Drew Peterson trial – day eight. Savio’s sister, boyfriend, neighbor plus Drew’s ex-mistress testify

UPDATE 04:12:

State calls Savio neighbor Dominick DeFrancesco to the stand
He says he spoke to Savio on the Sidewalk at 11 am Saturday.
DeFrancesco says he came home at 2am on Sunday Feb 29 2004 and saw Savio’s bedroom light on.
State finishes. Defense begins cross.
In police report DeFrancesco said his mother thought it was odd the light was on – he testified the second day that he found it unusual.
“we [mother and himself] made the remark at the same time. We both thought it was unusual she be up at that time.”
Lopez insinuates that DeFrancesco’s mother actually noted the light rather than himself. Asks is he wouldn’t correct her because he grew up in a traditional Italian family. Objection.
It’s only when they came to you in December of 2007 that you said anything? “Yes.”
They wanted to know if you had a sexual relationship with Ms. Savio, didn’t they? “Yes.”
And they even asked you to take a lie detector test, didn’t they?
Defense done
Patton on brief re-direct: When you went to the police department, you freely cooperated and answered all their questions? “Yes.”
And you offered to provide the police with fingerprints, polygraph, and everything they asked? “Yes.”
You told the police you were reluctant to come forward because you were afraid to contradict the police? “Yes.”
Nothing further from defense, jury dismissed.
Trial resumes Tuesday.

UPDATE 04:00:

State calls Susan McCauley to the stand
On March 20, 2004, did you see the defendant that night? “Yes, at the bowling alley in Bolingbrook”
Did you ever work for the defendant? “Yes, between 1997 and 1990, at Suds Pub in Montgomery.”
McCauley said Peterson said “they’ll be fine – she was crazy” when she asked if the kids were okay [after Savio’s death].
“I still don’t understand – how did she die in a dry bathtub? Drew Peterson said it was a newer tub, in drains in X amount of time”
“He said that she was taking anti-depressants and that she had been drinking, there was a wine glass in the tub.”
“I thought what he said was cold.”
“Well, you must have a lucky horseshoe place somewhere. I could have used another word. Now you don’t have to pay child support, you get the house, you get your pension. He laughed it off, and made a couple jokes.” That ends the direct examination of this witness.
Defense begins cross.
The witness admits that she had “a few beers” on the night in question.
You said, ‘You must have a horseshoe up you ass’? “Yeah.”
You were joking, right? “Yeah.”
You didn’t really think he had a horseshoe there?
State has nothing further.

UPDATE 03:33:

Judge Burmila is back on the stand. He sends for the witness and the jurors.
Prosecutor Connor begins his redirect examination.
Did you have an attorney with you when you signed this? “No.”
Have you ever dealt with the entertainment industry before? “No.” “
Have you made any money off this contract? “No.”
And when you signed this contract in 2009, it was supposed to last for two years? “Yes.”
If there was an advance of any sort, how much of that went to you? “Nothing.”
That ends the redirect examination.
Defense moves for a mistrial on prejudice, again.
judge rejects mistrial request because Sue Doman had testified about Savio saying Peterson threatened her with a knife.
Judge wants to get through two more witnesses today.
Lopez on re cross-examinatino
In this contract, you waived your rights, didn’t you? “Yes.”
So they can write pretty much whatever they want? “Pretty much.”
Lopez gets a warning from Burmila on stepping on the witness’ answers.
This contract is still pending, because the trial isn’t over? “No.”
That ends the testimony of this witness, and she is excused.

UPDATE 02:27:

