Drew Peterson hearsay hearings – Day 7

Cassandra Cales and Pam Bosco

Hearings resumed today to determine which statements will be admissable in the trial of Drew Peterson for the murder of his ex-wife, Kathleen Savio. Cassandra Cales, sister of Stacy Peterson, took the stand this morning.

“She just looked at me with this blank face,” Cales testified. “She said she feared for her life and that if anything ever happened to her, Drew did something to her.”

Herald-News reporter, Joseph Hosey, tweeted that Jeffrey Pachter, of Braidwood, testified today and said Drew Peterson asked him to find someone from the Hill neighborhood on Joliet’s east side to kill Savio. He said, “He asked me because of the area that I worked (in) if I knew anyone who could have his ex-wife taken care of.”

Fox’s Craig Wall tweeted that Peterson “wanted to know when to set up alibi.” Kathleen was found dead in her bathtub March 1, 2004. Pachter says he called Drew in July of 2004 and Peterson told him, “The favor I asked you to do — I don’t need it anymore.”

2:45pm – Court is over for the day

Story at WGN News

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  1. Don’t think this updated story has been posted yet:

    Police, ex-mistress report Peterson’s words

    January 28, 2010

    By JOE HOSEY jhosey@stmedianetwork.com
    JOLIET — In the days after his young wife supposedly ran off to the tropics with another man, Drew Peterson reportedly kept telling state police about all the “great sex” he used to have with her.

    “It seemed like he was always bringing it up,” state police Special Agent Patrick Callahan said of Peterson’s boasting about his robust sex life to detectives.

    On Thursday, during the ongoing hearing to determine what hearsay evidence will be allowed at Peterson’s murder trial, Callahan also testified that Peterson told him his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, absconded with $25,000 and some new clothing, and headed for a Caribbean locale with an unidentified boyfriend.

    Peterson faces murder charges for allegedly drowning his third wife, Kathleen Savio in March 2004. Prosecutors are trying to prove he also killed Stacy Peterson, who has been missing since October 2007, in order to prevent her from testifying against him. If they succeed many of the comments heard during the hearsay trial can be used in the murder trial.

    Callahan twice interviewed Peterson within four days of Stacy’s disappearance, speaking to him once in the Peterson home and once at the Bolingbrook Police Department, where Peterson was employed as a sergeant prior to his resignation in November 2007.

    During these interviews, Peterson said he believed his wife was cheating on him, Callahan testified. Peterson was particularly suspicious of one of his fellow Bolingbrook officers and a male nurse Stacy had been dating when Peterson starting romancing her in 2001, when she was 17.

    “They were talking about a divorce,” Callahan said Peterson told him, although that was not unusual for them.

    “He stated that she would bring it up every time she had her period, then they would make up and have great sex,” he said.

    Callahan said Peterson was planning to retire about the time his wife disappeared and that he urged her to stay with him until after he left the police department.

    “They had just celebrated an anniversary and he bought her a diamond ring, after which they had great sex,” Callahan said.

    One of Peterson’s attorneys, George Lenard, asked Callahan if he had a grudge against Peterson over a felony gun case Peterson dodged when prosecutors dropped the charges in November 2008.

    “It doesn’t matter to me either way,” Callahan said of the gun case, which is under appeal. “I think he’s got bigger problems right now.”

    Ex-mistress testifies

    Callahan was followed on the witness stand by a Bolingbrook woman Peterson was romantically involved with in the late 1990s.

    Peterson was married to Savio while he was dating Susan McCauley, a bartender in his Montgomery tavern, Sud’s Pub.

    McCauley recalled a visit to the home of Daniel Harrison, a friend of Peterson, in early 2008. During the visit, Peterson told her “he had some business to take care of, that we’re on the ‘street death squad,'” and that he and Harrison went together to the garage.

    McCauley testified that Peterson later told her “that if we ever need anyone taken care of, that they could take care of them.”

    “It was a sobering moment,” said McCauley, who broke it off with Peterson when she suspected he was having sex with someone other than her or his wife.

    “I honestly thought he was cheating on me,” McCauley said. “He obviously was with his track record.”

    After their “amicable” split, McCauley testified she ran into Peterson in a Bolingbrook bowling alley a few weeks after Savio turned up drowned in her dry bathtub.

    McCauley inquired about the welfare of the two sons he had with Savio. She said Peterson told her, “They’ll be fine. She was crazy.”

    McCauley remembered that she then told Peterson he was lucky, since he was now off the hook for child support and surrendering his assets to Savio, who was divorcing him.

