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xx Experts: Peterson Has Psychopath Traits
« Reply #135 on: Mar 19th, 2005, 11:00pm »

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SAN FRANCISCO - Every day of his six-month murder trial, Scott Peterson marched into the courtroom with his head held high. He smiled at his family, took his seat and paid close attention, often whispering to his lawyers or taking notes.

Given a chance to defend himself in the murders of his pregnant wife Laci and their unborn son, the slick, handsome salesman with the megawatt smile had nothing to say.

His demeanor seemed to infuriate jurors and many trial watchers, who came to see Peterson as a manipulative, pathological liar with a grandiose sense of self and an inability to empathize.

Experts say this absence of emotion is the hallmark of a psychopath.

"They don't have the internal psychological structure to feel and relate to other people," forensic psychologist Reid Meloy said. "Sometimes they can imitate it, so they can fool other people, but there will come a point when they can't maintain it."

The times Peterson did display emotion were rare. He winced and put his head down when prosecutors showed autopsy photos of his wife and their fetus. He wiped tears from his eyes as his mother pleaded with jurors to spare his life. He wept softly when his sister-in-law recounted the first time she met his slain wife.

But passionate, angry and accusatory outbursts from Laci's family members when he was sentenced to death Wednesday didn't appear to faze him.

Meloy said that fits with the inability of psychopaths to form truly intimate bonds with others.

Such an absence of heartfelt emotion "gives the psychopath the ability at times to kill without remorse and to kill for reasons filled with banality," he explained. "Others' emotions of grief and rage and fury are like water off a duck's back."

That apparent lack of emotion raised investigators' suspicions in the first place, police and prosecutors said Thursday when they gave their first news conference since the trial began.

"His major concerns weren't Laci at the beginning of this case," explained Modesto Detective Al Brocchini. "He is very calm, cool, nonchalant, polite, arrogant. He thinks he's smarter than everybody."


Peterson's half sister, Anne Bird, said she thought his behavior was strange when he lived with her family during the investigation of Laci's disappearance.

"He is the most empty person. Everything he does seems to have been copied from someone else," she said.

When she last visited Peterson at the San Mateo County Jail in January, he seemed in utter denial as he talked about getting out of prison and leading a quiet, simple life somewhere, she said.

"I was wondering if he really understood the extremity of the whole thing. I think he's very bright, but he's kind of soulless. He's very empty. Somehow he's been lost."

The jurors who attended the sentencing Wednesday said they, too, saw something wrong with Peterson from the beginning.

"Scott came in with a great big smile on his face, laughing. It was just another day in paradise for Scott. Another day he had to go through the motions," juror Mike Belmessieri said. "He's on his way home, Scott figures. Well, guess what, Scotty?"

Juror Richelle Nice interjected: "San Quentin is your new home."

Psychopaths need greater stimulation than most other people in order to feel anything, Meloy said.

That phenomenon struck Bird as particularly true in Peterson's case, recalling his description of a trip from a jail in Modesto to another in Redwood City, where his trial was held.

The trip "was a really big deal," Bird said. "There were blocked off streets, lights were going, it was really intense. He actually seemed excited about it. I thought, 'This is not something to be proud of. This is your life.'"

When Peterson arrived at California's death row at San Quentin State Prison early Thursday morning, he told a guard he was "too jazzed" to sleep.

"The most intense emotion he's derived through his whole trial was the excitement he received when he darkened the doors of San Quentin," Meloy said.

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« Reply #136 on: Mar 20th, 2005, 08:49am »

As expected......................

Women phone prison with Peterson marriage proposals

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - (KRT) - Perhaps this was bound to happen.

The latest news out of San Quentin is that within hours after Scott Peterson was sent to death row, the prison began receiving phone calls with proposals for its newest inmate.

Marriage proposals.

Lt. Vernell Crittendon told CNN that about three-dozen women have called the prison to show their support for the handsome bachelor convicted of killing his eight-months pregnant wife. Two of those women specifically wanted to ask the former fertilizer salesman for his handcuffed hand in marriage.

Though, in all seriousness, this shouldn't be that surprising. Psychologists have long said that murderers can have a mesmerizing effect on some. And it's not unheard of for convicted killers to tie the knot while behind bars.

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xx Which one of Laci's Books Have you Read
« Reply #137 on: Mar 21st, 2005, 3:46pm »

I was curious if any of you have read any of the three books that are out right now about Laci's murder? I've read Witness and I've started Catherine Crier's A Deadly Game. My mom purchased Blood Brother but it's been loaned out. That'll be next.