Attorney Joe Lopez begins cross-examination
Lopez asks Doman to review transcript of what she told the Grand Jury – that Kathleen Savio was taking Zoloft and prescription for a heart murmur.
Isn’t it true that Drew never told your sister that he was going to kill her? “That isn’t true.”
Isn’t it true that at the grand jury you said Drew said he COULD killer? “I believe so.”
You know that on the day your sister was found in the bathtub, she and Drew were divorced? “Yes.”
You also brought a wrongful death suit against Drew Peterson, on behalf of the children? “Yes.”
The sidebar ends. The jurors and the witness have been excused from the courtroom. The judge notes that there’s been no testimony to suggest that Susan Doman has ever been a party to the lawsuit in question. Judge: “Is the suit still pending?” Connor: “It is still pending. But there’s been no indication that she’s a party.” Judge: “If the only issue for Mr. Peterson is that she might be a witness, that does not go to bias. And I’ll rule for the State. Tthe objection is going to be sustained.” The judge sends for the jury.
Lopez hammering Doman over book/movie deal (with Larry Garrison). Doman said contract said she’d make at least $30K
Doman: “This book is about domestic violence.”
Well, you don’t want anything negative coming out about your sister? “I want the truth to come out. Positive and truth are the same to me.”
Well, if Drew were found not guilty, that wouldn’t be a very good movie, would it? “To me, it would. It’s about domestic violence. It’s about my sister’s story.”
The book contract is projected. This was signed in October of 2009? “That’s right.”
The witness is shown a copy of the Oct. 9, 2009 contract for her book deal. It is then moved into evidence.
If there’s a need to fictionalize this story, to make either you or Kathy more colorful, you’ve given them permission to do that? “Yes.”
What does ‘colorful’ mean? “I think to be positive. Whatever the story was, I wanted it to be true.”
But you agreed they could fictionalize the story? You agreed to this? “Yes. I did sign that. But I believe I have the final say on that.”
Lopez ends cross by asking Doman if anything will happen with book/movie deal until after trial. Doman: No
Doman done with cross examination. Kept her composure throughout. Did not get as emotional or as antagonistic on cross as expected.
Cross-examination of Sue Doman is over.
Judge Burmila calls for a ten minute recess.

UPDATE 02:00:

Doman says she saw Drew wiping down blood in the bathtub. He went through the house with a laundry basket.
Did you discover a locked box in your sister’s house that day? “Yes, I found a metal container under my sister’s bed. Drew said if I wanted to open it he could open it. And he pulled out a key out of his pocket, and he opened it. And it was empty.”
Doman asked Peterson what happened to Savio “he didn’t know he had to wait til the coroner office finished the report”
Doman on what Peterson said as he gathered clothing and pictures from Savio’s home “Tell your sister Anna ‘Hahahah – I got the will.”
Defense doesn’t want the jury to hear any of the comments about the will. Greenberg: “But it paints him as a mean-spirited person. None of it should be allowed in; none of it has anything to do with anything. I think all of it’s irrelevant. It wouldn’t do anything other than to paint him in a bad light; it’s inadmissible character evidence. It’s prejudicial . . . and it’s just not fair.” Connor responds, say this is not only appropriate but it’s already been litigated.
Judge: “This statement could be taken more than one way. I understand the defendant’s objection, but I believe that it is probative. The inferences that will be drawn from it will be determined by the jury.”

UPDATE 01:26:

Both sets of attorneys are now inside the courtroom. Judge Burmila returns to the bench. Prosecutor Connor says that the next witness will be Susan Doman. After Doman, we’ll hear from either Susan McCauley or Dominick DeFrancesco. The judge sends for the jurors.
Prosecutor Connor begins direct
Sue Doman says that Kathleen Savio was her sister. Testifies to how long she has known Drew Peterson. Says she has seen him both happy and not happy.
Doman says that her sister would wear her hair up with a comb when getting ready to bathe.
“She had told me that she was in the basement, and her husband Drew had a wife by her throat. And he said that he could kill her, and make it look like an accident. She was terrified.”
Defense objects to hearsay. Attorneys go into sidebar, jury leaves the courtroom
Attorneys are arguing about some testimony coming in. Connor says it was the same issue as with Kristin Anderson so the Judge should rule the same. Transcripts of Anderson’s testimony are dug up. Doman and the jury return.
Doman resumes testifying. The prosecution is trying to bring in the new information about Kathleen telling Drew she was going to take the kids on Monday but there is an objection.
Doman on a phone call with Savio a week before death: “She said for me to take care of her boys.”
Sue Doman said she asked Drew Peterson “Did you kill my sister?” He said he wouldn’t kill the mother of his children. He “kind of choked” when she asked the question. She said he was “very surprised.”

