The Murder of Laci Peterson
But, behind the confident smiles frozen in their family photos, Scott Peterson wasn't very happy at all.
His brother-in-law Brent Rocha recalled later that Scott was worried about his job performance and about turning 30. Scott seems to have told anyone who'd listen that he wasn't comfortable with his impending fatherhood. And records show that the couple were living a lifestyle beyond the means of his $60,000 annual salary.
The realities of work, marriage and parenthood can leave some feeling trapped. Peterson consoled himself with a series of affairs. He could have left his wife and child, but that would have meant saddling himself with child support and alimony, not fully freeing himself.
So instead of getting a divorce, Scott murdered his wife, Laci Peterson, dumping herstill pregnant with their unborn son, Connerin San Francisco Bay.
Peterson's charms, however, didn't long fool Frey. She testified against him at his trial for Laci's murder, calling him "a wolf in sheep's clothing." Nor did they persuade his jury, who convicted him on remarkably little physical evidence. Now he sits on death row, and few outside of his immediate family and a few Satanic-conspiracy theorists think he's anything but guilty. He seems an obvious sociopath now, but for a while he'd had good luck in convincing women that he was a sweet, serious and loving guy. That he was too good to be true.
And that was Laci Peterson's downfall.