Stacy Peterson’s Disappearance – Morphey Offered Immunity

Joe Hosey has exclusively reported that Tom Morphey was given immunity as an accomplice in the disposal of Stacy’s body.

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Exclusive: Immunity deal offered in Peterson case

March 5, 2009 By JOE HOSEY jhosey@scn1.com

Drew & Stacy Peterson

Drew & Stacy Peterson

BOLINGBROOK – Details have emerged about prosecutors offering a free pass to the man who may have unwittingly acted as Drew Peterson’s accomplice in allegedly disposing of his wife’s body, so long as he sticks to the truth, his original statement and did not play a part in actually killing the missing woman.

The Herald News has obtained a copy of the immunity deal inked by State’s Attorney James Glasgow for Thomas Morphey in exchange for his testimony.

Glasgow signed the immunity agreement more than 17 months ago, yet sources say Morphey has never appeared before the grand jury investigating the disappearance of Peterson’s wife, Stacy Peterson.

Glasgow made the agreement offer on Halloween 2007, three days after Stacy,who is Peterson’s fourth wife, was last seen alive and likely while Morpheywas still hospitalized following an Oct. 29 suicide attempt.

Morphey overdosed on sleeping pills after he learned Stacy vanished and he feared he may have something to do with her disappearance, sources said.

Morphey’s suspicions were based on his helping Peterson carry a blue barrel out of his stepbrother’s bedroom, down the stairs, outside to the driveway and into the back of his waiting Yukon Denali the night of Oct. 28, sources said.

Not only that, police sources allege Morphey assisted Peterson in a schemeto set cell phone towers pinging near the home of her friend Scott Rossetto,a male nurse living in Shorewood. The sources said they suspected Peterson was trying to frame Rossetto for doing away with Stacy.

Peterson is believed to have left his cell phone with Morphey in Bolingbrook, then went to Shorewood with Stacy’s cell phone. Peterson is alleged to have called his own cell with Stacy’s from Shorewood to leave a record of the call, sources said.

After Morphey was released from Edward Hospital in Naperville, where Peterson says he paid his stepbrother a visit, he vanished from his Bolingbrook home. His girlfriend, Sheryl Alcox, said at the time that Morphey was in “therapy.” Peterson has repeatedly said the authorities put Morphey, who has struggled with substance abuse, someplace to “dry out.”

Morphey is back in his Thistle Drive home and has been for months. He declined to discuss his immunity agreement – or anything else relating to the Peterson case – on the record.

The immunity agreement signed by Glasgow is contingent on Morphey making a “full, truthful and complete statement of all information he has concerning the disappearance of Stacy Peterson and the activities of himself and DrewPeterson immediately prior to and including the weekend of October 27th, 2007. Thomas Morphey will also testify consistently with his statement and truthfully in any future court proceedings relating to the disappearance ofStacy Peterson.”

But if Morphey gets caught lying or holding back on his story regarding his”information and knowledge of the kidnapping or murder of Stacy Peterson, or if any evidence emerges indicating that Thomas Morphey personally participated in the murder of Stacy Peterson, this agreement shall be null and void.”

Peterson laughed when told of the immunity offer for his stepbrother and said, “Un (expletive) believable.” He would not elaborate.

Charles B. Pelkie, the spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office, declined to comment on Morphey’s immunity deal.

Peterson is the sole suspect in the state police investigation of Stacy’s disappearance. State police Capt. Carl Dobrich called the young woman’s disappearance a “potential homicide.”

The state police also are investigating the 2004 homicide of Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found drowned in a dry bathtub. State police originally failed to find anything suspicious about Savio’s case when they first investigated it and her death was eventually ruled accidental.

Soon after Stacy disappeared, authorities determined Savio was the victim of a homicide and the state police give them another chance at figuring out who killed her.

Read the Full Story at The Herald News

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125 thoughts on “Stacy Peterson’s Disappearance – Morphey Offered Immunity

  1. Heh, I just hope this means this is the beginning of the end!!!!!

    Unfortunately, this news story doesn’t say the State’s Attorney is about to act.

    Why is this just coming to light now, and what is going to come of it??????

  2. Good morning!

    I don’t know about you all, but I just assumed long ago that Tom Morphey would have such an arrangement. I watch too much television. lol. I think the conditions are not unusual (not lying, not having participated in the killing)

    It is strange to hear he’s not been before the GJ, though. On the other hand, the GJ is supposed to be secret so it may be possible we’re misdirected over that?

    I hope this isn’t the scoop we’ve been waiting for.

  3. 1tankgirl Says:

    March 5, 2009 at 11:14 pm
    Hey guys!

    Perhaps it’s to let DP know there is substance

    Keep laughing clown.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yes – It looks they have been on to Drew from day one and this is letting him know they take Thomas Morpheys statements seriously.

    I bet Drew has privately said a lot more than un@#%@@$#&believable !!

  4. Rescue,

    Thanks for posting and wonder who the source is? Seems interesting that this would come out now.

    Glasgow was on WJOL(Joliet radio station yesterday). I couldn’t get the station at work so I e-mailed the DJ. Got a response that said, “He really couldn’t comment…they are working on it everyday.”

  5. I wonder….Will the GJ indict ??

    Hmmmmmmmmm…I’d have to say YES !!

    It is only a matter of time before DP does the perp walk.

    I wonder….How long will his trial take ?

  6. Hi Everyone…..stopping in to say hello and hope all is well. Just love the site…going to send some traffic your way with posting WP on all pages, love the updated information here and reading too! Have a wonderful day!

