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The Albuquerque Police Department have connected a suspect to the unsolved cases of two young women.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Paul Apodaca is being charged for the 33 year old murder of Althea Oakley.

Albuquerque Police say Althea Oakley, 22 was stabbed to death by Apodaca on the night of June 22nd, 1988. She was heading home after a local fraternity party when she was killed near a local residence. Apodaca claims it was due to his “hatred of all women” that he committed the crime.

KRQE News 13 revealed Paul Apodaca also confessed to the 1989 murder of 18 year old Kaitlyn Arquette. Arquette’s case has remained unsolved despite the continued efforts of her family. Her mother, Lois Duncan even wrote a book about the case called, “Who Killed my Daughter?” KOB Eyewitness News said Arquette’s family has long investigated the case with the help of private investigators.

Witnesses at the time of Arquette’s murder identified Apodaca as one of the first people on the scene, but he was apparently never interviewed. 

The APD says they require more time to collect evidence to fully charge Apodaca for Arquette’s murder.

KRQE News 13 elaborates in a quote from the Chief of Police, Harold Medina that, “The Arquette case is one of the most infamous cold cases in Albuquerque history because of her mother’s high-profile books about the murder. I can’t speak for the facts of the investigation in 1989, but I want to be sure detectives are investigating every single aspect, verifying every piece of evidence and ensuring that we have a strong case before we move forward on charges on the Arquette case.”

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