Man who told police of blue barrel appears before grand jury

By Danya Hooker, dhooker@mysuburbanlife.com

A friend of Drew Peterson’s step-brother appeared Thursday before a special grand jury investigating the disappearance of Peterson’s fourth wife and the death of his third wife.

Although Walter Martineck Jr. of Bolingbrook declined to discuss his grand jury appearance Thursday, his story made headlines in late November when he told media outlets about a bizarre encounter with his friend and neighbor Tom Morphey, Drew Peterson’s step-brother.

Martineck said a distraught Morphey came to his home the night Stacy Peterson disappeared and told Martineck he believed he had just helped his step-brother dispose of his wife’s body. Morphey allegedly said he helped Drew Peterson move a large blue barrel from the Peterson’s home to his step-brother’s SUV. Martineck said Morphey believed the barrel contained Stacy Peterson’s body because it was warm to the touch.

Shortly after the confession, Morphey allegedly attempted suicide, prompting Martineck to tell state police about the incident two days after Stacy Peterson disappeared on Oct. 28.

The statement led investigators and private search teams on an extensive search for the elusive blue barrel.

Al and Betty Morphey, Drew Peterson’s mother and step-father, testified before the grand jury on March 20 but also declined to discuss their testimony.

Drew Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer, is considered a suspect in his wife’s disappearance, which police are calling a potential homicide. The case lead investigators to revisit the March 2004 drowning of Peterson’s third wife Kathleen Savio, which was recently ruled a homicide.

Peterson has denied any wrongdoing in either case and has not been charged with a crime.

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32 thoughts on “Man who told police of blue barrel appears before grand jury

  1. I wonder how many more people they will talk to ? The list seems endless. They need to make up their minds and get on with what ever needs to be done. I doubt if it goes to trial that it can be heard in this area, too many people upset and this has gone national for so long. Change of venue would probally happen.Finding a jury will not be easy, too much press.

  2. exlawenforcement says”Change of venue would probally happen.Finding a jury will not be easy, too much press”

    Ya think????
    Watch Larry King Live.
    Wonder whose idea that was.??
    I would guess the guys running Drews show.
    They are dumb enough to hype it with saying how they are changing his image. Of all things to say when they are trying to prove Drew was sincere all these months. These guys are just out to make a buck.
    unbelievable.

  3. Who is making money ? Larry King does not pay his guests, plus Drew was invited, he did not ask to be on there.His image is as its always been, just being himself. People on the other side of this have no problem with the press either and they are making money.

  4. Who on the “other side” is making money? Other than Ric Mims. It seems to me the only ones looking to make money off this are the ones looking for book deals: Drew, Brodsky, and Selig. Even Brodsky’s partner thinks they are out of line.

  5. Who said anything about book deals ? I doubt that will happen any time soon. Mean time the e mails are really going in on larry kings site and I know the phone lines will be lit up, they need a 2 hour show to cover it all. Do you know why stacy wanted a divorce ? Did she tell anyone why ?

  6. Exlaw, I have a HUGE suspicion that you are a lot more informed about this case than you’re letting on. In my opinion, you already know more about it than anyone else on here, and I think you’re trying to pretend to be something you’re not…. uniformed for one thing, but I suspect there are many more things as well….just my opinion

  7. I can’t get Larry King here in Western Australia, but I hope Drewpy made a “twit” of himself as usual. Please keep him in the news, this is the only way that we may get “closure” for both Kathleen and Stacy’s families. I hope they VOID his FOID forever…murder suspects should not be allowed to have weapons. {The police should get a search warrant to collect the “folding gun” & others that DP stated on TV that they didn’t confiscate!} This D{isgusting} P{erson} will have disposed of Stacy in the most “cunning way possible”…I urge the families to request assistance from Forensic Psycics & Mediums…IMO that will be the only way they will discover her body.

  8. Jill
    Here is a video clip, from Larry King Live, with DP on it. From his interview tonight.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2008/04/11/lkl.drew.peterson.cnn?iref=videosearch

    This is the transcript of the show, you can read, the whole interview. This is the best I can do.

    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0804/11/lkl.01.html

    Yes, he made a “twit” of himself, he always does. His answers, are so rehearsed, and Totally Unbelievable, you would think, that in 5 months, they could have come up with something better, than “Everyone is either a liar, mental, or jealous, and still mad, After 25 years., just fabricating things, Everyone is Wrong, Except Me, Defense is Ridiculous. I am so glad he went on another t.v. program, it just reaffirms how really stupid he sounds. IMO
    Hope you can find the video, and transcript.
    I love your D(isgusting) P(erson). Do you mind if I use that, also? Thanks

  9. In 5 months the other side has not come up with something better either, that makes everyone even. Same old comments from the family, but I guess that is okay. Just as long as drew does not do the same thing.

