Brother of Stacy Peterson speaks out

Yelton Cales

Interesting interview from Erika Slife with Yelton Cales, the brother of Stacy Peterson. This is his first interview with the press, as far as I know. It looks as if he won’t be testifying in this round of hearings since he has been attending them regularly.

Stacy Peterson’s brother agonizes through hearing
Yelton Cales angered by defense attorneys’ descriptions of Stacy Peterson

January 30, 2010

It wasn’t easy for Yelton Cales to listen to testimony last week suggesting Drew Peterson may have killed his younger sister. It’s been hard to sit still as Peterson’s attorneys disparage her as an attention-seeking flirt, someone who would leave her two young children and run off with another man.

But what really hurts, said Cales in his first interview since Stacy Peterson vanished Oct. 28, 2007, is testimony that will suddenly stir up good memories of his sister. Like the time she painted and decorated his room, leaving stacks of Diet Pepsi — his favorite drink — in the closet as a surprise gift. Or the descriptions of his sister by witnesses as friendly, outgoing — or “bouncy,” as Cales put it.

“It hurts,” said Cales, 30, describing the pain as a punch in the gut. “There’s no closure.”

As the second week ended in the pretrial hearing of whether hearsay statements will be allowed at the trial of Peterson, who is charged with the 2004 drowning of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, much of the testimony has centered on Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, and her alleged fear of Drew Peterson and desire to divorce him. Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, remains a suspect in her disappearance but has not been charged.

With nearly 60 people on the prosecution’s witness list, including Stacy Peterson’s younger sister, an aunt and an uncle, Cales is one of the few family members allowed to sit in court and watch the case unfold. The privilege is not without cost for Cales, whose sex-offense history has been invoked repeatedly by Drew Peterson’s attorneys in an attempt to undermine the state’s witnesses.

Peterson’s attorneys have suggested that Cales molested Stacy Peterson, who is four years younger than him. “They’re trying to irritate me,” said Cales, who was freed from prison in June after serving nearly three years for aggravated criminal sexual assault but vehemently denies being inappropriate with his sister. “Drew won’t even look at me.”

Cales is a registered sex-offender for crimes against a 16-year-old girl in 2005. Other prison stints were for domestic battery and possession of a motor vehicle. Cales said he does not care what others think of him; it’s the thought of Peterson’s attorneys trashing his sister’s reputation that puts him on edge. “Ninety percent of what Drew is saying is lies,” he said.

He and his sister became close growing up in a volatile home. There was a lot of drinking. Their parents fought often, eventually obtaining restraining orders against each other, and divorcing. Their father moved the kids to Florida and Louisiana, before they came back to the Chicago suburbs and became wards of the state.

There was also much tragedy in the family. In 1983, their sister Jessica died at age 2 in a house fire. In 1987, their sister Lacy died as an infant, and her death was attributed to sudden infant death syndrome. In 1998, their mother, Christie Cales, vanished at the age of 40. She was last seen with a Bible, on her way to church. It’s that tragedy that Drew Peterson and his attorneys have been inclined to bring up when talking about Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. “My mom went out of her way to give us the best life she could,” Cales said. And Stacy Peterson, he said, would never leave her children.

Cales learned of his sister’s disappearance while he was in prison. The guards took him to an isolation cell, and he immediately started asking, “Is something wrong with my family?” He met with a counselor, who before saying a word flipped open a manila folder with Stacy Peterson’s picture in it. “I said, ‘He killed her,’ “Cales recalled. “[The counselor] said that she was missing, so I repeated: ‘He killed her.’ ”

Cales said he and Drew Peterson never got along. “I met him before they started dating,” Cales said. “Stacy worked at Springhill Suites in Bolingbrook, and she was always talking about him. I’d go visit her almost every night. I walked in one night, and he was sitting there. He gave her a sense of security.”

But Drew Peterson’s possessiveness of Stacy Peterson scared and angered Cales. During one July 2007 incident, Peterson showed how he could track his wife by GPS on her cell phone. “He said it smug, with his little chuckle,” Cales said. “I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ Drew said, ‘Yeah.’ ”

Stacy Peterson’s absence has deepened the huge hole in the family, which includes younger sister Cassandra and their father, Anthony. Their oldest sister, Tina, died of cancer in 2006.

Cales vividly remembers a conversation with his sister shortly before she vanished. He told her that if he had to choose one person in the world to be a mother to him, other than their mother, it would be she. “She was the greatest person in my life,” he said. “She started crying. She was the best mom.”

eslife@tribune.com

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80 thoughts on “Brother of Stacy Peterson speaks out

  1. Cyrhla, I guess I need to start looking at things other than the posts on here, huh?
    LOL. Thanks. Need to lose the tunnel vision goggles and start seeing the big picture. I bet I don’t miss it again!

