Drew Peterson charged with soliciting the murder of the man who got him convicted

Drew Peterson has been charged with attempting to arrange a hit on States Attorney, James Glasgow (scroll down to read the filing).

According to an ABC 7 story, Peterson tried to hire someone to kill Glasgow between September 2013 and December 2014. They also report:

The former Bolingbrook police officer faces two felony charges: solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire. He appeared in a Randolph County court Monday morning. According to Attorney General Lisa Madigan, several agencies including the Department of Corrections and FBI were involved in the investigation. Her office will prosecute the case, she said, due to complex nature of the investigation and because Glasgow was a target.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has released the following statement:

This morning I received a copy of the charges that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker filed against Drew Peterson. I have absolute faith in law enforcement and our criminal justice system to handle this case appropriately. I want to thank Attorney General Madigan and State’s Attorney Walker and their legal teams for their work on this case.

It is unfortunate that prosecutors sometimes must deal with allegations of this nature. However, in no way will a threat to my personal safety deter me from the important work I perform as the State’s Attorney on behalf of the citizens of Will County.

The Chicago Tribune quotes Attorney Steve Greenberg (who represented Peterson at trial and filed his pending appeal), as saying:

“I find it extremely difficult to believe he would do something like this. Drew would have nothing to gain and everything to lose by doing that. He believes he has a strong appeal and that the conviction will be overturned.”

The Tribune also reports that Peterson has asked for a public defender.

As for Greenberg’s assertions that “Jim Glasgow was doing his job and Drew realized that”, here is, in part, what Peterson had to say to the State’s Attorney at his sentencing for murder two years ago:

Mr. Glasgow, all aspects of my life have been destroyed. Everything from my personal life to my professional life to my social life, all aspects have been destroyed, and I tell you this to give you greater cause for celebration when you celebrate the fact that you perpetrated the largest railroad job that ever took place in this country…Throughout these proceedings, no one witness, no one juror, not one prosecutor looked me in the eye until today, and I hope Mr. Glasgow looks me in the eye right now; never forget my face; never forget what you have done here.

When WGN contacted Peterson’s former attorney, Joel Brodsky,did not pass up a chance to take a jab at his former co-counsel:

“When I was representing Drew we did a lot of controversial things, but apparently his new lawyers don’t have control over their client and that’s unfortunate.”

Stacy Peterson’s sister, Cassandra, told the media “The way he is, he thinks he can get away with anything, he’s above the law.”

Although Drew Peterson has been housed in protective custody he has had ample opportunities to socialize with other inmates. One of his female pen pals described his requests that she find pen pals for his fellow inmates and research correspondence courses for them.

In one letter, dated May 2014, he described a strange meeting while outside for his daily exercise.
drew-yard-conversation

He wrote:

“I was approached in the yard today (by a guy) who said I arrested him some years ago. He didn’t look familiar to me and he said I let him keep his gun. Doesn’t sound like something I would do so I think he was full of crap.”

Peterson is due in court again on March 3.

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48 thoughts on “Drew Peterson charged with soliciting the murder of the man who got him convicted

  1. I figure a long as there continues to be news, I’ll update. But this is so totally unexpected. My mind is just racing. I can’t help wonder if any familiar names are going to come up in the investigation.

  2. Madigan’s press release:

    MADIGAN, RANDOLPH COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY CHARGE DREW PETERSON FOR SOLICITATION OF MURDER

    Chicago − Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy R. Walker today filed a two-count criminal information against Drew Peterson, 61, an inmate at the Menard Correctional Center, charging him with one count of solicitation of murder for hire and one count of solicitation of murder, both Class X felonies.

    The charges allege that between September 2013 and December 2014, the defendant solicited an individual to carry out a murder-for-hire plot against Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow. The defendant made an initial appearance on the charges today at the Randolph County Courthouse. A preliminary hearing is set for March 3 at 10 a.m.
    The case will be jointly prosecuted by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Randolph County State’s Attorney’s Office.

    The public is reminded that these are merely charges and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

  3. From the Chicago Tribune:

    Despite the animosity between Peterson and Glasgow, Greenberg says that his client never wanted to harm the prosecutor.

    “Jim Glasgow was doing his job and Drew realized that,” Greenberg said. “I don’t think he would ever want to get a beer with Jim Glasgow, but I don’t think he wanted him killed either.”

    Greenberg, who has not talked to Peterson about the solicitation allegations, also suggested that the most recent charges contradict the prosecution’s years-old portrait of Peterson as a meticulous criminal. In both the Savio and Stacy Peterson cases, authorities say Drew Peterson took great care to conceal his actions and leave no physical evidence behind.

