Helen Valdez: 80-year-old grandmother murdered in 2004

I was asked by a family member of the victim to write about this case. This is a New Mexico case and if you are familiar with my blog, you know I have written several cases involving murder and police corruption in that state. This may be one of them, so I am extremely happy to get exposure to this case for the family.

Update 01/22/17: Please note corrections made to this article at the end of “About the Case”.

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Tara Calico and The Polaroid Picture

I’ve read about this case several times and was reluctant to put it on here because it’s been written about numerous times. However, I thought I would go ahead and do it so I can give my opinion on the case and that famous picture. 

Tara CalicoTara Calico, 19, disappeared in 1988 after going on a bike ride in Belen, New Mexico. In June 1989, a picture surfaced in Florida depicting two children – one a teenage girl, the other a boy around 10 years old – tied up and laying on a makeshift bed. The girl is thought to be Tara, but this has never been confirmed and Tara has never been found.

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James F Gossen: New Mexico Businessman’s 1988 Murder Still Unsolved

In 2012, I wrote a series of posts on police corruption in New Mexico. Recently, a woman named Myra Redman commented on one of those posts saying the 1988 murder of her husband, James F. Gossen, remains unsolved and there are questionable matters regarding his case as well. I reached out to Myra and told her I would be happy to write a post on her husband’s case and she agreed. Most of the information I received on this case came from Myra.

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Anthonette Christine Cayedito: Disappeared from New Mexico in 1986

On Saturday, April 5, 1986, Penny Cayedito left her three daughters in the care of a babysitter while she went out  to a bar called Talk of the Town. She returned around midnight to relieve the babysitter of her duties, and allowed the girls to stay up for a while to play.

Penny said that her oldest daughter, nine-year-old Anthonette slept in her bed with her that night.cayedito

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NM Police Corruption Series: The Disappearance of Teresa Reyes

This is the last post in my series on New Mexico Police Corruption.

photo source realcrimes.com
photo source realcrimes.com

On July 1, 1998, seventeen-year-old Teresa Reyes disappeared from her parents apartment in Albuquerque, New Mexico sometime after 11:00 p.m. and has never been found.

Earlier that evening, Teresa, or Terry as she was known to friends and family, was hanging out with her cousin, Tyfanni Sedillo. The girls stopped at a gas station to use the payphone. While there, five guys in a cream-colored van, 20-21 years old, approached the girls, asking them if they wanted to go to a party. These guys were later described by Terry’s friend as being “Mexican-gang type”, heads shaved, and wearing baggy pants.

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NM Police Corruption Series: The Murder of Kaitlyn Arquette

On July 16, 1989, 18-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico resident Kaitlyn Arquette was shot to death in her car. The police called it a random drive-by shooting, but there was nothing random about it. Kaitlyn was targeted.

On that deadly night, Kaitlyn stopped by her parent’s house around 6:00 pm on her way to the home of new friend, Sharon Smith, who ran a snow cone business in front of Pier One Imports where Kaitlyn worked. Sharon had invited Kaitlyn over for dinner and gave her directions on how to get to Sharon’s home.

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New Mexico Police Corruption Series: APD Officer Matt Griffin aka The Ninja Bandit Part 3

I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again – I HATE POLICE CORRUPTION.

While researching a couple of New Mexico cases, I discovered significant amount of corruption and cover-ups in the Albuquerque New Mexico police department, beginning at least 30 years ago and may be currently going on as I write this. Many victims of homicide have never received justice because their killers were protected. In addition, several people turned up missing during this reign of crap and certain officers within the APD are either responsible OR know who is and refused to do their jobs as cops. The latter is partly true for the fact that some of these cops were into the drug trafficking business and protected the perpetrators.

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