Saturday, November 10, 2007
Why Would Any Woman Named Laci or Stacy Marry A Peterson? Sgt. Drew Peterson Now Suspect in Stacy Peterson Disappearance and Perhaps in Savio Death?
Legal Pub attempts to take the high road in reporting alleged crime. Legal Pub completely avoided coverage of the murder trial of Scott Peterson (convicted of killing Laci Peterson.) But in a current search for justice, Legal Pub could no longer avoid the story growing out of Bollingbrook, Illinois where Sgt. Drew Peterson, 53, is now considered by police to be a suspect in the disappearance of his 23-year-old fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. After much pressure from Stacy's family members and the media, the case is now considered a potential homicide investigation. State Police Capt. Carl Dobrich officially declared that Peterson is now formally a suspect. The gauntlet has been thrown down and the O.J. Simpson like media frenzy concerning the potential homicide is unavoidable. (Unavoidable, yes. Fair, perhaps not!)
The alleged victim, Stacy Peterson, was last seen Oct. 28, 2007. However, Sgt Peterson apparently claims his wife subsequently phoned him and said she was leaving him for another man. Stacy's family members do not buy it! Stacy's family says she was scared of Drew. Stacy apparently shared with family plans to divorce Drew. A huge custody battle over the couple's two children was anticipated. (Drew also had two sons not born to Stacy and as Viper has taught us, the parent who has custody of the children controls the money. ) "We're sad, but we needed to move on, and this is something we've needed to hear for a long time," said Pamela Bosco, Stacy Peterson's adoptive stepmother.
Investigating police recently obtained court approval to exhume Drew's ex-third wife, Kathleen Savio. Savio was found dead in a bathtub in 2004. In 2004, a coroner's jury ruled the death of Savio was an accident, even though there was no water in the bathtub and the 40-year-old's body was found face-down. Savio's hair was soaked in blood from a head wound. Investigators theorized that she had fallen and hit her head and that the water had drained. Although her death was originally thought to be an accidental drowning, subsequently, additional experts have apparently pontificated that the evidence could be "consistent with the 'staging' of an accident to conceal a homicide." Family members such as Melissa Marie Doman (Savio's niece) supported the decision to exhume Kathleen's body.
According to Savio's family members, Kathleen Savio expressed that her life was in danger prior to her "accident." After an altercation with Drew, she allegedly told authorities that her life was in danger. (However, she was actually charged with domestic battery instead of Drew Peterson. Savio was twice charged in 2002 with domestic batteryand on both occasions found not guilty.) Savio obtained a protective order in 2002 because of an alleged pattern of physical abuse and threats.
Susan Savio (Kathleen's sister) told the coroner's jury that her sister feared Peterson.
Savio allegedly told her family that if she died, no matter what, her death would be "no accident." Will County states attorney, James Glasgow now apparently feels Savio's death was no accident. Peterson is represented by attorney, Fred Morelli. Drew Peterson has denied involvement in his ex-third wife's death or in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. DREW PETERSON IS INNOCENT UNTIL OTHERWISE PROVEN GUILTY!
Update 11-11 On 11-10, Peterson took his defense directly to the media.Drew spoke to Geraldo Rivera. Drew reiterated that he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance. Drew complained to Fox that stress caused by media coverage has caused him to lose 25 pounds. More than 100 volunteers have scoured forest preserves and ponds looking without success for Stacy. Rivera relayed denials of any role in his wife’s Oct. 28 disappearance or the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio to the media.“I’ve done nothing wrong,” Rivera quoted Peterson.
Update 11-12: Drew if you want a fair forum to reach the masses, Legal Pub is your opportunity. Speak up and remove the speculation or hold your tongue. Your choice.
Update 11-19: Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City chief medical examiner, has examined Savio's remains at the request of her relatives. Dr. Baden opines that Savio died after a struggle and that her body was placed in the tub.
Update 11-26: The FBI has joined in the hunt for Stacy Peterson. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Peterson allegedly was seen removing a blue barrel (used to store pool chlorine) from his garage around the time Stacy reportedly disappeared.
Update 12-12: Peterson's website says he wants to collect money from people who believe he deserves a defense. "For the cost of a few cups of your morning coffee, you can help to ensure that Drew can afford to support his ongoing legal defense, find his missing wife, and divert any remaining funds into a trust for his children."Attorney, Joel Brodsky, said any money collected on DefendDrew.com will go into a trust account over which Peterson will have no control. (Last we checked the website was not working!)
Update 1-2-08: A grand jury is supposedly considering the evidence to date. Grand jury testimony is secret therefor no testimony can be published. In the mean time, some folks are looking at a canal in Romeoville to see if it holds any clues in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.
Update 4-30-08 Peterson has apparently had problems with his next door neighbor, Sharon Bychowski. Bychowski apparently was friends with Stacy. Bychowski apparently does not believe Drew's theory that Stacy ran off with another man. About a month or so ago, Bychowski had signs in her windows asking "Where is Stacy?" She also had a 3-by-4-foot sign outside her home. Other neighbors may also allow a sign in their yards. No one knows at this point if Peterson will later be proved guilty. But our law presumes that a suspect is innocent until proven guilty. It appear that Peterson is being harassed and convicted without a trial. Ridicule and threats are not appropriate. At times when the news media attention is especially intense, Peterson apparently gets gets death threats. This is not something we as a society can tolerate. Drew's attorney, Joel Brodsky said."It's a mob mentality that has run away." Keep in mind folks, Drew is innocent until proven guilty. It is not just an idea, it is a fundamental principal of our system of justice.
Update 4-30-10: Update 4-30-10: Lawyering up. Drew Peterson has added Chicago defense attorneys Steven Greenberg, Ralph Meczyk and Darryl Goldberg to his defense team. The three join Joel Brodsky, his partner Reem Odeh and attorney Joseph Lopez. Peterson will be tried in June for the alleged murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio in 2004.