Drew Peterson Hearsay hearing – day 10: Kathleen’s boyfriend on stand

The hearsay hearing of Drew Peterson for the murder of Kathleen Savio continues.

Steve Maniaci, Kathleen’s boyfriend at the time of her death was on the stand this morning. A neighbor of Drew and Stacy’s, Jacqueline Mitchem, testified that Drew behaved strangely on what would have been the day before her body was found. Kathleen’s sister, Sue Doman will testify this afternoon.

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70 thoughts on “Drew Peterson Hearsay hearing – day 10: Kathleen’s boyfriend on stand

  1. ——————————————————————————–
    http://twitter.com/joehosey

    joehosey

    Kathleen Savio’s boyfriend Steve Maniaci told the state police the morning after Savio was found dead that she feaed Drew Peterson,
    9 minutes ago from txt

    That Peterson had broken into her home, and she and Peterson were involved in domestic disputes. The state police did nothing with the …
    8 minutes ago from txt

    Information and did not even include it in their report. At Savio’s house after she was found dead, he says Peterson told him “She would
    6 minutes ago from txt

    Have lost anyway” in the divorce settlement. Maniaci said Savio told him she was afraid Peterson would kill her and make it look …
    5 minutes ago from txt

    Like an accident.
    4 minutes ago from txt

  2. The locksmith who was on the stand yesterday said that he wasn’t sure if it was Drew or a dispatcher when he got the call on his cell for a well being check.
    The lock was hard to open and it took about fifteen minutes to open it.
    He didn’t pay attention to who was around or what they said as he was opening the lock.
    He said he has known Drew for about thirty years and that he didn’t charge the police department for his work that night and that he doesn’t always charge.

  3. Witness: Peterson denied killing Savio
    February 2, 2010 11:26 AM

    Kathleen Savio’s boyfriend at the time of her death testified this morning that on the night her body was found Drew Peterson denied both killing her and having any motive to do so.

    Steve Maniaci said he arrived at Savio’s house after police found her body the night of March 1, 2004, and saw Peterson standing outside.

    He said he told Peterson, “I sure hope you didn’t have anything to do with this,” to which Peterson responded, “I didn’t.”

    Later, Maniaci said, he said to Peterson, “It sure worked out well for you Drew.” To that, Peterson responded, “She would have lost anyway,” referring, Maniaci testified, to the divorce property settlement between Peterson and Savio.

    Maniaci testimony is part of the continuing evidentiary hearing in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet being held to determine what, if any, hearsay evidence prosecutors can introduce at the future murder trial for Peterson in Savio’s death.

    As with witnesses before him, Maniaci said Savio repeatedly said she was afraid of Peterson.
    “She said Drew could kill her and would kill her,” Maniaci said.

    The night Savio’s body was found, Maniaci said he told police about a hole in Savio’s garage that she said Peterson used to enter her house as well as other incidents between Savio and Peterson.

    But none of what he said found its way into the police report on Savio’s death, he said.

    –Steve Schmadeke

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/02/witness-peterson-denied-killing-savio.html

  4. Robert Akin — locksmith who opened Kathleen’s door

    A locksmith also testified to opening the front door to Savio’s home that night and noticing that her deadbolt was not locked, which would have been unusual.
    According to Savio’s neighbors, who said she was afraid Drew was going to kill her, she always kept all her locks locked.

    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/neighbor-testifies-peterson-hearing

    Witnesses testified that Savio, fearful of Peterson, always kept her front door and screen door locked when she was gone or inside her home. But locksmith Robert Akin Jr. said only the front doorknob –– one of at least three locks on the two doors –– was locked when he was called to her home that night.

    https://petersonstory.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/drew-peterson-hearsay-hearing-day-9/#comment-57227

  5. It’s starting to look as if the even the neighborhood cats knew that Kathleen was afraid for her life and believed Drew would kill her. So when Hardy and that other officer canvassed the neighborhood the night Kathleen died, they just didn’t think that these statements were important enough to write down?

    Also, how great to have a locksmith who comes out at night, spends fifteen minutes on a tricky lock and then doesn’t charge. I know that cops often get free coffee and donuts but what the hell?

  6. joehosey
    Jacqueline Mitchem, a neighbor of Drew and Stacy, said Peterson appeared distracted and preoccupied the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004.
    7 minutes ago from txt

    It was the only time she saw Peterson behave that way. It was the night after prosecutor’s allege Peterson killed Savio. Mitchem also said
    5 minutes ago from txt

    The state police never spoke to her or any of Drew and Stacy’s other neighbors after Savio was found dead. Savio’s sister, Susan Doman
    4 minutes ago from txt

    Is scheduled to testify this afternoon.
    4 minutes ago from tx

  7. WB said:
    The locksmith who was on the stand yesterday said that he wasn’t sure if it was Drew or a dispatcher when he got the call on his cell for a well being check.
    The lock was hard to open and it took about fifteen minutes to open it.
    He didn’t pay attention to who was around or what they said as he was opening the lock.
    He said he has known Drew for about thirty years and that he didn’t charge the police department for his work that night and that he doesn’t always charge.
    * * *
    What utter bollocks.

