May 6th, 2009
09:28 AM ET

Scott Peterson Keeps Blogging


Sharon Rocha, mother of Laci Peterson, says Scott Peterson shouldn't be blogging from San Quentin.

Sharon Rocha, mother of Laci Peterson, says Scott Peterson shouldn't be blogging from San Quentin.

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

As much as we'd like him to disappear for good, Scott Peterson won't go away, at least not yet. Despite a death sentence for murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and her unborn son, Conner, the condemned killer continues to plead his case and in more ways than one. As with other convicted felons, he's filing appeals, hoping a court will overturn the verdict. That is his right.

But Peterson is also trying to convince you he's innocent. And he's using the Internet to do it. Peterson has managed to turn his Death Row cell at San Quentin State Prison in California into a virtual blogosphere.

His entries are posted on scottpetersonappeal.org, a web site created by the Peterson family. The site, which seeks donations for his defense, declares its mission statement as follows:

"We know Scott is innocent and that he has been unjustly convicted. Our pursuit of justice for Laci, Conner and Scott remains steadfast. We want to keep you informed as to the specifics of the case, the appeal, and related topics. We also want you to know how grateful we are for your prayers and support."

Click on the "Blog" box and readers are directed to a page of entries under the heading "Journey to Justice." A list of "Contributors" appears on the right of the screen. The contributors include Jackie Peterson, Joe Peterson, Lee Peterson, and Scott Peterson.

His latest entry, dated March 25, was written under the headline "Media Spotlight Wrong Again." Peterson blogs about the arrest in the Chandra Levy murder investigation. In part, this is what he wrote:

"I hope they have indeed correctly determined who murdered Ms. Levy, because I remember when they failed her and her family, and destroyed Gary Condit and his family with allegations that Mr. Condit was responsible. I am embarrassed that I believed the accusations at the time. Boy, have I learned a lot."

In an earlier blog from this year, Peterson lashes out at the police and the prosecutors for railroading him. Here's what he said:

"The police pointed a finger at me on day one, and the D.A. was involved almost immediately. They became invested in convicting me. facts and forensic tests showed that I could not be involved, but they had already put all their eggs in one basket. It was then impossible for them to back away without embarrassment. I do not think they wanted to admit to anyone, not even themselves, that they may be wrong, so they carried on. This explains why the D.A. would not complete a proper investigation and it explains why they would not test to see if it was possible to throw a body from our small boat (as is their sick theory). They did not want to know that it was not possible.?"

Scott Peterson did not blog this week. But his family did, to announce that Laci's parents withdrew their wrongful death suit against Peterson, saying

"We know that with each new piece of evidence that comes to light, it further shows Scott is innocent. We have the truth on our side and as stressful and difficult as the courtroom and media spotlight are, we were not afraid for this civil trial to move forward."

That blog was published on May 5, one day after what would have been Laci's 34th birthday.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. evie

    The Rocha family will never have any real closure or peace as long as this is allowed to continue by the Peterson family. My heart goes out to the Rochas.

    May 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  2. Chris

    It is disturbing to let a death row inmate have access to the internet, but despite what the verdicts were, there is clear evidence of a biased jury and questionable rulings that set the precedent for any accused murderer to be guilty until proven innocent, placing the burden on the defense.

    This terrifies me more, the potential of an innocent man sentence to death is appauling. When evidence exonerates an innocent man in prison, he or she should receive permanent compensation for life. If the innocent dies in prison, then the immediate families should receive permanent compensation for three generations for everyone member.

    No matter what anybody can contend to, you can never be 100% certain that person is guilty. We're guility of murder in condoning death penalties.

    May 6, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  3. Roy

    FYI... Scott Peterson DOES NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS!!!!!! He sends letters to his family, who then post it on the internet. Whatever you think of him, he has the right to free speech just like the rest of us. To believe otherwise is to go against the U.S. Constitution, which affords ALL of us that right. Even people on death row.

    May 6, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  4. D.Tek

    This case is one that I happen to have studied over a long period of time from multiple sources. It became very clear from evidence that Peterson did commit these two murders and it was absolutely premeditated.
    I never understood why his parents were never brought up on charges of aiding and abetting, particularly in his attempt to escape to Mexico (to likely get to Europe).
    They are only further allowed to aid his crimes by publishing his writings, which otherwise would not be permitted because of laws in place to prevent that.
    Scott Peterson did not fall far from the proverbial tree; I believe his sickness was developed through these parents' upbringing of their "golden boy". If we are to attempt to protect society and victims, laws need to address this loophole these people's families use.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  5. Janet

    Such monsters as Scott Peterson should go the same way as Saddam Hussein. Convicted and executed within 24 hours. No more spending money keeping him alive and then, he wouldn't be sending out any blogs. Get on with it.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  6. scott

    once this man is held accountable, by surrendering his life, his family will realize that they are victims of their son as well. that they are wrong for enabling this monster, as well as torturing themselves and lace's family. their guilt for bringing this person into the world is only magnified, with the thought that there was something they could have done different. there will be no miraculous dna save of this scum bag, and i'm not sorry 1 second for the arrogant ass. i've seen the evidence, and its over whelming. the clock has started on the rest of his wasted life, and while i don't look forward to how this sniveling loser meets his maker, i do resent hearing any thing about him, except that he's paid his debt, something not likely to happen voluntarily, considering this coward. and i got your i'm sorry, if that happens!

