Thursday, May 10, 2007

Remember Laci?



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

50 Comments:

At May 10, 2007 10:16 PM, Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

May he fry in hell.

 
At May 11, 2007 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary, I'm sure this will reaffirm how important your own wife and children are. Tell them.

 
At May 11, 2007 8:20 PM, Blogger Christa M. Miller said...

I think of them every once in a while, as it happened while I was pregnant with my first son. It was horrifying and sad. Made me grateful for all my husband does (and yes, I do tell him). Thanks for posting... it's appropriate for this weekend.

 
At May 11, 2007 10:54 PM, Blogger A Voice of Sanity said...

And yet despite all of these "detectives' opinions" the prosecution could not come up with a single piece of evidence, direct or circumstantial, which went to guilt and was incapable of innocent explanation. So much for 'justice'.

 
At May 12, 2007 10:57 AM, Blogger Officer Gary said...

a voice of sanity:

I too, was somewhat skeptical of the guilty verdict when I followed the trial in 2003. The seminar I attended (only available to law enforcement personnel) provided evidence that was not allowed in court (good evidence that was excluded due to procedure errors). Had you been able to see everything the homicide detectives presented, I'm pretty sure you'd agree he was responsible. But, Scott's high priced team of attorneys was good at creating misdirection and doubt in the media.

 
At May 12, 2007 12:29 PM, Blogger A Voice of Sanity said...

Can you list all (or some) of this evidence? Apart from negligible CE, none of which met any reasonable burden, all I have seen is "He didn't act right" or "He didn't look right". Valuable evidence which could have been offered in Peterson's defense was more than once 'accidentally' lost or damaged by the MPD so he could not use it (destroying the safe, hypnotizing witnesses). You might want to look at
http://another9912.googlepages.com/home
- see The Odds or The Assumptions.
Many who have followed the case feel that Geragos did poorly over all so whatever Peterson paid was wasted. It seems you need OJ money to get enough lawyers to make one good one!

 
At May 13, 2007 1:51 PM, Blogger Margaret said...

He's an absolute punk who needs to fry in hell multiple times over.

 
At May 14, 2007 5:16 AM, Blogger Jason said...

She was a beautiful woman. I wonder how much of a player he is in prison.

 
At May 20, 2007 12:19 PM, Blogger A Voice of Sanity said...

As for "Scott's high priced team of attorneys was good at creating misdirection and doubt in the media" this is backwards. Geragos and Co worked at a bargain rate to defend Scott; whereas the Modesto team spent over $4 million to prosecute him, an amount which severely strained the city budget and resulted in the state having to help them out with a large payment. The totality of the evidence they presented amounted to about 2 weeks worth which they spread over 5 long, tedious months of irrelevancies. The prosecution were effective at leaking numerous rumors to the media, all of which they were forced to admit under oath were untrue. So it was Modesto city's high priced team which was good at creating misdirection and doubt in the media - and spending like drunks!

 
At May 21, 2007 9:55 AM, Blogger full time mom said...

I'm sorry but you need to get your facts right. He did not have MANY affairs, he had two before he had the one with Amber and she was probably going to be his last fling, in his mind anway. Maybe he would have been the perfect husband and father for Laci after she had the baby. We will never know because someone other than Peterson ended her life.

 
At May 25, 2007 7:10 PM, Anonymous LC said...

I will never be able to figure out how someone can do such a thing. There is some bad brain tissue out there.

 
At May 26, 2007 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to differ with full time mom's assessment. Scott had an affair with Janet Ilse and Katy Hanson. Those are the two that we know about. A man who cheats early in his marriage sets a pattern which he will tend to follow forever. I imagine there are more women hiding in the shadows rather than be exposed for sleeping with this murderer

 
At May 26, 2007 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A Voice of Sanity" is anything but a voice of sanity! He is a devoted Scott apologist who has frequented every message board on the Net until his incessant fabrication of his OWN *exonerating* evidence gets him kicked off every forum.

The guy is either totally in love or totally insane. In either case, he's the joke of the Internet ... "Mr. Fishy," in more ways than one.

 
At May 27, 2007 10:45 AM, Blogger A Voice of Sanity said...

