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Peterson Sought to Hire Hitman: Prosecutors

(Newser) - Drew Peterson attempted to pay someone $25,000 to kill his third wife in 2003, a year before she was found drowned in her bathtub, prosecutors alleged today. The disgraced former cop, who has been charged with murdering Kathleen Savio himself, tried and failed today to have his $20 million... More »

Female Body Found Near Peterson Home

Focus on murder suspect's wife, another missing woman

(Newser) - Drew Peterson’s infamously bad luck might have just gotten worse: Authorities uncovered a decomposing woman’s body and a mysterious blue barrel near his Illinois home yesterday. If the woman turns to be his fourth wife, Stacy, it could undermine his claim she fled with another man. But the... More »

Peterson Pleads Not Guilty

(Newser) - A defense attorney entered a not-guilty plea today for former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson in the 2004 death of his third wife. Peterson stood silently in court, wearing a blue jail jumpsuit and shackles. He's been in custody since May 7, when he was arrested near his Bolingbrook home... More »

Prosecutors Eye Savio Divorce in Peterson Case

Ex-cop risked losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in split

(Newser) - Drew Peterson prosecutors are scrutinizing his divorce from Kathleen Savio as they ready their murder case against him, the Chicago Tribune reports. Peterson could have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the pair’s split—but Savio was found dead in a bathtub one month before the trial that... More »

Peterson's Kids Say He's Innocent

Statement from eldest son says children support father

(Newser) - Drew Peterson’s adult son says he and his four siblings know their dad’s innocent of murder, the Chicago Tribune reports. “All of the children of Drew Peterson fully support their father and know that he is innocent of the charges against him,” Stephen Peterson said today... More »

Peterson Murder Case Hinges on Flimsy Evidence

Prosecution counting on 'beyond the grave' testimony from victim

(Newser) - The murder case against Drew Peterson is likely to hinge on circumstantial evidence and hearsay testimony, the Chicago Tribune reports. Prosecutors will be relying on a new statute that some are calling “Drew’s Law,” which will allow victim Kathleen Savio to “testify from beyond the grave,... More »

Peterson Cracks Jokes at Murder Hearing

Ex-cop smirks as arraignment on murder charge delayed

(Newser) - Drew Peterson smirked and wisecracked his way through a court hearing yesterday, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Look at this bling. Look at this nice spiffy outfit. Three squares a day," the shackled ex-cop cracked on his way into court, where he was told his arraignment on murder charges... More »

Peterson Arrested in Murder of Third Wife

(Newser) - Police have arrested Drew Peterson in connection with the murder of his third wife, the Chicago Tribune reports. The death of Kathleen Savio, 40, who was found drowned in a bathtub in 2004, was initially ruled an accident, but police reopened the case when Peterson's fourth wife went missing. She... More »

Reality-Show Brothel Offers Drew Peterson a Pimpin' Job

Top choice Blagojevich had turned gig down

(Newser) - The Moonlite Bunny Ranch—the legal Nevada brothel featured in HBO’s Cathouse—seems desperate to play host to a Chicagoan with reputation problems, WBBM-AM reports. After Rod Blagojevich turned down a job offer as an apprentice pimp, owner Dennis Hof has now made entreaties to murder suspect Drew Peterson—... More »

Fam of 3rd Wife Sues Peterson for Her Death

Lawyer who won OJ civil suit files before grand jury expires

(Newser) - Sick of waiting for a grand jury to act, Kathleen Savio’s family has filed a wrongful death suit against husband Drew Peterson, the Chicago Tribune reports. The grand jury, which expires next month, has been investigating the death of Savio, Peterson’s third wife, and the disappearance of fourth... More »

Peterson's Stepbrother: I Helped Dump Stacy's Body

Lack of progress spurs witness to go public

(Newser) - When Thomas Morphey helped stepbrother Drew Peterson load a blue barrel into his car, there was no doubt in his mind what was inside: Stacy Peterson’s body. A distraught Morphey tried to kill himself, then turned state’s evidence. But 17 months later, he’s never appeared in court,... More »

Peterson Fiancee, After Bolting, Moves Back In

Father vows to break up daughter, murder suspect

(Newser) - Drew Peterson’s latest galpal—who claimed last week their engagement was nothing more than a publicity stunt—has moved back in with the suspected wife killer, the Joliet Herald News reports. The move comes less than two weeks after 24-year-old Christina Raines moved out of Peterson’s house with... More »

Peterson Ex: Engagement Was a 'Stunt'

(Newser) - Drew Peterson’s purported ex-fiancée said today that their marital plan was "more like a stunt,” the Huffington Post reports. Christina Raines confirmed that they dated, but said the engagement was cooked up by Peterson's lawyer, who “had wanted him to be in the media and... More »

Police Help Drew Peterson's Fiancée Move Out

(Newser) - Drew Peterson’s fiancée ended their relationship today and moved out—with a little help from the police, her dad, and Dr. Phil, the Chicago Tribune reports. Christina Raines first called her father for help moving. After arriving with a cameraman from Dr. Phil's show in tow, he called... More »

Drew Peterson: I Wouldn't Trust Me, Either

Murder suspect says he understands fears of fiancée's family

(Newser) - Drew Peterson, divorced from wives No. 1 and 2 and suspected of killing wives No. 3 and 4, understands why the family of would-be wife No. 5 is none too pleased with their engagement, ABC reports. “I would have concerns if I were the friends and family of this... More »

Kin of 'Fiancée': Dream On, Drew

23-year-old 'never said she was going to marry him'—oh, and she has a live-in boyfriend

(Newser) - No stranger to controversy in his romantic dealings, Drew Peterson is now facing off with the family of the 23-year-old woman he says will become the fifth Mrs Peterson, the Chicago Tribune reports. Waitress Christina Raines has some kind of relationship with Peterson, but that’s where the agreement ends;... More »

Drew Peterson Engaged Again

Would-be wife No. 5 is also 23; but murder suspect is still married to missing No. 4, Stacy

(Newser) - Drew Peterson, whose wife Stacy has been missing since last year, wants to move on to bride No. 5, his lawyer tells the Chicago Sun-Times. “He proposed and she accepted,” Joel Brodsky says, though “I guess he’s got to get divorced.” Peterson doesn’t see... More »

Drew Peterson: Come Forward, Stacy

On anniversary of her disappearance, husband maintains she's with another man

(Newser) - Drew Peterson marked the first anniversary of his wife’s disappearance with an interview on the Today Show, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Drew, the subject of intense scrutiny in the unsolved case, reiterated that he thought Stacy ran off with another man, leaving behind their two young children. He urged... More »

Drew Faces Weapons Charge

(Newser) - Drew Peterson is free on bail after surrendering to police today on felony weapons charges, the Chicago Tribune reports. The charges—he owns a rifle with an illegal barrel—are not related to the cases of his missing fourth wife or the suspicious death of his third, but they carry... More »

Peterson Offers $25K Reward for Wife's Return

Murder suspect should collect it himself, says family

(Newser) - Suspected wife killer Drew Peterson is offering a $25,000 reward for information about his wife's disappearance, the Chicago Tribune reports. The Illinois ex-cop said he believes his fourth wife, Stacy, left with another man when she vanished six months ago. Stacy's relatives slammed the offer as a publicity stunt... More »

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