Peterson Starts Defense Fund

'Sensationalism' causing family hardship, says wife-killer suspect
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2007 4:48 AM CST
Stacy Peterson, 23, of Bolingbrook, Ill., and her husband, Drew Peterson, 53, a former police officer with the Bolingbrook Police Department. Stacy was reported missing on Oct. 29. Her husband, a suspect...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The suburban Chicago ex-cop who is a murder suspect in the death of one wife and the disappearance of another has launched a legal defense fund on the Internet. Drew Peterson's website,, takes donations via PayPal. He blasts "media sensationalism" for causing his family hardship, and claims he needs money for both a defense fund and to hire a detective to find his missing fourth wife, Stacy. 

It's a test of America's generosity, Peterson contends. “I’m not asking them to decide guilt or innocence,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Everyone has the right to a legal defense.” His missing wife's sister said her reaction was “shock initially and then disgust.” Peterson has not yet been charged with any crime.