Brian Leigh Dripps Sr., of Caldwell, has been charged with rape and first-degree murder in connection with the 1996 murder of Angie Dodge.
Dripps has no major criminal history in Idaho. He has a misdemeanor conviction for drug possession in 2002 in Adams County and several driving infractions. He also has DUI convictions in Canyon County.
In 1996, the same year Dodge was killed, Dripps’ then-wife filed for divorce in Bonneville County. The divorce didn’t finalize until 1998.
Nycole Sept is the ex-wife of Brian Dripps. She was married to Dripps and had three children by him. When the Idaho Statesman reached out to Sept on Thursday morning, she was unaware of Dripps’ arrest. The news came as a shock.
“I had two more children with him after he murdered her?” she asked after she had been told that Dripps had been charged as a suspect in connection with the 1996 killing.
Sept confirmed that Dripps was living in Idaho Falls in 1996, the same year she was pregnant with her first child and tried to leave him. She said she left him because he was using drugs, acknowledging that they both were drug users, and he was violent.
“I was afraid of him, especially when he was doing drugs,” Sept said.
Sept and Dripps got back together after the birth of their first child. They moved to California, had two more children, and then moved back to Caldwell, where she says Dripps’ mother lived.
Sept lost custody of her children when they divorced, and she hasn’t spoken to Dripps in 17 years.