Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Drew Peterson: Wife Killer?

A Plea for Help

In the spring of 2002, Drew Peterson and Stacy Cales moved into a house on the same street as the home he had shared with Kathleen, Pheasant Chase Court. With only three blocks separating his estranged wife from his new teen-aged girlfriend, Drew Peterson's divorce swiftly became uglyreally ugly.

Bolingbrook police records show that between the spring of 2002 and February 2004, police officers were called to Kathleen's home 19 times to intervene in domestic fights. Twice, Drew Peterson had Kathleen arrested for domestic violence, though she was found not guilty in both cases.

Kathleen Savio
Kathleen Savio
Kathleen alleged that Drew and Stacy tormented her by frequently loitering in front of her house, either on rollerblades or in one of their cars.

One arrest came, according to Kathleen, after Stacy called her names in front of her children while videotaping the incident with Kathleen's own camera, which Drew had taken from her house. That led to a confrontation between the two women, with Kathleen trying to snatch the camera from Stacy's hands. Drew jumped in and slammed Kathleen to the ground and held her down until the police arrived.

On July 5, 2002, Kathleen was coming down the stairs in her house carrying a load of laundry when she discovered Drew inside her home, in violation of a protection order. She told police that Drew held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. Kathleen filed a complaint, but the police didn't arrest Drew.

On November 14, 2002, Kathleen wrote her letter to Will County Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Fragale, begging the prosecutor to help protect her from Drew, who she said was likely to kill her.

But Kathleen Savio's pleas went unanswered.

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