    “What they’re alleging now smacks of carelessness, and prosecutors repeatedly have told us that Drew is the most careful criminal ever,” Greenberg said.

    Greenberg said Peterson has had trouble with inmates and guards at Menard, a maximum-security prison known for its lockdowns and myriad problems. Though he has not had a cellmate throughout his incarceration, Peterson has received multiple threats since entering Menard in February 2013, Greenberg said.

    Greenberg said he recently received a letter from an inmate threatening to “expose” Peterson if Greenberg didn’t agree to represent the inmate for free.

    “He’s a celebrity inmate,” Greenberg said. “Celebrity inmates are targeted all the time, whether it’s for violence and blackmail. People always think they have something to gain from that notoriety.”

  4. Story from Hosey on Patch says:

    “It’s hard to believe he would do anything like that. I don’t believe it,” said Steve Greenberg, one of the six attorneys who represented Peterson at his 2012 murder trial and the lawyer spearheading the convicted killer’s appeal effort.

    “There’ve been some issues with guards at that institution,” Greenberg said. “To me, it’s a setup. That would be my guess. I can’t imagine Peterson would get caught saying or doing anything like that.”

    Tom Shaer, the spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections, disputed Greenberg’s claim.

    “There absolutely have not been ’some issues’ with (officers) and offender Drew Peterson at Menard Correctional Center,” Shaer said.

    “There was one allegation last year by offender Peterson of a minor, non-physical situation,” he said. “There were no witnesses. Offender Peterson’s allegation was thoroughly investigated and found to be completely without merit.”

  5. Just when I thought It couldn’t get any more complicated…Guess if it’s true then Drew thinks he has nothing to lose…Let’s just keep his name fresh in the press..

  6. Sorry guys, I missed that Bolingbrook police pension board met on January 30. At the meeting they decided to reject a motion from Drew Peterson to delay a hearing to decide the fate of his pension. Public Safety Director Tom Ross said the board also denied a motion Greenberg filed on Peterson’s behalf to have the charge be made more specific than “a felony conviction.”

    The Pension Board expects to hold the hearing during its April 24 meeting.

  7. Some interesting comments from Joel Brodsky about recent developments. He believes that the FBI has recorded evidence from an informant. He also says that he feels the appeal is weak and probably not going to be granted. (Trigger warning: Pinkus has no grasp of how the Hearsay Statute figured in the case, and Brodsky says nothing to correct him).

  8. What a shock to read of this today. He’s such a psychopath that he probably feels his appeal won’t happen, so why not be the “big bad Drew Peterson” and get some publicity by soliciting a hit on Glasgow. I can totally picture Peterson trying to go through with this. He’s a grudge-holder

  9. Thanks for posting. I heard this on the radio minutes before reading your post. It doesn’t surprise me at all. This guy thinks of himself as worthy of a Congressional Medal of Awesome; he thinks he’s so smooth and smart and sneaky. But he’s not. He’s a legend in his own mind. His narcissism is industrial strength and that’s why I’m not at all surprised to hear of this. Once again, he thought he could get away with it, and then he won’t even own up to it (who me? not me…).

  10. If Brodsky thinks this is a bogus charge he might just have to eat his words…Wouldn’t be the first time either…

  11. Brodsky seems at least able to entertain the idea of Drew doing it. He says, “If he did it, it doesn’t sound like a guy who’s got a lot of confidence in his appeal.” Granted, Joel is no longer representing Drew and he absolutely hates Greenberg so he’s probably rubbing his hands with glee at the chance to throw some shade his way.

  12. BTW, I heard Cassandra on the radio this morning. She said she’ll be at the hearing on March 3, just to see Peterson in his prison garb and shackles. She likes to see him when he’s not in control, because he likes to always be in control. She is still searching for Stacy and finding her sister is where she concentrates her efforts. She says that Stephen still will not let her see her niece and nephew.

    It’s so nice to read up and see so many familiar names. Funny, how as time goes on we inevitably move on to other interests and occupations (those of us without a personal stake) but when something comes up we get drawn back in again. I find myself going over old facts and rumors and wanting to dig.

  13. Very funny to have Brodsky sound more logical than Greenberg on this one. Maybe he’s fishing to represent Drew. I can’t imagine any other reason for the posturing. Interesting that Drew has asked for a public defender.