    May 6, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  7. Karen

    Just finished reading the book written by several of the members of Scott's jury. For all of you who believe he may have been wrongly convicted or should not have received the death penalty, please read that book, it will hopefully bring you to your senses.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  8. Heather

    This is just GROSS.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  9. Beverly

    didn't know about the writing part. don't really keep tabs on what scotty does or doesn't do. those of YOU who are ranting about THAT need to take a pill. he gave up his rights when he murdered his unborn son and his wife so he could screw around!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  10. Stephanie

    The Peterson's are toxic, parasitic people to post this nonsense on the internet and have the audacity to ask for donations.

    If he is so "innocent", why did he dye his hair orange and head to the border with 15k in cash??

    Prayers to the Rocha family. They have endured, and I'm sure still do, enough from this waste of oxygen and "it's" family of idiots.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  11. cindy

    his family is the ones with the computer. he writes the entries and they put them out there. still is disgusting.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  12. Randy

    .He would disappear if the Media would just shut up. They are giving him a voice, for the loser by giving out his blog site address. Only thing I would care to know is when he gets executed . The State takes to long to kill losers like him.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  13. susan

    It seems to me that most of the people defending him here are women, are women these days so impressed by a handsome man that they want to defend him even if he murdered his wife and child? How pathetic!!

    May 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  14. Kylie Miller

    SCOTT PETERSON DOES NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS!!!!!!!! NO INMATE HAS A PERSON COMPUTER IN PRISON. What is mostly likely is that he wrote the paper, then mailed it to a family member or friend who "blogged" it for him. I know no inmate on death row has a computer. Trust me on this!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  15. Tina

    He does NOT have access to a computer. He writes by pen and sends the blog through the snail mail (USPS) to his family. The family then posts it on the internet at his website. This is how Scott is working. Funny how he said his wife was dead to his mistress Amber a few weeks before she went missing. Interesting. Scott is a straight up psychopath. Laci knows the truth and she sees his lies from heaven above but is not weeping anymore.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  16. Blake

    From what I understand, Scott Petersons writes the blogs on a piece of paper, mails it to his familly and they are the one that enters it on the computer. From what I have read previously Scott Peterson does not have direct access to the Internet.

    With that said, Scott Peterson and his family ought to be ashamed for keeping this blog... It is deplorable and desperate and hopefully not wining them any support. I hope it's exactly the opposite.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  17. sandi

    Why the heck is a convicted felon on death row able to hand written blogs to his family to post on the web. Hell, the stupid Casey Anthony can't even have a visit with her parents without being videoed.
    He is in prison to suffer and he can prove his innocence through an appeal like all other felons.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  18. jessica

    Scott does not have access to the internet. He writes his "blogs" and mails them to his family which they then post.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  19. Lee

    I understand it is family writing the blogs for him and that he has few privelages as a death row inmate. My question is what is taking so long to execute this guy? Surely the powers that be must have reviewed his appeals by now. Is there a line up for the execution chamber? If so, bring back the guillotine. Its quick. Some of the people like this guy (I won't dignify him by using his name) need to stop wasting the tax dollars and take their punishment. Simply put....bitter reality

    May 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  20. tracey-st.louis,mo

    he does not have access to internet, i read somewhere that he mails his blogs to family and they post from home.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  21. kerri

    not that i am in any way shape or form sticking up for this creep but he writes the blogs in long hand and his family does indeed post it for him. i saw it on a special about him. so don't worry. the sicko doesn't have access to the internet. how long until they take care of him anyway??

    May 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  22. Brenda

    If you think Peterson is not guilty then you are unfamiliar with the Mountain of evidence against him.