  2. Here’s some information about the locksmith who testified on Friday:

    Christopher Wolzen
    Larry’s Lock Service
    550 N Frontage Rd East
    Bolingbrook, IL 60440

    Chris Wolzen is the night guy at Larry’s Lock Service but it is owned by someone named Bob. Chris got the call from Drew, who asked for Bob’s cell phone number, so we can presume that it was Bob who eventually went to the house and let Drew in (but Chris couldn’t testify to that).

    Our source points out, “If it was a true welfare check, it would have gone through dispatch and an officer who was not involved in a contentious divorce would have been called to stand by while the lock was picked, and then to go into the house so the crime scene would not be contaminated.”

    Also a Dominic DiFrancisco took the stand. Possibly the nephew of Mary Pontarelli; he lived in her house at the time Kathleen died. He testified that he saw Kathleen’s bedroom light on at 2am. He also said that he was not questioned by ISP after Kathleen was found dead. Nice “neighborhood canvassing” there…

  3. This could be “Bob”. He and Chris Wolzen share the same business address:

    Robert Akin Jr, CRLM
    Larry’s Mobile Lock Service
    550 N Frontage Rd East
    Bolingbrook, IL 60440

    Can we assume he’ll be on the stand next week?

  4. You know, since Drew (as pointed out many times) was an accomplished lock-picker, and had the tools, and had obviously done it before at Kathleen’s, why didn’t he do it that time, as well? I think he had a bad case of CYAitis. Methinks he protesteth too much by calling a reputable company and having it played by the rules. (That part of it, anyway).

  5. He didn’t play by the rules though. As it was pointed out, “If it was a true welfare check, it would have gone through dispatch and an officer who was not involved in a contentious divorce would have been called to stand by while the lock was picked, and then to go into the house so the crime scene would not be contaminated.”

  6. No, of course he didn’t play it straight. That’s impossible for Drewpy. But he did call for a professional, rather than use the do-it-yourself job(s) he’d used in the past.
    I guess he wanted another witness he could call on if need be. LOL-got his wish.
    I just want to find out if the locksmith stayed, or left right after the door was opened. That’s always been a big ?! for me, because at the beginning, there was even talk that Steve Carcerano was the locksmith Drew called. (He’s not listed as licensed, either, that I could find, BTW.)
    😈 Always. That’s DP.

  7. I just can’t wait for the day Drew is on the stand and has to answer questions about his horrible handling of this situation. For a 30-year veteran cop, it would be hard to pass this off as rookie-error. Maybe we’ll finally get to see some ‘withering’ cross examination.

  8. Stacy Peterson’s brother agonizes through trial
    Yelton Cales angered by prosecution’s descriptions of Drew Peterson’s third wife.

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    I don’t understand the heading on this article.

    Why is Yelton angered by the prosecution’s description of Drews third wife ?

    Shouldn’t that read the defense’s description of Drews fourth wife ??

  9. I went through some stories from the first days after Stacy went missing and I cannot stop thinking about Collins and his attempt to cover the case again. Collins called Rick Mims and Ric was afraid of some of the police officers. Nobody wanted to listen to Pastor Shori. Sharon was told to keep the case in the media. Tom was interviewed in a very sharp manner. The police did not come to Drew’s house immediately. A police oficer let Drew know that Cass filled a missing person report before they came to the house. I am sure that was not an ordinary missing person report. Cass must have told them Stacy was afraid of Drew.

    I wonder what would have happened if not the media and Glasgow, and the desperation of the people who loved or liked Stacy, or did not even know her.

    This is my speculation, forgive me but in the light of what the witnesses testified, it seems to me it has more and more grounds to me.
    I just want to say I do not have all the ISP officers on my mind. Lots of them did a great job! I guess Collins tried to put his two cents in. I cannot find another explanation for collins calling Ric.

    BTW, I wonder if Christina is going to testify. I guess yes and her testimony maybe very interesting. I think this is a reason she needs a lawyer.

  10. craig_wall
    working out is much more fun than sitting in Peterson court taking notes till my hand’s about to fall off. TGIS
    about 5 hours ago from API

    I’ll bet!

  11. Didn’t Drew say the neighbor called the Locksmith? Or reported that the neighbor called him. The locksmith above says he got the call from Drew. Another discrepancy.

