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May 7th, 2009
09:11 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Drew Peterson Arrested

Drew Peterson was arrested Thursday on murder charges relating to his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Drew Peterson was arrested Thursday on murder charges relating to his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on AC360°, we're covering breaking news on the arrest of Drew Peterson. Remember him? He's the former police sergeant in Illinois who authorities call the prime suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. But just hours ago a grand jury indicted him for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Savio's death had been ruled an accidental drowning after her body had been found in an empty bath tub in March 2004, just days away from divorce. But her family insisted the death was linked to foul play. Authorities exhumed the body, tests were performed, and her death was then ruled a "homicide staged to look like an accident."

The same grand jury that has indicted Peterson on the death of his third wife is looking at whether he should also be charged in Stacy Peterson's disappearance. She vanished October 2007. Peterson has said repeatedly that she left him for another man.

Peterson is now engaged to a woman that would become his fifth wife. But that wedding may be put on hold, since he  faces this new legal battle.

Join us for more on this breaking story and tonight's other headlines starting at 10pm ET.

See you then!


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Ashley

    Ha, ha!! He's indicted!! What an idiot, his third wife is dead, his fourth wife is missing, hello? Red flag, red flag. GUILTY! Throw that useless excuse for a human being in jail, and let Kathleen and Stacey's families get some justice. It's about time.

    She left him for another guy? That's a lie. Someone said that she cared about her children; so, why would she leave them?

    And what was said about him carrying some blue container around? Was that ever loooked into? If Stacey is dead, do you think that her body would be in there?

    And WHY is some other lady with him? Doesn't she know what happened to the OTHER 2 women? I wouldn't be surprised if she wound up dead. Please lady, GET AWAY FROM HIM!!!

    May 8, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  2. Saul

    YES!!!! It was about time!!!!! With that GUILTY face of his all he did was laugh at the viewers through the media and interviews. He had it coming. Now let's hope he won't slip away again.

    May 8, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  3. GF, Los Angeles

    I honestly think he may get away with both murders. As much as most of us feel he did commit these crimes – the evidence may be long gone to leave reasonable doubt.

    May 8, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  4. Juli

    Finally ! he is arrested ....... Now lets get him for the last murder !

    May 8, 2009 at 2:08 am |
  5. Melinda Prince

    It's about time. What I remember most was a January interview Drew Peterson did and as they drove by his and Kathy Savio's house he said(paraphrasing) that life goes on. I don't know about Illonois and murder convictions with no body ( as in the case of the fourth Mrs Peterson) but here in Nashville,Tennessee we have Perry March who also stated from the beginning that Janet,his wife, just walked off from her life. And they finally got him! These men are predators and are creepy.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:28 am |
  6. 2many missing

    Finally a step towards justice for Kathleen! I am so happy for their family!
    Stacy Peterson was also murdered by Drew, i believe. May he rot in a cell for the rest of his life. Prayers tonite for the children, as their world will never be the same.
    Happy Mother's Day Kathleen and Stacy, RIP

    May 8, 2009 at 1:22 am |
  7. victor

    Let the man have his day in court before we crucify him. This is America!

    May 8, 2009 at 12:50 am |
  8. Stan

    It's will be hard to really convict Peterson because by him being a Police Officer, he no's how to get rid of a body and not leave a trace. If he's been married 4 times and they all were killed or disapered, come on now!! He no's exactly what happened to these women.

    May 8, 2009 at 12:33 am |
  9. Bill Donnelly

    Absolute perfection is impossible to attain, nothing is foolproof, and you
    cannot lie your way to innocence. Cowards have a tendency to disguise themselves,as he did in the good guys uniform. Now that the game
    is ending, and the uniform gone we may get to see the real Drew Peterson.

    May 8, 2009 at 12:31 am |
  10. cary

    About time.
    Is this woman he is with now THAT DESPERATE for a Man? How can she fall asleep beside him and truly rest?
    This guy is NO Man, he is an arrogant Creep who thinks he's above the law.
    Oh, and l have some more news for him...he is NOT Gods Gift to Women like he THINKS he is...his smirk revolts me as l'm sure it does to others and l hope justice now wipes it right off his smug face.

    May 8, 2009 at 12:28 am |
  11. patty bryant

    I AM SO GLAD HE WILL FINALLY GET WHAT HE DESERVES . HE WAS A POLICEMAN HE WAS SUPPOSE TO PROTECT AND SAVE LIVES NOT KILL HOW DID HE GET AWAY WITH IT THIS LONG?

    May 7, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  12. Sean Cochran

    My name is Sean Cochran and I live in Bolingbrook about 5 minutes from Drew. Here is my take on this. He is going to be found not guilty. I am not saying if he did or did not do it. I am saying there is too much reasonable doubt. First they say it was accidental death. Then, only after Stacy goes missing, they say it was murder. Illinois State Police and Will County Sheriff have been under tremendous pressure to charge him. Let us not forget the man is no dummy. If they couldn't charge him when the crime was fresh, they are not going to convict him when the crime is old. In my humble opinion, the ISP and the State's Atty's office is just folding under pressure. I do not believe a Will County Jury is going to send a 20 plus year Police Veteran to Prison for a crime that he may or may not have committed. Any thoughts?? Let me know.

    May 7, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  13. Kaptainess

    Send him to jail and let the inmates give him justice. Two wives either missing or dead? What was he thinking? Did he really think he could get away with it? And that fifth wants to be his wife? Is she nutz?

    May 7, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  14. Kevin

    Finally, how long did he really thinkl he was going to get away with everything. He looked as guilty as anyone keeping his sunglasses on during every interview. I want to know how he brainwashed his latest girlfriend ,while he has 3 dead ex wives.

    May 7, 2009 at 11:20 pm |
  15. christine Tozzi

    HE IS AS GUILTY AS THE DAY IS LONG. Are you kidding me? How can he put that smile on his face and look his children in the eyes? And to have his Son lie for him? This is a Robert Marshall case all over again. See you on Death Row Mr. Peterson

    May 7, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  16. mikeboxerguy

    that silly smirk he carries when a camera shows up ,should really say it all! he thinks hes one up on the law! we'll see how that works for him this time!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  17. patti anfibolo

    I AM VERY HAPPY HE WAS ARRESTED, AS I FEEL HE NEEDS TO BE PROSCUTED A.S.A.P. JUSTICE NEEDS TO BE SERVED, AND ALSO, ONLY ONE PERSON THAT HE NEEDS TO REALLY WORY ABOUT IS THE MAN UPSTAIRS – HE WILL HAVE TO ANSWER TO HIM SOME DAY.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  18. kathryn

    YES!!! Take him away!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Jesus Medina, Lompoc, California

    I think that Drew Peterson is responsible for the disappearance of Stacy. I think that this will be a tough case for the jury, and there will need to be a lot of evidence to convict him. I think that Stacy did not leave him for another man. I do not think that Drew will be convicted for her "accidental" death.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Stephanie

    Hey, this fifth lady must be one of those women that thinks they can actually change the man! Ridiculous!!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  21. suzette

    I have a very strong suspicion that he is also responsible for his 4th wifes death.....still haaven't found her body.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  22. Teresa, OH

    I think his wedding will take place, he still needs a baby sitter and someone to admire him and be his next victim. He needs someone to work for him on the outside.

    For some odd reason, I do believe Peterson will walk away from this charge.

    As for Stacy leaving him for another man– if he was as great a hubby as he claims–his wives wanted for nothing– what woman would run away from that?

    May 7, 2009 at 9:35 pm |