Based on the private investigative findings by Hagmann Investigative Services, Inc. surrounding the unexpected death of Joseph D. Hagmann on June 29, 2019, I have made a formal request to the appropriate police agencies that they open or continue their investigation under Pennsylvania Title 18, § 2504 – Criminal Negligent Homicide, Pennsylvania Title 18 § 4910 – Tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and other laws as applicable as the investigation develops. I made this request as the CEO of Hagmann Investigative Services, Inc., d/b/a The Hagmann Report and most importantly, as Joe’s father.
The Hagmann Report along with the Hagmann family has complete confidence in the detectives who have been in communication with Douglas J. Hagmann, CEO, of Hagmann Investigative Services, Inc., d/b/a The Hagmann Report. This cannot be understated. Their hard work, determination, and transparency with me is very much appreciated. While I’d like to cite them publicly, I cannot as to do so could jeopardize their efforts or worse. They truly have a thankless job as I have personally seen that they are overworked and underpaid while voluntarily placing their lives in jeopardy. I pray daily for their safety and request that everyone does the same.
As a “public figure,” a title and characterization I dislike but accept, in addition to being associated with other public figures, this situation has been made much more difficult than anyone who is not in this position can imagine. One would think just the opposite would be true, but sadly, that is not the case. I must carefully balance my promise of transparency to those who support this platform against providing too much information that might jeopardize an ongoing investigation. The combined roles as Joe’s father, the voice of The Hagmann Report, family intermediary, and liaison with investigating officers, must be handled responsibly even through the grief and stress created by this combination. I am doing my best to fulfill each role as my family and our show navigates through these rough waters and humbly ask for your understanding.
My son touched the lives of many people in a very positive way. I witnessed the positive impact he had, whether it was from the stage at the Mansion Theater in Branson overlooking three thousand people, or a thousand people in Bozeman, Montana, or in North Carolina or simply in a more personal setting elsewhere. Those memories will never be forgotten. It is my hope that those who met Joe will keep these memories alive. It is what he would want and what we would like as well.
As uncomfortable as it is to address, I must point out that there are individuals with well-meaning intentions who have spoken about this incident. However, they lack accurate information and important details about events surrounding his death, most of which cannot be shared to avoid compromising the integrity of the investigation. Consequently, certain public statements, however well-intended, have resulted in feeding the vicious rumor mill known as the Internet.
Even worse, others have simply exploited the death of my son (and continue to do so) for their own personal gain and/or to advance their actual or perceived prominence. These acts are blatantly malicious and the pain they have caused and continue to cause me, my entire family, my staff and his widow is beyond words. Nonetheless, they were to be expected.
For the reasons stated, the only true and accurate information regarding the details pertaining to my son’s death to the extent that such details are to be made known will originate only from me, The Hagmann Report website or those specifically informed and requested to speak on our behalf.
For operational continuity of The Hagmann Report, Peter Barry Chowka has graciously agreed to be a substitute host of The Hagmann Report this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, July 8- 10, 2019 while I continue my efforts to seek justice for my son. I will return shortly.
Lastly, I have personally briefed Mr. Chowka about some of the complex circumstances at issue including the work being done to bring justice and closure to this most tragic event. His responsible and factual reporting about the life and passing of Joe Hagmann is unsurpassed; as such, I trust his present and future updates about and analysis of this sensitive matter, and I would like to publicly thank him for his unmatched articulation of facts known only by a few.
Please tune in to The Hagmann Report on Monday, July 8, 2019, at 7:00 PM ET as Peter Barry Chowka sits in on my behalf.
Remember – Truth Can’t be Silenced.