Cold Case Spotlight – Kathy Lynn Gloddy


Cold Case Spotlight – Kathy Lynn Gloddy

On November 21, 1971, 13-year-old Kathy Lynn Gloddy left her Franklin, New Hampshire home and walked to a convenient store nearby. After purchasing ice cream and potato sticks she was spotted on the campus of Franklin High School. Then she disappeared. The next afternoon the body of Kathy Gloddy, wearing only knee high socks, was found in the woods near a popular swimming spot just off Webster Street (now Chance Pond Road), about 3 miles from her home and a mile or so from where she was last seen. Kathy had been beaten, raped, strangled and run over repeatedly by a car. Over the last 45 years countless investigators and agencies have reviewed Kathy’s case. Persons of interest have been identified and interviewed but no arrests ever made.

In 2006, Edward Dukette, a convicted sex offender who served time for raping and nearly killing a young girl, came forward claiming to have information about Kathy Gloddy’s murder. Dukette had some connections to the Gloddy family and, according to some reports, was among the original persons of interest. Dukette confessed to being with Kathy the day she was killed but portions of his story didn’t match the evidence. Dukette would later recant his story. He died in 2009. It has been suggested by a number of individuals with intimate knowledge about the case that more than one person was involved in Kathy’s abduction, rape and murder.

Kathy’s family has endured tremendous grief over the last 45 years. On top of the unsolved rape and murder, Kathy’s older brother died during open-heart surgery, her father succumbed to cancer and in 1997, Kathy’s mother took her own life. Kathy’s remaining family members have not given up hope though. They continue to pursue justice and even advocate for other families of unsolved cases. The family was instrumental in pushing for New Hampshire’s statewide Cold Case Unit. Kathy’s sister, Karen Beaudin, has authored two books about Kathy’s case and her journey for justice; A Child is Missing: a true story and the sequel, A Child is Missing: searching for justice a true story. Both books are available on Amazon.com and Karen’s website. Karen also contributed to two books in the Grief Diaries anthology series, Grief Diaries: Project Cold Case and Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Homicide Karen also travels to speak about unsolved homicides to law enforcement agencies across the country as well as to criminal justice students at universities. Karen notes the value of teaching our future law enforcement officers about the importance of pursuing unsolved cases.

On February 13, 2017, Kathy Lynn Gloddy should have celebrated her 59th birthday. Instead she is forever 13. If you know anything about the abduction, rape and murder of Kathy Gloddy, no matter how small you think it is, please call the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit at (603) 271-2663. You can also submit a web tip here.


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Another Birthday But You’re Still 13


Dear Kathy,

I wish you a happy 59th birthday. Every year your birthday goes by, and every year you remain 13. In 1971, time stood still when you were murdered. That day turned into weeks, and then months, and eventually years. You were frozen in time, never to travel again.

I love you….


Moving On Doesn’t Mean We Forget


Every year without fail, November 21st comes around, and with it, the memories of my sister Kathy’s’ murder. Kathy was savagely beaten, raped, strangled, and run over by a car. Her naked, lifeless body was discarded in the woods three miles from our home. I always thought an arrest would be made.

The loss is still heartbreaking and I miss her. I struggle to remember aspects of her personality. I can’t recall her voice, her laugh, her gestures, or her joking ways.

This summer I did a book signing at Gibson’s Bookstore in New Hampshire. A woman approached me after everyone else was gone. She told me, “I’m afraid I’ll forget him.” Her soul mate, her love had recently past away, and her greatest fear was she’d forget him. I empathized with her; the fear is real.

She had mementos from trips they’d taken and from the special life they had together. I suggested she start a journal. “Take the things you’ve collected and write about them. Use words to help remind you of the funny things he used to say, and about the trips you took together. Place the mementos with your stories. When you feel you’ve forgotten him, you’ll have your journal to help remind you of the love you shared.”

People told her to move on. “Moving on doesn’t mean we forget, or that we won’t grieve our loss years later. We learn to function after our loss, and we still reminisce. Sometimes reminiscing will make us laugh and other times cry, but either way, it’s okay.”

With tears in her eyes, she said, “I’m going to buy a journal.” We hugged, and I watched her walked away. That was an emotional conversation for me, but like so many other times, Kathy was in it. I know the fear of forgetting a laugh, a smile, or a joke. Its happened to me, and it hurts.

My goals today are different from years in the past. I don’t want Kathy to be forgotten. I hope what happened to her would cause others to make a difference in this world. One person can’t conquer the world, but one step forward can leave a positive mark.

The books, the speaking engagements, and the conversations I have with other families suffering from loss are the ways I show my love for her.

Love you, Kathy. Kisses and hugs forever…



Book Signings and Gratitude

gratitude-quotesI want to express my gratitude towards those that took time out of their busy schedules to attend the book signing in Concord and Franklin.  Your support lifts me up and encourages me to continue on the path before me.  Using Kathy’s story to educate law enforcement officers, victims’ advocates and university students about the effects of murder on a family honors her memory.  Education produces knowledge and knowledge fuels change.

Thank-you for  your support,



Laconia Daily Sun by Gail Ober



“BRIDGEWATER — It’s been six years since her first book, “A Child is Missing, A True Story,” and 45 years since Karen Beaudin’s kid sister Kathy Lynn Gloddy was raped and murdered in Franklin.”




Book Signing/Speak: Gibson’s Bookstore & Franklin Public Library

Gibson’s Bookstore :

Event date:
Friday, August 26, 2016 – 5:30pm
Event address:
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301

Franklin Public Library :

Event date:
Saturday, August 27, 2016 – 1:00 pm
Event address:
Franklin Public Library
310 Central Street
Franklin, NH 03235

A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice, with Karen Beaudin

Friday, August 26th, 2016, 5:30 p.m.Karen Beaudin presents A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice, the follow-up to A Child Is Missing: A True Story, which recounts the tragic murder investigation of Karen’s younger

efhabicesister.A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice is the result of six years of research and interviews done by Karen Beaudin, sister of murdered victim Kathy Lynn Gloddy. Brutally beaten, raped, strangled, and run over by a vehicle, Kathy was left naked in the woods three miles from her home on November 21, 1971. Still searching for answers, Karen attempts to gather information about Kathy’s murder from law enforcement, forensics, and medical professionals, and classmates. Karen, driven by truth and justice, researched medical terms, people, places, and dates, looking for answers. A child is missing: searching for justice is a heartfelt and insightful look into the long reaching effects of a major loss to a family. What this book shows us is that although the police’s investigation may have come to an end the families does not. Without finding out the truth and bringing closure to the incident it can tear a family apart. This book sees the family take steps forward consulting forensic and investigative experts to give them an insight to new evidence and re-examine evidence that may have been overlooked through the original investigation. Consulting with Karen on this book has been a perceptive experience that has re-enforced for me that there is a need for police departments to establish and invest in cold case investigative teams. This book should leave the reader and anyone involved in the criminal justice process with one clear thought – “The investigation only ends when the truth is revealed.” Harry J Smy Curriculum Coordinator: Science Course Lead and Lecturer: Forensic Science City of Westminster College London