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.


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 Lynn Gloddy
New Hampshire Cold Case
November 21, 1971



Happy 60th Birthday Kathy

Kathy (2)

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


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

A Child is missing second editon


10 Tips to Surviving Holiday Grief by Lynda Cheldelin Fell


Lynda Cheldelin Fell, started the Grief Diaries Series after her precious Aly passed away from a horrific car accident. The Series covers all kinds of grief, and is written by those that understand, and have been through that particular sorrow. Don’t lose hope, there are people that care. Reach out if you’re struggling this holiday season. Today, 46 years ago, my sister Kathy, was murdered. I still miss her, and grieve for her. It is not like the unbearable grief I felt years ago. Grieving changes with time, thank God. I will always miss Kathy. I’ll continue to have days when I laugh with her, and days when I’ll cry with her, because she will forever live in my heart. ❤️

Lynda Cheldelin Fell


Release of 2nd Edition Searching for Justice

New Cover Book 2

Alyblue Media released the second edition of A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice today. A few aesthetic changes were made. A daisy, Kathy’s favorite flower, was placed on top of each page. Some of my favorite quotes about hope are placed on the blank pages. Kathy’s poems are place throughout the book instead of at the end. The front and back covers have been tweaked a little.  Alyblue Media lowered the price, which I’m thankful for.

I worked with author and creator of the Grief Diary series, Lynda Cheldelin Fell to have the second edition released. Currently, the first book, A Child is Missing: A True Story is in the process of a second edition release.

Why second editions? Tate Publishing, the publishers for the first editions, is no longer in business. Richard and Ryan Tate have been arrested on numerous felony charges. Some include, embezzlement, attempted extortion, and racketeering. They embezzled millions of dollars from clients that paid THEM to have their works published. This includes authors and musicians. Also, employees from all over the world were not paid.

When I began these projects, it was never about the money. My husband Mike, and me knew publishing would be costly, but felt the books were important for the public, victims’ advocates, criminal justice students, and law enforcement to read and learn from. Not only that, Kathy deserved to have her story told in a very public way. The books have been read in the US, Canada, Japan, and the UK.

The past 10 years of my life have consisted of research, interviews, writing, and promoting both books. When I heard about Tate Publishing, it was heartbreaking. After six years working on the sequel, Searching For Justice, it was no longer available on the market and it was just released on May 31, 2016. Working with Tate on the second book was brutal. It was obvious they were not the same company.

Lynda took loving care to get Searching For Justice back on the market. I expect nothing less with the current work being done on A Child Is Missing: A True Story.  I don’t think I could have gone through this again without the graciousness of Lynda, and Alyblue Media.

You can order the second edition of A Child is Missing: Searching For Justice on Amazon.

First editions of A Child is Missing: A True Story, and the sequel, A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice will be signed, and available through me while supplies last.

Thank you for your support in this journey that never ends.

Kathy, kisses and hugs.  I miss you.


Robert Magoon-Former Concord Police Officer

I still believe Robert Magoon has information on Kathy’s murder.

Robert MagoonRobert Magoon, 75, of Tilton arrives for his sentencing hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Friday. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

Ex-community center janitor sentenced to 25-60 years in prison

Robert Magoon, 75, of Tilton arrives for his sentencing hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Friday.

Monitor staff
Friday, July 28, 2017

By the time Robert Magoon will be eligible for parole, he will be 100 years old.

The former Concord police officer and janitor at the Pines Community Center in Northfield was sentenced to 25 to 60 years in state prison on four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault charges Friday afternoon.

And as Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Diane Nicolosi handed down the sentencing conditions – which include no contact with their victims or their families in either case, as well as no contact with anyone under the age of 18 – she noted a requirement for sexual offender rehabilitation was not included in the conditions.

That’s because Nicolosi doesn’t envision rehabilitation for Magoon, 75, she told the courtroom.

“The thing that drives me to sentence you is because the minimum would mean a life sentence,” she said, facing Magoon, who stood with his head bowed. “It mean you’re not going to come in contact with other children, with people who are vulnerable.”

She later added: “In terms of rehabilitation, there is no option for it at this stage in your life. Should you get out in 25 years, your age alone would protect the community.”

The sentences consist of two 10-20 year sentences with some overlap, as well as two additional 10-20 year sentences which will be served concurrently. Those last two sentences could be shortened by five years each with good behavior, Nicolosi said.

There is also a suspended sentence of 10-20 years that could be imposed if Magoon does not follow his sentencing requirements. Two more sentences could be added if Nicolosi decides to keep two felonious aggrevated sexual assault charges the defendant asked to be dropped, a motion that is still pending in court.

The sentences stem from two court cases in April and May, where Magoon was found guilty to have sexually assaulted a now-nine-year-old girl and a now-29-year-old woman with cognitive and physical disabilities.

The April trial dealt with whether Magoon assaulted the now-29-year-old woman who “has a disability that renders her incapable of freely arriving at an independent choice as to whether or not to engage in sexual conduct” three separate times between January 2013 and April 2014. In each instance, Magoon was found to have lured the woman, who uses a wheelchair, with the promise of a donut into a separate room before assaulting her.

The second trial adressed charges that Magoon sexually assaulted a girl who was a participant of the Pines’s before-school program. Magoon did not work at the before-school program, but co-workers said it was customary for him to be coloring with children in the game room, and witnesses said Magoon would invite the girl to sit on his lap to color.

Additionally, Magoon is facing six remaining sexual assault cases stemming from his time at the Pines, but Assistant Merrimack County Attorney Wayne Coull has made a motion to have those cases consolidated due to similarities between each case.

Coull said the offenses “could not be overstated” and were “outrageous.” In his argument for the prosecution’s sentencing recommendations, he said the things that might cause one to hesitate to sentence him severely – his age and fragile demeanor – are what made it so easy for him to prey upon vulnerable individuals.

And Magoon’s action didn’t just hurt his victims, but the culture of the Pines Community Center, which Coull described as a place where people felt safe leaving their children.

“He used weapons like trust and opportunity in his position at the Pines Community Center to take advantage of other people and engage in predatory behavior,” Coull said. “… I would give as much consideration to his age in sentencing as he did to his victims’ ages, which was none at all. His age didn’t prevent him from victimizing them or destroying the community the way he did.”

Defense attorney Hanna Kinne argued against the length of the sentence, noting Magoon had no criminal record prior to the trials and suffers from skin cancer. She also said Magoon had been transferred to the state prison a month early due to a previous sentencing date and had been confined to the special housing unit – similar to solitary confinement – which had an adverse effect on his health.

Kinne was echoed by Magoon’s son, Mark Magoon, who pleaded for his father to have the chance to prove rehabilitation was possible.

“The system, although it doesn’t always work, is designed for rehabilitation,” he said. “He should have the chance to have a life afterwards. Any prison sentence, no matter how short, is a life sentence.”

But Nicolosi said the length of the sentence, while harsh for anyone regardless of age, must match the nature of the crime. She called her decision “reasonable” – and, speaking to one of the victims’ and both victims’ families – hoped it would lead to a place of healing for those Magoon hurt.

“They say sexual assault victims go from victims to survivors to thrivers,” she said. “I hope there’s a day when the victims can reach that point.”

(Caitlin Andrews can be reached at 369-3309, candrews@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @ActualCAndrews.)