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Friday, October 27, 2006

[NY] From the diary of Juliet Alexander before NYPD Sgt Peters murdered her

"The fear in me is so strong
that I feel something is going to happen
and happen real soon...

When I met Martin Peters darkness took over my life...

I guess that I was not quite mature enough to deal with an older man. Although I was a woman who was physically, mentally and verbally abused, I was not strong enough to talk to somebody about it...

I want to rise above all my downfalls...

I want to be free of Martin Peters. I want to be able to go on with my life, without living in fear.

I want a miracle.

I want to wake up one day and all this harassment and this abuse is all over...

As Martin once said to me,
'If I can't have you, no one will.'
Now you see why
I keep looking over my shoulders.

If this is the way it has to end,
I am prepared to meet my maker.

The end."

U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service Detention Enforcement Officer Juliet "Wendy" Alexander was murdered by the father of her 2 children, ex-boyfriend New York Police Sgt. Martin Peters on January 16, 2001.

NOTES FROM THE NEWS:


1/17/2001
NYPD POLICE SGT. MARTIN PETERS QUESTIONED IN DEATH OF JULIET PETERS - Cops were questioning a police sergeant last night in connection with the murder of his ex-girlfriend - the mother of his two children. A man was also shot... The wounded man, Nigel Callender, 32, was hit by gunshots in the neck and back... Callender was expected to survive, but he will be left paralyzed, police officials said. "His story had changed a number of times," said one high-ranking police source... Neighbors told detectives they saw two men climbing in a window of Alexander's apartment before the shooting... Officers said Peters had gone to Alexander's apartment in the morning to pick up their two children, an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, and take them to school... "His record is unremarkable," said the high-ranking official. "There is no history of domestic violence that we know of"... Alexander worked as a guard for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Manhattan. She carried a gun on the job, but wasn't supposed to take it home. Cops found the weapon in the apartment, but said it did not appear it had been fired... Peters is regarded as a hard-working cop who often took on outside security work. He worked the midnight to 8 a.m. shift and had been studying for a nursing degree.

1/18/2001
SGT. PETERS STRIPPED OF GUN AND BADGE - Officials stripped a police sergeant of his gun and badge yesterday as cops worked to solve the mysterious murder of his ex-girlfriend - the mother of his two children... Sgt. Martin Peters, 36, was put on modified assignment and placed on desk duty after investigators questioned him about the Tuesday-morning murder of 29-year-old Juliet Alexander. Alexander was shot three times in the face and neck with two different guns... One of the weapons was a .32-caliber handgun, and the other was a .380 automatic, cops said... Cops were called to Alexander's Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment by Nigel Callender, 32, who was shot in the hand and neck in the attack and left paralyzed below the shoulders. Callender first told cops that Peters was the shooter - then he changed his story to say he didn't know who the attacker was...

4/30/2001
JULIET'S MOM AND KIDS MISS HER SO - ...In front of the open coffin, Juliet Alexander's 9-year-old son, Randall, and daughter, Reneshia, 5, stood rigidly, too stunned by their mother's sudden death to even cry. "Why is my mommy so cold?" the little girl asked. Just then, mourners heard a commotion outside. "You have no right to keep me out!" Alexander's estranged companion, Martin Peters, yelled at two patrol cops refusing him entrance. "I'm a sergeant. I'm your boss. You can't do this." There was good reason Peters was kept out of Alexander's wake, and eventually escorted from the area. In the minds of Alexander's family, and even among his NYPD colleagues, Peters was the prime suspect in her slaying... Peters, 36, the father of Raneshia and Randall, was questioned and placed on modified duty. He has denied any wrongdoing... The day Alexander was slain, she had planned to apply for additional child support for the children's Catholic schooling, said her mother, Sylvia Garcia... She had a new boyfriend, Robert Allen, who adored her. She enjoyed her job and hoped to become a Secret Service agent. Her children were flourishing. "It is hard for me to talk about my daughter," said Garcia, who is now raising her grandchildren. "Her children ask me every day where their mother is. I brought my kids here for a better life. It's the last thing you expect, that her life would be taken... She should have called the police so many times," Garcia said. Anne Marie Thomas, 30, who has known Alexander for 17 years, said she, too, had urged her friend to get help. "She used to come to me with bruises and crying, but she was scared calling the cops because he was a cop." Thomas said...

