Hearne: Fox 4 Meteorologist Don Harman Suicide May Prove a Shocker

At the risk of turning this site into a Suicide Zone I’m going to wade into the mystery of Don Harman‘s death…

If you followed my early reporting on the Fox 4 weatherman’s passing yesterday, you undoubtedly noticed that fellow meteorologist Gary Lezak – the guy Harman replaced in 1999 when Lezak left Fox4 for greener pastures – noted that Harman had serious issues with depression. A detail which seemed to be driven home by the fact that prior to addressing Harman’s death, Fox 4 posted its intention to do a story on holiday stress and sadness on its Web site.

Which seemed as if a reaction to what the station knew but hadn’t disclosed, that Harman had taken his life.

Having loaded up on suicide reading and feedback lately, the combination of severe depression and the holidays well could have played a role Harman’s sad, lonely final act. Then again, sources say Harman was handsomely paid – six-figures – and given Fox 4’s generally strong ratings and Harman’s popularity with viewers, it would not appear – on the surface anyway – that finances were an issue.

Harman with his wife and daughter lived in Woodbridge, a south Kansas City neighborhood where average home values in 2009 were $245,048 and the median household income $58,429. So from appearances anyway, he wasn’t living wildly over his head.

What then might have caused Harman to hang himself from the rafters of his house for his family to find?

I’m not going to go into it here, but the talk in law enforcement is that Harman was spoken to by police very recently about the possible reopening a cold case crime in another city. If true, count on the news breaking fairly fast.

I’ll be looking into it later today and try and report back as to whether there’s any truth to that rumor.

In the meantime a memorial fund has been set up for Harman’s family at the Tightwad Bank in Tightwad, Missouri (near Clinton). The phone number to call is 660-477-3500.

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73 Responses to Hearne: Fox 4 Meteorologist Don Harman Suicide May Prove a Shocker

  1. mannequins81 says:

    Are you referring to Jodi Husentruit?
    I did notice a few years back when watching a tv special about Jodi, that Don was in the background of one of the newsroom shots. I looked it up and confirmed that he did indeed work for the station at that time and I wasn’t hallucinating him. Do you think his death has something to do with this case?

  2. Jaguar says:

    please dont be a tease
    “”I’m not going to go into it here, but the talk in law enforcement is that Harman was spoken to by police very recently about the possible reopening a cold case crime in another city. If true, count on the news breaking fairly fast””

    Uh, please do not say that you are not going to go in to it…. then… then you do go in to in to it….. then you stop. This is KCC, it is not there is not a lot integrity to worry about… I mean come on, , glazer is your lead reporter.

    Spit it out, or dont say a word about it………But if you do know something about a case, give us a link, or say nothing.

    If something comes up later, that this was case, DO NOT act like you broke the story,
    when you actually said nothing. Break the story, or dont break the story….. It is bad from to tease.

    Please dont let glazers child-like, amateur style rub off on you.

  3. Jake Stein says:

    Smear tactics…
    So you say you aren’t going to go into it after you go into it?

    What a cowardly act. Go f… yourself.

  4. Hollister says:

    You’re going out on a limb here – as my boss used to say, hope you don’t hear a chainsaw firing up while you’re out there on that limb. These are very serious allegations.

  5. chuck says:

    Fuckin morons.
    “I’m not going to go into it here, but the talk in law enforcement is that Harman was spoken to by police very recently about the possible reopening a cold case crime in another city. If true, count on the news breaking fairly fast.

    I’ll be looking into it later today and try and report back as to whether there’s any truth to that rumor.”

    THAT is news you will NOT get from most other sources in this city. The Star will not print this info until it is vetted by the fuckin CIA and your grocery boy.

    If Hearne has a source, that implied law enforcement is interested in Harman’s activities, which in turn, led Harman to take his life, then it is NEWS!!!

    If in fact, you are too sensitive and emotionally vulnerable to bad news, until the Kansas City Star, or other traditional news vehicles deliver that same bad news, then suck your thumb, hold your mommy’s hand and click on the Star website for the same old watered down politically correct horse shit we have been fed since William Rockhill Nelson threw us a bone.

    BTW, there is NO Santa Clause.

    Sorry, you were gonna find out sooner or later.

  6. Robert says:

    harley and chuck, what the fuck?
    Fuck you (again) Chuck,
    hearne is man enough to speak for himself.
    We sure wish you and harley would stop chiming in,
    you two usually add nothing to the conversation, so stfu.