  7. rescueapet Says:

    March 6, 2009 at 8:16 am
    From Dana Pretzer – Scared Monkeys

    This is his opinion of Peterson’s challenge of Mike to a fight.

    Fight is absolute crap. He is just going on the media to bring attention to himself….shame on anybody that would spend 5-cents or 5-seconds of their time…..

    http://scaredmonkeys.com/2009/03/06/scared-monkeys-radio-daily-commentary-friday-march-6-2009-drew-peterson-fight-is-absolute-crap/

    ****

    So since Dana took at least 5 seconds to add this to the website (or say it on the radio), should it have read “shame on me too”?? 😉

  8. So I was thinking this morning. Can the prosecution decide to try Drew in a single trial for the murder of both women to try to get more “bang for the buck” as far as the circumstantial evidence? You know – the whole lightening doesn’t strike twice thing?

    If Morphey had immunity so long ago – it is very disappointing that they don’t seem to have called him to the GJ yet and if they did and he has told the story we have heard – why wouldn’t he have been indicted yet?

  9. Not every witness in a case is or has to be called to testify before the GJ.

    Since the early days of Morphey’s meltdown could have been a concern of LE and the SA, maybe they held off so as not to give the defense a heads up in any discovery process as to what he participated in, what he saw, or what he’s going to say.

    If I am not mistaken, there have not been any actual sightings or reports that Mary Pontarelli appeared before the GJ either, and she is the one that screamed out upon seeing Kathleen’s body in the bath tub, sending dopey running up the stairs in his make-believe scenario.

  10. I wonder if this is the information Hosey alluded to in the interview he gave to Susan Murphy Milano.

  11. TAI – it sure is coincidental that he came out with this story just about a week after saying he recently learned about some evidence, and wonders why dopey hasn’t been charged.

  12. Pretzer is sure feeling like a fool these days, isn’t he?

    I think he finally realized that those two have been using him. Too bad it took him so long.

    He took pains in this clip to defend having Drew and Joel on his own show (but of course failed to mention his actual transgression – his soft handling of those two). Methinks he doth protest too much.

    Most likely he’s annoyed at Drew and Joel for declining his invitations to be on the show these last few weeks. 😉

  13. Now that Hosey, in his article, has pointed out that police suspected Drew of trying to frame Scott Rosetto, it’s interesting to go back and see early reports:

    from: acandyrose

    “Investigators in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson have turned an eye to a Shorewood man from her past she reached out to just three weeks before she vanished. Searches have been conducted in the area around the home of 35-year-old Scott Rossetto, and authorities have called him before a grand jury this week, he said. A police source, however, said investigators do not count him as a suspect in Peterson’s disappearance. Instead, the source said investigators have speculated that Peterson’s body may have been dumped near Rossetto’s home in an effort to frame him as the killer. A police source said Rossetto and Peterson, 23, were romantically involved, but Rossetto insisted they were not. He said he only knew her because his brother and a friend had dated Peterson years ago, before she married former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson. Rossetto said he had not heard from Stacy Peterson in years when she called him last month. “All of a sudden she called me once out of the blue about three weeks before she disappeared,” Rossetto said. “That was the first contact in six years I had with her. She said she was just going through some stuff and just found my phone number.” (Chicago Sun Times ~ 11/17/2007)

  14. acandyrose:

    “On Saturday [11/17/2007], State police investigators canvassed Rossetto’s neighborhood, going door-to-door for blocks to show residents photos of Drew and Stacy Peterson’s SUV and sedan. “They were asking if we had seen one of the two Peterson cars,” said neighbor Barb McDaniel. “I told them ‘no.’ ” – “Investigators did the same thing Friday night, neighbors said, and had been out in the same Walnut Trails subdivision about two weeks ago, circulating a photo of Stacy Peterson and asking neighbors if they had seen her recently.” (Suburbanchicagonews, 11/18/2007)

  15. BTW, it took the police over a year to charge Marni Yang with the killing of Shaun Gayle’s gf. The things that are coming out are amazing, seeing what they gathered and found out about her.

    Over a year.

    So, to the ones that keep saying that the Peterson files are lying in a dank basement as a cold case, or saying they don’t have anything on Peterson in order to charge him ~ STFU.

  16. Although I’m a little disappointed that the ‘news’ is actually something that a lot of us already assumed, I’m just happy to see the actual case being covered once more instead of gratifying Drew’s delusional sense of celebrity with stories about the antics of himself and his idiot woman-child.

  17. We need to remember that this GJ is also hearing testimony related to Lisa Stebic as well. That may be adding to the time factor. As long as they are still making forward progess, I’m happy!

  18. Tweet from Selig:

    PublicityAgency

    Preparing statement from Drew Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky on Tom Morphey news…
    about 2 hours ago from txt

    This will be the first we’ve heard from Joel about anything pertaining to Drew in…how long?

  19. I can hear it now…

    Tom Morphey is a alcoholic and drug-addict with serious problems who is lying about this incident. Drew has pictures to prove it. He has had problems for years and is trying to look like a hero. Drew met with him only to try to get him a job but he was too intoxicated to go on the interview Drew set him up with. The only reason he tried to commit suicide was because he was a loser and he knows it. He is a deeply troubled man. Nothing he says has any bearing on the case.

    That’s my premonition of what they will say because that is what they always say.

