Recently, I came across a Facebook comment from Tom Morphey‘s sister, Sue Cathcart. She wrote, “The entire Morphey family is anxiously awaiting SOMETHING to put this murderer away! It is incomprehensible that Drew is walking around a free man, destroying the lives of his innocent children and mocking the justice system. I pray for some closure for Kathleen & Stacy’s families, and normalcy for the Morphey family. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged and supported my brother, Tommy, during this difficult time for him.”
Sue isn’t the only person to come forward in support of Tom Morphey, the man who claims to have helped his brother move a blue container from Drew Peterson’s house the night that Stacy Peterson went missing. Tom’s brother, John Morphey, has also spoken publicly in defense of his brother. He’s described Tom as a man with a past of drug and alcohol abuse, but also as a man who has worked hard to clean up. He describes his brother as trusting and loyal saying “He’s loyal to a fault. Put it this way: His sophomore year of high school, he was playing football [at Hinsdale South High School] and one of the guys on his team picked up the ball and ran the wrong way. Tom blocked for him.”
Tom’s friend Walter Martinek says, “He’s a down-to-earth person. He’ll give you the shirt off his back. I can’t say nothing bad about him. His past is his past. From when I moved into the neighborhood six years ago, I’ve never seen no problems whatsoever.”
These people have all come forward in support of a man who Drew Peterson’s defense is trying to paint as someone with “severe mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction“; someone who lies and hallucinates; a man who thirsts so much for approval that he’ll admit to knowing about and being involved in the murder of his sister-in-law. Yet, there are people who will stand up to vouch for and defend Tom Morphey.
So, where are Drew Peterson’s supporters?
The man has family, and as a thirty-year veteran of the Bolingbrook Police Department he certainly is well known in his community. Where is the support for their family member and friend? Where is the outrage?
If you ask Drew, he’ll say that he has supporters but we don’t hear from them because the media is determined to only paint him in a negative light. “Sinister sells better and the media, if they keep me mischievous or if they keep me looking bad, it sells better.”
Let us pretend for a minute that what he says is true and the mainstream media has received an outpouring of support from Drew’s friends and family that they simply choose not to publish. How about the non-mainstream media? What about blogs? What about T-shirts? What about posters and billboards and fund-raisers and public displays of solidarity and support? Was there some invisible group of protesters on the court-house steps during his gun charge and estate hearings? Because I didn’t see them.
What we have seen are people who were friends of Drew Peterson, leaving his side. People like Sharon Bychowski, Ric Mims, Paula Stark and Lenny Wawczak saying that they believe Drew killed his two wives, and even working with law enforcement to get him indicted. Allegedly, Drew’s own son, Eric, refuses to speak to him.
Of course Drew has been able to replace a few friends with people who have something to gain by getting close to his notoriety: lawyers, PR people, radio show hosts; he even got himself a new girlfriend who’s willing to risk the safety of herself and her two little children just to wallow in the bad-boy smell of Drew Peterson.
In my opinion, when your best friends are your lawyer and a washed-up ex-shock jock it’s a clear sign that you’re out of friends, and the reason for that has nothing to do with the media.
Thanks to Rescueapet for the story idea and to Bucketoftea for the photos of the “Drew Peterson Clubhouse”. Also, I swiped the photo at top from the Herald News. It was submitted by Tom Morphey and Len Wawczak.