  7. Robert says:

    Tell the story, or dont. Do not start rumors
    What I read was people asking for hearne to either tell the story or not say a word.
    It does no one any good to start half a BS rumor (like this is related to cold case) and then stop.
    That is chicken shit

  8. chuck says:

    Robert, Really?
    Commenting cognescenti that you are, just told me to get fucked????

    Then, in a paroxysm of intellectual fire power that has never before been seen, you say, and I quote, “stfu”.

    Now THAT is layin the wood to me.

    Capitulation is my name.

    My comment DOES speak for me you fuckin idiot.

  9. Robert says:

    chuck the schmuck
    Yeah Chuckboy, that would the danger of caling people fuckin morons…. you fucking moron.

    And again, you add nothing to the conversation, just your standard harley trype of shit.

  10. Super Dave says:

    Gee
    You all are a bunch of idiots/whinning babies fucking grow up.

    By the way this rumor has been reported on another media news site as well.

  11. chuck says:

    Robert
    We all thank you for taking time away from your important work on the Hadron Collider to commennt here on kcconfidential.

    Be careful with those Nuclear Launch Codes, we are all depending on you.

    Fuckin moron.

  12. harley says:

    wow…this story is getting too confusing
    hearne knows everything. He has the inside stuff. I’m interested to seee in there is a connection.
    But please keep the news accurate and fair to the guys family.
    this has to be devastating on all fronts. rip don.

  13. Robert says:

    If hearne knows, then he should spill it… or not say a word.
    Spreading rumors are not cool, once they are “out there….. they are in the wild.

    On the other hand If this rumor has been reported on other sites, would you please
    post a link so we might read the whole story, as opposed to teasing little tidbits and rumors?

  14. chuck says:

    Forrest “Robert” Gump has spoken!
    “Robert 08:06:14 AM – Thu. Dec 1. 2011

    If hearne knows, then he should spill it… or not say a word.
    Spreading rumors are not cool, once they are “out there….. they are in the wild.

    There ya go.

    Words for the 4th estate to live by.

    Breaking away from work on the Latin First Declension, Robert has established new and exciting parameters for we hoi polloi to labor under when questions of propriety and good taste are needed in the hurly burly kcconfidential newsroom.

    Robert, aside from your miserable shit metaphors that would embarrass a fuckin 1st grader in the KC School District, your ideas and input are akin to a boil on our collective asses.

    Fuckin idiot.

  15. mark smith says:

    Rumor and innuendo isnt news Chuck
    It’s gossip, big difference. You got more than a little pissed off when Hearne speculated about the circumstances surrounding the Euston kids death in Westport, so Im a little confused that you are calling this news. It’s only news if Hearne posts some proof that Harmon was in fear of being implicated in the disappearance of a weather anchor in Iowa in 1995, which is I believe, what he is implying in his vague and ambiguous style. The fact is, nobody knows why Harmon killed himself, unless he left a note. If he left a note, nobody is talking about it. The hint of scandal draws traffic. Hearne’s career was built around gossip at the Star in large part, so it’s no big surprise he would continue in that vein. Thats not to say that rumors don’t come true, often they do. Given Harmans popularity, I’d proceed with caution if I was Hearne. Dragging a much beloved local personality through the mud, absent of hard facts, could do some lasting damage to the popularity of this site. Just my 2 cents.

  16. Anon says:

    i love it when chuck gets pissed
    Wow

  17. smartman says:

    Rumor for two, please.
    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
    If there is something more to this story it’s going to come out sooner or later. Facts, rumor, innuendo, it’s all the same anymore in our 24/7 time space continuum.

    No one is accusing anyone of anything. It’s not a “tease”. It’s what’s available NOW for consumption.

    Neville Chamberlain tried politically correct with Hitler. Ask the Jews how that worked out for ’em

    If what is being alleged or speculated is true then it REALLY changes the entire perspective of the who, what, when, where, why and how of this tragic event.

  18. chuck says:

    Points well taken Mark
    I am not sure at this point that a straight line reference can be made from the Euston kid and Harman.

    But I get your drift.