    A Bolingbrook police officer, Richard Treece, was called as a witness and testified that he bumped into Peterson in the courthouse while Peterson was in the midst of his divorce from Savio.

    “He said he’d be better off if that (expletive) was dead,” Treece recalled.

    Another of Peterson’s attorneys, Joel Brodsky, got Treece to confirm that Peterson was a “practical jokester.”

    “He put a live goose in a squad car one time,” Treece said of Peterson’s penchant for gags.

    Battery case

    The last witness to testify Wednesday was Elizabeth Fragale, who was an assistant state’s attorney from 2001 to 2004.

    Fragale handled a battery case and a domestic battery case against Kathleen Savio, who was charged with attacking Peterson and Stacy on separate occasions. Savio was acquitted in both instances. Fragale handed off the cases before they went to trial because she was promoted to a different division.

    Fragale said she met with Savio and her attorney, Harry Smith, in the state’s attorney’s office so Savio could explain that she was actually the victim of Peterson’s abuse. Fragale said she suggested Savio seek an order of protection against Peterson and to make her allegations to the state police.

    Fragale conceded it was unusual for her to have a meeting in the state’s attorney’s office with a defendant, and that Savio may have been the only defendant she had done this for.

    Savio sent a letter to Fragale in November 2002. In the letter, she said Fragale failed to return three of her calls and she accused Peterson of abusing her.

    Savio wrote that Peterson once attacked her and held a knife to her throat and another time chased her “through the house with a police stick.”

    “He knows how to manipulate the system,” Savio wrote in the letter, “and his next step is to take my children away. Or kill me instead.”

    Fragale said she does not remember receiving the letter.

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/peterson/2016005,Police-ex-mistress-Peterson-case_JO012810.article

  2. Life back to normal for neighbors, Drew fiancee

    January 28, 2010

    By JANET LUNDQUIST jlundquist@ stmedianetwork.com
    BOLINGBROOK — It’s been a while since a news van set up shop on Pheasant Chase Court.

    When Stacy Peterson first disappeared in October 2007, the media — and, often, curious onlookers — crowded the cul-de-sac waiting for a glimpse of or interview with Stacy’s husband, Drew Peterson.

    Pheasant Chase Court hit the big time, and Peterson became increasingly notorious. Not only did local news crews show up daily, but Fox News Channel celebrities Geraldo Rivera and Greta Van Susteren camped out for a while as well.

    About a month and a half after Stacy vanished, the media horde began to crumble. It would return sporadically, on an important anniversary or if Drew did or said something considered newsworthy.

    However, since Drew’s arrest in May on a charge of murdering his third wife, the court has been mostly calm and quiet.

    “It’s been nice. It’s almost like it used to be — except Stacy’s not here,” said one resident.

    Now purple and white ribbons streaming from parkway trees and mailbox posts are the only remnants of the frenzy of search party gatherings, press conferences and satellite trucks that once occupied the cul-de-sac.

    Fiancee’s new love
    Not only has the media moved on — currently swarming the Will County courthouse to hear every detail of Peterson’s hearsay hearing — so has Drew Peterson’s former fiancee, Christina Raines.
    She and her two young children moved into Peterson’s house about a year ago. Raines moved out in February after a break-up, but moved back in a month later.

    In March, the couple’s romance was featured in People magazine, but the warm fuzzies didn’t last long. Raines moved out for good in April.

    Last week, through her attorney Gloria Allred, Raines declined a request for an interview.

    But posts on her Facebook page this month show a woman with a new love in her life.

    “I met someone who I fell in love with and (am) very happy with. I think I just about gave up on Drew with all his lies,” she posted Jan. 19. “I don’t even really visit him anymore.”

    She added in a second post that she loves his kids dearly and still visits with them.

    Peterson house full again
    Peterson’s house is apparently no longer vacant, as his son Stephen Peterson has moved in with his four younger siblings, sources say.
    When he was arrested, Peterson asked police to call Stephen to take custody of the minor children Peterson had with Stacy, his fourth wife, and Kathleen Savio, his third.

    No one answered the door at Peterson’s house last week, but a car registered to Stephen’s wife was parked in the driveway.

    Although things are quiet in the neighborhood, at least one of the court’s residents was temporarily in the midst of it all again.

    Sharon Bychowski, the Petersons’ next-door neighbor, spent Friday and Monday testifying during the hearsay hearing.

    “It’ll always be different. Without Stacy here, it’ll always be different,” Bychowski said. “At least we’ll have the opportunity to all be a court again without having to worry about what Drew’s going to do next or what Drew’s going to say next.”