  8. Regarding this quote posted by Facs yesterday:

    Emergency medical technician Louis Oleszkiewicz testified that a towel shown in crime scene photos alongside the tub was not there when he arrived. Under questioning from a defense attorney, he said he did not see a bathrobe and two towels shown in a photo, hung on the inside of the bathroom door, which were not visible when the door was open.

    This is interesting because the next door neighbors husband said when they found Kathleen in the bathtub, and Drew checked her pulse and said what will I tell my children the next door neighbor looked around to Drew and said, look around there is no towels , no clothes. It was after that Drew said everybody out this could be a possible crime scene. This is when Drew realized his first mistake! Question is when was he able to get those towels, and bathrobes in place? I wonder who else didn’t see them in place, then seen them in place? I hope there is other witnesses to this!

  9. Noway, You make me laugh, but maybe we’re too harsh? Perhaps Hardy’s keen detective skills are just too sophisticated for mere ‘lay people’ to grasp and he was referring not to interview technique, but those cool new canvas shoes he wore during his aimless wander. 😉

  10. questions4you :

    Regarding this quote posted by Facs yesterday:

    Question is when was he able to get those towels, and bathrobes in place? I wonder who else didn’t see them in place, then seen them in place? I hope there is other witnesses to this!

    The photos showed some towels and a robe on the back of the door, which it’s true, the first-comers and paramedics may not have seen. It would be easy for Drew to grab one of those towels from behind the door and toss it on the side of the tub after shooing everyone out. IMO

  11. Ok according to this time line provided by the Village:

    10:44 pm on March 1st 911 dispatch received a call that Kathleen Savio had been found unresponsive in her home.

    11:17 pm on March 1st the Will County Coroners office arrived on the scene.

    12:01 am The ISP were requested. Illinois State police arrived and took over the scene at 12:56 am

    So the 911 call would of been the EMT arriving on the scene. He didn’t see towels or the robe as seen in the photos. But somewhere in that hour or so Drew put the robe and towel in place. Who would of taken the photos? The coroners office, the ISP, or both?

  12. Yes Facs, I think your right about that. I am glad the neighbor, and the EMT so far on the scene were able to see that there was no towel originally , or robe where they seen them from the photos. I hope there were others also who seen this. Drew thought he was smart by telling people to get out of there in case it was a crime scene! Oh yeah crime scene he was destroying, and staging!

  13. facsmiley :

    questions4you :
    Regarding this quote posted by Facs yesterday:
    Question is when was he able to get those towels, and bathrobes in place? I wonder who else didn’t see them in place, then seen them in place? I hope there is other witnesses to this!

    The photos showed some towels and a robe on the back of the door, which it’s true, the first-comers and paramedics may not have seen. It would be easy for Drew to grab one of those towels from behind the door and toss it on the side of the tub after shooing everyone out. IMO

    ***
    It also would have been “easy” to use those towels to cover Kitty’s body and grant some shred of dignity, yet DP said, “No.”

  14. Exactly Coffee your right! Although was probally more of his controlling behavior, and trying to humiliate her.

  15. FYI: Those who are looking for transcripts of the hearing, the Circuit Clerk’s Office advises to begin by calling the supervisor of the court reporters at 815-774-7854.

  16. facsmiley :
    FYI: Those who are looking for transcripts of the hearing, the Circuit Clerk’s Office advises to begin by calling the supervisor of the court reporters at 815-774-7854.

    It would be great if they put them on their internet site. So many people, incl. myself, are interested in them.

  17. Savio’s boyfriend testifies at Peterson hearing

    February 2, 2010

    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    JOLIET, Ill. — Hours after Kathleen Savio’s body was found in her bathtub, her boyfriend says he told police that Savio’s ex-husband, Drew Peterson, might be involved.

    In a Will County courtroom Tuesday, Steve Maniaci (mahn-ee-AH’-chee) said he told investigators that Peterson had cut a hole in a wall in Savio’s house and that Savio was afraid of the former Bolingbrook police officer.

    Maniaci testified during a hearing to determine what — if any — hearsay evidence jurors will hear when Peterson stands trial in his third wife’s death. Peterson has pleaded not guilty.

    Maniaci also said police assured him the Savio investigation would be handled as a homicide until it was proven otherwise.

