Brandi Laurent: Through A Blogger’s Eye Part 4
Finally, the last installment.
He then asked what the “gossipers” were saying about him. It always came back to that.
He was to meet later that day with a local reporter to prove he was in town. He didn’t keep the appointment.
Leo’s stories, as flawed as they had been to this point, just started to crumble. He didn’t attend Brandi’s memorial service. Remember, he said “I helped plan it and I will be there…” After seeing the post about him not attending, he contacted me again. “In your article that I did not attend the service you are correct. There was no time limit put on when I can pay my respects to my wife in peace without the public judgement around me. This was meant to be for Brandi and it was kept that way. I spent the prior day at the funeral home and helped set up the service right up till it started. More violent threats came in, and I didn’t feel like taking a gamble with Peyton having no parent to raise her was a good idea.”
What he left out was his report the Friday night before the memorial service of being shot at. This was the “shooting” where he claimed two black men drove up to him while he was walking and shot at him. The bullet passed through the front and back of his shirt but miraculously missed Leo. He has since plead guilty to filing a false report. The ruse was to give him an excuse not to attend Brandi’s funeral. As being “shot at” wasn’t new for Leo, it seemed plausible to him.
I asked him to comment on the shooting and asked him why he didn’t tell me about it when we had talked. He said he didn’t want to talk about it because it would piss off the local police. Thanks to the magic of MSN Messenger, I have our conversation saved. Here it is:
12/13/2007 5:24:31 PM Holliston Obviously one of the things that got people’s attention is what happened to you Friday night. It didn’t help that the newspapers quoted police as being skeptical. So, let’s clear that up. What happened?
12/13/2007 5:26:01 PM Leo that was reported incorrectly hold on let me get the babt 1 sec
12/13/2007 5:26:31 PM Holliston ok
12/13/2007 5:30:41 PM Leo I dont want to say a lot about that night as it would fuel the bashers and bash the PD.
12/13/2007 5:32:32 PM Leo Everyone wants a lot of answers, and quick justice, but only a handfull of times have I seen people ask for correct justice.
12/13/2007 5:34:11 PM Holliston I understand what you are saying…and I understand why you don’t want to talk much about Friday night too…but you said there was some incorrect reporting done…I just want to get the word from the person who was there instead of what they do….getting it second…third hand…and sometimes incorrect
12/13/2007 5:37:14 PM Leo As far as the funeral goes, I think I would have got more of a bashing had I made it private and let no one go. I took it like this. Peyton and I could pay our respects when we wanted. Then we would have a piece of her the rest of our lives to share our lives with.
12/13/2007 5:40:02 PM Leo The lies about the parts we all played and what was done and not done need to be cleared up as well. I was asked for pictures of Brandi to be blown up by Anita weeks ago. I told her to pick which ones from the web site (deleted) where I scanned every picture I had of her
12/13/2007 5:40:57 PM Holliston Good..because THAT’s what I want to do..clear up things that were said that are untrue.
12/13/2007 5:42:02 PM Leo She had 2 weeks to have this done, but I got a call 1 hour before the service saying they had no pictures done yet. I then got on the computer and uploaded the best pictures to walmart.com had them blown up and ready in 15 minuites, all they had to do is pick them up
12/13/2007 5:42:45 PM Holliston See, that was never said…did they pick them up?
12/13/2007 5:44:22 PM Leo I also had the arrangement sent for the urn as well as 3 other arrangements.
12/13/2007 5:45:03 PM Leo There was arrangements for them to pick up some equipment at ABC Rental for a fountain and a fogger for the ceremoney and they did not go get it.
12/13/2007 5:45:28 PM Leo All of this was paid for by myself and some friends.
12/13/2007 5:45:35 PM Holliston By they…you mean Anita and family?
12/13/2007 5:46:02 PM Leo Yes. And I don’t think any of it was used.
12/13/2007 5:46:56 PM Holliston And you were there the day before and the day of as well right…privately?
12/13/2007 5:47:24 PM Leo Yes
12/13/2007 5:47:37 PM Leo Making sure it was all set up and ready
12/13/2007 5:47:46 PM Leo Paying our respects
12/13/2007 5:48:04 PM Holliston Peyton was with you?
12/13/2007 5:48:14 PM Leo No only in heart
12/13/2007 5:48:24 PM Leo I would not bring her to the circus
12/13/2007 5:48:52 PM Leo as you can see by the people on the net with the threats etc. I was not going to put her through that
12/13/2007 5:49:55 PM Leo I made sure she was clear of the state as even one of the family members made a statement he was about to go to prison and had nothing to loose he would get me.
12/13/2007 5:50:39 PM Leo not many others liked my decision but her best intrest is my only concern right now
12/13/2007 5:51:03 PM Holliston Given her age and everything going on, it was likely the best decision.
