The big news in the Chicago area this month is the murder trial of former Will county police officer Drew Peterson who is accused of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio who had supposedly drowned in her bath tub many years ago after their divorce. After Peterson’s forth wife disappeared in 2007, on the urging of her family, Savio’s body was exhumed and they found no traces of water her lungs.
Drew Peterson has become a household name after his much younger forth wife, Stacy Petersen disappeared. What started out as a missing person’s case turned into a circus as the prosecutors began looking closer at this man, Drew Peterson questioning why his wives seem to end up dead or missing. The odds of this happening are slim.
Mr. Peterson is a media favorite who plays well to the cameras. He reminds me of another famous Illinois person, our former Governor Rod Blagojevich who was convicted and is now serving time in a Denver Colorado prison. Though his case was not criminally related, he still broke the law by trying to sell the Illinois senate seat.
At least Blago was not accused of murder. Mr. Peterson has served over three years time in a Joliet jail, where he has been held awaiting his trial. He has his own “dream team” of local lawyers, who seem giddy with excitement that their client will never get convicted of murdering his third wife Savio.
The case against Peterson is based on hearsay and a comment made by him allegedly saying, “I am going to kill my wife.” This, of course, doesn’t prove he did it. The prosecutors need to prove that he did kill his deceased wife. It’s a tough case to convict and one that will be remembered for a long time.
The town of Joliet and Will county stand to lose a lot of money if prosecutor James Glasgow and his team lose the case, not only in monies spent trying the case, but for a “wrongful arrest” allegation that surely Mr. Peterson will file if he wins his case. My opinion is that the prosecutors never had a good case and held Mr. Peterson based on the frustration and emotionally infused feelings after he was in the media talking to the press.
And, the question remains, what happened to his forth wife? Where is she and why did she leave? Did Mr. Peterson kill her and dispose of the body? This case is really a trial about Stacy Peterson, not Kathleen Savio. The case frustrates many that believe Mr. Peterson is guilty, yet it can’t be proved. This case is reminiscent of the Natalie Holloway case, where we may never know the true story of what happened to her.
May they all rest I peace away from their traumatic end to their lives and their killers be punished in the end when they meet their own destiny.