    Earlier, the lead investigator testified that he always considered Savio’s 2004 death an accident and acknowledged that he did an incomplete investigation.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/peterson/2024852,kathleen-savio-peterson-hearing-020210.article

    (my bolding)

  18. judgin :
    Robert Akin — locksmith who opened Kathleen’s door

    A locksmith also testified to opening the front door to Savio’s home that night and noticing that her deadbolt was not locked, which would have been unusual.
    According to Savio’s neighbors, who said she was afraid Drew was going to kill her, she always kept all her locks locked.
    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/neighbor-testifies-peterson-hearing
    Witnesses testified that Savio, fearful of Peterson, always kept her front door and screen door locked when she was gone or inside her home. But locksmith Robert Akin Jr. said only the front doorknob –– one of at least three locks on the two doors –– was locked when he was called to her home that night.
    https://petersonstory.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/drew-peterson-hearsay-hearing-day-9/#comment-57227

    Interesting about the deadbolts not being locked. A deadbolt would have had to been locked by someone INSIDE the house. Drew only locked the lock on the doorknob, but couldn’t set the deadbolts after he killed Kathleen and left the house. The night he killed Kathleen, he must have entered the house using a key.

  19. (snipped)

    The night Savio’s body was found, Maniaci said he told police about a hole in Savio’s garage that she said Peterson used to enter her house as well as other incidents between Savio and Peterson.

    But none of what he said found its way into the police report on Savio’s death, he said.

    –Steve Schmadeke

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

    yes, indeed; things worked out very well for Drew. An incompetent bungled pathetic excuse for an investigation, headed by a ISP narc who IMO knew Drew and vice versa, right on up the chain to the Will County States Attorney who prosecuted Kathleen at Drews insistance while ignoring her pleas for help. All these waterboys at Drew’s beck and call but no one for Kathleen.

  20. Well an FYI about Will County. The drug task unit, along with the police joined liked 6-7 different towns. They were able to go into each others jurisdictions when it comes to warrants etc. They also joined the joint drug task units together. They worked together on bringing down drug dealers, and sting operations. I am sure Drew would of known a lot of these officers if they were Narcs, or worked with TASK. I am not sure what the operations are called now but I do know that Joliet, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Cresthill are among some of the towns involved in this sting where they can go into each others jurisdictions and met quite frequently and kept each other updated. I will see what information I can find about this, as this has been going on for quite some years now.

  21. He (the locksmith) said he has known Drew for about thirty years and that he didn’t charge the police department for his work that night and that he doesn’t always charge.

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

    A locksmith gets called out at night and doesn’t charge.

    Why does he charge the Police Department for some work and not for other.

    What is the deciding factor ???

  22. questions4you :Well an FYI about Will County. The drug task unit, along with the police joined liked 6-7 different towns. They were able to go into each others jurisdictions when it comes to warrants etc. They also joined the joint drug task units together. They worked together on bringing down drug dealers, and sting operations. I am sure Drew would of known a lot of these officers if they were Narcs, or worked with TASK. I am not sure what the operations are called now but I do know that Joliet, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Cresthill are among some of the towns involved in this sting where they can go into each others jurisdictions and met quite frequently and kept each other updated. I will see what information I can find about this, as this has been going on for quite some years now.

    Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team is for LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties.

    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/charges-cop-used-squad-car-deliver-pot

    Charges: Cop Used Squad Car to Deliver Pot

    Updated: Tuesday, 02 Feb 2010, 7:46 AM CST
    Published : Tuesday, 02 Feb 2010, 7:46 AM CST

  23. Joint operations of state, county, and local LE

    11/10/2007 (www.suntimes.com) “Cop once fired over claim of betrayal”
    “Beginning in 1978, Peterson was assigned to the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad, a joint operation of state, county and local officers from Will and Grundy counties.” – “Two years after being hired [In 1977] at Bolingbrook, Peterson received a “police officer of the year” award, according to court documents.”

    **This statement below kind of confirms that ISP and the MANS agency worked together on undercover ops**

    11/10/2007 (www.suntimes.com) “Cop once fired over claim of betrayal”
    “Peterson, for reasons Janota said he has never been able to explain, allegedly sabotaged one of the squad’s drug stings and gave the identity of an undercover narcotics agent to a convicted killer under investigation for dealing drugs, Janota said. “We found out from different sources that the identity of an Illinois State Police officer was revealed to the [killer], by Mr. Peterson,” Janota said. ” . . . We immediately notified the undercover officer that his life was in jeopardy.” Added Janota, “Putting a fellow officer’s life in jeopardy is unforgivable as far as I’m concerned.”

    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/crime/Joliet_drug_sweep_nabs_27

    MANS agents were assisted by the Joliet, Lockport, Bolingbrook and Romeoville police departments and the Will County Sheriff’s Gang Supression Unit.