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/2015796,4_1_JO28_NEIGHBORS_S1-100128.article

  3. Gossip Alert.

    I’ve been hearing that son Stephen and his wife had split up. Anyone know if that’s the case? Is it just Stephen and Drew’s kids at 6 Pheasant Chase?

  4. joehosey
    Cassandra also said Stacy told her “if anything happened to her, Drew did something to her.” Also, Stacy wanted a divorce and to take her ..
    5 minutes ago from txt

    Children. Also, the night Stacy vanished, Drew claimed Stacy ran off with another man for a “little vacation.”
    5 minutes ago from txt

    Cassandra said Drew told her, “one minute we’re having wild passionate sex and the next minute she’s running away and disappearing …
    3 minutes ago from txt

    like her mom. Also, both defense and prosecution cite Fatal Vows, which includes a shocking photo of Staxy wearing nothing but a blazer …
    2 minutes ago from txt

    And Cassandra wearing Drew’s SWAT uniform and brandishing a rifle.
    1 minute ago from txt

  5. Sister: Stacy Peterson scared 2 days before vanishing
    January 28, 2010 11:40 AM

    Stacy Peterson was determined to divorce her husband and expressed concerns about her safety just two days before she disappeared, her sister said in tearful testimony this morning.

    Cassandra Cales recalled how Stacy broached the idea of divorcing Drew Peterson on Oct. 26, less than 48 hours before she vanished.

    As they sat in the master bedroom of Peterson’s Bolingbrook home, Stacy told Cales she was thinking of taking her two biological children and leaving, and asked Cales what she thought.

    Cales told the judge the idea terrified her. “I told her I was scared. Everything that happened to his ex-wife is kind of weird,” Cales said.

    Stacy responded by leaning in and lowering her voice to a whisper, Cales said. “She looked at me with a blank face and said she feared for her life. She said if anything ever happened to her, Drew did something to her.”

    Cales was the latest witness in a hearing to determine what hearway evidence should be allowed during Drew Peterson’s trial for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Her death in 2004 was initially ruled an accident, but was reclassified a homicide after Stacy disappeared in 2007.

    Drew has denied killing Savio, and has claimed that Stacy ran off with another man, leaving behind her two young children and Savio’s two sons, whom she had adopted.

    The defense tried to paint Stacy as a woman who would be willing to even leave her biological children because she was seeing men behind her husband’s back and was apparently planning to leave her adopted children.

    Cales, who cried off and on during her 90-minutes testimony, said Stacy worried that Drew would fight for the older boys and that she wouldn’t have much legal standing.

    “She didn’t want Drew’s money. She wanted her kids to be away from him. She wanted a restraining order.”

    Cales testified she last saw her sister on Oct. 27, the night before she disappeared. She and a friend joined Stacy and the kids for dinner before settling in the basement to watch a movie.

    When Stacy didn’t show up to help Cales paint her home the next day, Cales said she began calling and texting her sister but got no response. Around 11 pm, she called Drew who told her that Stacy had left him, taking her passport, car titles, the deed to the house and $25,000 from the home safe.

    Peterson accused her of abandoning the family without any warning or information about her whereabouts, just as Stacy’s mother had done in 1998, Cales said.

    “One minute we’re having wild, passionate sex and the next minute she wants to runaway like your mom,” Cales recalled him saying.

    Cales contacted the Downers Grove police around 11:30 p.m. to report her sister’s disappearance. She testified she did not call Bolingbrook authorities for help because Peterson worked there and she did not trust the department to put Stacy’s interests first.

    The same doubts prevented Cales from going to law enforcement immediately after Stacy expressed concerns about her safety, she said.

    “Drew is the police,” she said.

    — Stacy St. Clair

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/01/sister-stacy-worried-about-safety-2-days-before-vanishing.html

  6. I saw a clip with Joel saying that all the witnesses are just members of the “We Hate Drew Club”.

    There are 200+ witnesses still to testify. That is a BIG club.

  7. Wow. It sounds like Cass did a great job. They all have so far. I like the photo of Cass and Pam above.

    Yeah,Harley, being able to watch would be great, but after so long, just this stream of new information seems more than enough….especially because this is it. It’s real.

  8. …Together, they survived their mother’s mysterious disappearance, a sister’s recent death to cancer and other trials and tribulations in their troubled family.

    But Cassandra Cales said her older sister, Stacy, whispered to her in one of their last talks that she feared she would not survive her attempt to divorce her Bolingbrook police sergeant husband, Drew Peterson, who monitored his wife’s every movement.

