Phil January Interview with PI (Part 6 of many)
Onto Part 6 of the interview Phil January gave to a Private Investigator back in April 2003. His wife Nikki had been dead for 10 months, ruled a suicide by the Pass Christian, Mississippi police and Harrison County coroner. For more details, refer to this posting that chronicles everything from Nikki’s early life to her death. Nikki’s mom hired a private investigator to look into Nikki’s case. As part of that investigation, he interviewed Phil. In Part 5, he added Nikki’s former husband Mike Williams to his list of possible suspects. In this segment, Phil talks about Nikki’s feelings toward guns.
PI: How would you how would you categorize your uh relationship with uh, with Nikki up to that up to that point?
Phil: We were e- up to what point?
PI: Up to the point of her death.
Phil: Nikki was my life.
PI: And uh and uh what I’m talking about is from when you got the letter… from the letter up to the point of her death. (the letter he’s referring to is the one Nikki wrote on April 28, 2002 telling Phil she was addicted to pain medication)
Phil: I don’t know if you’ve seen all the writings since then or not, but Nikki, on the 28th of June I keep it in – I keep it at the house because I – I really have to read it a lot. And I remember when I went up to talk to Frank and I told Frank about what had happened. And Nikki’s deal. And I looked at him and I said “But you know what? But Nikki and I are closer than we ever were.” And we were. She tells me in her letter that she’s amazed that our love gets stronger all the time. And I think that uh we didn’t get to spend a lot of time together because of work schedules, but we were we def – we took advantage of the times that we – the time that we did get to spend together. And and like I said, that was one of her, ever since I met Nikki she wanted to get away from the coast. I always thought it was because of the pettiness of the casino ship. Well now I know it wasn’t. It was because of the drug stuff.
PI: The love of your life. Is it catagorized pretty much? Is that pretty much? I mean she was your soul mate. And -
Phil: She was my life. I have no life.
PI: And and and of course, everything that I have warr- I have never met Nikki, but a very vivacious woman, very social, very loving, loved everybody, seemed like, and very close to her family.
Phil: Her and her mom talked a lot.
PI: Now with uh – let’s talk a little about a little bit about, for instance, I just want to touch real quickly on Paul Morrell. Did you know Paul Morrell to to uh did you was he known to having knowledge of hand guns?
Phil: I have heard stuff like that but I don’t know.
PI: So second hand you’ve found that out. OK. Nikki requesting you keep the the the pistol there. Now by all indications Nikki did not like guns.
Phil: She hated them. She hated them.
PI: Tell me about that.
Phil: It was odd. Now Looking back, I was – I was packing, and I was packing it in, and she walked through…I remember the duffel bag her parents had sent me this duffel bag for Christmas I was getting ready to pack it in there and she saw me and she never even knew where I kept that thing um I had a service revolver that I used when I was with Day Detectives, and she always complained about that so I mean she knew where that was kept because I couldn’t hide the rigging but it was completely out of the reach of of Zack and and not even an issue for that but she never even knew where I had this little weapon. And so anyway I was putting it in the bag and she said “well why don’t you leave me that” and I said “for what” and she said “just in case” and I said “just in case what?” I said “we live in the safest place in the world” I don’t know if you’re familiar with the condo, but, my gosh it’s a bunch of old people. Nothing ever happened there.
PI: And she’s staying with Nancy, too.
Phil: Well but but that hadn’t been decided yet for sure. I mean we had talked about it but she had not finalized that with Nancy at this point in time.
Phil: But that was – and I told her told her that “I wish you would” because I mean you know I I part of it was the part that yeah, you know, they were, they were, if she was there at Nancy she was less tempted to be unaccountable for. And you know she she had stayed there for maybe a night or two and that was only when I made trips for for a job – I I had flown to Phoenix for about a month before I took this job for a job interview and was gone one night, and then I was gone one night to this trip so to speak. But I never worried about Nikki at the condo. Um, I mean she came home after midnight, between midnight and 2:30 3:00 every night that she worked. I never worried about anything there. It was safe. I never had any any problem, but anyway. So I said we put a and I remember making the statement “we live in the safest place in the world”. “Well it would make me feel better” or something to that effect or, you know.
PI: Did she know how to use the pistol?
Phil: Not that one. She had fired weapons as far as I know one time. I was doing a a a qualifying course for Day Detectives and I – I’m not even sure of the date. I could check with [redacted]. She would have the date that we were qualifying. And Nikki was on her way to her AA meeting, and it was out at Gulf Port firing range, um, and she stopped by to bring me something to drink, and and it was in between the two sessions. I had a four-hour morning session and a four-hour afternoon session. And there was a there was a couple of guys still out there a couple of supervisors still with the force that were still out there. And anyway she came out there and and she asked if she if I would show her, so I basically showed her but this was a .357 that I carried. She fired one shot and she didn’t like it.
PI: And that – that was it.
Phil: And that was it. She had no earthly idea to my knowledge, whatsoever, of anything to do with an automatic.
PI: She didn’t even – she didn’t even know what a safety was probably on it.
Phil: Not on a semi-automatic.
PI: Did you show her – before you left to say “look, you’ve got to use it. This is what you have to do.”
Phil: And you know what? But, in retrospect, I should not have even had one in the chamber, but that’s how I always carried it when I went out on the lawn to…
PI: Clip full, and one in the chamber.
PI: And these were – these were -uh .380 rounds.
Phil: Correct. That’s the only thing I ever had. In fact, I don’t even know whatever happened to the other box.
That’s all that’s been transcribed so far. There is more and as soon as it’s available, I will post it. However, coming up next, could Nikki’s death be tied to others in the Pass Christian area? Why some think it very well could be and part of a cover-up.
Posted on December 20, 2011, in Cold Cases, Crime, Murder, Nikki LaDue January and tagged Bonnie LaDue, Cold Cases, Grand Casino, Mississippi, Murder, Nikki LaDue January, Pass Christian, Phil January. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.