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Investigating Officer(s): Det. T. Armstrong, Det. S. Murphy
Incident No.: 001316-26D-2014
Case Description: Laurie Daniels homicide investigation

Callie Shivers worked with YCSD investigators to assemble a probable timeline for Laurie Daniels' travels since 2007. The dates and locations are based on Ms. Shivers' recollections and on mementos she had saved, such as postcards received from Laurie Daniels.

Investigators were unable to pinpoint Laurie Daniels' movements during 2007 and early 2008, before she met Callie Shivers.


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June 12, 2008, Manchester, Tennessee—Callie Shivers and Laurie Daniels met for the first time at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. They talked and smoked pot all afternoon.

June 15, 2008, Manchester, Tennessee—Shivers admitted that she and Daniels had become friends very quickly. On the final day of Bonnaroo, they shared a kiss for the first time. Shivers invited Daniels to join Kitten Sack on tour, and Daniels agrees.

July 17, 2008, Chicago, Illinois—Daniels' first trip to Chicago. She and Shivers arrived without enough money to get a separate room from the other members of Kitten Sack, so they picked pockets to get the cash. Stayed for the Pitchfork and Lollapalooza music festivals.

August 4, 2008, Chicago, Illinois—Daniels, Shivers and the rest of Kitten Sack left Chicago. They played small gigs on the way from Illinois to Texas for the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

September 23, 2008, Austin, Texas—Daniels, Shivers and the band arrived in Austin for Austin City Limits.

September 29, 2008, Austin, Texas—Kitten Sack decided to stay in Austin to work with a local music producer. Daniels stayed with them.

October 5, 2008, Austin, Texas—Daniels and Shivers rented a cheap apartment in Austin. Worked odd jobs and lived there until March 2009. This time was marked by the death of one of their close friends from alcohol poisoning.

March 13-22, 2009, Austin, Texas—Daniels, Shivers and the other band members attended South by Southwest (SXSW). Kitten Sack played a gig opening for another band.

March 21, 2009, Austin, Texas—Daniels and Shivers got separated at SXSW. According to Shivers, Daniels had been in a daze all week and wandered away from their group.

March 25, 2009, Austin, Texas—Shivers and the rest of Kitten Sack couldn't wait any longer for Daniels to return. They went back on the road to play gigs on the way to Coachella.

April 18, 2009, Indio, California—Daniels and Shivers are reunited at Kitten Sack's gig at Coachella. Daniels said she fell in with a crowd of guys who treated her like a goddess. She hinted they performed sexual favors for her. Shivers was angry at the rejection.

May 16, 2009, Joshua Tree, California—Daniels and Shivers had their first major argument in midst of drugged out depression during the Joshua Tree Music Festival. Both suffered poor health.

May 20, 2009, Los Angeles, California—Shivers and Kitten Sack left to return to Oxford to work on their next album. Daniels refused to go back to Oxford and stayed in California.

(The remaining entries are speculation.
Some of Laurie's stops are known but not her trail.
)

June 12, 2009, Manchester, Tennessee—Daniels sent Shivers a postcard, reminiscing about their first meeting here a year before. Postcard was melancholy and Shivers worried about her.

July 4, 2009, Quincy, California—Daniels called Shivers from the High Sierra Music Festival. Said she was staying with friends who Shivers didn’t know, and they were taking a lot of peyote.

July 10, 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada—In a phone call, Daniels told Shivers she had been arrested with a large group of people she'd been spending time with. To Shivers' best recollection, Daniels and several friends had gone to an impromptu party in the desert and a physical altercation had broken out. They were all taken to jail for a night's stay.

July 20, 2009, Chicago, Illinois—Shivers received a postcard from Daniels who wrote "The nightlife is killing me. Had to go in for a couple of days of doctoring. They call it fatigue. Love ya, Laurie."

September 19, 2009, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico—Shivers received a postcard from Daniels who had journeyed down to Mexico for a vacation with friends. Daniels wrote "Seeing the weirdest things down here, People pay to watch a senorita XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. I love it!. Maybe we could get a job down here. Love ya, Laurie"

October 31, 2009, New Orleans, Louisiana—Daniels left a message on Shivers' voicemail. She was crying, saying that she was sad because some friends had given their dog a tab of acid a week before and it was still acting crazy. She said that she had been kidnapped and brought here but not to worry. Daniels was highly intoxicated and made little sense during the lengthy message.

November 10, 2009, Austin, Texas—Shivers received a postcard from Daniels saying that she was back in Austin for the Fun Fun Fun Fest, and everything was great.

December 31, 2009, Atlanta, Georgia—Daniels telephoned Shivers on New Year's Eve and was terrified because she was having a bad acid trip. Shivers spent four hours on the phone talking her down.

February 14, 2010, New York City, New York—Daniels called Shivers to wish her a Happy Valentine's Day. She said she was staying with friends and seemed to be sober for once.

April 23, 2010, Starkville, Mississippi—Daniels was in Mississippi with a friend's band who was playing a show at Mississippi State University. Shivers went to visit, and they stayed in a cheap motel for two days. They got along well.

May 3, 2010, New Orleans, Louisiana—Daniels telephoned Shivers and told her she was staying with friends.

June 10, 2010, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—Shivers received a postcard from Daniels saying she was visiting a friend there.

July 6, 2010, Chattanooga, Tennessee—Daniels wrote a long letter to Shivers telling her that she had become bored with attending music festivals, and she was moving to New Orleans instead of going to Bonnaroo again.

2010-2013, New Orleans, Louisiana—Shivers received phone calls and letters from Daniels during this period when she lived in New Orleans. Oftentimes, she was at Dr. Yah Yah's apartment, but occasionally she was staying with different friends. Shivers and Forrest Burgess visited Daniels in New Orleans in May 2013.

September 1, 2013, Jackson, Mississippi—Daniels and Shivers spent Labor Day weekend together that Daniels paid for. They parted on bad terms.

March 22, 2014, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—Shivers got a phone call from Daniels to say she was coming to town and asking Shivers to pick her up at the airport in Memphis.

March 24, 2014, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—Shivers got a phone call from Daniels to say she did not need Shivers to pick her up at the airport.

March 29, 2014, Memphis, Tennessee—Daniels' flight was scheduled to arrive in Memphis at 12:17 p.m.

April 26, 2014, Taylor, Mississippi—YCSD officers found Daniels' head in a bucket near Taylor Creek.

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  • I'm betting Melanie is the friend she visited in Pittsburgh in 2010. When she goes back in 2014 Melanie may be gone or dead. Or the whole story may have come to light. Where is Melanie's child?

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