Drew Peterson Insists Engagement Was Legit
Former Bolingbrook Cop Opens Up About Explosive Breakup
BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (CBS) ―
Feb 6, 2009 5:21 pm US/Central
Drew Peterson in his Bolingbrook home opened up to CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli about Peterson’s recent breakup with Christina Raines. (Feb. 6, 2009)
Drew Peterson’s romance blew up one week ago with angry words from his ex’s father. Peterson spoke to CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli to tell his side of the bad breakup. The interview marks the first time Peterson has sat down with a local television crew for an extended on-camera interview.
Christina Raines moved out and called their engagement a stunt, but Peterson is on the defensive, insisting his love was true.
“It was a real engagement,” Peterson said.
Peterson, whose third wife, Katheleen Savio, was found dead in a bathtub and whose fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, has been missing for 15 months, spoke Friday about the young woman he wanted to make wife #5.
“It was a real engagement,” he said. “I considered myself engaged to her and considered her my fiancée.
But last week 24-year-old Christina Raines, with help from her father, moved out of the former police officer’s Bolingbrook home in dramatic fashion.
Then Ernie Raines and his daughter appeared on CBS’s The Early Show where Christina Raines claimed her engagement wasn’t real.
“It was more like a stunt,” she said.
Asked if the engagement was indeed fake, Peterson said, “Christina asked me to marry her like five or six times. So I went to the bottom of a costume jewelry drawer and got her ring.”
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Peterson says the couple had planned to get a real ring soon and he’d even asked her to get it sized. But Raines said the engagement was phony and was orchestrated by Peterson’s lawyer.
Not so, says Peterson.
“Joel Brodsky advised me not to get engaged. Not to let her move in,” Peterson said. But I don’t always listen to him. My feelings for her were overpowering.”
And he believes her feelings for him are similar.
“I don’t think she can stay away from me,” Peterson said. “I’m a handsome man.”
And asked if Peterson thinks he and Raines will get back together he said, “I do and I think if everybody lets us we will be happy. We will have a very nice life together.”
Peterson said he actually rescued the young woman he calls Chrissy from a string of abusive relationships.
But Ernie Raines didn’t see it that way and said getting his daughter out of Peterson’s house was like beating the devil.
“If I’m the devil because I took better care of her…” Peterson said.
Also Friday, Peterson addressed critics like Raines’ father, who say he never should have been engaged while still married to Stacy.
Asked whether he understands why people think that is the height of disrespect, he responded: “Well, I think the height of disrespect is leaving me with four kids.”
Peterson maintains Stacy ran off with another man. Peterson says Savio drowned when she fell in a bathtub.
Peterson agreed that what happened to both women seems like an unbelievable coincidence.
“Without a doubt, it’s unbelievable and it’s suspicious by nature,” he said. “And if I was looking at it from the outside, I’d agree with that. But that’s just not what happened.”
Peterson says he goes before the cameras because he wants to get his side of the story out to members of the public who might one day sit in judgment of him on a jury.
Sources say Peterson is likely to be charged in connection with the death of Savio sometime in the next few months.