    Yes, there were no eyewitnesses or a videotape of the crime, but if you need that to convict, then let's hope you are never on a jury.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  23. michelle

    I don't know what I would do if my son was convicted of such a terrible crime, but I would definitly not maintain a blog site for him. For someone that claims no guilt he certainly acted that way! I just wish our tax dollars weren't wasted on scum like him. In the end he will lose, he knows the truth and he needs to own up to it.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  24. Jane

    His entire family is creepy and in total denial that their son is a murderer . They're so blinded by their sick "love" for the sociopath they raised that they can't see the truth, or are afraid to look. And if he was so innocent, why didn't he take the stand to explain the evidence against him? I guess it's hard to "go public" when you've been proven a liar, a cheat and a killer. He can claim anything he wants... an innocent man would have been shouting from the rooftops that he didn't do it. Maybe he should have asked his mistress to back his so-called alibi. What a piece of work.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  25. Brenda

    There are laws that prohibit convicted murderers from profiting financially from their crimes. Since one of the primary purposes of the website is to solicit money, I would think the state of CA could control Peterson's participation. As a death row inmate he is entitled to free legal defense for all appeals.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  26. scott

    our "in" justice system needs addressing, while lobbying for change , brings back the pain again and again, the victims family are the most influential and i for one would lend my support. this waste of life was convicted of premeditated first degree murder, not some random killing, but a unsuspecting spouse and a defenseless baby, he didn't plan to get caught and didn't consider the consequences, and he isn't the only one! it is our obligation as law abiding citizens to insure that those who prey on humanity, are dealt with expediciously without mercy, blogging and communicating are things for the law abiding. the objective of justice is to repay your debt to society by rehabilitation, and death is final,! an eye for an eye. its time to quit coddling criminals and send that message to the populus, that you will be accountable

    May 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  27. sam

    every day tens of thousands of people die from preventable diseases and cnn and all the posters here choose to focus on a 5+ year old murder case that was resolved in court.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  28. Rebecca

    I have written to the web site and had Scott Peterson's mother reply to me. Her state of denial is just hear breaking. I don't think any mother wants to believe that they have, after raising a seemingly normal child, raised a monster. But what was it? After watching on cable last night a show on not just circumstances of childhood rearing (abuse, etc.) but brain damage especially of the part of the brain that controls inhibitions can result in behavior that is unimaginable. Charles Whitman the UT tower sniper himself knew that he didn't "understand what compelled him" to do any of what he did. He requested an autopsy and referred to headaches. It was found that he had a brain tumor. There is no excuse. He knew that he shouldn't do it. He had enough snap to write a 2 page suicide note, describing who he was going to kill. He was quite methodical about it. He could have stopped himself. He spoke of seeking mental help. He chose not to. Scott Peterson wanted something and didn't want anyone to think badly of him (adulterer, womanizer) especially his parents.. He also wanted sympathy (what he told Amber about being a widower). He found someone else to make him feel good. If Scott had not been caught, he would have done the same thing to Amber. Once you do it, it is way too easy to do again. John Wayne Gacy. Killer clown. If Casey Anthony had never gotten caught (she is just too stupid not to have been) she would have fallen deeper and deeper into the dark world she created.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  29. Linda Kitchens

    Scott know's what he did, and he know's everybody in the world know's what he did..
    when will they {the people} get tire of him and put him to death already..
    we are sick of his lie's..
    I feel so sorry for Laci's family hasn't he done enough to them..
    If his family is doing these blog's for him then THEY should be ashame too..it just prove's they didn't love Laci or Conner I know scott is there son but they aren't thinking about there GRANDSON he KILLED that little baby

    May 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  30. Renegade

    I'm not sure how it works in California, but, in Texas, death row inmates do not have direct internet access. Instead, they send letters to their family members, lawyer, or groups sympathetic to overturing the death penalty, and those individual create the website. They raise money via PayPal and other sites to pay for the webpage, and the money goes to fund the inmate's commissary account, if the lawyers are court-appointed.

    They hurt the victims' families, and generally have impunity to say whatever they want under the First Amendment. Personally, I think the people and groups who post these sites and solicit funds should be liable for any fraud in inducing people to give, if the convictions are final, but they continue to put out false information.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  31. Mike in NYC

    Whoa, now it's sixty-eight postings!

    The LA serial killer thread only had four. What's with you people?

    May 6, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  32. Kira

    Okay, just to clear things up to everyone since the article did not state this. The internet is NOT available to inmates. Inmates send hand written letters to their families to post the blogs for them.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  33. sol

    I dont get why the family dropped the civil suit, maybe closure for Lacy and Conner, understandable. As for the Petersons it is their son and all but WAKE UP, hes a baby killer. But it is true that blood is thicker than water, but maybe that only applies to GOOD parenting!!!! Scott did kill his own blood, born or unborn it was still his BLOOD. He deserves the worst of the worst, I hope hes dropped the soap a few times...

    May 6, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  34. L0pht

    Well, hopefully the right people have disabled that blog site with a DDoS

    May 6, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  35. Really??