If you've read any of the books, let's hear what you thought.

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xx Scott Peterson's First Day on Death Row is One to
« Reply #138 on: Mar 22nd, 2005, 07:00am »

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Scott Peterson's first full day on "Death Row" in San Quentin's maximum-security prison is one he'd soon rather forget.

Peterson's day started off well. After being processed, Peterson was introduced to his new cellmate, Earl Goings. Goings, on death row for 1984 murder of Sam the Eagle, the mascot of the Los Angeles Summer Olympics, is seen in the prison as a preferred partner. Every cellmate of Goings' since his 1986 incarceration in San Quentin has had their death sentence delayed or pardoned.

However, Peterson's good fortune would soon fade. Before lunch, Peterson was invited to participate in the prison March Madness pool. "The winner of the pool usually gets some extra goodies," said prison guard Mo Blacka. Blacka cited money in the canteen and extra phone time as "official" prizes offered by the prison. "I'm not sure he knew about the unofficial prizes, though," said Blacka.

"It's widely known that the winner of each round of the pool is allowed to select one inmate as his 'helper' for the week. Although we have no concrete knowledge of this, I'm pretty sure it happens every year," confessed Blacka. "I didn't want to say too much to him about it, but I kind of had to chuckle when he picked Winthrop and Delaware State to make it to the Final Four."

By Thursday night, Peterson had been informed by Goings that he would most likely be the loser in the pool. Guards heard Goings laughing at Peterson before bed on Thursday: "Who only gets one game right?"

Benjamin Dover, incarcerated in San Quentin since 1995 for the murder of his family at Disneyland, correctly picked all 16 games on the first day and appears to be in the best position to win first round of the tournament. Goings confirmed to Peterson Friday morning that Dover had inquired about Peterson. Said Goings, "Ben just wanted to know how such a handsome, young man could be accused of committing such a horrific crime. He definitely wants to get inside of Scott to understand him better."
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xx Peterson defense charged Stanislaus $229K
« Reply #139 on: Mar 24th, 2005, 06:47am »

FRESNO — Scott Peterson’s attorneys ran out of money during his more than six-month double-murder trial last year, and charged Stanislaus County more than $200,000 for experts, a county auditor said Wednesday.

The case was moved from the Central Valley town of Modesto to San Mateo County, south of San Francisco after a judge decided the former fertilizer salesman couldn’t get a fair trial in the couple’s hometown.

About halfway through the trial, defense lawyer Mark Geragos sought Stanislaus County money to pay for experts under a state law that provides such “indigent defense” funds in capital cases. The statute provides funds to pay for “investigators, experts and others for the preparation or presentation of the defense.”

The specific amounts paid to experts remains sealed.

However, Larry Haugh, Stanislaus County’s auditor-controller, said the county paid $229,000 for Peterson’s experts.

“In the defense of Peterson or anyone else, a panel of judges makes the determination as to what’s necessary to carry out a proper defense,” Haugh said.

In Peterson’s case, the roster of defense consultants was extensive, from tidal experts, to DNA and forensic anthropology analysts, to experts on dog tracking, boating, fishing and cement.

“I think at some point, Peterson and his family just ran out money,” said Loyola University Law School Professor Laurie Levenson. “It’s not unusual for an attorney to say, ’I took on this representation, but I didn’t agree to go broke.’

“Experts are very expensive, whether or not you ever use them at trial,” Levenson added. “I think $10,000 is probably a starting point.”

Geragos wouldn’t comment Wednesday on his request for funds, citing a state law that keeps details of such transactions secret.

It’s unclear exactly how much Geragos was paid, and he refused to say.

Geragos said his law firm continues to spend money on the investigation, claiming his client was wrongly convicted.

His firm has set up a fund that accepts donations to help pay for investigators.

“There’s been a tremendous response,” Geragos said. He wouldn’t say how much money has been donated.

Meanwhile, Haugh said Stanislaus County continues to tally costs.

“The county has incurred to date about $1.6 million in costs for the prosecution of the case, including housing Peterson in San Mateo, maintaining the prosecution team there and the cost for the prosecuting attorneys,” Haugh said.

“And we haven’t even finalized all of the total costs yet,” he added.

Haugh said the $1.6 million does not include actual court costs owed to San Mateo County, which court officials estimate at more than $700,000.

