November 21, 2015, will be 44 years since my sister Kathy Lynn Gloddy was murdered in Franklin NH. She was 13 years old. Detectives call her murder “overkill” and “brutal”.
No one has ever been arrested. Do I still wish for justice? Would I like the killer to be apprehended? Yes.
But I’ve come to a point in my life of not waiting for that to happen. Over the years, I’ve found other ways to honor her. By doing this, I feel she’ll be remembered for years to come as someone that helped others even after her passing.
I don’t live my life in bitterness, hatred, or jealousy. It’s not profitable in helping others and achieving a legacy for her.
Even though there was corruption in Kathy’s investigation, I refuse to believe everyone in law enforcement is corrupt. I’ve met some incredible men and women that serve us honorably.
After 44 years, Kathy has made an impact on so many and that’s what I want to remember.
She was a key element in forming the first NH Cold Case Unit. They may not solve her case, but Kathy would be pleased to know other murders have been solved. Just because they’ve not been able to make an arrest, does not mean they don’t know who was involved.
Her story has influenced victims’ advocates. It helps them better understand what a young person is going through when their sibling has been murdered.
That influence has carried over into law enforcement. One supervisor told me after searching a bedroom during an investigation that he instructed his detectives to leave it just as they had found it. This was a direct result from reading A Child is Missing-a true story. He told me how Kathy’s story affected him and it made him look at an investigation differently.
Kathy’s influenced university students. After hearing about Kathy’s murder, one man told me it confirmed to him why he wanted a degree in criminal justice. He hoped to make a difference as a detective and would remember to be careful about the words he chose when talking with a family.
People know about Kathy in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and now Japan.
Long after I’m gone, A Child is Missing-a true story and A Child is Missing-searching for justice will continue to tell her story. The sequel will release names, places, and facts about the investigation. It was heartbreaking to write but necessary and long overdue.
After 44 years of missing Kathy, how do I honor her? This is how I honor her.
Love you Kathy