What ever happened to Drew Peterson?
One time Illinois police sergeant Drew Peterson is best known for his purported involvement in the murder of his fourth wife, Stacey Peterson, and for his half crazed behavior in front of the news media.
Stacey Peterson went missing on October 28, 2007. She was officially reported missing in the early hours of October 29, 2007, after her sister, Cassandra Cales, failed to hear from Stacey when she expected to. Drew Peterson claims that Stacy called him at 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 30 to tell him that she had left him for another man and that she had left her car at Clow International Airport.
During the subsequent investigation, the media hounded Drew Peterson about a mysterious “blue barrel”, purchased from a cable company and originally used to store heavy equipment. According to testimony, the barrel was big enough to “contain a body”. Peterson and his stepbrother Thomas Morphey allegedly carried the barrel from the Peterson home into Drew’s SUV a few days after Stacey’s disappearance, and Morphey attempted suicide a few days later, fearing he had helped dispose of Stacey Peterson’s body. There were rumors that Stacey Peterson was cheating on her husband, and that Drew knew who the man was and had buried the body on this mystery man’s property to frame him for the murder.
However, none of these theories were ever put to the test. No body was ever found, and no charges were brought against Drew Peterson.
Until May 7, 2009, when Drew Peterson was taken into custody for the murder of his third wife, a woman named Kathleen Savio.
Always a charmer, Drew Peterson had this to say to cameras as he was being led from his home in handcuffs: “I guess I should have returned those library books.”
Drew Peterson was charged yesterday with two counts — murder and assault in a manner that is expected to cause death. He is currently being held on $20 million bail, due to what officials perceive as a serious “flight risk”.
Prosecutors did not offer many new details at their evening press conference on the day of Drew Peterson’s arrest – apparently they did this to avoid tainting the jury pool. A change of venue request by the defense is expected, claiming that Peterson could never get a fair trial after all the media attention on him, but prosecutors want to keep Drew Peterson in their jurisdiction.
During the press conference, it was revealed that prior court testimony offered by Kathleen Savio herself may now be entered into evidence under a new law in Illinois. Previous court statements by Kathleen, as well as excerpts from her letters and journals will now be admissible under changes to hearsay rule exceptions. This means Kathleen Savio could testify against her own murderer during his upcoming murder trial.
How’d they finally catch him for a murder that allegedly occurred in 2004? In the process of the investigation into what might have happened to Stacey Peterson, police discovered that Drew’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, had died of an “accidental drowning” in the shower. Red flags everywhere.
After reopening the case, police learned of compelling evidence that Savio’s death was a murder. The biggest tip off, according to detectives, was evidence that Kathleen Savio drowned in a dry bathtub.
The death of Kathleen Savio four years ago was ruled an accident at first. She was found dead in her bathtub shortly before her divorce with Drew Peterson was finalized. Though no suspicions officially arose at that time, after the disappearance of Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacey, and allegations of abuse from his first and second wives, police got interested in Savio’s death.
Savio’s body was exhumed late last year after he was named a person of interest in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacey. His claims that Stacey Peterson ran off with another man are still unconfirmed – in fact, her parents claim that Stacey was looking into a divorce. Not a good thing to do if you’re married to Drew Peterson, according to police.
“We have been investigating this as a murder since reopening the case in November of last year,” Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said. “We now have a scientific basis to formally and publicly classify it as such.”