Derek Armstrong may have to turn over Drew Peterson tapes

Self-publisher, Derek Armstrong

Drew author not protected
November 26, 2009By JOE HOSEY jhosey@scn1.com
JOLIET — Prosecutors want a Canadian publisher who penned a book about Drew Peterson to stop playing reporter.

Derek Armstrong, the operator of Kunati Publishing and the author of the account “Drew Peterson Exposed,” invoked journalistic privilege when the state police contacted him about testifying before a grand jury in November 2008.

But prosecutors filed a motion Tuesday claiming Armstrong was no reporter when he was supposedly “spending hundreds of hours interviewing key players” in the Drew Peterson case.

According to the motion, “Armstrong was not a reporter” since he was not “collecting, writing or editing news for publication” on a full or part-time basis.

In some situations, news reporters are protected from handing some information over to police or the court. That privilege isn’t ironclad and doesn’t extend to all people who write.

Armstrong failed to return calls for comment, as did Peterson’s attorney, Joel Brodsky.

Taped interviews
Peterson also could not be reached, but he is being held in the county jail on a $2 million bond while he waits to stand trial for the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. The state police continue to investigate the mystery of the missing Stacy Peterson, a case they called a “potential homicide,” and have yet to bring charges against Drew Peterson or anyone else.

The state’s attorney’s office wants Armstrong to turn over taped interviews with Peterson, which he had previously refused to do. Charles B. Pelkie, the spokesman for State’s Attorney James Glasgow, declined to comment on the motion filed this week.

Allegations in books
In his book on the Peterson case, which was released in October 2008, Armstrong’s descriptions of some events contradict what members of the media witnessed. He also claims Stacy’s brother, Yelton Cales, “sexually touches (Stacy) several times” in 1990, when Stacy would have been 15 or 16 years old. Armstrong attributes this accusation to Stacy Peterson, but he apparently had never met or spoken with her.

Cales is a convicted sex offender, but he was never charged with abusing Stacy.

Besides the prospect of being forced before a grand jury, Armstrong might also be contending with his publishing house going belly up.

According to an Aug. 28 news story on the Web site for publishing trade publication Quill & Quire, “After just over two years in business, Kunati Books is folding.”

Read the story at the Bolingbrook Sun

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83 thoughts on “Derek Armstrong may have to turn over Drew Peterson tapes

  1. Ha! I love it. Isn’t this what’s called “right back atcha?”

    Kind of goofy for the defense to whine and moan about not getting discovery, when, in reality, the State is jammin their own music pretty loud.

    Joe’s article is pretty good reading. He’s found a few turkeys to write about.

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!!

  2. And to think Armstrong thought he could sell those interview tapes for mega-bucks, when it looks like they’ll just be subpoenaed…for free. Perfect.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Rescue!

  3. You too, Cyrhla. I hope everyone has a great holiday. 🙂

    BTW, the Yelton allegation isn’t the only off-the-wall thing in that awful book. I’d love to see Armstrong taken to task over some of the crap on those pages.

  4. I do not know how much he wanted for these recordings. As far as I can remember he oferred them to the media only. I wonder if any TV station bought it.

    BTW, I think the agreement Brodsky wanted the writers to sign might also be interesting. Non-disclosure agreements may also be disclosed by a court order if in any way they breach the law or are involved in criminal activity.

  5. “According to an Aug. 28 news story on the Web site for publishing trade publication Quill & Quire, “After just over two years in business, Kunati Books is folding.”

    2 years is not a bad run for a con.

  6. I’m just hoping that the state finds the evidence to show that Armstrong only poses as a journalist and that he is not affiliated with any news or media agency (besides his own sham blogs). This is how Armstrong began to describe himself in December 2008:

    Derek Armstrong is the chief crime reporter for Crime Report USA, a contributor to Films & Books magazine, Deadly Prose magazine, EDI Weekly and an investigative journalist contributing to several newspapers.

    http://www.crimereportusa.com/cru/2008/11/20/crime-report-usa-correspondent-breaks-story-on-dismissal-of.html

    The above-named magazines (as far as I can tell) do not exist–the names he gives are of blogs that he runs. And I would challenge him to spit out the name of the “several newspapers” he claims to have contributed to.

    My signon name is Troubadour, used in several writing groups (including Deadly Prose which is a critique group I founded at my own expense for suspense/mystery/thriller writers, with about 30 members), but my name is Derek Armstrong and I am open and accessible. I am a novelist, writer, friend of the arts, critique group moderator.

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29566

    It’s interesting that Armstrong never claimed to be a journalist of any kind until after the book was out (and I assume after he was asked to testify at the Grand Jury).

  7. Another pre-2008 bio (from Amazon.com) of Armstrong in which he neglects to mention being a journalist or reporter…cuz, y’know…he wasn’t:

    Best known for historical thrillers and mystery thrillers, Derek Armstrong is also a screenwriter, publisher and well-known marketing guru. His defining signature style was described by Booklist as “brilliance in which Armstrong blends comedy, parody, and adventure in genuinely innovative ways.” Armstrong is the creator of Alban Bane, featured in the Alban Bane thrillers The Game and MADicine, a character affectionately compared by critics to House M.D., the TV character. He is the author of the popular Song of Montségur historical trilogy, including The Last Troubadour and The Last Quest. He is also author of two non-fiction titles: Blogertize—A Leading Expert Shows How Your Blog Can Be A Money-Making Machine and The Persona Principle: How to Succeed in Business with Image-Marketing.

