Convicted for his wife’s murder, Scott Peterson was involved in two extramarital affairs. Initially, Luci’s family failed to believe that their son-in-law could murder their daughter. However, they had to believe that when he was proved guilty, his affairs were disclosed.
The most notable crime committed by Scott Peterson in 2002 involved the killing of his pregnant wife Laci and their unborn child. A jury gave him a fatal injection death sentence.
Scott Peterson was found guilty of killing his eight-month pregnant wife, Laci, in 2002 in a case that captivated the nation. The FBI gathered evidence against him with the aid of his mistress, who was unaware that he was married. For the first-degree murder of his wife and the second-degree murder of their unborn son, he received a lethal injection death sentence in 2004.
Scott Peterson Overview
- Birth Name: Scott Lee Peterson
- Age: 49
- D.O.B: October 24, 1972
- Place of Birth: San Diego, California
- Nationality: American
- Occupation: Fertilizer Salesman
- Father: Lee Arthur Peterson
- Mother: Jacqueline “Jackie” Helen Latham
- Siblings: Anne Bird, John Edward Peterson
- Spouse: Luci Rocha
- Children: Conner
Early Life and Education of Scott Peterson
- Born in 1972, Scott Lee Peterson was the only child of his parents Lee Peterson and Jacqueline Latham. However, they were having six children from past relationships.
- Peterson started playing golf at a small age. By the time he was 14, he was a great player.
- By the end of his studies at the University of San Diego High School, he became the top junior golfer in the city.
- He enrolled on a golf scholarship at the State University of Arizona in 1990.
- However, he was kicked out of the golf team by the coach. Later, he was transferred to Cuesta College and then to California Polytechnic state university.
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Meeting Laci Rocha, Marriage and Children
- While studying at California Polytechnic, he started working at The Pacific Café in Morro Bay.
- His co-worker used to get visits from Laci Denise Rocha, a neighbor.
- In 1994, When they met at the restaurant, Laci took the first step by giving him her phone number and the two started dating.
- When their relationship became serious, Peterson started focusing on a business career.
- After dating for two years, they moved in together and later married in 1997. However, Peterson was engaged in an extra-marital affair.
- After settling down, the couple opened a sports bar called “The Shack” in San Luis Obispo.
- Peterson took the course to install the required vent in the bar. The business with a slow start began to grow.
- On October 2000, the couple purchased a bungalow on Covena Avenue near East La Loma Park.
- ‘The Shack’ was sold in April 2001.
- Luci started working as a part-time substitute teacher while Peterson started working in Tradecorp USA.
- Jackie Peterson, the mother of Peterson, passed away from cancer in October 2013 at 70.
- Her husband Lee had her discharged from the hospital to spend her final days at home.
- Jackie maintained her son’s innocence up until the time of her passing.
Laci Peterson’s disappearance on the Christmas Eve
- Scott Peterson and Laci, on December 23, 2002, went to the salon for a haircut. Peterson offered Rocha that he will pick up the fruit basket that she ordered as a gift for her grandfather since he will be playing golf on Christmas eve in a near course.
- Peterson stated that he saw his wife for the last time at 9:30 am on 23 December.
- The family dog was found in the yard by two neighbors who returned him to the Peterson’s yard.
- Peterson stated that upon his return to the house in the afternoon, he found it empty and the dog was there in the backyard.
- Peterson reported that his seven months pregnant wife is missing from the house, he informed his mother-in-law and Laci’s stepfather who informed the police.
- The couple planned to name their unborn baby as Conner.
- The lead investigators, Jon Buehler and Allen Brocchini, found Laci’s car keys, sunglasses and wallet in a purse kept in closet.
- The “dead calm” reaction of Peterson upon asking questions grew the investigators’ suspicion in him. He was nothing like a man who is stressed for his missing wife.
- Initially, Peterson told the police that he was at the golf course all day, however, later changed his statement and told them that he went for fishing.
- He also said that he messaged Laci, saying, “Hey, Beautiful. It’s 2:15. I’m leaving Berkeley.” Such statements increased their suspicion.
- Initially, his parents-in-law defended him and believed that they are a perfect couple.
- In January 2003, his extramarital affairs were disclosed, one of which was with Amber Frey.
- Frey stated to the police that he said he is single and they started dating each other.
- However, after Frey grew suspicious of his marriage, he overturned and told her that he lost his wife, and this would be the first holiday he was without his wife.