    “She just looked at me with this blank face,” Cales testified this morning in Peterson’s ongoing hearsay hearing. “She said she feared for her life and that if anything ever happened to her, Drew did something to her.”…

    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=354657

  9. facsmiley :
    I saw a clip with Joel saying that all the witnesses are just members of the “We Hate Drew Club”.
    There are 200+ witnesses still to testify. That is a BIG club.

    Heh. Facs, did he stick his tongue out and say nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah too?

  10. It was such a petulant and babyish thing to say. Does he really think that the State is going to put people on the stand who have ‘nice’ things to say about Peterson?

    BTW, the Meijer store manager who testified that Tom Morphey had already applied and been denied for employment before the 27th, also stated that he liked Drew and that Drew was the kind of guy who did favors for him.

    I also can’t imagine that the strangers who believe they saw him on Apple Vally Road the evening Stacy disappeared bear any personal grudge against Drew.

    Bucket, that’s one of my favorite pictures of Cass and Pam.

  11. joehosey:
    A man Drew Peterson worked with at a cable company testified that Drew Peterson offered him $25,000 to find someone to kil …
    4 minutes ago from txt

    joehosey
    Kathleen Savio. Jeffrey Pachter, 35, of Braidwood said Peterson wanted him to find someone from the Hill neighborhood on Joliet’s …
    2 minutes ago from txt

    joehosey
    east side to kill Savio. “He asked me because of the area that I worked if I knew anyone who could have his ex-wife taken care of,” …
    2 minutes ago from txt

    joehosey
    Pachter said.
    2 minutes ago from txt

    So it WAS Pachter!

  12. Anyone in their right mind would be part of the hate Drew club. Does he expect us to like a murderer.Especially with more people coming forward saying the same thing that are not part of the Cales or Savio family. If this was just a case of Cassandra saying what Stacy told her, then the hearsay shouldn’t be allowed. Yet you got all these people stating he said he would kill Kathy and others saying Stacy voiced the same concerns.His defense is that he was joking when he told people this.Not very funny when a wife turns up dead and the other missing presumed dead. Also I know Stacy’s mom loved her kids and just wouldn’t disappear. Something has happened to her also to make her unable to.

  13. Here we go…

    craig_wall
    Jeff Pachter says Drew Peterson offered him $25,000 to “take care of” his third wife. Pachter: Peterson wanted to know when to set up alibi
    half a minute ago from API

  14. Trying to find someone from the Hill. Interesting.The theory that he possibly may have took Stacy there to make it look like she was killed by people from there has crossed my mind.

  15. The other thing Joel said on camera was that it was starting to look as if Stacy just wanted to get away from Drew and when she realized she couldn’t “afford it” she abandonded the kids and fled alone.

    Does anyone really believe that?

  16. Hey Joel -Where is the “We love Drew” club? Oh nevermind there isn’t one.

    Good Job Jeff – for coming forward!

  17. facsmiley :
    I saw a clip with Joel saying that all the witnesses are just members of the “We Hate Drew Club”.
    There are 200+ witnesses still to testify. That is a BIG club.

    JB’s remarks, dismissing everyone who testifies against DP as members of the “We Hate Drew Club” are on the level of a third-grader. When is JB going to grow up? He’s an embarrassment to the legal profession!

  18. mollymcgee :

    facsmiley :
    I saw a clip with Joel saying that all the witnesses are just members of the “We Hate Drew Club”.
    There are 200+ witnesses still to testify. That is a BIG club.

    JB’s remarks, dismissing everyone who testifies against DP as members of the “We Hate Drew Club” are on the level of a third-grader. When is JB going to grow up? He’s an embarrassment to the legal profession!

    I’ve said all along that it’s like arguing with Bart Simpson…but maybe you’re right…Bart’s supposed to be 9, isn’t he?

  19. A former coworker testified today that Drew Peterson invited him for a ride in his Bolingbrook squad car, then abruptly offered him $25,000 to kill ex-wife Kathleen Savio.

    The startling proposal, former co-worker Jeffrey Pachter said, came in late 2003 during a time he worked for a suburban cable company where Peterson — then a Bolingbrook police sergeant — moonlighted in his off hours.

    Pachter said Peterson didn’t ask for details about how Savio was to be killed but did asked Pachter to tell him when he expected to have the killing carried out.

    “He told me that he wanted to know when it would be done so he could have an alibi,” said Pachter, adding that Peterson made the offer to him not long after Pachter tried to borrow $1,000 from Peterson to pay off a gambling debt.

