Monthly Archives: November 2011
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
I’ll be honest here. This promoted comment to a post by Logical Minded Engineer is WAY above my head! If you’ve ever wondered why paying attention in math class was important, read on. He makes some great points. As always, thanks LME for your insightful comments.
Math = Murder! Read the rest of this entry
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
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
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
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
You know how the banner of this blog says (and musings)? This is a musing. Last night I watched an amazing documentary on HBO called “Poster Girl.” It’s the story of Robynn Murray, a young American girl who signed up for the Army and returned after seeing unspeakable things in Iraq. It’s the story of how she is dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder along with other injuries and the struggles she had getting the Veteran’s Administration to take care of her claims. But the documentary and Robynn are so much more. Through words and art, Robynn shares her story with others as a form of healing. I wrote to her right after I watched the movie and wouldn’t you know it, she wrote back. She said she’s doing better and still has her art, writing and love in her life. The film was produced, filmed and directed by Sara Neeson.
“Poster Girl” is available on HBO on Demand and if you have access to it, this Academy Award nominated documentary is a must see. If you don’t have HBO, you can still see some of Robynn’s work on Warriorwriters.org
Nancy Burge, Nikki LaDue January’s best friend, wanted nothing to do with anything to do with her death. This was a woman who Nikki stayed with overnight in the days leading up to her death. This was a woman who Nikki shared everything with. This was a woman who was about to make a trip to Florida with Nikki and Zack to meet Nikki’s parents. According to many, she distanced herself from what happened on July 29, 2002 and didn’t even go to Nikki’s funeral. According to Angelia Hursell, one of the last people to see Nikki alive, Nancy divorced her husband after Nikki’s death and now has exclusively female relationships. Angelia said Nancy also changed her appearance to look more like Nikki. Read the rest of this entry
“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
For the next couple of days, I won’t be posting anything Cold Case related for a couple of reasons. First, it will likely get lost in the holiday and second, it’s Thanksgiving…you should be with your family doing whatever it is you do for Thanksgiving and not parked in front of your computer. So with that, I’ll continue Friday when many of you will be buried in a sea of people in you local mall. If you must be on the computer, check out Google’s home page. The turkey doodle is customizable and you can just about make him fly! Happy Thanksgiving.