  19. Nick Manning says:

    Interesting tidbit from Tony’s Kansas City…
    There’s a website where I used to work, and it has turned rather ghoulish given its reaction to this tragedy . . . I’m glad I don’t work there anymore. It’s nothing personal, in fact, I like the last remaining folks still hanging out there . . . But we just have different philosophies regarding Internet content. It’s not worth mentioning because so few people go there and most of the staff has abandoned ship . . . Local content sites come and go . . . And, CLEARLY, I’m no advocate of high standards . . . But c’mon, there’s nothing so important in Kansas City media that would necessitate speculation on a dude’s demise . . . And that’s not to say that I haven’t heard some VERY INTELLIGENT THEORIES . . . But that game is for anony commenters and their dreadful, constitutionally protected freedom of speech . . .

  20. Orphan of the Road says:

    Doomsville
    ll I’m going down to Doomsville baby
    And I’m taking you along with me
    Well I’m going down to Doomsville baby
    And I’m taking you along with me
    Well I’m going down and I’m taking
    A little piece of everybody I know along with me

  21. smartman says:

    Ruh Roh!
    One of the leading causes of depression is guilt.

  22. mark smith says:

    or…A rumor with a view
    “Facts, rumor, innuendo, it’s all the same anymore in our 24/7 time space continuum.” Sadly you are on the money on that comment smartman. Don’t get me wrong, I come here for the slander soup just like everyone else. That said, the soup tastes like shit when it’s this fresh. When Hearne beat the Euston case like a dead horse I was right there with Chuck, it pissed me off. Not because there wasnt some truth to it, but because picking over the bones of the dead causes those he left behind unwarranted pain. The posts about the makeshift Euston memorial in my mind were the cherry on the shit sundae. If you recall, Hearne bemoaned the damage the memorial did to business in Westport, or something to that effect. It might have gone down a little better if he had spent a little more time on the story within the story. A mother trying to come to grips with the loss of a child. Drunk or not, he was her kid. Again, not trying to make Hearne the villian, just saying it leaves a bad taste in the mouth when you consider the survivors. As for rumors circulating among law enforcement, cops gossip worse than old women, not sure how much stock Id put in anything discussed over donuts. But just like the rest of you rubes, I’ll be back to see what he writes next. Unless it’s about those ghey ass fiats or Jardines. I’ve still got some scruples.

  23. Hearne Christopher says:

    Glazer a reporter? Get real.

    But thanks for the uh, lecture.

  24. Hearne Christopher says:

    Your appetite may be for the full story, as is mine. But you got what you got, stay tuned.

  25. Robertoe says:

    SSRIs ???
    I don’t have any inside info on any of these suicides (or homicide?) but I always wonder about any of these guys who are clinically diagnosed with depression. What were they taking? Almost always SSRIs. Were they taking too much? Was it a factor?

    Underlying Cause of Suicides and Homicides with SSRI Antidepressants:
    Is It the Drugs, the Doctors, or the Drug Companies?

    Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Effexor, Sarafem

    How a dysfunctional medical-pharmaceutical complex causes and perpetuates unnecessary harm.

    http://medicationsense.com/articles/april_june_04/underlying_cause.html

  26. Dillo says:

    what’s the real story?
    There was speculation on another website that Harman shot himself because he was despondent about his wife’s cheating. Now we hear that he hung himself? Either way it’s very sad. Y’all need to quit sniping at each other and put an end to the speculation by publishing the truth.

  27. smartman says:

    @robertoe
    Read the book, Side Effects: DEATH by John Virapen. You’ll never put another BIG PHARMA drug in your body again after you do.

  28. wastin time says:

    Checkers anyone?
    Ya’ll bloggers and commenters have reached the River Styx, Keep lookin, maybe you’ll find a ford. At least lookin will keep you occupied and out of trouble 🙂

    Seems like the Glaze should be throwin his fool’s gold at this one. Gloaze? Miiss ya, astute fellow! Smatter, can’t make it about you?

