Stacy Peterson’s family fires back after Drew’s ‘Larry King Live’ appearance

Stacy Peterson’s friends and family were back on the offensive Saturday morning as they met to denounce claims her husband made on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live’ show Friday night.

Less than 12 hours after Drew Peterson told King that his wife Stacy had left him for another man and that his neighbor “has been acting emotionally disturbed,” those close to the missing Bolingbrook mother shot back.

“It’s all the same lies,” Stacy Peterson’s sister Cassandra Cales said. “Drew’s out there trying to make everyone believe that my sister was medicated and [blaming] her menstrual cycle, and that she just up and left her two kids. That’s just not true.”

Stacy Peterson family spokeswoman Pamela Bosco and Sharon Bychowski, Peterson’s neighbor and best friend, joined Cales in the press conference under a tent on a bleak and rainy morning. Each of the women flatly denied Drew Peterson and his attorney Joel Brodsky’s claim that Stacy Peterson is alive and with another man.

“Based on the technology today, and this being an evidence-based investigation, there was no other man,” Bosco said. “Unless there’s an invisible man out there right now, Stacy did not leave on her own accord.”

Bosco’s assertion was supported by a statement from the Illinois State Police released to King Friday night.

“Stacy Peterson did not voluntarily cease all contact with her children, family and friends,” the statement read. “The investigation continues to make progress proving that claim.”

The statement, as read by King, also expressed confidence that an arrest will be made in the case. It marked the first time police have publicly stated such a belief and those close to Stacy Peterson said it brought a sense of relief.

“I was extremely happy to hear them say out loud that there will be a charge in this,” Bychowski said. “And I can say to Drew Peterson personally, it may be time to come out and say what happened for real that day before something else happens.”

Drew Peterson’s hour-long interview with King marked the first time he answered questions from the public. The appearance was the latest in a series of high-profile interviews granted in an attempt to improve his public image following a series of bizarre media antics many perceived as callous in light of his wife’s disappearance.

Peterson admitted the behavior may have been inappropriate in the public eye but said it was merely a trained response to stress.

“I was being barraged by [media]…I was being questioned by police. I was scared to death,” Peterson told King. “And policemen – any policeman will tell you that police deal with stress and despair. They laugh, they make jokes. They’re trained not to show emotions.

Peterson, 54, said he still believes his fourth wife Stacy left with another man and will eventually be found alive. She went missing Oct. 28 and police are calling the disappearance a “potential homicide.” Investigators have also reopened the case of Drew Peterson’s third wife Kathleen Savio’s mysterious 2004 drowning, which had been ruled accidental.

Savio’s body was exhumed in November and two pathologists, one at the request of Savio’s family and one on behalf of Will County, performed separate autopsies. Each recently ruled her death a homicide. Peterson has not been charged with a crime.

King played a series of clips from people involved in the case, each claiming controlling or abusive behavior by Drew Peterson. He denied all claims, challenging anyone to find someone who had ever seen him mad.

“If I get involved in a domestic situation where I’m physical with a wife, I’ll lose my job,” Peterson said. “I would never even care to come close to risking that.”

The trio gathered in the rain Saturday morning eagerly met the challenge.

Cales said she had personally seen Peterson throw her sister, while Bosco reminded people of an order of protection Savio filed against Peterson. Savio’s divorce attorney has said his client dropped the order during the couple’s divorce settlement so that Peterson would not risk losing his insurance while Stacy Cales – soon to be Stacy Peterson – was pregnant.

“[Drew Peterson] did have numerous restraining orders on him from Kathleen [Savio] that he would have lost his job on, were it not for Kathy’s kind heart to drop those charges because of their unborn child,” Bosco said.

All three women also told their version of an incident that ended in Drew Peterson calling the cops on Bychowski. Peterson claims Bychowski, Cales, and a group of people who had just returned from searching for Stacy Peterson, had surrounded his 4-year-old son Anthony, and took unauthorized pictures of the child with Cales, his aunt.

Brodsky threatened a felony charge of unlawful restraint but police have said the child appeared happy in the pictures with his aunt.