    Just some of what I have found so far. So it does show these towns work together, and with each other. So I would think Drew did work with some of these officers from other towns, and state agencies.

  24. Savio feared Drew, boyfriend tells court

    February 2, 2010

    By JOE HOSEY jhosey@stmedianetwork.com
    Kathleen Savio’s boyfriend Steve Maniaci told the state police the morning after Savio was found dead that she lived in fear of her ex-husband Drew Peterson and that Peterson had broken into her home.

    Savio also told Manici that and she and Peterson were involved in domestic disputes…

    …The state police did nothing with that information and did not even include it in their report. At Savio’s house after she was found dead, he says Peterson told him “She would have lost anyway” in the divorce settlement. Maniaci said Savio told him she was afraid Peterson would kill her and make it look like an accident.

    Jacqueline Mitchem, a neighbor of Drew Peterson and fourth wife Stacy, said Peterson appeared distracted and preoccupied the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004.

    It was the only time she saw Peterson behave that way. It was the night after prosecutor’s allege Peterson killed Savio. Mitchem said the state police never spoke to her or any of Drew and Stacy’s other neighbors after Savio was found dead. Savio’s sister, Susan, is scheduled to testify this afternoon.

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/plainfieldsun/news/2025043,Peterson-hearing-Savio-boyfriend-JO020210.article

    Pretty much what we gleaned from his tweets. I’m sure he’ll have a more detailed story tonight.

  25. 11/10/2007 (www.suntimes.com) “Cop once fired over claim of betrayal”
    “Peterson, for reasons Janota said he has never been able to explain, allegedly sabotaged one of the squad’s drug stings and gave the identity of an undercover narcotics agent to a convicted killer under investigation for dealing drugs, Janota said. “We found out from different sources that the identity of an Illinois State Police officer was revealed to the [killer], by Mr. Peterson,” Janota said. ” . . . We immediately notified the undercover officer that his life was in jeopardy.” Added Janota, “Putting a fellow officer’s life in jeopardy is unforgivable as far as I’m concerned.”

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

    Obviousely Drew was a dirty cop who traded info for special considerations. One can speculate as to what these special considerations might be or who they were really for. Sometimes the lines become so blurred that it’s impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
    Drew conducted himself as though he was above the law because he was.

  26. I’m guessing that Jacqueline Mitchem is the wife of Bolingbrook High School Principal, James A. Mitchem Jr. Mitchem and his teenage son both testified before the Grand Jury in May 2008. The Mitchems also took in one of Kathleen’s boys temporarily after Drew was arrested. They live either next door or two doors down from Drew.

    Drew Peterson’s oldest son with Savio is staying with a friend’s family a few doors down from Peterson’s Bolingbrook home.

    James Mitchem said Peterson’s kids are close with his kids and both of Peterson’s teenage boys are welcomed to stay with his family as long as they want.

    “They’re like family, so I’m going to take care of them as such, for as long as necessary,” said Mitchem, who is principal at Bolingbrook High School. His wife, Jackie, is an assistant principal at an elementary school.

    Peterson’s sons attend Bolingbrook High and Mitchem said they can stay with him, all through high school if necessary.

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/05/petersons-attorney-goes-on-new-media-blitz.html

  27. My last post yesterday was supposed to have a question after it about there being no hearing today. For there was a Savio estate hearing going on.

    04P 000232 Kathleen Savio PROBATE Case
    PETERSON DREW 2 2 10 RVJC 900 04P 000232 Status
    PETERSON KRISTOPHER 2 2 10 RVJC 900 04P 000232 Status
    PETERSON THOMAS D 2 2 10 RVJC 900 04P 000232 Status

    I guess Drew didn’t have to be there.

    That is something about the picture showing towels.

  28. justanotherhen :
    He (the locksmith) said he has known Drew for about thirty years and that he didn’t charge the police department for his work that night and that he doesn’t always charge.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    A locksmith gets called out at night and doesn’t charge.
    Why does he charge the Police Department for some work and not for other.
    What is the deciding factor ???

    If I may, I’d like to suggest that in this case it wasn’t so much not charging the police department as it was not charging Drew. After all, Drew reportedly asked for him specifically. Nothing against the Mr Akin, but we know that Drew liked people to ‘owe’ him, thus doing favors, loaning money, offering tools, etc was simply Drew’s way of demanding and getting paybacks when he needed them. I think everything w/him was conditional. (He even asked Thomas Morphey, “How much do you love me?”)
    Having been friends for over 30 years, I think in this case the deciding factor was Drew.
    With others, it could have been anything-if it were personal, w/a BBPD officer, or depending on how much he had been used in the last month, etc.
    I know you weren’t speaking of Drew, JAH. These are just my thoughts.
    To Drew, no good deed goes unpunished, lol.

