On Saturday, Drew Peterson‘s son, Stephen Peterson, was fired from his job at the Oak Brook Police Department for accepting weapons from his father in the days following the disappearance of Stacy Peterson and in so doing, obstructing the investigation.
Today’s Herald News printed some comments from Drew Peterson taken from an email that Drew Peterson’s lawyer, Joel Brodsky, sent to them. Drew, reportedly “angry” over his son’s firing attempted to set the record straight as per his recollections of the exchange:
“When I gave Steve my guns there was no investigation to impede,” Peterson said. “They were my favorite guns, and I was going to give them to Steve when I retired anyway. I only gave him three of the dozen or so guns I owned, and I kept most of my guns in my house and the police confiscated them all, so how could giving him those three guns impede anything?”
Interesting version of the facts, especially if one recalls that Stephen testified at his own hearing to save his job that he had received the guns because they were his fathers favorites and that he was worried they might be damaged when they were seized by law enforcement. Would it help if you heard Stephen say this with your own ears? Check out the video at the top of this post.
By the way, I realize that October 2007 was a long time ago, and maybe Drew has a hard time remembering the actual sequence of events surrounding the disappearance of his wife, but luckily the Internet has an uncanny ability to store information. According to online transcripts of the Nancy Grace show, there was an investigation as early as October 30—two days after Stacy disappeared:
Aired October 30, 2007 – 20:00:00 ET
GRACE: With that, I agree. Everybody, we`re taking your calls live, but I want to tell you about a police sergeant`s wife gone missing. Maybe you can help. Take a listen.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Investigators are searching for any clues in the whereabouts of 23-year-old Stacy Peterson of Bolingbrook. She was last heard from on Sunday morning when she was supposed to do some painting at a friend`s house but never showed up. State police are handling the investigation, but Bolingbrook police are also talking to family and friends. Right now they say there are no signs of foul play.
Yes, there was an investigation at the time of the gun transfer.
Even a lay person would know that law enforcement was going to be interested in in examining all of the weapons that Drew Peterson kept in his house. Both Drew Peterson and Stephen Peterson were police officers. They both knew that it would be an obstruction of justice to remove those guns. Is the public really supposed to believe that either of them are so ignorant of police protocol? If they are — then all the better that they are both off the force.