A Killer Among Us?: The case

A Killer Among Us?: The case

Twenty-three-year-old Stacy Peterson has been missing since October 28. On that day she agreed to meet some family members to help them paint a house. When she hadn't called by 4:00 a.m., Stacy's sister, Cassandra Cales, filed a missing person's report.

Stacy is Bolingbrook Police Sgt. Drew Peterson's fourth wife, and mother to their two children, ages 4 and 2. Since Stacy disappeared, reporters have hounded Drew.

"If the network would put some effort into helping these people losing their homes all over the country because of the poor economies," Drew comments, "I think it would be a nicer thing, rather than harass me."


Cassandra said at the time of her disappearance, Stacy had been planning to meet with a divorce attorney. "She feared for her life, and she wanted a divorce." Though Drew says his wife left of her own accord, Cassandra doesn't believe it. "She wouldn't leave the kids, and if she did, she'd call."


As the intensive search continued, the case came to a disturbing twist. The Will County State Attorney's office ordered the body of Drew's third wife, Kathleen Savio, exhumed. Savio died mysteriously three years ago, and her family believes she was murdered. She told them she feared her husband, Drew, would kill her. Bolingbrook police had been called to the couple's home nearly 20 times for domestic disputes.

At one point, media reports highlighted a potential break in the case of Stacy. One of Drew Peterson's relatives told authorities he helped the former police officer move a

large blue barrel the same weekend Stacy disappeared. A neighbor claims the barrel was big enough for a body. But no sooner had this new allegation emerged, than Drew and his camp denied it.

"First of all, there was no barrel," says Joel Brodsky, Drew's attorney. "There never was a drum."


As the weeks have rolled on, the media have reported various other developments in the case, which include:

  • Investigators, including police divers and dogs, twice search a nearby pond. Their searches turn up nothing.
  • Investigators learn that Stacy Peterson met with a member of the church's pastoral staff in late August, two months before she vanished. The 23-year-old told that church official she feared bodily harm at Drew Peterson's hands. 
  • A mysterious letter surfaces that says Stacy Peterson may still be alive. The writer, who did not sign the letter, tells of seeing the missing woman inside of Kroger food market in Peoria, November 12. 
  • Volunteer search crews look for signs of Peterson in a wooded area near her home. Their search turns up nothing once again.
Stacy's friends believe she is the victim of foul play, including Sharon Bikowsky, Stacy's neighbor, who says, "She felt, 'If I disappear, it's not an accident. He killed me.'"