Drew Peterson's Mother Dies

The convicted wife-killer's mother passed away this week.

OUTSIDE CHICAGO -- Drew Peterson's mother died a month and two days after her son was convicted of murder.

Betty Morphey, 84, never attended a single day of her son's five-week murder trial. She also never visited Peterson in the three and a half years he has been locked up in the Will County jail.

Morphey suffered from severe dementia, according to a source close to the family.

Morphey was married to Peterson's father, Donald Peterson, for 38 years. When her husband died she married Albert Morphey, Donald Peterson's boss at Northern Illinois Gas Company.

One of Albert Morphey's sons, Thomas Morphey, has said he helped Peterson carry a blue barrel containing the dead body of Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, out of his house.

Thomas Morphey also said he and his family always suspected Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in March 2004.

Peterson was convicted of murdering Savio last month.

Morphey last lived at an assisted living facility. Before that, she and her deceased husband Albert Morphey lived in Burr Ridge.

Betty Morphey's visitation is from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Modell Funeral Home in Darien. Her funeral will be at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Darien.

Will County Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said the issue of whether Peterson will be taken out of jail for the funeral has not been brought to his attention.

"I think this would be something that would have to be asked for by his attorneys, and I haven't seen an order to that effect," Kaupas said.

Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky, failed to return calls for comment.

Read more of Patch's latest Drew Peterson coverage.

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Rozeeta October 12, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Sorry to disappoint you but I'm 5'8, 135 and fabulous! You on the other hand sound like a bridge dwelling troll with no education to speak of except for the inner workings of the penal system.....bravo! Keep up the good work.
Rozeeta October 12, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Gee, getting an "education" from someone so obviously UN-educated in anything but the inner workings of the prison system. Only someone who has spent some serious time in the IDOC could speak so fluently on the rules and regs....how long you been locked up for dude???
Pro Life Crusader + October 12, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Only a pot smoking burn out uses the term dude!!
Pro Life Crusader + October 12, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Rozeeta stop looking into the circus mirror! Plus I know about prison systems,because I vist your family there!
Pro Life Crusader + October 12, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Let me be the judge of your body! :-)
Sherylynne October 12, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Why would he attend his mother's funeral? He has proven he has no respect for human life so why pretend he does now?
Mary Smith October 12, 2012 at 07:50 AM
I'm not saying they don't. I'm saying they SHOULDN'T!! In my opinion, when a person commits a heinous crime, they should be given an 8 by 8 cell, a toothbrush, and just enough food to allow them to wake up to another day of the same nothingness.
Skb October 12, 2012 at 03:53 PM
She probably couldn't wait to be put out of her misery.
R U Kidding October 12, 2012 at 04:44 PM
DId she die in a dry bathtub? HE did it.
Pro Life Crusader + October 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM
So says hearsay evidence!
Kathy Smith October 12, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Why is Vera volpe argentata still allowed to comment on this site? Her comments are frequently vulgar and offensive, and I don't think they're appropriate.
Pro Life Crusader + October 12, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Kathy how is that girl!
Vera volpe argentata October 12, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Kathy , why are you allowed to procreate? You are offensive and narrow-minded. You're probably a section 8 participant as well (freeloader).
John Tips October 12, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Although I too believe that Drew is guilty, I do not like it that our Congress here in Illinois has passed into law the hearsay law he was convicted under. This law goes against every grain of my being as an American who believes our rights are eroding away. HEARSAY is what Convicted the people of Salem which later resulted in the witch burnings there! I believe that this entire fiasco was due to shoddy and often botched up police work and the original mistaken determination by the counties coroner! I feel strongly that when this targeted law is challenged at our nations Supreme Court, it will be overthrown - which will result in a lengthy retrial at which time Drew Peterson could walk!
Lisa October 12, 2012 at 09:56 PM
He won`t get any sympathy from me.
Teresa K. October 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM
@flora: that is a lovely thought. i wouldnt want to know my son was capable of such acts either. RIP, Mrs. Morphey
Teresa K. October 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM
vera: i know plenty of people, including myself, that use the term 'dude' and we dont smoke pot. i hope whoever is in prison that you visit appreciates your devotion and martyrdom- a waste of your time, nonetheless....
Mel October 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I remember when the news was reporting that Ryan was not allowed to see his dying wife. Yet they let a man convicted of murder and suspected of another to go to his mom’s funeral? Our system is a mess. I also did read that this is allowed and it is usually not publicized and why would it be? Only because he is a high profile case is the only reason it made the news. So sad and wrong.
Mel October 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Actually I guess Ryan was denied bail but was able to see his wife like 4 times and was there when she died and was able to attend funeral. My bad.
bill zim October 18, 2012 at 02:39 AM
lala get real there is no real proof drew did any of this hope one day a member of your family is facing the same you idiot
bill zim October 18, 2012 at 02:40 AM
stef just showing how stupid you are no proof peterson did anything scum like you wreck this country
bill zim October 18, 2012 at 02:43 AM
sherylynne no real proof drew did anything wrong
The Care Bear Here October 20, 2012 at 02:47 PM
WOW Vera volpe on dope , don't you have anything else to do ? i could send you a list of activities in your area. your all over patch making a fool of yourself Go take your medication and calm down dear.....
The Care Bear Here October 20, 2012 at 02:49 PM
i think vera is intrigued and wants to marry Drew...........
The Care Bear Here October 20, 2012 at 02:52 PM
AGREEEEEEEEEEED the woman vera volpe on dope is nutts and needs to be investigated she sits everyday making wierd comments all over PATCH in every town from Darien to Oak Forest and beyond..... ignore her and maybe she will go away soon
The Care Bear Here October 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM
WOW Now vera wants to be the judge of Rozeeta's body.... does this strike anyone else as WIERD ? I think vera volpe on dope likes the attention of making STUPID,ODD and WIERD comments, i think we should all ignore her/him...................
Tami Hunter November 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM
bill zim: Actually, it's people like you who never made it through school far enough to understand the principals of punctuation who are wrecking this country with your stupidity and illiteracy. If you are going to post, at least TRY to sound as though you have a working brain cell. That said, I would also like to point out that your "crush" has already been convicted of the murder of his second wife so it is highly likely that he also murdered Stacy and he is right where he needs to be. Also, your "crush" is simply a weak little man with a huge ego. That's why he became a cop. Perhaps that's a turn on for you.
Tami Hunter November 06, 2012 at 02:26 PM
bill zim: The best part of you WAS swallowed by your mother! Jeff: bill zim has a huge crush on Mr. PETERson. ;)
Tami Hunter November 06, 2012 at 02:30 PM
bill, bill, bill, it's 2012. It's okay to come out of the closet! Just find yourself a nice guy. Hooking up with Mr. PETERson could be dangerous for you. ;) I'll bet you have pictures of him hanging on your ceiling above your bed. Am I right?
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