UPDATE 11:36:

Under cross-examination Maniaci says that he and Kathleen had sex from behind on Friday night, with Savio on her knees. They were not on the stairs. He used a condom and knows that it was found in the kitchen waste basket but doesn’t know who put it there. It wasn’t dark in the room (where they had sex). The kitchen light was on.
Lopez to Maniaci: I’m not trying to embarrass you, I’m just trying to get an idea
Maniaci uses a laser pointer to indicate in an exhibit where he and Kathleen had sex.
You did tell police that it’s possible she had some bruises from having sex? “It wouldn’t have been anything other than scuffs on her knees, or something like that. But that was nothing I did not see.”
Going back to being a little hung over on Saturday.
Prosecutor Koch says he has no further questions. The witness is excused.
The jurors are then excused, as the attorneys announce that they need to put some things on the record.
Attorneys and judge discuss upcoming witness testimony. The prosecution wants Sue Savio to be able to say that Kathleen told her that she told Drew she was keeping the kids on Monday. The Prosecutor Patton says that McCauley should be allowed to say that Peterson told her “he would never leave. He would never get a divorce, because he didn’t want Kathleen to get half of his pension. And in another statement, he said that Kathleen would never get his pension. It was the end of 1997, 1998 when he said these things.” Judge bars mention that Susan McCauley and Drew were having an affair. They can say that they were close friends. More discussion about McCauley and her talk with Drew in a bowling alley. McCauley would testify that Drew told her he would never divorce Kathy because he would lose half his pension.
Break for lunch.

UPDATE 10:50:

Short Court Recess.
Attorney Joseph Lopez begins his cross-examination
When they met, both he and Savio were working at a company called Die Masters. He had always liked her.
Maniaci did go to Kathy’s house when Drew Peterson was still living in there – but staying in the basement. Only when he went out of town.
He describes how he introduced a lawyer to Savio, and that lawyer’s partner was Harry Smith who began to represent her.
He goes back over visiting arrangements between the households. Time spent with the kids.
Maniaci answers questions about his last phone conversation with Savio and how she wanted to discuss marriage but he didn’t want to just then. She hung up on him.
He gave it a day and didn’t call her again until Monday.
Maniaci says he and Kathy would take baths together tho it was a tight fit to put two people in the tub.
Questions about Savio wearing contacts but also sometimes glasses, about the gray cat she had, the spot cleaner.
Sometimes there was a rug on the bathroom floor, sometimes not. There were many bottles around the tub – “decorative”.
Lopez asks is Kathy had a “cabinet full of pills” and if she bruised easily.
Maniaci says the hole in the bedroom door was there for about a year.
Lopez asking if Maniaci was drunk after going out with Savio on Friday night, isn’t that why she drove home? Was he not hung over the next day and that’s why they ate at Steak ‘n’ Shake?
Maniaci says “drunk” is a relative term and that he was tired the next morning and he wanted a burger.
Again Maniaci describes playing with his band that day. He talked to Savio but neither wanted to go to the other’s house to get together. She called him later that night and was kind of mad at him.
Lopez: She was kind of a fiery, feisty girl, wasn’t she? “She could be.”
She was half-Italian, wasn’t she? Objection/Sustained.
Maniaci mentions that Monday was Casimir Pulaski Day “Some people call it a holiday.” Judge: “I call it a holiday.” Courtroom laughs
Q & A about what he did on Monday, the fact that although he couldn’t reach Kathleen by phone he didn’t call any of her friends about it. Mary Pontarelli called him while he was out at a bar with friends.
Lopez asks if Maniaci told police that Savio had been having chest pains. “If I did, I did” and if he knew she was taking medication for a heart murmur. “No, I did not know that.”

UPDATE 10:21:

