Karen Beaudin is the daughter of Earl and Lucielle Gloddy. She was born in Franklin NH on October 1, 1956. Karen grew up in a family of six, four girls and two boys who were twins. Unfortunately, two of her siblings died at a young age.
The youngest, Kathy, was brutally raped and murdered at the age of thirteen. She was born, February 13, 1958, and murdered on November 21, 1971.
Her brother, Richard, died at the age of 29 from complications during open-heart surgery. Richard was a twin to brother, Roger. Richard was born on January 30, 1950. A minister, he passed away in 1979.
Earl Gloddy was born December 9, 1919, and passed away September 2, 1992, from cancer. Lucielle Mercier Gloddy was born on March 18, 1920, and passed away on July 17, 1997, by suicide.
Karen’s surviving siblings are Ann, Roger, and Janet. She and her siblings have faced much heartache in life, as children and as adults.
Writing A Child Is Missing: a true story was a desire of Karen’s for a long time. In great detail, she describes what it’s like to grow up and live with the knowledge her younger sister was murdered. She writes openly about the investigation.
Karen’s sister Kathy was brutally murdered on November 21, 1971. The case was reactivated in 1983 and again in 2004. In 2006, Kathy’s remains were exhumed for DNA.
The first book, A Child Is Missing: a true story, covers the emotional journey coping with the murder of my sister Kathy. It exposes the reality that murder follows a family throughout their entire life. Future events often loop back to the day when a loved one’s life was snuffed out by the hands of a murderer. The book is used in training sessions with law enforcement and victims’ advocates. Karen speaks to law enforcement officers, victims’ advocates, and criminal justice students at universities about their role in a murder investigation. Some of her speaking engagements include Ohio’s Homicide Initiative Training Sessions, 10th Annual Missing Persons Conference in North Carolina and Plymouth State University.
The sequel, A Child Is Missing: Searching for Justice was the result of six years of research and interviews. Retired and current investigators spoke freely about the difficulties they faced while working on her sister Kathy’s murder investigation.
“I didn’t always get the information I wanted. The unobtainable brought frustration and disappointment, but the knowledge I acquired was valuable. Embracing the journey as a path of change instead of defeat was critical on getting to the finish line.”
Karen’s media interviews include Elizabeth Vargas from ABC 20/20, Bob Ward, Crime Reporter from Fox News Boston; Sean MacDonald, Andy Hershberger, and Ray Brewer from WMUR TV. In 2009, Karen and her sisters were influential in establishing New Hampshire’s first Cold Case Unit.
During Victims’ Rights Week, 2010, the Gloddy family received a certificate of appreciation from Governor John Lynch for their outstanding service on behalf of victims’ of crime. In 2012, the Ohio Attorney General recognized Karen for her advocacy in promoting Cold Case Units. Also the Fraternal Order Of Police in Ohio for her valuable contribution to Ohio’s law enforcement community and the Ohio Unsolved Homicides Initiative.
Through adversity, Karen’s desire is to make a difference. Through her faith, she finds strength. Her attitude toward life past, present, and future is heavily influenced by her faith in God.
Kathy has never been forgotten and justice is still sought by all of her siblings.