Hollywood Inquirer, your daily online source for celebrity gossip and entertainment has recently come into possession of crucial evidence in the unsolved murder of child star Kitty Holbrooke. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past fifteen years, or for those too young to remember the tragedy, Kitty was set to be the next big thing in Hollywood before her tragic death at the tender age of nine.
Kitty was discovered by an agent while picnicking with her mother and sister at a local park. She was immediately hired to star in a national campaign for Sunny Orange Juice and became an overnight sensation. A year later, after Kitty completed filming for her debut appearance in the remake of Shirley Temple’s Curly Top opposite A-listers Ashley Maddox and Tyrese Jones, the brilliant star disappeared from her home.
Kitty lived in the small community of Elmhurst, California just north of Los Angeles County, on a quiet cul-de-sac where no break-ins or thefts had ever been reported. There had not been a murder there for several years, and police were used to the cozy small town atmosphere where neighbors knew each other’s names and friendships were formed over block parties and barbecues. No one could have expected such a horrific crime to happen in such an idyllic setting.
On the night in question, Mr. and Mrs. Holbrooke claimed they put their daughters Kitty and Allison to bed around 8pm. Kitty’s disappearance was supposedly discovered the next morning when Mrs. Holbrooke woke to take her daughter to an audition.
Police were called in, and the next day, the family received a bizarre rambling ransom note asking for over $200,000 in non-sequential unmarked bills. An Amber Alert was issued and police set off on a nationwide manhunt for anyone transporting a girl matching the child star’s description.
Strangely enough, law enforcement failed to properly search the entirety of the Holbrooke estate for nearly two days. When the search finally took place, Kitty’s father Ryan Holbrooke discovered her body in a shed on the edge of the Holbrooke property.
The darling girl had been smothered by a small white pillow duct taped over her face. There were cuts and bruises all over her broken body, and investigators put her time of death somewhere around 3am the morning she was discovered missing.
Through a series of missteps on the part of both the police and the district attorney’s office, the case went cold and the murderer was never brought to justice. Today, that may all change as we’ve finally broken through the wall of silence surrounding Kitty’s murder!
An inside source has given Hollywood Inquirer a complete copy of audio files recorded during the days and weeks after Kitty’s disappearance and death. We have authenticated these tapes as the original police interviews with family members, witnesses, and other suspects. The source has also provided us with copies of emails, phone calls, and brand new evidence never before seen by the public of any other media agency.
Tomorrow, we kick off our two-week series. We have transcribed and pieced together the police recordings to give readers a clear picture of the suspects and their stories. Because of the scope and length of these interviews, we’ll be releasing a few each day.
As most of you know, charges were never formally filed against any one suspect, and the case never went through for an actual trial. However, in proceedings closed to the press and public, the grand jury met and heard evidence from the prosecuting attorney including forensic experts, eye-witnesses, and law enforcement agents.
The grand jury proceedings were sealed, but the judge in the case is now processing our request they be released for the importance of public interest. After covering the police investigation, we’ll focus on these transcripts, as well as emails and phone calls between the district attorney and the police, showing just where their case went wrong.
More importantly, we have secured exclusive commentary from the one and only Andrea Bennett! A lieutenant at the time, Andrea Bennett was the lead investigator on the case. She’ll be providing an insider look at the evidence, describing how she felt at the time, explaining what was going on behind the scenes once the police tapes stopped rolling, and telling all of us exactly where she went wrong and how she let Kitty’s killer go free!
On our website and only our website, you can have an exclusive insider look at one of our nation’s most talked about unsolved mysteries. Hopefully, we will find answers and justice will prevail! It’s time Kitty’s spirit finally finds peace.
We promise this will be the story of the summer! Stay connected with us on social media for updates as we try to solve America’s most heartbreaking mystery. This was the case that shocked the nation, so comment below and let us know whose testimony you want to hear the most!
Comments Lonelyguy518: Holy shit! Happy 4th of July, everybody! Can’t believe they dug this stuff up. Was obsessed with this case back in the day. Hope they catch the bastard.
NOYB1: The bastard? More like the bitch. Everyone knows the mom did it.
Rush2Judgement: NOYB1: I totally agree. Mom was a nightmare. Complete stage mother fixated on her daughter’s career when she couldn’t make it as a star herself. Bet the girl wanted to quit the biz after the movie and mom snapped.
