Old Flame Said Drew Yukked It Up About Ex-Wife's Death

It's the eighth day of testimony in the Drew Peterson murder trial.

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Updated 5:30 p.m.

A woman who said she had an affair with Drew Peterson when he was married to Kathleen Savio told how the disgraced Bolingbrook cop "laughed it off" when he was asked about his ex-wife's untimely death.

"He laughed it off and made a couple jokes," said Susan McCauley, who was no longer romantically involved with Peterson when she says she ran into him at a bowling alley and asked him about Savio's death and its effect on her children in March 2004.

"They'll be fine. She was crazy," McCauley said Peterson told her.

McCauley said Peterson joked and laughed when she told him he was lucky that now he would not have to pay child support or give up any of his pension or his home to Savio in their divorce, she said.

Updated 3:30 p.m. 

Kathleen Savio's sister Susan Doman said Savio told her "her husband Drew had a knife on her throat. He said he could kill her and make it look like an accident."

Susan Doman also testified that after Savio was found dead Peterson told her, "Ha ha, I found the will between the floorboards and tell your sister Anna you aren't going to get anything."

Doman also said she asked Peterson, "Why did you kill my sister?"

Doman said he looked "very surprised." He kind of choked and said, "I
wouldn't kill the mother of my children."

Updated 12:25 p.m.

A sister of Kathleen Savio will be called to testify Friday afternoon.

Susan Doman will tell jurors how Savio feared Drew Peterson would kill her and make her death look like an accident. Doman will also tell about plans she and Savio had the weekend Savio was found dead and the Illinois State Police decided she was the victim of a freak bathtub accident.

Doman will be the second of Savio's sisters to take the witness stand in Drew Peterson's murder trial. Anna Marie Doman has already testified that Savio told her Peterson threatened to kill her. Anna Marie Doman also said Savio said to her "on many occasions" that Drew Peterson told her he could kill her and make her death look like it was an accident.

Updated 11 a.m. 

Steve Maniaci learned of Kathleen Savio's death from her next-door neighbor Mary Pontarelli. He rushed over and said he saw Drew Peterson outside her house standing under a streetlight.

"He seemed to be writing a report," Maniaci said. "I went up and asked him what the hell happened," Maniaci said. "He said he didn't know."

"I said, 'Drew, I sure hope you didn't have anything to do with this.' He said he did not." 

Maniaci said he told Peterson, "This sure worked out well for you." Peterson said, "she would have lost anyway."

Updated 10 a.m. 

Kathleen Savio's boyfriend, Steve Maniaci, said he saw none of the severe bruising on her buttocks or arm three days before she was found dead.

Maniaci and Savio had sex late Friday or early Saturday the weekend of Feb. 27, 2004. Her body was "perfectly normal."

When neighbors found Savio drowned in her dry bathtub on March 1, Savio's body was marked with large red injuries on her buttocks and one round red bruise near her elbow.

The Illinois State Police investigators handling the probe of Savio's death believed the injuries appeared to have been suffered when she fell in her tub.

Original story 

On today's list of witnesses: Steve Maniaci, Susan Doman, Sue McAuley (Peterson affair) Theresa Kernc (former BPD lieutenant), Dominic DeFrancesco (Savio neighbor).