  29. Yep friends of 30 yrs will do a lot of favors for each other, and have each others backs. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours! Wonder just how much scratching was going on we haven’t heard about yet.

  30. Excellent point, Cheryl. Drew seemed to like being in the position of being owed favors.

    I found it really interesting that Akin believed he was helping with a “well-being check” but didn’t recall whether Drew called him or the BBPD did. Did Drew try to make it sound “official” when he used his personal cell to call Akin?

  31. facsmiley :Excellent point, Cheryl. Drew seemed to like being in the position of being owed favors.

    ***
    Lovely combo of his pathological need to control and absurd delusions of grandeur.

  32. Yeppers, and I agree w/questions4you. No wonder Drew had a reputation of being outgoing and congenial…he was always biding his time for “his”.

  33. Savio’s beau says he told police he suspected Drew Peterson, hours after she was found dead
    By DON BABWIN Associated Press Writer , The Associated Press – JOLIET, Ill.

    Hours after Kathleen Savio’s body was found in her bathtub, her boyfriend voiced suspicions to police that her ex-husband, then-police officer Drew Peterson, might be involved, he said Tuesday at a pretrial hearing.

    Steve Maniaci testified that Illinois State Police investigators assured him they would consider her death a homicide until proven otherwise, but when prosecutors recently allowed him to look at the 2004 police report from that night it included none of his concerns.

    A sometimes emotional Maniaci told the Will County court that among the things he told investigators was that Savio was “terrified ” of Peterson, that she said he had broken into her home and had threatened her.

    Maniaci said Savio told him repeatedly that she was afraid of Peterson and feared he could kill her and make it look like an accident. Such talk intensified in the days before her death as she and Peterson fought over property they once held in common as husband and wife.

    With that conflict in mind, Maniaci immediately confronted Peterson when he arrived at Savio’s house the night her body was found.

    “I said, ‘I sure hope you didn’t have anything to do with this,'” Maniaci testified.

    When Peterson insisted he didn’t, Maniaci responded in reference to the dispute over property, “‘It sure worked out good for you.'”

    Maniaci testified during a hearing meant to determine what hearsay evidence, if any, jurors can hear when Peterson stands trial in the death of Savio, his third wife. The pretrial hearing is now in its third week.

    His testimony came after the lead investigator in the case, retired State Police Sgt. Patrick Collins, conceded he believed her death was an accident from almost the minute he stepped into Savio’s suburban Chicago home. And he agreed he conducted a less-than-thorough investigation, even failing to collect any forensic evidence from the scene.

    Peterson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Savio’s death. Officials exhumed her body and ruled her death a homicide only after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007. He hasn’t been charged in her disappearance, but authorities say he’s the only suspect.

    Prosecutors know the cause of death will be a key issue at Peterson’s trial, and they will likely rely on Maniaci’s testimony to help demonstrate there were signs Savio’s death was a homicide staged to look like an accident. Peterson’s attorneys have argued her death was accidental.

    Maniaci testified on Tuesday, for example, that two nights before her body was found, he saw no bruises on her elbow, finger or buttocks like the bruises clearly visible on photographs shot of Savio after her death.

    Asked if he had seen scratches on her arms two nights before, Maniaci, barely able to look at the photographs, answered quietly, “No.”

    Shown a photograph of Savio in the bathtub with her hair down, Maniaci also said she always put her long hair up when she took a bath.

    http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/apArticle/id/D9DK9T5O0/

  34. Sister: Savio told how Peterson held knife to her throat
    February 2, 2010 3:50 PM

    Kathleen Savio’s sister today joined a growing list of witnesses who have testified that Savio said her ex-husband Drew Peterson held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.

    “She was terrified,” said Susan Savio Doman. “She said he was going to kill her. She told him to do it and just get it over with.”

    The defense tried to tarnish Doman’s credibility by painting her as someone seeking fame and money, referring to a wrongful death suit she has filed against Peterson in civil court.

    Doman also has signed a book and movie deal that would earn her at least $30,000 if the story made it to film or television.

    But Doman protested, “This is not about money, this is about getting the story out about my sister. I believe I am my sister’s voice.”

    Her testimony is part of an evidentiary hearing in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet to determine what, if any, hearsay evidence prosecutors can introduce at the trial of Peterson for Savio’s murder…

    — Stacy St. Clair, Steve Schmadeke

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/02/witness-peterson-denied-killing-savio.html

  35. Doman also has signed a book and movie deal that would earn her at least $30,000 if the story made it to film or television.

    Wonder how much money Drew’s book made? Wonder how much Joel made off selling interviews with his client? Wonder how many chicken wings he sold?

