Four years gone. Where is Stacy Peterson?

This Friday, October 28, it will be four years since Stacy Peterson was last seen or heard from.

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by with no clue to her whereabouts. Her husband remains jailed at the Will County Adult Detention Facility, charged with the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and awaiting trial.

Meanwhile, Stacy’s family continues to hope for answers. They miss Stacy and miss the contact they once had with her two small children, Anthony and Lacy.

Stacy’s sister, Cassandra Cales, believes that Drew Peterson killed Stacy, but he has yet to be charged with anything in connection with her disappearance. Shortly before she went missing, Stacy expressed her fears that she might be killed by her husband and also told several people in confidence that he had killed his previous wife. She told Cales, “if anything happens to me, he killed me. It wasn’t an accident.”

We continue to hope for justice for both Stacy Peterson and Kathleen Savio. If you have any information that you think could help either case, please contact the Illinois State Police Investigative Task Forces Office.

Read more at CBS

Also, this Saturday the Guardian Angels Community Service agency’s domestic violence program, Groundwork, will be holding a Halloween Benefit Raffle.

Halloween festivities for the whole family will include raffles for various gift baskets, face painting and temporary tattoos for the kids, a DJ spinning tunes, Halloween inspired baked goods, and door prizes. All proceeds to benefit victims of domestic abuse.

Halloween Benefit Raffle
October 29, 2011
Hampton Inn
165 Remington Blvd.
Bolingbrook, Il

If you are unable to attend the event but would still like to donate, you can make a contribution via their web site.

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60 thoughts on “Four years gone. Where is Stacy Peterson?

  1. I am not sure if we will ever know what happened to Stacy Peterson. My heart breaks for her children, family and friends. I can only hope that one day, justice will prevail..

  2. I have been thinking about Stacy from the moment I saw Halloween items in the stores. My heart breaks for Cassandra and to this day I search Google almost ever day (even if I haven’t been posting at forums) in hopes of seeing something that is the answer they are hoping for – or at least the answer they need.

    It is so sad too that the younger children have been pulled from half of their family much like had happened to the older children when Kathleen Savio died. And it is hard to know that at this point all everyone can do is keep praying that somehow the truth comes out.

  3. It especially pains me that Cassandra is barred from seeing her own blood relatives, the little children of her sister, Stacy.

    It’s too bad that some members of the Peterson family will give lip service to wanting to bring a meeting about, but then panic at the thought of Drew finding out that they might have wavered from blind obedience to his wishes while behind bars.

    This is the family that did nothing while those little kids were exposed to the “mothering” of a dim-witted, famewhore stranger like Christina Raines. You could argue that since Drew was still on the scene at that point their hands were tied when it came to who spent time with Anthony and Lacy. Well, Drew is no longer on the scene and hasn’t been for two years. In my opinion, the only thing to keep them from letting Cassandra see those children is cowardice.

    When it comes to finding Stacy, it’s in the hands of fate. When it comes to mending a family, it’s completely in the power of certain people who could do the right thing if they only chose to.

  4. I would like to belive that there is someone out there that knows something. There is no such thing as the perfect crime.. I only wish, that the person or persons out there come forward with what they do know, so there may some sort of closure.

  5. It irks me to no end that Peterson did the same thing with the Peterson/Savio boys. He chose to keep them from their maternal family. For what reason? Why? After seeing how horrible and idiotic his parenting skills are since his wife, Stacy, disappeared, I think he’s the one that should have been shielded from the boys, not their mother’s family. Remember, his own teen son, Tom, publicly denounced his father’s antics in a Chicago Trib article by saying he’d tell his father to stay home where he belongs, with his family, and quit giving his attention to the people he’d been choosing to hang around. Obviously, Tom’s morals weren’t inherited from his father. His mom’s family only wanted a relationship with him and Kris, not to teach them to womanize anything that moved when they later started dating.

    Peterson makes me sick in many ways, but to think that he ever took the high road when parenting his children is beyond reason.

    It’s too bad that his days spent in solitude didn’t help him recollect what happened to Kathleen and Stacy, but he sure didn’t get the result he wanted in the end — a carefree life, filled with young babes and media attention that would last his lifetime. Maybe he dwells on the idea that he can make up for lost time.

  6. Stacy Peterson Vanished 4 Years Ago — Police Probe ‘Very Active’

    There’s been no sign of Stacy Peterson since she vanished four years ago today, but her family believes the police are still working hard to find her, and the husband they suspect harmed her remains in jail on a murder charge.