  20. Oh yeah – and one more thing they will probably throw in there.

    This proves that the prosecutors have only had their focus on Drew from the start.

    Something to that effect.

  21. Channel 9 (WGN) just reported on the story. They have a reporter outside of his house. He responded to a question by her about Morphey’s immunity, and said he’s not worried. Said it’s old news.

    His house guest was reported leaving some time later in Stacy’s car.

    His attorney did issue a response – and pooh poohed Morphey’s immediate recount of events as not being credible.

  22. February 15, 2009
    By MIKE PUCCINELLI CBS 2 Chicago

    On the day his wife went missing, what motivated him to go to the hospital to visit my brother?” John Morphey said. “Everyone can draw their own conclusions.”

    *********

    Yeah, what motivated him?

    Hope that room was wired for sound!!! Ya think?

  23. ….police sources allege Morphey assisted Peterson in a scheme to set cell phone towers pinging near the home of her friend Scott Rossetto, a male nurse living in Shorewood. The sources said they suspected Peterson was trying to frame Rossetto for doing away with Stacy.

    Peterson is believed to have left his cell phone with Morphey in Bolingbrook, then went to Shorewood with Stacy’s cell phone. Peterson is alleged to have called his own cell with Stacy’s from Shorewood to leave a record of the call, sources said.

    **********

    11/2007: Drew Peterson maintains that Stacy Ann Peterson is “where she wants to be.”

    **********

    Are Stacy’s remains going to be found near Scott Rossetto’s home?????

  24. I agree there was or is something in that Canal. Driving around that Canal, even after dopey received a call from Stacy telling him where to pick up the car she left behind, sure leaves something to the imagination.

    Cell phone, jewelry, clothes, laptop, passport, bikini….

  25. Oh, but I know — maybe they found some or all of these things, but Stacy is the one that threw it all in there to make dopey look like a kidnapping, murdering animal. Yeah, that must be it. While her cell phone was pinging from Shorewood.

  26. Here is the statement that was released, per Channel 9, WGN News, by Peterson and his attorney. On the newscast, prior to the following statement, Morphey was referred to by them as an “unstable alcoholic.”

    An offer of immunity by the State’s Attorney made in the hectic days following Stacy’s disappearance does not make a statement by Mr. Murphy any more credible.

  27. Peterson has the audacity to associate himself with the words “unstable alcoholic,” whilst he’s repeatedly known to frequent two local drinking holes. He’s certainly been videotaped, and has his pictures taken, while doing so.

    That ought to look good — trying to portray Morphey as an alcoholic, while a video of droopy-eyed, drunk face is playing alongside of it. Oh, and his beer drinking gf, who drives around in Stacy’s car, might look real good thrown in there too.

  28. Does anyone know if Tom ever signed the immunity deal? My thought just now after reading on another forum is maybe he didn’t and this news was leaked to put pressure on Morphey to sign it and testify instead of pleading the 5th on the questions.

  29. TAI, I think you hit all the relevant points. Whatever wasn’t in the quote will surely be covered in the press release whenever they get around to it.

    And touché Marcella Raymond for “…and got in Stacy’s car”!

    From now on I’m eschewing the terms, “live-in-girlfriend” or “fiancée” for “idiot woman-child” just because it makes me happy.

  30. I don’t think it would be “news” if had never signed it.
    Edit/Oh – I see what you’re saying. The story mentions Glasgow’s sig but not Tom’s. Interesting.

  31. Drew and Chrissy sure do get out a lot in spite of all of the kids in that house. I feel bad if the older boys who are the ones left doing the babysitting when they should be out hanging with their friends on the weekend.

  32. Just want to point out that it’s been four hours since Selig announced they were putting together a press release about Morphey’s immunuity agreement…and nothing yet.

    They are shit-scared of him.

  33. What we think we’re going to hear is what we’ve already heard. About Morphey’s substance abuse, which they claim is an ongoing thing, repeated suicide attempts, mental problems, and he’s a liar.

    You see, contrary to what we’ve all been led to believe, Peterson said he was not with Morphey that day. So, okay, our mistake, heh? End of story. They don’t elaborate on any statements and/or try to explain them away by, for example, Drew showing the media his phone records for the absence of any calls to Morphey in the days before, during and after Stacy’s disappearance. Or throwing out there that exceptional alibi witness that will back up Peterson’s time line for the day.

    Noooooooooooo, they merely slime and attack. As far as I’ve seen, Tom Morphey hasn’t uttered a word in public, so it seems like Brodsky and Peterson are fighting an invisible monster. But it sure is one that they feel goes boo in the night.

  34. thinkaboutit2 Says:

    March 6, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    Someone put that in a comment on Sherman and Tingle’s site but there is no way to know if that is true.

    http://www.q101.com/blogs/shermantingle/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10016864

    Drew wouldn’t let her drive illegally. He was a police officer and knows the law.

    Well … maybe he knows the law.

    Or he quickly went and looked up the law regarding driving without a license. The way he did on the age of consent issue when he met Stacy.

  35. Latest tweet from Selig’s PublicityAgency

    PublicityAgency

    The Publicity Agency LA-based criminal defense atty available for TV interviews on celebrity cases 813 848 7767….
    about 1 hour ago from txt

    OK. But that’s a Tampa, Florida area code.

  36. heh – where’s the official, super-duper, can’t deny-it, only he can say-it, Brodsky press release on Morphey’s immunity agreement??????

  37. Facs … maybe Selig is having some issues commenting on Tom’s immunity regarding his alleged involvement with Drew that day because Drew said it didn’t take place?

