Ex-Cop's 3rd Wife Murdered, Expert Says

Case re-examined after Peterson's fourth wife disappears
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2007 10:32 AM CST
This photo, supplied by NBC ,shows Drew Peterson being interviewed on NBC's "Today Show" in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007. The Illinois police officer who resigned after being named a suspect in...   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – Drew Peterson's third wife was murdered and did not accidentally drown in the bathtub as originally thought, a pathologist says. Bruises on the body of Kathleen Savio suggest she was beaten to death in 2004, the Chicago Tribune reports. The autopsy took place after  police named Peterson, a former Chicago cop, a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife.

"I don't think there's any possibility this was an accident, and I don't think there's any indication this was suicide," the pathologist said. Savio's family said she had feared for her life while living with Peterson, a sentiment echoed by Peterson's second wife in interviews this week. Meanwhile, Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, has been missing for more than two weeks.