    By Joseph Hosey

    On Oct. 18, Stacy and Drew Peterson would have been able to celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary together, maybe slipping off on a romantic Caribbean getaway as they had in the past.

    Only Drew Peterson has been locked up since 2009 on charges he murdered the woman he left for Stacy. And the last anyone saw of Stacy was exactly four years ago today.

    That’s because she took off on a tropical trip of her own with some other guy, never to be seen again. At least that’s the way Drew Peterson told it. Not that anyone — particularly the police — seemed to buy his story.

    Instead, within weeks of Stacy’s disappearance, Illinois State Police Capt. Carl Dobrich declared that the missing mother was the victim of a “potential homicide” and that Drew Peterson was the sole suspect in a massive criminal investigation.

    But four years later, Stacy remains missing and Drew Peterson, though jailed on charges he murdered his previous wife, Kathleen Savio, faces no charges in connection with harming Stacy.

    The state police did not respond to a request for an update on the case, but Pam Bosco, a friend of Stacy’s family and their spokeswoman, said the family is in regular contact with investigators.

    “We have our meetings with the Illinois State Police,” Bosco said. “They’re very active and sincere in this being an active investigation.”

    Early romance

    Stacy was only 17 when she and Peterson started sleeping together — occasionally in the basement of his Bolingbrook home while Savio, who was his third wife, and their children slept upstairs.

    Stacy gave birth to their first child together in July 2003 while Peterson was still married to Savio. The courts granted them a peculiar “bifurcated divorce” which cleared the way for Peterson to marry Stacy but still allowed him and Savio to continue their bitter struggle over property and money.

    That struggle looked to be wrapping up with Savio coming out way ahead of Peterson when she mysteriously turned up drowned in her dry bathtub in March 2004. Mysterious to some, but apparently not the state police.

    Accidental death

    Since Drew Peterson was a Bolingbrook cop, and Savio died in his jurisdiction, the state police took over the investigation. The state police quickly determined Savio perished in a freak bathtub accident and effectively closed the case.

    Drew and Stacy — who provided her husband with the alibi that he was with her and could not have killed anybody — went on to have another child and live in suburban anonymity in their home on a cul-de-sac less than a mile from the bathroom where Savio died.

    But after Stacy vanished, the state police suddenly developed an interest in Savio’s death. Her body was exhumed from its grave and new autopsies were performed. Then, a year and a half after Stacy supposedly abandoned her two children and the two Savio bore whom she adopted, the state police arrested Peterson in connection Savio’s death.

    Peterson’s trial was supposed to start in July 2010 but was postponed due to a last minute prosecution appeal of which hearsay statements can be used as evidence. Peterson’s self-proclaimed lead attorney, Joel Brodsky, has repeatedly failed to get the accused wife-killer released while the appeals are sorted out. Another of Peterson’s attorneys, Joseph “Shark” Lopez, said it is impossible to tell when — or if — Peterson will go to trial.

    “We’re all waiting for the (Illinois) Supreme Court to say something, yay or nay,” Lopez said. “When the Supreme Court’s ready to decide, they’re going to decide.”

    When told that today was the fourth anniversary of Stacy disappearing, he asked, “Are you buying the cake?”

    “Where he needs to be”

    Bosco said Stacy’s family does not derive any satisfaction from the thought of Peterson languishing in jail, but are glad he’s there.

    “I think that’s where he has to be for safety. We all feel safer,” she said.

    “That’s where he needs to be until this goes to trial,” Bosco said. “It’s just a very logical decision. One (wife’s) dead, one’s missing, supposedly dead.”

    And while Stacy’s family lives with the uncertainty of whether she ever will be found, they wait to see what happens with the case of the wife before her.

    “The two of them are tied so closely together,” Bosco said of Stacy and Savio. “We’d be happy if the Kathleen case goes ahead like it should.”

  7. BTW, I never posted the CBS story so here it is:

    Stacy Peterson’s Sister Talks About 4th Anniversary Of Her Disappearance
    October 25, 2011 9:43 PM

    Cassandra Cales’ sister, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007. She believes her sister’s husband, Drew Peterson killed Stacy. He hasn’t been charged in that case, but is charged with killing his previous wife, Kathleen Savio. (Credit: CBS)

    BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (CBS) – It was just before Halloween four years ago that Bolingbrook mother Stacy Peterson vanished. Since then, her husband Drew Peterson has been charged in the death of his previous wife, Kathleen Savio.

    But exactly what happened to Stacy Peterson remains a mystery. Drew Peterson has been named a person of interest in her disappearance, but has not been charged with a crime in that case.