  8. Even the defense can’t keep straight what Derek Armstrong is/was. Ummm, wasn’t he supposed to be the guy that was hired to tell Peterson’s story from his point of view? Abood forgot that little detail. He was trying to point out, in a motion he filed to get a change of venue/how the jury pool is tainted, how biased a picture of Peterson was, showing him hooked up to a polygraph machine for a book that was written by The Naperville Sun. Oh, I mean, Joe Hosey. No, that’s not right. It’s Derek Armstrong. Is that it? Is that right?

    No one can deny the Chicago Tribune and the Naperville Sun have reported on this case regularly. The Naperville Sun has even published a book about Mr. Peterson, featuring him on the cover connected to a lie detector machine.

    Andrew Abood had a little trouble of his own trying to remember just who the author of Exposed was. Perhaps it was because Armie kept changing his hats?

    A thread that was right here on Justice Cafe:

    Maybe Drew Peterson’s defense team should go “buy” the book.

    https://petersonstory.wordpress.com/2009/08/05/drew-petersons-defense-team-should-go-by-the-book/

    BTW – Abood filed a correction to the mess of a motion he filed, filled with inaccuracies. You know, when he found out who really wrote Exposed.

  9. Excerpt from PR News Channel; Author of ‘Drew Peterson Exposed’ Releases Audio Tapes of a Suspect’s Unguarded Moments on the One Year Anniversary of Stacy Peterson’s Disappearance

    http://www.prnewschannel.com/absolutenm/templates/?z=4&a=930

    Now Armstrong, who tape-recorded his exclusive conversations with Peterson, is available to talk about the lie detector test, discuss his observations of Peterson and will even release audio excerpts from never-before-heard broadcast quality recordings.

    In unguarded moments, in grueling 12-hour sessions, Peterson is heard to say things such as “…post-mortem depression” relating to Stacy and “…She comes up dead or something, they’re going to be looking at me.”

    Author Armstrong says, “I had Drew Peterson’s full cooperation in writing this book—unprecedented access he and his lawyer now regret—and spent more time with him than anyone outside his inner circle,” says Armstrong. “Polygraphs, timelines and now audio tapes of unguarded moments with a suspect in a sensational crime allowed me to form an opinion on some important questions. Is he a killer? A sociopath? Can he fool a polygraph?

    “The discrepancies in the timeline, the deceptive answers in the polygraph and these audio clips are compelling reasons for him to remain the main suspect.

    “I was sort of a fly on the wall and now I’m buzzing.”

    Damn, why wouldn’t Armie want to help the families see that justice is done by buzzing to the cops?

  10. I had Drew Peterson’s full cooperation in writing this book—unprecedented access he and his lawyer now regret…

    Well, here’s his chance to make good on that. Hand over the tapes, Derek. There’s a chap.

  11. Prosecutors want Peterson book author to turn over tapes
    November 26, 2009 1:01 PM

    The Joliet Herald News reports: Will County prosecutors are pressing the author of a book on Drew Peterson to turn over his taped interviews, arguing they are not protected by journalistic privilege. Derek Armstrong, author of “Drew Peterson Exposed” had invoked the privilege when state police contacted him about testifying before a grand jury in November 2008. Prosecutors filed a motion this week seeking the tapes and arguing “Armstrong was not a reporter.”

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/11/prosecutors-want-peterson-book-author-to-turn-over-tapes.html

  12. Interesting blog post concerning journalistic privilege:

    … a journalist is defined by who they work for – the publisher – rather than by the work they do.

    That worked fine when publishing was such an expensive business that only a few could afford to invest in the vast plant required to broadcast television programmes or print newspapers.

    Journalistic privilege applied only to a relatively small number of journalists, which made it achievable for the legal system to “uncover and prosecute wrongdoing while allowing a safety valve for investigative reporting”.

    But now that we have the internet, anyone with access to a computer or a mobile phone and an internet connection can be a publisher.

    If anyone can be a publisher, then anyone can be a journalist,” says Shirky. “And if anyone can be a journalist, then journalistic privilege suddenly becomes a loophole too large to be borne by society.

    http://evolvingnewsroom.co.nz/who-should-enjoy-journalistic-privilege

  13. Another check into Armstrong gives these juicy tidbits. He’s one of the owners of Persona Corp (http://www.personaco.com), along with Kam Wai Yu. Yu worked as the “creative director” of the now defunct Kunati Publishing.

