Five of Drew Peterson's six children: (back row) Kristopher (left), a son with his third wife, Kathleen Savio, whom he is accused of killing; Stephen, a son with his first wife, Carol; Thomas, another son with Savio; (front row) Anthony and Lacy, his children with his fourth wife, Stacy, who vanished in 2007. Police consider Drew Peterson (inset) a suspect in her disappearance.
Drew Peterson is making an impassioned media plea on behalf of his children; specifically his son, Stephen, an Oak Brook policeman who is on suspension because of what Peterson claims is the result of "malicious prosecution."
Drew Peterson, who is in jail awaiting trial on charges of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, dispatched a letter to his attorney Joel Brodsky urging the press to "watch over" what he considers vindictive legal proceedings against Stephen, the caregiver of four of Drew Peterson's six children.
Oak Brook Police are investigating Stephen Peterson's court testimony that he accepted guns from his father after Drew Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, vanished in 2007.
The letter, which was given to Sneed by Brodsky, contains references to five of Drew Peterson's six children. Missing is a reference to Peterson's eldest child, Eric, the product of marriage to his first wife, Carol, and from whom he is estranged. (There were no children from Peterson's marriage to his second wife, Victoria.) Peterson is also a prime suspect in the disappearance of Stacy, the mother of his two youngest children, Anthony and Lacy Ann. The following is an edited version of Drew Peterson's letter, spelling and punctuation errors and all.
Its been almost three years since my wife Stacy went missing with the Illinois State Police and the Will County States Attorney's Office launching probably the largest, most obsessive and expensive investigation in U.S. history. The investigation has thus far turned up rumors, gossip hearsay and out right lies and more recently the bodies of a lot of raccoons and possums all at the expense of the hard working Illinois tax payer. This investigation has threatened, harassed, pestered and hounded just about every loved one, friend, family member, fellow employee and love interest I have ever know. . . . On several occasions my home and property have been searched and vandalized by these obsessive thugs with my little children being terrorized in the process. Our heroes. I was taken from my family without being able to say goodbye to my kids with my kids being also taken into custody and turned over to The Department of Children and family Services. This process would be scary for an adult much less a four and five year old. My 31 year old son Stephen, an Oak Brook Police Officer, stepped up and took custody of my four kids just after having a child of his own. My son Stephen is a good man and a dedicated father and policeman. Stephen got his Bachelors degree in law enforcement at Western Illinois University just so he could fulfill his dream of becoming a policeman. My little girl Lacy Ann just started Kindergarten with her daddy unable to be at her first day of school. Anthony is now in 2nd grade full of life and love just happy to be a kid with his friends. Thomas is now a senior, number one in his class, and now the Vice President of the National Honor Society. He is an athlete and plays trumpet in his school and area church bands. Kristopher is also an athlete and an honor roll student now in his Junior year of high school. All my children are exceptional kids just wanting a happy childhood after their little worlds were turned upside down almost three years ago. It's not bad enough their father is in jail being held unlawfully after the state appealed a Will County Judges decision to not allow bad evidence at trial, but now my children's well being and security is now in jeopardy again. For the third time, in less than three years, my son Stephen is again being brought up on departmental charges of misconduct by Oak Brook Chief Sheehan stemming from trumped up gun charges I'm now facing in a Will County Court. The charges Stephen faced in the past were brought when he took a squad car to a Will County grand Jury while on duty under supeona for the case against me. The second charge was for the use of the departmental computer which were said to be unauthorized. Nothing could be more ridiculous. . . . I have no doubt that the Illinois State Police and the Will County States Attorney's Office are also involved in this action against my son in an attempt to get at me. . . . During a prior action against my son Chief Sheehan referred to Stephen as "Drew" at least three times during the hearing so we know where his head is. . . . I'm not looking for any sympathy for me. I can handle myself. But I am asking the media to closely watch over these proceedings to help protect my son Stephen, being my children's caregiver, against the malicious prosecution he is now facing. What will it take to stop the madness being perpetrated against my family in an attempt to get at me. . . . Someone somewhere has to stand up and say STOP. . . . If I gave my life, which I would gladly do to protect my kids, would that stop the harassment against my family- . . . I'm devoting all my resources that I have available to fight this atrocity against my son.
-- Drew Peterson