    I definitely agree that Drew’s motive is simply revenge. He knows he’ll never walk on green grass or lie on a warm beach again. Can’t figure out how he expected to pay a hit man, though. Would he conceivably get his son to pay the bill??

  14. I love how it brings all of us back together in a way. Its been a long time. I have been following the Jodi Arias case, and sometimes the Drew Peterson case seems so long ago. But I never stop looking for updates

  15. He seems to get a lot of opportunities. I’ve seen a few of his letters to various women and in them he does describe conversations he’s had with guards and inmates. Here’s one example from last May:

  16. That might be hard to read. It says

    “I was approached in the yard today (by a guy) who said I arrested him some years ago. He didn’t look familiar to me and he said I let him keep his gun. Doesn’t sound like something I would do so I think he was full of crap.”

    In another letter this same recipient said that Drew “gave me a list of inmates and asked that I find pen pals for them and asked for a list of correspondence courses for inmates.”

  17. From Facebook:

    Robert T Larson
    6 hrs ·
    I spent the evening last night talking with the Stacy Peterson family. I have agreed to help this family find Stacy. Yes this is the young lady that was killed by Drew Peterson. I have a lot of work behind me to catch up on with this case. You all know my position in life right now and so do they but I’m going to try to put everything aside and try to locate Stacy. I have a lot of work ahead of me and I would appreciate any help that the public can give. I’ve said this before I’m going to say it again. If we all quit worrying about our own lives and help others, God will take care of us with what we need. Stacy Peterson, please know I will do my best to find you and bring you home to your family and friends.
    If you would like to help us with a donation to help with the expenses, please go to http://www.captaindexterdog.com
    I thank you all for your support. As for you, Drew Peterson. You should be very worried because everyone knows, I don’t give up! Ever!

  18. I don’t hold any hope that they will find Stacy after all these years. Unless DP comes clean, which he never will. I hope I am wrong on either one of these thoughts. Stranger things have happened.

  19. I guess Drew was feeling a bit neglected without his name in the headlines for so long. He certainly found a way to get it back up there!

    I agree with you Facs, I don’t believe Stacy’s body will ever be found, which is such a shame. I can’t even imagine how awful it would be knowing in your heart somebody has been murdered, but not having that final confirmation or the chance to put them to rest in peace with a proper burial. So horrible!

    AussieNat

  20. Hi Facs, everyone! Wow. That is a surprise. …as in seeming to pop from nowhere, not infeasible. Already knew Drewpy’s a very angry loser since his conviction, but that he would do something a bit reckless like that is a measure of his anger, nothing else. And he’s not very tall. 🙂

    I have no idea if Stacy will be found or not, though I hope fervently she will. Maybe one day her children will ask him where she is.

    Steve’s kept the kids from Cass? That’s not a surprise, because now they are a bit older they may inadvertently spill househole beans, overheard careless joke..he knows much more than he lets on, and eventually that can sorta get to you. Wooo is paranoia really paranoia when you do have something to hide?

    Brodders: the further away in time his disgraces are, and the more he’s distanced from DP, the more he begins to look reasonable. I said “look”.

  21. Hey Bucket and Aussie Nat!

    Funny how people keep saying how smart Drew is and how it isn’t like him to mess up by attempting to buy a hit on Glasgow. I’m not sure how smart it is to be caught and convicted for murder. How smart was it to try to hire a hit man to kill Kathleen, and then to involve his step-brother in the murder of Stacy? How smart was it to turn his status as a suspect into a media spectacle that only brought him national derision? How smart was he to hook up with an attorney who had never taken on a murder case and then sign a contract that split media appearance proceeds with him? I could go on and on. I think he’s a narcissist and a driven manipulator but I don’t think he’s all that smart.

  22. Former Will County Sheriff to offer advice on Drew Peterson

    …Former Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas is heading to Randolph County in far southwestern Illinois to advise officials there on what to expect with the Drew Peterson trial….

    “We’re going to talk about the rules of engagement,” Kaupas said. “You’re going to have national media going up against Chicago media; video against print. … They’re going to want cameras in the courtroom. … Helicopters will be flying overhead … ”

  23. I listened to an interview with Steve Greenberg in which he said that the hearing set for March 3 should be a probable cause hearing but likely will result in the decision to present the case to a Grand Jury and get an indictment. As for why that hasn’t already happened, he doesn’t know. He thinks it’s a strange way to proceed and that it’s possible the evidence is not taped but only spoken testimony from an inmate. We shall see…

    Greenberg also says that he doesn’t talk to Peterson very much – only on an as-needed basis. He says he told Drew at the outset “I’m your lawyer, not your babysitter” and that he isn’t hired to do errands or sort out his personal life, that he has his son Stephen to do that for him.

