Until then, I will keep your family and Kait's cause in my prayers. Happy Holidays.

Asked on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 04:00:51 PM
Reply: Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. Happy holidays to you too.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
I'm sorry for your loss.
Question: Hi Mrs. Arquette,

I've just finished reading your book "Who Shot my Daughter?" and am deeply disturbed by it. It's eerie because I am from Vietnam and I also have a brother name Dung. I am residing in Los Angeles, CA and know exactly where Santa Ana and those places that you mention in your book are located. My mom is a fortune teller, she use to read cards and be able to 90% of the time predict people's future. My question is, have you heard from your daughter Kait? Has she moved on? Or is she still around helping you to locate her murderers? I am extremely upset with the APD and their uselessness. Once again, my deepest condolences to you and your family.

Asked on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 10:31:10 PM
Reply: Thank you for your kind post. We have heard from many good Vietnamese people since my book came out. One letter in particular touched me deeply:

"I am a 17-year-old girl who lives in San Diego. I am one of the Vietnamese boat people and very proud of my heritage, except I am shameful of the conduct of some of my fellow refugees. I am afraid for my life when I am in Little Saigon after dark. My mother's hairdresser was gunned down by the Vietnamese Mafia. Storekeepers close shop early for fear of being robbed and killed. The fear this community has is fear of retaliation. It's a catch 22 -- tell and hope that justice will prevail -- don't tell and keep your family alive.
"Thank you for writing your book. You have taken one of the first steps in unveiling organized Vietnamese crime to the general public and in turning the legal wheels that will one day make Little Saigon and all other Vietnamese communities safe again.”

To answer your question, it's been quite a while since I felt the kind of direct contact with Kait that I did in the first few years following her murder. But I do feel a positive energy coming from "The Other Side," that is directing the course of our personal investigation and -- right now -- is causing people with knowledge to contact us. Whether that energy is from Kait or some other benevolent source, I have no way of knowing.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Who was the judge in Apodaca's trial?

Was it Franchini or Brennan?

Who were the judges that owned the Rio Grande Cantina?

Asked on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 06:32:13 PM
Reply: The judge at Paul Apodaca's trial, (for raping his 14-yr-old stepsister in order to be incarcerated with his brother Mark Apodaca, who was/is serving a life term for murder) was Richard Knowles, who, to the best of my knowledge, is honorable and respected. Knowles sentenced Paul to 20 years in prison with a stipulation that he NOT be incarcerated with his brother. That stipulation was ignored, and Paul was placed in a cell adjoining his brother's. We've often wondered who pulled strings to get Paul what he wanted.

I have no idea who owned the Rio Grande Cantina.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
My Nephew
Question: Ms. Duncan,
Thank you for your reply. I know how watching a video can hurt and bring also happy memories. I'm living that now.
May God Bless you this Holiday Season and may he bring you comfort and divine Justice.

Asked on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 11:46:02 AM
Reply: Thank you, Sandy. I wish you peace in this holy season, and may 2007 be kind to us all.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
that cop has a screw loose
Question: The cop who accused Kait's mother of writing Who Killed My Dughter? to make money has a screw loose. When Kait was killed, Lois Duncan (Arquette) was a bestselling author of suspense novels like I Know What You Did Last Summer. She wrote the book about Kait to keep the facts from becoming buried after APD dropped off the case. Then she gave up her career to devote her talents pro bono to help other families of murder victims keep their cases from becoming buried.

That's not somebody whose out to make money off of tragedy.

Asked on Sunday, December 17, 2006 at 03:16:06 PM
Reply: Thank you for that supportive post.

I would also like to point out that, if my reason for writing WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? was to capitalize on my daughter's death, I would have sold the story to the movies. I had offers from major production companies and turned them all down. I didn't want to risk having a Hollywood script writer distort the facts in order to "make it a better story." Every statement in WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? is accurate. I want to keep it that way.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Added Details
Question: I've read your book "Who Killed my daughter" It's a very interesting book but I must say I think since your a writer many things have been added to make the book seem more exciting. Because it would be hard just to write the book on the proven evidence. Becasue what is known would not probabley be more than half the book that was written, maybe you should put somewhere in the front of the book this is a mothers point of view on the case. Because alot of things said in that book are untrue. And made up or blown way out of proportion. It's to bad your able to make money off lies and made up events.

