A new letter has surfaced in which Drew Peterson thanks one of his female pen-pals for providing him with information about a Bolingbrook woman whom he refers to as an “internet bitch“.
The portion of the letter was provided to Justice Café by the woman identified as “Lorie” and she says it was given to her by Kristine McPherson, a long time supporter and pen-pal of Drew Peterson.
It began on an internet forum where the two women, both known to Drew Peterson, sparred over postings, letters and their standing with Peterson. Lorie (last name withheld) is a Bolingbrook resident who states that she knew Drew Peterson from growing up in that town. At the time of Stacy Peterson‘s disappearance she got caught up in the case and when Peterson’s AIM nickname was made public on a blog that summer, she thought she might be able to get him to talk about the situation if she contacted him.
In the midst of a few instant message conversations Peterson brought up the same things that he often discussed with the women he chatted up: the attention he was getting from the press and women in bars, his ultralite plane, etc. When she mentioned her children Drew invited her to “bring them over swimming”. She never did get Peterson to talk about his missing wife, but Lorie stayed involved in the searches for Stacy Peterson and was active online, sometimes posting under her own name and being very vocal about her belief that Drew had killed his wives.
Fast forward to the present and a message board where the topic of discussion was the letters that are being exchanged between Drew Peterson and Kris McPherson. Lorie was asking McPherson to remind Peterson of their AIM conversations. McPherson replied (under her user name, Sterling), “I can mention it, but you are a bad name in his book.” When pushed by Lorie to ask Drew how he felt about her, McPherson finally produced the segment of the letter pictured above, sent to her from Peterson last November. It reads, “Thanks for the information on Lorie, the internet bitch. Joel wants to sue her.” The handwritten letter was scanned with a second piece of paper covering everything but that portion.
As can be imagined, Lorie is very concerned by this exchange. The “Joel” mentioned by Peterson is no doubt his lawyer, Joel Brodsky. “I have no idea why Joel would want to sue me. Just for making comments on a forum speaking my opinion of the case? Other than that I wouldn’t have a clue what he could possibly want to sue for me, or think he had legal grounds for,” she states.
Beyond the threat of a lawsuit Lorie is also concerned that the letter reveals that someone has supplied Drew Peterson, an accused murderer, with information about her. McPherson has been asked what the nature of the information is but she refuses to disclose it. She dismissed Lorie’s concerns via the message board, “Lorie its okay…You are safe and so are your kids, just because someone does not care for you means a whole lot of nothing.”
Of course when you factor in that cable worker, Jeffrey Pachter testified under oath that Peterson offered him $25k to kill his third wife, Kathleen Savio, assurances from a third party must be of little comfort. Also, one wonders how McPherson could be in any position to know whether or not Lorie and her children are “safe”.
If Joel Brodsky wanted to sue someone, couldn’t he find whatever information he wanted through normal channels? Why on earth would this pen-pal of Drew’s be enlisted to do research on bloggers or as Drew calls them, “internet bitches”? Is this another Diana Grandel situation where Drew is using McPherson to gather dirt on potential witnesses and then supplying it to his legal team?
Lorie has her own questions, “I want to know why she was gathering information about me, and giving it to a suspected murderer!”
Drew Peterson remains in detention at the Will County Adult Detention Facility, awaiting an appellate decision on the hearsay testimony to be admitted to his eventual trial for the murder of Kathleen Savio. On Friday he will have been in jail two years.
Kris McPherson and her “valued friend”, Joel Brodsky, were contacted but declined to comment on Drew’s letter, the information that was exchanged, or any law suit. Brodsky did comment by email that, “There is no such thing as bad publicity. The more you talk about me the better…”