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Phil January Interview with PI (Part 7 of many)


Nikki LaDue January

Onto Part 7 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. Today, the day Nikki died. Read the rest of this entry

Transcripts of Phil January Interview with PI (Part 1 of many)


Nikki LaDue January’s death, while classified as a suicide, had so many red flags pointing to murder an amateur could spot them. But the Pass Christian Police and the Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove didn’t even bother to look.

Bonnie LaDue wasn’t satisfied with the failure of law enforcement to investigate her daughter’s murder. She hired a private investigator to look into things. Below is part one of several parts of his interview with Phil January, Nikki’s husband. Which took place less than a year after Nikki’s death. The interviews were recorded and then transcribed. Today’s installment, SWAT and investigation flaws. Read the rest of this entry

Phil January: I Support and Welcome the Re-opening of Nikki’s Case


That statement is likely the last you’ll see from Phil January on this blog anyway. Let me explain. When I first heard of Nikki LaDue January’s case I was in the process of creating this little blog. I wanted to focus on cold cases with the hopes that bringing back discussion would help spark someone’s memory or in some way, provide a tid-bit of information to law enforcement investigators to breathe some life into a case. Technically, Nikki’s case is not a cold case. It was closed within a couple of hours and ruled a suicide. But the more I read about her and the more I read and saw about her death on July 29, 2002, the more I thought she would be a perfect case to spotlight. Why? Because everything about it was so wrong. Read the rest of this entry

Nikki LaDue January’s Mother–On A Mission For Truth


There’s so much about the case of Nikki LaDue January’s death that just doesn’t add up. After the county coroner declared her death a suicide, the family went so far as to have her body exhumed and for the first time, an autopsy was done by a private medical examiner. His findings showed her death was not suicide but rather, undetermined. Yes she died of a gunshot wound. There’s no argument there. But whether it was Nikki who pulled the trigger or someone else, this autopsy could not say. Bonnie LaDue, Nikki’s mom hired a private investigator. After conducting several interviews and telling her he would prove who did this to Nikki, he suddenly up and quit the investigation. Was he scared off? Read the rest of this entry

Phil January on his Relationship with Nikki and What He’s Done Since her Death


Disclaimer: These posts are meant to be interactive. You can read and surf away if you want. Or you can participate. Read carefully about what is said or is claimed to be known. And then weigh in. Your words could have the power to solve these mysteries that continue to torment the families and friends of the victims. Feel free to pass this blog along.

We return now to my interview with Phil January, Nikki LaDue January’s husband. Throughout this blog you may have read some allegations and accusations against Phil. Some questioned his relationship with Nikki while other’s believe he knows more than he’s saying about her death. In his own words, the remaining part of our interview. Read the rest of this entry

Why Are There So Many Conflicting Police Reports in Nikki LaDue January Case?


They quickly deemed the death of Nikki LaDue January a suicide. They being the Pass Christian, Mississippi police and the Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. But why? Yes she was found alone on her balcony with a gun shot wound to the head. Yes the gun was there as well. But depending on whom you talk to, none of the investigators seemed to have seen the same thing and the lead investigator went so far as to say Nikki’s autopsy showed it was suicide. The problem is, Nikki didn’t have an autopsy. Take a look at some of the statements made. Read the rest of this entry

Another Friend of Nikki LaDue January’s Speaks Out


Nikki LaDue January

On a regular basis now, I “promote” a comment to an actual post. Below is a comment that came from Nikki LaDue January’s friend Amy. It’s very emotional and asks pointed questions of Nikki’s husband Phil January. None of what Amy describes came up during my interview with Phil. In fact the remainder of that interview will be posted in the next couple of days. In it, he describes a very loving relationship between the two of them. That is in stark contrast to what you are about to read. As always, this blog is meant to be interactive with your thoughts…to spark discussion. Read the rest of this entry

The Investigation Into Nikki LaDue January’s Death-Botched From the Beginning


“In retrospect, I wish I had been more diligent at looking at the crime scene.” After walking onto the couple’s balcony, Phil January found his wife Nikki LaDue January slumped in a chair with a gunshot wound to her right temple. He said the shock of the scene prevented him from taking in everything. However there were some things he did remember. “I do remember there were two different kinds of cigarettes on the table. I do remember seeing the holster on the table. But one thing I do not remember is the gun being in the position of the crime scene photos. I remember the gun being on the side of her trapped against the right side of the stool she was sitting on. That’s what I remember. I’m not saying I’m right but that’s what I remember. Her knee was still up (being held up by the table) and you have to know that Nikki sat with her feet up in the chair all the time so both knees would have been up. When I questioned Coroner Gary Hargrove about how her body ended up in that position, he said that maybe she had both her knees up and as things transpired, the one leg fell and the other was trapped by the table.” Read the rest of this entry

July 29: Nikki LaDue January is Found


Not much is known about the Nikki LaDue January’s final day. But Nikki’s mom Bonnie LaDue went to Mississippi to try to talk to her friends. So based on her own investigation, and interviews from others, here is what we know. Read the rest of this entry

Angelia Hursell: The Night Before Nikki Died


Disclaimer: These posts are meant to be interactive. You can read and surf away if you want. Or you can participate. Read carefully about what is said or is claimed to be known. And then weigh in. Your words could have the power to solve these mysteries that continue to torment the families and friends of the victims. Feel free to pass this blog along.

In reading the police reports and even some of the private investigator notes there were references to Angelia Hursell. Angelia babysat for Nikki LaDue January and was a friend of hers. She babysat Nikki’s son Zack Saturday, July 28 and saw Nikki just a few hours before her death.  A couple of things to point out right off the bat. The police report said Angelia said Nikki appeared “energetic” when she picked up Zack. That word…energetic was later used by police investigators and the coroner to imply she was on something. In fact, Angelia said Nikki was “apologetic” because she was a little late picking Zack up. One other thing and it’s a big one. What time did Nikki actually leave Angelia’s after picking up Zack? Angelia had said it was about 11:20-11:30 p.m. That raised eyebrows because phone records from Nikki and her husband Phil’s condo indicated someone was using the phone shortly after 11 p.m. Could there have been someone in the condo? Well, we can’t rule that out entirely however when I asked Angelia about the time again, she corrected it. She said Nikki and Zack left shortly before 11 p.m. and could have conceivably been home in time to use the condo phone at 11:07 p.m. It takes about 10 minutes to get there from Angelia’s.

But let’s back up now and hear everything that happened that day from Angelia’s perspective. Read the rest of this entry

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