Asked on Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 07:44:54 AM
Reply: WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? was published by Delacorte, a highly respected publishing house. They don't want law suits. Before they would publish Kait's story, I was required to to go to New York to meet with their legal department and back up every allegation in the book. That evidence included the entire APD case file; transcripts of depositions; a transcript of the grand jury hearing at which Miguel Garcia and Juve Escobedo were indicted; a scrapbook filled with newspaper clippings that chronicled the down hill slide of the investigation after APD's "eye-witness" was proven to have been incarcerated on the night of the murder; and dozens of audio cassettes of phone conversations. New Mexico is a state in which it’s legal to record phone calls without the second party’s knowledge, and when we started receiving death threats to the rest of our family, Sgt. Lowe, APD Homicide, advised us to record all our calls. We followed her instructions and so had an audio record of every phone conversation about the case that Don and I ever had with anybody, including the police.

Once Delacorte's legal department reviewed the documentation, the publishers were convinced there would be no law suits. They were right. If there was anything in that book that the APD Legal Department could have refuted, they would have done so.

From your post -- which was not as hostile as it was bewildered --I suspect you may be a new recruit at APD, who has been fed disinformation by superiors whom you respect. If so,I understand your reservations about this case. Your immediate superiors may have been fed disinformation by THEIR superiors and believe that too. We're looking at seventeen years of a children's game called "Whisper Down the Line."

I've been told there may be a new batch of young, unadulterated recruits at APD, who are dedicated to their calling. But the first thing they're taught at the police academy is never to break "The Blue Code of Silence" about police cover-ups. That must be a terrible thing to have to deal with.

Thank you for caring enough to read Kait's story.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Where is Paul and why wasn't he questioned?
Question: Where is Paul and why wasn't he questioned? I don't think that he just came upon the scene and let it go at that. Who drove his VW away and what happened to them? The fence was locked so they couldn't have escaped that way. Why wasn't the VW that was spray painted impounded and fingerprinted? Also, could it be possible that someone higher up in either city government or county goverment or state government be the leader of all this heart-breaking mess.

(From: Woman1955 in Mississippi)

Asked on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 12:11:03 PM
Reply: Excellent questions.

Unless strings have been pulled to release him early, Paul Apodaca is currently serving 20 years in prison for raping his 14-year-old stepsister. He told the judge he did that in order to be incarcerated with his brother Mark, who is serving a life sentence for murder. Paul said he wanted to protect Mark in prison.

Why wasn't Paul questioned? We don't know. Our guess is that he was placed at the crime scene for a particular purpose that the first officers at the scene didn't want revealed.

Who drove away his VW bug and what happened to them? There is no way for us to know.

Information about the VW that was spray painted is in the apartment files. Kait's landlord called the police to report the incident, because spraypaint was going on neighboring cars. As far as we know, the police did nothing, and his call to them is not on record. No one questioned the existence of that VW bug, despite the fact that TV and newspapers said police were desperate for news about a VW bug linked to Kait's scene.

As for your final question -- anything's possible.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
sad little notecards
Question: hello again. sorry about the notecard/project complaints. My name is DeMorney. what was the confusion with the APD? what kind of information was kept from you and your family? What about scout cars and hit cars? what about the APD bullying the "suspects"? where Dung's letter ever translated and given back?

Asked on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 07:39:31 PM
Reply: The answers to all but your last question are in the book and/or on this web site. What's in the book is what we learned from the police and from an investigative reporter prior to 1992 when the book was published. The rest of the information on this web site is information we have obtained since then from outside sources, such as private investigators.

After making your note cards for school, it should be easy for you to compare the two and get an idea of what information was withheld from us.

In answer to your last question,to the best of our knowledge Dung's letters were not translated by APD. They said they could not afford to do that. We offered to pay to have it done and were told that wasn't necessary. When the materials from Kait's death were finally returned to us, after being held for 16 years, Dung's letters had been removed from the sack of materials.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
--please read--
Question: hello
I have no word to explain what i am feeling...
I personally love your books,and i read "who killed my daughter"
and i was deeply touched but angry at the cops.I want to be a cop and investigate crimes,I wish I was one already so i could help you but i still have a long way to go am just in high school![9th grade] So am sorry that I can't.When i am one and if is not to late and the case isn't solved ..then i will at least try....
... OH and I love your B00ks...
Melissa Perez
i would love to hear from you again....
but i don't know what i can give you to reach e-mail?
well here it
thank you

Asked on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 03:21:35 PM
Reply: It sounds like you're just the right person to become involved in law enforcement and see that things are done right. Good luck and God bless!