Apr 13, 2005
[NY] FEDS ARREST SGT PETERS - GF JULIET ALEXANDER MURDERED - ... Peters had been on desk duty since the Jan. 16, 2001, murder of his ex-girlfriend, Juliet Alexander, 29, the mother of his two children. Police believe Peters got a friend, Nigel Callender, to kill Alexander and then shot him, but they haven't been able to prove it... Peters could be seen trembling as Fox discussed his case...

Apr 13, 2005
[NY] WHO KILLED JULIET ALEXANDER?
...Anne Marie Thomas, 30, who has known Alexander for 17 years, said she, too, had urged her friend to get help. "She used to come to me with bruises and crying, but she was scared calling the cops because he was a cop," Thomas said. The problems escalated last year when Alexander successfully took Peters to Family Court to force him to pay child support...

Apr 14, 2005
[NY] NEWS ON MURDERED JULIET ALEXANDER FROM 2001 - ... Alexander was shot three times in the face and neck with two different guns, police determined yesterday - leading them to believe there may have been two gunmen involved...

5/15/05
[NY] NYPD SGT. PETERS ARRESTED FOR KILLING MOTHER OF HIS CHILDREN - ...Detectives from the department's Cold Case Squad and the Internal Affairs Bureau, along with federal agents, arrested Sgt. Martin C. Peters early yesterday outside his Harlem home, where he tried to run and was tackled by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, one investigator said... After dropping off their two kids at school Jan. 16, 2001, Peters allegedly returned to the Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment of his estranged wife, Juliet Alexander, and shot her three times in the head and face. Peters then shot his best friend, Nigel Callender, now 36, who was also in the apartment, in the head, neck and hand, paralyzing him, according to an indictment... Callender now says Peters killed Alexander, then shot him. Spanakos said Callender declined to identify Peters as the assailant in the past because Peters threatened to kill Callender and his family... In court yesterday, prosecutor Mike Spanakos said Peters was upset that Alexander, 29, a guard at a Manhattan immigration detention center, had started dating another man and was also seeking additional child support. "Mr. Peters told Ms. Alexander he would not give her any more money and he repeatedly punched her," he said. "When she attempted to flee, he shot her several times in the head."... Months after the killing, Sergeant Peters won custody of the children, and the 13-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl have since lived with him and his wife, according to the authorities, who said that Ms. Alexander's mother, Sylvia Garcia, was expected to seek custody soon... Ms. Garcia rejoiced at the charges yesterday. "Now I feel on top of this world," she said, "because after four years I had hopes that one day justice would be served, and, thank God, it was... I will never see my daughter again... The only thing I can look forward to is him in jail for the rest of his life. He has to pay for what he has done."

8/26/2006
EX-NYPD SGT PETERS FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING JULIET ALEXANDER - An ex-cop who almost got away with his ex-girlfriend's murder by threatening to kill the only witness was convicted. His friend Nigel Callender, who was left paralyzed by the attack, said Peters had been complaining about Alexander's demands for money for months. The day of the murder, he said, the couple got into a physical fight at her apartment. When she fled for the door, Peters pulled out a gun from his waistband... Prosecutors charged that Peters killed Alexander, 29, in her Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment after she refused to back down from pursuing child support payments for their son and daughter. Last week, the ex-cop took the witness stand and told jurors he "never" would have harmed the mother of his two children. He noted he even gained custody of the kids after her death... Callender finally cooperated with prosecutors when he was charged with immigration fraud. Prosecutors cut him a deal in return for his help with the case...

'GHOST' HAUNTS MURDERER: GAL PAL'S WORDS PUT KILLER COP IN JAIL FOR LIFE
New York Post
By Alex Ginsberg
October 26, 2006

A federal immigration agent, coldly gunned down by her cop boyfriend, spoke from beyond the grave yesterday, her words of fear and anguish - written shortly before her violent death - given voice by the prosecutor at her killer's sentencing.