    In fact, Steve hasn’t even spoken to Drew since the latest charges over a week ago. Peterson’s phone privileges are restricted presently and the prison has told him that if he wants to talk to Drew, he has to drive downstate and talk to him in person. He’s trying to get that changed.

  24. Steve also thinks it’s not possible that Drew could have fit Stacy’s body inside a storage container with out dismembering her first.

    Au contraire. Here is a recent from case from North Carolina of a woman who was larger than Stacy, who was found dead and stuffed intact inside a storage container:

    Investigators are searching for answers after a highway maintenance worker discovered a woman’s body stuffed into a plastic container near Southern Alamance High School on Friday morning…

    …She was described as a younger woman with “brownish color” hair, between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 125 pounds…..

    …There were no visible signs of blunt force trauma or other wounds.

    Stacy was 5’02” and 100 pounds when she disappeared.

  25. Yesterday I listened to two interviews, one with Greta Van Susteren and Steve Greenberg, and the other with Cassandra Cales and the K9 trainer who is helping her look for Stacy.

    Look, I realize that many years have gone by in this case and that memories fade, but it’s harder to understand how reality can get completely twisted in people’s minds so that they are willing to go on a public forum like radio or TV and talk absolute nonsense.

    For example, this is from Greta’s interview with Steve Greenberg at about -8:13.

    GREENBERG: I told Drew from the outset “I’m your lawyer not your babysitter…I’m not handling all your affairs”. He’s got a son who can do that.

    GRETA: Is the son, now, there was a son…is that the one who, supposedly there was some testimony, helped move a barrel?

    GREENBERG: No that was a nephew or a cousin who supposedly did that. His son, he had given – after Stacy disappeared and the police started sniffing around – he gave his son a couple of guns and his son ended up getting charged with taking these guns, with a felony offense, which I tried and I won that case. But his son was also a police officer and they fired his son from being a police officer because he helped his dad to put these guns away or something.

    What the sweet heck?

    OK, so Greta misremembers the relationship between Drew and the guy who helped him move the blue container. No, it wasn’t Drew’s son. Well, it’s been about 7 years since she last covered the case, so that’s understandable. But then Greenberg corrects her to says that it was a nephew or cousin. Ummm…Try step-brother. It was Drew’s step-brother Thomas Morphey who testified before the Grand Jury and at the Hearsay hearings for Drew’s murder trial that he was enlisted by Drew to help move Stacy’s body after Drew killed her.

    But what comes after, I just can’t…

    Greenberg goes on to say that Drew’s son was charged with a felony for accepting guns from his father. The truth is that Stephen was never charged with any crime related to anything involving his father. Greenberg goes on to say that he represented the son and won the case. That’s just utter nonsense. Apparently, he can’t remember back less than four years ago when he joined Drew’s defense team. The case that was argued and won shortly after he joined was the one in which Drew was charged with owning an illegal firearm. They represented Drew, not Stephen.

    I had to listen to this part of the interview a couple of times to make sure that I wasn’t imagining what I had heard.

    The interview with Cassandra Cales is just weird. It’s over an hour long and yet almost nothing is said. Certainly nothing new. The painful thing is that the interviewer can’t remember either of his guests’ names and his style of questioning apparently is to down a fistful of muscle relaxers and then ask people how they feel about various facts. Like, “Was Drew controlling? How did that make you feel?” It’s downright excruciating. He also says a couple of times that Peterson appeared on David Letterman, which he never did. And poor Cassandra, God bless her heart, isn’t up to date with much of what’s going on with the cases. But, her emphasis is and has always been on finding her sister, so she gets a pass.

    Here are links to Part 1 and Part 2 if anyone wants to listen.

  26. Modifications have been made to Drew Peterson’s case history:

    Entered Under: PETERSON, DREW M35067

    modification 02/17/2015
    Subpoena issued. (Brian Clark)
    Subpoena issued. (Chris Straub)

    addition 02/18/2015
    Entry of Appearance on file. (Lucas Liefer) Pretrial Motion for Discovery on file.

  27. I’ve located both a Brian Clark and a Chris Straub using the IDOC inmate search but both men are/were serving time in Winnebago county prisons. There is also a Brian Clark residing in the twon of Chester, where Menard CC is located, but no idea if that is merely a coincidence or what.

    I’m going to attempt not to speculate further. Soon enough we’ll know how these two men figure in the solicitation of murder case.

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