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Corruption Issues
Question: Please accept my prayers for you & your family. What a horrible loss, and a very rude blow to your values I'm sure.
I live in the Sunshine State, born and raised. (3 generations- same area), so we know a little about the law enforcement here. I was involved in providing information to our local dept., which ended up involving escort services, and a client list that encompassed all; from lawyers to judges to senators.
To make a long story short, I ended up in a max. prison for a 3 yr. stint during an election year.....Tucked far, far away. To stop corruption, there must be a willing and uncorrupt organization capable of investigating it, seizing records BEFORE destruction, and a dogged determination to not settle for less. Until ALL communities adapt this, there will be no change, as we are losing our rights. The only way to end it, is to level it. It creates a domino affect.
We've had federal investigations into Miami & Tampa, but not here. The investigation in Tampa, resulted in a long time Tampa judge committing suicide as they closed in.
Good luck to you. Don't ever stop. Don't ever settle.
I won't. One day, I'm going to have a front row seat in the courthouse, looking at every one of those fools right in the eye.
I firmly believe the law is for all, or it is for none.

[from, Diana]

Asked on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 08:43:16 AM
Reply: That's a great letter, Diana. More power to you.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
"God's Thumbprint"
Question: Ms. Duncan
i was thinking, and it seems so ironic that the first bullet was in that exact spot. My guess, is that someone forcefully stopped kait's car, whether by blocking her or shooting at her or maybe she saw someone she knew walking on the road and picked them up? but it seems to me that whom ever shot her had her stopped and had the gun to her face in that spot. I mean it is just too ironic that the FIRST bullet was right there not three inches away, but right there, leave me a comment on your thoughts of this.

Asked on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 06:11:08 AM
Reply: I don't have the answer to that question. The gun was not physically pressed against Kait's face, as the bullets shattered the car window.

Those who believe in predestination would say that it was part of some Master Plan, agreed upon by Kait prior to her birth, that she would be killed in that way, and that mark was a "physical reminder" of that agreement.

Most people would say it was simply coincidence.

I've long since given up trying to make sense of any of it.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
I don't understand.
Question: Ms.Duncan,
what i do understand is that your daughter was murdered. have there been any recent updates? i just got finished reading your book for a murder research project and had to do note cards on various topics (not most exciting thing in the world. those note cards.). because of these note cards i was unable to really read the book. now i have to write a 3 page paper on it(due 2morrow). what was the confusion with thw APD? was there information kept from you and your family? What about scout cars and hit cars? what about the APD bullying the "suspects"? I am very sorry about Kaitlyn's death.

Asked on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 05:45:10 PM
Reply: The information on this web site should be of help to you.

I suggest you discuss this situation with your teacher. Requiring note cards about a book before the student reads it seems like an odd way to teach a course.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: hi there Ms. Duncan,
Sorry for the comment you had earlier recieved that someone said you had a bad attitude, they should keep in mind that this is a website to help the case, not to express their opinion about you as a person. I think you are doing a great job at replying to these naughty senders, santa needs to keep them in mind, well my question is " Have you been to any clinics, group discussions, or things of that nature to deal with the stress, some people strictly rely on family, i was just wondering, I was also wanting to know in your book, which i have read about 3 or 4 years ago, you said that Kait had a dimple that you called " God's Thumbprint". Was that one of the places she was shot?" Thank you for your time in reading and answering our posts. gennie from Alaska

Asked on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 01:05:02 PM
Reply: No, I have not had counseling or been to group meetings or taken anti-depressive medications. I was afraid that, if I were ever called upon to testify in court, a defense attorney would try to use the fact that I'd sought that kind of help as evidence that I was "emotionally unstable" and therefore not a credible witness.

Kait did have a mis-placed dimple at the top of her left cheek that we used to jokingly refer to as "God's fingerprint." She was born with it. You can see it clearly in a black & white photo near the end of my book. That dimple was like a bull's eye. It's where the first bullet struck.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
real crimes website
Question: Absolutely ridiculous as to the apparent corruption of the NMPD. Unbelievable. After reading those cases (too many to count) that have had some type of cover-up involved, my heart goes out to all the victim's families and loved ones. And you are an undenying woman of strength. You have given many other mothers hope and incredible amount of "gusto" to never give up, no matter what. Thank you for all that you do and I sincerely hope you find your daughter's killer. I wish you peace, but most of all........JUSTICE.


Asked on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 12:19:21 PM
Reply: Thank you for those encouraging words. I needed to hear them.

Answered by: Kait's Mom
Question: Lois is not rude. she is direct, as i would be if put in this situation, and your inability to deal with directness is a character flaw common to individuals in our entitled-minded, passive agressive , morally-relative society.

Asked on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 04:45:13 AM
Reply: Well put!

Answered by: Kait's Mom

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