    A deeper search into one of their press releases posted on the Persona site shows that Armstrong (aka Derek Lee Armstrong) and Yu are now operating as “Wai Lee”. See http://personaco.com/blogertize-blog/2009/8/11/americas-first-direct-from-manufacturer-network-company-acqu.html

  14. Looks like Armstrong is afraid to step across the Canadian border. Worried about getting handed a subpoena?

    Persona’s lead developer, principal strategist Derek Armstrong is available for local speaking engagements. Due to demands on his time, he will no longer travel to speak, regardless of compensation and travel expense reimbursement. If you are interested in a private, public or one-one-one engagement, contact Derek Armstrong directly.

    http://personaco.com/left-brain-savvy-and-smart/

  15. Drew Peterson murder case: Will County seeks author’s interview recordings
    Author says contents already were broadcast or posted on the Web

    By Steve Schmadeke
    Tribune reporter
    November 27, 2009

    Will County prosecutors are taking the first steps toward forcing the Canadian author of a book about Drew Peterson to turn over audio recordings of his interviews with the ex-police sergeant charged with killing his third wife.

    Last November, Illinois state police and prosecutors wanted Derek Armstrong, author of “Drew Peterson Exposed,” to testify before a grand jury about his “relationship” with Peterson and turn over recordings of their conversation, according to court documents.

    Armstrong, a freelance journalist living in Ontario, declined, citing press freedoms. In a phone interview Wednesday, he said all the recordings were turned over to CNN and Fox, which broadcast some and streamed others online.

    “Every single thing I learned about the case has been made public,” said Armstrong, who said he is no longer following the Peterson case. He couldn’t recall how many recordings there are, but the book jacket says there were “hundreds of hours of tell-all interviews.”

    A spokesman for the Will County state’s attorney declined to comment.

    On Tuesday, Robert Lorz, a former judge who is now chief of the state’s attorney’s criminal division, filed a motion asking a judge to find that Armstrong lacks a “reporter’s privilege” to withhold the recordings and argued that prosecutors have no other way to obtain the information they contain.

    Springfield media attorney Don Craven, who is not involved in the case, said he believes the privilege would typically extend to authors as well.

    He said the court may also have some difficulty getting jurisdiction.

    sschmadeke@tribune.com

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-drew-peterson-author-27-nov27,0,775178.story

  16. http://www.willcountysao.com/bio-robert_lorz.htm

    Robert Lorz

    Robert Lorz is State’s Attorney Glasgow’s Criminal Division Chief. Lorz also is a distinguished former judge who retired in December 2008 after 22 years on the bench.

    He began his 33-year legal career as a prosecutor in the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he served in both the criminal and civil divisions. He went on to serve as an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Joliet in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

    Lorz was first appointed to the bench in March 1987. In July 2007, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him as a circuit judge in the 12th Judicial Circuit’s newly created Second Sub Circuit. On the bench, he presided over various civil and criminal calls, including both felony and misdemeanor calls. As a juvenile court judge, he instituted the truancy call, which involved the local court in the process of getting truant children off Will County’s streets and back into the classrooms.

    He is a 1975 graduate of Northwestern University Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University.

  17. I guess now I understand the novel-length disclaimer Armstrong put up at “CrimeReportUSA” a year ago.

    Copyright © 2006-2008, Crime Report USA News and Deadly Prose Magazine (also known as CRU News, CRU Daily, Deady Prose, Deadly Prose Magazine, crimereportusa.com and deadlyprose.com) All rights reserved, except as otherwise indicated in a feature or for feeds. MISSION: Crime Report USA is a daily newspaper focused on crime news in the USA with an emphasis of reporting and investigative reporting. Our reporters and journalists break stories and are protected by the doctrine of free press as expressed in the First Ammendment and also the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. SOURCES: We encourage sources to report to our journalists on any crime-related news story and will protect identities of all sources. If you have a news story, please contact us at editor AT CrimeReportUSA.com…

    It’s hysterical, especially since the only “reporter” writing anything for the site is Armstrong himself. And remember:

    Deadly Prose which is a critique group I founded at my own expense for suspense/mystery/thriller writers,…

    Nice try, though…

  18. Armstrong doesn’t seem to realize that the prosecutors would definitely want the original tapes to be entered as evidence – not copies or ones that are played over the internet to some news media site. Using copied versions of the interviews would lend a hand to the defense who could argue they were doctored, incomplete, or taken out of context.

    I personally don’t think you can be called a reporter for a book you author and publish. He may have a tough time arguing the reporter privilege. I don’t know though what kind of jurisdiction that the Will County court system has on someone who lives in Canada.

    I also agree with someone else in not understanding why he would be so unwilling to provide this information that he has already made public. Why make a fuss when you’ve already gotten paid for the information and it is already out there. It isn’t like he’d be afraid of Drew or anthing because the cat has already been out of the bag for a long time.

  19. Yes, DA’s excuse that everything is already public isn’t a very good one. Just as the defense wanted to get a look at the actual hand-written police field notes, the prosecution would want to hear the complete, uneditted interview recordings.

    And exactly who is DA trying to protect by invoking journailstic privilege? It’s not like he has some source whose identity he is keeping confidential…or does he? It’s odd.

    It will be interesting to see how Judge White decides this motion. Credentialed reporters have been made to testify despite journalistic privilege; but on the other hand, students and free-lancers have also invoked it successfully. I think it just depends on how important the judge thinks the testimony/evidence might be.

