Exclusive: Interview with Joe Hosey, Author of Fatal Vows

Joe Hosey, Author of Fatal Vows

Joe Hosey, Author of Fatal Vows

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.”

fatal-vows1How about the fact that Brodsky is apparently charging for interviews with Drew? I believe the phrase was “Drew will do it. It’s going to cost you.”

“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!

Find out more about Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson

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39 thoughts on “Exclusive: Interview with Joe Hosey, Author of Fatal Vows

  1. That was great! More good questions, Facs!
    Thanks to Joe…fab. Oh, well. If he’s not arrested for a bit longer, well, we’re not going away. I don’t think the case is dead in the water…I’m still hoping the Feds are all over it because they should be, and we still can’t be sure they’re not. 🙂

    Very interesting that Joe says Blobsky’s in charge. So. Why so quiet Blobsy?

  2. Facs and Rescue and Joe — thanks for this thread!

    Bucket, I figure Joel has a chicken wing stuck in his throat. 😉

  3. “If anyone is dumb enough to pay money to talk to Drew Peterson, they deserve to lose it.”

    This may be my favorite response.

  4. Thank you Joe Hosey !

    If Joe Hosey is going to write another book, he better do a Series as I can see these Drew Peterson cases continuing for another 20 years and not just by way of getting various cases solved but by way of extend, involvement, drama, complexity,legal wrangling, Court cases, appeals, you name it !

  5. I also wouldn’t be surprised if one of the children in adulthood suddenly comes forward with information that will blow any of these cases wide open again as just recently happened in an overseas case where a 23 year old man came forward with information he kept quiet from age 11 to protect his Dad.

    Something like that could very well happen here too !

  6. Excellent interview! Great questions!

    justanotherhen, I agree with you, I think these children, once they get out in the world and away from Drew will have a different perspective on the way they grew up and the secrets they hold.

    If you look into the case of Peggy Dianovsky, her boys didn’t remember things until way into adulthood and in therapy. They were able to have murder charges filed against their father, Robert, but he was aquitted and is living the life of freedom in Arizona. Another Illinois case.

  7. Thanks, Facsmiley.

    The news from Jamie Katro and the interview with Joe Hosey makes me very sad.

    I started thinking that all the mess about Thomas Morphey was made by Drew to distract attention from the real track.
    I just wonder WHY the kitchen in his house was so clean the morning after Stacy vanished. I also wonder if anyone was sent to Drew’s house immediately after Cass notified the police.

    We should not forget about KS’s case when we start losing faith. IT gives strong basis for Drew to be arrested. The only question is if ISP really want to know the answers.

  8. 😦 And if they don’t, is that it? Tough luck?

    Spirits rally, all…:-)
    You-know-who and you-know-who-else are about to get their butts kicked all through the courts over Kitty Savio’s estate.

    Gun charges still pending…

  9. facsmiley Says:

    April 18, 2009 at 11:07 am
    “The only question is if ISP really want to know the answers.”



    Yes here too !

  10. I just wonder WHY the kitchen in his house was so clean the morning after Stacy vanished. I also wonder if anyone was sent to Drew’s house immediately after Cass notified the police.


    I believe Drew was notified by BB Police Department, Cassandra had been there to file a missing persons complaint.

    Re the overly clean kitchen, it is probably Drews idea of cleanliness being next to godliness !

  11. When you just found out your wife has run away with another man, it is foremost on your mind to have a clean kitchen (!!)

  12. 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.”


    Maybe apparent lack of activity or progress by State Police/States Attorney means they are very good at keeping quiet what exactly they are doing (!!)

  13. justanotherhen Says:
    April 18, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    cyrhla, just wondering why does the news from Jamie Katro make you sad ?

    Because Stacy will never have a proper burrial she deserves.

    Anyway, I just hope Drew did not have enough time to do it or was afraid of having other people involved.

  14. Good morning, everyone.

    Just to let you know, we’ve been in contact with David Murray, the journalist who wrote the story in Chicago Magazine called Unanswered Cries.. He is going to be out of town this week, but promised to get caught up to speed with our blog when he gets back, and is very interested in giving his opinion and being helpful in any way he can to keep this story forefront. He said he’d get back to us by May 1st, and appreciates the opportunity to participate.


    We also recently posted a thread regarding a piece he wrote about Mayor Claar ~ What’s New in Bolingbrook? Not Much.


  15. OT. Way, way, OT.

    By now, I’m sure most of you have heard of the singing sensation, Susan Boyle, who was on Britain’s version of Idol last week.

    Now, a charity CD has been discovered, or someone made it available to the Daily Record, of Susan Boyle singing Cry Me a River..

    OMG, get your glass of wine, chill out, and listen to her rendition. Awesome!!!!

