***UPDATE*** Following is a link to a chilling and stark reminder regarding the details of Kathleen Savio’s death, the investigation, and the ensuing probate estate issues, written by Susan Murphy Milano. I urge everyone to read it – it’s compelling. ~ Rescueapet
This timely post by Delilah originally appeared yesterday on the Mothers are Vanishing blog. We’d like to commemorate and honor Kathleen today by re-posting it here. Thank you, Delilah.
As her white casket was pulled from the ground on November 17, 2007, questions arose concerning her “accidental” death, drowning in her own bathtub. Her peaceful rest was disturbed by questioning, probing and sampling. It would mark the beginning of a spotlight that has not shone on Kathleen Savio and the circumstances of her death, nor the two boys she left behind, but on her ex-husband, Drew Peterson, and the three ring circus he has created, basking in every minute of the limelight and insisting on his innocence.
Kathleen’s last day on earth was March 1, 2004, not a date that too many are remembering these days, as her death has been overshadowed by news of Drew’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, and possible fifth, fiancee Chrissy Raines, but the Savio family continues to mourn and seek justice on her behalf. Little did they know, but suspected, that their beloved “Kitty” did not die accidentally, and, as a new investigation has reported, she was a victim of homicide.
Kathleen lived with and reported many beatings, threats and petitioned for Orders of Protection. Police were called to her home several times, many reports were take, but many were not. She went so far as to write to the Illinois States Attorney describing what would happen to her according to the threats she was receiving. She laid it all out describing in detail what was happening in her life and the lives of her children, and what was going to happen to her next. Kitty eerily knew she was going to die, and die at the hands of her ex-husband, according to her letters and petitions. Please take the time to read for yourself the words she wrote predicting her fate.
But where is the proof? Was Drew Peterson responsible for her death? A Grand Jury in Will County, Illinois has been probing into this for over a year and still no arrest has been made. Was Drew Peterson, as a veteran Bolingbrook police officer, able to conceal every piece of evidence of a crime scene? It’s a very real possibility that he will never be charged, never found guilty, never be sentenced, and although the mother of two of his children has been gone for five years, circumstantial evidence and the layout of Kathleen’s letters must not be good enough to arrest or convict.
It’s hard to find accounts of Kathleen before her connection with Drew, but I am assuming she, as other of his wives, thought she had found what she was looking for. A nice home, two children, nursing school, a police officer husband, all look like a positive lifestyle from an outsider’s viewpoint. However, Kathleen, as so many others, was living a nightmare behind closed doors, the dirty little secret of domestic abuse hiding behind the policeman coward’s badge.
As many before, and many will again, Kathleen lost her life.
She had no safety strategy plan set in place to get out of this marriage with her life. Police officers are trained in crime scene evidence, in how to use weapons, and, in a lot of cases, how to cover up a crime committed by one of their own. It seems that the circumstances Kathleen predicted five long years ago have come true. In her words she stated that he threatened to kill her and no one would suspect. So far, Drew Peterson was telling the truth.
May the Savio family and the children of Kathleen and Stacy know that there are many, many out here that have not forgotten, that wish to see justice served, that continue to keep the memory of Kathleen as a woman and a mother alive and not just yesterday’s news article about the “puppetmaster”, Drew Peterson. May Kathleen rest assured that many are concerned for her children and only want what’s in their best interest.
Peace to you, Kathleen.