  20. As for the fact that Armstrong lives in Canada (and now seems unwilling to cross the border) it may come into play that Armstrong has (or had) business offices in the US.

    Issued By : Derek Armstrong/Kunati Inc.
    Website : http://www.kunati.com
    Phone : 727-230-1912
    Fax : 905-593-2804
    Address : 6901 Bryan Dairy Road,
    : Suite 150
    City/Town : Largo
    State/Province : Florida
    Zip : 33777
    Country : United States

    “Jun 23, 2007 – Kunati Books is riding a wave of popularity as the small press based in Florida, New York and Canada is forced to reprint most titles to fulfill increasing demand…”

  21. Whatever the situation with Armstrong is, the fact remains, why in the world would Peterson’s attorneys even allow him to be a part of this scenario? I mean, who in their right minds would let a client blab, being recorded, mind you, with some guy they finally found that didn’t balk at the idea of writing this book, unlike the others they contacted. Not only let him give “hours” of interviews, but not having any control over their client so as to stop him from being hooked up to a polygraph to answer what could be damning questions. Giving a timeline in print for the day his wife went missing, then pretending to be surprised when this dude went all over the cable news shows promoting his book, as though he were an authority on uncovering the acts of a potential murderer.

    What about Lee McCord’s time spent with Peterson prior to asking him the magic questions about Kathleen and Stacy. Armie claims McCord spent a few hours with Peterson before asking the poly questions. Is he going, or was he before the GJ to divulge what he was and wasn’t allowed to ask, and who scripted the questions?

    I think Peterson should be requesting a refund, because he’s got a strange bunch of characters looking out for his “own good,” IMO. I just don’t get it.

  22. Interesting point, Rescue. In Armstrong’s interview with McCord (in Exposed), he says that by law the entire test is kept on record for five years, including the many control questions that are asked. I guess they could subpoena them, but polygraph tests aren’t admissable in Illinois, IIRC.

  23. If the attorneys had been doing their job (correctly, I think) and controlling their client, we wouldn’t be having this discussion, there’d be no tapes to subpoena, there’d be no privilege to invoke, no sources to investigate. Armie wouldn’t be writing on the Internet that he’s no longer traveling outside of Canada (to the U.S., I’d presume), and he wouldn’t be needing an attorney, who require hundreds of dollars an hour, to defend his contention that he’s a journalist with privileges.

    Hmmmm.

  24. Of course, keep in mind that Joel Brodsky’s decisions baffle even his law partners:

    Asked whether she discussed those issues with Brodsky, Odeh said, “Absolutely. I don’t think it’s appropriate. I think it is in the client’s best interest to keep it quiet and focus on the case. But he just says the case is going to make us famous and we’re all going to get book deals.”

    Chicago Tribune February 28, 2008

  25. My question would be does Brodsky have a copy of these tapes? Did he fail to turn over this evidence? After all he wanted the hand written notes taken in the field, surely he would have requested a copy of interview from the book?

  26. IMO – CrimeReportUSA was created precisely because Armstrong was asked to testify at the Grand Jury and he did not want to. He invoked journalistic privilege and then he scrambled to create an identity for himself as that of a journalist/reporter since none existed. In order to do that, he had to create some kind of “media outlet” that he could pretend to work for.

    Good job on finding that date, Cyrhla.

  27. charmed4sr :
    My question would be does Brodsky have a copy of these tapes? Did he fail to turn over this evidence? After all he wanted the hand written notes taken in the field, surely he would have requested a copy of interview from the book?

    Good point, charmed 🙂

    Armstrong may not be in possession of those tapes anymore and they could have always been with Brodsky.

  28. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    I am thank-full this “Black Friday” that Drew Peterson is in jail, staring at cinder block.
    DA, JB, and GS will be “exposed” for the scammers that they are, before this is all over.

  29. Imagine, the defense was having a hissy fit when Lenny & Paula divulged that they did undercover tapes of Peterson.

    Now, the tapes at issue are ones that Brodsky allowed his client to do. Tapes that are supposedly accounted for and in the hands of the media, and Brodsky, most likely too, but Armie is hiding like a snake under a rock.

    Go figure.

  30. It is also possible the tapes for sale were not all the recordings Armstrong made.

    Whatever the option is, I am sure Brodsky has had control over the recordings since the very beginning. I cannot imagine the non-disclosure agreement Armstrong signed would allow him to do whatever he wants to with the tapes. He was hired to clear Peterson and put bad light on Stacy and Kathleen, not to run an independent investigation.
    However, I am a little bit confused about Armstrong role ’cause at a particular point he seemed to say too much. I mean all the stuff with the questions he could not ask Peterson during polygraph exam or saying he thinks Drew is guilty. Maybe Brodsky did not pay him? LOL

  31. Brodsky didn’t pay Armstrong anything. Armstrong is making whatever money he can off the sales of the book. I also don’t think Joel has access to the recordings that were made by Armstrong. He has only the non-disclosure agreement, which covers the terms of their contract but possibly not the contents of interviews, since Armstrong has put those in the book as well as for sale to media outlets. Think about it – no author would agree to write that book without getting the rights to the content and the royalties.