    Now I’m a jet fuel genius
    I can solve the world’s problems
    without even trying
    I’ve got dozens of friends, and the fun
    never ends
    That is as long as I’m buying
    Is it any wonder I’m not the President
    Is it any wonder I’m null and void
    Is it any wonder I’ve got too much
    time on my hands

  29. CW says:

    I thought something was fishy
    Yesterday when I seen a woman post on the fox 4 facebook page that she remembers working with him in Mason City, Iowa when their anchorwoman disappeared. I thought….”What?” Nothing made sense of why he would ever consider killing himself until I read that comment yesterday. Don’t get me wrong I loved Don dearly and watched him every single morning and even cried when I learned of his death but nothing made sense. I’ve done some digging on the internet and learned of Jodi’s case etc and it seems like a weird coincidence that he was Chief Meteorologist there in 1995 at the time she disappeared and then moved to Huntington, West virginia shortly after that before coming to KC in 1999. I’m not saying he did anything but maybe he knew what happened? He was depressed and depression in a lot of cases are caused by guilt. I don’t know it’s just speculation……

    (don’t cuss me out)

  30. d says:

    “WORKING FOR YOU”
    The “Working for You” slogan along the graphic in memory of Don Harman is sickening.

    Did somebody see this as an opportunity to promote the brand or was it just an unfortunate oversight?

  31. Craig Glazer says:

    Worked with Don, Liked Him
    From the late 90’s to the early 2000’s I was on the morning show with comics. Channel 4, weekly. Don was always there. Sometimes I was on myself, sometimes not. All I can say is in that short time frame of seeing Don and speaking to him, seemed a nice guy. Upbeat, hard worker. Outside of that I don’t know anything more. Unless he did something horrible to someone else. Let him rest in peace. Hearne is just reporting the news, thats all. Funny bad news is always popular, good news, nobody seems to care. Always was that way.

  32. Megan says:

    I wish all you media people would get the story straight before you go into detail about what happened. Truth of the matter here is yes it was a suicide but he DID NOT hang himself nor was his family there sleeping. It was 4 in the afternoon his wife is at work and frankly its no ones business how it was done. The real factor here is we lost someone dearly and wonderful due to a terrible illness that ppl are diagnosed with everyday. He didn’t get help because of ppl like you who if they saw him would destroy his reputation. Sad how much much society doesn’t give a shit about anyone these days. Don was a very good friend of my dads and so what I know is the truth. People stop the nonsense please. Let’s just pray for his family and help them get through it with positivity instead of “made up” stories as to the truth. A year from now society wont care but for the rest of his families life they are gonna hurt. I understand there will be made up stories and rude comments but I just would like for once seeing as I knew don personally as well for society to show respect and decency. And I’ll say I told you so IF the real story comes out.

  33. Pokerhelper says:

    Hey Megan
    I heard he put a bag over his head and filled it with helium.

  34. harley says:

    YOU’RE ALL PIGS…
    NOW glaze gives us his opinion…which means nothing except that he’s always got to interject his bull sh*t
    into the story. We don’t care glaze. You’re a puss hound and since none of this has to do with puss you
    need to sta yaway.
    Let hearne stick his foot in his mouth again…he’s used to it and he’s good at it.
    As for every one including megan who posts complete b.s. you are all pigs.
    Lets the guy rest in peace before you spread rumors about him and his family.
    Heanre was on this early and he’s going to look funny with egg on his face.
    Stop lying and spreading false rumor megan and the rest of you losers.
    especially the guy talking about helium…sheesh…can’t you people let the dead rest.
    stop the rumors now.

  35. Sailor says:

    INFO
    He did both the hanging and the gas and left a note and a video.

  36. Megan says:

    .
    Bahahaha harley your funny. Obviously you didn’t read my shit to good because I was trying to get across the same point. The rumors aren’t necessary tho and they don’t need to make him look like a horrible person by saying his family was there. Why don’t you learn how to spell though before you come at me with your insults. Funny only people of low intelligence call people names. That’s the best insults you got is to call people pigs. Name calling haha didn’t know we weren’t adults here. So why don’t you grow up and get your facts straight before you come try to insult anyone….I’m surprised by the way you spell you could even add the numbers together tp post anything. Hahaha

  37. Bob says:

    Suicide By Helium Bag Asphyxiation
    He did not hang himself. He committed suicide by helium bag asphyxiation . Swear on my life. Found dead in bed by his wife. Disbelieve it all you want, it will eventually come out. The news should report on this. If he were any other prominent figure or even a private citizen they would report it and cover it endlessly with speculation and innuendo, feelings of the survivors be damned. Their double standard is deplorable.

