This is the last post in my series on New Mexico Police Corruption. 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. … [Read more...] about NM Police Corruption Series: The Disappearance of Teresa Reyes
This is the second to last post I am writing on police corruption in New Mexico. At 5:00 pm on November 19, 1997, Gallup, New Mexico resident Paul Adam Fitzjerrell, 25, was closing up for the day at B & F Used Cars, a family owned business he managed. His longtime friend, Gallup Police Officer Mike Brandau suggested they go to a neighborhood bar to shoot … [Read more...] about NM Police Corruption Series: The Murder of Paul Adam Fitzjerell
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 … [Read more...] about NM Police Corruption Series: The Murder of Kaitlyn Arquette
WARNING: Long post! This case had a lot of info so I just copied a letter from the victim's mother as well as parts of an article and pasted the information here. Anatomy of a Coverup by Beth George My son, Tommy Burkett had three semesters remaining until graduation from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia when he was murdered in 1991. Tommy was working … [Read more...] about Thomas Burkett: who murdered this young college student?
On July 19, 2005, just eight days shy of her 20th birthday, LaVena Johnson was found dead in her tent at a military base in Balad, Iraq. Military officials ruled her death a suicide, saying she shot herself in the head. The tent she was found in belonged to military contractor, Halliburton/KBR. LaVena's parents, Dr. John and Linda Johnson, were not satisfied with that … [Read more...] about Private LaVena Johnson: murder or suicide?