A mugshot history of Drew Peterson

Just for the hell of it, here is a compendium of Drew Peterson’s mugshots over time. Click the link or the image above to see it full size.

The first mugshot is from his 2008 arrest on gun charges (later dropped). The second is from his 2009 arrest for murder. Peterson remained in detention from his arrest until his trial in 2012.

The last mugshot is a new one from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Peterson is currently housed at the Menard Correctional Center where he is serving a 38-year sentence for the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He has filed an appeal of the conviction.

Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy (Cales) Peterson, has been missing since October 2007.


31 thoughts on “A mugshot history of Drew Peterson

  1. Not that much of a difference, but he’s adding white to his hair. Guess no just for men to keep him looking younger to pick up vulnerable women like Stacey.

  2. This poor family…

    $50K reward offered after man missing 7 years
    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    January 30, 2014 (DEKALB, Ill.) — The family of a man who went missing more than seven years ago is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to his location.

    Bradley Olsen, who would now be 33, went missing on Jan. 19, 2007, near the 1000 block of West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. He was last seen near Molly’s Eatery and Drinkery, according to a statement from DeKalb police.

    According to police, Olsen was trying to find a ride to his home in nearby Maple Park.

    Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $1,000 for information leading to the location of Olsen, police said.

    Maple Park is about 15 miles northwest of Aurora. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call the DeKalb Police Department at (815) 748-8400.


  3. From Will COunty Coroner’s office:

    PATRICK K. O’NEIL, Coroner of Will County, Illinois

    January 30, 2014

    For Immediate Press Release:

    Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil received the forensic anthropology report on the human cranium that was found on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Land surveyors discovered the human skull at the Manhattan Creek approximately 200 feet west of Rowell Avenue between Manhattan Road and Brown Road, Jackson Township, Will County. The Will County Coroner and the Will County Sheriff recovered the unidentified skull at the above location and submitted it to a forensic anthropologist for analysis.

    The following is a summary of the findings:
    The decedent is most likely a male, white, 30 years of age or older. Although no teeth were recovered, an abscess on the right maxilla suggests the possibility of an oral infection. Additionally, a healing fracture of the nasal bone is suggestive of a broken nose. The interval between the time of death and the time of discovery could not be definitively determined other than the individual died at least one year prior to discovery. Due to the limited amount of recovered skeletal remains, no other characteristics could be determined. The cause and manner of death will remain undetermined at this time.

    A portion of the skull was sent to the University of North Texas for DNA analysis. If DNA is successfully extracted, the profile will be entered into CODIS and NamUS (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System). Both systems were created to assist in solving cases that involve unidentified human remains (www.NamUs.gov)

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Will County Coroner’s Office at 815-727-8455 or the Will County Sheriff’s Police Investigations at 815-727-8574.

  4. Poor family,indeed How difficult it must be not knowing what happened to your child. There’s just waytoo many of these cases in Illinois

  5. Drew Peterson should have lost his job long before Kathleen’s murder. He was a predator, who went after a high school girl trying to find her way in the world. I don’t want to hear what a good father he was What a fiction! A good father, who has two little boys at home does not chase16 year old girls. There should have been a mug shot a long time ago.

  6. I don’t think he has changed that much physically in the last 6 years. To me it looks as if he gained weight, then lost it during his trial and now is gaining again.

    I agree, Stilllearning. It’s hard to fathom how he kept his job while preying on teenage girls. IMO his position as an authority figure should have been taken into account (when he was dating Stacy), despite the age of consent in Illinois.

  7. Yes he did use his position and because she was young and immature…because of that she didn’t see down the road that she too would be treated just like Kathleen…even though she had a front row seat…the bells and whistles was the fact …one son had nothing to do with him..hatred for the mother of his 2 boys.. anger

  8. Judging the Judges: Your honor, where do you live?

    14 hours ago
    by Mark Suppelsa

    “In March, voters will be selecting Cook County judges from a long list of candidates. So, we asked some voters at a train station …

    Also running is Ralph Meczyk. He’s one of the attorneys who represented convicted police officer Drew Peterson. Meczyk decades ago was caught up in a federal investigation. He pled guilty to income tax charges, but later won a pardon from former President Clinton.

    So voters in the 12th subcircuit, come March, those are your choices if you choose to vote.”

    Read more: http://wgntv.com/2014/02/12/judging-the-judges-your-honor-where-do-you-live/

  9. Via Facebook:

    Cassandra Cales posted to Stacy Peterson
    February 14
    Today is Valentines Day!! Supposed To Be Happy N Full Of Love!! But Yet Your Still Gone, Lost, Without Answers!! I’m Left Still With Broken Heart and Empty Soul!! Never Will I Forget Nor Stop Searching For Answers!!! Love You Kiddo!!