    Bit of a catch-22 there.

    To comment on TM’s immunity and yet still maintain that there was no contact between Drew and Tom … therein lies the rub.

  38. They’re probably digging through everything Drew has every said to the press about it the situation in the last 18 months, to make sure they don’t slip up and contradict anything.

    White Noise media strategy bites them in the ass in 5,4,3…

  39. rescueapet Says:

    March 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm
    heh – where’s the official, super-duper, can’t deny-it, only he can say-it, Brodsky press release on Morphey’s immunity agreement??????

    ***

    Well one thing we can be certain of is that the delay is not due to grammar or spell checking the document before it is released!! 😛

  40. Facs – I was thinking the same thing. Here goes some more white noise over the weekend. He’ll have to stage another fight with Chrissy or something like that to try to divert attention from the media watching over the actual cases.

  41. If Drew were telling the truth, and he’d had no involvement with Tom Morphey that day/night, shouldn’t the statement from Selig be simple?

    Something along the lines of: Drew Peterson had no contact with Tom Morphey on the days leading up to or the day Stacy Peterson disappeared; therefore, to comment on any immunity agreement Tom Morphey has with the States Attorney is unnecessary.

    IF Drew were telling the truth.

    I don’t think that should take 5 hours.

  42. Sometimes, what’s old is “news”

    November 27th, 2007 9:46 PM Eastern
    Drew Peterson and the blue barrel
    by Laura Ingle

    By now you have heard the news that a neighbor of Drew Peterson reportedly told investigators that they saw the former Bolingbrook police Sgt. loading a large blue barrel into his SUV the day that his 23 year old wife was reported missing. The neighbor said that Drew had help from another man, but wasn’t sure who he was. If you saw the report I did this weekend, you know that I asked Drew about this, and he told me he had nothing to say about it, and shrugged it off like it didn’t happen.

    While I was in Bolingbrook this weekend, the barrel story was in full swing, and there was word that the alleged accomplice had tried to kill himself just after the alleged barrel loading incident. The people I’ve talked to that know the Peterson’s say the man isn’t only a friend of Drew’s but a possible family member. From what I’ve been told, investigators are really spending a lot of time on the cell phone records of both Stacy and Drew Peterson, and are checking and double checking numbers dialed and received by both.

    ****

    Gottcha?

  43. Well I was thinking that the White Noise technique is now biting them in the ass because the whole idea of White Noise (at least according to Joel)is that you saturate the media with so many versions of the facts that your client can’t be held to only statement. This is how Joel originally explained it (from SYM):

    Its an oversaturation of the media. If you say just a few things they can pick it apart for inconsistencies, but if you say alot then any inconsistencies will cancel each other out.

    The thing is though, it only takes ONE incriminating statement to trip Drew up, no matter what else he may say on other occasions.

  44. The press release is out.

    http://www.prnewschannel.com/absolutenm/templates/?a=1257&z=4

    Drew Peterson’s Attorney Responds to Reports of Immunity Deal Offered to Thomas Morphey

    Joel Brodsky issues a statement responding to the latest development in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.

    brodskyodeh.com – March 06, 2009

    (PRNewsChannel) / Chicago, Ill. / The following is a statement from Joel Brodsky, one of the attorneys for Drew Peterson, responding to the news of an immunity deal offered by the State’s Attorney James Glasgow to Thomas Morphey:

    “Thomas Morphey has a documented history of severe mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction. An offer of immunity by the State’s Attorney made in the hectic days following Stacy’s disappearance does not make a statement by Mr. Morphey any more credible.”

  45. LMAO

    TAI, I saw that you had posted Brodsky’s statement way up above but thought that Selig was coming out with something different.

    No mention of the immunity deal as it relates to Drew Peterson. Just a slam at TM and a generalized statement in lawyerese.

  46. Here’s a news flash:

    Drew Peterson has a documented tendency to lose wives. A statement by him in the hectic days following Stacy’s disappearance that she ran away does not make Mr. Peterson a credible source.

  47. An interesting story of a conviction in a no-body spousal murder case. Strangely enough this story ran a month before Stacy disappeared.

    http://www.laweekly.com/2007-09-20/news/former-deputy-gets-life-in-prison/

    …It was a tale of betrayal, anger, greed and cunning. Ann Racz was a regular churchgoer and devoted 42-year-old mother who had solid ties to her Valencia community. She vanished during a quick trip alone to McDonald’s. Her friends and family were baffled, but her husband claimed she had gone on a surprise vacation. Family and friends were adamant that Ann wouldn’t walk away from her children — ages 7, 11 and 14.

    Detectives soon found out that Ann Racz was about to leave her ex-cop husband, and that she had served him with divorce papers three days before she disappeared. She had recently moved into a condo with her kids, and a divorce hearing was set for May, the month after she went missing…

    Apologies if this has been posted before!

  48. Drew already has the perfect patsy living in his home.

    When push comes to shove he is going to say Christina killed Stacy.

    If that doesn’t work he is going to use her or her kids as a human shield when they come for him and that will be done just to get even with Ernie !

    Remember Drew is a nice guy who never hurts anyone !

  49. Drew Peterson has a documented history of befriending and then discarding people with mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions and legal troubles. Betraying one of those relationships during the hectic days following Stacy’s disappearance or at anytime following…is pretty much to be expected.

