Judge Jeanine sums up the Drew Peterson trial
Will justice be served in highly-watched case?
- Duration 7:18
- Date Sep 2, 2012
Will justice be served in highly-watched case?
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She was murdered by someone who said he loved her by a police sergeant sworn to protect her.
Her story told to us from the grave.
Kathleen savvy old mother of two young boys with in the prime of her life when one man and one man alone decided that she should die.
Before her death she lived in constant fear terrorized by the man who literally drilled a hole through the wall -- her home together again.
Like so many she pounded on the doors of justice cried for help got a restraining order did everything she was supposed to.
But there was no protection.
From the man who told her he would kill her and make it look like an accident.
She knew the end was coming.
She -- dead bolts she arranged her affairs even asked her sisters to raise her sons she knew.
She couldn't keep him out.
Yes there is no physical evidence no DNA no fingerprints no why witness it would be the perfect crime.
Except the fourth wife vanishes.
But circumstantial evidence is even stronger than eyewitness.
Imagine you're on a desert island and you think that there is someone else there.
Because in the full light you see what your very own -- a campfire.
And -- hands over the fire.
You don't approach.
The next morning you see what just thought with a fire it was a piece of metal that reflected the moonlight.
What you thought were hands nothing more than the branch of retreat.
What you think use so law was really nothing more than an illusion.
And why is there no evidence.
There's no evidence because the fellow police officer either inept incompetent or corrupt.
Made a decision within minutes to call it an accident and call -- -- day.
He directed that no evidence be collected.
And Peterson was given the professional courtesy of being present while -- fourth wife tells police he was with her on the night in question.
But it was the second autopsy that identified the thirteen fresh -- -- -- and abrasions the deep symmetrical bruising under the collar -- The severe bruising under the diaphragm it's self consistent with the bear hug.
The laceration to the head with only skin deep.
And would never -- -- helped a woman would no drugs no alcohol and no disease to lose consciousness and drown.
It is not one fact.
But many facts taken together it's a connected hole which lead us to such convincing proof of guilt that were unable to escape fat.
Two months before she died Drew Peterson wearing his weapon takes a convict for a ride in his police car.
Dollars to kill his third wife.
He only wants to know what it's gonna happen so we can create an -- Back.
Four months before she dies Kathleen tell the tenant that her husband.
Dressed in black swat uniform snuck into our home held a -- to -- throat.
Told -- he could killer and make it look like an accident.
Three months before her death he again sneaks into our home chokes -- leaving physical marks and asked why she doesn't just die.
He tells her he'll get the kids and all the money.
Fact within six weeks of her death a lieutenant over here is Peterson saying her lawyers are getting all my money.
And that his life would be easier if she just died.
Fact drew his fourth wife tells her preacher.
That she goes to bed with him the night before Kathleen is found dead and she wakes up -- -- was gone.
Not answering his cell.
It dawn she finds them in the laundry room dressed in black -- watching another woman's clothing.
He grills her telling her that she will provide his alibi.
The fourth wife even tells a divorce lawyer -- drew told her he killed Kathleen.
And Peterson's pension records are subpoenaed.
By -- divorce lawyer days before she died.
Now these people have nothing in common a reverend a police lieutenant nursing student a convict a teacher a sister.
They are not all lying.
They don't even know each other this is not taken.
Parents -- So what really happened.
Peterson picks up his kids for visitation.
He knows Kathleen is a loan for the weekend.
He leaves home in the middle of the night.
After his fourth wife falls asleep.
He enters -- home.
Using either her -- missing key.
Or the pre programmed garage door opener that Kathleen wrote about to the State's attorney.
Dressed in black he surprises Kathleen with a -- Or a stranglehold.
Just like he did in the front yard when he arrested her in front of our own kids.
He is highly trained in submission holds on the martial arts.
Once she's down he forces -- head into the toilet.
Explaining the deep symmetrical bruising under her collar -- He then drags her on her left side from the toilet to the top explaining the abrasions on the left side of her body.
And the one Linear abrasion literally mimics that -- out on the floor.
She's already dead he throws are in the top then -- hits her on her head and forces -- legs down her feet pressed against the side of the top.
But he forgets to put the towel there he forgets to replace for the bath -- his hands too big to open the small -- on the necklace around her neck.
He knows from his police training is DNA is found -- clothing so we take them to launder them.
And when he returns the next day with the -- -- a locksmith and a neighbor before he enters the house.
Now we -- is alibi.
He doesn't call fellow police officers civilians are better in a situation like this.
And -- -- -- screams in the dark house where there might be an intruder he doesn't run with his gun drawn -- all police are trained to do.
He stays at the front door.
When he does approach her body he starts cleaning up the -- allegedly to keep the children from seeing it but really to explain.
Why his DNA might be present.
And after neighboring asked why there's no -- she's really taking a -- one miraculously appears.
The evidence is there it is circumstantial.
And it is strong.
Motive means opportunity.
Each truth connected.
Leads us to the whole truth.
Kathleen -- video has spoken to was from her brain.
Her statements repeatedly voiced by the witnesses who swore to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the true.
Her voice is everywhere it is clear -- -- sites and on target.
Can't you hear her.
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