The Modesto Police Department said it spent about $1 million investigating the case.

Peterson was convicted Nov. 12 on two counts of murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried. A judge formally sentenced him to death last week.

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« Reply #140 on: Mar 26th, 2005, 11:41pm »

MODESTO -- Taxpayers spent more than $2.64 million to convict Scott Peterson of the murders of his pregnant wife and the fetus she carried and put him on death row.

The Stanislaus County district attorney's office reported Friday that it spent $672,507, not including the salaries of three prosecutors and other employees.

Modesto police estimate they spent $1 million investigating the Christmas 2002 disappearance of Laci Peterson. Court costs totaled $742,000. And the county paid $229,000 for expert defense witnesses when Peterson ran out of money.


County prosecutors disclosed Friday they spent $90,000 in an unsuccessful attempt to have Scott Peterson's double-murder case heard in a Stanislaus County court, including $61,600 to a public opinion research firm and $30,083 to a venue-change expert.

When that didn't work and the case was moved to Redwood City south of San Francisco, it cost prosecutors more than $265,000 for hotel rooms and meals there.

A judge affirmed Peterson's death sentence on March 16. The county hopes state lawmakers will reimburse much of the cost of the investigation and trial.

Victim rights advocate Marc Klaas, whose 12-year-old daughter, Polly, was murdered in 1993, said the prosecution cost about what it would take to buy two Modesto homes.

"From that perspective," Klaas said, "it's money well-spent because they put a stone-cold killer behind bars for the rest of his life at worst, and at best, we'll see him get a lethal injection someday."

Prosecutors paid a consultant $125,771 to help them pick jurors, and $14,600 to a criminal justice psychologist.

They picked up hotel costs for many of their 174 witnesses, and provided reimbursements for other expenses like rental cars and air fare as well.

Peterson's former girlfriend, Amber Frey, was reimbursed $580, for instance, and a professional fisherman who challenged Peterson's sturgeon-fishing alibi was reimbursed $529.

Defense expert witnesses included tidal experts, DNA and forensic anthropology analysts, and experts in dog tracking, boating, fishing and cement.

Defense lawyer Mark Geragos wouldn't say how much he was paid, but said his law firm is still spending money to free Peterson. His firm has set up a fund that accepts donations to help pay for investigators, though he wouldn't say how much has been collected.
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« Reply #141 on: Mar 29th, 2005, 08:01am »

Dennis Rocha joins $25M lawsuit
Case against Peterson filed by Sharon Rocha in 2003



Dennis Rocha, 'a quiet man,' has tears in his eyes as Sharon Rocha speaks at a 2003 news conference.
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Laci Peterson's father on Monday joined her mother's wrongful death lawsuit against convicted killer Scott Peterson.
Dennis Rocha and Sharon Rocha, who divorced in 1976, seek $25 million from Peterson, who landed on death row March 17.

Though Laci Peterson was 1 when her parents split and was raised primarily by her mother, she often spent weekends at her father's ranch near Escalon during her youth.

She was 27 and pregnant with her first child, a boy to be named Conner, when her husband murdered them and used a Christmas Eve 2002 fishing trip as cover to dump her body in San Francisco Bay.

In a Redwood City courtroom two weeks ago, Dennis Rocha called Scott Peterson "a narcissist, plus a liar."

"I never did like you at the beginning because you were always so arrogant, thought you were better than everybody else," Dennis Rocha said. "A rich boy from San Diego and we're just farm people. Laci loved you, and I respected her feelings. You're in love with yourself is your problem."

Sharon Rocha filed the first of four lawsuits against Peterson in September 2003; she added a wrongful death claim three months later seeking damages of $5 million. The $25 million requested in Monday's amended complaint is "more appropriate," said Gary S. Davis, the Modesto attorney representing Dennis Rocha.

"One cannot think of a more horrendous or egregious act committed by anybody than what Scott Peterson did in this case," Davis said.

Attorneys for Laci Peterson's parents acknowledged that Scott Peterson's earning potential is minimal while on death row. Part of the reason for the lawsuit is preventing him from benefiting should he write a book or sell movie rights.

"If he ever thinks of doing anything to line his own pockets, we'll be all over it," Davis said.

One of Peterson's criminal attorneys in January said his client had no plans for books or movies.

