Peterson's murder trial follows years of acrimony
CHICAGO – One relative of Drew Peterson's long-missing fourth wife calls him a dog who deserves to be chained. The boorish, motorcycle-loving ex-police officer on trial in the death of his third wife makes unsavory comments about his alleged victims' families, calling some money-grubbers. He points out one relative's criminal history.
Opening statements are slated for Tuesday in the long-delayed trial of Peterson, a 58-year-old former suburban Chicago police sergeant who was charged in 2009 with murdering his 40-year-old third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson was charged in Savio's 2004 death only after his 23-year-old fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in 2007.
Acrimony between Drew Peterson and relatives of his third and fourth wives has swirled for years. That Peterson began dating then-17-year-old Stacy Cales when he was still married to Savio heightened the tension. And there were the comments he made before his arrest: jokes about a "Win A Date With Drew" contest, suggestions that Stacy's threats of divorce coincided with her menstrual cycle and discussion of appearing on a reality TV show about a Nevada brothel.
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