I can't help but find this article (or series of stories presented) confusing and hard to follow...I will reread to try to clarify. Maybe try to submit this information to the Sun Herald. As of late, they have been featuring cold cases regularly. Although this isn't a cold case, maybe they would feature it if the information is presented. Maybe more residents would take note...maybe someone with some information would see it.
I moved to Biloxi just before this happened. My sister worked at the Grand Biloxi during this time frame, and my fiancee is currently employed there (although not on the floor, he is IT). I see the Grand Biloxi mentioned, then also the Gulfport Grand? For which casino did Nikki work, and in what department? Maybe I missed it, but the article doesn't seem to be clear to me...I am tired and half asleep, I will reread later. From what I understand of the story, it sounds very suspicious.
I think the best bet is to try to constantly write the Sun Herald. They have been running a lot of cold case/crime updates recently.
To babycat...Please post your questions here and we will attempt to help you understand whatever is unclear.
About the Sun Herald: Starting in the fall of 2002 the crime reporter, Robin Fitzgerald, was contacted multiple times regarding Nikki's suspicious death. The first contact was via a phone call. She indicated strong interest and asked for about a week to do some research before getting back to us. Months went by and all calls and emails to her were ignored. After pleading with her to at least acknowledge our communications, she finally responded in an email that she had spoken with the coroner (Gary T. Hargrove) whom she highly respected. He had assured her that Nikki had taken her own life. She ended the letter with condolences on losing a loved one to suicide.
We quickly wrote back questioning her biased stance and asked how a crime writer could so easily draw conclusions based on the account of only one (suspicious) person without benefit of hearing what we had to say, and especially since no investigation had been conducted.
She responded immediately with a request that we send all our contact info, which we did...total silence ensued.
In 2007, she was contacted by phone again. Several of Nikki's advocates were going to be in the Biloxi area and would she be willing to meet with them? She said yes. They went to the Sun Herald offices on the appointed day only to be told by the receptionist that Ms. Fitzgerald was out, but that she would call the number left for her as soon as she returned.
Not only did this not happen, they later learned that Robin had instructed the receptionist to lie...she had been right there and watched/heard everything that happened at the front desk. There has been no further contact with her.
Clearly, the Sun Herald works in tandem with law enforcement and therefore does not maintain or conduct any kind of unprejudiced reporting that could shed unwanted light on the 'good 'ole boys' and the corruption within their ranks.
In most states, a violent (alleged) unattended death is required by law to be investigated as a homicide...but not in Mississippi. There, the coroner has unlimited power to declare the manner of death indiscriminately, aided by nothing more that his own 'gut'....how convenient, especially when individuals in high places might need to cover up a crime.
Nikki was a young, beautiful mother who was shot in the head mere hours before she was able to carry out her plan to go home to her family in Florida. Her death was closed as a suicide the day she was killed and has never been 'open'... it is doubtful the Sun Herald has any interest in a 'non' cold case. Nonetheless, we are grateful for your suggestion.
Your posting reminds me of a book I read some years ago titled Mississippi Mud. I don't recall all the details because I'm no longer "in the first blush of youth," but what you're saying reminded me of some of what I read in that book.....
While in Biloxi, Mississippi, for an engagement at the Gus Stevens Supper Club, Mansfield stayed at the Cabana Courtyard Apartments, which were near the supper club. After a June 28, 1967 evening engagement, Mansfield, Brody, and their driver, Ronnie Harrison, along with the actress's children Miklós, Zoltán, and Mariska, set out in Stevens' 1966 Buick Electra 225 for New Orleans, where Mansfield was to appear in an early morning television interview. Before leaving Biloxi, the party made a stop at the home of Rupert and Edna O'Neal, a family that lived nearby. After a late dinner with the O'Neals, during which the last photographs of Mansfield were taken, the party set out for New Orleans. On June 29 at approximately 2:25 a.m., on U.S. Highway 90, the car crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer that had slowed because of a truck spraying mosquito fogger. The automobile struck the rear of the trailer and went under it. Riding in the front seat, the adults were killed instantly. The children in the rear survived with minor injuries.
answers for 'roosha88':
#1. You are right, there was minimal police procedure that day. In spite of obvious red flags none of the normal steps were taken to insure they had answers for all the questions. Only 11 polaroid photos were taken at the scene, and none of them could be cross referenced with the verbal description of the path of the bullet, the casing found in the pool, the bullet found in the chair to Nikki's right. Nothing was taken into evidence (cigarettes, ashtray, bloody phone, lighters, etc.) except for the bullet and casing. Even the pistol found under her leg was NOT seized. As well, an eyewitness reported observing an object being removed from Nikki's hand after she was put on the gurney. There was no mention of this in any of the reports though something can be seen in her left hand in one of the photos. Repeated questioning over the years has been for naught...police, coroner, paramedics all refuse to answer what it was. No fingerprinting was done, the son was not questioned, no autopsy was ordered. Nikki's body was removed to the funeral home less than two hours after the 911 call went in.
#2. I couldn't agree with you more on your statement about the placement of the gun but the 'professionals' continue to minimize this detail by saying with right set of circumstances it COULD have happened in this 'suicide'. At the same time they say Nikki was rendered brain dead simultaneously with the bullet entering her head so she couldn't have PUT the gun where it was found.
#3. No one knows where Phil really was since he has failed to provide proof of his whereabouts that night. However, his claim is that he was in Shreveport, LA, a six hour drive from the scene of the crime. Presumably, Nikki took her son with her to the condo that night and when Nancy and Phil arrived at the apartment the next morning the son let them in and said mommy was sleeping.
Since that last phone call out of the condo ended at 1:49 a.m. and no others were answered, it has always been assumed Nikki was shot sometime between then and 2:30 a.m. when the next phone call went unanswered. Therefore, it is also assumed that Nikki's little boy was alone in the apartment with her dead body on the balcony from that time until nearly 10:00 a.m. when Nancy made the 911 call.
#4. There was no attempt to determine time of death, though official reports state Nikki's body was nearly in full rigor and lividity was in evidence when police arrived.
#5. Look up 1453 E Beach Blvd, Pass Christian, MS on any realty site for the area. The condos have been rebuilt since Katrina and layouts are the exact replica of the originals.
#6. We have no knowledge of Phil working for the police in MS. He worked in security at the Grand Casino (where he met Nikki) until he was fired for assaulting a client in Aug 2000. However, it was a common belief among all who knew him in the state of MS that he was a 20 year veteran of the Wichita Falls, TX police department, captain of the SWAT team for 14 of those years. This was later proven to be a lie by two private investigators and a homicide detective in TX. It is assumed Nikki went to her grave believing her husband was an ex cop.
#7. The family had PI's in the early years, but no attorneys would work with them since they lived in one state and the crime took place in another. Had funds been unlimited, this may have been a non issue.
#8. Nikki's son certainly had verbal skills at the time of her death, is a very smart boy and may have had much to say had he been questioned in a timely manner. To date, he has chosen to 'not remember anything'.
#9. Please do not apologize. The objective is to learn the truth....all information, comments and theories are welcome.
It is clear to me the security guard husband who assaulted someone is responsible for the murder and the police whitewashed the evidence out of their evil brotherhood with him. The lack of procedure and investigation points to a government cover-up. The husband did it.
I sometimes think people dwell too much on something that is really obvious. It is very obvious the husband committed this crime.