Guest002468: Agree w/ the OP. Followed story since day 1. This is going 2 b the best summer eva! I think the sister did it. She was young but totes jealous of the little 1.
Lonelyguy518: Wow! All this time. Never considered the sister. She was just eleven, but I guess she could have done it. Kitty was small for her age.
1001LOLZ: Has anyone else seen the conspiracy sites where people claim Kitty Holbrooke never died and is actually pop star Madison Mackenzie? Hilarious.
afight4justice: No way. Dad did it. That ransom note was obv. written by him
98DegreesofCooper: this shit cray. Never heard bout this b4. Cant wait 2 read bout this little girl got 2 c her movie asap
Outtamyface21: Yeah. I still can’t believe they released that movie. I realize she finished filming it, but they should have held off on it out of respect for the family.
Daddysgrlll: Out of respect for the family? You mean the people who murdered her? Right. *Rolls eyes.
RightWriteRite: 98DegreesofCooper, I rewrote your entry for clarity. Please try to write in English next time: This shit is crazy. I never heard about this before.
98DegreesofCooper: Man fuck u grammer nazi
RightWriteRite: Correction-- Man, fuck you, grammar Nazi. If you’re going to through an insult, at least do write your sentences correctly.
Daddysgrlll: RightWriteRite: Don’t you mean “throw” not “through”? If you’re going to insult people’s grammar, at least spell things correctly.
Voice4Kitty: All child molesters should die slow and painful deaths.
Daddysgrlll: Can I like your comment twice?
98DegreesofCooper: Wuz she molested 2?
Fembot90: This is why we shouldn’t hyper-sexualize young girls in Hollywood (or anywhere else in the country). The article makes it sound like Kitty starred in a wholesome ad campaign. The ads were anything but. She was made up like an adult with more makeup than a clown on Wrenoween.
Angrylad14094: Agreed. They shouldn’t have dressed her like that. Also, the dance scenes in the Shirley Temple remake were way too provocative. Don’t remember Shirley shaking her rump like that. And at just 9 years old? Ridiculous. Would never let my kids do that.
1001LOLZ: Sounds like you’re saying she was killed for wearing tight clothes and dancing sexy. If she was an adult rape victim, talking about her clothes would be off limits. Don’t blame the victim.
Fembot90: Not blaming her. Blaming the parents for sexualizing an innocent 9-year-old.
TheyCeeMeeTrollin: If she wasn’t murdered at 9, she would have gotten into drugs and killed herself at 19. Quinn Jamieson was another girl who started out about that time. Look at her today… Oops. You can’t. She popped one too many pills last year. Kitty should be glad she died young.
KittysAngel: She was such a sweet child. Had the brightest smile. Hope they find her killer soon. Fifteen years is too long for a child to go without justice.
TheyCeeMeeTrollin: Sweet child? Did u know her? She was probably a nightmare just like every other Hollyweird skank.
Voice4Kitty: Don’t feed the trolls, KittysAngel. I agree with you. A sweet soul who never got the justice she deserved.
BLM2ME: Anybody remember Hailey Watson? No? That’s because she was a little black girl who disappeared the same week as Kitty Holbrooke. No media coverage except in Dallas where she went missing, and even that was only for a day. Mourn for all the girls whose killers weren’t caught—not just the white ones.
Angrylad14094: It had nothing to do with race. This was all about money and power. If she had been a black movie star or a Hispanic star, it would have been the same story.
BLM2ME: If you really believe that, you’re an idiot.
98DegreesofCooper: u think the 2 cases related?
NHDude1: I know who did it. I’m not allowed to say, but I know.
afight4justice: I call bullshit.
KittysAngel: If you know, please come forward. This sweet little angel needs to find peace in her heavenly home
Voice4Kitty: Was it Marco Rossi? I always suspected him. Most child killers insert themselves into a case at some point. A witness who barely witnessed anything? Highly suspect.
Lonelyguy518: NHDude1, are you the brother???? NH? Nathan Holbrooke was Ryan’s brother and one of the family’s lawyers. No one else could know for sure.
NHDude1: This comment has been deleted by the original poster
1001LOLZ: The lawyer brother who looked like Ronald McDonald? Hilarious! Hope it’s him.
TheyCeeMeeTrollin: Gingers don’t have souls
NHDude1: This account has been deleted by the user.
Lonelyguy518: I’m gonna take that as a yes! If it is you, please please come back!!! Tell us everything you know!