Scott PetersonLaci Peterson
Friday, 11 August 2017 () The case had already become that perverse modern-day form of “entertainment” we call a media circus, and the circus became even more raucous when Peterson went on trial for murder in 2004. The police had their sights set narrowly on Scott Peterson from the beginning and failed to talk to witnesses whose sightings of Laci walking the family dog on the afternoon of her disappearance would have at least suggested a greater possibility of reasonable doubt in Peterson’s trial. A pair of pliers became a key piece of evidence in the trial because they contained a single strand of Laci’s hair. Frey, among the contributors to the film, changed everything when she appeared at a press conference and revealed that she had been seeing Peterson. Up to that point, while Peterson’s behavior may not have been what the public would expect of a grieving husband, the public had little reason to believe he’d killed his wife, nor did Laci’s family, the Rochas, who had rejected any idea that he was involved. “The Murder of Laci Peterson” may include information from credible sources that at least makes viewers wonder if Peterson is innocent, but the series does not cover only one “side” of the case. A local cop recalls Scott enjoying a ribs dinner with so much gusto, you’d never believe his wife was missing. Others recall Scott decamping to San Diego, dying his hair and trying to join his father at a golf course until he was nabbed by cops who’d been following as he drove around trying to evade what he thought was the media. [...] he continues, the police focused on Scott Peterson “very early on and it may have been to the detriment of missed opportunities,” including several people discovered by private eye Gary Ermoian who saw Laci walking the golden retriever the day she disappeared. Several contributors to the film believe the over-saturated media coverage was a factor in the investigation’s focus and on the outcome of the trial. To use a currently popular word, there was a good bit of collusion between the cops and at least one TV reporter, Gloria Gomez, who covered the story for KOVR TV in Sacramento. Fake news has been around for a long time,” he says, “especially in criminal cases, especially when it comes to trying your cast in the media. Heavy media coverage often begets more of those “nuggets” Gomez is so proud of obtaining, Auletta says. David Wiegand is an assistant managing editor and the TV critic of The San Francisco Chronicle.
For the first time in over a decade Scott Peterson is speaking out. He is revealing what went through his mind after being convicted of killing his wife and unborn son. Veuer's Elizabeth Keatinge has the full story.