  38. ME!!!!!!!! says:

    ME!!!!!
    From the late 90’s to the early 2000’s I was on the morning show with comics. Channel 4, weekly. Don was always there. Sometimes I was on myself, sometimes not. All I can say is …….ME !!!! LOOK AT ME!!!!!!! COME TO MY CLUB!!!!!!!! LOOK AT ME!!!!!!!! I AM CRAIG GLAZER!!!!! LOOK AT ME!!!!! TALK ABOUT ME!!!!!!!!! I AM THE STORY, NO MATTER THE STORY!!!!!!!! LOOK AT GLAZER!!! ME !!!!!!! ME !!!!!!!! TALK ABOUT ME!!!!!!!

  39. Benjamin Meade says:

    I Wonder What Was Going On at Fox 4
    What I do know is that I watched the morning news every morning and during the month of November the entire team seemed to be clowning around a great deal, something that is often used to boost ratings. After a couple of weeks it got old and as a viewer I wondered what was going on………Hearne, I suggest you go there, figure it out, and enlighten us.

  40. Hearne Christopher says:

    Interesting

  41. Hearne Christopher says:

    Took it off Fox 4 Web site

  42. Gina says:

    depression
    Depression or clinical depression is a disorder that has nothing to do with how much money you make. Oh he’s making great money, wife, kid, what does he have to be depressed about? Are you kidding me? Most cases of depression are clinical in nature and require medication and/or therapy. Doesn’t mean they feel guilty about something. Can’t you find any other “conspiracies” to chase?

  43. kcsummer says:

    Peace
    I think that someone who seemed very nice, very friendly with a good sense of humour is dead and we don’t know why. To turn this into a “guess what I heard” shows a lack of sensitivity. If there’s more to the story then when the official story comes out we will deal with whatever it is. Rumors ad gossip are easy to come by. Respect for the memory of a man who died a very lonely tragic death is apparently very hard to come by if this be any indicator. For now, until proven otherwise, Don was someone who made me smile and I’m going to miss him very much.

  44. Hearne Christopher says:

    I understand that and have spoken to that in the very recent past. However, depression is not the only thing that leads to suicide. Money, romance and other real life traumas.

    My best bet is the depression but this situation in Iowa is worth checking out. And even if it was only to re-interview Harman as a witness, it be interesting to see if they get any traction on reopening the case.

  45. Hearne Christopher says:

    Thanks Summer,

    But this is the way news is researched and reported. There was quite a bit of legwork – believe it or not – to check with sources, interview people and do the research on Harman – as much as could be done in less than 24 hours.

    The story is evolving and moving forward and that’s frankly the way news stories evolve.

    I understand your feelings for Don and salute you for your sincerity

  46. KarenK says:

    No, Hearne, this is not the way news is reported
    The research comes FIRST, then the reporting. You did nothing more than pass along the first juicy rumor you heard on the off-chance that other journalists would later to all the legwork for you, and then you could brag that you broke it first.

    You not only did NO work of actual research and reporting on this, but you continue to offer lame “dog ate my homework” excuses for not doing standard journalism required of a high school newspaper, let alone a blog staffed by adult quasi-professionals. “I was in meetings all day” “I didn’t have my iPhone.” Oh, good grief.

    Well, congratulations on your big scoop. If indeed, you don’t wind up looking like a fool should the gossip you reported has no basis in truth. But why worry about that? Just flush these posts down the memory hole.

    You know, I once gave this blog a try about a year or so ago. Then it quickly donned on me that it was a useless waste of my time reading the immature rantings of a narcissistic gossip-monger too thin-skinned to let even the most obvious criticism go by without response, I stopped. I only came back now when what you wrote was referred to on other sites, and like a motorist passing by a terrible wreck, I couldn’t resist the temptation to crane my neck and look. I hope I can resist that temptation in the future.

  47. KCMarla says:

    Is it possible…….
    I once worked in a small, rural, very conservative school district and one of the church deacons was found dead. He had been using a dog choke collar to heighten his sexual release while masturbating and passed out, causing strangulation. Could it be that Don was using a bag over his head or a noose-type of apparatus for this same purpose and it was an accident rather than a suicide?

  48. Sailor says:

    Maria…….you’re late to class
    You see, he left notes and a video. So no. Not in this case.

  49. kc4life says:

    notes and vid?
    where is the note and vid article? was that posted somewhere? have the police stated that?

  50. Bob says:

    Get The 911 Call
    This person posting as Sailor obviously has no real “inside source” and is just making stuff up. He used a plastic bag with helium tubed in. This is commonly referred to as an “exit bag”. His wife last saw him alive at 11 am when she went to work. She came home at approximately 4 p.m. and found their daughter alone and crying for him. She went in the bedroom and found him with a plastic bag tied over his head and a helium tank nearby. There was a copy of his will on the bedside table and nothing else. No note, no video. He purchased the suicide supplies in the early afternoon from Lowe’s.