  36. Sister: Savio asked, ‘Take care of my boys’
    By DON BABWIN Associated Press Writer
    Posted: 02/02/2010 01:34:14 PM PST
    Updated: 02/02/2010 04:42:13 PM PST

    JOLIET, Ill.—Former police officer Drew Peterson’s ex-wife was so afraid of him that she kept changing the locks on her doors, and so certain it wouldn’t do any good, that she asked her sister to care for her two sons after her death, the sister testified Tuesday.
    Anna Doman said her sister, Kathleen Savio, visited her home six weeks before she was found dead in her bathtub in 2004 and pleaded for help.

    “She said, ‘You have to promise me, you have to promise me to take care of my boys…Drew said he’d kill me,'” Doman testified.

    Savio once talked about how Peterson had bound her hands and feet, then told her he could kill her and that nobody would know he did it, Doman said.

    The hearing, which was in its third week, was to determine what hearsay evidence will be allowed at Peterson’s upcoming murder trial…

    …Doman testified that Savio said she had put important documents in her garage and asked Anna Doman to rush to the house to retrieve them should Savio die.

    “She said, ‘Everything you need is in here,'” Doman recalled. Doman said she did retrieve the documents after her sister died, but she did not discuss their contents during the hearing.

    Doman said Savio’s family members suspected Peterson immediately. She said her sister, Sue Doman, confronted Peterson with those suspicions. “Suzy looked at Drew and said, ‘Why did you kill my sister?'” Anna Doman said.

    Sue Doman recounted earlier Tuesday that Peterson claimed he had found Savio’s will after she died, taunting her about it.

    “He said, ‘Ha, ha, ha. Tell Anna I found the will under the floorboards, and you guys aren’t going to get anything.”…

    http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14318423

  37. bucketoftea :
    Recall the part of Sharon’s testimony where Drew beckons her to the powder room and says it’s been a long time since he’s been able to have a shit?
    (too funny) This is exlaw’s version:
    “The part of Sharon in the power room with drew when there was a search warrant..Joklingly he told her it had been a long time since he had been in a bathroom with a chick, it made her mad…”

    Is the same exlawenforcement that used to post to the forum that JB created in support of DP? I can’t remember the name of the forum, but many who support justice for Stacy read there to see what the opposition was saying. If you posted anything against DP you were terminated.

  38. Hosey’s story has been updated. New stuff:

    Sister signed book deal

    Savio’s sisters, Susan and Anna Doman, also took the witness stand Tuesday and told how Savio expected Peterson to kill her and disguise her death as an accident.

    One of Peterson’s lawyers, George Lenard, revealed that Susan Doman had signed a contract for a book and movie project with media consultant Larry Garrison and writer Stephanie Good. The contract allows the story of Savio’s death and the Peterson prosecution — through Susan Doman’s perspective — to be fictionalized as long as it casts her and Savio in a favorable light.

    “The more people who go in and watch the movie and eat popcorn, the more money you make,” Lenard said to Susan Doman, who insisted, “This is not about the money, sir.”

    Lenard said the contract called for Susan Doman, Garrison and Good to split the profits equally, and for Susan Doman to be paid at least $30,000 if the book was made into a movie.

    “You’re living a part of this movie right now,” Lenard said to Susan Doman.

    Assistant State’s Attorney John Connor pointed out that Susan Doman made damning statements about Peterson during a May 2004 coroner’s inquest into her sister’s death, which was convened long before any book deals were in the works. The inquest was covered only by The Herald-News.

    During the inquest, Susan Doman said Savio told “everyone” “that if she should die, it may look like an accident, but it wasn’t. She just told me last week, and she was just terrified of him. He always threatened her. He had her in the basement one time. He did many, many things to her. He wished only for her to go away.”

    Despite Susan Doman’s testimony in 2004, the coroner’s jury ruled that Savio’s death was accidental.

    ‘Like a crazy man’

    Savio’s other sister, Anna Doman, not only claimed Peterson battered Savio and threatened to kill her, but that he bound her hands and feet and threw her down a flight of stairs.

    Anna Doman also said that the day after Savio was found dead, her family gathered in her home to look for her insurance policy and will when Peterson started “banging on the door like a crazy man — scared us to death.”

    Once inside, Peterson said he needed to retrieve his son’s property from upstairs. He then went to the garage where Anna Doman said she could hear him say, “Alex Morelli, I got it.”

    Morelli was another officer on the Bolingbrook police force.

    Anna Doman’s testimony was set to continue Wednesday.

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/peterson/2025043,Peterson-hearing-Savio-boyfriend-JO020210.article

  39. The locksmith stated he did not charge the Police Department for being called out to Kathleens house that night, because he can’t possibly charge the Police Department for being called out on funny business.

