Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department investigators observed Laurie Daniels' funeral and noted who was in attendance. After the services were over, the YCSD interviewed some of those friends and associates of the Daniels family to learn more about the family's interaction with each other and with the community.

The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.


Jerome and Anita Burgess
222 South 18th Street, Oxford, MS

Forrest Burgess' parents said they haven't kept in touch with the Danielses since their family troubles began in 2006. When Forrest and Laurie were dating, the two families often went on picnics and spent holidays together.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Burgess agreed that they'd describe Bart Daniels as cocky and harmless and Bonnie Daniels as melodramatic and proud.

The Burgesses were vague in discussing odd behavior in the Daniels family. "They were no more strange or dysfunctional than any other family," said Mr. Burgess, 51.

"The times our families were together were pleasant and unremarkable. Our kids loved each other," added Mrs. Burgess, 48.

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