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November 18, 2007

The Disappearance of Stacy Peterson: Some Semi-Rhetorical Questions

Stacy PetersonOctober 29, Drew Peterson reported his wife Stacy missing. She is his fourth wife. His third wife died under suspicious circumstances; and Stacy’s disappearance led authorities to exhume the ex-wife’s body, and Friday’s autopsy revealed that her “accidental” drowning was, indeed, murder.

Now, let’s assume for a moment that Peterson killed both women: What is the thought process by which, having gotten away with one murder, you would risk a second one when even the mere suspicion of the second murder would probably lead to the exhumation of the first body (right now, it might be easier to prosecute him for killing his ex-wife than for killing Stacy, because there’s physical evidence)? Stupidity? Peterson’s a police sergeant: He knows how investigations work. Arrogance and a sense of invincibility? Even O.J. Simpson waited until after he was acquitted and immune from further criminal prosecution before breaking the law (again) in any major way.

Then there’s the show of support (“I can relate to Drew Peterson”) from Craig Stebic, whose own wife either disappeared or “disappeared” April 30.

I have to wonder… Do suspects such as Stebic and Peterson genuinely believe in one another’s innocence, or they simply feel the need to show solidarity with a fellow member of the “brotherhood” — and for that matter, does the current suspect really want this support? When Robert Blake was standing trial for killing his wife, I can’t believe he was thrilled to have O.J. Simpson announce he was behind him 100%.


  1. Didn’t Larry Miller play this guy TWICE on Law & Order? Talk about life imitating art.

    Comment by Freezer — November 18, 2007 @ 6:54 pm

  2. There are numerous real-life instances of spouses who seek to avoid the vulgar embarrassment of divorce by killing their spouses, and because they get away with it once they think they can do it again. Sometimes they’re caught but quite often they succeed and aren’t discovered until after their own deaths.

    Although many of the most publicized incidents (such as Belle Gunness) involve women who killed their husbands, the majority of serial spouse-killers – something like 90% – are men. It was also historically easier for men to evade detection, since in the old days police were more likely to accept “the cheating b**** left me” as an excuse for the woman’s disappearance without further investigation.

    Comment by Charlene — November 19, 2007 @ 10:09 am

  3. And to answer your question: they don’t believe they did anything wrong, because to them a spouse is a possession they keep solely for their own benefit. They very seriously believe, at least subconsciously, that they own that person and have the right to do with them what they want. When the spouse becomes a liability, they try to mitigate that liability through murder.

    Comment by Charlene — November 19, 2007 @ 10:19 am

  4. You’d think a man whose wife’s name rhymes with Laci Peterson would want to be especially careful!

    (And I just read their daughter’s name was Lacy!)

    Comment by Wendy — November 19, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

  5. Wendy, don’t think for a moment that the media isn’t making the most of this (article): They’re hoping for another goldmine here.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 19, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

  6. Maybe it’s just guys with the last name Peterson…

    Comment by cbgrace — November 20, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

  7. drewpeterson killed 2 wives because he thought he could get away with it. he is a psychopath and psychopath’s don’t play bythe rules. they have such a narcissistic personality that they think they can get away with anything and are omnipotent. don’t even compare drew with oj. thats apples and oranges. drew peterson spent decades building alliances with sleazy sketchy bastards like himself, both cops and criminals.he tought someone would always have his back and coverhis ass. he was wrong. lets just sit back and wait for him to crash and burn.

    Comment by jayne — February 6, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

  8. correction to the above article. drew peterson NEVER reported stacy missing. her family did. he was too busy getting rid of her body

    Comment by jayne — February 6, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

  9. drew peterson & craig stebic both need to be put in jail and rot there. they both need to be killed by head hunters and rot and die

    Comment by sharon johnson — May 29, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

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