"I feel something is going to happen and happen real soon," Juliet "Wendy" Alexander wrote on Jan. 3, 2001 - 13 days before she was shot three times in the head in her Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, home.

In the roughly 400-word personal essay, found on a computer disk by cold-case detectives hunting her killer, the 29-year-old Alexander wrote with chilling prescience of ex-beau Martin Peters, an NYPD sergeant with whom she was embroiled in a nasty child-support battle.

"Martin once said to me, 'If I can't have you, no one will,' " she wrote in the essay, read in court by Assistant DA Michel Spanakos. "Now you see why I keep looking over my shoulders. If this is the way it has to end, I am prepared to meet my maker."

Peters, 43, was convicted in September of shooting Alexander and putting his own best friend, Nigel Callender, in a wheelchair for life. At trial, jurors heard evidence that Peters had a six-figure debt and was struggling to make hefty child-support payments.

Callender insisted to investigators that the shooter was a stranger, but in 2005, under pressure, he flipped and agreed to testify, braving death threats from his former buddy.

Alexander's heart-rending essay wasn't admissible as evidence at the trial, but proved useful at sentencing yesterday in sealing Peters' fate: 43 years to life in state prison for murder, attempted murder and witness intimidation.

In the essay, Alexander revisited the tortured landscape of their 15 years together, much of which came out at trial before Justice Priscilla Hall - but never in her own words.

"When I met Martin Peters darkness took over my life," she wrote. "I always thought that everyone had a mind of their own. I guess that I was not quite mature enough to deal with an older man. Although I was a woman who was physically, mentally and verbally abused, I was not strong enough to talk to somebody about it."

Investigators found a card bearing an 800 number for domestic-violence support in the dead woman's wallet, but no evidence she ever used it.

Peters, who has maintained his innocence throughout and even testified in his own defense, remained defiant.

"I would like to let the court know that I did not kill Wendy," said Peters. "I did not shoot Nigel. These are things I would not think of doing and I am not responsible for any of these crimes."

Mingled with the foreboding in Alexander's writing was the sense that she was on the verge of moving past Peters and leading a normal, happy life.

"I want to rise above all my downfalls," she wrote. "I want to be free of Martin Peters. I want to be able to go on with my life, without living in fear. I want a miracle. I want to wake up one day and all this harassment and this abuse is all over."

SAW HER OWN DEATH: COP IN GRIM DIARY ENTRY GETS 43 YRS.
New York Daily News
BY NANCIE L. KATZ
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
October 26, 2006

Juliet Alexander and police officer Martin Peters had a stormy relationship - and in her diary, she predicted he'd kill her.

Peters was sentenced yesterday to 43 years to life in her murder.

Juliet Alexander knew she was going to be killed.

And her prophetic words - written just days before her ex-lover, an NYPD sergeant, pumped three bullets into her head - resounded yesterday at his sentencing in a courtroom packed with her weeping relatives and friends.

"When I met Martin Peters, darkness took over my life," Alexander, 29, typed on Jan. 3, 2001, into the personal diary she kept on her computer.

"The fear in me is so strong that I feel something is going to happen and happen real soon," Brooklyn prosecutor Michael Spanakos read, quoting from her entry.

"As Martin once said to me, 'If I can't have you, no one will.' Now you see why I keep looking over my shoulders. If this is the way it has to end, I am prepared to meet my maker.

"The end."

Peters, 43, who joined the NYPD in 1996, had bragged that his status as an officer would shield him from suspicion.

But last month he was convicted of killing Alexander and shooting and paralyzing his friend, Nigel Callender, who witnessed the Jan. 16, 2001, murder.

Yesterday, a judge slammed him with a prison term of 43 years to life, as he continued to profess his innocence.

"I did not kill Wendy," he told Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Hall, referring to Alexander's nickname. "These are things I would not think of doing."

But prosecutors said Peters killed Alexander, a federal immigration officer, because she had been demanding he pay child support for their two children.

Dubbed Marty the Murderer by fellow cops, Peters evaded arrest for four years by threatening to kill Callender if he ever ratted - and even gained custody of his children.