I post facts. This 'Anonymous' is a 14 yr old cyber stalker from AOL who cannot overcome the facts of this case and resorts to childish insults instead. It has yet to come up with even one original thought of its own, relying instead on the mediocre minds of the howling hens of cable TV and their 'thoughts'.

 
At May 27, 2007 10:55 AM, Blogger A Voice of Sanity said...

... A man who cheats early in his marriage sets a pattern which he will tend to follow forever ...
Can you provide proof of this? Links to sources?

Can you explain why it is relevant to what was supposed to be a murder trial?

 
At May 27, 2007 12:55 PM, Anonymous Frederica Fish said...

@ Void of Sanity
"And yet despite all of these "detectives' opinions" the prosecution could not come up with a single piece of evidence, direct or circumstantial, which went to guilt and was incapable of innocent explanation. So much for 'justice'."



For the umpteenth time Morri, there was PLENTY of evidence to satisfy the 12 jurors of his guilt. DRISP is where he belongs.

So much for justice is right! Too bad they can't execute this SOB TWICE - that would be justice.

 
At May 27, 2007 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Full Time Mom

Janey, is that you?

 
At May 27, 2007 1:03 PM, Anonymous Crabby Carp said...

A Voice of Sanity said...
I post facts.


LOL @ CharlieTuna. Noooo, what you post is fertilizer!

Every molecule of it!

 
At May 27, 2007 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Voice of Sanity is saying that another poster is a stalker. He also misstates facts. Circumstantial evidence was more than plentiful. The bodies washed up where Scott put himself. He had the means and opportunity (boat) to dump a body in the Bay. He told more than one person that he'd LOST his wife and this would be his first Christmas without her. Now, that is all circumstantial evidence. So you'd better read up on WHAT circumstantial evidence is, because obviously you know NOTHING about what circumstantial evidence is

 
At May 27, 2007 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voice of (In) Santity, can you provide a link to police lost "Valuable evidence." As far as the safe goes, maybe Mr. Garegos could have asked for it BEfORE it was oredered to be destroyed. Just like he didn't bother to depose an elderly witness and then complained about it AFTER she died. You also assume that Diane Jackson would have helped the defense, which she would have not. She NEVER said she saw burglars until AFTER she knew a burglary had occurerd. Prior to that she only reported "suspicious" men. And had the other hypnotised witness would have testified that she was INDEED walking her dog that morning. It's time you provide some links before you ask someone else to.

can you please provide a link to someone else that ALL the circumstantial evidence points to

 
At May 27, 2007 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a voice of sanity...have you figured out who Geragos was referring to when he mentioned "Where's Waldo"? I'm sure Officer Gary knows....

 
At May 28, 2007 11:26 AM, Blogger isthatso said...

"Where's Waldo?", you ask. I think Waldo is dead!

 
At May 28, 2007 11:33 AM, Blogger isthatso said...

well officer Gary, it would be nice if all of us could see that video, or at least know what was on it. Do you think that information will EVER become available to the public?

Also do you think they will EVER unseal the search warrants?

Better yet, do you think anyone is EVER going to know the truth about this murder?

by the way, where is cory carroll these days?

 
At May 28, 2007 11:35 AM, Blogger isthatso said...

or maybe I should ask, "Where is Mark Stumpf these days"

Or does he have a knew name NOW

 
At May 28, 2007 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Cory aka Mark has a brand new "everything"..identity, residence...

Officer Gary, do you know if the body parts found in Perry Monroe's trunk have been identified yet?

 
At May 28, 2007 5:39 PM, Blogger isthatso said...

I always wondered if the story cory told had some truth in it.

Officer Gary, was there anything on that tape that even mentioned cory/mark's story?

 
At May 28, 2007 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officer Gary, do you know where Laci's live scent was located?

 
At May 28, 2007 7:21 PM, Blogger isthatso said...

Officer Gary.

Do you know how they determine if a person who admits to kiling someone is telling the truth or not.

When Edward Cagle admitted to killing laci/alisa peterson, why did they decided he could not have because he was mentally ill?

are killers not mentally ill?

 
At May 28, 2007 7:23 PM, Blogger isthatso said...

Since you saw the video of Scott, did he say why he had a gun in the glove compartment.

I really doubt he used it for pheasant hunting. So who was he afraid of? Were he and Laci having problems with someone?