    While some of the reports are sealed (such as medical reports) the 911 call is PUBLIC INFORMATION!! If you make a Sunshine request for a copy of the 911 call the Kansas City Police Department HAS to give it to you. If he were anyone else the major news outlets would have already done this. They are not going to do it. KCPD also is trying to suppress the circumstances involving the suicide because they do not want people to know about exit bags. Exit bags are quick, painless, and EFFECTIVE. They fear that it will cause a rash of copycat suicides when people learn of this budding method of suicide. If you obtain a copy of his wife calling 911 and describing the incident to police, you will be the only one to break this information, as major media desperately wants it suppressed. Their double standard of demanding sensitivity is hideous! If he were a city official, public servant, or even a private citizen, the ambulance chasing media would drag his name and family through the mud for ratings.

  51. Bob says:

    Proof That The Daughter Was Home
    Here is a blog post by a family friend and former co-worker of both Harman and Huisentruit where she mentions that their daughter was home when his wife found him…

    http://addins.kwwl.com/blogs/babysteps/2011/11/my-friend-is-now-a-widow

  52. ? says:

    And how
    @bob – and how do you know all that you’ve written? Where did your information come from?

  53. Hollister says:

    Interesting blog. Another couple of puzzle pieces there.

    Still wondering what sparked this “funk” described in the blog that he had been in for the past couple of weeks. Coincidental with the couple of weeks since he had been visited by LE.

    To me, offing yourself in the family home is a big middle finger. I remember when a rural sheriff up north killed himself in the woods with CO2. If you really care about your family you would let a public safety worker or park ranger find you, not your wife. And doing that with a child alone in the house is inexcusable. If that alone gets out he will fall off his pedestal real quick.

  54. Bob says:

    Prove Me Wrong
    Through a family friend. Choose to disbelieve it as rumor if you like, but I can easily be proven right if someone cares to Sunshine the 911 call….

  55. nothing says:

    Hollister is an example of a total arrogant idiot
    Hollister you are a low life idiot thoughtless hypocrite know it all…. as a emergency medical technician for 10 years, I can tell you’ve never personally been involved, seen, or experience a suicide of a close loved one… you have no idea. “inexcusable” my ass. it’s people like you that make me sick. you don’t understand something so you rush to call it inexcusable. maybe you should have given your goody-arrogant exit checklist to the mentally ill person in pain who is about to end his life…you are an idiot.

  56. Hollister says:

    It is inexcusable not to make arrangements for the care of a two year old before ending your life. He was babysitting her. She may have seen him die, at minimum ran around the house crying and confused because the bedroom door was locked and no one was watching her. ANYTHING COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO HER. Call me an idiot if you want to. You know nothing about my background or experiences.

  57. Brenda says:

    You know i am like many curious as to why he would do this…he was in our homes daily….and i agree had it not been him but say my daughter the how she did it would of been published……i think to many who don’t understand the process of a mental illness to give the information will make it more real….and help people look at others with a differant perspective….i don’t think people want to know to cause more issues to the family…..the whole thing needs to be kept in perspective….even ”famous” people have life issues….have heard that he found out wife was unfathful…maybe maybe not….again not a reason to end your life….have heard he was being questioned about jodi….maybe maybe not…..the bottom line is we all should walk a walk in life that won’t come back and embarrass us even in death…..but the public does have a right to know……can’t say as i wasn’t there but i imagine if they were honest about the time of death knowing how much he loved his child….he didn’t do it long before he knew his wife would be home if that part is true….so many of the answers we will never know for sure……but with his death comes people wanting to assume the very worse…..and that isn’t right either…..but….if it is true that his wife was going to leave him this event doesn’t make it her fault either…….so please while this does all unwind be nice………

  58. Sailor says:

    Hey Bob!
    Sorry you are wrong. I work in the business so I know. He left a note to the morning news team saying, “the laughs are over.” His best friend told me he hung himself. He snapped that day because he was fine on Monday. Something changed early Tuesday and he carried out his plan before the sun went down. He also left a video on his computer. If it was helium, his best friend was lied to.

  59. @sailor says:

    Question
    Did your best friend say why he did it?