Prosecutor Koch resumes the direct examination.
Maniaci says they went to Steak and Shake for breakfast Saturday morning. He went to his band’s practice for 3 hours Saturday night. He went home at 9:30 pm.
Kathleen called around midnight upset he didn’t come over Saturday night.
Maniaci had breakfast with his father Sunday morning/afternoon.
He went to bed about 10 or 11.
Maniaci said he went to work on Monday, March 1. When he got home he noticed someone broke into his house. Judge tells jury to ignore it.
Maniaci was unable to reach Savio Mon. He called 6 times. Mary Pontarelli called to ask if Savio was with him and said they were going to enter Savio’s house.
When he got home from bar he called Mary immediately and she told him that Kathy was dead. It took him about 25 minutes to get to Savio’s house.
He saw Drew writing a report underneath a street light and he approached him.
“First I said, ‘Drew, I sure hope you didn’t have anything to do with this.’ And he said that he didn’t. There was a little bit of small talk, and I said, ‘Boy, this sure worked out well for you.’” Drew replied. “She would have lost anyway.” He describes Peterson as very calm that night.
Maniaci says he was interviewed in Steve Carcerano’s basement immediately afterwards and not again.
He states that he didn’t have a key to Kathleen’s house. He was given a garage door opener to use once but he gave it back.
He’s shown phone records for 2/28/04 that show a phone call with a 41 second duration placed to his house. He IDs Kathleen’s phone number as having placed the call.
He says the boys were at Drew Peterson’s that weekend.
End of direct examination

UPDATE 09:45:

Maniaci looks at a photo of Savio’s bedroom door and describes that it has a deadbolt on it and a hole drilled above.
Maniaci and Savio went to dinner at the Samba Room with another couple on Fri Feb 27th 2004. They came back home after going to a bar called The Lantern and sat in the living room of Savio’s home. Savio changed into a robe and got some leftover food from the to-go bag.
Maniaci says that they then had sex. At the time her body looked normal and unbruised.
He’s shown photographs of her body. He says he sees bruises that were not there when they had sex.
Judge calls attys to a sidebar. Jury taken out, court takes a brief recess.
The judge is back on the bench. He sends for the witness and the jurors.

UPDATE 09:00:

Some of defense team still en route to courthouse.
Judge Burmila has received two more letters from inmates. They are apparently big fans of the media coverage and are following closely.
Jury is entering court
The Sate calls its first witness of the day: Steve Maniaci
He IDs a photo of Kathleen Savio and says that he met her back in the ’80’s – they worked together.
He met Drew Peterson in the early 90’s at a company reunion.
At the time he started seeing her, Drew was living in the basement. Their marriage was not good. They were getting divorced.
Drew moved out of the house March or April of ’02.
Maniaci on Savio’s sons: “I was introduced to them pretty early, they were around often.” Says they went out to dinner with the boys often.
Looking at photo of Savio’s house: “I had changed the codes for the garage door February or March of ’02”
Question about how the kids would enter Savio’s house.
Maniaci say she would park on the street and enter through the garage or through the front door if he couldn’t access garage. Storm door and front door were always locked.
He’d ring the doorbell and wait for someone to answer.
Maniaci says he saw Kathy for 2 1/2 years. He would sometimes spend the night at Savio’s house. He observed her in the shower and bath. She would usually remove her jewelry to bathe but not always.
Savio would put her hair up when she took a bath. “Usually there was a floor mat in front of the vanity, and I believe in front of the bathtub.”

Drew Peterson’s trial for the murder of Kathleen Savio continues today. Yesterday classmate and friend of Kathleen Savio, Mary parks testified. She riveted the courtroom when she testified that Kathleen Savio showed her marks on her neck and told her that Drew Peterson had choked her and asked her, “Why don’t you just die”? The jury was sent home early while attorneys and Judge hashed out issues related to divorce lawyer, Harry Smith, lock picking and the blue towel shown in evidence photos.

Yesterday Savio’s youngest son, Kristopher, was at the courthouse to sign his name to papers removing himself from the Savio family’s wrongful death suit against Drew Peterson. He was allowed to enter courtroom 403 and talk to his dad for a few moments–the first face-to-face time for the two in three years (Peterson doesn’t want his kids to see him in jail). Kristopher will start college at Western Illinois University in a few weeks.

Possible witnesses for today include Kathleen Savio’s sister, Sue Doman, and Kathleen’s boyfriend at the time of her death, Steve Maniaci; as well as Susan McCauley, who had an affair with Drew at one time, and Teresa Kernc, a Bolingbrook cop. Also possibly taking the stand will be another Savio neighbor, Dominick DeFrancesco.

As always, we’ll have our eyes and ears open and will be posting updates. Check back throughout the day for the latest news and don’t forget to check the comment thread.