Sharon said someone on Encina was bothering Laci. The judge told Laci "those people are dangerous".

Do you know who "those people" were. Did Scott mention who was bothering her?

 
At May 28, 2007 7:26 PM, Anonymous FatGeorge said...

Officer Gary, I think Scott is innocent. There was NO EVIDENCE. The bodies were conveniently found after Scott's alibi was all over the news. I'm telling you, he's innocent.

 
At May 28, 2007 7:30 PM, Anonymous Copwannabe said...

Gare, why was Amber used to get Scotty to confess? If the case was so strong, why the need to use Amber? It sure was a way around Miranda though, doncha think?

 
At May 28, 2007 7:32 PM, Blogger isthatso said...

Did Scott say on that tape why he was at the marina that day. He wasn't meeting amber at her friends boatslip was he?

 
At May 28, 2007 7:34 PM, Blogger isthatso said...

Was there someting Scott said on that tape which caused them to take the search to mapes Ranch and drag the pond there? Or did they do that because her live scent was on the river out there?

 
At May 28, 2007 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officer, can you kindly explain why DEA was on the case?

Thank you.

 
At May 28, 2007 7:38 PM, Blogger isthatso said...

Did Scott mention on that tape about the purple tempest car with Arkansas plates on it? The one he saw hanging out around his street. The ones with the confederate flags in the back.

Maybe he thought it was some of Ambers Arkansas relatives checking up on him? Were they out for the holidays?

 
At May 28, 2007 7:42 PM, Blogger isthatso said...

Did Scott mention on the tape why Sharon wanted him to meet her at the opposite end of the park?

why were they looking at that end of the park. Would it not make sense to start by the house?

Did Scott ever say why Ron and Harvey did not like him?

 
At May 28, 2007 7:43 PM, Blogger isthatso said...

Did Scott say who all of them were afraid of?

Who did they think were after them?

Did he mention anything like that on the tape?

 
At May 28, 2007 7:47 PM, Blogger isthatso said...

Gary, Why do you think this tape never surfaced during the trial?

Why does no one know anything about it?

Why can no one know about it?

What is on there that keeps that tape so obscure?

If all it does is convict Scott, why not bring it out now; he has been convicted you know.

And if it can't be brought out for some reason, how is it that people in training can see it?

Either is it "secret" or it is not.

Did Scott mention on that tape anything about people they met when Laci was living in Salinas?

 
At May 28, 2007 11:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this whole blog needs to be cleaned up. There are too many lies and unsubstantiated rumors going on. Sharon NEVER said that Laci was having problems with anyone on Encina. SCOTT said that and we all know what an honest human being he is. Sharon doesns't know Judge Cordova from the man in the moom. I asked her ad that whole statement is a flat out lie.

 
At May 29, 2007 4:45 AM, Anonymous DMDiva said...

Officer Gary, can you explain how this tape of Scott is being used for training? Scott never confessed. Is it being used to show "What not to do"? You know "Don't let personal feelings get in the way of investigating a crime". "Remain neutral, no tunnel vision allowed", etc. I'm sure you get the drift.

 
At May 29, 2007 9:18 AM, Blogger isthatso said...

Anonymous said...
I think this whole blog needs to be cleaned up. There are too many lies and unsubstantiated rumors going on. Sharon NEVER said that Laci was having problems with anyone on Encina. SCOTT said that and we all know what an honest human being he is. Sharon doesns't know Judge Cordova from the man in the moom. I asked her ad that whole statement is a flat out lie.

^^^^
yes sharon did say laci was having problems with people on Encina. and I did not say sharon knew the judge. It was the judge who told LACI the people were dangerous, he did not tell sharon. why try to twist what I say so you can say these are lies; no they are not lies.

why do you want the TRUTH "cleaned up" off the board? It's the TRUTH. Don't you think people should know the truth? Are you afraid of the TRUTH?

What truth is on the tape officer gary has seen. Guess no one wants that known either?

btw, you might delete all this from THIS blog, but it won't stop people from starting other blogs where they CAN put out the TRUTH.

