The Death of Nikki LaDue January: Part X

Continuing with the LaDue January case.
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Case Summary

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. 

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Additional Oddities 

In the previous nine posts on the death of Nikki LaDue January, I have discussed multiple facets of the investigation--including Nikki's behavior the night before her life ended, the crime scene, the 911 call, police response, etc.

Here are three additional aspects of the case.

1) The Bullet

Note: The description of the bullet's trajectory was taken from the family's site here

Authorities determined that Ms. LaDue January was shot once in the head.  A physician who was hired by the family to conduct an independent autopsy confirmed this and theorized that the victim died near instantly.

Based on the findings of Pass Christian Police Detective Tom Putsay, the bullet entered Nikki’s right temple and exited through a tiny hole above her left ear.  The family stated that the exit would was so small that three different funeral directors were unable to locate it.

After passing through Nikki, the investigator believes the round then hit the wall about 5 feet from the floor and just inches to Nikki’s left. 

The bullet then ricocheted into the aluminum door frame on the same wall, and bounced back onto a chair on the adjacent balcony.

Unfortunately, no photos or diagrams were constructed to document the theory.

The family asks a valid question: How does a round fired from a .380 handgun (not the most powerful gun), do this yet leave such a small exit wound?  

I can see their concern, but could envision this happening.

If the gun was pressed to the victim's temple when fired (as is believed) and the projectile was not significantly slowed as it passed through her head, the bullet's velocity could have followed the flight path Detective Putsay projects.

The problem with this theory is that authorities did not observe blood spatter or other discharge on the wall behind the deceased woman--where the bullet is believed to have been bouncing around.

Was the spatter there and not photographed or otherwise documented?

Or was it just not present?

Related to the bullet--the maintenance man who recovered a shell casing from the pool near Nikki's condo, believed it to be from a 9 mm handgun and not a .380.

Again, and unfortunately, the caliber of the bullet described in the police report and the type of shell casing recovered from the pool were not listed by authorities.

In sum, authorities describe a bullet and a shell casing found at the scene.  No specifics about either piece of evidence was recorded, and the items have apparently disappeared (unclear whether they made it to the police property room or not)--so testing is not possible.

2) Nikki's Car

Nikki owned a convertible and took excellent care of it.  Reportedly, Nikki was very security conscience--making sure that her vehicle and her music selections were secured.  On the morning police had arrived and were investigating the woman's death, Nikki's babysitter (the woman who had taken care of her son the night before her death) was told that Nikki had been found dead, and drove over to the condo to speak to authorities. 

Though police determined that a statement from the babysitter was unnecessary, the woman noted that Nikki's car was parked in the condo's lot with the top down.

Evidently, Nikki had left all of her music and other personal items unsecured that night.

The family argues that if Nikki had meant to spend the night at the condo, she would not have left the top down in her car--exposing the interior to the elements and to potential thieves.

3) The Condo

Prior to the night of her death, Nikki and her son had been staying with Nikki's friend Nancy.  Nikki provided no specifics to her family, but indicated that she was afraid to stay at the condo.  Reportedly, she was also afraid of guns, but knew her husband carried one--and authorities believe she found that gun and used it to end her life after arguing with her husband on the phone. 

So, the condo represented a place of fear--yet Nikki decided to go back there with her young son the night before she moved out of state.

Did she go back just because it was more convenient to handle the move in the morning or was she there to meet someone?

Or, was she at the condo simply to have a private place to talk on the phone?

Family members stated that the condo was crammed full of items that were boxed and ready to be moved in the morning. 

The beds did not even have sheets on the them. 

Seemingly not the best place for her five-year old son to sleep.

So, it is reasonable to ask:

Did Nikki return to the condo that evening with the intention of staying the night or was she just there temporarily with plans to go elsewhere to sleep?

The scene as described would appear to favor the latter explanation.
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All posts on this topic can be viewed by clicking here: Nikki LaDue January.

51 comments:

The Blonde Duck said...

That doesn't sound like a suicide to me.

Ciara said...

Suspicious at the least. There is more there than just a suicide. IMHO

Pat Hatt said...

There just seems to be too much evidence, even circumstancial, that would suggest it wasn't a suicide, are the investigators that blind?

Little Ms. Fun said...

I feel as if the cops are seriously slacking here!! It looks like you put more evidence together then the cops did. How many times throughout the case do you call them out on missing valid pieces of evidence? I'm starting to think that it's easier to call this one a suicide then to go out and actually look for the killer!! What happened to justice? That makes me mad...there's still a young boy in this situation that NEEDS protection.