    Pachter said he never did anything to arrange Savio’s death and said Peterson only mentioned the offer one other time — a few months after Savio was found drowned on March 1, 2004. During a July 2004 phone call, Pachter said Peterson told him to forget about the “favor” he had asked about.

    “He said, ‘By the way, that favor I asked about, I don’t need it any more,’ ” Pachter said Peterson told him.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/peterson/2016963,stacy-peterson-sister-drew-cassandra-012810.article

  20. Callahan was followed on the witness stand by a Bolingbrook woman Peterson was romantically involved with in the late 1990s.

    Peterson was married to Savio while he was dating Susan McCauley, a bartender in his Montgomery tavern, Sud’s Pub.

    McCauley recalled a visit to the home of Daniel Harrison, a friend of Peterson, in early 2008. During the visit, Peterson told her “he had some business to take care of, that we’re on the ’street death squad,’” and that he and Harrison went together to the garage.

    McCauley testified that Peterson later told her “that if we ever need anyone taken care of, that they could take care of them.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    well, isn’t that interesting news; somehow I am not surprised. Killing is easy for the thing and I believe he’s had lots of practice. Anyone know anythig about this
    Daniel Harrison person ? Another cop perhaps?
    Everything DP has done since joining the *force* needs to be carefully looked over.
    My mind’s eye tells me he is responsible for numerous acts of evil, some of which may have aqppeared as accidents or natural events. He is a monster.

  21. Public records show that Jeffrey Pachter was charged with a crime, paid his dues, and that the case was closed in 1995.

    09-29-1995 0001 4650 TERMINATE SENTENCE – SATISFACTORILY

    In the eyes of the law, Jeffrey A. Pachter “satisfactorily” paid his debt to society 15 years ago.

    The public records show he has no further cases of criminal sexual abuse on his record. DuPage County records show that his only active case is that of the current divorce: Case Number 2009D 000064.

    Case Title IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF JEFFREY A PACHTER AND NICHOLE K PACHTER

  22. bucketoftea :

    mollymcgee :

    facsmiley :
    I saw a clip with Joel saying that all the witnesses are just members of the “We Hate Drew Club”.
    There are 200+ witnesses still to testify. That is a BIG club.

    JB’s remarks, dismissing everyone who testifies against DP as members of the “We Hate Drew Club” are on the level of a third-grader. When is JB going to grow up? He’s an embarrassment to the legal profession!

    I’ve said all along that it’s like arguing with Bart Simpson…but maybe you’re right…Bart’s supposed to be 9, isn’t he?

    That sounds about right……….at age 9, Bart Simpson would be an older third grader. (smile) I’d love to know how DP is reacting to all this testimony, and particularly how he reacts tomorrow when Neil Schori testifies. I bet Drew won’t be smiling. (Does WordPress have emoticons?)

  23. McCauley recalled a visit to the home of Daniel Harrison, a friend of Peterson, in early 2008. During the visit, Peterson told her “he had some business to take care of, that we’re on the ’street death squad,’” and that he and Harrison went together to the garage.

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

    I am wondering about the date, EARLY 2008

    McCauley was a bartender at Drews bar when Kathleen Savio was still alive (so prior to 2004).

    She said the relationship lasted for about nine months and was ended because Drew “cheated on her too” but she must still be pretty friendly with him to be with him at someones house in early 2008 (!!)

  24. writerofwrongs :
    Callahan was followed on the witness stand by a Bolingbrook woman Peterson was romantically involved with in the late 1990s.
    Peterson was married to Savio while he was dating Susan McCauley, a bartender in his Montgomery tavern, Sud’s Pub.
    McCauley recalled a visit to the home of Daniel Harrison, a friend of Peterson, in early 2008. During the visit, Peterson told her “he had some business to take care of, that we’re on the ’street death squad,’” and that he and Harrison went together to the garage.
    McCauley testified that Peterson later told her “that if we ever need anyone taken care of, that they could take care of them.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    well, isn’t that interesting news; somehow I am not surprised. Killing is easy for the thing and I believe he’s had lots of practice. Anyone know anythig about this
    Daniel Harrison person ? Another cop perhaps?
    Everything DP has done since joining the *force* needs to be carefully looked over.
    My mind’s eye tells me he is responsible for numerous acts of evil, some of which may have aqppeared as accidents or natural events. He is a monster.

    I agree. I think Drew has left behind a trail of bodies in addition to Kathleen and Stacy. One that was brought up following Stacy’s disappearance is a young man in his early 20’s that objected to Drew being involved with his young teenage sister. That young man was found hanging in his garage. Guess who was the first officer on the scene? Yup, Drew. Family and friends said that the young man’s death was a complete shock, that he wasn’t depressed and there were no indications he’d commit suicide. If I recall correctly, that happened during Drew’s marriage to his second wife, before Kathleen Savio.