Modesto attorney Adam Stewart, representing Sharon Rocha, said he is researching Peterson's assets. They include the vacant La Loma-area home the couple shared before she was slain and a $250,000 life insurance policy.

Peterson's conviction prevents him from claiming an interest in either, both of which will go to her parents. But, his parents may claim $100,000 from the house because he used it as collateral on a loan for his legal defense.

Successfully suing Peterson "may be a symbolic victory, but one that gives some peace of mind to Sharon," Stewart said.

While sentencing him to death March 16, Judge Alfred Delucchi also ordered Peterson to pay $10,000 to a state victim compensation fund "for the funeral expenses that were advanced to the family." Delucchi fined Peterson an additional $5,000 to go into the fund.

Judgment would 'send a message'

Dennis Rocha attended Peterson's trial less frequently than his ex-wife, preferring to avoid a national media spotlight focused on the lengthy proceeding. His attorney said he is "a quiet man" who asks that reporters respect his privacy.

"The parents have great respect for each other, even though they've been apart all these years," Davis said. He and Stewart, from different firms, said they've worked together in the past and are cooperating in the Peterson lawsuit.

"We are united in this regard," Stewart said.

A $25 million judgment "would send a message to all persons in the United States and throughout the world that such vicious and outrageous savagery shall be met with the severest of civil penalties," Davis wrote in papers filed Monday.

A state statute allows victims' families to file lawsuits within a year of a perpetrator's conviction, even though Laci Peterson was killed about 27 months ago.

A hearing on the lawsuit's status is scheduled for April 22.

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« Reply #142 on: Mar 30th, 2005, 4:06pm »

I have trouble with this case. There doesn't seem to a fraction of the evidence against Scott Peterson that there was against O.J. Simpson, but we get a guilty verdict with the DP. I'd speculate that there's about an 70 to 80% chance he's guilty, but that doesn't qualify as guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Keep in mind sometimes defense lawyers advise their clients not to show emotion in the courtroom. Did i miss some powerful evidence? I confess to being a fan of the TV series 'The Fugitive' where Dr. Kimball falsely accused of murdering his wife has to flee to save his own life. i guess that would have disqualified me as a juror.

I feel we need to not only warn our children about the prowling sex offender at large, but also about the danger of being drawn into an abusive relationship. These domestic abuse cases can be just as deadly as Carrie Culberson's story shows us.
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« Reply #143 on: Apr 5th, 2005, 2:44pm »

LACI PETERSON'S MOTHER TO SPEAK AT CONFERENCE


By: CASEY KANUPP, Staff Writer April 04, 2005



The annual Northeast Texas Crime Victims' Conference in Tyler next week will present speakers involved in two national murder cases, one in which a man has been sentenced to death for murdering his pregnant wife and another who stands accused of killing his spouse.

The week of April 9-16 has been declared as National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The Smith County District Attorney's Office and the Office of the Attorney General's Crime Victims Services Division will sponsor the two-day conference held at Marvin United Methodist Church, 300 W. Erwin St.

Speakers will include Sharon Rocha, mother of Laci Peterson, who disappeared on Christmas Eve 2002. Prosecutors said her husband, Scott Peterson, killed her and then dumped her body in San Francisco Bay. The badly decomposed remains of the victim and her fetus washed ashore four months later. Peterson was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to death last month.

Mrs. Rocha will share the heartache of losing her only daughter and grandson, Connor, said Betty Whitten, Smith County Crime Victims' Services director, in a prepared statement.

Chief Deputy District Attorney John Goold, from Modesto, Calif., who spoke at the conference last year about the Peterson case, will return.

Senior Detective Kelly Kent of the Salt Lake City Police Department will speak about the Lori Hacking murder case, which is expected to go to trial this month.

The victim's husband, Mark Hacking, reported in July that she had failed to return from a morning jog, setting off extensive searches by volunteers and police. He later allegedly admitted to his brothers he shot her as she slept and disposed of her body in a trash bin. Police found Hacking's body Oct. 1 at a landfill.

Herman Millholland, director of the AG's Crime Victims' Services Division, also will give a lecture, Ms. Whitten said.

The conference is scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information call Ms. Whitten at (903) 535-0534, or Jean Frazier at the AG's Office at (512) 936-1245.

Casey Knaupp covers county, state and federal courts. She can be reached at 903.596.6289. e-mail: news@tylerpaper.com


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« Reply #144 on: Apr 14th, 2005, 3:39pm »

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Scott Peterson Adjusting on Death Row

April 14, 2005 — It's approaching a month since convicted killer Scott Peterson was sent to death row.
A spokesman for San Quentin Prison, where Peterson is doing his time, says he is adjusting well.