  32. Facs, no real author would agree to write that book period. I still believe Brodsky has at the very least copies of those tapes. You don’t send your model out for nude photographs without asking for the negatives.

  33. I used to always wonder why it was that Drew continued to grant Armstrong phone interviews well after the book was finished. I’ve heard some of the phone interview recordings and in them Drew always sounds cranky and unwilling to talk, and yet he accepted Armstrong’s calls and answered his questions. I guess now we know why.

    After Armstrong was called to testify and refused by invoking journalistic privilege, he could hold that over Drew’s head in order to get interview after interview. It was in Drew’s interest to keep Armstrong off the stand so he was forced to play along with the charade of Armie being a “journalist” and to accept his phone calls and give him tidbits of info.

    Here’s an example of a phone interview Drew granted Armstrong around November 16, 2008. You don’t need to hear it to see how unenthusiastic Drew is about talking to Armstrong:

    ARMSTRONG: Drew, on Wednesday I’m releasing a story that you are meeting a lawyer to divorce Stacy. Can you confirm this?

    PETERSON: No comment.

    ARMSTRONG: No denial either?

    PETERSON: No nothing.

    ARMSTRONG: When I interviewed you for “Drew Peterson Exposed” you mentioned that you would seek a divorce on the one year anniversary. You mentioned it was important to move out of Bolingbrook.

    PETERSON: I might have said that.

    ARMSTRONG: I have a confirmation that you have an appointment with a high profile lawyer (Jeff Leving).

    PETERSON: So?

    ARMSTRONG: He specializes in pre and post-divorce proceedings.

    PETERSON: Yes.

    ARMSTRONG: You’re seeing him about a divorce.

    PETERSON: I’m just getting information right now. I’m exploring options.

    ARMSTRONG: On what basis? You’ve said that she’s a runaway. That she’s alive.

    PETERSON: A desertion. She deserted me. I’ve always said that I’m mad about that, but I’m looking into this for the kids. This neighborhood is not healthy for my kids because of Sharon Bychowski.

    ARMSTRONG: So it’s about selling the house and moving away?

    PETERSON: No comment.

    ARMSTRONG: Meaning you don’t expect her to return?

    PETERSON: Why would she return to all this?

    ARMSTRONG: So you’ll sell the house.

    PETERSON: No comment.

    ARMSTRONG: What about marital assets?

    PETERSON: No comment.

    ARMSTRONG: How far away would you move? You mentioned Kentucky and California in my previous interviews with you for “Drew Peterson Exposed”.

    PETERSON: Out of the neighborhood is important for the kids. Some of the people around here are nuts.

    ARMSTRONG: So Kentucky sounds good?

    PETERSON: Anywhere sounds good.

    ARMSTRONG: Do you expect a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict? I released some information to the media on your mock trial for the gun trial. Five found you guilty.

    PETERSON: Thirteen ‘Not Guilty’.

    ARMSTRONG: So then you’ll be free to move out of Illinois if you’re found ‘Not Guilty’.

    PETERSON: No comment.

    ARMSTRONG: Do you think the story of this divorce might encourage Stacy to contact you?

    PETERSON: I have nothing more to say.

    ARMSTRONG: What about rumors that the State’s Attorney is getting ready to indict for homicide on one of your wives?

    PETERSON: I told you, nothing to say.

  34. charmed4sr :

    Facs, no real author would agree to write that book period. I still believe Brodsky has at the very least copies of those tapes. You don’t send your model out for nude photographs without asking for the negatives.

    You do have a point there! But I’m starting to think that Brodsky might have been out-manipulated by the clever Mr. Armstrong. Plus, I think Joel/Drew were getting desperate to get the book written and after so many false starts with other authors, they might have made some concessions that they now regret.

    If Brodsky/Peterson have the tapes, why wouldn’t the prosecution just subpoena those two for them? And why doesn’t Armie want to turn them over? Maybe he’s embarrassed because there are only four hours’ worth rather than the hundreds he bragged about. Geez, get over it. Do the right thing.

    BTW, I have a feeling there is nada of interest on the tapes. Drew was being recorded willingly and knowlingly and there’s no way he would have said anything incriminating on them.

    I’d like to see Armstrong on the stand however, testifying to conversations and actions he witnessed while spending time with those two…

  35. Geesh. Remember when James Frey had Oprah mesmerized by his book, A Million Little Pieces, that turned out to be filled with fabrications, inaccuracies and out-and-out lies? Doesn’t this current Armie stuff just not remind you of that? Pumpin’ up the volume?

    I remember Armie writing a piece for his pre-distribution of Exposed. He told a story of how he drove around this area, with his cell phone battery removed, so as not to send out pings of his whereabouts. As though he was being scouted by law enforcement during his rendezvouses with Peterson. All while getting his hundreds of hours of tape recordings of Peterson for the book.

    Armie claims to have done extensive interviews for this book. With who? Who knows? About the only ones I think we’re aware of is Peterson and Brodsky. No Stacy family members, no Savio family members, no Drew’s sister, no Drew’s brother, mother — nada.

