5 Of The Most Shocking Facts From The Drew Peterson Case

The sordid details of Drew Peterson's story reveal a darker side of the case that garnered national attention.

By Eric Shorey

Oxygen's two-hour event on the infamous Drew Peterson case airs on Friday, August 25th at 9/8c.

The case of ex-cop Drew Peterson, who is connected to the deaths of his former partenrs, garnered national attention in the early-to-mid 2000s after the disappearance of his fourth wife eventually led to a conviction in the death of his third wife. Peterson's case came up again when, in 2016, he was sentenced to an additional 40 years of jail time for attempting to have State Attorney James Glasgow killed.

Details from the case have been poured over by both laypeople and crime experts since they began emerging in the news. Here are five of the most shocking facts from the story.

1. Before becoming a suspect, Peterson was a decorated policeman

Peterson had worked as a cop for 30 years. He was specifically assigned to the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad in Illinois, where in 1979 he received a "Police Officer of the Year" award from the department.

2. Peterson didn't kill, but abused and threatened his second wife

As evidence mounted against him, it became increasingly obvious that Peterson was in some way involved in the deaths of his third and fourth wives. But testimony from Victoria "Vicki" (Rutkiewicz) Connolly revealed that Peterson had a long history of extensive abuse and had told her that could kill her and make it look like an accident. This is precisely what he ended up doing to Kathleen Savio.

3. Peterson attempted to defend himself on Larry King Live

Accompanied by a lawyer, on on April 11, 2008 Peterson was interviewed by esteemed journalist Larry King. His lawyer advised him which questions to answer and which to ignore. The interview reran days after his arrest on May 9, 2009.

4. Peterson has since been separated from the regular prison population

In February of this year, Peterson was attacked by another inmate, leading to him being separated from the general population at the notorious Terra Haute prison complex.

5. Stacy Ann Peterson is still considered a missing person

The body of Drew's fourth wife has never been found, to this day. Stacy's family has launced a website to help locate her whereabouts. 

"Drew obviously murdered my sister," said Cassandra Cales. "She didn't run off like he says. She's not at a beach. She would never leave her kids."

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