Then savvy NYPD Cold Case detectives finally threatened to press immigration charges against Callender if he did not testify.

He relented and told jurors how Peters attacked Alexander - then shot him when he refused to help.

Yesterday, Alexander's mother, Sylvia Garcia, said Peters used his position in the NYPD to intimidate her family and keep them from reporting years of physical and verbal abuse against her daughter.

In the diary, discovered by detectives in 2004, Alexander wrote, "What do I want out of my life? I want to be free of Martin Peters. I want to go on with my life without living in fear. I wanted to reach the top. ... I want a miracle."

Hall's sentence may not have been that. But for Garcia, it brought justice.

"He deserved what he got," she said. "Finally, I can put my daughter to rest."
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14 comments:

  1. I was so taken with her diary I forgot to mention he got 43 years to life.

    Former NYPD Sgt. Sentenced in Slay of Ex-Girlfriend
    1010 WINS
    Wednesday, 25 October 2006
    A former police sergeant convicted of killing the mother of their two children in a dispute over child support payments and injuring a friend was sentenced Wednesday to 43 years to life in prison, prosecutors said... As Alexander tried to run away, Peters shot her in the head. Peters then threatened to kill Callender and his family if he identified Peters to police. Peters repeated the threat a couple of days later when he visited Callender at a hospital...

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  2. Ex-cop dubbed 'Marty the Murderer' guilty in slaying
    New York Daily News - Sep 27 1:38 AM
    BY NANCIE L. KATZ
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    An ex-cop who almost got away with his ex-girlfriend's murder by threatening to kill the only witness was convicted yesterday in the chilling attack.

    Former Sgt. Martin Peters, 43, did not react after a Brooklyn jury found him guilty of executing Juliet Alexander, the mother of his two children, and then pumping two bullets into a childhood friend who saw the Jan. 16, 2001, murder.

    Dubbed "Marty the Murderer" by fellow cops, Peters faces up to 25 years to life behind bars for killing Alexander, a federal immigration officer, and for shooting friend Nigel Callender, who was left paralyzed by the attack.

    Prosecutors charged that Peters killed Alexander, 29, in her Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment after she refused to back down from pursuing child support payments for their son and daughter.

    Last week, the ex-cop took the witness stand and told jurors he "never" would have harmed the mother of his two children. He noted he even gained custody of the kids after her death.

    But his story was trashed by Callender, who broke a four-year silence after being confronted with immigration fraud charges in June 2005.

    He told jurors he kept quiet because Peters held a gun to his head, threatening he would "rid me and my family" if he ever squealed.

    Callender, 33, said Peters had been complaining about Alexander's demands for money for months. The day of the murder, he said, the couple got into a physical fight at her apartment. When she fled for the door, Peters pulled out a gun from his waistband, Callender said.

    Peters, a native of Trinidad who joined the NYPD in 1995, was the first city cop to be convicted of murder since Officer Richard DiGuglielmo was found guilty in 1997 of killing a motorist in a dispute over a parking space.

    With Alison Gendar

    Originally published on September 27, 2006

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime_file/story/456028p-383776c.html

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  3. AnonymousMay 21, 2010

    They need to kill his ass in jail. he disrupt a whole family even his own kids life. The kids are still confuse and having trouble dealing with this situation. Rot in hell Martin.

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  4. The "Matin Peters" case was the last one of my career. I retired less then one year after arresting him for the murder of Juliet "Wendy" Alexander. I remember being somewhat reluctant to investigate a case in which the suspect was an active NYPD member. However, after reviewing the file I felt compelled to bring this animal to justice. I'm very grateful that my partners and I were able to bring some closure and relief to Ms. Garcia, (Wendy's mother)and the rest of her family as well. I pray that her children and mom are doing well. God Bless- Bobby Santiago, NYPD RETIRED

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  5. Thank you Mr. Santiago for sharing that, thank you for pursuing justice on this case, and thank you for keeping it real and honest here by saying there's a reluctance to investigate. This is years later and we do want to take that reluctance on. I am not sure what it will take but if you want to help I'll make you coffee. :)

    I realize what we are up against but when you stand back so many have died silently with no one to pursue their justice. I know you understand. I love this article:

