Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Sum Non Fui

I can't remember how I found this: "Who Killed Kait Arquette?"

Apparently, this young woman Kait Arquette was shot to death in her car in 1989. Her murder was never solved, but her according to the website, her parents think she was killed because she had threatened to expose an insurance fraud scam. When I first stumbled onto it, I read it for a bit before I realized that I already knew of her mother. The kicker, you see, is that the name signed at the bottom of the page, "Lois Arquette," is the real name of author Lois Duncan, a woman who has spent her life writing suspense novels like I Know What You Did This Summer and Killing Mr. Griffin and probably other stuff I only know about because they made movies out of them. You know the books. They have their own section in any bookstore. They've got dark covers with raised print.

Duncan started her career catering to the young adult set well before her daughter was killed, but I just think it's very sad that she would lose her daughter in such a way. The unsolved murder of some promising would-be coed: It seems like something that she would write about in one of her books. I wonder if it's possible that losing her daughter this way pushed her down this path even further — forced her to write more of those adolescent turmoil books in order to exorcise her own feelings about her kid.

It's strange, but this prompts me to give more value to those young adult thriller books. I didn't read them, mostly because I never had any respect for them. Knowing this, I respect them a bit more.


  1. Anonymous1:39 AM

    Came across this and had to send it to you.

  2. Anonymous2:12 PM

    Just wanted to clarify a little something you said towards the end of your blog....

    After her daughters death, Lois Duncan has only written ONE more of her "adolescent turmoil" books. That book was only written because she had to fulfill a contract she was bound to. She pretty much devotes all her time to trying to find out the truth about what happened to Kait, her daughter.

  3. Anonymous5:53 PM

    For anyone who's interested in learning more about Kait Arquette's case I would recommend reading "Who Killed My Daughter" by Lois Duncan first before visting that website. Chronologically, Duncan wrote the book first, then set up the website, and since has been updating the site, answering comments posted there, and working on a sequel to WKMD that will probably be called Tallykeeper. She plans to wait as long as possible to publish it because even almost 20 yrs later she keeps getting new tips and information to add to it.

    Anyway, my initial point was that the site can be confusing if you don't have the background from the book.