What Happened To Stacy Peterson & Where Is Drew Peterson Today?

 

Convicted killer Drew Peterson is pictured in a 2009 booking photo. ( Source : Cropper )

A fresh dispute has arisen over the case of former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson and the whereabouts of his long-missing fourth wife, Stacy, some ten years after his murder conviction.

In 2012, Drew Walter Peterson, an American convicted murderer and former police sergeant was found guilty of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, just a few months after their 2003 divorce. Peterson was born on January 5, 1954.

When Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Ann Cales Peterson, vanished, he first made national headlines. Unfortunately, Stacy Ann has never been discovered, despite suspicions of foul play from the police and her family.

Joel Brodsky, the former lead defence counsel for Drew Peterson, stated in an interview that he could reveal what he knows about what happened to Stacy Peterson, presumed dead, earlier this week on WGN News.


What Happened To Stacy Peterson? 

Although her corpse has never been found, Stacy Peterson is considered dead. Despite not having been charged, Drew Peterson is a suspect in her disappearance. Stacy Ann Cales, a 19-year-old hotel receptionist, born January 20, 1984, in Downers Grove, Illinois, became Peterson's wife when Peterson, then 49, wed her on October 18, 2003.

In his request, submitted in October, Peterson claims that Joel Brodsky, who served as his primary attorney, was ineffective in representing him. In addition, Peterson claims that Brodsky intimidated other attorneys by threatening the dismissal of the case if they disagreed with him and that Brodsky forbade him from testifying in his defence. Peterson also asserts witness intimidation and improper behaviour by the prosecution.



Drew's fourth wife Stacy is missing since 2007. ( Source : Nbcchicago )

Furthermore, he contends that two crucial witnesses who were permitted to testify under the state's hearsay legislation ought not to have been. Drew Peterson's fundamental right to face his accusers was not violated by hearsay testimony from Savio and Stacy Peterson, the Illinois Supreme Court decided in a unanimous 2017 ruling. This was due to evidence that he killed them to suppress their testimony.

In a 23-page written response, the Will County State's Attorney's office rejected Peterson's allegations as unfounded and disclaimed any wrongdoing or witness intimidation. According to the prosecution, Peterson was found guilty by the state's higher courts, including the Supreme Court. They also presented court transcripts in which Peterson informed the judge that he declined to testify but omitted to add that Brodsky stopped him from doing so. Brodsky concurred that higher courts had already concluded that there was nothing unlawful about the trial and that Peterson's concerns were or might have been brought in earlier appeals.

Where Is Drew Peterson Today?

For the 2004 murder of Kathleen Savio, Bolingbrook, Illinois native Drew Peterson is still in jail, having received a 38-year term. He was found guilty in 2016 of conspiring to assassinate the prosecutor who had put him in prison, and he will serve an additional 40 years after that.

It was revealed in May 2022 that Joel Brodsky, Drew Peterson's former defence lawyer, is debating disclosing private information shielded by the attorney-client privilege. After a judge agreed to hear his motion to overturn the verdict, Drew Peterson, a former Chicago-area police sergeant found guilty in 2012 of killing his third wife, is scheduled to return to court this month.



Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet for his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 ( Source : Chicago )

According to the Chicago Tribune, Will County Judge Edward Burmilla set the hearing for January 21 after determining that Peterson's six-page handwritten request included a "gist of a constitutional" argument. Peterson received a public defender from Burmilla's office along with two investigators.

Is He Still Alive? Drew Peterson's Kids

Drew Peterson is still alive and is incarcerated for his crime. Drew Peterson reportedly has six children. He was married to four different wives; Carol Brown (m. 1974; div. 1980), Vicki Connolly (m. 1982; div. 1992),​ Kathleen Savio (m. 1992; div. 2003), and ​Stacy Ann Cales (m. 2003; missing since 2007).

With his first wife, Carol Brown, Drew Peterson had two sons, Stephen Paul Peterson (1980) and Eric Drew Peterson. Similarly, Drew and his second wife, Vicki Connolly, did not have any children together. 

Connolly informed the police after Stacy Ann vanished that Peterson had threatened to kill her and have it appear to be an accident. After Peterson began seeing Kathleen Savio, she filed for divorce. Their separation became legally binding on February 18, 1992.

Thomas and Kristopher Peterson, sons of Kathleen Savio and Drew Peterson, were born on January 5, 1993. (August 8, 1994). Just a few months after divorcing Connolly, Peterson wed accountant Savio (born June 13, 1963, in Glendale Heights, Illinois) on May 3, 1992. On October 10, 2003, their divorce became legally binding.

Stacy Ann Cales, a 19-year-old hotel receptionist, born January 20, 1984, in Downers Grove, Illinois, became Peterson's wife when Peterson, then 49, wed her on October 18, 2003. Anthony was born in 2003, and Lacy was born in the same year (born 2005). After formally adopting them, Stacy treated Savio's kids as if they were her own. She was about to graduate from Joliet Junior College with a nursing degree when she vanished on Sunday, October 28, 2007.

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