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. I could have read blogs and based on that wrote something about her. I choose though to talk to those who were closest to her. I can’t tell you how many emails I sent to people asking not so much about her death, but her life. Surprisingly few responded. But who did respond? Nikki’s mom Bonnie LaDue and Nikki’s husband Phil January. I don’t know either person. I didn’t know Nikki. My goal was simply to provide a forum for people to get to know Nikki and to find out what people thought happened.
That brings me to Phil January. Yes, I have read the theories out there. It’s not hard to read between the lines when there aren’t any lines. Many people think Phil January murdered Nikki in cold blood.
I, not being close to her or her case for very long hadn’t formed that opinion. In my mind there are so many possibilities out there including, yes, suicide. I doubt it but the possibility obviously remains. So Phil responded to me and quite naturally was wary of who I was and what I was trying to do. I don’t blame him. But he did agree to do an interview. Unlike what someone wrote in the comments, I did not send him questions in advance. We set up a time and he called me. And we spoke for an hour. I wasn’t calling him to grill him or try to tear him down. I had no idea if he knew anymore than he had previously said. I simply wanted for him to tell me in his own words about his life with Nikki, his thoughts and emotions the day he found her and who he thought may be responsible. That’s it. We spoke for an hour and it was very cordial and respectful. I was not representing the “Phil did it” side. I was on no one’s side. When we finished the call, he gave me his phone number and said I could contact him anytime if I had anymore questions.
When I published Phil’s interview, commenters were angry at him and at me. Personally, I really don’t care what anyone thinks of me. This isn’t about me. But I get the anger. And I read the comments. Were there other questions I could ask? Of course! But that was not the time. Up to and during that call, my mindset was I was speaking to a grieving husband. Because I don’t know Phil either.
I took Phil up on his offer and contacted him again. This time, due to my time constraints I emailed him a few questions. So yeah, you got me this time. He knew the questions up front. My hope was he would email me back the answers. That didn’t happen. Here are the questions I sent him:
1. Where is the gun now? People question how many bullets were in it when it was recovered. Do you know?
2. Not sure how people know this but many claim you’ve been let go from several jobs for abusive behavior. Why were you let go from the Grand and Boom Town?
3. I know you’ve said before you are former law enforcement, in fact was on a SWAT type team for years. What years were you with the department? Why would they have no record of you being an officer?
4. If an investigator asked, would you take a polygraph?
Today, Phil responded.
“At this point I am sorry, but I respectfully have to decline your request for any more from me regarding information concerning this matter. As you can see, if the facts, truths, and feeling expressed do not conform to their thinking, then they are met with insults, personal attacks, ridicule, and malicious statements. I do not plan on being any part of this moving forward. I fully support and welcome the re-opening of Nikki’s case by law enforcement in an effort to determined what may have happened, however it should be qualified law enforcement, not through the internet. Please remove me from your distribution list on any further posting.”
By the way, if you want to unsubscribe to this blog, you have to do it yourself…click unsubscribe on any email that comes with a post. I can’t do it for you. But there it is and yes, in his words. Am I qualified to analyse his response to me? No. Do I understand why he doesn’t want to answer questions? Absolutely not. Nikki’s case is not about Phil or anyone else for that matter. It’s about her. If someone murdered my wife, I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass what anybody said about me. I’d fight through that and continue to search for whoever did this. Unless, of course, I did it. Then I wouldn’t. The fact is there are inconsistencies with what Phil said. That could be attributed to a number of things. Events slip your mind. That’s why I asked the pointed questions that have proven to be part of the inconsistencies. Is it important to ask if he was ever a cop? Yes, because he said he was yet there is no record to support that. Why would he do that? I don’t know. That’s why I asked. Is it important to know where the gun is? Probably not as much right now as there is no active investigation but it could prove to be useful information when an investigation begins. He did say he supports re-opening her case. The question about abusive behavior, I can understand would be an inflammatory question. I personally don’t know if he was…but it is out there, so I asked.
And there you have it. This by no means is the last post I will do on Nikki. There’s so much more to tell. And Phil, if you haven’t unsubscribed and you do want to continue our conversation to help find Nikki’s killer, you know how to get a hold of me.
Posted on November 30, 2011, in Cold Cases, Nikki LaDue January and tagged Bonnie LaDue, Cold Cases, ladue, Mississippi, Murder, Nikki LaDue January, Phil January. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.