Drew Peterson was sentenced this week to 38 years in prison for killing his third wife. Here is brief look at all of his marriages.
Peterson and Carol Brown met in high school in Villa Park, Illinois, and attended the senior prom together. They married in 1974, and were divorced in 1980, after Brown found out he was cheating on her. They have two sons together, Stephen Paul Peterson and Eric Drew Peterson.
Peterson married his second wife, Victoria Connolly, in 1982. Connolly has alleged a history of abuse during her 10-year marriage to Peterson. Connolly told the Chicago Tribune in 2007 that Peterson “was a legend in his own mind.” Connolly divorced Peterson after he started dating Kathleen Savio. Their divorce was finalized on February 18, 1992. Peterson married Savio two months later.
Peterson married Kathleen Savio (born June 13, 1963) on May 3, 1992. Together they have two sons, Thomas (5 January 1992) and Kristopher (8 August 1994). Their divorce was finalized on October 10, 2003. It has been reported that between 2002 and 2004, police were called out to the Peterson house 18 times on domestic disturbance calls, including calls for returning children late after visitation. On March 1, 2004, Kathleen Savio’s body was found in a waterless bathtub. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning by a coroner’s jury that included a police officer who personally new Peterson and assured the other jurors that Peterson was “a good man who would never hurt his wife.”
However, following the disappearance of Peterson’s fourth wife, Savio’s body was exhumed and underwent forensic examination on November 16, 2007. Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City chief medical examiner who conducted the examination at the request of Savio’s relatives and Fox News, concluded that she died of drowning following a struggle when her body was placed in the bathtub. Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow told the press that after examining evidence in the case, he believed that the death was a “homicide staged to look like an accident.” On February 21, 2008, Glasgow announced that a pathologist determined that Savio’s death was a homicide and that it was being investigated as such.
Rev. Neil Schori, a pastor at Stacy Peterson’s church, reported that Stacy had told him that Drew had killed Kathleen Savio and had made it look like an accident, and that she was afraid of her husband. Stacy had provided Drew’s alibi for his whereabouts on the evening on which Kathleen Savio died.
Stacy Ann Cales
Peterson married Stacy Ann Cales (born January 20, 1984) on October 18, 2003 and she subsequently took on the married name Stacy Peterson. She disappeared on Sunday, October 28, 2007. Stacy Peterson was officially reported missing in the early hours of October 29, 2007, after her sister, Cassandra Cales, failed to hear from her when expected. Drew Peterson claims that Stacy called him at 9 p.m. on Sunday to tell him that she had left him for another man and that she had left her car at Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport.
Several leads were followed in the investigation by Illinois State Police, with FBI assistance. Stacy Peterson has never been found.
Stacy’s family and investigator’s who have worked on the case do not believe Stacy is alive. They believe Drew Peterson was afraid Stacy was going to tell authorities what she knew about Kathleen Savio’s murder, so he killed her and disposed of the body.