Matthew MacNish said...

Too many unanswered questions.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
The more evidence you present, the WEIRDER this gets...
Seems like a major FUBAR on this case...!

Good post.

Stay safe.

Bossy Betty said...

Hummmm...me thinks there is more to this!

Tamika Eason said...

I'm praying for all the analytical minds trying to dissect this case!

Anonymous said...

Nikki was afraid of her husband. He has/had lots of friends on the police department. She was leaving him and he didn't like that one bit. He was/is a mean possessive person. I never understood why she married him anyway. Through reading you find how charismatic some psycopaths can be. I believe he is one of those.

Tara said...

This case is fascinating, in a very sad way.

On top of the questions you raise: wold someone pack and stack boxes if they were planning suicide? Because, if she was afraid of guns, yet had possession of one, it indicates planning.

Michael Offutt said...

An interesting case with so many unknowns to it. Being a detective on something like this could drive you crazy with the need to know.

Christina Lee said...

Hmmm... the info about her 5 yo son being in the condo makes me want to puke and cry!

Anonymous said...

SD another great post. I agree 100% also look at what she's wearing. I don't know about your wife but I take my jewelry off at night, especially bracelets. Nikki's so meticulously dressed. She looks like she's ready to go, except for... the shoes. Which reminds me of your shoes post, did someone take them?

Why the hurry by the hubby to clean up, condo, wipes computer? I wonder if he cleaned out the bank accts and collected any company benefits. He projected how troubled Nikki was but in reality she was one who kept job and continued to forward her career as well as be a great Mom. While hubby has lost nearly every job due to bad behavior - on record. The husband's ex's also have made staements of abuse.

The last known person to see Nikki was babysitter and she said Nikki was fine, interested about son's day, she stayed and chatted for 20 mins. Sitter also reported this to LE, sadly fell on deaf ears. Not even in a report

Question is there any chance the MS AG could order this case reopened based on incompetence? What can they do? Are there any schools who might be interested like the one in GA?

Anonymous said...

Slamdunk, I hope you continue with this story/investigation with of all things surrounding Nikki's death, but also in depth about the people/players involved or potentially involved (husband, friend). There has to be information out there about them and what has happened of them since Nikki's death.

christine said...

how do you shoot yourself, then tuck the gun under your thigh??????

Janet Johnson said...

Reading all this stuff gives me the chills. It's sure sounding like a lot of unanswered questions that don't add up to suicide.

Jeanette Levellie said...

So sad when this kind of thing happens.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Definitely sounds suspicious to me.

Clarissa Draper said...

What makes me sick is that everyone who has read these posts believe it to be murder but the police are not re-opening the case. I don't understand! Is the husband friends with someone on the force?

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

Such good points! This is too weird. How can they even think it was a suicide?

determind2 said...

She had a babysitter and a friend to stay with,IF,,,IF she was going to hurt herself she would have made other arranements for the child not to be present at a scene like that and she would not have left her child not knowing what was going to happen to him.Sounds like a lot of what should have been done at the scene from the start is gone or missing,unfortuatly its not what we know it is what we can PROVE,This just makes me sick. CAREFUL everybody there is another killer out there running free!!!

Tony Storm said...

i looks like it was a forced "make it look like a suicide" situation

Diane said...

It is crazy to me that there are so many questions and not a lot of investigating going on. So sad for that family! :O(

JJ.in.Phila said...

As someone who in his youth was a shooter, and knew a number of shooters, I could see the bullet doing that.

According to a site attributed to Ms. January's mother, Bonnie Ladue, Ms. January had asked a friend for instruction in how to use a gun.

http://www.realcrimes.com/January/January_new.htm

Stina Lindenblatt said...

The best thing about this series is it shows that cops can make mistakes. Not great in real life, but darn convenient for writing novels. :D

Anonymous said...