  16. Good Morning!
    Thanks for the link, Rescue.
    Love that song. Go Susan!!!

    I have given up on Mike Fowler of WLS replying now. My reply to him before Easter bounced back an automated out-of-the-office email. But, as synchronicity would have it, that day the big news story here was the BBC fined for broadcasting a disgusting prank phone call, so I sent them a link to the story. Bottom line is they don’t care that this is their unworthy contribution to civilisation and the dignity of man, just so long as they have more money than you. 😉

  17. Mike Fowler never replied to me at all Bucket. At least you got a response.

    To me, it’s become obvious that they decided to simply bury the tsteless prank, otherwise they would have posted an MP3 and a youtube video as they’ve done with past Peterson antics.

    Overall, it looks as if people are tired of Drew’s attempts to garner attention and $. Tired and disgusted.

  18. No new info here, but a response to Hosey’s article about Jamie Katro.


    According to a statement by a Dwight Correctional Center parolee, the body of a missing 23-year-old Bolingbrook woman may have been secretly cremated.

    In an interview published on April 19, 2009 in the Beacon News (part of the Sun Times News Group) , 31-year-old Jaime Katro, who had been serving time for several 2007 felony drug offenses and obstruction of justice, said that from the information she heard in prison, Stacy Peterson’s body may have been brought to a funeral home and cremated…

    …What makes Katro’s comments about cremation more chilling, is the fact that friends of Drew Peterson who claimed to have worn a wire to gain evidence about Stacy’s disappearance, stated that when Savio’s body was exhumed, Peterson made a comment that he should have had her cremated. He is considered the person of interest in her murder as well. Peterson maintains he did not harm Savio…

  19. Maybe Joe Hosey knows something we don’t know, but let’s be realistic here.

    State Troopers wouldn’t have jumped on Jamie Katro because she heard in prison what supposedly happened to Stacy, as rumours would be rife everywhere and why would they specifically single her out if she only “heard”.

    Secondly Drews comments about Kathleen are retrospective only as at the time Stacy “disappeared” there was no investigation into Kathleens death yet.

    His comments were therefore solely based on the exhumation of Kathleens body and that did not happen until AFTER Stacy disappeared.

  20. Acoording to the story, ISP questioned Katro based on an exchange of Christmas cards that referenced the “Peterson murder”.

  21. facsmiley Says:

    April 20, 2009 at 5:29 pm
    Acoording to the story, ISP questioned Katro based on an exchange of Christmas cards that referenced the “Peterson murder”.


    Yes that’s right, there is much more to that story than Jamie just “hearing” something in prison and then so vehemently distancing herself from everything (!).

  22. OT but since it is a slow news day on the Peterson front…


    Huckaby Now Tied To Jan. Missing Girl Case
    Full Coverage Of Sandra Cantu Investigation Reporting

    David BegnaudTRACY, Calif. (CBS13) ―

    Melissa Huckaby, 28, is now tied to a report that someone in January took a 7-year-old girl to a nearby park for four hours and brought her back under the influence of muscle relaxers, according to Tracy Police.

    According to authorities, the incident was reported on January 17 by a family who resides in the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park. Huckaby also lived in the mobile home park, as well as 8-year-old Sandra Cantu before she went missing and her body was found on April 10th.

    According to the January report, someone took a 45-pound, blue-eyed, dark haired girl to a park and was allegedly gone for four hours. Tracy Police logs states that the two were gone from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    When the suspect returned the girl to her mother at 5:43 p.m., the family took the girl to a local hospital. Police did not show up to the hospital until 10 p.m. that evening.

    After the girl was examined, a doctor found that girl was under the influence of Benzodiazepines, a muscle relaxant, according to the Tracy Police log.

    Reports indicate that the suspect allegedly took the girl in a purple Kia Sportage. Police towed a purple Kia Sportage registered to Melissa Huckaby after farmworkers found Sandra’s body inside a suitcase in an irrigation pond.

    Huckaby was charged with murdering Sandra Cantu, with the added special circumstances of rape with a foreign object, lewd or lascivious conduct with a child under 14 and murder in the course of a kidnapping. The 28-year-old divorced mother is due back in court this upcoming Friday, when she is expected to enter a plea.

  23. God knows Drew could very well have had Stacy cremated, but that wasn’t based on him “getting into so much trouble” over the exhumation of Kathleen Savios body, because that hadn’t happened yet !

  24. TAI – re: Huckaby, I’d seen rumors about the drugging of the other girl. Interesting to see it confirmed.

  25. However if he had her cremated, why would he be talking about the possibility of Stacy’s “remains” to ever be found as he would know there wouldn’t be any (!)

  26. TAI, they have updated the story at the link you posted. The “someone” mentioned in the story is Melissa Huckaby. She admitted she was with the girl during the time she was missing.

  27. “Will file” … “files”

    The article is not consistent but the person who posted this said it was on NBC that they would be filing tomorrow (4/21).

  28. It seems to me that they may be filing this suit because they have given up on the State charging Drew criminally. Makes you wonder if the State has given them bad news about the GJ ending very soon with no charges likely.

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