  10. Via Facebook::

    Mandy McGlothlin
    Yesterday near Chicago, IL
    In Chicago interviewing Sue Savio for Investigative Discovery’s host DK.

    It’s been one year this week since Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years for murdering Sue’s sister, Kathleen Savio. Admirable people like Sue are the reason I love my job and giving the victims who are no longer with us a voice!! Never giving up hope for Stacy Peterson
    This picture with Sue was taken one year ago at Peterson’s sentencing. It was one of the longest days in court & press conferences.

    **Through all the bad and weakness, the best and strongest emerge to help others from their experiences for prevention ~ Mandy — with Sue Savio and Stacy Peterson.

    Pamela K. Bosco:
    Hi Sue! Can’t believe it’s already been one year. Good that’s all behind now.
    Yesterday at 2:01pm

    Sue Savio:
    hi ! pam! Your right !
    Yesterday at 2:19pm

    Joseph Lopez:
    He should win his appeal but he won’t the case was weak as could be
    3 hours ago

    Mandy McGlothlin:
    Nice to hear you agree Joseph Lopez Anyone that sat through every minute of that trial as much as you and I did with any common sense knows he’s guilty and most likely of a lot more. You and Steve Greenberg did a good job defending him with what you had to work with.
    2 hours ago

    Neil Schori:
    Sounds like sour grapes, Joe. Like the kid who lost the race but complains it was because of a hang-nail.
    2 hours ago

    Joseph Lopez:
    No Neil case was based on legal garbage evidence it was about moral responsibility not legal responsibility. To me it does not matter if he did it or not. Only issue is degree of proof
    about an hour ago

    Joseph Lopez:
    Most lawyers have a similar belief and most cops think it was a railroad job
    about an hour ago

    Neil Schori:
    Joe…so legal responsibility isn’t the same as moral responsibility?
    about an hour ago

    Neil Schori:
    What are the laws based upon?
    about an hour ago

    Joseph Lopez:
    It’s as different as night and day -law not based on morality only evidence
    about an hour ago

    Joseph Lopez:
    Justice is blind
    about an hour ago

    Neil Schori:
    And the verdict was based on the jury’s perception of the evidence of the case.
    about an hour ago

  11. I do understand that morality and the law are separate (but exist together). What’s ridiculous is Lopez suggesting that the jury made their decision to convict based on moral grounds rather than the law. The one juror who held out against a guilty verdict stated that he finally gave in when he realized that he had to convict based on the evidence presented in court in accordance with the law.

    BTW, Lopez gave a half-assed closing argument that insulted the jurors by showing them cartoon pictures and made references to vomit and then told the media “Call the next case. I need a new car” minutes after the verdict was handed down. That’s how seriously he took his duties.

  12. The Bolingbrook Police Pension Board is expected to vote this afternoon on whether to begin forfeiture proceedings against retired sergeant and convicted killer Drew Peterson.

    Under Illinois law, the board could revoke Peterson’s $79,000-a-year pension if it finds he used his law-enforcement powers or skills to drown his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004.



    From the Office of the Village Clerk
    Public notice is hereby given that the POLICE PENSION FUND
    has scheduled a Special Meeting on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
    The meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Board Room.

    1. Hearing on Peterson Pension
    2. Decision Order Depending Child
    Application – Michael Johnstone

    Carol S. Penning, CMC
    Dated: March 13, 2014

  14. So…. they agreed to have a hearing. They first agreed to look at this over a year ago and hired the expert to look into it and advise them whether or not to pursue it. Last month he said there was enough there to pursue it. So now they basically agreed to do the same thing they’ve been doing for a year? Huh.

    Drew Peterson doesn’t think being convicted of murdering his third wife is a reason to strip him of his pension.

    But the Police Pension Board unanimously agreed Thursday to hold a hearing that could do just that.


  15. Man, things move slow at the Police Pension Board.

    The Bolingbrook Police Pension Board this afternoon voted to hold hearings to determine whether retired sergeant and convicted killer Drew Peterson should lose his retirement pension.

    The five-person board voted unanimously to conduct the hearings, which could begin as soon as the summer.

    “This is going to take some time,” said pension board attorney Richard Reimer.


  16. …Reimer and Greenberg decided that Atwell should have up to 60 days to present Greenberg with the evidence against Peterson and Greenberg would then have 60 days to review the evidence and prepare his case — meaning that the earliest a hearing could be held would be late July.

    Reimer said Peterson, imprisoned at the downstate Menard Correctional Center, would likely participate in the hearing via video conference.

    Greenberg said he expects Peterson’s appeal of his murder conviction to be heard by the Illinois Appellate Court in the fall, and he feels strongly that the conviction could be overturned.

    “If the case is overturned, all this is a waste,” he said.

    Peterson’s adult son, Stephen, is the beneficiary of his father’s pension payments and is raising Peterson’s two young children from his marriage to Stacy. He attended Thursday’s meeting but declined to comment afterward.


