When a woman senses she is about to be killed by her spouse, almost always her predominant concern is that her killer will not have custody of her children. When I heard that Peterson had been arrested - that is all I cared about - that the children were freed. I had feared for them, with crazy scenarios of a possible grand finale that included their sweet lives.
The $20M that it would take to spring this man gives my mother heart solace.
Thank you to everyone!!!!!
[IL] Drew Peterson arrest press conference - PART 1
MAY 7 2009
MAY 7 2009 BOLLINGBROOK EX POLICE SGT DREW PETERSON ARRESTED. THIS IS THE PRESS CONFERENCE. THANK YOU TO ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT, MEDIA, FAMILY, AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL WHO BROUGHT THIS DAY TO BE. AS A MOTHER - I THANK YOU ALL WITH TEARS FOR THE PEACE FINALLY COMING TO THE RESTLESS SOULS OF THE TWO MOTHERS WHOSE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN IN DREW PETERSON'S CARE UNTIL NOW. THANK YOU!!!!!
[IL] Drew Peterson arrest press conference - PART 2
Raw video of Drew Peterson arrest
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CNN Ex Cop Drew Peterson Arrested For Murdering Ex Wife
Drew Peterson, the brash, mustachioed former police sergeant who found tabloid fame after his fourth wife's disappearance more than 1 1/2 years ago, was indicted Thursday in the drowning of an ex-wife found dead in an empty bathtub in 2004.
Authorities say former Illinois police sergeant Drew Peterson has been indicted on a murder charge in the death of his third wife.
Authorities say former Illinois police sergeant Drew Peterson has been indicted on a murder charge in the death of his third wife. His also a suspect in the disappearance of his 4th wife, Stacy. (May 7)
Drew Peterson charged with murder
Drew Peterson, the brash, mustachioed former police sergeant who found tabloid fame after his fourth wife's disappearance more than 1 1/2 years ago, was indicted Thursday in the drowning of an ex-wife found dead in an empty bathtub in 2004. Peterson, charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kathleen Savio, was arrested during an evening traffic stop near his Bolingbrook home and was being held on $20 million bond, Illinois State Police Captain Carl Dobrich said.
[IL] DREW PETERSON ARREST THE MORNING AFTER
MAY 8 2007
Previous blog entries on Behind the Blue Wall:
- [IL] Stacy Peterson, wife of Police Sgt. Peterson, is missing
- [IL] 18 domestic reports before cop's wife - Kathleen's - "accident"
- [IL] The price for blue silence - Stacy and Kathleen
- [IL] Murder suspect Sgt. Peterson reaches out to attorneys of America
- [IL] Sgt. Peterson says he's a very misunderstood man
- Sgt. Drew Peterson Still Free Despite Killing Kathy and Stacy
- [IL] Woe is Drew - He'd rather be a celebrity for something good
- What it sounds like when their women are missing
- [IL] How cops handle colleagues' domestic violence charges
- [IL] Peterson case: What about the kids?
- [IL] Birthday for missing ex sgt.'s wife Stacy Peterson & optimism from Chief.
- [IL] Ex-Sgt Peterson shocked Kathleen's death is ruled homicide?
- [IL] In Kathleen Savio's own words
- [IL] Ex-sgt Peterson's neighbor: "In the event that anything happens to me..."
- [IL] See blog calling for action on ex-Sgt. Drew Peterson crimes
- [IL] Resigned Sgt. Peterson - the problem is everyone & everything but him
- [IL] Stacy's still missing, Kathleen's still murdered, & Ex-Sgt Peterson is jailed, released on weapons charge
- [IL] A voice for missing Stacy, a new book's released, Drew's folding gun & his vacation with the kids
- [IL] Ex-Sgt. Peterson's friends were wired for sound.
