Former officer pleads with missing wife to come home with a chuckle
November 14, 2007 (WLS) -- Drew Peterson, a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, has resigned from the Bolingbrook Police Department. He pleaded with Stacy Peterson to come home during an on-camera interview today.
On Monday, the Bolingbrook Police Department received a letter from Drew Peterson, expressing his intent to resign as sergeant.
On Wednesday morning, Drew Peterson appeared on NBC's "Today" show. When asked to send a message to his wife, Stacy, he said: "Come home. Tell people where you are."
Stacy Peterson, 23, was last seen October 28th. Authorities say the case is a potential homicide investigation and have identified her husband as a suspect.
Drew Peterson denied that he harmed his wife or that he had anything to do with her disappearance. He does not think she is dead. He says she told him that "she found somebody else."
"I believe she is with someone else right now. She found someone else - that was her exact words," said Peterson.
Drew Peterson says that is why he hasn't joined the hundreds of volunteers who have been searching for her.
During his 20-minute interview in New York, Peterson called both Kathleen and Stacy emotionally unstable.
"I can look right in your eye and say I had nothing to do with either of those instances," said Peterson.
"She never told me she was seeing another man. She -- maybe she did. But I believe she is with somebody else right now," he said.
Stacy's family says Peterson's statements about his wife's disappearance have been inconsistent from the very beginning.
"He said originally that she left with someone to the Bahamas, and now he said he thought she found someone new. So again, stay consistent," said friend Pamela Bosco.
Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio's, death in a bathtub came just after the couple divorced. Stacy went missing right after her family says she told Drew she wanted to end their marriage. Peterson described both his wives as emotionally unstable. He blamed it all on hormones, a statement that disgusted Stacy's family and friends.
"I also think that every woman in America should be appalled that that was his direction. That while she had a PMS issue, she wanted a divorce. I think he should be ashamed of himself," said family riend Sharon Bychowski.
Stacy Peterson's best friend said she believes the real motive for Drew Peterson to go on national television was to meet Matt Lauer and also to look for a national criminal defense attorney. Drew Peterson did plead for someone out there to take his case.
The former officer admitted he and Stacy had a very difficult relationship. He says they had heated arguments - but he never physically abused her.
"There were a few incidents in which Stacy and I would have verbal confrontations and I would be in her face. I never raised a hand to her," said Peterson.
The interview aired a day after the body of Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, was exhumed for another autopsy. Peterson says he thought it was "a shame her rest in peace has to be disturbed."
"I think my silence has basically painted me guilty in the media," said Peterson.
Prosecutors called the 2004 accidental drowning of Savio a possible homicide. When the autopsy results are complete, they will only be made available to law enforcement officials and not to the public.
State police served a subpoena to the brother of Drew Peterson, calling him to testify before a Will County grand jury. He testified Wednesday afternoon. The grand jury will also hear testimony from Savio's neighbor, the first person to discover Savio's body.
"He's trying to clear his name," Paul Peterson told the media Wednesday night. "I feel he's innocent and he's telling the world his story."
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