In a listing by new seller “relax-2000”, a plethora of Drew Peterson-related items is up for auction with a starting bid of 99 cents and no bids as of 10 o’clock Saturday night. The items are described as:
- Drew Peterson Exposed book by Derek Armstrong. Inside cover signed by Drew Peterson and Joel Brodsky
- Original, signed letter by Joel A. Brodsky on his attorney’s office letterhead
- American flag bandana signed by Drew Peterson. “To Ellie Love Drew”
- Picture of Drew Peterson wearing the bandana filmed by numerous News Networks. Picture printed from one of the News internet websites.
- Joel A. Brodsky’s business card
Although the item location is given as Bolingbrook, Illinois, it’s evident that the items were at one time all owned by Peterson’s former attorney, Joel Brodsky and his wife Elizabeth “Ellie” Brodsky.
Mrs. Brodsky tweeted earlier this evening that she believes in Drew Peterson’s guilt and hopes he does not get a new trial saying, he “creeped me out”.
According to the listing, 20% of the sale will go to the nonprofit Mutual Ground Inc. in Aurora, Illinois, which provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Is Mutual Ground even aware that they have been named as a recipient for this auction?
The letter, dated October 23, 2012, reads:
This letter certifies that the signature on the American Flag scarf is that of Drew Peterson, and he signed it in front of me. The signature is on the American flag scarf that Drew Peterson wore when he was video taped in late October, 2007.
Very truly yours,
Joel. A Brodsky
Could it be that Joel Brodsky is still interested in profiting from his relationship with Drew Peterson? If he really wants to do some good, why not donate 100% of the proceeds or better yet, just burn the bandana and make a donation?
Will this auction be allowed to run its course, or will it be pulled from eBay as the auction for Peterson’s motorcycle was?
UPDATE 1/27/2013: According to Elizabeth Brodsky, Drew Peterson signed his bandana and gave it to her thinking it was “cute”. Years ago she gave the bandana to an employee of the University Club because she didn’t want it in her house. According to her the man said that he lived near Drew Peterson so she replied, “Good, here, you can have souvenir” and bestowed it upon him. She hasn’t seen the man lately and wonders if he is now unemployed.
No explanation though as to how Joel Brodsky came to write a letter of authenticity for the item three months ago (right after he stopped representing Peterson), nor how the man also came to have the book signed by both Drew and Joel, and one of Joel’s business cards.Old friend of Drew Peterson’s, Dr. Dan Budenz, has chimed in to claim that he is also an owner of a Peterson-signed bandana, which was signed and given to him when Drew took his kids to spend Christmas of 2007 in Florida as his house guests. Budenz later went on to self-publish a bizarre book about the Peterson case. The bandana bears a personalized autograph to “Uncle Dan”. Budenz claims that his is the bandana Drew wore on camera in October 2007.
Budenz says that his bandana is not for sale.
UPDATE 1/31/13: The auction has ended with only one bid of 99 cents. The reserve was not met so the item went unsold.