When questioned by King about how his neighbor’s are treating him, Peterson said Bychowski “has been acting emotionally disturbed.”

But Cales and Bychowski said the child simply rode his bike by the home and started smiling when he saw his aunt in the driveway and that Peterson became enraged.

“Drew Peterson sounds more and more desperate in his need to exaggerate the facts,” Bychowski said.

Meanwhile, Bosco met with Illinois State Police earlier this week. She said they assured her the investigation is still going at full strength.

“Every day they get new information that they’re following through with,” Bosco said. “We’re keeping the faith. We believe we will have answers in the future.”

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31 thoughts on “Stacy Peterson’s family fires back after Drew’s ‘Larry King Live’ appearance

  1. Too bad LK didn’t leave part of the show for you all to appear and respond to the national audience. Guess Peterson has a selective memory regarding this all.

    Best of luck on the searches on Sunday April 12th. Wil be out there next weekend to help.

  2. 69 per cent of people did not watch because guess what they are sick and tired of it ! look at the herald news, even the comment line is saying that. Enough ! Yard signs and dog tags? I still think purses and the water tower are the best ideas.

  3. exlawenforcement, ….. on April 13th, 2008 at 3:20 pm Said:
    “I just hope that ISP is not giving out false hopes to the family.”

    Is that what they do ?

  4. Sometimes I believe they give false hope when they have no leads. Why admit you have nothing to go on. One would think in 5 months they would already have something.When they have to have the public do the searching for them then something is wrong.

  5. Exlaw, you’ve got a point “to a point.” However, as Larry King said to you, “the curcumstances surrounding this are all very weird.” He was right….it seems everything about this entire situation is weird, and gets even more weird by the day. For instance, why would Brodsky, as an attorney. get on national TV and say there have been NO convictions in murder cases since 1850 in Illinois? It sounds like he didn’t do his research very well. Since he made that statement, several cases have been printed in the media to disprove him. That’s definitely weird that he would say something like that, and then be further put to shame about his legal knowledge when the truth comes out about the cases that ended in convictions. Never know from day to day what Drew or Joel are going to say or do to get bad press, but that’s the only thing that normal and almost expected in this case. Just my opinion.

  6. I wonder about that order of protection with Savio. That does not fit because in this state if you have one on a police officer he loses his gun and his job. Drew lost neither. And if Stacy was being hit or thrown why did her sister not do anything ?

  7. Drew was not even home when the problem with the 4 yr old happened. He only became upset when his older son told him what happened and photos were taken. I would have been upset too. The adults in this case knew better but did it any how knowing full well Drew would be upset. It was not fair to put a child in that situation, did they not care?

  8. I read that. If someone confesses that Drew told them that he killed her that could be used. but to my knowledge he never told anyone anything like that. Its funny I do not remember that case but I was alot younger then and not in law enforcement then. Thanks for passing that info along, its interesting. Maybe I should not use the word fact so much, oops my bad ! Guess its a habit.

  9. exlawenforcement, on April 14th, 2008 at 8:49 pm Said:
    “I wonder about that order of protection with Savio. That does not fit because in this state if you have one on a police officer he loses his gun and his job. Drew lost neither. ”

    Maybe this will help.

    PHOTO of Kathleen Savio with a BLACK EYE.
    (AP Photo/ Courtesy of Anna Marie Doman)

    “The jury also did not hear that Savio in 2002 asked for a restraining order against Peterson.
    The papers read, “he has restrained me, held me down, knocked me into walls … left marks on my body all the time.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=4358654&page=1

    »Kathleen Savio Emergency Room Report http://www.amw.com/pdf/petersonemergency.pdf

    »Kathleen Savio Protection Order http://www.amw.com/pdf/peter001.PDF

    exlawenforcement, on April 14th, 2008 at 8:49 pm Said:

    “And if Stacy was being hit or thrown why did her sister not do anything ?”

    What would you have had her do exactly ?