    On Tuesday, her sister Cassandra Cales spoke exclusively to CBS 2′s Mike Puccinelli and she has a very clear message for Drew Peterson.

    “I hope you regret what you’ve done, taking someone so sweet and so fragile away from your family and you — and me and my family,” Cales said. “She meant no harm to you and she wasn’t going to take all your money and everything. You just couldn’t live with her being with another man. She loved you very much and she just couldn’t put up with your jealousy and that’s what we talked about the night before you murdered her.”

    Cales has long maintained she believes Drew Peterson killed her sister.

    “She was the brightness in my day every day. If I was having a bad day. I would call her. You know, she would cheer me up. If she was having a bad day she would call me, I would cheer her up.”

    Cales said she used to take those calls with her sister for granted, but not anymore.

    Asked what she misses most about Stacy after four years, Cales said, “Everything, I mean there wasn’t a thing that I didn’t like to do with her.”

    And now, since she can’t do anything with Stacy, she just wishes she could spend time with Stacy’s two young children, but she says Drew Peterson won’t let that happen.

    “He hurt me by taking away my sister and now he’s trying to hurt me even more by keeping her kids away from me,” Cales said.

    She said the next few days are going to be difficult, but she also believes they’re going to be difficult for Drew Peterson as he sits in jail with only his conscience to keep him company.

    Drew Peterson has never been charged in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, but police say he is the only suspect in her disappearance and presumed death. He is expected to go on trial for the murder of Kathleen Savio next year.

  8. Reading Hosey’s story I couldn’t help but be struck with Lopez’ tasteless comment. If he wants to support his client that’s one thing, but suggesting that someone “buy a cake” or in any way celebrate the disappearance of a young mother (which by the way ultimately led to the arrest of his client), is not only callous but ignorant as well. You can bet that Drew and Stacy’s children are not celebrating today. They’ve effectively lost both parents and are living with their half-brother who lost his job over obstructing the investigation of the case. Exactly who should be celebrating this anniversary? Drew Peterson, who has been sitting in jail for two years? Get real.

    If he mouths off like that in the court room it won’t win him any points with the judge or jury.

  9. We’ve all seen our share of talking head defense attorneys and how they operate, especially when there’s so many high profile cases in the news. But I can honestly say, as mad as I get sometimes at how they twist and turn things to protect their clients, I have yet to see the snide, insensitive, cruel and inappropriate joke remarks from them as the Peterson group comes up with. Why can’t they just defend their client, without the attempts at humor? What is funny about two mothers of Peterson’s children being gone from their lives, regardless of what these guys want the public, and future jury/juries, to believe? Lopez’s cake remark? Disgusting.

  10. Hi, Fuzz. My reference in a comment upthread was to conversations that took place outside of the public media, and not on any public forum. So, no, you wouldn’t be privy to it. That’s correct.

  11. Short notice, but if you want to help spread the word about the Halloween Raffle for Guardian Angels Community Services you can send out invites via Facebook. If you are thinking about Stacy Peterson today, this would be a nice way to remember her!

    Team We Are One is a collective effort of the teams that were involved in the 4th Annual Groundworks Angels Against Abuse Walk that was held on Oct. 1, in Shorewood Illinois. we are holding this benefit as a way to help raise more funds during October which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We are also trying to raise our voices for the victims of these terrible domestic tragedies which play out in our news everyday. Please help us raise our voices for Kathleen Savio, Lisa Stebic, Stacy Peterson and countless others who are not here to be heard themselves.

    The walk was not quite as successful as in previous years and funding is constantly under siege from the state due to budget cuts, so we are sponsoring a Raffle of all different types of baskets…

    Oct. 29, 4:30-7
    Hampton Inn of Bolingbrook
    165 Remington Blvd.

    The community has really come together to add more prizes to be raffled:

    – a free month membership to a new Yoga studio
    – a complimentary twosome with cart at the Boughton Ridge Golf Course
    – Bowling Passes good for 3 free games at AMF Bowling Alley
    – 2 Tickets to Second City in Chicago
    – also the various baskets and baked goods
    – complimentary coffee and cider

    So please come join us for fun, spooky music and support a good cause.

  12. October 28th marks the 4-year anniversary of when a loving wife and mother seemingly vanished off the face of the earth.

    About two months before the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, wife of former Bolingrook, Illinois, Police Sergeant, Drew Peterson, Stacy met with Pastor Neil Schori and had a conversation that likely will play out for the world when Pastor Schori testifies at Kathleen Savio’s murder trial sometime next year. Kathleen Savio, Drew’s third wife, as you remember, was found dead in a dry bathtub and probably would never have been heard from again had Stacy not gone missing.Drew Peterson is now on trial for her murder.

