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. read more

Thomas Burkett: who murdered this young college student?

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 under cover for the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration at the time. He also worked for the University’s Admissions Office and for Student Painters. read more

Private LaVena Johnson: murder or suicide?

Private LaVena Johnson

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 ruling. They had spoken with their daughter just days before her death and she seemed in good spirits. She was also planning on going home for the holidays that year. read more

The Strange Death of Colonel Philip Shue

I saw this case on “48 Hours Mystery” and thought it was perfect for my blog. It’s the most ridiculous ruling I’ve ever heard.

Colonel Philip ShueOn April 16, 2003, 54-year-old Colonel Philip Shue left his Texas home and headed to work. Two hours later, he was found dead in his car, an apparent victim of a car crash.  The car was caved in on the driver’s side and Philip suffered major head trauma as a result. He was killed instantly. read more

The Newlywed Murders: Dyke and Karen Rhoads

Paris, Illinois is a small farming town in the eastern part of the state in Edgar County. For the most part, this town, which once bragged it was “The Midwest’s most kept secret”, is a quiet town. Not many people would think a town this size would harbor many deadly secrets. But it does. And then some. This town is known for the Newlywed Murders as well as many other unsolved murders, and even the Sicilian Mafia. Yeah, it’s the ultimate place to live, wouldn’t you say? 😉 read more