  12. BRODSKY: So he was — tried to return the children Friday night. I mean, sorry, Sunday night. There was no answer. He kept them Sunday night over, and then the next day, the next morning, he still couldn`t get ahold of her. He was concerned. He brought — went to the house. There was no answer. He decided that he to enter. He called a locksmith and some witnesses. So I think that Drew acted appropriately.

    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0802/22/ng.01.html

    What about any of that was appropriate? Appropriate would be to follow normal police procedure for a well-being check, which Drew did NOT do.

  13. There was no answer. He decided that he to enter. He called a locksmith and some witnesses. So I think that Drew acted appropriately.

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

    That’s only Joel Brodsky stating he thinks Drew acted appropriately.

    It was appropriate to Joel Brodsky, as if that means anything (!!)

  14. facsmiley :

    BRODSKY: So he was — tried to return the children Friday night. I mean, sorry, Sunday night. There was no answer. He kept them Sunday night over, and then the next day, the next morning, he still couldn`t get ahold of her. He was concerned. He brought — went to the house. There was no answer. He decided that he to enter. He called a locksmith and some witnesses. So I think that Drew acted appropriately.

    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0802/22/ng.01.html
    What about any of that was appropriate? Appropriate would be to follow normal police procedure for a well-being check, which Drew did NOT do.

    I would think the appropriate thing to have done, if everything was on the up and up, was for Drew to make one call to the police and report that he attempted to return the two boys to his ex-wife and she doesn’t answer her phone or come to the door and ask for a well-being check. Again, if everything was on the up and up, there was no need for Drew to have been at her house.

    Drew has to micro-manage everything, getting a locksmith to make it look like he can’t get in the house without a locksmith, and having several witnesses he knew, plus trampling the crime scene himself.

  15. Pachter, who said he met Peterson when the two worked for a cable company, is a convicted sex offender who acknowledged he owed his bookie $1,000 at the time and had marital problems. Prosecutors suggested in their questions that Peterson chose Pachter because he wouldn’t be the kind of person who authorities would believe over the word of a police officer.

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    Too right, even Joel Brosdky found it hilarious Drew would pick someone like Jeffrey Pachter, but he didn’t blink an eye over the fact Drew was looking for a hit man in the first place (!!)

  16. That was such a bizarre response. Not “My client never hired a hit man” but “That guy doesn’t look like a hitman”. Well, we know that Pachter didn’t take Drew up on it so maybe he’s right. So, Drew what did the real hitman look like?

  17. Attorney, Tamara Holder, not feeling the love for Joel either. LOL Going out for dinner at Epic and finding herself seated at a table by Joel What Joel??? No Gibsons?? No chicken wings””

    ” I’m sitting right next to joel brodsky at dinner. Yuck!” (Tamara Holder-Twitter))

  18. facsmiley :
    That was such a bizarre response. Not “My client never hired a hit man” but “That guy doesn’t look like a hitman”. Well, we know that Pachter didn’t take Drew up on it so maybe he’s right. So, Drew what did the real hitman look like?

    Brodsky says it’s all a big joke – Drew is a jokester.

    So Drew picks this Jeffrey Pachter up for a drive in his Squad car (!!) and ten minutes into the journey asks him about finding a hit man to “take care of his wife” and that’s a big joke.

    Does that mean BBPD gave Drew a uniform and squad car so he can pick people up, drive them around and play jokes on them ??

  19. cyrhla January 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm | #16 Quote I went through some stories from the first days after Stacy went missing and I cannot stop thinking about Collins and his attempt to cover the case again.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That doesn’t set well with me, either. Why would this particular cop be the one investigating when he was basically a narc ? I think there was a relationship between this guy and DP. I wonder how long ago Collins retired and at what age?
    Maybe he wanted to get outta dodge..

  20. It’s strange. Theres a lot of things to keep up with I’m still trying to digest it all. Thanks for keeping us informed everyone.

  21. Yelton’s interview was heart wrenching to me.I think he did a great job expressing his feelings in it. I’m sure that was really hard for him to do.

  22. I tell you one thing about Yelton.He is a very honest person regardless of his reputation.He never flat out lied about anything I ever knew of.

  23. I don’t find that hard to believe, Givarat. 🙂

    So. Drew called Larry’s Locksmith Service, but he didn’t ask the locksmith on duty to come (?). He asked for the cell number of the owner instead. Bit of an understatement to say that doesn’t make sense.

    Who was JB dining with? Was Maksym in the party and were all their hands visible at all times? LOL @ Facs. I wouldn’t have thought of the wings…subtle! lol I think I would have smiled and waved as if we knew one another and sent him an abusive note. I don’t think I could pass up the opportunity to tell him he doesn’t look nearly as fat as he does on tv or similar.

