"Officers did a grid search last night and then repeated it today," Detective Brocchini said. "There are three dog teams there, and mounted sheriffs are coming over. The sheriff's helicopter has also searched the area with a heat detector." "Have you used cadaver dogs yet?" Scott Peterson asked. The detective was shocked. "Cadaver dogs are used for sniffing out dead bodies," Brocchini explained. "Have you already given up on finding Laci alive?" Catherine Crier has been covering the Peterson case since Laci Peterson disappeared from her home on December 24, 2002. Crier, a former judge and one of television's most popular legal analysts, was among the first to question the behavior of Laci's husband, Scott Peterson. And with her network of journalistic sources, Crier was soon able to penetrate the core of the police investigation that followed-gaining access to a huge and revealing body of previously unseen police reports, transcripts of recorded conversations, photographic evidence, and other exclusive materials. Drawing on these resources-and extensive interviews with key witnesses and lead investigators-Crier has written this astonishingly detailed and intimate look at the most notorious murder case since O. J. Simpson.
After the seemingly never-ending media coverage of pregnant Laci Peterson?s Christmas Eve 2002 disappearance and husband Scott?s subsequent arrest, trial, conviction and death-penalty sentence for her murder, it?s hard to believe anything about this notorious case could still be ?untold.? But Court TV anchor Crier and co-author Thompson?s encyclopedic tome includes never-before-released transcripts of conversations between Scott and others (which don?t significantly impact one?s understanding of the case, however) and a 38-page appendix of photos, documents and other police evidence. Although much of the information in this book has been reported previously or revealed at trial, anyone looking for a comprehensive overview of the case will find it here. The authors chart not only the police investigation and trial but the personal and family history of Scott and Laci. A more balanced examination of the case is all that?s missing to make this book really stand out. Up front, Crier states that since the first days of the case, she felt certain that Scott was a sociopath responsible for his wife?s disappearance, and throughout the book, she demonstrates how and why. Given Scott?s behavior in the weeks prior to and immediately after Laci?s disappearance, not to mention all the lies he told to police, family and friends, she?s not exactly going out on a limb. Although few people would doubt Scott?s guilt, the whole book is very pro-police?it?s even dedicated ?To all those who protect and serve.? Had the authors started from a presumption of innocence and turned a critical eye on the investigation, which yielded more circumstantial than solid forensic evidence, the book would have been more compelling, but its thoroughness will draw many readers nonetheless. 12 pages of color photos. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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September 10, 2012
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