We’ve all heard about women who think they are in love with nefarious men behind bars. They write them love letters, send them gifts, sometimes even visit them in jail. But what about a woman in love with an accused wife-murder who not only writes him letters and supports him via online forums and news sites, but who claims to have a “valued friendship” with his lawyer and states publicly that she is “tight with the defense”?
The man behind bars in this case is Drew Peterson, the lawyer is Joel Brodsky, and the besotted fan is a woman named Kristine McPherson.
It seems highly unusual for a defense attorney to be personally involved with a fan of their client. Yet, on a public Internet forum McPherson claims that she was treated to lunch yesterday by Joel Brodsky to “pow wow” and “to discuss the unfolding events“. During this lunch she claims she was given new information about the case.
Great lunch at the University Club in Chicago..super company JB! Thanks
19 hours ago
McPherson first came to our attention back in the Spring of 2008, when she posted often on this blog under the username “Exlawenforcement“. She showed herself to be a defender of Drew Peterson and a believer in his innocence. She continued to comment on the case at this blog and other forums, and attended many of Peterson’s court dates, beginning with his trial for possession of illegal weapons and then the 2010 hearings for hearsay evidence to be admitted in his trial for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
At some point she became friendly with Drew Peterson’s defense team, often making mention of chats with them in her forum posts. Eventually she became close enough to them to be invited to a New Year’s/Firm Anniversary party at the offices of Brodsky & Odeh in December 2009. Although her friendship with Reem Odeh appears to have dissolved along with the partnership of Odeh and Brodsky, McPherson remains in contact with Joel Brodsky, evidenced by what she says in her frequent online updates.
The question here is what does Joel Brodsky have to gain from this odd association? Why is he in communication with this woman who is not a witness for the defense, who has no relationship with Drew Peterson other than the letters they exchange? Why does he entertain and share case details with a woman who does nothing more than post comments on the Internet?
Perhaps this comment from McPherson (posting as Sterling432) during a possible moment of clarity, and outing her own identity, on the Internet from last January is a clue:
News Flash: I am completely off of the bus by myself. There was something posted on the Suntimes that got my attention. Thanks to a trusted friend & a family member discussions followed. It appears that the truth is coming out in relation to myself and my actions over this case. I am an ethical & honest person, I do not like to be used for other people motives. I do not know who did what or if Kathleen was killed or Stacy for that matter. I put my support behind Drew for purely honest reasons, I did not expect thanks or anything else from doing so…. I will no longer make any comments on this case. Kristine Mcpherson (exlaw)
Joel Brodsky is a big fan of using unorthodox means to disseminate information. While most lawyers try to keep their clients quiet and away from the press he has taken the opposite approach and actually has a PR firm handling the Drew Peterson media machine. In the past he has provided internal documents to a blogger named Paul Huebl which allowed Huebl to out a witness (Mike Kurdenok) whose name was in a search warrant. Brodsky has even turned to blogs and forums himself, posting at a legal blog (where he gave the admin photos of Tom Morphey to publish) and a now defunct forum called Speak Your Mind which hosted an ongoing Q & A with Joel Brodsky about the Peterson case. Is McPherson just another outlet for Brodsky’s “White Noise”?
After Mcpherson’s brief change of heart she was soon back on the Peterson fan bus and she now claims that Joel Brodsky is her lawyer. Since McPherson’s return to the fold odd rumors about Justice Café and the people who comment have begun to appear online. We’ve been accused of writing a letter that Henry Savio actually wrote, which was first posted on this blog; then a rumor appeared about a letter-writing campaign to try to keep Tom Peterson out of Harvard, followed by truly creepy false outings of people unrelated to this blog. We have no proof of who is behind the string of rumors. We have denied and debunked to the best of our knowledge.
We leave it to you, loyal readers, to draw your own conclusions, connect the dots if you like. We can only show you what we ourselves have seen.
Also there is new inform on the case,but I cannot repeat it until the reports come out.Yes I am tight with the defense, Joel and I had lunch yesterday at the University Club in Chicago to discuss the unfolding events.Joel is not only my lawyer, but a valued friend.
Sat, Mar 5 ’11 at 9:57AM CST
There is no pay..I have asked him where it is! Frankly I just do not care what you think, your are entitled to whatever..thats the power of blogging…as you well know not everything blogged is the truth, its our opinions ,our thoughts ,what ever…Darn I really could use that money to go to a botox party! Come on Joel fork it over!
Sat, Mar 5 ’11 at 11:12AM CST