We’re following:
Jon Seidel
Adam Grimm
In Session
Glenn Marshall
Diane Pathieu
Kara Oko
Dan Rozek

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83 thoughts on “Drew Peterson trial – day eight. Savio’s sister, boyfriend, neighbor plus Drew’s ex-mistress testify

  1. I was hoping someone would answer my question but I guess it got deleted ,, I have lots of questions hoping someone would of answered ,,, what about as I asked before., the married couple I forget there names,,, they taped drew along while back are they going to be on the stand ??? I tired of the defense doing sidebars all this time …

  2. when maniaci was asked about her body, well most men do look at our bodys when having sex , doesnt the def know this >>> oh boy … cause if they see something on body they would ask what happend ….

  3. Hi Lug. You are thinking of Paula Stark and Len Wawczak who taped the overhears. I’m sure they are on the witness list but no one knows who is going to be called until the day of the trial.

  4. FACS, YES LEN that is whom i was talking about , I like savio boyfriend ,, te4stifying ,, he goode witness thus far.. but tired of the4 defense,, and as for mike brooks saying idunno , me4aning he not go over there to see kathy just cause they had a fight and saying i give it a day , HELlo mike brooks people do that ,,, ya know what an idito

  5. I’m waiting for the defense to bring up the $9000 that Kathleen was supposed to have given Steve on Saturday. Remember that being reported a few years back? I’m thinking that if the pros didn’t bring it up, it probably never happened or won’t be introduced.

  6. It seems to me, that if the defense tries to say Maniaci did it, they are admitting that it was murder and NOT an accident. They can’t have it both ways.

    Problem is, Maniaci had no incentive to kill her. Drew definitely did.

  7. Facs – On IS they said Kathy gave him $10000.00 to hold for her. They said after she died he immediatley took action to make sure that money got back to the estate. I wonder why the prosecution didn’t bring that up? Shows he didn’t care about trying to keep that money.

  8. hmmm, what do you guys think thus far about the boyfriend testimoney ,?? I still say dre4w did it …. we know defense will be next after pros is done but pros can have a 2nd time to do this and defense cannt… lets hope the pros does very well , tired of the defense being so arrogent .. and thinking they got it in the bag that he will walk … anythoughts…

  9. Judge White made an interesting point. He said sometimes the defense saves some nasty tidbit for the re-cross examination because they know they’ll have the last word and that Pros Koch may have decided not to do a re-direct because then the defense can’t re-cross.

    IMO Maniaci wasn’t a particularly good witness for the prosecution. He seems to have let himself be led somewhat.

    Looks like Sue Savio is up next and I bet she’ll be a great witness! Go Sue!

  10. Pam Bosco just made some great points on InSession. I don’t understand either how so much testimony about Drew’s fears of losing his pension, house and kids can’t come into court. That’s what this whole case is based on – that’s his motive for murder.

  11. Absolutely, Facs!
    Would someone please let me know phonetically how to pronounce Maniaci? I pronounce it “Mah-nee-ah’-chee” but it’s just a guess. I read a lot more than I watch, so I don’t have a clue. Thanks in advance.

  12. Cheryl, You’ve got it. Mah-nee-ah-chee.

    Heavens, doesn’t Joel Brodsky look like a boob talking with Beth Karas? To me it always seems as if he feels like there’s some joke going on that he’s not getting. He looks so jumpy and acts so defensive. And yet he can’t control the odd things that leap out of his mouth.

    Joel says that a dermatologist is going to testify that the abrasion on Kathy’s butt is some kind of skin condition or rosacea. OK. Go for it. It already sounds ridiculous.

  13. Judge bars mention that Susan McCaulaey and Drew were having an affair.

    Yes, we want to make sure Drew isn’t painted as a womanizer. Shouldn’t his character be known…this is who he is and how he is.

  14. Well Bosco brought up an excellent point which is, if they keep out the fact that the two of them were having an affair then how does their conversation about Kathleen never giving him a divorce factor in?

    That lays down the foundation for him discussing the divorce and thus the pension.

  15. Sue Doman is not a plaintiff on the wrongful death suit. It’s Anna Doman and Henry. And it’s pending…not dropped.

    I think Sue said she was a party because she could be a witness.

