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I Still Miss Her

Kathy Lynn Gloddy

Another November 21st rolls around and it will never mean anything more to me but that my sister, Kathy, was found murdered on that day. At the age of 13, her life was snuffed out by a monster. A person, that in my opinion, is not a human being. 

In 1971, Kathy was raped, brutally beaten, strangled, and left naked in the woods three miles from our home. The only piece of clothing left on her that cold November night was a pair of knee-high socks pulled down to her ankles. If that wasn’t horrific enough, she was run over by a car multiple times to make sure she was dead. Her murder was brutal, and it sent our family down a path of grieving like I’d never seen before. Tormented by her death, each of us just barely hung on to life.

Forty-seven years later, I still miss her, I still grieve the loss of her, and I still want her back. I can’t remember her voice, or her laugh, and it makes me sad. I wish I had the time to know her better, I was barely fifteen when it happened. We were never given the chance to have a future together, to watch each other grow, to see each other’s children, or enjoy nephews and nieces. 

Her case is unsolved. It’s been forty-seven years of waiting for answers, anticipating an arrest, and hoping that someone would pay for what they did to her. In the meantime, I work to present the reality of unsolved cases to law enforcement and criminal justice students. I want them to understand that many of us never give up wanting justice for our loved one. I do it to honor Kathy.

I will always miss her, I still grieve her at times, and shed some tears, and that’s okay. I love her, and when you love someone that you miss, it’s normal, and don’t let anyone tell you different. I have learned to live in the new life forced upon me, but I also have learned that it’s okay to remember.

I love you, Kathy, I always will.

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Tucson Arizona Cold Case Unit

I had a productive meeting yesterday with Arizona’s Cold Case Unit in Tucson. I want to thank Detective Maria Cheek, and Sargent Marco Borboa for allowing me to speak with them. I understand how valuable their time is. I left encouraged. There are some wonderful opportunities to volunteer, and present Unsolved but Not Forgotten to law enforcement, and university students. Kathy continues to impact people everywhere.

 

Kathy
Kathy Lynn Gloddy
New Hampshire Cold Case
November 21, 1971

 

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Happy 60th Birthday Kathy

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Today, would have been Kathy’s 60th birthday. My family, has not had the privilege to celebrate birthdays with her for over forty years. At 13, Kathy, was brutally murdered on November 21, 1971 in a small New Hampshire town. Her case is still unsolved, but I’ve not given up on the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit to still make an arrest, and convict, the last living suspect before he dies.

In the meantime, I press on with the work I feel is important. A work that honors her in every way I can. When I speak to criminal justice students at universities, and law enforcement officers during training sessions about Kathy’s cold case, it makes an impact on them. Law enforcement officers are encouraged by her story, and students, who will one day be a part of the judicial system, get excited to change the world and make it a better place to live in. I am encouraged by this, and the fact that so many people all over this world know who Kathy is.

Happy 60th birthday Kathy! I love you with all my heart. XOXO

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A Child is Missing: A True Story Second Edition Releases on Kathy’s Anniversary

Lynda Cheldelin Fell
November 21 at 10:17am
Today it is with great honor that AlyBlue Media releases the book, A Child is Missing: A True Story, on the 46th anniversary of the murder of 13-year-old Kathy Lynn Gloddy.

The sister of my dear friend Karen Beaudin, Kathy was raped, beaten, run over and murdered in a sleepy New Hampshire town two days before Thanksgiving in 1971.

Her killer was never found.

Karen recounts the horrifying details of her younger sister’s unsolved murder and her family’s journey through the devastating aftermath because of its value as a teaching tool for law enforcement, training seminars, and university criminal justice programs.

Karen has been featured on ABC’s 20/20 and other notable news programs, received awards for her service on behalf of crime victims, and her family was influential in establishing New Hampshire’s first Cold Case Unit.

Karen originally published both books a number of years ago through a publisher who went out of business. This gave us the opportunity to partner with Karen to bring both books back into circulation so others can continue to learn from Kathy’s case.

As we move through Thanksgiving weekend, my list of thanks is very long, and my friendship with Karen is at the top of that list. As much as Thanksgiving will always be a painful reminder of her family’s shocking story, it also brought Karen and I together—something I will always be grateful for. She is a lovely soul who is full of grace, kindness, compassion, and determination to make a difference as her family continues to search for truth and justice in the aftermath of every family’s nightmare.

I love you, Karen Beaudin. Sending hugs and kisses to Kathy in heaven, and hugs and prayers to you. Today and always. XOXO

 

It was a cold November night in 1971 when 13-year-old Kathy Lynn Gloddy went missing, only to have her beaten, bruised body found the next day on the cold ground. Enter into the tragedy as Karen Beaudin vividly recounts the horrifying details of her younger sister’s death in A Child is Missing—the shocking true story of a small New Hampshire town stunned by the revelation of such a brutal crime, and a family devastated by the loss of a beloved daughter and sister. As Karen and her family search for justice, their faith will be tested in the battle against guilt, fear, and devastating grief that comes when they realize every family’s worst nightmare.

Available on Amazon

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