Episode #17: Drew Peterson, the Murder of Kathleen Savio and the Disappearance of Stacy Peterson
Summary of the Case:
Drew Peterson was born in 1954 in Oak Park, Illinois, near Chicago. He would grow up to become a Chicago police officer. In 1992, Drew would marry his second wife, Kathleen Savio. They had two children together, but the marriage was strained. After 10 years of marriage, Drew began seeing a 17-year-old named Stacy. He and Kathleen divorced, and he and Stacy married, and had more children. But the divorce between Kathleen and Drew was tumultuous, and they argued frequently over money and custody.
In 2004, Drew told neighbors he could not get ahold of Kathleen to drop off their children. Neighbors entered and found her deceased in the bathtub. The coroner initially determined it was an accidental drowning.
By 2007, the marriage between Stacy and Drew was also strained. After Stacy failed to show up to a family commitment, Stacy’s sister filed a missing person’s report. Drew claimed that Stacy had run away with a man, leaving all her children and belongings behind. Police re-opened the death of Kathleen, and it was determined she had blunt force trauma to her head before her death and evidence of a struggle, and her cause of death was changed to homicide. Drew was put on trial, and in 2012 he was found guilty for the murder of Kathleen Savio. No direct evidence has been released connecting Drew to the disappearance of Stacy.
Stacy’s family continues to look for her, and believes her body is at the bottom of a lake. To help them find her body, check out and consider donating to their GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/shz29v-help-me-bring-my-sister-home
Sources for the Episode:
Chicago Tribune Article 1
Chicago Tribune Article 2
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