    What is interesting is not so much the meeting in August 2007 with Pastor Schori, but when Stacy left to go home, Pastor Schori’s private line rang and on the other end was Drew Peterson. He called just to say hello and said he would call back to meet with the pastor at a later date in the near future. What Drew Peterson was really doing was saying, “Look, buddy, I know you just met with my wife, and I want you to know that I know,” therefore placing the pastor on notice that he, too, was being watched….

    …Now there is new technology that if Stacy Peterson had completed, called the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit, Drew Peterson would have been arrested and charged with her murder. Because in a victims own words she would have been able to describe incidents of abuse and other important information. After completing the document it is witnessed and notarized prior to being read on a recorded video. This removes “Hearsay” and provides a solid case for prosecution because it is in her own words, similar to a will.

    More at Susan Murphy Milano’s Blog

  13. For anyone who missed the insanity that was “Waiting for Drew Peterson” here are about 20 minutes of excerpts. Sure reminds me of a wacky broad we all know….

  14. Thursday, October 28, 2010

    Statement from the Family

    We have given up hope in finding Stacy alive however we have never given up hope in bringing her home, putting her to her final resting place and fighting for the justice she deserves.

    There is still an ongoing investigation with the Illinois State Police District 5. I Cassandra Cales and other members of the family continue our own searches and investigations. Some of you may think that because our searches have not been made public, or because I don’t make public statements, that we are not actively moving forward. As I stated in the beginning I would not stop searching until I find Stacy, I am and will continue to look for Stacy, following all leads until I bring her home.

    Just thought it might be a good time to post this again.

  15. A reminder of the abuse Stacy endured at the hands of Drew Peterson. I mean, before the final abuse. As far as I can tell there was physical abuse meted out to all four wives, wasn’t there?

    VAN SUSTEREN: Anything specific? Because everyone says abusive and controlling and manipulative, but I’m trying to sort of zero in on specifics, if anyone has it.

    SIMMONS: Well, I guess if we can say it, OK, but yes, there was an incident where he had thrown her down the stairs. There was another incident where her kids were in the room, and another family member was also there and had to take the kids out of the house because he had thrown her up against the wall. And as far as I know…

    VAN SUSTEREN: And when was…

    KERRY SIMMONS: I’m sorry. Go ahead.

    VAN SUSTEREN: And when was that, about, Kerry, those two incidents?

    SIMMONS: That was about a year-and-a-half ago that we heard about that.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Debby, do you have…

    SIMMONS: She also caught him following — she also caught him following her, you know, to stores and school and other places with — you know, recently, in the past few months. He followed her to see where she was going, to check up on what she was doing, didn’t want her to go out of the house by herself without him.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Did she think that was odd, a husband following? I mean, frankly, you know, I think that’s odd, that a husband is out following, if, indeed, it happened.

    SIMMONS: Absolutely.

    DEBBY FORGUE: Oh, yes. Absolutely.,2933,312431,00.html

  16. Peterson attorney seeks to reopen case
    By Steve Schering Contributor November 1, 2011 12:56PM

    Updated: November 3, 2011 3:02AM

    Former Oak Brook Police Officer Stephen Peterson’s attorney has filed a motion to reopen his case, claiming newly discovered evidence may clear him.

    Peterson was fired from his job as an Oak Brook police officer Feb. 19 by the Oak Brook Police and Fire Commission. The matter will be heard in a DuPage County Courtroom Jan. 10.

    “I have been informed by a reliable source that (former Oak Brook Police Chief Tom Sheahan) concealed evidence which was favorable to Stephen Peterson and which may have exonerated him,” Fraternal Order of Police Attorney Tamara Cummings said.

    Peterson is the son of former Bolingbrook Police Sgt. Drew Peterson. Sheahan believed Peterson knowingly withheld information that could have helped locate his stepmother Stacy Peterson, who disappeared in October 2007.

    In her motion, Cummings claims to have contacted former Oak Brook Deputy Chief, and current acting police chief, Steve Larson. Cummings claims Larson and other high ranking members of the Oak Brook Police Department have first-hand knowledge of the existence of material evidence pertinent to the issues against Peterson.

    Cummings claims Larson failed to come forward with such evidence for fear of retaliation by Sheahan. Sheahan resigned as Oak Brook’s Police Chief in April and Larson has served as acting police chief since.