Peterson will eventually be integrated with other death row inmates.

Peterson was officially sentenced last month for murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner.

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« Reply #145 on: Apr 16th, 2005, 01:59am »

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. -- Condemned killer Scott Peterson has been receiving as many as 25 pieces of mail a day since arriving on San Quentin's Death Row, many coming from females including at least three wedding proposals, according to a prison spokesman.

San Quentin spokesman Vernell Crittendon said Peterson's first month at the prison has been rather uneventful.

He currently is in the prison's adjustment center along with recent Bay Area additions brothers Justin and Glenn Helzer -- convicted of the slayings of five people -- and Stuart Alexander -- convicted of gunning down three meat inspectors.

"Scott has been adjusting to prison life on death row rather well," Crittendon said. "He's on with a number of death row inmates we are processing at this time. Justin and Glenn Helzer as well as Stuart Alexander, the Sausage King."

The prison spokesman said Peterson was approved last Friday to go out and begin exercising in a walk-alone caged area -- called dog cages by the inmates -- barely bigger than his cell.

When he is in his cell, Crittendon said Peterson has no access to personal property yet but does enjoy reading mail.

"He is doing a lot or reading, particularly mail," the prison spokesman said. "He is still receiving a large amount of mail, I didn't actually count them but I'd say he probably receives 25 piece of mail a day."

"Much of that mail is from people who do not know Scott Peterson personally and most of them are females…Three of them I recall were actually wedding proposals to him. There have also been a number of media requests for interviews."

Crittendon said Peterson could meet the women who are writing to him by simply sending them a visitor's questionnaire. Once the questionnaire is returned, prison officials review it and then would give the person a security clearance to come and visit Peterson.

Peterson is not the only member of San Quentin's death row to attract a female following. Convicted mass killer Richard Ramirez, the infamous Night Stalker, was married at the prison on October 3, 1996.

Crittendon said as for visitors, Peterson's family received their security clearance last Friday and could now come and visit him.

Peterson will remain in the adjustment center for another 4-6 weeks while prison officials observe how he interacts with fellow prisoners. He will then be moved to death row.

Peterson was sentenced to death in March for the murder of his wife, Laci, and the couple's unborn son. At his sentencing, Judge Alfred A. Delucchi accepted the jury's recommendation of death and called the killings "cruel, uncaring, heartless and callous."

An eight-months-pregnant Laci Peterson disappeared on Christmas Eve 2002. Prosecutors said Peterson killed her and then dumped her body in San Francisco Bay. The badly decomposed remains of Laci and her fetus washed ashore four months later.

Prosecutors said Peterson strangled his wife to escape marriage and impending fatherhood, longing to return to the bachelor life as he carried on an affair with massage therapist Amber Frey.

In a probation report sent to the court, Modesto Police Detective Craig Grogan called Peterson "a very dangerous man and without a conscience."
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« Reply #146 on: Apr 22nd, 2005, 11:58am »

By GARTH STAPLEY
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Taxpayers shelled out about $4.13 million to put Scott Peterson on death row, according to final tallies by the agencies most involved in Modesto's high-profile double-murder case.
A spokesman for the family of victim Laci Peterson said the expensive effort is deeply appreciated.

"I firmly believe Scott thought this was a little podunk town and he could get away with this," said Ron Grantski, who raised Laci Peterson as his own daughter. She was nearly eight months pregnant when her husband killed her and slipped her body into San Francisco Bay.

Her mother, Sharon Rocha, is attending a convention in New York with Modesto Police Chief Roy Wasden to talk about relations between a victim's family and law enforcement, Grantski said.

"If (the investigation) hadn't been done professionally — and that's where the costs come in — he wouldn't have been convicted," Grantski added.

Gail Leland, director of the Arizona-based National Coalition of Homicide Survivors, said justice is important to healthy communities and not just survivors.

"Otherwise, you're going to have these criminals walking the streets," Leland said. "The cost shouldn't be calculated so much in terms of dollars, but in terms of human lives. And that's pretty much immeasurable."

The Peterson trial may be the costliest in Stanislaus County history, Superior Court Executive Officer Michael Tozzi said Thursday.