  60. Bob says:

    Sailor, You’re Right. I’m Probably Full Of Crap!
    You know, I’ve thought a lot about this today and I want to apologize for being part of the gossip. While I don’t think it’s right that the media ambulance chases and pays no thought to the feelings of average citizens, it is pretty hypocritical and WRONG of me to get upset over their hypocrisy when I am not considering the feelings of the family either. Furthermore, my one of my sources is a gossiping friend of a friend and the other is a friend of a friend who works at Lowe’s, so my story may not be accurate. Sailor, you may be entirely correct or we could all be wrong. Either way, and no matter how we may judge the media or Mr. Harman, his wife and daughter ARE innocent and suffering and it is wrong of me to invade their misery. This will go down in the annals of my past as one of the worst things I have ever done or said. To the Harman family, I am sorry.

  61. Hollister says:

    I AGREE WITH BOB
    My source is a former KCPD employee who still talks to lots of cops, and I don’t know for sure of the truth of what I heard either. I am even more appalled that Hearne seems to now be backing off the Husentruit story and that I played any part in spreading such a vicious rumor. RIP Don, I enjoyed your company in the mornings and I hope your family can find peace.

  62. Delilah says:

    Workplace Bullying
    I was often uncomfortable with the extent to which Don was always the butt of every joke and how far his co-workers, one in particular, would take it. Something seems a little “off” about the whole thing. The one thing no one is reporting on is whether or not workplace bullying was a factor that aggravated his depression, leading to ending it all. Especially if his note said, “The laughs are over.” It’s almost like the depressed teenager who says, “One day I’ll be gone, then you’ll be sorry for the way you treated me.”
    Hearne, no one else will ask this tough question. Will you look into it?

    Thanks.

  63. Sailor says:

    I’m back on here
    For sure he left the”laughs are over” note to the morning news team. Sad, if true what Delilah said.

  64. Jennifer says:

    Tuesday morning show
    Been reading this blog, and wanted to ask if anyone watched Don and Mark on the morning show on Tuesday morning? I missed the show, but someone at work told me that they blew up on each other. I know they do this alot on the show, messing with each other, but I guess this time, Don seemed to be frustrated with Mark. This was the same day that Don took his own life.

  65. BRENDA says:

    TUES MORNING SHOW
    THERE WAS ONE TIME ON THE TUES SHOW HE SEEMED LIKE HE WAS FRUSTRATED BUT…..MARK DIDN’T START IT LOL THE THING IS WHETHER HIS WIFE WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR, MARK UPSET HIM, NOBODY IS TO BLAME FOR A PERSON’S SUICIDE…..HE MADE THAT CHOICE…IT WASN’T AT ANOTHER PERSONS HANDS BUT HIS OWN……BUT WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEONE WHO LOVES THEIR CHILD LIKE HE APPEARED TO…..HUMAN CURIOSITY WANTS TO KNOW THE WHY’S AND HOW COULD THEY’S THAT SURROUNDED IT……MY ISSUE THRU ALL OF IT IS THE SECRETIVE WAY THEY ARE COVERING UP THE WAY HE COMMITED SUICIDE, AND THINGS LIKE…WAS THERE A NOTE AS THAT WOULD MEAN HE PUT SOME THOUGHT AND DETAILS INTO THIS….NOT TO KNOW FOR THE MORBID FACTS OF IT BUT WE ALL KNOW AT LEAST ONE PERSON THAT FIGHTS DEPRESSION AND IT WOULD HELP ENLIGHTEN PEOPLE TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR AS A WARNING SIGN. IT’S OBVIOUS THAT HE DID A GOOD JOB FOR FOX AND WITH HIS COWORKERS AS HE WAS THERE FOR MANY MANY YEARS AND HIS BEHAVIOR WAS OBVIOUSLY ”NORMAL” TO THEM AS I DON’T THINK ANY OF THEM THOUGHT HE WOULD GO HOME AND LATER THAT DAY COMMIT SUICIDE. IF THEY HAD I AM SURE ONE OF THEM WOULD OF GONE HOME WITH HIM THAT DAY. BUT AS FAR AS A BLOW UP ON THE AIR TUES. I WATCHED IT THAT MORNING AND NO I DIDN’T SEE A BLOW UP JUST A PLACE WHERE HE WAS A LITTLE FRUSTRATED. MANY TIMES ON THE SHOW I HAVE SEEN HIM THAT WAY AND HONESTLY WONDERED IF MAYBE HE WASN’T BIPOLAR BUT I LOVED WATCHING HIM. WHILE I WOULD HOPE I WOULD NEVER CONTEMPLATE SUICIDE I SYMPATHIZE WITH HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS…..DEATH IS HARD ENOUGH WITHOUT HAVING TO FEEL YOU COULD OR MAY OF BEEN THE CAUSE……AND SUICIDE IS A CHOICE…..SO THE BOTTOM LINE NO MATTER WHAT COMES OUT DON MADE THE CHOICE NOT TO LIVE….AND THE REASON WHY WILL MORE THAN LIKELY NEVER BE KNOWN FOR SURE…JUST MAKES MORE IDEAS FOR BOOKS AND OTHER THINGS…..WHICH IS ALSO SAD……THERE IS A SON, A BROTHER, A FATHER, A HUSBAND AND A FRIEND WHO IS GONE FOREVER……