  25. Remember also in early 2008 Stacy had already disappeared too (end 2007), so what was this “Street Death Squad” up to in Harrisons garage ??

  26. Peterson, wearing a plaid suit in court, laughed when McCauley testified that the only gift she received during the affair was a “very cheap necklace.”

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

    LOL, LOL – Looks like Drew went through the drawer of costume jewelery again to pick out a trinket for Susan McCauley this time.

  27. Jeff Pachter said Peterson told him during a ride in Peterson’s squad car in the winter of 2003 that he’d pay Pachter $25,000 and he didn’t care how Pachter divided the money. Pachter said that while Peterson never used the words kill or murdered, “I thought it was to have her murdered.”

    Pachter said he didn’t take Peterson’s offer seriously, saying he simply responded, “OK,” but did nothing about it.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35130562/ns/us_news/

  28. justanotherhen :

    Remember also in early 2008 Stacy had already disappeared too (end 2007), so what was this “Street Death Squad” up to in Harrisons garage ??

    OK, Joe says that is a mistake and that he meant to write 1998.

    So the “death squad” incident in the garage happened in 1998.

  29. facsmiley :

    justanotherhen :
    Remember also in early 2008 Stacy had already disappeared too (end 2007), so what was this “Street Death Squad” up to in Harrisons garage ??

    OK, Joe says that is a mistake and that he meant to write 1998.
    So the “death squad” incident in the garage happened in 1998.

    Oke, thank you, that makes more sense, especially after she complained Drew only ever gave her a “cheap necklace”, you’d wonder why she still wants to be so chummy with him ten years later – LOL !!

    So Drews “Street Death Squad” was already operational in 1998 (!!)

  30. facsmiley :

    Jeff Pachter said Peterson told him during a ride in Peterson’s squad car in the winter of 2003 that he’d pay Pachter $25,000 and he didn’t care how Pachter divided the money. Pachter said that while Peterson never used the words kill or murdered, “I thought it was to have her murdered.”
    Pachter said he didn’t take Peterson’s offer seriously, saying he simply responded, “OK,” but did nothing about it.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35130562/ns/us_news/

    Hiring a Hitman in a BBPD squad car. Is this more ‘under oath testimony’ evidence to be used as a legal basis for Bolingbrook to take away DP’s pension?

  31. “Peterson, wearing a plaid suit in court…”

    Plaid suit?! What millennium is this? That man doesn’t even have taste in his mouth, does he?

  32. judgin :

    facsmiley :

    Jeff Pachter said Peterson told him during a ride in Peterson’s squad car in the winter of 2003 that he’d pay Pachter $25,000 and he didn’t care how Pachter divided the money. Pachter said that while Peterson never used the words kill or murdered, “I thought it was to have her murdered.”Pachter said he didn’t take Peterson’s offer seriously, saying he simply responded, “OK,” but did nothing about it.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35130562/ns/us_news/

    Hiring a Hitman in a BBPD squad car. Is this more ‘under oath testimony’ evidence to be used as a legal basis for Bolingbrook to take away DP’s pension?

    Or at least half his penis… 😉
    (still laughing @ that, Charmed4sr – thank you!!)

  33. From what I heard early on, Drew resigned just before he would have been fired… somehow saving himself from losing his pension.

    I believe if he is convicted of ANY felony he will lose his pension. Please correct me if I’m wrong 🙂

  34. It’s hard to tell from the written reports but when Pachter says he didn’t take Drew’s offer seriously it doesn’t seem as if he means that Drew wasn’t serious. Only that he (Pachter) didn’t give it serious consideration.

    The fact that Drew told him he could split the money however he liked and to let him know when it was planned for so he could arrange an alibi, as well as later saying “never mind” once Kathleen was dead certainly would make you think it was serious.

  35. I’m told that there were two other witnesses scheduled for this afternoon but they had time conflicts and that’s why court ended early today. They’ll be rescheduled for a later date.

  36. Go about one minute in for some classic nervous fidgeting Joel trying to laugh off Prachter’s allegations because…Prachter doesn’t seem like the kind of guy Drew might ask? Yes. I LOL’d. And great job as always from Pam Bosco – the voice of reason and restraint.

  37. Pachter said Peterson asked to let him know when it was going to happen so he could create an alibi. Peterson suggested he might go to Great America and start a fight to make sure people knew he was there at the time.

    Pachter told the judge Peterson never said why he wanted Savio dead.