    PHOTO of Kathleen Savio with a BLACK EYE.
    (AP Photo/ Courtesy of Anna Marie Doman)

    “The jury also did not hear that Savio in 2002 asked for a restraining order against Peterson.
    The papers read, “he has restrained me, held me down, knocked me into walls … left marks on my body all the time.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=4358654&page=1

  10. Why? Why was it dismissed? Illinois police officers (offenders) get off with crap! Protecting “their own”. That’s exactly why the state is handling Stacy’s case and not the good ole local yokels….

  11. Truth, on April 15th, 2008 at 5:35 pm Said:
    “Why? Why was it dismissed? Illinois police officers (offenders) get off with crap! Protecting “their own”. That’s exactly why the state is handling Stacy’s case and not the good ole local yokels….”

    uhhhmmm, …”Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater”.

    i’m sure there are lots of great police officers in Illinois and in the BBPD.
    Just not the few who covered for Drew.

    There is info below concerning the protection order.

  12. exlawenforcement, on April 15th, 2008 at 5:00 pm Said:
    “The order of protection was dismissed.”

    i believe we’ve covered this already.
    https://petersonstory.wordpress.com/2007/12/03/police-say-peterson%e2%80%99s-3rd-wife-hit-stacy-peterson/

    “Smith was Savio’s divorce attorney for her tumultuous divorce from Peterson. He said Savio agreed to finalize the grounds for divorce and save the financial settlement for later so that Drew Peterson could marry Stacy, who was uninsured and pregnant with her first child at the time.”

    “Everybody at some point sort of sat down and said ‘forget the anger and the other strife we’re going through,’” Smith said. ”
    “If he’s not married to her, she cannot get onto his insurance coverage and they’re going to have this child without any health care benefits.”
    “I talked to Kathy about that and she realized that was not an appropriate thing to have happen,” Smith said.”

    “Savio also agreed to drop an order of protection she filed against Drew Peterson so he would not risk losing his job as a police officer, Smith said.”

    “Smith recounted several letters Savio sent to his office and to public officials expressing her fear of Drew Peterson.
    The remarks echoed those made by Savio’s family members who have said she told them that if anything happened to her, it wouldn’t be an accident.”
    https://petersonstory.wordpress.com/2008/03/07/stacy-inquired-about-divorce-days-before-disappearance/

  13. So you are saying there are cover ups ? I doubt that. I have faith in the locals more than I do the state. If the state had anything it would have happened. They could not find a garage door opener, how can they find stacy ? Why are they using the public ? Because they have nothing and it does not look good.

  14. exlawenforcement, on April 15th, 2008 at 4:58 pm Said:
    “The article does not state that he gave her that black eye.”
    ————————————————————————-

    i take it you missed this and perhaps my point.
    ——-» Kathleen Savio Emergency Room Report April 28, 1993
    http://www.amw.com/pdf/petersonemergency.pdf

    April 29,1993 – “prenatal vitamins [delivered 4 months ago] – age 29
    – “BBPD were at the house” …”BBPD Notified”

    It describes injuries to her head and shoulder. Kathleen states that Drew smashed her head into a table and threw her around.
    They married btw in 1992. …Need more ?

    Letter To The Prosecutor (Jeffrey Tomzack) From Kathleen Savio ..Nov. 14, 2002
    http://www.amw.com/pdf/petersonletter.pdf

    “Drew allegedly grabbed Savio as she came down the stairs and held her by her throat at knife point. “And he threatened to kill her,” Doman said.”

    “Just the Thursday before she passed away, she called me and she said — she just felt so strongly that that he was going to kill her and it was going to look like an accident. Take care of the children,'” Doman said, recounting the conversation.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=3868974&page=1 – Nov. 15, 2007

    (STACY)
    “‘Sharon,’ she used to say constantly to me, ‘just remember, if I disappear, it is not an accident.
    He killed me.’ She said it all the time,”said Bychowski.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=3868974&page=1 – Nov. 15, 2007

    exlawenforcement, on April 15th, 2008 at 4:58 pm Said:
    “What the sister should have done was call 911.”
    ———————————————————————

    ~ i think Kathleen Savio tried that.