  66. JerseyGirl says:

    Totally and Completely Disgraceful.
    This is an alltime low blow. Wow- utterly reprehensible to disgrace a man’s memory and his legacy- a lot of people really related to Don Harman, and really loved his personality that he put forth. You should be ashamed of yourself to call this journalism and need to really learn some new morals. You are sincerely lacking in that part.

  67. bill says:

    The Mason City Police Department is the primary investigating agency on the 1995 missing anchor woman case “Jodi Huisentruit”. The MCPD continues to diligently investigate this case.

    Upon the recent passing of Jodi Huisentruit’s former co- worker, Donald Harman, the Mason City Police Department would like to express to the public that: Donald Harman is not a person of interest and never has been a person of interest in the Jodi Huisentruit case.

    Thank You.

    Investigator Terrance Prochaska

    This was posted yesterday on “findjodi.com” WEBSITE. Now obviously we see that don had nothing to do with anything related to this cold case. Let the man rest in peace.

  68. Dave says:

    Hearne can’t handle the truth
    Rumor has it that Hearne Christopher kidnapped Baby Lisa! So he could eventually impregnate her and use HER baby’s stem cells to firm up his sagging scrotum! Stay tuned! (Hey, it’s just a rumor …)

  69. ej says:

    Class act, Hearne.
    You’re a fucking cunt.

  70. Tommy Gunn says:

    Don harmon
    I heard from two op police officers about don harmon. And he was according to them. The prime suspect in the murder of the news anchor. And according to them, he was also a suspect in a missing women here in kc area as well. They said he has a history of violence towards women. Humm, something to think about. What a shame. How could he be depressed is my question. He was popular, a icon, new father, and a husband. I think depression can come from some deep dark secret in the past. Again, what I heard about him. And after meeting don out socially couple times. I personally could see it. But that my opion.

  71. Bonnie says:

    The Don I saw thru the years
    Don has always been a funny guy. A bit off center and proud of it. That is why I loved watching him. When I first started watching, he was driving his old battered junker and proud of it. He dressed like a single guy dresses. He had his holiday vest sweats that were “special” way beyond what your grandmother would knit for you. There was one show that was televised from his home. From what I remember it was an average, dark paneling, not much stuff in his house. Just a guy/bachelor thing.
    He had a girlfriend forever, the same girl. After many years, they got engaged, then got married. Things changed. His image upgraded. Started wearing suits. No more sweater vests, he auctioned off his car. I read in one of these articles that he lived in a very nice home in OP. While watching the show I noticed the gradual changes. His sense of humor was always there. But when it came to saying something about not wearing his vests, etc. he just gave a cheesy smile, like DROP IT.
    Depression is an awful thing. I have lived with depression and anxiety for years. My front I show everyone is making jokes, making people laugh (hopefully) sometimes I just make an ass out of myself.
    Two of my children do not understand at any level, and absolutely will not take any steps to allow me to help them understand. going to happen. I have one daughter that does understand, she is terribly depressed as well. My current husband does and is my support. I can certainly understand why, not the reasons, but why the illness can win.
    It is so very sad. Sad under any and all circumstances. His daughter, his wife. They are left behind, they live. His wife will always have the image of his dead body. His daughter will remember being frightened, the tears, the police. And will know what happened because her mother will hopefully not keep it all a secret. Feel sad, remember good and all that Don was and is in our hearts and his families memories.

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