    “He said that she had something on him, but did not go into detail what that was,” Pachter said, adding that Peterson told him if Savio ever took it to the Bolingbrook Police, it “would cost him his job.”

    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/peterson-sister-in-law-takes-stand

    Great America, huh? Wonder if there were any fights at the Shedd Aquarium on February 29th, 2004?

  38. Ex-boyfriend testifies
    After Cales testified, one of Stacy’s former boyfriends took the stand. Keith Rosetto said he dated Stacy for about four weeks in 2001, just before she took up with Peterson.

    Rosetto said he and Stacy’s relationship ended when he left for the Army, but about a year and a half after he was discharged, in October 2007, they reconnected and planned to meet with his identical twin brother, Scott Rosetto, at a Bolingbrook Denny’s.

    But as he was pulling into the parking lot of the Denny’s, he got a call from his brother. Drew was in the restaurant and thought Scott Rosetto was the former boyfriend, Keith Rosetto testified, and was unhappy about his wife being with him.

    Drew came out and confronted Keith Rosetto in the parking lot.

    “He finds it curious that he and Stacy are having marital problems and I show up,” Keith Rosetto recalled.

    “I said, ‘I’m no threat to you,'” Keith Rosetto testified. “He said, ‘You’re just saying that because you know I’ll shoot you.’ He kind of said it in a joking manner, but I took it very seriously.”

    Stacy disappeared less than two weeks later.

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/peterson/2016005,Police-ex-mistress-Peterson-case_JO012810.article

  39. facsmiley :
    Go about one minute in for some classic nervous fidgeting Joel trying to laugh off Prachter’s allegations because…Prachter doesn’t seem like the kind of guy Drew might ask? Yes. I LOL’d. And great job as always from Pam Bosco – the voice of reason and restraint.
     

    I bet the judge doesn’t think that Drew was joking. 🙂

  40. Go about one minute in for some classic nervous fidgeting Joel trying to laugh off Pachter’s allegations because…Pachter doesn’t seem like the kind of guy Drew might ask?

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

    Oh dear, is this the mans lawyer talking again ?

    So even his lawyer entertains the idea his client would look for a hitman, just this one isn’t his type (!!)

    Good work Joel (!!)

  41. yea give us a break Joel already. Don’t even address us as the public and what we are tainted by. just do your frigin job and shut up.

  42. http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=354785

    Judge candidate admits license suspension

    By Josh Stockinger | Daily Herald Staff
    Contact writer

    Fred Morelli
    An Aurora attorney and former judge who is running in Tuesday’s primary for a seat in the 16th Judicial Circuit, says he’s “learned from” a black mark on his legal career that resulted in a 30-day suspension of his law license five years ago.

    https://petersonstory.wordpress.com/whos-who/#m

    Morelli, Fred: Drew Peterson’s first attorney of record. He accompanied Peterson to the Grand Jury on November 7th, at which Peterson pleaded the 5th Amendment. After Peterson appeared on national TV on the Today show with Matt Lauer, Morelli withdrew as Peterson’s attorney.

  43. http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/foxvalleysun/news/2016005,Police-ex-mistress-Peterson-case_JO012810.article

    Braidwood man: Peterson tried to hire hit

    January 29, 2010
    By JOE HOSEY jhosey@stmedianetwork.com

    JOLIET — A Braidwood man said Drew Peterson offered him $25,000 to find someone to kill his third wife Kathleen Savio.

    “He asked me, because of the area I worked in, if I knew of anybody who could have his ex-wife taken care of,” Jeff Pachter, 35, testified Thursday during the ongoing hearing to determine what hearsay evidence will be allowed at Peterson’s murder trial.

    Peterson, a former Bolingbrook cop, was moonlighting at the same Downers Grove cable company Pachter worked for in 2003 and 2004. Pachter said his job entailed disconnecting cable service to residences and his territory included the Hill, a crime-plagued neighborhood in northeast Joliet.

    “There’s some shootings, there’s a lot of gangs up there,” Pachter said, and Peterson wanted him to use the $25,000 to hire someone to kill his wife.

    “It doesn’t matter to me if you can find somebody who will do it for less, I will pay (you) $25,000” Pachter said Peterson told him.

    Pachter said Peterson asked him to find him a hit man while they were driving around Bolingbrook in Peterson’s squad car in the winter of 2003. In March 2004, Savio was found drowned in a dry bathtub. Pachter said he learned of this when he called Peterson about five months later to inquire about his new wife and child.

    Peterson said they were fine, Pachter said, and added, “By the way, that favor I asked you, I don’t need it anymore.”