    Even though Drew was walking around in his uniform and was supposedly on duty, his call was not official Police business, it was Drew doing things he wasn’t supposed to be doing !

  40. “He said, ‘Ha, ha, ha. Tell Anna I found the will under the floorboards, and you guys aren’t going to get anything.”…

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    So now he found the will under the floorboards.

    Another time he stated he found the will tucked in a book (!!)

  41. In a way it does seem like bad judgment to sign a book deal while the case is ongoing, but as was pointed out in the story, Sue’s been saying what she said in court today for the last 5 years! It’s not like she suddenly popped out of the wordwork with some story in hopes of profiting from her sister’s death.

    I know she has spoken at least once at a domestic violence event and I’m sure her intent is to speak out about what happened to her sister and to do her best to help other women.

  42. Who would leave a will under the floorboards anyway.

    No one would ever look there for a will, so it gets found in 200 years when the house gets demolished – LOL !!

  43. questions:
    friends of 30 yrs will do a lot of favors for each other, and have each others backs. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours! Wonder just how much scratching was going on we haven’t heard about yet

    ~~~~~
    I recall that a cop from Tinley Park or ? served on the coroners jury and volunteered a character reference to the others serving on this jury about what a great guy Drew was and so forth, and some thought that he shouldn’t have even been allowed on this jury in the first place. Similiar to the ISP investigator Collins who was a narc cop and likely knew Drew. Everyone just sort of stepped up to the plate for him, at Kathleen’s expense.

  44. writerofwrongs :
    questions:
    friends of 30 yrs will do a lot of favors for each other, and have each others backs. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours! Wonder just how much scratching was going on we haven’t heard about yet
    ~~~~~
    I recall that a cop from Tinley Park or ? served on the coroners jury and volunteered a character reference to the others serving on this jury about what a great guy Drew was and so forth, and some thought that he shouldn’t have even been allowed on this jury in the first place. Similiar to the ISP investigator Collins who was a narc cop and likely knew Drew. Everyone just sort of stepped up to the plate for him, at Kathleen’s expense.

    ..and I hope they’re realizing now that if he’d been allowed to continue, it may have been at their expense as well, Writer, because the only one to whom Drew is true is Drew himself. There is no conscience, I don’t see remorse, and I sure can’t find compassion or humanity. The only thing that matters to Drew in any relationship is what he could get out of it.
    Seems like everyone else is expendable and anyone is fair game, and he plays people like marionettes, while he holds the strings and contorts them on his stage.
    Are you listening Brodsky et al?
    (I’m using present tense, here because sadly, this isn’t over yet).

  45. Kathleen Savio’s sister testifies that Savio said Drew Peterson had threatened to kill her
    Anna Doman says Savio made her promise to look after her kids if something happened
    By Steve Schmadeke and Stacy St. Clair, Tribune reporters

    February 2, 2010

    Six weeks before she was found drowned in her dry bathtub, a “very upset” Kathleen Savio arrived unannounced at her older sister’s Romeoville home to extract a promise.

    “‘You have to promise me you’ll take care of my kids,'” Anna Doman testified Tuesday during a pretrial hearing in the murder case against Drew Peterson, Savio’s ex-husband. “‘Drew said he’s going to kill me.'”

    During the same January 2004 conversation, Savio also told Doman where she could find a container with documents she’d compiled during her divorce.

    Both of Savio’s sisters testified that on March 2, 2004, the day after Savio was found dead in her bathtub, the family went to Savio’s Bolingbrook home to look for a will or insurance policy.

    Shortly after arriving, Peterson began banging on the front door and yelling that the family didn’t belong there, the sisters said. As cooler heads prevailed, the sisters joined Peterson at the kitchen table, where Susan Doman asked if he killed Savio.

    Both sisters said he made a “choked” noise before answering that he did not.

    “I wouldn’t kill the mother of my children,” Peterson replied, according to Susan Doman.

    Peterson took clothing and paperwork from the upstairs bedroom and $100 from Savio’s purse before leaving, Anna Doman testified.

    Anna Doman told the court that Savio said Peterson once bound her hands and feet, placed her in their basement with the lights off and threatened to kill her. She also said Savio arrived at a 1999 baby shower with a black eye.

    The defense tried to paint the sisters as fortune hunters, in part because they filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2008 that seeks more than $300,000 from Peterson. Susan Doman also signed a book and movie deal for her “true-life story,” which the contract states will portray her and Savio in a “positive manner.”

    In a tense exchange with defense attorney George Lenard, Doman, who would receive at least a third of any profits, denied having purely financial motives for testifying. She said she wants the book or movie to help abused women like her sister.

    “This is not about money,” she said in a strained voice. “This is about getting the story out about my sister. I believe I am my sister’s voice.”