  24. New Tweet from Tamara Holder

    tamaraholder
    “So I sat at the table next to Joel Brodsky last night at dinner. He & wife fighting the whole time. She was crying, they were outta control!”

    It can’t be easy being the wife of the attorney trying to defend Drew Peterson. I wouldn’t wish that marriage stress on anyone. Joel, get this trial moving, stop calling the witnesses liars, and send your wife some flowers.

  25. I’m sure it’s been hard week for everyone involved with that case, and it’s sad to think of their marital discord, but what can I say? At least they got the chance to go home and make up.

  26. cyrhla :

    Not only they… I wonder how Steven Peterson is (and the kids).

    I’ll bet the kids are glad to back in their own home. But if it’s true that Stephen and wife are splitting up, just that much more drama for them.

  27. tamaraholder @facsmiley

    She was telling him she made him. Which in my opinion isn’t a good thing! He kept telling her to “shut the f**k up.”
    5 minutes ago

    Oh my.

  28. facsmiley :

    tamaraholder @facsmiley
    She was telling him she made him. Which in my opinion isn’t a good thing! He kept telling her to “shut the f**k up.”5 minutes ago

    Oh my.

    She definitely is better looking.

  29. Cales said he and Drew Peterson never got along. “I met him before they started dating,” Cales said.

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    From the above it looks like Yelton met Drew BEFORE he started dating Stacy !!

    Interesting to find out exactly how long before !

  30. rescueapet :

    Hi everyone. Catching up on the news.

    Wow about Joel and his wife. Sounds like subtlety and/or restraint is something those two need to work on.

    Who knows what was going on there. Maybe too many pre-dinner cocktails.

  31. justanotherhen :
    Cales said he and Drew Peterson never got along. “I met him before they started dating,” Cales said.
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    From the above it looks like Yelton met Drew BEFORE he started dating Stacy !!
    Interesting to find out exactly how long before !

    It sounds like he met him when he was coming around the hotel she worked at.My guess is probably not very long.Theres probably some news out there that may say/estimate how long Drew was coming around the hotel before they started officially dating.

  32. Does anyone know under exactly what circumstances DP met Stacy ? Was he on official police business or did he make it a habit of scoping out underage females.

    Also, why didn’t his superiors at the police dept. get involved since this was a minor.

  33. Writer, I’ve always heard that cops had a habit of stopping by the hotel at night but no idea why. I’ll look at the books and see what they say.

    As for your second question, when Drew realized that Stacy was 17 he went to his superiors and told them what was going on and made sure that it was not a problem. Since the age of consent in Illinois is 17 it turned out not to be an issue…at least not legally.

  34. Stacy Cales was just 16 years old when she met Drew Peterson, according to her sister, Cassandra Cales. She had recently graduated high school a year early and was working the night shift as a receptionist at a local hotel.

    “He was a night commander,” Cales said of Drew Peterson, who was in his late 40s at the time and a two-decade veteran of the Bolingbrook Police Department. “He used to go in there and check on her — you know, sweep the hotel and make sure that everything was okay.”

    The pair started dating. “I said, ‘I don’t mind just as long as you’re happy,'” Cales told ABC News. “Age doesn’t matter as long as you’re in love and happy with that person.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=3882766&page=1

    “I said, ‘let’s you and I just go out’ and she said, ‘OK, that’s fine,'” Peterson recalled. “I said, ‘Do you mind that I am 47 years old?’ and she goes, ‘Oh, no, do you mind that I am 17?’

    “I thought she was in her mid 20s or something like that,” he said, laughing. “And I real quick looked through my law books to see if that was kosher, and the age of consent in the state of Illinois is 17 and the relationship developed and we started going out. We got a lot of looks at the time and [there was] a lot of controversy over our relationship.”

    Nightline interview with martin Bashir – Jan. 29, 2009

  35. I didn’t realize how long they dated before Drew divorced Kathleen and married Stacy. It was said by a relative on Acandyrose that Drew lied to Stacy and said he wasn’t married although he was married 3 times.

    “Aikin [Candace Aikin, 48, of El Monte, Calif.] said her family had concerns about Drew Peterson’s character early on because he told Stacy when he began dating her that he had never been married. In fact, Peterson had been married three times before. Drew Peterson later got Stacy, then 17, a job at the Bolingbrook Police Department, Aikin said.” [11/01/2007 “Their side: Stacy Peterson’s family”]

    http://www.acandyrose.com/stacy_peterson_timeline1.htm

  36. Kathleen received an anonymous letter in 2001 (according to this interview) mentioning Stacy by name as Drew teenage girlfriend.