    Peterson then told him Savio slipped in the tub, hit her head and drowned.

    Pachter, a convicted sex offender who owes $35,000 in back taxes, testified that Peterson once refused to loan him $1,000 he wanted to settle a gambling debt. He also said he had no desire to be involved in the investigation of Savio’s death, but that he told a friend about Peterson’s offer. That friend went to the police, who accused Pachter of having a hand in the killing.

    “They were trying to coerce me into a confession that I had something to do with Kathleen,” he said.

    Peterson wanted Savio dead because “she had something on him but he didn’t say what it was,” Pachter testified.

    “He thought that she could” use it against him, he said, “and it would cost him his job.”

    ‘Wanted to be away’
    Also Thursday, the sister of Peterson’s fourth wife tearfully testified that the young mother feared for her life and wanted a divorce.

    “She didn’t want any of his money or anything. She wanted to be away,” Cassandra Cales said of her sister, Stacy Peterson.

    While Peterson only has been charged with murdering Savio, prosecutors are trying to prove he killed Stacy to prevent her from testifying against him.

    Stacy vanished in October 2007. After failing to contact Stacy the entire day after she was last seen, Cales called Peterson’s cell phone.

    Cales said Peterson told her, “She left me for another man, that she called him and she was leaving the car somewhere in Bolingbrook and he had to go look for it.”

    Peterson then compared his wife to his mother-in-law, who vanished in 1998, Cales said.

    “One minute we’re having wild, passionate sex and the next minute she’s running away and disappearing like your mom,” Cales said Peterson told her.

    One of Peterson’s attorneys, George Lenard asked Cales about a picture of herself and Stacy in the book “Fatal Vows.” The picture shows Stacy wearing nothing but a men’s sport coat and Cales brandishign a rifle while dressed in Peterson’s SWAT uniform. Cales said Peterson provided the photograph to the author of the book, Herald-News reporter Joe Hosey.

    Ex-boyfriend testifies
    After Cales testified, one of Stacy’s former boyfriends took the stand. Keith Rosetto said he dated Stacy for about four weeks in 2001, just before she took up with Peterson.

    Rosetto said he and Stacy’s relationship ended when he left for the Army, but about a year and a half after he was discharged, in October 2007, they reconnected and planned to meet with his identical twin brother, Scott Rosetto, at a Bolingbrook Denny’s.

    But as he was pulling into the parking lot of the Denny’s, he got a call from his brother. Drew was in the restaurant and thought Scott Rosetto was the former boyfriend, Keith Rosetto testified, and was unhappy about his wife being with him.

    Drew came out and confronted Keith Rosetto in the parking lot.

    “He finds it curious that he and Stacy are having marital problems and I show up,” Keith Rosetto recalled.

    “I said, ‘I’m no threat to you,'” Keith Rosetto testified. “He said, ‘You’re just saying that because you know I’ll shoot you.’ He kind of said it in a joking manner, but I took it very seriously.”

    Stacy disappeared less than two weeks later.

  44. Morning all!

    I have a couple of thoughts (it’s early, lol) this morning. First, how terribly sad I feel for Stacy as if all over again reading about her trying to reconnect with the Rosettos. I believe she was hoping for protection. God bless them all, all his victims (that includes all the friends and families)

    The other thing is something that’s got me worrying it like a bit of bacon ‘tween the teeth. Who is the officer Drew told Callahan he suspected of being involved with Stacy? That won’t be random, will it? Vaguely trying to set up someone for suspicion that could be a danger to him? Like, mm, Pachter? (there may be more than one candidate, of course).

  45. that does sound like a pattern of something drewp would do, however, Pachter worked w/him @ the cable company — he was not an officer.

  46. i wonder how drewp is holding up in his home a/k/a “cell” LOL after hearing the testimony of those he “thought” he was in control of — that being everyone of course!

    I also wonder how his boys are holding up. Especially the older one if he’s reading/hearing/seeing detail of actual accounts his “father” had done and if he’s beginning to become unbrainwashed. Does anyone know if the kids visit drew?

  47. Thanks, Sure. Hmmm. The policeman yet to come. I share concern about the children. It may be very comforting to back in their own home, but it’s bound to be really tough. They are by far most injured of his living victims, but I wonder if he will ever see it.

  48. He said he didn’t want the kids to visit at the beginning, but who knows? I don’t feel like that’s my business.

  49. craig_wall

    Stacy Peterson’s minister expected back on the stand today. judge likely to bar him from testifying about Drew’s alleged confession 2 Stacy about 3 hours ago from API

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