    What is Brodsky going to do now? Come out and prop up his client’s author and say he’s got hundreds of hours of tape? Say he has heard them? He better know what’s on them, don’t you think?

    If he says he doesn’t know anything about that, or it’s not true, that’s a hell of a way to have looked out of his client’s welfare in serious legal matters, no? Does he say Armie’s a liar and the book is nothing but bullshit? What a predicament to be in. Way to go lawyering, heh?

  36. LOL, of course, the defense’s motion for change of venue had The Naperville Sun being behind the publishing of the book, Exposed, so maybe they don’t have a clue how many hours of tape there really are, and whose hands they are in.

    To think, Brodsky is known to have said “I am a good lawyer.”

    😉

  37. rescueapet :
    LOL, of course, the defense’s motion for change of venue had The Naperville Sun being behind the publishing of the book, Exposed, so maybe they don’t have a clue how many hours of tape there really are, and whose hands they are in.
    To think, Brodsky is known to have said “I am a good lawyer.”

    That was a total shame of Brodsky and Abood as of lawyers. They really amused me with that.LOL

    BTW, I suppose Brodsky was not personally looking for any authors but simply contacted Independent Publishers Group to give him some contacts. IPG is just a few blocks away from his office ;). They had distributed Armstrong’s books before and I believe they found Armstrong to write Peterson’s science fiction story.
    BTW, Armstong is not in the IPG browser anymore so I have no idea who their distributor may be now.

  38. I kind of think all the Kunati books are being sold out of the trunks of the authors’ cars, presently. I remember reading somewhere that when Kunati went under, the inventory was being returned to the individual authors (at a 70% discount).

  39. I’m a little late wishing you all Happy Thanksgiving, but am saying it anyway.

    I wonder whether Derek made Joel’s list of dumbest people in the U.S. since he could have sold the tapes for big bucks and now he may have to turn them over for free.

  40. The more I think about it, the weirder it seems to me that that Derek Armstrong doesn’t want to testify or turn over evidence. Again, what confidential source is he protecting?

    AFAIK, and as Rescue commented above, he personally interviewed only Drew, Joel and the the polygrapher, McCord. What’s the big deal?

  41. We can only speculate but let’s say Armstrong would like to return the tapes willingly. The problem may be Brodsky threatening Armstrong with the non-disclosure agreement (as he has done to other authors he had just called, like Michelle LeFort). So as long as it is not ordered by court, Armstrong is afraid to return the recordings.

    However, establishing Crime Report USA does not go with my above theory.LOL

    BTW, this site looks really poor as for the place which has been being run for a year. There is a section devoted to missing persons, but I could not find Stacy there (really strange even if we belived in her running away), nor Olsen or Spira. It seems to me Armstrong did not care too much about this site. He might have just done what Brodsky told him to do, that’s all.

    I would not wonder if one day we learn that Armstrong has not been hiding away against the State Attorney but Brodsky.

  42. Cyrhla, if you check out all his blogs you’ll see they are all puppet sites. They are there for the sake of the sidebars where he can advertise whatever it is he is marketing at the moment.

    It was at this point that Tardif and a few other Kunati authors began to question some of Armstrong’s other practices. Joshua Corin, the author who accepted the ForeWord award on Kunati’s behalf, told Q&Q that he felt troubled by Armstrong’s practice of creating phony web sites to promote Kunati books. If you log on to Kunati’s web site right now, you’ll find a long list of links at the bottom of the screen for seemingly unaffiliated sites like Crime Report USA, Deadly Prose Magazine, Wise Tarot Magazine, Film & Books Magazine, and many others. Almost all of them were built by Kunati and feature Kunati news, Kunati banner ads, and the same chain of links. “Given that the [ForeWord] award was based on at least some false pretenses … it does lend an unfortunate taint to the whole thing,” Corin said.

    Try these, although alot of them died along with Kunti…

    http://www.kunati.com/
    http://www.kunati.com/our-publishers-blog/
    http://www.blogertize.com
    http://www.filmsandbooks.com
    http://www.deadlyprose.com
    http://www.wisetarot.com http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/DArmstrong/ http://www.lasttroubadour.com
    http://www.derekarmstrong.com
    http://mysterysuspense.blogspot.com/
    http://derekarmstrong.blogspot.com/
    http://deadlyprose.blogspot.com/
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/deadlyprose/
    http://bookmarket.ning.com/profile/Kunati
    http://www.deadlyprose.com/derek-armstrongs-blog-author-t/
    http://www.personaco.com
    http://www.myspace.com/lasttroubadour
    http://morganmandelbooks.ning.com/profile/Kunati
    http://www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?id=40838
    http://trendyblogger.typepad.com/taratam/
    http://trendyblogger.typepad.com/trendy_blogger/ http://trendyblogger.typepad.com/bookvideo/

  43. Sorry Cyrhla, I don’t meant be didactic! I know other people have been researching this guy and are on to him, as well. I just feel like we’ve been waiting so long for someone to call this fraud out on his BS, especially after clueless people started to buy into the crap he was slinging like, Dr. Phil calling his book an “excellent treatise”. Blargh!

