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Drew Peterson Fears for Life

By September 9, 2013

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A former police officer convicted of killing his third wife while his fourth wife is still missing without a trace fears for his life as he serves his 38-year prison sentence. Drew Peterson told his attorney that he feels like he is going to die in prison.

Peterson was convicted of the 2004 murder of Kathleen Savio. His fourth wife, Stacy Peterson vanished in 2007.

Recently Peterson wrote to his attorney Joel Brodsky complaining about the "nightmarish" conditions at his Illinois prison. Peterson is currently being held in protective custody due to the high-profile nature of his case.

'I Have No TV'

"Joel, did you ever feel that something was going to happen before it does? I feel I'm going to die in here. If the inmates don't get me I'm gonna be killed by the cruel guards," Peterson wrote. "I'm in a cell the size of a broom closet, peeling paint, rusting fixtures, I have no TV or anything and I haven't been out since I got here."

"The food is terrible and I'm in solitary confinement," he wrote.

Members of Savio's family reacted to Peterson's letters, which were publicized by a Chicago television station.

Authorities Reopened Investigation

"I hope she is haunting him in his dreams," Savio's brother, Henry Jr., said. "I hope she is watching his descent into hell."

Savio's body was found in a dry upstairs bathtub. She had an injury to her head and her hair was soaked in blood. Her death was originally ruled an accident.

When 23-year-old Stacy Peterson disappeared three years later, authorities reopened the investigation into Savio's death and reclassified it as a homicide.

Peterson has never been charged in Stacy's disappearance.

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September 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm
(1) Nikki says:

This is complete bs, when Drew first arrived at Menard he did feel this way but not now. He wears Nike has a tv and everything else on the commissary list. He’s in pc and gets along with everyone, the guards did give him hell when he first arrived but not now. I see him every week and talk to him on the phone, he is just fine. Of course he dislikes the size of his cell and such, but who wouldn’t. As for Joel Brodsky, he started writing Drew, he want drew to issue a letter to the public saying he wasn’t at fault for his guilty verdict and should not face the ardc. Joel Brodsky is a joke, why don’t you tell them all that Joel!!!!’

September 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm
(2) rose young-stewart says:

who is nikki as in nike sneakers/? who would ever want to see and talk to a person who has done so many MURDERS? i don’t get it. cant you understand peterson is a no good, uselsss, downright cocky killer who definitely will die in prison and who’s fault is it anyway? too damned bad you dont like the food. You don’t look as if you have missed many meals in your lifetime.

September 24, 2013 at 7:45 pm
(3) dafirestar says:

It’s funny, I usually have sympathy for a person in Drew Peterson’s shoes. As an ex-cop he is a target to the convicts, as a dirty cop he is a target to the guards, as a cocky ass towards his victims family he becomes a target to anyone that knows the story of his crimes.
He was so brash, and so full of himself thumbing his nose at the very system he was paid to uphold. Murdering his wives, once he became tired of them makes me believe that he got just what he should have gotten. He is an extremely rare person that I have very little sympathy for in regards to his situation.

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