Having been blessed to know Nikki up close and personal (besties), she feared this man. I speculate on the circumstances surrounding her death often, at times more than others. Facts are facts: 1. She never went barefoot. She got out of the shower and slipped on open toe slides, always, even if nothing else. 2. No way in hell she would let her precious son sleep on a bed less than perfect and cozy. 3. No way would she risk his heart being broken and she would endure anything to be there and be his MOM because SHE did not feel his dad was competent (typical divorcee shit)4. She would never in a million years risk her son being left to be cared for in any way by PJ. I know my girl and she was going "peace out" within the next NINE HOURS!!!! The problem was she thought she'd have a little fun in the meantime without having any idea of the TRUE crazy factor. The problem was she THOUGHT she could trust NB, and maybe NB had no ill intentions but more than likely she let PJ know Nikki had gone "missing" AKA having a good time without either one of them. The reason there was no investigation is because it was all staged??? Who calls their boss before they call the 911???? If he was innocent, she could have been alive for all he knew. Then NB called the cops while he plotted with his buddies to get it cleaned up. Convicted (later) Child molester chief investigator TP showed up, and X SWOT Team Captain (LOL that was never true) PJ informed Pustay of cocaine problem. Let me just say, if I had been put through the hell we now KNOW she was put through, I would have done anything within my reach to numb myself until I mustered up the strength to get the hell out....anyway she was leaving, and as clever as she was, he was a bit more clever thanks to his background as a sociopath. She got busted and he went nuts. Why did she go back to the condo??? Maybe he enticed her to "just talk to him"...maybe he put on a show...maybe he pretended to believe she was only visiting Florida the next day and wanted to say good bye and she had to play along??? One of my many guesses is she went home to pack her car and get the hell out before he got there. Leaving the top down she could throw the remaining perseonal stuff off the balcony and load it in the car with ease...and take off. However, she didn't realize how close he was. The shoes are gone because her killer(s) disposed of them. The computer was wiped clean by PJ because he had a collection of sick graphic daily instructions for Nikki to include clip art images of a person chained to bars, "pray" spelled as "prey" and messages of defeat and ridicule. Little did he know, the chances of "Chief" pustay even possessing the ability to open documents was as unlikely as Nikki taking her own life. Has anyone even mentioned the emails I hacked from her email account wherein he, again, berated her beyond imagination??? So back to the crime scene, x cop haha informs investigator (ROTFL) Nikki had a cocaine problem and must have been so upset after their 18 arguments to search the condo for his gun. who leaves a gun unlocked, and unsecure in a home with a 5 year old boy, or anyone for that matter. It's beyond me and hard to believe it's been 9 years and no investigation!

Anonymous said...

Having been blessed to know Nikki up close and personal (besties), she feared this man. I speculate on the circumstances surrounding her death often, at times more than others. Facts are facts: 1. She never went barefoot. She got out of the shower and slipped on open toe slides, always, even if nothing else. 2. No way in hell she would let her precious son sleep on a bed less than perfect and cozy. 3. No way would she risk his heart being broken and she would endure anything to be there and be his MOM because SHE did not feel his dad was competent (typical divorcee shit)4. She would never in a million years risk her son being left to be cared for in any way by PJ. I know my girl and she was going "peace out" within the next NINE HOURS!!!! The problem was she thought she'd have a little fun in the meantime without having any idea of the TRUE crazy factor. The problem was she THOUGHT she could trust NB, and maybe NB had no ill intentions but more than likely she let PJ know Nikki had gone "missing" AKA having a good time without either one of them. The reason there was no investigation is because it was all staged??? Who calls their boss before they call the 911???? If he was innocent, she could have been alive for all he knew. Then NB called the cops while he plotted with his buddies to get it cleaned up. Convicted (later) Child molester chief investigator TP showed up, and X SWOT Team Captain (LOL that was never true) PJ informed Pustay of cocaine problem. Let me just say, if I had been put through the hell we now KNOW she was put through, I would have done anything within my reach to numb myself until I mustered up the strength to get the hell out....anyway she was leaving, and as clever as she was, he was a bit more clever thanks to his background as a sociopath. She got busted and he went nuts. Why did she go back to the condo??? Maybe he enticed her to "just talk to him"...maybe he put on a show...maybe he pretended to believe she was only visiting Florida the next day and wanted to say good bye and she had to play along??? One of my many guesses is she went home to pack her car and get the hell out before he got there. Leaving the top down she could throw the remaining perseonal stuff off the balcony and load it in the car with ease...and take off. However, she didn't realize how close he was. The shoes are gone because her killer(s) disposed of them. The computer was wiped clean by PJ because he had a collection of sick graphic daily instructions for Nikki to include clip art images of a person chained to bars, "pray" spelled as "prey" and messages of defeat and ridicule. Little did he know, the chances of "Chief" pustay even possessing the ability to open documents was as unlikely as Nikki taking her own life. Has anyone even mentioned the emails I hacked from her email account wherein he, again, berated her beyond imagination??? So back to the crime scene, x cop haha informs investigator (ROTFL) Nikki had a cocaine problem and must have been so upset after their 18 arguments to search the condo for his gun. who leaves a gun unlocked, and unsecure in a home with a 5 year old boy, or anyone for that matter. It's beyond me and hard to believe it's been 9 years and no investigation!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

