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.
Phil: I worked uh Wichita Falls, Texas for 20 years. I got out of that, moved to the coast. Got into security at the casino. Left there for a while went into private security work here and then back to the casino security business.
PI: OK. Uh when you were an officer in Wichita Falls, uh were you a patrol officer? Did you ever work any uh … uh were you a detective? Did you ever do anything like that?
Phil: No. I don’t want that kind of work.
PI: With uh with the 20 years in Wichita Falls with the other 14 did you what did you do-
PI: Is that like uh is that uh SWAT team?
Phil: Um yeah. All the All the uh outlying divisions that you have other than than basically patrol and traffic.
PI: Ok. Um. And I just want to kind of get your gist of since you were in law enforcement, what was your general opinion of uh what was done here? The investigation done here?
Phil: What investigation? There was none. Um after everything was left, my son, my best friend down here, uh we went back up, and then when I get the police report, I see that it says “fingerprints were taken” there were no fingerprints taken. Um. They come down, tell me that they found a suicide note and there was no note at the scene and then I find out two weeks later that they got it off the computer. And then after that I find out that it was the note that she wrote me three months earlier to tell me about her drug problem. It had nothing to do with anything that day. So they were, they were searching for ways to make things add up. Um then when I addressed some issues with them in in some of uh a letter – they actually changed their opinion of the scene was – saying that one of the marks on the wall wasn’t actually a mark on the wall. They had made a mistake. The mark on the wall is there. That’s where they said it was the first time. Um. You know they never questioned anybody. They never talked to any– they didn’t even really question me. So I don’t know how they could have done any kind of investigation they were there less than an hour, hour and a half at the most.
PI: It’s amazing.
Phil: Yeah. It was – it was nothing and and then to leave everything there they took nothing as evidence other than the weapon as far as I know. They – they didn’t take the stuff that was on the table. They didn’t take the phone. Um I had addressed an issue with them about how the phone ok was covered in blood on both sides. It wasn’t splattered. It wasn’t dripped. It was covered and it wasn’t – it wasn’t a hand print. And it was laying on her – on her lap. Facing – dial facing towards me. And of course I tried to use it and the phone was dead. And so I put it on the table. And you probably read this in in the stuff from Bonnie, but – you know I addressed that how’d the how’d the phone get covered with blood – and then I tell them that I put it on the table and then their response was “well we wondered how it got on the table”. Um but if you put it on the table you should know how it got covered in blood.
PI: Right, right
Phil: The blood was dry when I picked it up.
PI: The blood was dry when you picked it up?
Phil: And I – my friend Alan and his wife went over and cleaned up the balcony and I talked to him and and and he basically has said the same thing they threw the phone away ’cause it was, they couldn’t , they couldn’t clean it up. And there was no other phones hooked up in the house. She … wait going back after I finally got moved into the apartment that I’m at and finally got my stuff I pulled the phones out and the caller ID’s on all the phones worked up till about 12:15 that night. So sometime while we were talking she was still working on packing ’cause she had unplugged all the other phones. We had like five phones in there.
PI: So all the phones were unplugged.
Phil: Except the one.
PI: Except the one. And that was a cordless phone?
Up Next: Phil on Nikki’s addictions
Posted on December 7, 2011, in Cold Cases, Crime, Nikki LaDue January and tagged Bonnie LaDue, Cold Cases, Gary Hargrove, ladue, Mississippi, Murder, Nikki LaDue January, Pass Christian, Phil January. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.