Native New Yorker Joseph Hosey has been a reporter for the Chicago area’s Herald News since 1999 and has been on the cusp of every major development in the Drew Peterson case. He is the only member of the media to cover Kathleen Savio’s inquest, and he broke the stories of her death as well as Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.
We didn’t get to ask him all of the questions we had for him during Susan Murphy Milano’s show last week but Joe kindly consented to take the time to follow up with a few questions for us at Justice Café.
About seven weeks ago you mentioned that you thought Drew would be arrested in the next seven weeks or not at all. Time’s up! Has he gotten away with murder?
“Is it up already? I guess you are right. At this point, I would say he is not going to be arrested. But from the first day, I always maintained Stacy would not be found and Drew would not be charged with doing anything to her. I did and still do base this opinion on the track record of James Glasgow and a lack of faith in the Illinois State Police.”
Things have been very quiet for the last few weeks, as far as media appearances and “stunts” from Drew. Was the tasteless April Fool’s joke on Mancow’s show the last straw? Has Drew finally decided to clam up?
“The last straw? Not at all. I don’t think Drew has decided to clam up. In fact, I don’t think he decides much of anything. That’s up to Brodsky. I just think the public has grown tired of him. There’s no more novelty, and I’m surprised he’s kept the public’s attention for as long as he has.
I do want to keep this story in the public eye with legitimate articles about breaks in the case or significant developments, but with the apparent lack of activity or progress by the state police and state’s attorney, that has been increasingly challenging.”
We wrote a few posts about “wing-gate” in our blog (the revelation that Joel and Drew are bartering interviews in exchange for plugs for Joel’s sports bar). Do you know if it’s a breach of ethics for an attorney to use his client’s notoriety in order to market some side business? How about the fact that Joel Brodsky asked interviewers to personally endorse his establishment when they hadn’t personally been there?
“I checked with some sources about this. Whether it is unethical or not, I doubt Brodsky will ever be taken to task for it. As far as asking interviewers to endorse his place when they have not been there, I imagine media personalities endorse things in a similar manner quite often.”
“They were trying that as far back as January 2008. If anyone is dumb enough to pay money to talk to Drew Peterson, they deserve to lose it.”
Are the weapon charges forever lost in appellate court? How can we find out the status?
“Not at all. I’m sure an opinion from the judges is forthcoming.”
Drew’s defense continues to state that Thomas Morphey’s wife, Rose, “disappeared” ten years ago. Some members of the Morphey family say that although they did split up, that her whereabouts are accounted for and always have been? Do you know if anyone has ever sought her out to confirm that?
“From my own investigation, I can tell you, she did not “disappear.” I can’t divulge much right now, but can say a source provided specific information about where she is living and told me the authorities are not concerned about her whereabouts.”
Canadian historic fiction writer, marketer and publisher, Derek Armstrong, wrote a book in cooperation with Drew Peterson which he self-published a month after “Fatal Vows” was made available. Armstrong then proceeded to follow the case, calling himself a crime correspondent, distributing his own press releases and making his recordings available to the media at a cost. His coverage suddenly ceased in mid-January. We’ve guessed that either he 1.) had a contract with Peterson which allowed him only six months of access in order to market his book, or 2.) that he crossed the line with his investigation and that Brodsky got a restraining order against him. Have you any idea what happened to Armstrong and what could account for his disappearing act?
“I have no idea what has transpired between Brodsky, Peterson and Armstrong. I can only imagine Armstrong lost money writing and publishing a lousy book and decide to cut ties and get out.
The idea that Armstrong launched any sort of “investigation” is laughable. He seemed to be posing as an investigative journalist in an attempt to make his book appear to be less of a sham.”
According to a co-worker of Chrissy Raines, her most recent split with Drew came after declining an invitation to go to Las Vegas with him. This coworker said that Chrissy stated “she hated having people there 24/7 going over possible scenarios with Drew”. If that’s true, do you think those would be arrest scenarios or rehearsals for answers to questions from the prosecution?
“I would think neither, and that it probably had something to do with a reality show or some other money-making venture.”
If and when there is a resolution in either Stacy or Kathleen’s case do you think you’ll do a revision of “Fatal Vows” or possibly write a second book on the case?
“Would you like me to?”
Big thanks to Joe Hosey for taking the time out to talk to us lowly bloggers!
Photo credit: Janet Lundquist