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Joshua D. Hagerman murder 2/10/2009 Virginia Beach, VA *Stabbed to death by his father, Joseph Henry Hagerman III, who has confessed*

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Joseph Hagerman
Joshua Hagerman
Shirley Hagerman

Joseph Hagerman III Decapitated His Son great post – be sure to read this one
Father tells WTKR: God wanted me to kill my son
In jailhouse interview, Beach father admits slaying young son
Expanded WTKR interview: ‘I wanted to set him free’


10 Responses

  1. Ugh. Where do people who commit these crimes come from? I can’t understand it. Hearing his interview is sickening – he blames his action on religion – wanting to save his child’s soul. I don’t know if this Dad is so unintelligent that he was led astray by religion or if he has a medical condition. Either way, the Mother has to live with the memory of seeing her son brutally killed. I feel for her & hope she finds peace somehow. This man, once again, needs to rot in jail for eternity.

  2. when is this shit gonna end. Tougher laws and penalties.
    I’m all for the DP!!!!

  3. Hagerman is a schizophrenic -obviously off his meds at the time and is currently being held for evaluation.

  4. I know Joe. Taught him drum lessons at his home the week before. He was on medication for paranoia and schizophrenia. VERY out of character for the person I knew.
    God can redeem and forgive ANYONE !

  5. Wow….. I just heard about this today because I live out of state. I grew with Joe and went to school with him from Elementary to High School. He never came across to ANYONE as violent. I saw his confession video, and to be truthful, he spoke in the tone that he spoke to everyone in. He was always compassionate and concerned with the health and well-being of everyone. We even wrested together in High School. I am sure his poor wife, family, and community cannot sort things out either. This is crazy. I pray for everyone, even him. I can honestly say that I think that he has seriously lost his mind. The Joe I knew is gone. It’s just horrible.

  6. Sorry, but nothing is out of character for someone being treated for schizophrenia. There is no one to blame but him. He is crazy and needs to be executed for what he has done. He took an innocent little soul from his mother and this world. We will never know what little Joshua could have been or achieved in his life due to his Psychotic father killing him. It is sick.

  7. Charlie, I think you might want to give your head a shake. Joe methodically cut off the head of his own son in the name of religion, and you have the audacity to make a comment with reference to religious forgiveness. I don’t think you have any idea how difficult it is to decapitate a person. I have covered numerous stories on the subject, and seen far too many disturbing films. He needs treatment and evaluation in the hopes that this may be prevented in the future. Maybe try showing some compassion for the victims mother and family instead of trying to defend someone who is clearly guilty.

  8. May thoughts and prayers go out to the mother and family in this situation. May God bless the world!

  9. GET OVER YOURSELF. Most of you obviously know nothing about Joe and think you have this world and people figured out. Your not even worthy of your comments. And your wrong! Joe is one of the good guys.. someone who would help anyone, a stranger, the poor, the helpless, the hopeless – and he has. He, his loving wife, Shirley and sweet Joshua dedicated their life to Christianity. Can you say the same? And No, Joe was not a fanatic or so called extreme Christian like it seemed in that video. That was his mental illness talking. Joe believed in doing right by people and the world. Yes, bad things happen to people all the time, even to very good people. Wait your turn. But I’m not here to condemn you like most of you have with Joe, I’m here to give you the facts since you don’t know any. Joe was found NOT GUILTY by Reason of Insanity. Do you know how hard it is to get this plea in Virginia? Almost impossible. You would have to have all the right criteria and go through a series of mental test to even get this plea. It would be like an elephant trying to go through an eye of a needle. With God’s grace, all the evidence and his medical history, the Judge, District Attorneys and numerous Medical Experts found him NOT GUILTY. The fact is, Joe has a mental illness that took control over his life without his permission, and in that short amount of time it changed his world forever. Not only will he have to deal with his mental illness but carry the hurt everyday for the loss of his son, the twinkle in Joseph’s eye, the son he loved more than this world. Joshua knows his Dad loves him and will always love him. I pray you will read this and look deep in your heart and understand that sometimes things happen in this world we cannot control. I also hope you never go through something so tragic in your life like Joe and his family have. Instead of hiding behind your computer and adding your judgments for all to see without even knowing all the facts, find mercy and compassion for Joe, because if the same thing happened to you… he would lift you up, give you a hug, tell you that he would pray for you and your family and remind you that no matter what, God loves you and that you will get through this. I know… because he has done this to me.

  10. John8.7 on May 22, 2009-I would like to thank you for your comments! I don’t know who you are but I thank you for your bravery!


    This is Joe’s Sister and nothing saddens me more to hear disheartening comments from perfect strangers. Joe had major life changes and tried to walk the life of a loving, generous, Christian family man.
    He is a great Son, Brother, Nephew, Father and Husband. Please research Mental illness before you judge anyone.

    This is not an illness to be dismissed as a common cold. Infact, I recommend anyone having family members with paranoid schizophrenia receive education and join a support group.

    He loved his son dearly and if you ask me, this was preventable. I pray that the truth will come out one day and that the very person responsible doesn’t rest until he has made restitution. TALAPRD

    Joshua- We miss and love you dearly!

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