It's so interesting to hear about crime so capriciously. I understand with your background, you HAVE to be scientific about it (and I know you are caring about it, please don't surmise I'm saying you're not) and thus the explanation of the bullet to her temple and its velocity, etc. is so different to read. Beyond that, there are so many red flags in this case. This seems like such a "who done it??". Nothing seems to point to suicide.

Maxi said...

Suicide?

How do you shoot yourself in the head and the gun drops under your thigh?

This has been a problem for me from the outset of this case.

TRex said...

Another great, insightful approach to this multi-faceted, mysterious story. Thank you, Slam Dunk, for sticking with Nikki's case even though there still seem to be more questions than answers. I hope you are able to continue shedding light on the little known events, behavior and circumstances surrounding Nikki's death. God bless you for your efforts and expertise.

TellTheTruth said...

Note to Anonymous said...October 24, 2011 11:50 PM

If you truly are Nikki's friend I suggest you write down what hard evidence you have and speak to a professional.

Aren't you giving your identity away by saying you hacked her email account? Isn't that illegal? Why did you do that? What were you trying to find out? Or afraid someone else may find out? Why not go to LE or FBI? Not all cops are dirty.

The sad thing in this case is there are quite a few so called friends (Nikki now has over 4800 of them on Facebook) who seemingly know Nikki (call themselves BF') but never follow through on really doing anything to help find her killer(s).

Instead they bring up many different scenarios which don't do anything but cloud the facts.

Ex-cop Slam Dunks posts have done what's right they are logical and truthful observations based on evidence. This is what may bring attention to this case and hopefully have it reopened.

I saw no hard evidence of Nikki having a drug problem, no arrests, no contraband confiscated at the scene. The drug test mentioned months later had no levels which is highly unusual. The sitter noticed no such indication that Nikki had been under the influence.

The only persons saying she may have been suicidal were people who found her that morning. These same people were supposedly there to help her move all her neatly packed boxes the next morning @ 8:30am.

Fact: Nikki had plans to leave for FL the morning. There is much evidence to support this.

The same two persons who were going to help her at 8:30am called disterbing her numerous times through the night, as late as 3:30am but never called the morning of the move even when they ran an hour late. (Why not?)

Neither did these two individuals (maybe more "sons" if you listen to 911 call) told anyone that their BFF and beloved wife may have been suicidal prior to finding her shot. How convenient.

SD keep on keeping your cool and thank you for not going off half cocked. That is something that has hurt this case from the beginning.

Your point about her car is well taken. Are there any interior photos?

There is someone who knows more about this case. Your last post on interviewing children made me question was Nikki's son even there, or did Nancy Burge get him the night before. It was Nancy who said the little boy answered the door and said Mommy is sleeping. Maybe she was on the couch.

Someone knows, someone tell what you know to help bring closure to this hurting family.

ZaSu Says said...

@JJ.in.Phila

No disrespect but where did you see Nikki had asked a friend for instruction in how to use a gun?

I looked everywhere and can't find it.

I was under impression Nikki didn't like guns. She didn't like them around her 5 yr old. Might ruin her manicure, that kind of thing.

I have no doubt bullets do all kinds of things. We don't know if the bullet found is from the gun she's sitting on - barrel underneath her?

I'm more interested in how the gun got placed in such a phalic manner than a bullet we can't even say was the one that killed her. Or how many rounds were still in the gun underneath her.

Thanks.

ZaSu Says said...

My bad I meant handle not barrel - you can prob tell I'm not much of a shooter. :)

DG said...