 
At May 29, 2007 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish the whole truth would come out and nothing but the truth. The whole Peterson case leaves a lot to be desired! If Officer Gary can answer some questions, maybe then we'll be able to "see" the "puzzle" just like the jurors. The puzzle came together for them so Scott was found guilty. I still haven't figured out how the he!! a puzzle with missing pieces "comes together" I must have been out of school that day. People need to open up their eyes because what happened to Peterson could happen to someone they know & love. Read the transcripts with an open mind.

 
At May 29, 2007 2:43 PM, Blogger A Voice of Sanity said...

"... how the h*ll a puzzle with missing pieces "comes together" ..."

This is nonsense that people parrot out when they have no explanation. To this day no juror can come up with an explanation as to why they convicted - and I doubt they ever will. There were far too many unexplained questions in this case and the prosecution 'case' was riddled with ridiculous assumptions which defy the odds that Peterson was involved.
See The Assumptions
and
The Odds

 
At May 29, 2007 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sick and tired of all the lies put forth by all the Peterson apologists. Sharon NEVER said that. I got that from the source. Where are your sources. And Amber never had a friend with a boat in Berkeley.

Where is your source for the purple Tempest being owned by Amber relatives

You have no sources, because you are making up lies as you type.

I suggest you find a "source" for your lies other than your own imagination.

 
At May 29, 2007 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officer Gary, just wondering if you still have any doubts at all about Scott Peterson's guilt? There must be some gray areas in your mind. What are your thoughts about Scott's friend testifying that the Police knew what happened before they completed their investigation and before Det. Brocchini brought Scott to the station for questioning? Doesn't sound like they believed Scott at all. That isn't normal police procedure, is it?

 
At May 29, 2007 7:15 PM, Blogger isthatso said...

Again you are twisting what I say, or you can't read one.

I suggest you calm down before you forget what you are doing and end up with another disaster on your hands.

I am asking some legit questions directed at officer Gary. I am not here to talk to you.

You are beginning to tell on yourself and everyone else for that matter



So now you know both sharon and Amber well enough to talk to them both.

Wow does that mean sharon and amber knew each other?

 
At May 29, 2007 7:44 PM, Anonymous Tippy said...

I was just reading through all the comments here. Very interesting. I ventured over to the MPD website and found a Rebekah Miller who went missing from Modesto on 10/15/02. What happened to this poor girl? Does anyone care about her? Was a murderer/kidnapper in the Modesto area? Could the same person be responsible for taking Laci Rocha Peterson?

 
At May 29, 2007 8:39 PM, Blogger isthatso said...

good question Tippy.

Maybe Officer Gary can find out something about Rebekah. Why is no one looking for her?

She went missing only a little over 2 months before laci went missing. She went missing only a few blocks away.

She went missing right across the bridge from where Sharon told scott to meet her at the park.

I read on another board where Rebekah was suppose to testify against some people the next day after she went missing.

Do you know what that case was about Officer Gary?

There was someone on the net who stated Rebekah had been kidnapped and tortured not long before she disappeared. She was held for 3 weeks if I remember correctly. Someone found her at this house and helped her get out of there.
Then she ended up disappearing for good.

What the heck is going on in modesto?

 
At May 29, 2007 8:39 PM, Blogger isthatso said...

good question Tippy.

Maybe Officer Gary can find out something about Rebekah. Why is no one looking for her?

She went missing only a little over 2 months before laci went missing. She went missing only a few blocks away.

She went missing right across the bridge from where Sharon told scott to meet her at the park.

I read on another board where Rebekah was suppose to testify against some people the next day after she went missing.

Do you know what that case was about Officer Gary?

There was someone on the net who stated Rebekah had been kidnapped and tortured not long before she disappeared. She was held for 3 weeks if I remember correctly. Someone found her at this house and helped her get out of there.
Then she ended up disappearing for good.

What the heck is going on in modesto?

 
At May 29, 2007 11:51 PM, Blogger Officer Gary said...

All right; enough all ready.
This blog was set up for me to give personal observations, accounts, and opinions of the things I experience as a police officer. I had no idea this Laci Peterson was still such a contested issue. From the information delivered to me during the training session, I believe Scott Peterson to be guilty as charged. I'm not going to go into any further detail or debate about it. As far as I'm concerned, the case is closed. I have a feeling some of you would retain your current beliefs no matter what additional information was given.
Thanks for the passionate responses but let's move on.

 

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