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Corrections to the Lacey Gaines Story

Getting things right is what we strive to do but from time to time, some misinformation gets through. Usually it’s not done intentionally, it’s the way memories work or stories passed down getting a little tweak here or there. In any case, Lacey’s mom Gilda Gaines, who reads here, let me know what the discrepancies are. And here they are for you. Read the rest of this entry


Lacey Gaines Murder “Still Active; Investigation Continues”–Police

Lacey and her son Conor the year she died.

Lacey Gaines was murdered in her apartment on December 7, 2009 in Justice, Illinois. More than 2 years later, her killer has not been publicly identified nor have police indicated they are any closer to solving her case. That doesn’t mean nothing is being done. Lacey’s led a complicated life and either put herself into, or had no choice but to surround herself with people who think murder is just another way to settle a debt. Not all of her friends were like that. In fact she had quite a few allies including Cherry Simpson, Lacey’s aunt, who has tirelessly tried to find out who killed her niece. And she’s not alone. Several friends have spoken out on Lacey’s behalf. A social worker said Lacey had been physically abused by her boyfriend who also happens to be the father of their son Conor. Many friends said the same thing…she’d come to work upset and bruised. She said it was Daniel Rogelio Alvarado Sanchez who she desperately feared. Police say he is not a suspect. Then there’s her boyfriend at the time of her death, Juan Valadez who found her body in their apartment. He was with a woman at the time and had her call 911 because Juan spoke no English. And just like that, he disappeared. Read the rest of this entry

The Things People Search For…

 I get a report of the top “search terms” used to find this blog. Some make sense, others, well you decide. In no particular order here are words people typed into search engines to come here:

1. Nikki LaDue January

2. Darlie Routier

3. Imagine you woke up and saw a dinosaur in your backyard .Write a story telling what you see and do. Read the rest of this entry

Did Domestic Violence Play a Role in Lacey Gaines’ Murder

Lacey Gaines

Lacey Gaines was murdered on December 7, 2009 in her rundown apartment in Justice, Illinois. While speculation has run rampant about who did it, there are still no suspects. She did have a child with a boyfriend who she later told people physically beat her. Daniel Rogelio Sanchez, Lacey told friends, co-workers, family and social workers beat her frequently leaving her bruised and battered. Would someone already predisposed of violence take it up to the next level–to murder? Prisons are filled with men who’ve done just that. Does that mean Daniel was involved? Not necessarily. Let’s assume he wasn’t. Had there been no violence and they stayed together, it’s possible Lacey could be alive today. But that wasn’t the case. Far from it. As a result, she was constantly on the run, forced to make bad decisions and could have put her in contact with people of questionable character and possibly even her killer. Read the rest of this entry

What Does Juan Know? Lacey Gaines Boyfriend Still Quiet After 2 Years

Lacey Gaines and Juan Valadez. Juan found Lacey dead in their apartment.

It was December 7, 2009 when Juan Valadez entered his and his girlfriend Lacey Gaines apartment. There, he found the woman he supposedly loved dead…murdered in cold blood. He couldn’t speak English so he had a female companion call 911 and asked the Justice, Illinois Police Department for help. It was too late. Lacey was dead, killed in a seedy apartment complex well-known for crime and even reports of illicit activity in the management and maintainance areas. Yet it’s been 2 years. And still Juan Valadez won’t come forward and talk about what he knows of that day. More importantly, what activities may have led up to that day.

Juan, if you are a man, it’s been too long. Step up and tell the world what you know.

Juan, si usted es un hombre, que ha pasado mucho tiempo. Un paso adelante y decirle al mundo lo que sabes.


Mystery Letter: Justice Police will Never Find Lacey Gaines Killer

Lacey Gaines

Lacey Gaines was brutally murdered by someone police say she probably knew. Her death in December 2009 took place in her apartment. No signs of forced entry or even a struggle were found.

Two days later, a letter was sent to victim advocates Robin Sax and Susan Murphy Milano. Lacey had reached out to both women while she was being abused by her former boyfriend Daniel Sanchez.  The letter was unsigned and begged police to keep his/her name out of this out of fear from the people mentioned in it. There are some very serious allegations made in this letter which was sent to police by Lacey’s Aunt Cherry Simpson. I am only including some of the parts of the letter. Other parts, the writer wrote, would identify them to people potentially involved with Lacey’s murder. Here are some excerpts. Sunset Lakes Apartments is where Lacey lived and where she was murdered. She worked for the management company of the apartments at one point. Read the rest of this entry

Not To Infringe on Your Freedom of Speech But….

Comments to blog posts are welcome and encouraged. It’s those discussions that may spark a bit of information that could be helpful in getting to the bottom of some of these stories. I used a poor choice of words on my original Lacey Gaines post. I said that her parents turned their backs on her. That’s not totally true. While Lacey and her parents may have had their difficulties it was wrong for me to use the phrase “turned their backs.” I’ve seen a lot of comments focusing more on that than on who killed her. Lacey’s parents didn’t kill her. But someone out there…someone who may be reading these very words did. The Gaines family has lost a lot with Lacey’s death. Let’s try to refocus on what really matters. Again, comments from all sides get approved and I don’t want to limit anyone’s opinions, but channel your energy (like many of you are) in finding Lacey’s killer.  And, if there isn’t Justice in Justice right now, let’s make that happen! Thanks all!

What Did Lacey Gaines’ Former Boss Know?

Lacey and her son Conor the year she died.

Lacey Gaines was murdered December 7, 2009 in Justice, Illinois. That much we know. What else is there? She was abused by her ex-boyfriend and the father of her son Conor, Daniel Sanchez. She said he smashed her head through a wall at least once. We know she worked at the Kingsberry Waffle House in Flossmor, Ill. where she made friends and confided in some about not only her abuse, but her relationship with restaurant manager Jimmy Mantas. From the Desplaines Valley News in December 2009, written by James Pluta (who I owe a phone call too! I promise to get to that this week) Read the rest of this entry

The 13th Amendment and How it Relates to Lacey Gaines

I wasn’t quite sure where this was going until I got to the very end. Then I got it. This is courtesy of Myra Spearman, Founder/Executive Director of the National Domestic Violence Registry, Inc.


The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery however; the mental attitudes of slavery still exist in some people today. In so many cases we still refuse to hold an offender accountable, which shows that we through ignorance; tolerate domestic and family violence.  Until we realize that we are all individuals, holding the same rights, we will continue to be choked, stymied and further victimized by domestic abuse…
Don’t count me as a number; realize that I’m a person who has made a bad decision. I need your empathy and assistance to help me through this. I don’t need another pamphlet, brochure or hotline number to call. I need real help. I’m not a number so don’t count me in your month-end or year -end quota. Don’t use me or my circumstances to assist you in getting more grants. I am a real person, who needs real help, my name is Lacey Gaines!”

National Domestic Violence Registry Executive Director: Lacey Reached Out To Me

From time to time, I “promote” a comment to a post. Today, Myra Spearman wrote in about her contact with Lacey Gaines. Lacey was the victim of domestic violence as told to me by many friends. She was murdered December 7, 2009.

Lacey Gaines

My name is Myra Spearman; I am a Survivor of Domestic Violence, Founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Violence Registry and fierce advocate. In May, we were invited to the White House where we provided overviews of our very popular registry program which serves as a preventative tool in the fight against domestic violence. I am also a recent Magna Cum Laude College Graduate with plans on attending law school.

Lacey asked for and wanted help! She realized that her situation was beyond her control and she reached out to me. Read the rest of this entry