  44. facsmiley :
    Sorry Cyrhla, I don’t meant be didactic! I know other people have been researching this guy and are on to him, as well. I just feel like we’ve been waiting so long for someone to call this fraud out on his BS, especially after clueless people started to buy into the crap he was slinging like, Dr. Phil calling his book an “excellent treatise”. Blargh!

    That’s OK, Facs. I did not think you were didactic. 🙂
    I absolutely agree with you as for to the rest of your post because I cannot stand it as well. The opinion of Dr Phil on the book made me think of Brodsky’s chicken wings on Mancow.

  45. Wrongful death/estate hearing tomorrow:

    PETERSON DREW 12 1 9 WCCA 930 09L 000326

    Status hearings on the murder charges Friday:

    PETERSON DREW W 12 4 9 402 930 09CF001048 0 MURDER/INTENT TO 2 Status
    PETERSON DREW W 12 4 9 402 930 09CF001048 0 MURDER/INTENT TO 1 Status

    And mini-trial to air hearsay evidence is on the schedule now:

    PETERSON DREW W 1 19 10 402 930 09CF001048 0 MURDER/INTENT TO 1 Hearing
    PETERSON DREW W 1 19 10 402 930 09CF001048 0 MURDER/INTENT TO 2 Hearing

  46. facsmiley :I kind of think all the Kunati books are being sold out of the trunks of the authors’ cars, presently. I remember reading somewhere that when Kunati went under, the inventory was being returned to the individual authors (at a 70% discount).

    I’m in close contact with a handful of Kunati authors and I’ve heard what they’ve had to go through. I feel very sorry for them. They paid a huge price when they put their trust in Derek Armstrong as their publisher. Since Kunati Publishing went under a few months ago, authors are selling their books any way they can, even if it means out of the trunks of their cars, because they too were duped by Derek Armstrong. After countless months of excuses, only a couple of his authors have been paid out; most are waiting for their final statements and royalty checks.

    I can tell you what I know from some of his authors. Most of them weren’t happy with Armstrong. Many realized early on that something was rotten at Kunati. A few went public. One of the authors, Cheryl Tardif, was very outspoken about the problems at Kunati.

    http://cherylktardif.blogspot.com/2009/08/kunati-books-is-going-under.html

    Tardif was interviewed a couple of times by Quill & Quire, a major Canadian literary magazine, when they did a couple of stories about the fall of Kunati.

    After talking with a couple of Kunati authors, I learned that Armstrong repeatedly told his authors that something big was coming months before Exposed was published, something that would gain all of them huge publicity. A few guessed early that he was writing another book, but when they found out it was the Drew Peterson Exposed book, many were shocked. Some were disgusted.

    Writer Beware and Preditos & Editors were looking into claims that Armstrong wasn’t paying his authors and that he’d broken their contracts. Seems this guy is a piece of work all around. All hype, no real delivery of action. Over the past couple of years he has blatantly lied to his own authors. He’s exaggerated his “journalistic” status with his puppet sites (which is why most don’t eist anymore). He’s lied and exaggerated the success of books published by Kunati. So why should we expect anything better from him regarding the “hundreds” of hours of interview tapes or anything else he claims to be fact?

    If he goes on the stand for the defense, prosecutors have lots of ammo to fire at him and discredit him with. The guy’s a compulsive liar.

  47. Eagleipi – Nice to hear from someone close to the Kunati stable and Welcome. There has been quite a bit of discussion about Derek Armstrong, “Drew Peterson Exposed” and Kunati books here on this blog since September 2008. Most of it is in the comments threads of other posts, however.

  48. Thanks for the link, facs. And for the welcome, gatekeep.

    My only wish is that all of Drew’s victims get the justice they so deserve. Something good and right has to come from all of this Drew/Drek (yes I misspelled Armstrong’s name on purpose) crap.

  49. “Allegations in books
    In his book on the Peterson case, which was released in October 2008, Armstrong’s descriptions of some events contradict what members of the media witnessed. He also claims Stacy’s brother, Yelton Cales, “sexually touches (Stacy) several times” in 1990, when Stacy would have been 15 or 16 years old. Armstrong attributes this accusation to Stacy Peterson, but he apparently had never met or spoken with her.

    Cales is a convicted sex offender, but he was never charged with abusing Stacy.”
    What a bunch of crap.

  50. Oh, Lordy. Here is Derek Armstrong cranking out yet another “report”. Look. look! I AM SO a reporter!

    http://www.officialwire.com/main.php?action=posted_news&rid=40953&catid=1065

    No, Dear. You’re a blogger…and you’re desperate to stay off the stand in this case. Why is that?

    The motto of CrimeReportUSA is “InveStigate. RePort. ReVeal”? There isn’t a bit of his blog post that couldn’t be found by Googling. The motto should be. “Google. Condense. Post.”

  51. Looks to me like he did this piece of work to ‘try’ to set up a ‘reasonable doubt’ theory for DP’s ‘Trial of the Century.’

    Remember… Birds (turkeys) of a feather, flock (lie) together!

