Continuing with the LaDue January case.
In July of 2002, the body of Nikki LaDue January was found seated on the balcony of her condominium in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Officers stated that she had a single gun shot wound to her right temple area.
A Sterling .380 caliber pistol was partially under her left thigh on a chair, her right leg was propped up against the table in front of her, and a cordless phone on the table was covered in blood.
There were two different brands of cigarettes and two different lighters on the table in front of her.
A bullet was located in a chair on the next balcony, and a shell casing was later found by a maintenance man in the condo's pool.
Ms. January had apparently been deceased for several hours, and her five-year old son was found in the residence unharmed.
Authorities at the scene quickly classified the death as a suicide.
E) Unknown Pieces
The photographs taken of the Nikki LaDue January death scene are poor (e.g. looks like an old Polaroid instant camera was used despite it being 2002, context was not included so it is guess work in estimating relationships, size, and distance, a foreign object was visible in some of the shots, etc.).
But, that does not make the scene images useless.
They do provide a glimpse as to what was and what was not present when authorities arrived to find Ms. LaDue January seated on her balcony with a single-gun shot wound to the head, and a handgun underneath her leg.
Authorities recorded the general position of some of the items photographed.
Like the woman's hands.
Blood spatter on the floor and wall.
The gun on the chair.
But what about objects photographed that were briefly mentioned or omitted?
I previously discussed the phone on the table--and that the lead investigator was unsure how it became covered with blood.
Look at the image of Nikki's feet that I posted previously.
In the upper-right hand corner of this image, a white object is visible on the balcony floor. Though the quality of the photo is lacking, if you look closely on the floor between the victim's legs another piece of white is visible.
Also, in a photo of the glass table in front of Ms. LaDue January there are some small bits of white visible next to the phone. It is unclear if the pieces of white are present on the table or on the floor underneath it.
From images of the balcony that I have viewed before and after Nikki's death, it appears that the balcony area was kept clean--just tables, chairs, plants, etc.
In any event, these pieces of white are not described in the police reports.
So what are these white objects visible on the balcony floor?
Accidental droppings from when the condo was last painted?
Small bits of paper?
Possibly, but the larger piece of white sure looks like plastic.
How about this: the white debris is the result of the woman's broken white phone.
If you recall, the police dispatcher tried to call directly into the condo, but got no answer even though Nikki's husband Phil was there and waiting for authorities.
It is reasonable then to believe that the phone was not operational because pieces of it were scattered on the balcony.
Now, if the phone was broken, was it being held by Ms. LaDue January when she was shot and then dropped on the ground?
Would a three to four foot drop onto a floor be enough to shatter the phone, or was the cordless thrown down in a fit of rage?
If so, how did the phone become covered with blood and then placed on the table?
Unfortunately, I am left with more questions than reasonable responses.
In sum, the unknown white pieces visible in the crime scene photos are one more reason to question the suicide classification that authorities assigned to the LaDue January case.
All posts on this topic can be viewed by clicking here: Nikki LaDue January.
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