    "A FAMILY AFFAIR"
    POLICE: The Law Enforcement Magazine
    Issue, February 2005
    by Gina Gallo
    http://www.policemag.com/t_cipick.cfm?rank=90855
    (The author of the following article, Chicago PD Officer Gina Gallo also wrote the book, Armed and Dangerous : Memoirs of a Chicago Policewoman)

    A few excerpts:

    ...Retired Chicago Police Department Homicide Lt. Dennis Banahan believes it would be impossible to estimate the number of domestic homicides that occurred within police families during his 31-year career because of the unofficial protocol for handling such cases. “Since the earliest days of law enforcement, domestic violence in police families was considered an officer’s personal business, one of those private realms into which departmental administrators chose not to involve themselves,” Banahan says. “Their attitude was that unless the problem affected an officer’s job performance, they’d prefer to ignore it. Whatever happened behind closed doors remained private. Since a large part of a cop’s M.O. is to maintain a game face, personal problems were considered just more of what we were expected to suck up and keep hidden”...

    ...“She’d be told that an arrest would serve no one’s best interests, and would absolutely jeopardize the officer’s job, thereby threatening the family’s security,” says Banahan. “That was a rationale I always found particularly offensive. In effect, that’s telling a bleeding victim, ‘Hey, sorry about the broken arm and that your nose will never be the same again, but drop a dime on this guy and you’ll all be in the welfare line tomorrow’”...

    ...One cop, a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, still vividly remembers his first experience with a police-involved domestic homicide. In that case the officer locked his kids in the bedroom before beating and killing his wife, and then he shot himself. “There was never any question of how it would be handled,” says the officer, who asked to remain anonymous. “As the new kid, I was schooled by my supervisors in ‘the police way’ of doing things. And there I was, a green kid struggling to handle all of this while my sergeant was telling me, ‘This is a police family, so we gotta take care of things. This was one of our own, and we owe him that’”...

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  6. I'm not sure what I can do to help, but if there is something that you think I could do I would be willing to listen. Cases like these happen far too often. Martin Peters represents the worst of the worst, and I'm glad to know that he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. That is truely where he belongs. - Bobby Santiago

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  7. AnonymousJune 03, 2011

    Love you always Juliet.

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  8. AnonymousJune 03, 2011

    You will always be remembered

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  9. Southern District of New York
    U.S. ATTORNEY CHARGES NEW YORK CITY POLICE SERGEANT WITH THREE SEPARATE FRAUD SCHEMES
    APRIL 12, 2005
    href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/April05/petersmartinindictmentpr.pdf

    DAVID N. KELLEY, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, RUTH RITZEMA, the Special Agent in Charge for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”), Office of Inspector General (“OIG”), and MARTIN D. FICKE, the Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), announced today that MARTIN PETERS, a Sergeant with the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), has been charged in an Indictment and a Complaint with three separate fraud schemes -- conspiring to take HUD rental subsidies to which he was not entitled, falsely reporting his household income and expenses in a bankruptcy filing and obtaining United States citizenship through a sham marriage. MARTIN PETERS’ parents, CLAUDETTE PETERS and ALFRED PETERS, were also charged in the HUD scheme.,,

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  10. I miss you so much Wendy. I will never forget you, cousin. I'll see you on the other side. love you always xoxo

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  11. Justice should be served...but also all of you need to learn to forgive also...people make mistakes...sometimes tragic ones...but it doesnt mean that they are not sorry or shouldnt be forgiven or allowed a second chance at life...i understand your pain but also see alot of hate....someday you will be judged maybe you should learn to forgive if you want to be forgiven...rest in peace juliet and God watch over Randall and Reneisha..and give peace and mercy to Martin xo

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  12. Actually martin aka trini is going pretty darn well for himself In Clinton APPU. I was his neighbor. He gets trailer visits tons of food and is a really friendly guy

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  13. You get trailer visits after murdering a woman? Does anyone know how to get that info officially?

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  14. I worked with Martin in Trinidad and he was well liked by everyone espicially the ladies. He will have to face his karma which only just began here on earth.

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