  15. exlawenforcement, on April 15th, 2008 at 6:44 pm Said:
    And furthermore the judge dismissed that order, not local. There was no reason for it to continue,
    you have to show reason without a doubt after the 14 day waiting period.
    ————————————————————————-

    Not local ? Have another look.

    page 16, Will County Circuit Court, March 11, 2002
    page 1 “Witness sworn, evidence heard. For good cause shown. Order of Protection is granted.”

    page 11, DETAILS OF ABUSE
    ” A phone call was made that he’s coming over… have to deal with me, he wants me dead and if he has to he will burn the house down to shut me up. I called after I dropped my children off school, he came running after me ready to beat me up.He said wait for me to return home to teach me a lesson. He has gun and other weapon I believe he will use on me. He just doesn’t care if he live or die, or if I live or die. ”

    page 12, item 7: PREVIOUS ABUSE
    “Several times he has restrained me, held me down, knocked me into walls, came after me with a poker, ripped my necklace off, left marks on my body all the time, threaten to steal the kids, and desert me. Put dead bolt on the door, he broke through it.”

    page 1 The Order of Protection was dismissed by “agreement”.
    http://www.amw.com/pdf/peter001.PDF

    Protection orders are not issued unless “good cause” is shown.

  16. ~ lola, on April 15th, 2008 at 6:43 pm Said: (Stacy) “‘Sharon,’ she used to say constantly to me, ‘just remember, if I disappear, it is not an accident.
    He killed me.’ She said it all the time,”said Bychowski.”
    That part has always bothered me, if someone told me that I would be doing everything I could to get them away from that situation. Not just calling and letting the PD know about it, but also offering a place to stay, talking and begging them as much as possible about how they have to leave before something happens.
    I am not saying her family or friends never said or tried any of those things, but it has never been stated in the press that they did. And most of the time the press will state how someone did everything they could to help the person and I do not remember hearing or reading about that. If I had missed that please let me know and I will admit that I am wrong about it.

  17. Scott,

    When a woman is in a dangerous domestic violence situation, the people around her can advice, warn, and plead with her to get out over and over again.
    She’ll only leave once she’s gathered the strength and she’s ready. Stacy was in that process when she disappeared.

    “… Stacy decided she was going to tell Peterson of her intention to leave. “She called me on Thursday and my advice to her was get a lawyer, do it properly, you have children involved. Make sure you don’t jeopardize that. ” – Pamela Bosco

    “…two days before she disappeared. “She told me Friday night, ‘If anything happens to me, I fear for my life,'” – Cassandra Cales
    http://www.abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=3882766&page=1

    “Stacy disappeared the day before she was scheduled to meet with a divorce lawyer, friends said. ”
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA…ory?id=3868974&page=1 – Nov. 15, 2007

    http://findstacypeterson.com/forum/index.php?topic=3311.0

    It’s likely that those around Stacy didn’t realize just how dangerous Drew was.
    Kathleen’s death was, “made to look like an accident”.

  18. This is to lola: I do believe in the sixth sense. People do have it and use it alot. It is used in law enforcement. Anything is possible. I get mine thru dreams and I have not been sleeping very well thinking about all of this. Last night I had one that I am still mulling over. It had alot to do with this mess. Hopefully its just my gut kicking in and telling me things I already know or think. Its not a full moon yet and that really cranks things up. i will be interested to seeif anything happens.Thanks for your input, but you know I am still supporting drew .

  19. lola the full moon is in on the 2oth. Lets hope it helps. And to above trashing Drew does not help. Despite whatever you think he is innocent until proven otherwise. Everyone one of us would like answers in either direction. Doing personal attacks a person you do not know is not right.

  20. Exlaw, how do you think a full moon is going to help, and with what? I’m just curious about your statement. and what you think a full moon will have to do with any of this. Will you share that with us please? I would love to hear from you.

  21. Drew is dating, her name is Denise, hes a liar and should be exposed, his wife is missing and he is out there dating, what is Denise Thinking…

  22. He is definately dating, he lied through his teeth on larry king. He even had signals for her to watch for when he was on there. Denise is I think in her 40s, has two kids, lives in Romeoville.

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