    When contacted Tuesday, Larson would not comment on the matter, referring all questions to Oak Brook Village Attorney Peter Friedman.

    Friedman, in his court briefs, said the case should not be reopened and criticized Cummings for her June 1 phone interview with Larson. Friedman said Cummings did not seek the village’s permission to interview Larson.

    Friedman claims Cummings “knew Larson was the acting police chief, knew that he and the village were represented by counsel, and yet explicitly called him to discuss the substance of this litigation.”

    Friedman called the communication with Larson “improper” and that the evidence in question was either known by the plaintiff before Peterson’s commission hearings in late 2010 or could have been acquired by “reasonable diligence.”

    When contacted, Friedman would not to comment beyond what was stated in his legal briefs.

    “I am offended and disappointed,” Cummings said regarding the attacks against her as an attorney. “They are without merit and an apparent attempt to delay getting to the truth of the matter. I simply want to know whether the very serious allegations that (Sheahan) concealed evidence are true so that I can properly represent my client.”

    Earlier this year, the Oak Brook Police and Fire Commission found Peterson guilty on one of the three charges brought against him. Commissioners believed Peterson failed to disclose facts to law enforcement officials in connection to the disappearance of his stepmother.

  17. So…wonder if the Supreme Court is going to decide this month whether or not to hear the appeal in the Peterson case. We should know something one way or the other.

  18. Looks like we should know soon… I’m going to be watching!

    38 cases listed in Third Judicial District
    3 cases – Advisement Docket
    0 cases – Rehearing Docket
    1 case – Oral Argument Tuesday, November 15, 2011 9:30 A.M.
    0 cases – Oral Argument Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:30 A.M.
    1 case – Oral Argument Thursday, November 17, 2011 9:00 A.M.
    0 cases – Oral Argument Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:00 A.M.

    7th case listed on leave to appeal Docket in Third Judicial District is …

    112875 People State of Illinois, petitioner, v. Drew
    Peterson, respondent. Leave to appeal,
    Appellate Court, Third District.

  19. Who would have thought it was possible. Someone disappears for 30 years and everyone thinks they are dead, and then their remains are found.

    Wonder what it must feel like to sit in jail and know that the proof is just sitting somewhere waiting to be discovered…

    Body Found In Freezer Could Be Woman Missing Since 1983

    A medical examiner was expected to begin work on an autopsy Monday to determine the identity of a body found in a freezer last week that police believe could be the remains of a woman who has been missing for 28 years.

    Kitty Wardwell has not been seen since June 6, 1983, according to Maine State Police. A friend reported the 29-year-old missing several days later and her “on-again off-again boyfriend,” Frank Julian, claimed he dropped her off at a motel in Salem after a fight. Police eventually determined that she was likely the victim of foul play.

    The unidentified body was discovered Friday in an unplugged freezer inside a storage unit that belonged to Julian until his recent death. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland confirmed Monday that Julian had rented that unit since 1992…

  20. Yeah, Facs, unfortunately people become victims and vanish at the hands of creepy and evil people, contrary to what Peterson and his attorney spew and want people to believe. If there weren’t people like Peterson, and others who conveniently lose their wives when they’re no longer of importance to them, we wouldn’t need mouthpieces that are full of hot air to skew the truth.

  21. Haha, remember this fine moment in Fox News history:

    15 Classic Fox News Channel Moments: Drew Peterson Walks Out on Interview With Shepard Smith

    Drew Peterson, former Bolingbrook, Illinois police sergeant who is suspected of killing his third and fourth wives, agreed to an interview with Shepard Smith on Fox News Channel in 2008. The interview was going fine until Shepard Smith asked Peterson about a neighbor’s claim that they saw him carrying a large blue barrel right around the time his wife, Stacy Peterson, went missing. He told Shepard he “did not agree to talk about that” and stormed off.

  22. For the person searching for info on the split between Connolly and Peterson, this might be of some help:

    …But in the first interview granted by one of his ex-wives since Stacy’s disappearance, Connolly, 48, said Thursday that during their marriage an increasingly controlling Peterson told her he could kill her and make it look like an accident. While she couldn’t believe he would ever do it, something prompted her to confide in Bolingbrook police officers who she considered friends. “So they would know he said these things to me,” she said.

    She said Peterson would hit her but not hard enough to go to the hospital, and not often enough for her to expect it. It made it worse, she said, that she never knew it was coming. “It was mind games; it was head games,” she said.

    “He has the experience, the knowledge, the means, and the mind to do that,” she said, her voice trailing off. “That’s all I’ve thought about. … I’m still working through it. I’ll be honest.”