The only comparable case, in terms of public funding, ended with three men on death row. They murdered four people in Salida in 1990. Those costs weren't tabulated, Tozzi said.

Other high-profile Northern California trials with similar price tags ended in death sentences for killers Cary Stayner and Richard Allen Davis. The trial for Stayner, who murdered three Yosemite sightseers in 1999, and Davis, who killed 12-year-old Polly Klaas in 1993, cost about $2.5 million and $3 million, respectively.

Tuesday, Rocha and Wasden asked lawmakers in Sacramento to cover $2.3 million of the $4.13 million cost of bringing Scott Peterson to justice. The rest is mostly salaries that aren't eligible for reimbursement.

Public costs for Peterson's trial surged over the $4 million mark Thursday. That's when salaries for sheriff's deputies helping investigate Laci Peterson's disappearance and a final bill from San Mateo County were revealed.

The trial, which stretched through most of last year, was moved to Redwood City because of publicity in and around Modesto.

San Mateo County sent bills totaling $182,118, said Stanislaus County Auditor-Controller Larry Haugh, whose office still owes $54,118. He intends to ask Stanislaus County supervisors in the next week or two to approve paying that amount, which exceeds the money they set aside before the trial started last June.

The tab represents costs to house and guard Peterson in San Mateo County jails, Haugh said.

Both counties and the state spent an additional $742,000 in court costs, and Stanislaus County prosecutors spent $1.37 million.

Modesto police spent $1.55 million, the highest cost borne by a single agency. Most of that came in the fruitless search for Laci Peterson, who disappeared Christmas Eve 2002. Jurors handed down a death sentence two years later.

The alternative to paying the cost of justice is unthinkable, Grantski said.

"It just scares me to think if other police departments have to cut back on solving crimes because of money, how many criminals will go free," Grantski said. "That's just not right."

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« Reply #147 on: May 4th, 2005, 06:52am »

Thinking of Laci Peterson today on her birthday. She is gone but she's never been forgotten. Rest in peace in heaven with the angels.

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« Reply #148 on: May 5th, 2005, 07:20am »

Scott Peterson is apparently settling into his life at San Quentin.

A prison spokesperson says he's a well-behaved inmate, but he's still separated from the general prison population.

Peterson keeps pictures of his wife Laci above his bed -- photos taken before she was pregnant. He also gets up to 85 letters a day.

Meantime, Peterson's father is going on the attack in a letter to the Modeso Bee. Lee Peterson says Modesto citizens paid more than $4 million on an investigation and trial that put an innocent man on death row. He says the detectives in the case were anything but professional, and he claims that his son was convicted by a jury full of hatred because of the way Scott was vilified in the media.
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« Reply #149 on: May 17th, 2005, 10:06am »

By GARTH STAPLEY
BEE STAFF WRITER


The future owner of Scott and Laci Peterson's home could be finalized as soon as Wednesday.
That's when their parents expect to weigh offers made on the "cottagebungalow" where Modesto's most notorious killer likely murdered his pregnant wife.

Mary Prieto of Prudential California said she weeded out many people intrigued by the high-interest doublemurder case before showing the house at 523 Covena Ave. three times Friday. Her clients are asking $379,996 for the three-bedroom, two-bath home.

A fourth tour was scheduled Monday for people willing to go through a pre-application process that includes a confidentiality agreement barring cameras.

"We did get a lot of buyers who felt they wanted to pursue viewing the home," Prieto said. "But once we shared with them the requirements, the interest went away."

The tours resulted in "multiple offers," said Prieto. She did not provide a specific number.

Scott Peterson, 32, reported his pregnant wife missing after returning from a solo fishing trip to San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve 2002. The remains of Laci and Conner Peterson washed ashore near Scott Peterson's boating route nearly four months later, and he was sentenced to death in December.

Prosecutors said he smothered or strangled his wife in the home. That possibility hasn't deterred prospective buyers, Prieto said.

The couple's parents agreed to sell the home, an attorney for Laci Peterson's mother has said, though they haven't worked out how to divide the proceeds.

Those who submitted serious offers told Prieto they either would live in the home or wanted a residential investment, she said. None suggested a commercial interest, she said.

Wednesday, her clients might narrow negotiations to one party or put out multiple counterproposals, Prieto said.

The 1,770-square-foot home was built in 1949 in Modesto's tree-lined La Loma neighborhood. The Petersons bought it in October 2000 for $177,000, remodeled it and installed a pool.

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