  50. Drew Peterson has a documented tendency to lose wives. A statement by him in the hectic days following Stacy’s disappearance that she ran away does not make Mr. Peterson a credible source.

    😀
    This is good.

  51. “Thomas Morphey has a documented history of severe mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction. An offer of immunity by the State’s Attorney made in the hectic days following Stacy’s disappearance does not make a statement by Mr. Morphey any more credible.”

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Thomas Morphey has a documented history of severe mental illness (!!!!)

    Is this Drew the psychiatrist talking ??

  52. I wonder…Since when is depression a
    “severe mental illness” ??

    I wonder….What do you call holding yourself hostage with a shotgun ??

    Sanity ??

  53. Would you employ someone with a history of severe mental illness to work in your bar ?

    Would you employ someone with severe drug and alcohol problems to work in your bar ?

    Would you recommend and arrange a job interview at a Supermarket for someone with drug/alcohol problems and a known history of severe mental illness ?

    DREW did – LOL !!

  54. noway406 Says:

    March 6, 2009 at 5:33 pm
    JAH, I think it was Joel Brodsky the Psychiatrist.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Oh yeah, that’s right Joel Brodsky, amongst many other things, also has a degree in Psychiatry !

    His versatility is astounding !

  55. Something else I am wondering about. I wonder…Did TM ask DP why he had this
    “alleged” chlorine barrel in his bedroom ?
    It is a strange place to store something like that especially upstairs.

    Of course, I realize that DP’s story is it never happened, but we don’t exactly who has testified to what they saw that day in regards to the blue barrel and its location etc. Just things I have been really wondering about lately.

  56. 1wonderwoman Says:

    March 6, 2009 at 5:35 pm
    I wonder…Since when is depression a
    “severe mental illness” ??

    I wonder….What do you call holding yourself hostage with a shotgun ??

    Sanity ??

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Maybe it was work experience (!)

  57. 1wonderwoman Says:

    March 6, 2009 at 5:45 pm
    Something else I am wondering about. I wonder…Did TM ask DP why he had this
    “alleged” chlorine barrel in his bedroom ?
    It is a strange place to store something like that especially upstairs.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yes he did, Drew had said someone wanted a barrel of swimming pool chlorine urgently (at the end of October no less) and despite Thomas Morpheys “severe mental illness” he found it very strange Drew kept a barrel of chlorine in his upstairs bedroom (!)

  58. Maybe Drew had read about the eye bag-reducing effects chlorine can have. 😉

    He tried it.

    It didn’t work.

    But someone else was desperate to try it, so Drew gave him his leftover chlorine.

  59. I’m having several LOLs here reading all your “releases.” Facs – especially lovin’ “…Betraying one of those relationships during the hectic days following Stacy’s disappearance or at anytime following…is pretty much to be expected.” 🙂

    I hope that disgusting slimeball (I mean Drew, this time)is really, truly afraid right now. It’s one of the meanest feelings I’ve ever copped to, but I want him to be terrified. I want him to fear for his survival, just like the women in his life have…
    I know he’ll never really have the same fear, though. His would only ever be for himself, unlike Kitty and Stacy whom we know must have feared so for their children, in addition to themselves.

  60. Some really good points up above about Morphey’s mental state. Let’s get some dates and facts here. They like to say he’s mentally unstable? Prove it!

  61. Thanks Noway @ #72.

    All kidding aside, Brodsky better be careful, IMHO, about how he tosses around Morphey’s past substance abuse problems and/or mental health issues.

    This is a big world, and not everyone on the jury, or their loves ones, may be as squeaky clean as he or his client is (choke, cough, ah hem). People make mistakes, they pick themselves up and move on. I guess there wouldn’t be a need for Alcoholics Anon, or substance abuse facilities if this were the perfect world!

    So before Brodsky casts stones at Mr. Morphey, he’d might want to reconsider what chaining himself to a defense table might look like to others, or, as Wonder mentioned, holing up in his house with a rifle, threatening to shoot himself!

    He might not be the one on trial for killing his wives, but he sure as hell ain’t no angel. But, his client has been boozin’ and cruisin’ a lot lately, so my guess is the prosecutors can deglamorize him just as well.

  62. Which brings me to my next point – why would a stupid *uck like Drew Peterson continue to let himself be videotaped, filmed and written about in bars and lounges, drinking and driving, and looking like a red-faced baboon if he’s going to say the same thing about someone who says he helped dispose of his wife? I mean, come on, if you’re going to point your finger at someone for something, why are you looking to get four pointed back at you?

  63. Rescue – You’re forgetting he’s blinded by love… of HIMSELF!

    I think he really does believe he IS all that and, if it could be possible, even more brilliant than handsome.

  64. I’ve been trying to find some actual statements from Peterson, rather than Brodsky, where he denies the blue barrel experience.

    ANDERSON COOPER 360 DEGREES

    Aired November 29, 2007 – 22:00 ET

    COOPER: In “Crime and Punishment” tonight: Drew Peterson, a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.

    That’s him with the camera there. We don’t presume to know what he’s thinking or why he acts in sometimes bizarre ways, but the former police officer’s behavior is certainly unusual. You see the latest example there, appearing before the media with his little camcorder.

    While he’s watching us, a lot of people are wondering and watching him. Tonight, there are new details in the story. And one of the new developments including a shocking allegation.

    CNN’s Randi Kaye investigates.

    RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): If Drew Peterson killed his wife, did he have help getting rid of the body? Bizarre new allegations indicate his stepbrother, Thomas Morphey, may have unwittingly helped him.