    Also Tuesday, Savio’s boyfriend and sister joined a growing list of witnesses — including two neighbors and a former co-worker — who have testified that Savio said Peterson held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.

    Prosecutors want witnesses to be able to testify about the alleged 2002 incident when the case goes to trial, saying their participation will give Savio “a voice from the grave.” Will County Judge Stephen White will decide whether 15 hearsay statements are permissible under a new state statute dubbed Drew’s Law.

    Savio’s death initially was ruled an accidental drowning. She and Peterson were divorced at the time but had not yet settled their contentious property issue.

    When Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, vanished in October 2007, authorities reopened Savio’s case and eventually declared her death a homicide.

    Savio’s boyfriend of two years, Steve Maniaci, said he approached Drew Peterson outside Savio’s house on the night her body was found and asked if he had killed her. Peterson denied any involvement, Maniaci testified.

    “It sure worked out well for you, Drew,” Maniaci said.

    “She wouldn’t have won anyway,” Peterson replied, according to Maniaci.

    Maniaci said he told police about Peterson and Savio’s tumultuous relationship and the knife incident shortly after her body was found.

    None of that, however, made it into the official police report. The omissions clearly upset Maniaci.

    “That report is very short for the amount of time I spent with them,” he said.

    sschmadeke@tribune.com

    sstclair@tribune.com

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-0203-drew-peterson-hearing-20100202,0,4789883.story

  46. ebruary 2, 2010 at 9:07 pm | #58
    Quote

    “He said, ‘Ha, ha, ha. Tell Anna I found the will under the floorboards, and you guys aren’t going to get anything.”…

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    Sorry to go on and on about the will, but wasn’t this the same will they supposedly made “together” before they went on vacation a few years prior ??

    If it is the same will wouldn’t Drew already know who were going to be the main beneficiaries or how their assets were going to be divided since he was there when the will was made up (!!) and why wouldn’t he have a copy of that will himself all that time and if he didn’t why would Kathleen need to “hide” that will (under the floorboards no less) from him since he supposedly wrote it with her (!!) or hide it from the family if they weren’t getting anything anyway and even more so why would Drew have to “find” the will to let the family know “hahaha” you’re not getting anything”.

    That just doesn’t make one iota bit of sense !!

  47. “Alex Morelli, I got it!”
    ————————
    Does it mean he called Morelli then or that was just a sort of exlamation expressing his satisfaction? I would love to know.

    Yes, I think he put Morelli in big troubles. I wonder if Morelli has always regretted knowing Drew or he said so after learning he might have problems too.
    I am curious if he is also going to testify. It would be great to know what sort of man he is.

    BTW, I wonder why still kept the will in Kathleen’s house. Did he forget about it like to put the towels back?

  48. BTW, I wonder why still kept the will in Kathleen’s house. Did he forget about it like to put the towels back?

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

    LOL @ cyrhla.

    Here’s some more about the Will.

    This time Drew saying they just “tucked it away” (as in under the floorboards ???)

    Smith was representing Savio in her long divorce proceedings from Peterson.

    Though he said he recalled Savio told him she and Drew Peterson didn’t have a will, he couldn’t offer specifics about the conversation.

    Drew Peterson, meanwhile, has said he found the will after his ex-wife died.

    “We just tucked it away, and I found it after she died,” Peterson said earlier this year. “There’s nothing sinister and out of line about it. Everything was done proper.”

    A Will County judge accepted the will as valid in 2005 after two of Drew Peterson’s friends testified they had witnessed Peterson and Savio sign the document.

  49. I wonder if Kathleen had ever signed the will, and if she had, did it happened after he tied her arms and legs and throw her down the stairs (in the presence of Morelli and Marcolina)? How could it be accepted if Smith clearly said Kathleen had said not to have any will?

  50. ‘Ha, ha, ha. Tell Anna I found the will under the floorboards, and you guys aren’t going to get anything.”…
    —-
    In fact, he they did not want his money and he robbed his own children.

  51. You know, I sometimes think Drew wanted to kill Kathleen much earlier but the children were too small and he did not want to have them on his head everyday until he met Stacy. She took over his responsibilities. That was her who spent most of the time with them.
    That is why he was so desperately looking for another woman after he killed Stacy.
    Did he have to prove being a good father so much if it wasn’t the truth? He has never been interested in his children. Furthermore, he used to abandon their mothers after they got pregnant. POS!

  52. Hi Cyrhla!
    “You know, I sometimes think Drew wanted to kill Kathleen much earlier…”

    If that will really was written years ago and stuffed under the floorboards, looks like! If the will is a more recent forgery, looks like so, too!

    It’s stunning really how in some of these “issues” for Drew it doesn’t matter what his answer is, he’s stuffed either way. (another eg the non-investigation of K’s death)

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