    This much Connolly knows: She was married to Peterson for 10 years, beginning in 1982. They raised each other’s children from previous marriages. They operated a bar together. She stuck by him through his infidelities and during legal problems in the 1980s – until she finally “caught him cheating on me with someone with my own eyeballs.”

    “We had bugs in our house. He put a microphone in our kitchen and taped our conversations. He was cheating so much he wanted to make sure I wasn’t,” she said. “His whole thing with us is that, ‘I need to know my family is safe at home and you’re not going to be doing anything you shouldn’t be doing’ – and that enabled him to do whatever he wanted.”
    When tensions would boil over, the police came to the house a few times, she said, but added, “the police were our friends,” and no reports were filed.

    Finally, about 1992, she had enough. By this time, he was already having an affair with Savio, she said, and it was easy for them to divorce. She called it amicable.


  23. Interesting that Drew Peterson’s lawyer felt compelled to share with the media Drew’s reaction to Casey Anthony being acquitted but no word on how he reacted to Conrad Murray’s conviction. 😉

  24. It’s interesting how often human remains are discovered. These remains were found under a tarp which, IMO, indicates foul play. If that’s the case, what a bad day for the person who thought they had gotten away with murder…

    Human remains discovered in the Startex community

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 2:20 p.m.

    STARTEX — Teenagers searching for scrap metal found human remains in a wooded area behind a South Main Street home in the Startex mill village on Wednesday.

    According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies responded to the call about noon Wednesday.

    Deputies roped crime scene tape around several trees directly behind a home on South Main Street, near the intersection of Church Street. They kept media and curious residents off the side of the street where the remains were found.

    Authorities released no new information at the scene, but neighbors said teens made the grisly discovery in an area where people often search for metal to sell for scrap.

    Residents said the teens lifted up an overturned couch and found a tarp, and found skeletal remains when they pulled back the tarp. There was no hair or clothes with the remains, residents said…

    …According to the news release, the remains appear to have been in the location for several years.

  25. FYI: Now that the Supreme Court, as we’ve posted above (thanks Judgin), has the Drew Peterson appeal matter on its docket, his attorney anticipates proceeding to trial in February or March if the appeal is denied.

  26. New tool gives abused women a voice in courtroom
    Advocates pushing for Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit

    Marcella Raymond
    WGN News
    November 9, 2011

    One in four women is abused. Nationwide eight women a day are murdered by an abuser. But now there is a new tool that is helping women stay alive and giving them a voice in the process.

    The evidentiary abuse affidavit was born out of Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. It is a tool advocates say will wipe out hearsay since it comes from the woman herself. First she details on paper abuse that, for some, has gone on for decades. The affidavit is witnessed by at least two people and notarized. Then she reads it on tape.

    Susan Murphy-Milano has advocated for abused women for more than 20 years. She created the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit.

    Through Murphy-Milano, at least 1,000 women in the last year have made the evidentiary abuse affidavit. All of them are still alive.

    DuPage County State`s Attorney Robert Berlin says while the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit statements would take away hearsay, now the 6th Amendment comes in to play where a defendant has the right to confront a witness against him. Unless there`s more evidence that proves he made her disappear so she couldn`t testify.

    The Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit will be available December 25th in app form at apple stores nationwide.

    You can also get all the information in Susan Murphy-Milano’s book “Time’s Up.” It’s available on her website,0,7425411.story

  27. So, an evidentiary abuse affidavit would be about on par with Kathleen’s letter that was sent to Elizabeth Fragale (except the letter wasn’t notarized). As the story points out, the right to confront witnesses still makes it a battle to get this kind of evidence admitted if the victim ends up dead.

    I don’t see how this would “wipe out hearsay”, though. I guess the point is that a victim could make an affidavit rather than just confide in others (as Stacy Peterson did) in the hopes that they would speak out if the victim were to die or disappear. As we’ve seen, it’s not easy to get those kinds of statements admitted and an affidavit might carry more weight than second-hand statements from friends and family.

  28. Another argument that seems to get lots of mouth time from defenders of the abusers is that the victim shouldn’t be believed while in the midst of a divorce or volatile relationship. Isn’t that why Kathleen ran up against so many brick walls? She was involved in a heated divorce and settlement while making her claims, so it seems that she wasn’t taken seriously because of that. In fact, Peterson was given the benefit of the doubt, I believe, when charges against Kathleen were filed for a domestic fight situation, pointing the focus away from him and on her, so she wouldn’t be seen as a victim.