  52. Interesting bit of gossip. Looks like Joel Brodsky is selling his motorcycle (a 2001 Harley soft tail standard with 8000 miles) and Mrs. Brodsky has got some Hermes scarves and jewelry up for sale. If Drew is in need of cash, he might want to sell some personal items, himself.

  53. facsmiley :
    Interesting bit of gossip. Looks like Joel Brodsky is selling his motorcycle (a 2001 Harley soft tail standard with 8000 miles) and Mrs. Brodsky has got some Hermes scarves and jewelry up for sale. If Drew is in need of cash, he might want to sell some personal items, himself.

    Is he also selling his diving suit and tuxedo? 😉

  54. Remember, court for Drew tomorrow!

    PETERSON DREW W 12 4 9 402 930 09CF001048 0 MURDER/INTENT TO 2 Status
    PETERSON DREW W 12 4 9 402 930 09CF001048 0 MURDER/INTENT TO 1 Status

  55. Thanks for that reminder Facs. Do you think us ordinary people can get in there? I may go down there and try if I have the time for I got some business to attend to in town also.

  56. I was just reading Tom Morpheys timeline. I dont get how he called his brother before 10:00 about him thinking he helped possibly disposing of Stacy moving the Blue barrel. He says that Drew picks him up an hour after the 9:00 calls from Stacy. Which would place him at Drews around 10:00 to move the barrel and be dropped off.Do you know if this timeline was mixed with the older information that we knew about before Tom came out with his version? By the way I see it, Tom dosn’t get dropped off at home say around 10:20 at the earliest if you take into account driving time and barrel movage time if his time is correct in saying Drew returns to pick him up an hour after the phone call from Stacy. I wish I could talk to him.

  57. I’ll look over the timeline again, GAR, and check into it. I mostly based it on the version that Tom himself gave, but those times are what Walter Martinek had reported earlier.

  58. Martinek said that Peterson dropped Morphey off at his house after they put the barrel into Peterson’s SUV. It was then, about 9:45 p.m., that Martinek said Morphey called, asking if he could come to Martinek’s home to talk.

    “His eyes were sunken in the back of his head,” Martinek told TODAY co-host Meredith Vieira in describing Morphey’s appearance at his home shortly before 11 p.m. on Oct. 28.

    “He took me by the shoulders, told me I can’t say anything. He told me that he thinks he helped dispose of Stacy’s body. What he told me [was] when he had helped Drew take something out of the house, it was warm to the touch,” Martinek said.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22039495/ns/today_people/

    But he also said…

    “In an interview, Martineck expanded on a prior Tribune report detailing the relative’s alleged activities the night Stacy Peterson disappeared. Martineck said he was at home Oct. 28 watching the World Series. “He called me and said, ‘I gotta talk to you,'” Martineck said. “It was late, around 10 o’clock. I remember it was the 7th inning. I told him, ‘OK, come to the garage door.'”

    http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2007/nov/30/news/chi-peterson_30_no2nov30

    Morphey said he paced back and forth in the dark, wondering, “Is he killing someone?” About 45 minutes later the phone rang. Then it rang again. Both times, the caller ID showed “Stacy’s cell,”

    Peterson returned to the park within an hour of the phone calls, Morphey said, and Drew insisted he help him “at the house moving something.”

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1468257,Peterson-stepbrother-talks_jo030909.article

    So that puts Tom at the Park for lesss than two hours and the calls came about 45 minutes in.

  59. The sources aren’t available anymore, but ACR quote Police as saying the last time Stacy’s phone was used was 9 p.m., October 28, 2007.

    Also, via ACR, the FSP timeline reported:

    09:04 PM “Phone call from Stacy’s phone to Drew (1 min)”
    09:05 PM “Phone call from Stacy’s phone to Drew (1 min)”
    09:07 PM “Phone call from Stacy’s phone to Drew (5 min)”

  60. According to Wikipedia

    October 28 2007: Boston Red Sox – 4, Colorado Rockies – 3 Coors Field

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_World_Series

    The game ended at 11:06pm (Central time). It kind of makes sense that the 7th inning could have been around 9:45-10:00 but maybe later.

    But yes, that doesn’t leave much time to go to Drew’s house and help him then, does it? Could he have called Martinek during the time after the calls, from the park, before Drew picked him up? Let’s hope they get this sorted out before the trial.

  61. facsmiley :The sources aren’t available anymore, but ACR quote Police as saying the last time Stacy’s phone was used was 9 p.m., October 28, 2007.
    Also, via ACR, the FSP timeline reported:
    09:04 PM “Phone call from Stacy’s phone to Drew (1 min)”09:05 PM “Phone call from Stacy’s phone to Drew (1 min)”09:07 PM “Phone call from Stacy’s phone to Drew (5 min)”

    No… I’m not sure if I read that timeline of the calls from him anyway, but yes I was going by the FSP timeline. The brother does come up with 2 different times. Anyway I guess the important thing to note is that Drew has about an hour headstart before Cass’s phone call to Drew placing him in Romeoville near the canal around 11:00 ish. That area is about a 20 minute drive from Drews. I didn’t know you can find game times on wikipedia lol. Thanks for that knowledge. Of course some innings are longer than others so it’s relly hard to know when that was and how far were they in to that inning.

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