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Drew Peterson: Wife Killer?

A New Investigation

Friday, November 9, 2007, twelve days after Stacy Peterson's disappearance, must have been a tough day for Drew Peterson.

Not only did the Illinois State Police name him a suspect in his fourth wife's disappearance, calling the case "a potential homicide," but Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow also announced he was going to exhume the body of Kathleen Savio, Peterson's third wife, who had died under suspicious circumstances three years earlier. Glasgow said he would arrange for a second, independent autopsy.

Stacy Peterson missing poster
Stacy Peterson missing poster
Speaking at a press conference about Kathleen Savio's death, Glasgow was quoted in The Chicago Tribune:

"There are strong indications that it was a homicide. That's why we're doing the exhumation. Clearly, there are indications from the crime-scene photographs that are not consistent with an accident. I read the autopsy protocol. I looked at the crime-scene photographs, and I looked at the photographs from the autopsy. And with 29 years of experience, there's no doubt in my mind it wasn't an accident."

Additionally, Glasgow agreed to allow renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the state of New York, to perform a separate autopsy on behalf of the Savio family.

Three days later, November 12, 2007, Peterson submitted a letter of resignation to the Bolingbrook Police Department. After 29 years on the job, he was entitled to a pension of $6,000 a month.

The next day, James Glasgow had Kathleen Savio's casket dug from her grave at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in the village of Hillside, 20 miles northeast of Bolingbrook, and her remains moved to the Will County morgue.

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