Interview: The Brandt Family Comes Clean

three-interviews2Detectives brought in the Brandt family in hopes of finally resolving this case. In this article, view all three interviews in the order they were conducted.

Interview: Follow-up with Det. Chris Harvey

Det. Harvey

Biloxi P.D Detective Chris Harvey contacted Detectives Armstrong and Murphy regarding a discovery made in a Biloxi cemetery over the weekend.

Interview: Follow-up with Mason York

Mason York

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy invited Mason York to come in for another interview to clarify a few open questions.

Interview: Rhea Hall

rhea-hallA local woman contacted the YCSD to say she might have information about the skull RJ Brandt brought to school. The detectives interviewed her that same day.

Interview: Follow-up with Tristan Lowell

Tristan Lowell

Tristan Lowell was apprehended in St. Peter's Cemetery on Sunday night and taken into custody for vandalism. The detectives asked him to explain his actions.

Interview: Follow-up with Ronny Brandt

Ronny Brandt

The detectives re-interviewed Ronny Brandt to find out more about allegations he abused his son RJ and a claim that he has a second daughter named Gracie.

Interview: Emanuel Olson

preacherEmanuel Olson is the pastor of Family of Faith Church in Biloxi. The Brandts attended his church when they lived there and still occasionally contact him.

Interview: Amelia Paxton

amelia-paxtonOn Sunday night, Mrs. Amelia Paxton reported a disturbance in St. Peter's Cemetery that apparently involved Tristan Lowell.

Interview: Gordon Snyder

gordon-snyderThe detectives went to Biloxi to interview Gordon Snyder, after finding his name in the Brandts' phone records around the time RJ brought the skull to school.

Interview: Follow-up with Andy Brandt

man3The detectives re-interviewed Andy Brandt as part of their ongoing effort to learn where the skull came from and to inquire about some other areas of interest.

Interview: Follow-up with Tristan Lowell

Tristan Lowell

The detectives re-interviewed RJ Brandt's friend Tristan Lowell to try to find out if he knows where the skull came from.

Interview: Marianna York

marianna-yorkMarianna York isn't a big fan of her husband Mason's efforts to work with RJ Brandt, even though the minister at their church asked him to do it.

Interview: Mason York

mason-yorkAfter canvassing members of the Brandts' church, the detectives decided to invite Mason York in for a longer interview about his work with RJ Brandt.

Interview: Follow-up with RJ Brandt

RJ Brandt

The detectives decided to talk to RJ again to see if he would be more forthcoming about where he got the skull he brought to school.

Interview: Det. Chris Harvey

biloxi-pdTo find out more about the Brandts' time in Biloxi and the death of their daughter there, the detectives spoke to Detective Chris Harvey, Biloxi P.D.

Interview: Andy Brandt

man3RJ Brandt's uncle Andy has stayed with the Brandts occasionally since he relocated to Oxford. Detectives hoped he could provide some insight into the family.

Interview: Tristan Lowell

tattoo-boyPeople say Tristan Lowell is RJ Brandt's closest friend and possibly his only friend.

Interview: Follow-up with Heather Brandt

Heather Brandt, RJ's mother

Detectives asked Heather Brandt to come in for a second interview so they could follow up on information uncovered since their last conversation.

Interview: Canvass of Church Members

CHURCH-4Detectives interviewed members of the Brandt family's church after RJ Brandt brought a possibly-human skull to school.

Interview: Canvass of Brandt Neighbors

canvass-neighborsDetectives canvassed neighbors of the Brandt family after RJ Brandt claimed he dug up a possibly-human skull in his backyard.

Interview: Canvass of OMS Teachers

teachers-canvassDetectives interviewed OMS teachers after one of their students, RJ Brandt, brought a possibly-human skull to school.

Interview: Canvass of OMS Students

students-canvassAfter getting the necessary permissions, detectives interviewed OMS students after a classmates, RJ Brandt, brought a possibly-human skull to school.

Interview: Peter Vicknair

Peter-VicknairDetectives spoke to OMS science teacher Peter Vicknair to learn more RJ Brandt's behavior and performance in school.

Interview: Ronny Brandt

ronny-brandtRonny Brandt is RJ's father. At the detectives' request, he came in to the YCSD for an interview to discuss his son and the skull he brought to school.

Interview: Heather Brandt

motherHeather Brandt is RJ Brandt's mother. She came to the school after being notified her son was found showing a skull he claimed was human to other students.

Interview: RJ Brandt

boy-bones2OMS student RJ Brandt brought a skull to school and told classmates that it was a little girl's. Detectives interviewed him with his mother's permission.

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