  16. So let me see, a murder trial is about objecting to comments of the proc that paints the defendant in a bad light, but all about trying to paint the witnesses in a bad light. Oookaaay, I think I got it now

  17. I wish the prosecution could yell mistrial and just throw Drew (and his set of merry men) in jail for the defense team being pains in the butt. They are praying for a mistrial because they think that is the only way they are going to keep Drew out of jail.

  18. well at least the judge denied it haha, but that is what they will keep doing and that is not fair,, they are arrogent ,,. and not being fair neither is the judge as bosco has said 🙂

  19. Ok, wait a minute. Drew was having an affair with Susan AND Stacy? I have been accused of living under a rock from time to time, but seriously! this is news to me and I’ve been following this from Day 1!

  20. Sheesh. I see Joe the “Shark” was trying to “scumbag” the witness again. Yeah, that is what I’m going call it from now on. Scumbagging the witness.

    I really am sick and tired of every witness and the victim getting scumbagged at every turn, yet nothing can come in about the real Drew Peterson. I really wonder about our justice system at times. 😕

  21. I saved all the in session fb updates here:

  22. dmitrithecat,

    Hard to keep track, isn’t it, when someone cheats so much!

    His affair with Mccauley was in 1998 so chronologically it must have predated Stacy who I think he met in 2001.

  23. Yeah – what did they imagine they’d compare them to? Certainly not the orange juice glass (never processed), or the can of carpet cleaner (never processed), or the door (never processed), or the…

  24. Sorry Mr. Lopez…. The most important thing is NOT that she signed anything. The most important thing is that Mr. Peterson has 2 dead wives! Sorry… but we have to assume Stacy is no longer alive.

  25. I don’t think the jury will care much about the book/film deal. They haven’t been living in a cave all this time. They know that there are books and a movie already out there about the case.

    Anyone listening to Sue Savio knows that she does NOT come off as someone who is greedy, slimy or manipulative. I think she’s a very credible witness, try as you might to spin her unfortunate decision to sign over rights to Larry Garrison.

  26. I agree, and if the Jury has sense, I think they are seeing the desperate slime tactics these defense bafoons are throwing out there against the witnesses. The witnesses are NOT on trial here. I mean they truly sound desperate in trying to keep their client looking lily white

  27. Anyway, who assumes that someone is lying just because they sold their story? These people aren’t on trial and have nothing to lose by telling the truth.

    Now…a murder defendant bartering his story for chicken wings plugs for his lawyer? Sleeeeee-zeeeeeee.

  28. I sure hope you guys are right about the jury. I thought the same about Casey’s trial. We all know how that turned out. I really hope the jury from Will County Illinois is smarter than the one from Pinellas County Florida! 🙂

  29. The jury can see DPs reaction to testimony, right? I so so wish we were privy to what is going on like the Anthony trial

  30. Kathleen Savio’s friends and relatives have told Drew Peterson’s jurors how they tried to report the former Bolingbrook police officer’s alleged threats on his third wife’s life to authorities in 2004.

    They said they got nowhere. They said no one would listen. But now they’re being attacked by Peterson’s lawyers for failing to do anything more until 2007.

    What they’re not being allowed to say, so far, is why people finally started listening to them that year.

    The jurors already know if they were paying attention to Peterson lawyer Joel Brodsky’s opening statement.

    “Stacy Cales Peterson is missing for some unknown reason,” Brodsky said, describing the unsolved disappearance of Peterson’s fourth wife in October 2007.


  31. I thought Steve Maniaci did well on the witness stand. I’m sure it was difficult to testify about the intimate details of his relationship with Kathleen, and difficult for Kathleen’s family to hear it.

    I thought Sue Doman did a great job! She was yet another witness that testified about what Kathleen had told her about Drew’s physical abuse and threats.

    I can’t imagine that the jury is happy with all the sidebars and objections. If I was a juror, I’d be curious about what testimony the defense is afraid I might hear.

    As for the defense, I think they’re all despicable!!! I hope the jury is picking up on the defense trying to intimidate witnesses and trash the victim.

    I’d like to hear more from reporters in the courtroom about how the jury is responding to the witness testimony.

  32. The jury does have access to each day’s court transcript, don’t they?

    Thanks to all for keeping me up-to-date on the day’s events!

