In case you were absent from planet Earth in December, 2002 there was a mother to be named Laci Peterson who was murdered by her husband Scott in Modesto, California.
Today I attended a training session organized by the FBI on the investigation of the Peterson homicide. The session was presented by the homicide detectives assigned to the case. I was somewhat familiar with the case back then but gained a whole lot more insight into the details of the murder.
What a tragic story this was and for no good reason. The homicide detectives' opinion was Scott killed his pregnant wife because she was hindering his aspirations of living a 'player' lifestyle. He had several affairs during their marriage and even attended a Christmas party with his mistress Amber Frey while Laci attended a separate party alone. It was apalling to see his utter lack of compassion, brazen arrogance and extreme narcicism. After reviewing the details of the entire investigation, there was no doubt Scott premeditated and carefully planned the murder of his wife. I've never learned of a more manipulative and pitiful monster.
At the end of the session, presenters played a video originally intended to be shown to the jury after the guilty verdict to help them choose the appropriate sentencing (i.e. death). The video was a series of photos of Laci progessing through life from infant to college grad, to bride. I was haunted by her beautiful shining brown eyes, adorable dimples, and delightful smile. The judge did not allow the video to be shown but in the end, it was not needed as Scott was convicted of 1st degree murder for his wife and 2nd degree murder for his unborn son Connor.
R.I.P. Laci and Connor Peterson