- Frey allowed police to record his conversation with Peterson so that they can catch him.
- In a press conference in January 2003, Luci’s family withdrew their support for Peterson
Recovery of Laci and her son’s body
- In April 2003, a couple walking past the San Francisco Bay found the body of a small baby in the marshy area.
- On the next day, another person found the torso of a pregnant women on the shore of the bay.
- The remains were almost unrecognizable since head, legs, arms and most of the internal organs were missing, the only organ present was uteras.
- In April 2003, the DNA reports showed that the bodies were of Laci and her son, Conner.
- The body of the child was mutilated on one side and its umbilical cord was still attached, however, autopsy report showed that the cord was not there.
- The exact date and cause of their death was not known.
- After the investigation, Peterson was found guilty and police rushed to catch him so that he had no chance to escape.
Arrest of Scott Peterson
- On April 2003, Scott Peterson was arrested near a golf course along with miscellaneous items and cash in his car.
- Police suspected that these items could be an indication that he wanted to escape.
- In April 2003, Peterson was presented in the court where he was carged for first degree murder of Laci and second degree murder of Connor. He was immediately held without bail.
- His trial venue was changed to Redwood City where the proceedings began on June 1, 2004.
- Detectives were testified for the search of evidence
- The defence lawyer of Peterson based his case on circumstantial evidence and the lack of direct evidence and suggested that someone had kidnapped Luci and murdered her along with her child.
Verdict, Appeal and Overturning of death sentence
- In November 2004, Scott Peterson was convicted for two murders, Luci’s first-degree murder and Conner’s second-degree murder.
- The trial concluded after he was given a death sentence on December 13.
- In the following year March, the judge sentenced him to death by lethal injections and also ordered him to pay for Laci’s funeral.
- In September 2006, a letter by Willian Dannemeyer, former congressman, claimed that Laci was killed by someone from Satanic Cult and not by Peterson.
- In August 2020, the Supreme Court of California upheld Scott Peterson’s conviction while overturningchapter the death sentence.
- In September 2021, Judge Anne Christine, California Superior Court, sentenced him to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the two murders.
Documentaries based on the case
- Several documentaries were released on Scott Peterson’s case, some of these are The E! True Hollywood Story, Scott Peterson: A Deadly Game, and Scott Peterson: What Happened? The Laci Peterson Story: A Dateline Investigation, Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson, etc.
- Released in 2004, The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story was a made-for-TV movie that is based on the case.
- In 2005, Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution was released in which Peterson was portrayed by Nathan Anderson.
Murder and Conviction
- Laci vanished in December 2002, and her abduction sparked a media frenzy. After her body and the fetus of their unborn son washed up on the shores of San Francisco Bay in April 2003, Peterson was taken into custody.
- Prosecutors claim that Peterson’s motive for killing his pregnant wife was an affair he was conducting with masseuse Amber Frey.
- On November 12, 2004, a jury found Peterson guilty of first- and second-degree murder in killing Laci, who was eight months pregnant.
- The same jury advocated for him to get a lethal injection. He was sentenced to death at San Quentin State Prison in California, pending an appeal and a writ of habeas corpus petition submitted to the State of California’s Supreme Court in 2015.
Scott Peterson- FAQs
What’s going on with Scott Peterson?
He is currently serving his life imprisonment for murdering his wife and child.
Is there a Scott Peterson documentary on Netflix?
One last chance: The Trial of Scott Peterson.
Are Scott and Drew Peterson related?
Is Amber Frey still with Scott Peterson?
No, Frey is now married to 37-year-old Robert Hernandez.
Did Amber Frey testify against Scott Peterson?
Amber testified for seven days. The prosecution played 12 hours of their recorded conversations with Scott. Gloria Allred is an attorney at ambers. Lauer: Your testimony was part of the puzzle that condemned Scott Peterson.
How is Scott Peterson now?
While Scott Peterson was sentenced to death in December 2004, he was never executed, and now he won’t be. In December 2021, Peterson was again sentenced to prison without parole.
Are Scott Peterson and Drew Peterson related?
Till now, no evidence shows that they are relatives. But, it is not far-fetched to think that Scott and Peter might share some of the genes.
What channel is Scott Peterson documented?
There are A&E documentaries The Murder of Laci Peterson, which analyzes the disappearance of Lacis and the police investigation into Scott Peterson, and Scott Peterson: An American Murder Mystery, an episode of IDs, an American Murder mystery series.