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Trying to Believe He's Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

By Laura Oppenheimer in News on Nov 16, 2007 3:30PM

We were initially trying to believe Drew Peterson could somehow be innocent of any wrongdoing in his wife's disappearance, yet it's becoming increasingly difficult to think anything good about the Bolingbrook policeman. At best, he's a chronic philanderer, a domestic abuser, and a bad cop. At worst... the man's been married four times, and wife #3, Kathleen Savio, turned up dead, wife #4, Stacy Peterson, is missing, and wife #2, Vicki Connolly, has finally spoken to the media about her experiences being married to Drew Peterson. 2007_11_petersontoday.jpgAnd wouldn't you know, being married to Peterson wasn't quite the ideal partnership. From the Trib piece:

  • Peterson told her he could kill her and make it look like an accident.

  • He would hit her but not hard enough to go to the hospital, and not often enough for her to expect it.

  • He cheated on her with Kathleen Savio, who would become wife #3.

  • Peterson was afraid that Connolly was cheating, and so he installed bugs in the kitchen to tape their conversations.

  • When "tensions would boil over," the police would come to the house, but since they were friends with them, nothing would happen.

In light of all this, it isn't surprising that Connolly told the Trib, "He has the experience, the knowledge, the means, and the mind to do that."

Unfortunately, there's still no sign of Stacy Peterson; yesterday's search of a water-filled quarry turned up nothing. In the meantime, a grand jury has subpoenaed witnesses in the Savio re-investigation and the Stacy Peterson investigation. According to a source familiar with the case, Peterson exercised his 5th Amendment rights when called to testify.