By Esme Murphy

By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

As I sat in the newsroom this week fielding calls from Denny Hecker in jail, more than one person walking by my desk compared the latest from the Hecker/Rowan camp to the other Tsunami-sized train wreck of the week: that of actor Charlie Sheen.

The comparison is on some levels reasonable. Prominent, talented and creative (yes folks, I mean that), these guys seem to think that they are in charge even when their lives are spiraling out of control.

Somehow, the power, the fame, the fawning of the hangers on, must somehow permanently alter one’s brain chemistry. Has anyone ever done a study of that? They should.

Three years ago, Denny Hecker was living in an 18,000 square foot Medina mansion, a private jet and at least three vacation homes at his disposal. Now, he struggles to afford a phone call from a jail cell. Charlie Sheen’s downward spiral is amplified by TV shows who are all too eager to accept the star’s invitation to videotape his home life complete with two live in girlfriends and his two-year-old twin boys. Sheen’s crash seems to have created a cottage industry of bystanders. Twitter announced he was the fastest person ever to reach a million followers.

Both of these men have families who will have to deal with the fallout of their famous love one’s public humiliation. What is really odd is that neither Hecker nor Sheen appear to realize how profoundly they have been humiliated, how far they have fallen and how they are each the subject of endless jokes. Both take every chance they can to blame others for what they have created.

If there weren’t children involved, it might really be funny.

Comments (13)
  1. Donna B. says:

    We are sick to death of hearing about both of these people. Please dont put them on the news just because they call you and want to be heard. Thank you.

    1. StraycatStrut says:

      I agree with Donna…. Esme…. get to doing your job and stop with the gossip column. There is plenty to talk about in Minnesota starting with the lame govenor. If you want some subject ideas…a push…. email me back.

      1. Tony Rozycki says:

        Get a life Stray Cat! Winning!

  2. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Good analogy between the two. Denny Hecker does not sound good. I think he has some major health problems and won’t be around much longer. Maybe that might account for the rushed marriage between him and Christi.

  3. TMZ says:

    Rumor has it that Denny wanted to get married because he was worried that Charlie Sheen would shag Ms. Rowan. Comes from a solid source. gotta be true

  4. Mark Wayne-Hart says:

    Thanks for that interview with Michele Bachmann this Sunday morning. It’s always a pleasure to know you enjoy being a door-mat for Bachmann everytime she’s on.

    In regards to her “conspiracy” that Obama, Reid and Pilosi “hid” an alleged $160 billion dollars is nothing short of insane. If that woman would have been involved with the bill instead of hacking it apart, she would have had plenty of time to look for “mystery” numbers. In fact, both Sens Bill Frist and Bob Dole urged Republicans in Congress to get pro-active on that Health Care Bill and your goofy friend Bachmann called them “anti pro-choice” on Laura Ingraham’s show.
    Now, two years later, and boat loads of crazy-talk from that woman and you let her just sit there and blab stupid rubbish about “mystery numbers” in hidden agendas. …And you just sat there like a lump on a log.

    Then, if that wasn’t enough – you let her blame Obama for the price of gas? Really? You mean, Bush wasn’t to be blamed when gas went up to $4.00 a gallon?

    Murphy, it is of constant amazement to me that you’re allowed to call yourself a journalist. A comedienne? I supposed. But a journalist? Now way!

    1. Tony Rozycki says:

      M W-H what bothers me more is when journalists, news anchors and/or reporters don’t let the interviewee get a word in edgewise, & then provide long-winded conclusions & opinions about what the interviewee was trying to say or its value. I think Esme does an excellent & well-balanced job. You can’t please everyone, especially when the subject is politics.

  5. Tracy says:

    Michelle Bachman, at best, is just a sound bite.

    1. Tony R says:

      You hope 🙂

  6. Tony Rozycki says:

    On the subject of thespian Charlie Sheen’s current behavior, it occurs to me that subconsciously or not he may have been slightly influenced by the crazy character played by legendary actor Marlon Brando in what I consider his also actor father Martin Sheen’s finest & most significant movie Apocalypse Now. Children are sometimes influenced by, or at least aware of, their parent’s works. Brando’s character was delusional, and according to some, based on a real person or real people.

  7. richard says:

    Esmes allowing bachman to have her say shows that Esme understands that given the opportuniy, bachmann will make an ass out of herself. She NEVER dissapoints! How anyone can takethe lies and rubbish that comes out of her mouth is amazing. You can go to and look her up….

  8. Nancy Aleshire says:

    I bet it is going to come out that Charlie Sheen is bi-polar. It would certainly explain the bizarre behavior. It can be maintained by medication prescribed by a psychiatrist.

    1. Tony Rozycki says:

      4/18/2011 news headline – “SHEEN ORGANIZES BI-POLAR AWARENESS WALK”

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