An Open Letter To Dennis Hagan, “Paranormal Investigator”
I don’t normally call people out publicly. I don’t put people “on blast,” as they say. I just have better things to do with my time. If I have an issue with someone, I’ll just shoot them a message or make a phone call and deal with it that way. Privately. Behind the scenes. I’m here to tell stories, share legends, and explore the hidden history that Toledo has to offer. I don’t have time to get into an online pissing contest with people who would rather see Haunted Toledo dry up and go away. If you don’t like what we’re doing, that’s fine. But don’t EVER let me catch you spreading lies about me, my crew, the locations we visit, or the people we associate with, either personally or professionally.
Dennis, I’m speaking to you directly today because it’s the only option you have left available to me. I tried to do this in private last night but, instead of explaining yourself, you blocked me. And, buddy, this is an issue that I’m not going to let slide.
As far as I can tell, my issues with you all began with Haunted Toledo’s attempts to compel the Toledo Public School Board to honor their agreement to let us inside Riverside Hospital. Your position on whether or not Haunted Toledo should be allowed inside the hospital is already a matter of public record on my personal page, so we really don’t need to re-hash it here. Everybody saw that exchange, Dennis. Everybody.
Your animosity towards Sarah Chelten is also a matter of public record. Sarah is the absolute nicest person you could ever meet, but your persistent demands that she accord you with whatever unwarranted respect you feel you deserve has ended up destroying whatever goodwill she may have had for you. And, now, because she will not capitulate to your self-righteous ego, you’ve taken to name-calling and character assassination. Everybody saw that exchange, too, Dennis.
Your continued efforts to goad us into some kind of online fight are also a matter of public record, or at least they were until you deleted the posts from your page(s). You seemed pretty proud that you managed to attract a former member of Haunted Toledo to your team. Based on the calls and messages I received, you were announcing it on your page and bragging about it to anyone who would listen. I’ll even admit I was a little dumbfounded that she would even decide to join up with your outfit, your reputation being what it is and all. But she didn’t actually join your group, did she? From the way she tells it, you just decided to make her a member. She was just as surprised by your announcement as we all were. Did you even ask her if she wanted to join? Did you even wait for her answer? You certainly must’ve realized how foolish this made you look because you have since removed the post from your page.
But this is all “tip of the iceberg” stuff. This open letter isn’t totally about you’re vocal opposition to Haunted Toledo being able to investigate and document Riverside Hospital. You weren’t the only ghost hunting club in the area to cause problems in this regard. There were a few others.
Hell, I don’t even care if you want to pick a fight with Sarah Chelten. But, if you’re gonna go toe-to-toe with her, you’d better have plenty of facts on your side and the verbal acuity to stand your ground, otherwise she’ll entertainingly rip you to shreds. But, hey, some people like to live dangerously.
And, ultimately, I don’t care who you welcome to your team. It’s just funny to me how you tried to rub your “newest recruit” in Haunted Toledo’s face only to have it backfire on you. Yeah, we had a good laugh over that one.
No, I only mention these things, Dennis, because it shows a distinct pattern of behavior on your part. Your weird obsession with Haunted Toledo was, at one time, amusing. Not anymore.
You made a comment to someone last night about the methods in which you believe Haunted Toledo conducts itself with the places we visit. It wasn’t a well-constructed comment, grammatically-speaking, but there seemed to be a clear implication that Haunted Toledo is somehow less than forthcoming with the locations we’ve investigated. I immediately messaged you and asked you to clarify your statement only to be blocked from further contact.
What exactly do you mean by this statement, Dennis? Your command of the written word in this particular instance leaves a lot to be desired, so I can only guess at what you were trying to say.
Let me spell it out for you, Dennis: Haunted Toledo never even sets foot at a location without a series of legal documents being signed beforehand. Commitment contracts, releases, waivers, the whole works. Nothing gets done – no cameras are even turned on – until ALL of these papers are signed. You should already know that this is how we operate, Dennis. You, yourself, had to sign a release just to be interviewed by us on camera. And, I’m not sure why you would mention the Toledo Yacht Club because we are on good terms with management there (as well as with all of the locations we’ve been involved with) even going so far as to provide us with letters of reference on their letterhead.
Again, I can only speculate as to what you ultimately meant with that comment, but I can assure you that if I find out you’ve made similar, potentially libelous comments to any groups, venues, and organizations that we are, have been, or will be affiliated with, we will notify our attorney. (Yes, we have an attorney. You cannot do what we do without one.)
Dennis, this post is your only warning. If you do not understand the gravity of what I’m telling you, you would be wise to have someone from your team explain it to you. I urge you to take this seriously.
We are not your enemy, Dennis. We never were. The truth of the matter is that you, Dennis, you are your own worst enemy.
Other groups in town are actively trying to accomplish things that will ultimately help further the overall growth of northwest Ohio’s paranormal community, but all you seem concerned about is positioning yourself as Toledo’s #1 ghosthunter.
You should really take a good, hard look at how you relate to other people and groups before going much further.