3rd Paragraph down close to last sentence PI Denny Griffin writes "Nikki was known to be terrified of guns"

Bonnie said...

this is for JJ in Philly:
I'm not sure you understand the proposed path of the bullet or if you have a clear visual of the crime scene. According to the police narrative, the bullet entered the right temple, traveled upwards, leftwards and backwards to exit above the left ear. It then struck the white stucco wall, continued it's path in the same direction to hit and make a mark on the aluminum door frame in the same wall. So the trajectory is right to left and striking four objects...right skull, left skull, wall, door frame. The bullet then reversed course, traveled 6-8 feet over Nikki's head and landed in a chair on the neighbor's balcony to her right. Inconveniently, there are no photos of the bullet in the chair or of the marks on the wall and door frame, so we are left relying on the statement of the investigator. Keeping in mind that an exit wound was not verified until Nikki's body was exhumed for independent autopsy more than two months after her death, it's a curiosity (for me at least) how the bullet exited so cleanly as to leave no blow out and no trace of blood on the wall but was still traveling fast enough to hit twice more (wall and frame) then ricochet back to fall into the chair. As for the statement in the realcrimes.com article that Nikki had asked a friend to show her how to use a gun...this came to me third hand and along with many other allegations, may or may not be true. But I don't necessarily disbelieve it and feel it speaks volumes (if true) about Nikki's state of mind in the weeks leading up to her death. Most of the people with whom I spoke described her demeanor in her last days as fearful, afraid, uneasy, anxious, scared, nervous and the like. Undeniably, Nikki hated guns but I do not wonder that she may have wanted to know how to use one if she felt in danger. Btw, this friend did not have the opportunity to take Nikki to the firing range before she was killed, so to my knowledge, she had never handled or fired a weapon of any kind before she allegedly put one to her head.

BobKat said...

Very telling... Nikki's car with top down and exposed. Stopped by to do a few things. What time was that.

Never left. Died. One bullet through the right temple would suggest no chance for a second shot. At close range, the wimpy 32 cal. bullet would lose power quickly, as supported by the small exit wound and find on the adjacent balcony. Suicide?

Not! Placement of the gun, suspicious/planted. Damage to phone, suspicious. Nikki with the gun in the first place, fearing for her life, using it to kill herself, extremely doubtful.

Evidence at scene to suggest suicide, minimal. Possibility, there. Likelihood: Nil.

Summary: the Case of Nikki LaDue January's death under "suspicious circumstances", all but ignored by LE. Too much doubt exists as to the finding for a suicide.

Try much harder boys and girls!!! You have your job that sucks, I have mine!

Simple question? Why the cover-up? Lazy or pressured? Fact: Extremely poor crime scene investigation, and too quick to determine no crime had been committed.

Suggest Drug Testing to determine if investigators were under the influence of drugs. Like, if you see a kid hit by a car, do you A) Drive past and ignore the accident, B) Stop and help? Tough choice for many... including, in my opinion, anyone responsible for investigating this case.

Message clear? Quit or do your job.

Momma Fargo said...

Great evalutaion of the crime scene and outside information. Keep up the super sleuthing.

Larry said...

Sounds like the "Magic Bullet" theory to me. When a pistol is fired up against the temple, the velocity of the bullet would carry it straight through, you would only see a bullet path alter when fired at a great distance such as in the Kennedy assignation.

It's another example of the botched aka incompetent investigation of this crime. The determination that the police came to that it was suicide could have been called in from the station and not require anyone to investigate. It is either intentionally not handled correctly or an example of gross incompetence.

The State of Mississippi needs to reopen this case with an investigation outside of the Pass Christian police department, who for what ever reason totally failed to find justice for Nikki and her family.

What would be the reason not to reopen this case. It certainly can not be the quality of the original investigation since no one can defend that. Someone needs to admit that we can all make mistakes.

BobKat said...

My post just after Bonnie vanished? A shame. Essentially I described the evidence, being 1) with suicide one gets one chance, but 2) Way too much room for doubt in this case. Investigators either purposely ignored evidence and facts, or were complicit in the crime.

In fact, investigators quickly determined there was no evidence of a crime. Wow! Doesn't take the smartest person to see instantly how that conclusion is wrong, and flawed.

Za Su makes a good point also - if Nikki planned a suicide, why was he son present? Answer: He wouldn't have been.

Anonymous said...

I really like your posts BobKat!

BobKat said...

Thank-you Anonymous! And thanks to maybe Slam for finding the comment after Bonnie that seemed to disappear, but is now back.

To Anonymous again... maybe you like my comments for the following:

1) I'm an old and tortured soul
2) Injustice, deceit, lies from those in authority, and outright abuse of power is a disease in our society.
3) Propaganda, adherence to principles, and reality based on what the "establishment" wants us to believe, is the soup in which our society is expected to grow.
4) I have a BA degree in English, and don't believe what I'm told at face-value.
5) I have experience in human behavior, a dedication to facts and what's truly real.

