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, DefendDrew.com, 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.