  10. I am sorry I mean’t to say the PR group. Even If LK doesn’t pay Drew, Drew has to pay his PR guy for his effort. PR announced it on their site as if PR was the one who got drew the Gig.

    exlawenforcement says”Change of venue would probally happen.Finding a jury will not be easy, too much press”

    Yorkie says…
    Ya think????
    Watch Larry King Live.
    Wonder whose idea that was.??
    I would guess the guys running Drews show.
    They are dumb enough to hype it with saying how they are changing his image. Of all things to say when they are trying to prove Drew was sincere all these months. These guys are just out to make a buck.
    unbelievable.

    exlawenforcement, on April 11th, 2008 at 7:17 am Said:
    Who is making money ? Larry King does not pay his guests, plus Drew was invited, he did not ask to be on there.His image is as its always been, just being himself. People on the other side of this have no problem with the press either and they are making money.

  11. According to the Herald News 69 per cent of people did not watch Larry King which once again proves that the public is sick & tired of the entire mess.Even the call in line shows that too. Enough already.

  12. Leslie wrote on April 11 ‘Drew Peterson is a guilty scum. His composure is unsettling. His demise will come….’

    How do you know he is guilty? Is that your opinion or do you have evidence? And if you do you have evidence, I sure hope you have passed it along to the authorities, cuz if you didn’t, wouldn’t that make you guilty of withholding evidence from a police investigation?

  13. Exlaw, I believe there are more that understand, but like you said it’s tiring and I believe that’s what they have become.
    And before anyone even thinks about saying I’m Drew or Exlawenforcement, I am a male who lives in Joliet but I do work in Bolingbrook and not for the PD.

  14. Scott, it’s acutally kind of nice to see someone stand up for Drew for a change. Most everyone here has very strongly criticized Drew and his attorney, including me. Although at times, I do feel sorry for the guy about some things. If he reads all this stuff on this site, and the other one, you know it has to make him feel pretty lousy. That’s why people write it, plus they feel the need to vent their frustrations and beliefs. I’m also one of those people who truly believes he had something to do with Stacy’s disappearance, so that means if he did, he brought all of this on himself. If he’s found not guilty, I have written before that I would be one of the first to apologize. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all turns our won’t we? But it was nice to see someone come to his defense for a change. You’ll probably catch some flak about it though, but at least you weren’t afraid to say what you thought.

  15. Scott good for you, atleast I know I am not alone in this.My heart goes out to Drew every day. I just cannot help it, my gut tells me I am doing the right thing. Its almost like seeing a cop go down on the job, it hurts and it really bothers me. This has gone so far out of control its almost sick.

  16. Hi Glen,

    Change your name to Scott. You can change your name, but not your thinking. I was wondering what happened to you. Haven’t seen you on here for a while. Sure you’re not JB or DP?
    You have been gone about as long as they were gone.
    Come back and start the same ole crap. Telling everyone what they have to post. Leslie, I agree with you . Drew is the scum of the earth, and is guilty. Don’t worry about what Glen-Scott- says, he does that to everyone, but he just can’t seem to follow his own advice. I am still waiting to see your Proof.
    Just more of my opinions

  17. The State has all the proof they need. Sooner or later Stacy will be found. Any day, any hour, any second a warrant WILL be issued, a pounding on the door…. especially now that Stephen’s supended and can’t be point-man.

  18. jeannienphoenix, hate to disappoint you but I am not Glen. And Scott is the name I was born with and not going to change it either. And asking questions are telling people what they can say? More of my proof of what? That Drew has not been charged of anything, hasn’t had a trial, but yet as you say is guilty. So much for innocent until PROVEN guilty.

  19. Leslie, on April 11th, 2008 at 10:26 pm Said:
    Drew Peterson is a guilty scum. His composure is unsettling. His demise will come….

    scott, on April 14th, 2008 at 7:59 pm Said:
    How do you know he is guilty? Is that your opinion or do you have evidence? And if you do you have evidence, I sure hope you have passed it along to the authorities, cuz if you didn’t, wouldn’t that make you guilty of withholding evidence from a police investigation?

    Scott,

    Yes, jeannienphoenix, and Leslie have … Dare i say it, … OPINIONS.

    What the hell were you expecting on a blog ? Evidentiary disclosure ? Even Brodsky can’t get that until Drew is indicted.

    That’s why they spin, spin, spin …dancing clowns in the media circus of their own making. To deflect public attention from things like a murder confession, money transfers, a fake will, forged signatures, a bullet hole in the bedroom, and a daunting number of people who seem to be saying eerily similar things about Drew.