    Investigators have been quoted saying Morphey believes Stacy Peterson may have been inside the large blue plastic container he helped Drew remove from the home the day she vanished. The container was — quote — “warm to the touch.”

    Peterson had few answers for a local TV reporter.

    DREW PETERSON, WIFE MISSING: I have no idea of what anybody is talking about like that.

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Warm to the touch?

    PETERSON: No.

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He says he believes that he helped you dispose of your wife’s body. Can you at least respond to that?

    PETERSON: No.

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Not at all?

    PETERSON: No response. Talk to my lawyer. I have got nothing to say about it

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No truth to it whatsoever?

    PETERSON: None. Nobody helped me with anything in such a manner.

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: On October 28 — where were you on October 28? This gentleman says he helped you carry a container out of your home.

    PETERSON: You’re going to have to talk to my attorney.

    KAYE (on camera): Police tell us the stepbrother, so distraught by what he thought he did, attempted suicide the next day. He swallowed sleeping pills. Drew’s lawyer, Joel Brodsky, calls the stepbrother hardly credible and says the two were not close.

    JOEL BRODSKY, ATTORNEY FOR DREW PETERSON: There is no blue barrel. There was never was a blue barrel and — nor — nor a blue container.

    KAYE (voice-over): We tried to call Morphey, but couldn’t reach him.

    A close friend of Stacy Peterson’s family says searchers had been told weeks ago to look for a blue container. State police won’t talk about the investigation.

    PAMELA BOSCO, FAMILY SPOKESWOMAN: We did suspect that probably somebody did help with this container. We heard that three weeks ago. We always suspected that might have been the case. We do have questions, like what happened after — or with that container? Who helped him with it after that?

    KAYE: The search for Stacy continues. The FBI has volunteers focused on specific waterways. Investigators reportedly think her body may have been dumped in the water, based on cell phone calls placed from that area.

    Meanwhile, Drew Peterson remains free. Police say he’s a suspect, but he’s denied doing anything wrong and hasn’t been charged. He’s resigned from his job with the Bolingbrook P.D. and, in his free time, continues his strange behavior, just yesterday turning the tables on reporters with a home video camera, joking about camping out at their houses.

    KERRY SIMMONS, STEPSISTER OF STACY PETERSON: Let him show his face whenever he wants, because, the more he opens his mouth, he’s — the more he’s going to sink himself.

    KAYE: Depending on which way this thing goes, Drew Peterson could be documenting his last taste of freedom.

    Randi Kaye, CNN, New York.

    COOPER: So, we wanted to try to figure out why he’s behaving like that — up next, my conversation with a close friend of Drew Peterson’s. He saw him just a few hours ago. Hear what Drew told him about the blue barrel, his marriage to Stacy, and more.

    COOPER: Drew Peterson says he did not kill his wife Stacy. He believes she ran off with another man. But police and Stacy’s family don’t believe him. Others do. Among them, is his friend Steve Carcerano, who was with Peterson when they found Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen, dead in her bathtub. That was ruled an accidental drowning. That case is being reopened.

    Steve Carcerano joins us now. Drew, thanks for being with us.

    STEVE CARCERANO, FRIEND OF DREW PETERSON: Thank you.

    COOPER: You’re just coming, actually, from a meeting with Drew. Did he talk about reports that his stepbrother helped him remove a large container from his house, that he believes may have had Stacy’s body inside? That’s what the press is saying now.

    CARCERANO: Yes, the press is saying that — I actually met with Mark Fuhrman earlier today. And one of the questions Mark asked me was when I do talk to Drew, ask him directly if he or anybody else with him ever moved a blue container or a blue barrel in the back of his Dinali (ph).

    And Drew looked at me and said, “I didn’t. I didn’t have anybody help me do it. Not me, not anybody else or not even a Cat in the Hat.” And that was his exact answer to me.

    COOPER: This guy who was saying this to me, Thomas Morphy, what did Drew say about him, he’s Drew’s stepbrother?

    CARCERANO: He’s Drew’s stepbrother. I guess he has a history of some alcohol abuse and some drugs. He’s tried to commit suicide a couple of times. I don’t know the individual. I never met the man, never heard of him until the “Chicago Tribune” report came out.

    COOPER: What do you make of Drew’s appearances? I mean, he’s made some public appearances. He’s talked to the media several times. It’s raised some eyebrows by the way he’s acted. Is that fair?

    CARCERANO: That’s the way Drew is. That’s the way he always is. He’s kind of a jokester. And some of the media — you know, when he comes out to get his mail, he — you know, like he told me, if he smiles, then they think he’s making a mockery of this whole thing. If he, you know, sheds a tear, then they’re saying he’s faking it. So he kind of can’t win in that situation.

    COOPER: Have you seen him — individually in your conversations, does he seem upset? CARCERANO: You know, he said the other day when he was at my house and my wife and I were in the room with him. And he said that he wishes that Stacy would just come out and show her face to the media to end this whole circus, is what his reaction was.

    COOPER: Do you believe Drew?

    CARCERANO: I do believe him. I mean, you know, I want to see hard evidence. There’s circumstantial evidence right now. I’m standing behind what he said. He told me that she left for, you know, another man. So I have no reason not to believe him.

    I do understand all this information has been coming up over the last couple days and, you know, I still have to believe him until I see the hard evidence.

    COOPER: What was Stacy like?