    It seems people just don’t want to get involved or believe one side over the other. The families take sides, but the neutrals try to stay out of it. That’s not good for anyone.

  29. I think the “hearsay” is wiped out because it is also on video, its the actual victim reading the allegation and not just a piece of paper that could have been dug up from anywhere, you know…. like a will (wink, wink). I think if someone takes all of these steps then there is a real fear for her (or his) safety and it should be taken seriously regardless of who the accused is.

  30. I’ve seen some comparisons between Sandusky talking to the media and the way Drew Peterson courted the press. Had to snicker when I read this tweet:

    Sandusky going to media reminds me of Drew Peterson. As I remember, his lawyer also wasn’t that sharp.

  31. I read a piece the other day about Sandusky’s lawyer letting him talk on tv. It absolutely reminded me of Peterson and his lawyer, but this stood out in the piece:

    Viewers are accustomed to seeing ordinary people behaving badly for the sake of fame. They are inured to tabloid celebrities charged with terrible crimes proclaiming their innocence on television, but even the worst usually go on camera with a well-rehearsed version of events. A cocky Drew Peterson, for example, coolly denied killing any of his wives on “Larry King Live.” (He is awaiting trial in the death of his second wife, Kathleen Savio.) Peterson might not have been persuasive, but he was certainly polished.

  32. NO announcement today from the IL SUPREME COURT regarding

    112875 People State of Illinois, petitioner, v. Drew
    Peterson, respondent. Leave to appeal,
    Appellate Court, Third District.

  33. Attention all you volunteer searchers. New information released about the case of the missing boy whose mom committed suicide. LE thinks his remains could be located in a specific type of rural area – probably in Lee or Whiteside Counties. More details about the specific topography and fauna at this link.

  34. Well folks, unless I’m mistaken, tomorrow, 11/22, is the last day of anticipation in the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision regarding Glasgow’s hearsay petition.

  35. A detailed story about the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office while headed by Jeffrey Tomczak:

    Calls ignored, fugitive freed

    By David Jackson and Gary Marx, Chicago Tribune reporters
    November 23, 2011

    Furious at the county prosecutor’s handling of fugitive cases, the FBI agent fired off an angry letter.

    It described how a gang leader suspected in violent crimes had been taken into custody in Mexico, how the office of then-Will County State’s Attorney Jeffrey Tomczak had been contacted but didn’t return phone calls, and how the fugitive had then been released.

    Then the agent made an astounding disclosure: The FBI was dropping pursuit of at least 10 other Will County suspects charged with murder, rape, child molestation and large-scale drug-trafficking.

    As a result, efforts to capture those 11 fugitives were halted, even though authorities knew exactly where some of them were living in Mexico. Today, all of the suspects remain at large, the Tribune found.



    Drew Peterson Connection to the Penn State Scandal?

    A recent New York Times article says Jerry Sandusky’s recent appeal to TV has hardly worked to perfection.
    By Brian Feldt
    November 19, 2011

    Should former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is now accused of 40 counts of molestation and abuse, have acted more like Drew Peterson when he went on NBC’s ’30 Center’ on Nov. 14?

    According to a recent New York Times article analyzing the interview between Sandusky and Bob Costas, it couldn’t have hurt.

    From the New York Times:
    The accusations — and there are 40 counts of molestation and abuse — are shocking. But so was the contorted way in which Sandusky maintained his innocence…

    If the strategy was to present Sandusky in a more sympathetic light, it was a misfire that did nothing to help his case…

    Viewers are accustomed to seeing ordinary people behaving badly for the sake of fame.

    They are inured to tabloid celebrities charged with terrible crimes proclaiming their innocence on television, but even the worst usually go on camera with a well-rehearsed version of events. A cocky Drew Peterson, for example, coolly denied killing any of his wives on “Larry King Live.” (He is awaiting trial in the death of his second wife, Kathleen Savio.) Peterson might not have been persuasive, but he was certainly polished.
    Sandusky was anything but.

    A fifth bid to get Peterson, who is accused of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, out of the Will County jail fell on deaf ears at the Illinois Supreme Court in September.

    Peterson has been locked since May 2009 on murder charges. The former Bolingbrook cop has been in legal limbo since prosecutors appealed a ruling on hearsay evidence the day before his trial was to start in July 2010.

  37. Here we go again with the “Tommy” thingy. Wonder who calls Drew’s son “Tommy?” Bet I know…

    The Peterson file . . .

    Incarcerated murder suspect Drew Peterson’s teenage sons — Tommy, 18, and Kris, 17 — visited their father Saturday for the first time since he was arrested in 2009 on charges he killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio — who is also their mother. (He is also suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.)