Unfortunately, based on my experiences and knowledge of these subjects, the Nikki LaDue January case will not be reopened. And innocent people will be executed because those in power love that power, and don't like to be proved wrong.

Still, that's no excuse to not try, and I am proud of everyone here defying the impossible in trying to bring justice to Nikki's death, which has all the red flags to suggest it wasn't a suicide. It was cold blooded murder, and the murderer is living a free life.

Special thanks to Slam dunk for bringing this case into the spot-light for all to see. From everything I've learned about him, he's the kind of cop you want, and although I assume he's retired, he not done being the "good cop", and never will be.

Wendster said...

You have such a good mind for little details. You really seem like a good fit for this job/hobby you pursue of figuring out the details in cases like these.
I am sure the families of the missing are glad to have your assistance.
It seems strange that she left her convertible open. I can only imagine someone doing that if they were coming back to their car immediately. It also seems strange that she came back to a place she feared the day before she meant to leave it all ... leave her old life and strike out for a new one. If that is what she was doing. I also find the two types of cigarettes and two types of lighters to be compelling evidence that she wasn't alone. I doubt that people leave their lighters behind, so I doubt that a different smoker was there earlier and just left their lighter OR smokes there. But if the cigarettes and lighter indicate that another person was there and that that person was indeed a murderer, why did they leave their things behind? It seems like they would be in a hurry to grab anything that could be used as evidence against them.
Lots to think about.
And a person who died instantly had the presence of mind and the ability to tuck the gun under their thigh after they shot themself???? That just can't be. That one piece of evidence alone, to me, says murder.
What information did questioning her son yield?

JJ.in.Phila said...

@Zasu:

"She also asked a male friend to show her how to use a pistol, because she wanted to be able to protect herself. (She died before he had a chance to do so.) That was an unusual request, since Nikki was terrified of guns."

Now, that is Ms. LaDue, Ms, January's mother, at this site:

http://www.realcrimes.com/January/January_new.htm

The could have slipped out of her hand at dropped there. It was only very slightly under her let; further he leg might have been elevated slight, like the other one.

Also, the gun was a .380, so it wasn't a "small" gun. It was roughly the size of a 9 millimeter and about 2/1000 of an inch smaller than a "38 special."

JJ.in.Phila said...

Bonnie, I really don't want to discuss some of the details that the family has (correctly) not chosen to release on the Internet, like photos, hypothetically.

That said, I can see a bullet behaving like that. I would feel that she was seated, in roughly that position, when the shot was fired.

Anonymous said...

JJ.in.Phila, Are you so sure of your suicide theory in the photos you have looked at, that had you been the lead investigator you would have found it unnecessary to do an investigation? How does one come to a conclusion about anything without looking at ALL aspects of the crime?

JJ.in.Phila said...
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JJ.in.Phila said...

Anonymous,

I've said nothing publicly about it being suicide or not being suicide.

I said, "I can see a bullet behaving like that. I would feel that she was seated, in roughly that position, when the shot was fired."

I do not feel that the body was moved onto the seat postmortem. That deals with where Ms. January's death occurred, not how it occurred.

Anonymous said...

JJ, You did not have to publicly state anything. All of your previous comments are clear to me that you think it was a suicide. Why? So once again I ask the question if you were the lead investigator would you have found it unnecessary to do an investigation?

Anonymous said...

JJ, You don't have to say anything publicly. It is clear to me from all of your previous posts you are quite convinced Nikki committed suicide. Why? So once again I ask the question, if you were the lead investigator would you have deemed it unnecessary to do an investigation at this crime scene?

JJ.in.Phila said...

Anonymous, I think that I've been quite clear that the evidence for foul play that was presented is not strong, especially the the bare feet and the second brand of cigarettes.

As for the bullet, Slamdunk noted, "If the gun was pressed to the victim's temple when fired (as is believed) and the projectile was not significantly slowed as it passed through her head, the bullet's velocity could have followed the flight path Detective Putsay projects."

I think Ms. January was shot in the location where she was found.

JJ.in.Phila said...

Anonymous, you wrote:

"Are you so sure of your suicide theory in the photos you have looked at, that had you been the lead investigator you would have found it unnecessary to do an investigation?"

I'm not sure what was done, so I really cannot say what was done and what was not done in the investigation. Slamdunk's latest post on the case is prime example. Until I read it, I had not seen the quotes from the reporting officer.

Now, those do not change my view of where Ms. January was shot, but it does indicate that there was more investigation than indicated.