    CARCERANO: Stacy, you know, from what I’ve known of Stacy, always a happy girl. I mean, I would see them roller-blading in the neighborhood together. The neighbors down in your section, you know, nobody’s going to believe that they were unhappy.

    And I even talked to her at the end of September. She drove her motorcycle down the street where I lived, stopped and we talked. And it seemed like the happy Stacy I’ve always known.

    COOPER: If everything was so good, it’s very strange that, publicly — and, you know, it’s hard to read too much, I guess, into public presentation, but, you know, he’s joking with the cameras. He’s kind of carrying around a camera of his own. He’s sticking his face in people’s cameras. And kind of, you know — it seems like he’s kind of having fun with all this.

    CARCERANO: I think he’s trying to taunt the media right back at them by the camera. They’ve been out at his house, you know, 3:45 in the morning. They usually leave at about 11 p.m. at night. And all the, you know, cameras and lights around the house. I mean, his children can’t even come out of the house. They can’t play in the backyard, now that it’s cold.

    You know, but it’s just — it’s been an absolute circus around that neighborhood right now.

    COOPER: Steve Carcerano, appreciate you joining us. Thanks, Steve.

    CARCERANO: Thanks, Anderson.

  65. Wonder if DP is pooping his pants about now?
    Thats ok, Chrissy can get the depends and baby wipes to clean up his mess…
    Kudo’s to Joe Hosey!

  66. Naw, he’s not worried.

    Must be why they’re so speechless – they’re as quiet as a church mouse.

    Must be dreaming up a new stunt to make some new white noise to detract everyone.

  67. I stopped reading when I saw ‘glasgow signed the statement of immunity 17 months ago’.

    It burns me up, it really does, but I think that POS peterson is going to walk. He had too many friends covering for him in the crucial dates of the case/es.

    Makes me sick!

  68. This is an excerpt from an interesting article from today’s Chicago Tribune. It’s about the Marni Yang killing of Shawn Gayle’s pregnant gf, Rhoni Reuter. This is how it might compare in some ways to the cases we follow. Ms. Reuter was killed in October, 2007.

    *****

    Prosecutors later conceded that without the electronically harvested evidence they weren’t sure how long it would have taken to charge Yang, their lead suspect since shortly after the slayings 17 months earlier. Though compelling, much of their evidence was circumstantial.

    “We were afraid this investigation would go on for years,” Deerfield Deputy Chief Rick Wilk said. “The state’s attorney kept telling us, ‘You need to find more evidence, you need to find more.’ ”

    Investigators knew they had to dig deeper, which meant using sophisticated eavesdropping techniques that require court approval.

  69. Did TM sign the immunity agreement?

    Does he have to sign it too? I mean … I think he would have to sign something saying he agreed to the terms but I’m feeling rather thick-headed this morning.

  70. So without TM’s signature, it’s just a useless piece of paper. And IMO, if TM had signed it, Joe would have mentioned that too.

    So … what’s the point of Joe coming forward with it? Hoping to get TM to sign it?

  71. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s good to know that way back then, Glasgow thought enough of TM’s testimony to offer him immunity.

    I just don’t understand why TM did not sign it righ away (if indeed he didn’t).

    And I’m not sure I understand the point of JH coming forward with it now.

  72. It’s certainly a way to remind DP all about what TM knows…and that could be a lot. (bar and truckstop goings-on and maybe more…names, places, deeds), and now immunity to boot.

    He has a lot to worry about, indeed. I keep hearing a list of witnesses and evidence sung to the tune of Subterranean Homesick Blues… :sing:

  73. Maybe I’m an eternal optimist but I don’t see any doom and gloom about the length of the investigation or the immunity agreement and neither do I read anywhere Thomas didn’t sign it or didn’t agree to it.

    The fact it was offered only a few days after Stacy went missing means how important and relevant his information is in the scheme of things.

    It puts some sanity back into Drew and Joels hogging of the Media with their stupendous “white noise” and forever escalating tales of fantasy and fiction.

  74. Just because he hasn’t been before the GJ (if that is so), doesn’t mean he hasn’t coughed to ISP or the Feds already. No GJ appearance until everything else is all in a row, so as not to tip their hand regarding these two murders and any other ongoing investigations, like you said 🙂

  75. I also thought perhaps there’s no significance at all to JH’s choice of words re Glasgow ‘signing’ the offer of immunity. He needed a couple of different ways to say the same thing, as you do.

  76. Hey Bucket, Hen.

    As to Morphey not appearing before the GJ — guess there’s a pretty good reason for that. But, also, Mary Pontarelli, an important “first responder” at the Savio death scene, not having been reported as appearing before the GJ, leaves ya wondering too, heh?

  77. CARCERANO: Yes, the press is saying that — I actually met with Mark Fuhrman earlier today. And one of the questions Mark asked me was when I do talk to Drew, ask him directly if he or anybody else with him ever moved a blue container or a blue barrel in the back of his Dinali (ph).

    And Drew looked at me and said, “I didn’t. I didn’t have anybody help me do it. Not me, not anybody else or not even a Cat in the Hat.” And that was his exact answer to me.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I know this is a reply by Steve Carcerano, but a most peculiar way of phrasing if that came from Drew.

    Why would Drew say:

    “I didn’t have anybody help me do it”

    if he didn’t do anything in the first place.