    So add another 60 days for Greenberg to review the evidence. That’s 4 months right there so don’t expect the hearings to start before the end of July.

    Since Stephen lost his job in 2011, I assume his father’s pension is also paying for this Blackhawk tickets, but that’s just a guess.

  17. What is happening behind the scenes that we are missing….can they be dragging their feet because the T’s were not crossed or the I’s not dotted…or someone is being cashed out..this whole murdering rage was about money…

  18. I imagine it’s just the usual crawl-pace of bureaucracy/legal system. The slowness is likely due to the fact that they are crossing their “t”s and dotting their “i”s. They don’t want to invest the time and money to pursue Peterson’s pension unless they think they can make him forfeit. The way the laws are written make it very hard to take away someone’s pension except under very specific circumstances and from everything I’ve heard it will be a challenge to apply them to Peterson’s case.

    It was smart to hire the investigative attorney who made the recommendation to go forward although it did take him a long time to do the research. I hope he did a thorough job of it!

    What does “cashed out” mean?

  19. having read into DP ‘s history…his life of abuse at women and anyone else who got in his way…he was a bully and I’m being nice..I believe he is running the show from jail…he will do anything to keep that pension…by cash out I mean he is capable of paying whoever will help him…he can’t physically harm anyone but he could slow down the process…the reward money hasn’t found Stacy…

  20. Proposed bill could withhold public pension from some convicts
    By: Susan Frick Carlman | scarlman@stmedianetwork.com | @susancarlman

    Retired Bolingbrook police officer and convicted felon Drew Peterson is making news anew. It has to do with his continued $79,000 yearly public safety pension benefit.

    A state bill introduced last month and now making its way through the General Assembly would allow the boards of all five of the pension systems in Illinois discretion when a benefit recipient is convicted of intimidation, bribery, official misconduct, offering or accepting kickbacks, taking money earmarked for minority businesses, or certain thefts.

    “It says if you have been convicted or pleaded guilty to corruption charges, then the board can withhold your pension,” said 41st District Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville, the bill’s sponsor.

    Under House Bill 5816, benefits would be revoked automatically for those guilty of felony offenses for as long as they are serving prison sentences.

    Peterson’s benefits have received attention since the Bolingbrook Police Pension Board last week voted unanimously to conduct a hearing to consider putting a stop to the payments. Charles Atwell, an attorney retained by the pension panel, advised that there is enough evidence for making the change to warrant a hearing.

    Steven Greenberg, Peterson’s attorney, maintains there is no basis for the hearing because the murder indictment contained no allegations that the crime involved his position on the police force.

    With each attorney being permitted 60 days consecutively to state his case — first Atwell and then Greenberg — the hearing will take place no sooner than late July.

    Peterson, 60, was convicted in September 2012 of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in March 2004 in her Bolingbrook home while the couple were finalizing a bitter divorce. He is serving a 38-year prison term at the downstate Menard Correctional Center. He remains the prime suspect in the unresolved disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, in October 2007, Stacy, but has not been charged. He retired from police work in 2007 while under investigation for Savio’s death and Stacy’s disappearance.

    Greenberg said he expects the appeal of Peterson’s murder conviction to go before the Illinois Appellate Court in the fall, and he feels strongly that his client could be vindicated.

    “If the case is overturned, all this is a waste,” he said.

    Peterson’s adult son, Stephen, who is raising Peterson’s two young children from his marriage to Stacy, is the beneficiary of his father’s pension payments.

    A former police officer himself, Stephen Peterson was fired by the Oak Brook Police and Fire Commission in 2011 on grounds that he failed to inform authorities that he had received and kept three guns and $236,000 cash from his father while Drew was being investigated for Stacy’s disappearance. An appellate court in December upheld the dismissal.

    Senger, who has been involved in committee work on the pension problem in Springfield and is in the running for the U.S. House in November, said her motivation for the new bill arose from the Peterson situation.

    It’s possible that the law could leave Peterson’s benefit intact, however. Senger said a separate piece to the legislation, which has not yet been introduced on the House floor, would give the pension boards additional leeway when those receiving the benefits are children. That part of the bill, Senger said, will need to be taken up by the Personnel and Pensions Committee before it can be moved to the floor for a vote.


  21. …Provides that if a member or participant of a pension fund or retirement system established under the Code is receiving an annuity or pension from a pension fund or retirement system established under the Code and is convicted of, or pleads guilty to, a felony (other than intimidation by a public official, bribery, official misconduct, engaging in kickbacks, fraudulently obtaining public moneys reserved for a disadvantaged business enterprise, certain theft offenses, or any other felony requiring the forfeiture of that annuity or pension under the Code), then the board of trustees of that fund or system shall suspend the payment of that annuity or pension during that individual’s incarceration for that offense.

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