    ◆ Backshot: “Drew hadn’t wanted his kids to see him in jail — but it’s been so long and he decided the kids are mature enough now to come see him,” said a source.

    ◆ Upshot: Peterson’s sons spoke to him for about 30 minutes via video conference. “They both still stand by his side,” said the source. Tommy is a freshman at Penn State University and Kris is a senior at Bolingbrook High School. Peterson is in Will County jail awaiting trial.

  38. Peterson’s sons spoke to him for about 30 minutes via video conference. “They both still stand by his side,” said the source.

    One would have to be a complete moron to read this fluff and not want to smack the “source” upside the head. Fluff and b.s. to the extreme. Apparently, the two don’t mind having a private moment with their father reported in the paper to remind everyone that they’re standing by their man…..

  39. Ill. Supreme Court orders lower court to reconsider hearsay evidence in Peterson case

    The Illinois Supreme Court ordered a lower court to reconsider whether eight hearsay statements should be allowed in Drew Peterson’s murder case — a move that offers prosecutors hope and keeps the much-delayed trial on hold for at least several more months.,0,1717266.story?track=rss

    The official announcement is not yet on the Illinois Supreme Court’s website.

  40. Appeals court must consider evidence against Drew Peterson
    BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter November 30, 2011 10:20AM

    Updated: November 30, 2011 10:22AM

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered an appellate court to take another look at whether disputed evidence can be used against ex-cop Drew Peterson when his murder trial begins.

    The ruling likely stalls Peterson’s already delayed trial and leaves open — at least for a while — the issue of how much hearsay evidence can be presented when the former Bolingbrook police officer stands trial on charges he drowned third wife Kathleen Savio.

  41. Drew Peterson Case Returning to Appellate Court

    The Illinois Supreme Court is sending Drew Peterson’s case back to the appellate court and told the judges to figure it out themselves.

    By Joseph Hosey 10:29am

    It looks like serial marrier and accused wife-killer Drew Peterson is going to be spending another Christmas in the clink as the state’s higher courts pass his case back and forth like a hot potato.

    In the latest development in the protracted prosecution of Peterson — who was arrested in May 2009 on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio — the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday sent his case back to the Third District Appellate Court in Ottawa.

    In February, the appellate court heard arguments from prosecutors and defense attorney Steve Greenberg over what — if any — hearsay evidence can be used against Peterson at his murder trial.

    Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow had brought the case to the appellate court in a bid to reverse Judge Stephen White’s decision to exclude most of the 13 hearsay statements he wants to use against Peterson.

    But in July the appellate court decided Glasgow blew a deadline and dismissed the appeal without ruling on its merits.

    Now the supreme court wants the appellate court to take the case again and make up its collective mind about it.

    A source said the supreme court’s decision means Peterson will likely spend at least another three months in jail before his trial could conceivably start.

    Peterson’s self-proclaimed “lead attorney,” Joel Brodsky, whose role in the case has seemingly diminished over the years, has repeatedly attempted and failed to get his client sprung from jail while the appeal process is sorted out.

    Brodsky failed to return calls inquiring if he would try again to secure the release of Peterson, who is being held on a $20 million bond.

    Peterson, a disgraced former Bolingbrook cop who quit the force rather than face an internal affairs inquiry in November 2007, allegedly murdered Savio in March 2004.

    Savio was found drowned in a dry bathtub. The state police were charged with investigating her death and quickly decided it resulted from a freak bathing accident and closed the case.

    But three and a half years later the state police were forced to re-evaluate their investigation when Peterson’s next wife, Stacy Peterson, mysteriously vanished. The state police abruptly changed course and declared Savio was the victim of a homicide and announced Stacy Peterson was the victim of a “potential homicide.” Drew Peterson was identified as the sole suspect in the Stacy Peterson investigation, but the state police never charged him with harming her. They have also failed to find the missing Stacy.


    Charles B. Pelkie
    (815) 727-8789
    (815) 530-7110 (cellular)
    News releases available online at:

    November 30, 2011

    Statement Regarding Illinois Supreme Court Order
    in People v. Peterson

    The following statement may be attributed to Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow:

    “I am extraordinarily pleased by Wednesday’s Illinois Supreme Court order in the matter of People v. Peterson. I look forward to receiving an Appellate Court ruling on the merits of our appeal in light of the Illinois Supreme Court’s holdings in People v. Hanson. We anticipate a trial sometime in the spring.”

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