  78. Why on heaven’s earth would Drew, who was “not close” to Tom Morphey in any way, shape or form, go running to his bedside upon hearing of a reported overdose? Makes no sense. His wife “calls” him the day before and tells him she’s run off with another man, leaving him with four young children, yet he runs to the hospital to see a man he’s not close with, who he hadn’t seen in ages. Remember, he says he did not meet up with Morphey the day Stacy went missing, and he’s sticking with that story, along with the “no blue barrel” story.

    Police tell us the stepbrother, so distraught by what he thought he did, attempted suicide the next day. He swallowed sleeping pills. Drew’s lawyer, Joel Brodsky, calls the stepbrother hardly credible and says the two were not close.

  79. I’m not so concerned about TM not yet appearing before the GJ because Joel explained what would happen if Drew were arrested before the GJ gave its decision. So, IMO, just in case Drew were arrested, they didn’t want Joel to have the opportunity to cross-examine Tom Morphey or certain other key witnesses.

    In fact, if they can get an indictment without having them testify, they should.

    Maybe saying that Glasgow signed the agreement and not mentioning whether TM did or didn’t sign means nothing. Maybe it’s to get Drew Peterson to start wondering.

  80. My guess is too the conversation at the hospital between Drew and Thomas Morphey has been recorded/videotaped at the time.

    It would have been neglectful if it hasn’t, considering the prime cause of Thomas’s hospitalization was paying him a visit (!!)

  81. Maybe TM didn’t want immunity. Maybe he plans to take whatever he deserves.

    As far as Drew and JAH 105, I think it’s Drew-speak … it’s left up to interpretation.

  82. The old “wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall” idea, being in Tom Morphey’s room when Drew Peterson came to pay him a visit, sounds real good right now. If not a fly on the wall, a nursery monitor, a “wire” tap, whatever floats the boat!

  83. rescueapet Says:

    March 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm
    The old “wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall” idea, being in Tom Morphey’s room when Drew Peterson came to pay him a visit, sounds real good right now. If not a fly on the wall, a nursery monitor, a “wire” tap, whatever floats the boat!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I’m seriously wondering about this as Thomas Morphey ended up in hospital because of his fear/anxiety what he just had experienced and what Drew would do to him/his family etc and than Drew waltzes in and pays him a visit.

    Surely that visit would have been monitored for safety reasons alone !

  84. Now, that is the $10,000 question. If Morphey was spewing what happened, and what he thought he participated in, to his friend, Walter, from the get-go, I would darn-well think the cops had it all covered.

    Why would Morphey even want to see Drew after what he thought he helped him accomplish? Wouldn’t Morphey had voiced his concern, be scared for his safety, knowing that the guy who he just helped carry out his wife in a blue container was showing up to see him?

  85. I faintly remember reading yonks and yonks ago that Drew didn’t speak to him? Turned away? He wasn’t gone very long, was he?

  86. Sharon’s recollection:

    A neighbor told WBBM-TV that she had a conversation with Drew Peterson about the relative who reportedly tried to kill himself.

    “He needed me to watch the kids if I could for about an hour and a half; he was going to go visit a relative that had tried to commit suicide,” said the neighbor, Sharon Bychowski.

    Bychowski says she asked Drew about that relative’s wellbeing when he returned from the hospital later.

    “I did ask him, I said, ‘how is your relative,’ and he said, ‘What? Oh, he’s OK, he just had some issues, lost his family, lost his job, you know,'” Bychowski said.

    http://cbs5.com/national/stacy.peterson.barrel.2.597897.html

    11/28/2007

  87. Police sources said Drew Peterson was seen lifting the barrel into his truck on the same day Stacy vanished.

    Who, oh who, is this “mystery” neighbor that no one has ever divulged, mentioned or written about?

  88. Why would Morphey even want to see Drew after what he thought he helped him accomplish? Wouldn’t Morphey had voiced his concern, be scared for his safety, knowing that the guy who he just helped carry out his wife in a blue container was showing up to see him?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Exactly, Considering the circumstances it’s hard to believe any hospital giving Drew such easy access to Thomas, unless this visit was monitored/supervised/taped, whatever.

  89. Oh well if Drew was turned away there is obviously no record of any conversation and one can only speculate his motivation for a visit, but if he did speak to Thomas Morphey it seems logical that conversation was either monitored/recorded/supervised etc and may very well contain further incrimination on his part.

  90. facsmiley Says:

    March 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm
    Well I was thinking that the White Noise technique is now biting them in the ass because the whole idea of White Noise (at least according to Joel)is that you saturate the media with so many versions of the facts that your client can’t be held to only statement. This is how Joel originally explained it (from SYM):

    Its an oversaturation of the media. If you say just a few things they can pick it apart for inconsistencies, but if you say alot then any inconsistencies will cancel each other out.

    The thing is though, it only takes ONE incriminating statement to trip Drew up, no matter what else he may say on other occasions.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That “White Noise” is surely going to bite them in the ass as it is such an utterly bizarre statement by Joel Brodsky, it completely defies logic.

    If there are three or four different stories for one event, that doesn’t cancel anything out.

    To the Prosecution, A Judge and Jury it just means Drew and Joel are pathological liars, which has never worked in anyones favor !

  91. Does Joel believe his white noise is really effective by throwing a story out there Stacy phoned Drew to say she’s leaving and her car can be picked up at so and so place and next Drew saying he drove around near the Canal looking for Stacy driving her car (!) or Drew saying Stacy stole $ 25.000 in cash from his safe and a few months later Joel denying it was ever said ?

    Is that the effectiveness of “white noise” or is that just really bad advice and digging a big hole for themselves ?

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