Do you have a running theory about what happened to Ronald Tammen?
Yes, I do.
What do you think happened to Ronald Tammen?
Actually, I think I’d like to keep that to myself at this point. I’m still in research mode, which means that things can change significantly with each new finding. But my main reason for starting this website is to keep people who are interested in the Tammen story informed. When the time is right, I will definitely keep you in the loop.
What if you never have 100 percent proof of what happened to Tammen?
So far, I have enough evidence to support my theory, even though there are some gray areas. What I’m currently going for is the slam dunk, but if I don’t get there, I still have enough new evidence that I can present that, I believe, will alter the conversation significantly.
When is your book coming out?
Oh, you just had to go there, didn’t you? Another purpose of this website is to show a prospective agent that a lot of people still have an interest in what happened to Ronald Tammen, even though he disappeared 65-plus years ago. Chapters are being written as we speak, even though I’m still not sure how the book is going to end. But there will be a book, so help me God, there will be a book.
Are you on social media?
Great news! We now have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/agmihtf, on which I’ll be posting the latest updates. Feel free to like, follow, and share away! You can also follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jwwenger, although I have been known to tweet about a number of topics in addition to Ron Tammen.
Did you really quit your full-time job to write this book?
I know. I can’t believe it either. But sometimes a person reaches that fork in the road called life where you need to do something that you are truly passionate about. I’ll say it loud and proud: I love talking and writing about Ronald Tammen. Do I clip coupons? Occasionally. Do I shop retail anymore? Hardly ever. But I’m happy, and that’s what matters.
You should have started writing this book about 25 years ago, when many of the major players were still alive.
I’ll give you a pass on this one since you didn’t phrase it as a question, but yeah, this nags at me every so often. It would have been amazing to interview Richard Tammen, Ken McDiffett, Carl Knox, H.H. Stephenson, and countless others. But, 25 years ago, I don’t think I would have been ready to conduct my search in the way I’m capable of going about it now. I lacked the maturity and the stamina. (I still lack the maturity, but the stamina I have in spades.) Plus, there wasn’t an internet back then and phone calls are so much cheaper these days. It’s all good, in my view.
How often do you plan to post updates?
Great question! I’m not sure. I don’t plan to spam you with meaningless teases that tell you nothing just so I can keep the site active. When something really interesting happens, or even something really annoying, I plan to tell you about it. The best way to keep up is to follow the site, and you’ll receive an email when I’ve posted something new. Until then, I encourage you to go about your daily business—and turn off your cellphone sometimes. And get a breath of fresh air every once in a while!
In conducting my research, I’ve located people who offer new insights into the Ronald Tammen story. They may have been friends, neighbors, or classmates of Ronald Tammen. They might have even met with investigators about the case way back when. But they’d never spoken with a reporter before on this topic, so they’ve never been publicly named. Finding these people has taken a lot of time and effort. What I’m not prepared to do just yet is to provide their names so that someone else with an interest in writing about the Tammen story–another blogger, author, or reporter perhaps–can simply look up a source on my website and give that person a call. Unless someone requests anonymity, these sources will be named in my book. However, on this website, here’s my rule of thumb:
- If a source has already been named publicly regarding the Tammen case, I will continue to use that person’s actual name.
- If a person has not yet been named publicly in relation to the Tammen story, that person will be referred to with a pseudonym.
- If a person who has not yet been named publicly has already passed away, that person will be referred to by his or her actual name.
- If a person is speaking in a professional capacity as a subject expert and/or a spokesperson, I will customarily name that person.
Have you stopped taking questions and comments?
While I’ve appreciated your comments and questions so much over the past year, I feel the need to tap the brakes a little. As we all know, the Ronald Tammen story can generate a lot of questions. It’s a veritable enigma wrapped in a riddle stuffed inside a pillowcase that, inexplicably, has been left off its pillow. But, I’ve recently discovered that there are only so many hours in a day (who knew?), and there’s this book I’m writing, not to mention a garden in need of weeding, several loads of laundry that aren’t going to do themselves, yada yada yada. Nevertheless, my number-one priority remains doing the research that leads to an answer to what happened to Ronald Tammen.
So here’s the plan: I’ll continue posting periodic updates, but we’ll employ the conventional one-way, writer-to-reader mode of communication that has been the norm since our prehistoric ancestors began carving on cave walls. At other times, however, I’ll open up the floor for comments and questions, and we’ll get a two-way dialogue going. It just won’t be all the time.
Also, as always, if you have a message for me, please feel free to fill out the contact form. Oh, and if you have a potential lead, or if you’re with the FBI or some other agency and wish to share a secret—perhaps even become this website’s own version of Deep Throat—I’m all ears, and your identity is safe with me.