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Francis M. Regan August 10, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Speculation speculation. Prosecutors are grasping at straws. Now the defense will focus in on the ex-boyfriend. As of now insession is questioning the SAO solicitation of information for testimony. The ex-boyfriend was the last one to see her alive and they had a heated argument on Saturday night?
Francis M. Regan August 10, 2012 at 04:00 PM
By the way I using a magnifying glass and look over my wife's body for marks and bruises before sex? Not. So why in he world would the ex-boyfriend see such marks during their sex session. Also it sounds like they had sex downstairs , maybe on the carpet or sofa ? Did the buttocks abrasion come from either?
Francis M. Regan August 10, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Wow watchful eye and screen_name interesting comments from retired Judge White about his view on the trial and the ex-boyfriend. Interesting ? Alot of unanswered questions. Who is to say the ex-boyfriend did something????? Argument about marriage and not coming over!!! Things are really getting intersesting and putting more doubt in the juries minds???
Francis M. Regan August 10, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The States case unraveling????????
john bruno August 10, 2012 at 08:47 PM
That Bosco lady should stop commenting about the trial....she's not an attorney and it shows she doesn't know what she's talking about. NOT GUILTY, folks. From what I've seen and heard and read, Judge Burmila should take it out of the hands of the jury and grant a Motion for Directed Finding of Not Guilty at the end of the States' case.
Francis M. Regan August 10, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I watched Bosco on in session today and she has no clue as to what she is saying and acts like she's an attorney. The news should ignore her already. She's just a loud mouth piece that wants to be seen and heard on the TV.
Brandy August 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Peterson is a lying, manipulative sociopath! He is beyond GUILTY and you all know it!! They will never find poor Stacey's body, he made sure of that! This man a murdered 2 women and will most likely get away with it! Praying he is found guilty , but not holding out much hope for that outcome. If the jury doesn't hold this evil, lying piece of crap accountable, there is always Karma! Karma can be a bitch!!!
Francis M. Regan August 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Guilty beyond a reasonable doubt is the question, not ones gut feeling or hatred for Drew Peterson.
Brandy August 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Francis, What is wrong with having a person represent, speak out for these 2 murdered woman? There are 2 families devasted by the loss of their loved ones! After all, Peterson has himself some low life defense attornies representing him! I would rather listen to Bosco speak than the lying scheme team!
Brandy August 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM
ooops, I meant devastated
Francis M. Regan August 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I see it all the time when a defense lawyer defends someone ,people start calling them scum and low life's. Just wait one day when someone here or else where gets into trouble and who do they call? A defense lawyer.
housekeeper4you August 11, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I'll be damned if I'd take a bath and leave the bolt unlocked if I was afraid for my life in the middle of the night knowing the ex is out there working-or not-sounds to me the timing is everything.
Watchful Eye August 11, 2012 at 09:33 PM
HK4Y - Yep, it doesn't fit that she would do as you say -- take a bath in the middle of the night without using all of the security precautions she had. It came out yesterday that one of the neighbors saw lights on in the house at 2am, I think, which is likely the time she was being murdered. There were no lights on in the house when the locksmith/neighbors broke in, so as I see it, the murderer cleaned up the mess, turned out the lights and left the house until she was found dead. Absolutely do I believe that bathroom was cleaned by the murderer, because it was too pristine for even a slip and fall. How could KS have slipped and splashed into a tub full of water without it getting on the floor and surrounding area? Not even a splash mark to be found. No blood spatter from her head gash. IMO, Peterson went to far too many extremes to set the scene up, without thinking it out appropriately. He was TOO careful getting the place spic and span. I hope his aloof attitude, his motive, his financial gain, and his desire to erase KS from his life, and that of his children, will all be pieced together to remove any doubt he committed this terrible crime.
Watchful Eye August 11, 2012 at 09:36 PM
BTW, remember the video that kinda went viral of the defense team acting like The Three Stooges, laughing and joking at the victims' expense? Well, this is what Lopez tweeted in response to the restaurant man who took out an add against them (Jeff Ruby is the man who took out an ad and ran it in the SunTimes: Joseph R. Lopez ‏@josharrk @TheRealJeffRuby @josharrk Did not realize Stooges clip would get national play. If I could take it back I would but I can't. 7:54 AM - 11 Aug 12 via web · "If I could take it back I would but I can't." Hmm, guess those idiots are more stupid than any of us have given them credit for.
terri August 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM
watching this trial daily here, too. Has anyone else thought about what Van Over testified to???that the one thing he DID remember and notate was that the drain was CLOSED!!! how did a drowning victim manage to drain the tub and then close the drain? that drain being closed is important and no one is going back to that statement.
Francis M. Regan August 12, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Went to Church today and prayed for Kathy Savio and Stacy Peterson and their families as well for Drew Peterson and his family.
Mason Dixon August 13, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I agree Brandy. She is a daily reminder that Stacy is still missing. The defense team literally makes me sick. They are doing a good job for the defendent but putting Stacy on the witness list and then joking saying they hope she shows up for trial. That is despicable.
Mason Dixon August 13, 2012 at 03:12 PM
That is why I don't think he nabbed her in the bathroom. She had an upcapped OJ on the kitchen counter and tea in the microwave. My theory, he nabbed her in the kitchen with a key/opener from one of his kids and then drug her to the bathroom. Head first over the side of the tub and then you have wet clothes to deal with, thus the reason for Stacy finding him putting female clothes in the dryer. Just my two cents worth.


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