- [IL] Kathleen Savio's fingernails were cut short, & Stacy was Sgt. Peterson's alibi
- [IL] November brings a new, retroactive law with ex-Sgt. Drew Peterson at it's heart
- [IL] I refuse to post more ex-sgt. Drew Peterson news or pictures of his external face until he is arrested
- [IL] Ex Sgt. Peterson sued over death of his 3rd wife Kathleen Savio
- [IL] Cassandra Cales tells ex-Police Sgt. Drew Peterson what time it is
DREW PETERSON ARRESTED IN 3RD WIFE’S DEATH
Indictment alleges ex-police officer caused spouse 'to inhale fluid' in 2004
May 8, 2009
LOCKPORT, Ill. - Drew Peterson, the former police sergeant who went on a high-profile media blitz after his fourth wife's disappearance, is due to make his first court appearance Friday in the drowning death of an ex-wife found dead in an empty bathtub in 2004.
Peterson, 55, was scheduled to be arraigned on charges of first-degree murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
He was arrested during an evening traffic stop Thursday near his Bolingbrook home and was held on $20 million bond, Illinois State Police Capt. Carl Dobrich said.
"We are very confident in our case," Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said.
Savio's body was found in a dry bathtub, hair soaked in blood from a head wound, just before the couple's divorce settlement was finalized. Her death originally was ruled an accidental drowning but authorities later said it was a homicide staged to look like an accident.
The indictment alleges that "Peterson on or about Feb. 29, 2004 ... caused Kathleen Savio to inhale fluid," causing her death.
Savio's family has long voiced suspicions, saying she feared Peterson and told relatives if she died it would not be an accident. Their fears resurfaced after the October 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, then 23.
Drew Peterson is a suspect in the disappearance, which police have called a possible homicide. But he has not been charged and has repeatedly said he thinks Stacy Peterson ran off with another man.
"I guess I should have returned those library books," a handcuffed Peterson said as state police led him into headquarters following his arrest, according to The (Joliet) Herald-News.
One of Peterson's attorneys, Andrew Abood, said the indictment was not a complete surprise.
"There was tremendous pressure for the government to do something in this case," Abood said Thursday evening. But Abood said one of Peterson's sons with Savio has "provided a lock-tight alibi" for his father, who faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
In an appearance on CBS' "The Early Show" last month, 16-year-old Thomas Peterson appeared alongside his father and defended him.
"I highly do not believe that my dad had murdered my mom. Because, first off, he wasn't there, he was with us during that period of time," Thomas Peterson said on the show.
Peterson has seemed to relish the spotlight since Stacy Peterson's disappearance, appearing in a People magazine cover story and on multiple national talk shows — most recently to tout his new engagement to a 24-year-old woman.
From the day Stacy Peterson was reported missing, her husband, a cop of nearly 30 years, knew if investigators weren't focused on him, they soon would be. And it wasn't two weeks before the Illinois State Police made it official, calling Peterson a suspect and her disappearance a possible homicide.
When at the same time authorities announced they believed Savio's death looked like it was a homicide, Peterson knew authorities were looking closely at him as well.
"The husband is always a suspect, whether you declare him so or not," another of Peterson's attorneys, Joel Brodsky, said when authorities revealed an autopsy on Savio's exhumed body showed she was murdered.
Savio's body was found by a friend of Peterson after the police sergeant called him to say he was worried because he had not talked to or seen Savio for a few days. The couple had recently divorced.
The friend, Steve Carcerano, has said he went to the house and went upstairs while Peterson waited downstairs. When he found Savio's body in the bathtub, he called downstairs to Peterson, who has said he then ran upstairs, took Savio's pulse, but found none.
Peterson's next wife was Stacy, who was 30 years younger. They had two children, who lived with the couple along with Peterson's two children from his marriage to Savio.
On the morning of Oct. 28, 2007, Stacy Peterson talked to a friend. Stacy's sister, Cassandra Cales, tried to call her in the middle of the afternoon, and did not get through. Late that night, Cales went to Peterson's home, but neither Drew nor Stacy was there. A few minutes later, she reached Peterson on his cell phone, with Peterson telling her that Stacy had left him.
Cales didn't believe it and reported her sister missing the next day.
Pamela Bosco, a friend of Stacy's family who has acted as an unofficial family spokeswoman, said "we're just happy for the Savio family."
"We always said that Stacy and Kathleen had one thing in common ... Drew Peterson," Bosco said.
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