    It doesn’t say how long Drew was already seeing Stacy before this letter was sent, but it wouldn’t have been the day before (!!), so how long did Drew really know Stacy or know of Stacy’s existence before he made a move on her ??

    http://rss.msnbc.msn.com/id/30642446/

  37. acandyrose website states Kathleen started to receive anonymous letters as early as 1997 re Drews cheating with a minor, so did Kathleen receive more than one anonymous letter ??

    In 1997 Stacy would have been around 13 years of age.

    acandyrosewebsite:
    1997-00-00 Peterson Family Letters ILL Kathleen Peterson began getting anonymous letters re: husband Drew Peterson was cheating

  38. Jeffrey Pachter has stated in his evidence a few days ago Kathleen had something on Drew that could make him lose his job from the Police Department.

  39. Remember Drew, was seeing one of the women who worked at suds 97-98. I get the feeling that a habitual cheater like Drew had numerous girlfriends while married to Kathleen.

    A woman who testified she had a 9-month affair with Peterson while he was married to Savio said he told her in 1998 that he didn’t want to get divorced because his wife would take half his pension.

    Susan McCauley, who at the time was a bartender at Peterson’s Montgomery pub, said Peterson told her that he and a friend were on a “street death squad,” adding, “if you ever needed anyone taken care of.”

  40. “[Stacy] Peterson’s own mother vanished from Blue Island [Illinois] in 1999 [should be 1998]. The couple’s marriage certificate lists the whereabouts of Christie Toutges as unknown.
    http://www.acandyrose.com/stacy_peterson_names.htm
    There was talk back on GretaLiveWire in the beginning that Stacy’s mom objected to Drew.
    Is there any indication that Stacy and Drew actually knew each other before Stacy’s mom disappeared?

  41. And one more thing:
    She said, “I got an anonymous letter. Someone from the police department said I was the laughing stock of the town.”
    http://rss.msnbc.msn.com/id/30642446/
    I wonder what it was that made her think the letter was written by someone in the police department. Alas, we’ll never know, now. Another (Nancy) Drew mystery.

  42. JAH – if you’ve found some info by all means share it but if you are trying to build a case that Drew was dating Stacy when she was 13 merely because you wonder if he was…IMO you’re going to need to find something concrete to show it. I don’t mean to discourage you in your research but if you want to post something like that, I think you need some discovery to back it up.

    We all saw what Pachter said but that could be anything. It doesn’t help anything to jump to such a huge conclusion.

    Every source we’ve seen up to this date would point to the veracity of Drew and Stacy first meeting at the Hotel where she worked. No one in her family has said any different and none of what you’ve posted has shown any different.

  43. Stacy would have turned 17 in Jan. 2000. Obviously Cass was in error that said she was 16. I’m assuming she graduated in June of 2000 from high school a year early. Not sure when she got the job at the hotel after that. So it seems like Drew was dropping in and checking out the hotel. Obviously started dating her before her 18th birthday in Jan 2001. So this had to all take place between when she graduated in June and before January 2001.I think that is as close as we are going to get on the actual date they started dating.

  44. Here’s the letter that was sent to Kathy October 2001:

    The writer accuses Drew of not only the affair but several illegal activities.

  45. I’m sorry I may have her birth year confused.She may have been 16.She graduated from school at 16? Thats quite an achievement.She may have had started school a year early.I do remember she was going to preschool.

  46. Please stop guessing, trying to remember, and speculating. There is documentation and testimony that tells when Stacy graduated from high school, approximate time Stacy began to work at the hotel, dated Rossetto, began working at the BBPD, etc.

  47. Acandyrose documentation threw me off. Then what Facs posted contradicted it. So when did Stacy graduate?Because I’m confused right now by documentation.

  48. All I could find in over an hour of research was a blog posting that said Cassandra stated Christie did not know Drew.
    I’m going w/Cassandra. If he did know Christie, it was obviously not through Stacy.
    My research has reminded me of several things I’d forgotten.
    THANK YOU Facs, for posting the letter. Wow. I’m glad it survived.

  49. acandyrosewebsite:
    1997-00-00 Peterson Family Letters ILL Kathleen Peterson began getting anonymous letters re: husband Drew Peterson was cheating

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    The above is re letters of infidelity dated 1997.

    You’re right he could have been cheating with a number of people and maybe none underage.

  50. Good night. Tomorrow brings another round of testimony if no one is sick, and there are no more questions to the court that need to be addressed.

  51. It is strange that none of the Savios testified as of yet.Maybe not strange , but you know what I mean. Just raises a question as to why? Is it the prosecutions strategy? It will be an interesting week though Facs.

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