    So i suggest you read relevant news articles rather than aggressively demanding “evidence” from posters on blogs.

    i have a hunch that you have alot of catching up to do.

  20. Scott here we go with the man bashing again. You are entitled o what you think. They are scared to death that they are wrong and people who support drew cannot be right. They are to be disappointed. Talk about spin, they have their own. Drew is not out there selling cheap products to the public. and making Stacy look dumb and trashy.The problem is that they do not think anyone but them can put their two cents in.

  21. Exlaw, my opinion of why there hasn’t been an arrest yet is:

    There is no body, YET. Because there is no body, the officials are waiting to hear all of the grand jury testimony and for that to be concluded. As I’m sure you know, circumstantial evidence is harder to prosecute, so they want to have all of their ducks in a row to make this stick when the arrest is made. Apparently, LE doesn’t believe Drew is a flight risk because of the children, or because he maintains his innocence, or for whatever reason, who knows? So they’re letting him stay where he can be watched while they’re building their case. As someone said, his neightborhood is probably the safest one in Bolingbrook because of the media nad police, etc. I truly believe an arrest is forthcoming, but without a body, careful steps have to be taken to make it stick. As exlaw, I’m sure you know this.

    As for Stacy’s friends and family helping to look for her, I’m sure LE has very much welcomed their help, as they probably do not have anywhere near enough manpower to cover the areas these searchers do. If more people did the same for other missing persons cases, more missing people might be found. At least LE is involved and giving training on what to serach for and how to search, which will make future searches more productive in my opinion. Who knows, these searchers may come across other evidence in other cases, or even other bodies as well??!!! Besides, the fact that so many people continue to help after all this time speaks volumes, in my opinion. They WANT to do this!!! Even one of Drew’s stepbrothers is helping with his boat, and is behind this search 100%. What does that tell you?

    You’re certainly entitled to your opinion that the shirts, etc that the search group is selling to help raise money make Stacy “look dumb and trashy” as you said, but I don’t quite understand how or why you feel it does. Desperate situations call for desperate measures, and this group has tried their best to come up with all sorts of fund raising opportunities to help the search efforts. So far, most of them has been pretty successful. The point is…they care enough to try whatever they can to help find this missing mother, sister, daughter, neice, friend, and yes, even wife. Besides, I don’t think what they are doing is any worse than what Drew did when he put up a web site begging for donations for a defense fund when he wasn’t even charged with anything yet. Speaking of “dumb and trashy!!!” But then, we can’t all agree on everything since we have different opinions, can we? And you’re right about some people feeling that their opinion should be the only one, but that’s what blogs are for….to voice differing opinions. Yours and mine may be entirely different, but I will defend either of our rights to express them, no matter how much they oppose each other. And yes, there are some forums that want nothing but support for Stacy and encourage Drew bashing, but that’s their forum. I think they’re very informative, and there are some wonderful people on there, but sometimes I have a hard time digesting the unbelievable cruelty to (and about) other people in some of the posts. But, there are a lot of angry people about all of this, and posting is just a way for them to vent their anger. I’ve done it too, but hopefully not too maliciously.

    Why do you say the time is long past for finding the truth? Would you please explain that? Also, I don’t believe for one second that “they” are scared to death they are wrong. In fact, they so firmly believe they are right, that’s exactly why they haven’t given up and walked away from this, and I don’t believe they will any time soon. Hence, the fundraising projects that you have criticized. And no, Drew isn’t out there selling products to the public, but he is trying to sell himself to the public on TV and other media, and he’s REALLY made himself look dumb, and so has his attorney….in my opinion.

  22. Exlaw, a question for you. Going by your name. Were you in PD? If so, would a person of interest be allowed to leave the state?
    Concerned for Stacy the above question does have to do with where you said ‘Apparently, LE doesn’t believe Drew is a flight risk because of the children, or because he maintains his innocence, or for whatever reason, who knows? So they’re letting him stay where he can be watched while they’re building their case.’ It has been reported that he has left the state and I’m just wondering if that is something PD lets a person of interest do.
    And it’s a question that I’m hoping to get an answer for, not a demand.

  23. Yes he can leave the state as he has done many times since last year. He is not a flight risk, and theres no reason he cannot move freely. If he was charged then bond would be set and he would have to stay put. I worked for PD but was not an officer, but took the same oath, my position does not exist in this area.I was married to a officer for many years.

  24. The comments about the selling of items comes from my co workers and current friends, they think it cheapens stacys name. I understand the idea behind it .I am not against the searches, but feel they will not give any answers. I am more worried about the impact on the kids of stacy and drew.

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