12/13/2007 5:51:29 PM Holliston Especially since you had just been shot at two days before
12/13/2007 5:52:27 PM Leo well it was decided even before that when there was threatening calls and internet posts.
12/13/2007 5:55:38 PM Leo it is kind of funny how all these people know me and knew me for so long and post under aliases these threats. Also for the ones that claim to know me since grade school, I’ve never failed……shows how well they know me right.
12/13/2007 6:00:22 PM Leo thats what turns this from zero gossip to all gossip…lol……If some would be sensible and have legitimate conversations with those who have opinions in either directions then it would be more open and interesting. I actually have another site that I do answer on regularly to the people and it is a large group of open minded people. It seems that the crowd wants to rule out all other options in the world except for the ones in the current news.
12/13/2007 6:04:03 PM Leo And to whoever got on there to try and act as Kim tell them nice try but they missed a lot of facts.
12/13/2007 6:07:27 PM Leo I figure they can say what they want I have a life to live with my daughter, and I am going to make the best of it for us. We have plans and goals and we are meeting all of them daily.
12/13/2007 6:07:51 PM Leo That’s all you can do.
12/13/2007 6:09:23 PM Holliston Can you at least clear up what was reported incorrectly in the paper? Like I said, I want to put the correct info out there. I will make sure people know what you did do regarding the arrangements.
12/13/2007 6:14:27 PM Leo I have been in contact with several people involved and when I am given the go ahead…I will clear it up. I dont want to sound so short on it but there are some things that were not quite right.
12/13/2007 6:14:54 PM Holliston that’s cool…when you can, let me know
The next day he contacted me again to make some corrections.
12/14/2007 9:31:00 AM Leo hey u there?
12/14/2007 9:41:09 AM Leo When u get this there are two corrections to the statement i need made when you can.
12/14/2007 9:41:44 AM Leo I did not go to the funeral home the day of. Only the day before. I was with Peyton the day of.
12/14/2007 9:42:29 AM Leo Also they are misreading the way the statement says, I was asked for pictures of Brandi to be blown up by her mother Anita weeks ago.
12/14/2007 9:42:31 AM Holliston OK…thanks, I will make that correction
12/14/2007 9:43:56 AM Leo She asked me for pictures to go through and for herself to have blown up. I scanned them all and posted them. She wanted the control of all of this and I let her. She still has not gotten the Urns for the remains.
12/14/2007 10:53:51 AM Leo Mention also on there that the fog machine and the fountain were at the request of Anita her mother.
12/14/2007 12:45:37 PM Leo That seems to be their big concern.
On December 29, I saw that he had signed onto MSN Messenger again. I had sent another email earlier with more questions which he hadn’t responded to. Again, he was concerned about what was being said about him.
12/29/2007 6:15:34 PM Holliston Hey Leo, are you there?
12/29/2007 6:16:17 PM Leo briefly
12/29/2007 6:16:27 PM Leo running in and out
12/29/2007 6:16:32 PM Holliston Just wondering if you got the questions I sent
12/29/2007 6:16:48 PM Leo no i didn’t
12/29/2007 6:16:58 PM Leo may have been sorted out
12/29/2007 6:17:05 PM Leo in the bulk or junk
12/29/2007 6:17:11 PM Leo dont check them too ofter
12/29/2007 6:17:16 PM Leo resend
12/29/2007 6:17:19 PM Holliston ok…I will
12/29/2007 6:19:10 PM Holliston ok..sent…
12/29/2007 6:19:27 PM Leo i will try and look at them when we get back home this eve
12/29/2007 6:20:26 PM Leo haven’t been on in a while they butcherin me on there?
12/29/2007 6:20:55 PM Holliston Actually no…it’s been very quiet…
12/29/2007 6:22:05 PM Leo lol yeah right…..these people are hypocrites to the max…..but ill leave that alone for now….maybe if you are on later we can chat
12/29/2007 6:22:20 PM Holliston ok…will do
That was my last contact with Leo. He turned himself in on the pending embezzlement charges and was imprisoned without bond. It wasn’t long after when he was charged with Brandi’s murder and the false shooting report.
Looking back at everything he said and did…even, and this may not seem like a big thing, but using “lol” in his messages knowing what happened tells a lot about his character. His had deep concerns about what was being said about him even though he said on several occasions he didn’t read the internet anymore. He was very upset when I took off the comment moderation. He felt people were being too critical of him.
This will wrap up my Leo recollections. I highly doubt I will be speaking with him again soon, if ever. I’m not sure what good it would do. While I felt he was lying to me when we talked, I didn’t know for sure he was or rather, which parts were true and which were false. Now, he could tell me his name was Leo Laurent and I wouldn’t believe him.
Leo Laurent currently resides in the East Mississippi Correctional facility where he is doing a life sentence. He was convicted of murdering his wife, Brandi.