Acclaimed Author Renews Fight for Answers to Daughter’s 1989 Albuquerque Murder
New Book by Lois Duncan “One to the Wolves: On the Trail of a Killer” Opens New Powder Keg
With this summer’s release of the sequel, “One to the Wolves: On the Trail of a Killer,” Duncan has compelling new information gathered over almost 25 years of private investigation that she hopes will convince a newly-appointed Albuquerque police chief to reopen the case and turn it over to the FBI. New Mexico no longer has a statute of limitations on a capital felony or a first degree violent felony, Duncan says.
“Kaitlyn Arquette, who was 18, was shot to death as she drove home from a friend’s house on a Sunday evening. Police closed the unsolved case as a random shooting, refusing to investigate information that indicated otherwise, although it had all the earmarks of a professional hit,” Duncan says.
Six months after the July 1989 shooting, police arrested three men for Kait's murder, announcing Kait was shot on a dare. But after a key witness recanted his statement, the district attorney dropped all charges against the men. No other arrests have ever been made.
Duncan’s 1992 book, “Who Killed My Daughter?” examined information that Kait’s estranged friends were allegedly part of an Asian crime ring including insurance fraud and drug smuggling. The family believes that Kait was ready to blow the whistle on the group’s illegal activities.
“One to the Wolves”chronicles all that has occurred in the legal system and in the family’s lives since the first book was published in 1992. It lays out compelling reasons for further investigations, including key witnesses who were never interrogated by the Albuquerque Police Department and crime scene photos of the car damage that sources said proved Kait was targeted and assassinated. Questions remain like why no traces of the bullets that killed Kait or impacted her car were ever found, and, why police left the scene before an ambulance arrived.
Eight of Duncan's 50 novels have been made into motion pictures, including “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” and “Hotel For Dogs.” In honor of Kait, Duncan and her husband, Don Arquette, founded www.realcrimes.com, showcasing other families' cases.
“One to the Wolves,” is published as an ebook by Planet Ann Rule, a digital publisher bringing Ann Rule’s classic true crime catalog and other select authors’ works to new audiences in e-book format. Direct media interview requests to kathiekerrpr@