  33. Well I told you all a while aog that I will tell you who I am. Well I am Susan (Savio) Domans husband Mitch. I think that sue did one hell of a job yesterday testifing especialy when she was recrossed buy Lopez, At the end of his cross exam she got him so frustrated that she made the shark look like a LITTLE MINNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way too go Sue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Hi Mitch,

    I think they thought they’d be able to shake Sue up, but obviously she’s made of tougher stuff than that. Plus, she’s got the truth on her side. Why be nervous?

  35. BTW, I heard from someone who has been selling tubs and bathtub drains for 40 years and has never heard of or seen a stopper intentionally designed to drain after a period of time.

    Wine glass on the side of the tub, mixing prescriptions with alcohol, a new-fangled tub stopper with a built-in timer, Mommy’s on vacation, Daddy’s helping out the government.

    Oooh wheee, there’s no end to the lies is there?

    “I was undercover actually for a total of five years,” Peterson said. “You basically spent your day working a con and you were getting people to believe you were something other than what you actually were and it was fun. It was exhilarating. I think the most sadistic fun you had in the whole part of the job, the look on people’s faces when you arrested them and they found out you were actually a [policeman].”

    “The big joke at one particular time was you had to lie to your girlfriend to see your wife,”


    Ah, the sadistic fun of lying.

  36. Susan McCauley, an employee at Peterson’s Montgomery bar who had an affair with her boss while he was married to Savio, also testified. Jurors were not allowed to hear about the affair.

    McCauley testified that after Savio’s death, she saw Peterson at a fundraiser at a Bolingbrook bowling alley. McCauley said she gave Peterson a hug and asked how his boys were.

    “Oh, they’ll be fine. She was crazy,” Peterson said of his ex-wife, McCauley testified.

    “He said she was on antidepressants … and that she was drinking wine, that there was a wineglass found by the bathtub,” McCauley testified.

    “I said to him, basically, ‘You must have a lucky horseshoe placed somewhere,'” she said. “Now you don’t have to pay child support — you get the house.”

    “He laughed it off and made a couple jokes,” she testified.


    God forbid the jury hears that he was cheating on Kathleen with this woman, but please bash poor Sue Savio accepting a book deal. 🙄

    BTW, Joel Brodsky said that in court they were going to go after McCauley and show why she was motivated to “lie” about what Peterson had told her. Did I miss something? When did they do that?

  37. Mitch, I’d like to thank you for your comment, and to tell you that I am also very proud of Susan. I know it means a lot to her to have you so supportive. Don’t be a stranger to us, and know that we are all hoping and praying for justice in this case.
    Thank you again!

  38. Peterson defense team embraces media spotlight

    Lawyers defending former police sergeant in murder trial aren't camera-shy.

    If it might seem like an unseemly embrace, the dance between defense lawyers and the press is a time-honored one, said Northwestern University journalism professor Jack Doppelt.

    While prosecutors are barred by ethical rules — and the risk of providing grounds for an appeal — from offering more than the most vanilla commentary in a criminal trial, defense lawyers can say pretty much anything they want, Doppelt said. No one may listen, but they could be helping their clients by doing so….

    …The sometimes rollicking critique of the prosecution's efforts often includes barbs at witnesses, mirroring the glibness Peterson himself displayed about his ex-wife's death until his arrest.

    Greenberg on Thursday gave a blunt assessment of testimony by Mary Parks, a friend of Savio's who broke down on the witness stand: "It was made-up. … How could you believe anything she said? And when she thought she was in trouble, she started to cry."

    Attorneys see other benefits to an aggressive media offensive campaign, including a chance to bias the jury pool, annoy close-lipped prosecutors, and, not least, get free advertising.

    "Some of them may be thinking they're going to get a book deal or a movie deal after the trial" — Peterson has already been the subject of several books and a TV movie — "and in this case, they probably will," Doppelt said.


  39. BTW, the above story says that Lopez was asked to stop blogging after the prosecution complained, but he is still blogging at the Sun-Times, at least as of yesterday. I know he was told to stop tweeting from the court room. Maybe that’s what they meant to say:

    WARNING: If you have high blood pressure, you might not want to read it. I can’t believe the ST doesn’t print a disclaimer on each blog entry that it is complete propaganda for the defense.