    Okay i got it...he doesnt have access directly...but he does have some sort of access right..indirectly??? And I did read what was written...so sorry for the mistake Cyndi...I do not think they will publish any books on what I wrote or anything so RELAX!

    May 6, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  36. Cynthia

    California needs to put in an express lane on death row like Texas.. No reason he should still be alive let alone chattin it up with his peeps online.. I'm tellin ya if they would cut back on their "rights" in prison and give them the bare minimum like food only then Cali wouldn't have to be handing out IOU's because their broke.. Lots of states would be better off if they cut television and other luxiary items for prisoners.. Don't make it a resort for them so they don't mind going back.. I think that one man that runs tent city for a prison has the right idea..

    May 6, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  37. Mari

    Perhaps not in this World, but THERE IS JUSTICE IN THE NEXT!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  38. Rick A Hyatt

    Actually, it wasn't Gary Condit nor his wife that murdered Chandra. It was a despicable, hated, "Illegal Alien!" From Mars, who didn't even have a "Green card," he was just green himself.
    The CHICOM-run US Press says so, so it MUST BE!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  39. Mike in NYC

    Thirty comments on a Scott Peterson thread? The Iran nuke thread had two the last time I was there.

    People really need to get their priorities in order.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  40. judy

    this monster clearly did it. why? who knows. i cant believe his family is right behind him. they must be idiots. his suspicious activity points all fingers all to him. a devoted and loving husband & father would have been searching for her. he would have acted differently. these dumb ass people deserve to suffer just like their victims did. God will give him his final punishment.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  41. sammy

    Fear not, in the end justice will prevail!!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  42. Rosie

    This is a slap in the face to all concerned. And you know there are sick people out there sending money to this creep. And lets face it, parents don't want to believe that their child could have done what he did. He's a sick man that just needs to stay where he is at.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  43. Kal

    Did anyone else catch the slip that Scott stated in his blog "OUR small boat ". It was widely reported by Laci's family that Laci did not know Scott had purchased the boat. I believe it was also reported that Scott's family did not know he'd purchased the boat. ( He purchased not too long before her disappearance) Interesting that Scott Peterson and other murderers such as Jeffrey MacDonald continue to get tangled up in their lies. I say blog away, shoot your mouths off because we are on to you !

    May 6, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  44. beckie

    I am reading a book by Robert Hare, PhD called "Without Conscience" – The Disturbing World Of The psychopaths Among Us. Scott Pererson, Casey Anthony and Phil Markoff are psychopaths. They simply do not have a conscience. Period. None of them should ever see the light of day. They will destroy everybody in their path.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  45. derrick

    Circumstantial evidence just means there was no eye witness. Most murder cases are decided on circumstntial evidence. And, frankly, circumstantial evidence is more reliable. Would you rather have DNA or some legally blind woman across the street?

    May 6, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  46. Judy

    It sounds like he's as egotistical now as he was when he was going to trial and convicted. I think that Peterson and Casey Anthony would make a horrendously good couple. They are both shameless nut cases who actually think that the world is being bad to them for no reason. They were probably both raised the same...spoiled rotten!!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  47. Gene

    You were tried and convicted. Your parents should be ashamed of themselves for not seeing you as the convicted murderer that you are. Are they so ignorant to think that some other person would kill Laci and put her in the lake that you were on? You thought you were so smart and would not get caught. Why don't you just be a Man and tell the truth. Your crying and whining by you and your parents just shows how you you sill won't face the reality that you got caught for the crime you committed. Your parents should just close the book on a stupid child who turned bad. I guess bad is not the word. Rotten is what you are down to the core. But then again all your parents see is the outside. Do they forgive you for the affair you had with Amber while your pregnant wife was missing? How did you explain that to them? Another lie? Anybody that would give money to your defense fund would be a fool trying to help another fool. I just hope they kill you soon for what you did.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  48. Kathy

    Bad news, Scott. There will not be any twittering or any other sidestepping going on when your judgement day rolls around. No matter what you may weasel out of or get to do to continue spreading the pain, you true self will be known on that day and there is NO WAY that you will be able to appeal your way out!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  49. B

    He is not given access to the internet or a computer. I am certain that I previously read somewhere that he sends his blog entries to his family and they in turn post them on his behalf. i dont know of any prison anywhere gives inmates internet/computer access as it would be too dangerous for victims, witnesses or families.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  50. Elizabeth from NC

    The taxpayers of California, or for that matter any state, should be up in arms that this cold blooded wife and baby killer is allowed to have contact with the outside world. A jury of his piers found him guilty. This murder should be serving HARD TIME, not given access to a computer or any luxury that we, the taxpayers pay for. I am sure if people were to write negative comments on his blog he and his family would cry foul. I get sick every time I look at his face.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
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