  40. I read “Swimming With the Shark” in addition to your “warning” posted above, I have to add it’s poorly written. It reads like it was intended to be read in a monotone voice. IMO

  41. “@TheRealJeffRuby @josharrk Did not realize Stooges clip would get national play. If I could take it back I would but I can’t.”

    While I agree with Joe Lopez that the three Stooges clip (also referred to by different names) cannot be taken back, I don’t agree that there is nothing he can do about it. Be a man, be human, use a few minutes of your “media time” to HUMBLY apologize to the family and friends of Stacy Peterson. I’m sure the media would pick it up, and it would probably do more for his career than his blog and other daily microphone minutes. IMO

  42. “Did you discover a locked box in your sister’s house that day? “Yes, I found a metal container under my sister’s bed. Drew said if I wanted to open it he could
    open it. And he pulled out a key out of his pocket, and he opened it. And it was empty.””

    I am mulling over something again………

    Nobody keeps a locked metal box under their bed, unless there’s something in it of importance and to be hidden from someone.

    Of course Drew just happens to have a key to it (!) and the locked box turns out empty………….

    Not pointing any fingers, just saying …..

  43. According to Lopez’ s tweets, Glen Selig issued a press release with an apology.

    I can’t find it.

    And agree JAH, why on earth would Drew have a key to a locked box Kathleen kept under her bed when she had a deadbolt on the bedroom door to keep him out?

  44. “He said that she was taking anti-depressants and that she had been drinking, there was a wine glass in the tub.”

    This is what Drew told his “good friend” McCauley and he was there when Kathleens body was found, so where is the wine glass ?

    Is there a wine glass in the tub or around the tub in any of the photos taken at the time ???

    Do we now not only have a towel to suddenly appear, but also a wine glass to disappear by itself ??

  45. McCauley couldn’t testify to it this time around but during the hearsay hearings she said that Drew told her he was in a ‘death squad’ whatever the eff that is.

    McCauley recalled a visit to the home of Daniel Harrison, a friend of Peterson, in early 2008. During the visit, Peterson told her “he had some business to take care of, that we’re on the ’street death squad,’” and that he and Harrison went together to the garage.

    McCauley testified that Peterson later told her “that if we ever need anyone taken care of, that they could take care of them.”


  46. I’m not seeing an apology. Maybe Joe Lopez would be so kind as to place the correct link on his twitter page when he’s able to locate it.

  47. Why would Kathleen go to such measures as to hide the briefcase in the back of the SUV, but place a lockbox beneath the bed? Especially, if it contained something so valuable as a new will.

  48. Why would Kathleen go to such measures as to hide the briefcase in the back of the SUV, but place a lockbox beneath the bed? Especially, if it contained something so valuable as a new will.

    Maybe because she had a deadbolt on the bedroom door. Still, a safe deposit box would be better.

  49. Posted by Facsmiley:

    McCauley couldn’t testify to it this time around but during the hearsay hearings she said that Drew told her he was in a ‘death squad’ whatever the eff that is.

    McCauley recalled a visit to the home of Daniel Harrison, a friend of Peterson, in early 2008. During the visit, Peterson told her “he had some business to take care of, that we’re on the ’street death squad,’” and that he and Harrison went together to the garage.

    McCauley testified that Peterson later told her “that if we ever need anyone taken care of, that they could take care of them.”

    My comment:
    I’ve always felt that there’s many more victims in addition to Kathleen and Stacy.

  50. Drew seemed to think intimidation techniques and fear were a much better way of keeping wives and significant others in line, than loving them. IMO

  51. Did Drew ever explain why he allegedly had $25,000 sitting in a safe? Seems like a lot of cash for a BB police officer. IMO What exactly was supplementing his income? It makes you wonder when you read over the hearsay testimony from several of these individuals.

  52. Anyone who came forward with information about Drew Peterson has to be given a lot of credit. Especially if DP told you he was part of a death squad. IMO

  53. I agree that all the witnesses are to be applauded. To sit up on that witness stand and tell what you know about a person who may have murdered two women for gain (and not just any women, but the mothers of his own children) has got to be a frightening prospect – and throw in the fact that the defense is going to do its best to paint you as a liar, a hater and a greedy fame-whore.

    My admiration knows no bounds!

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