Peterson's Son Took Name Off Wrongful Death Lawsuit Today, Peterson Told

This is the seventh day of testimony in the Drew Peterson trial.

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Updated 2:51 p.m. 

The younger of two sons born to Kathleen Savio and Drew Peterson, Kris Peterson, entered the courtroom and spoke to his father during a break for about five minutes.

Defense attorney Joel Brodsky said Kris Peterson, who just turned 18, was there to sign a release to end a wrongful death lawsuit brought against his father by the Savio family. Kris Peterson's older brother, Thomas Peterson, signed the release two years earlier when he turned 18.

"The civil suit is done," said Brodsky, insisting that the release of all claims against Drew Peterson and his uncle James Carroll effectively kills the Savio's 2008 civil action.

Kris Peterson could not stay for the trial because he is on the defense witness list. Drew Peterson reportedly did not want him there anyway.

"You shouldn't be in here when they're showing pictures of mom," a court artist reported hearing Drew Peterson tell his son. Kris Peterson nodded and left.

Updated at 2:45 p.m. 

Mary Parks explained that she didn't go to Kathleen Savio's funeral because she "didn't want to come face-to-face with her husband."

Defense attorney Steve Greenberg asked how she knew he would be there. Parks said, "I didn't want to take the risk."

Updated at 2:23 p.m. 

Witness Mary Parks started crying as soon as defense attorney Steve Greenberg started his re-cross-examination. Judge Burmila called a recess to give Parks a chance to compose herself.

Updated at 12:25 p.m.

A friend and nursing school classmate of Kathleen Savio was on the witnes stand for nearly the entire morning.

The friend, Mary Parks of Joliet, told of Savio looking like she "was in shock" when she came to class at Joliet Junior College one day in the fall of 2003.

Savio unzipped the high collar of her sweat shirt and revelaed large, dark red marks on her neck, Parks said.

"There was a mark on either side of the neck and a mark in the middle, so there were three marks," Parks said.

She said Savio "told me the evening before, she was coming down the stairs and her husband came into the house and he grabbed her by the neck and he pinned her down."

"Kathy told me, she said her husband told her, and I quote, she said that her husband said at that point, 'Why don't you just die?'"

Parks said she advised Savio to call the police and invited her move in with her family.

"I made an offer for her and her sons to come live in my home," Parks said, but Savio did not take her up on it.

Parks also recounted how Savio let her know "her husband, Drew Peterson, told her he could kill her and make her disappear" and that he did not want her getting anything in their pending divorce.

"She told me that he said he wants it all," Parks recalled. "He wants the children, he wants the house, he wants the businesses, he wants the money, he wants everything."

Parks also said Savio "was afraid that (Peterson) could do something to her and make it look like an accident."

Months later Savio was found drowned in her dry bathtub and her death looked like an accident, at least to the Illinois State Police.

Parks said she called the Will County State's Attorney's Office shortly after learning of Savio's death in March 2004.

"I was trying to determine if there was an investigation into Kathy's death," she said.

"I asked the person that answered the phone if I might speak to someone about Kathy Peterson," Parks said. "I was put on hold and transferred to another person. It was a woman who told me ... that was not under investigation at this time."

Updated 9:50 a.m. 

said he received a letter from a state prisoner linking the Peterson case to other crimes.

The inmate "has information linking this case to the Abraham Lincoln assasination and the (George) Zimmerman matter," said Burmila, who had the document added to the sealed Peterson case file.

The prisoner offered to provide more information if the judge reached out to him.

"I won't be communicating with him," Burmila said.

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Today's witnesses will be friend Mary Parks, Coroner Patrick O'Neil and pathologist Larry Blum.

Yesterday, retired State Police Sgt. Patrick Collins and Savio's friend Kristin Anderson testified. Anderson's hearsay statements had been barred by Judge Stephen White from court but were allowed Wednesday in a surprise move from Judge Edward Burmila. 



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Francis M. Regan August 11, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Here screen_name I'll repost this as maybe you didn't see this comment earlier! Delete Francis Regan 4:43 pm on Friday, August 10, 2012 Screen_name just got a call from someone at the old job today and they read your comments and they don't understand how you have ill welled feelings for someone that probably never done wrong to you or haven't worked with you most likely in over twenty years. They are sorry to see one acting this way? They still have my back at the old job! :-0
Francis M. Regan August 11, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Think what you want and wait for your first meager social security check , while I enjoy my nice pension. :-)
screen_name August 11, 2012 at 04:57 AM
I bet you love direct deposit, now you dont have to sign them checks with an X and have your wife there as a witness.
Lorie Taylor August 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Wow Francis you are one idiot to making threats on a blog like this! No wonder your friends with the two time murder suspect on trial! I hope the owner of this blog called the police and they are trying to find out who you really are. For one thing, and your sake, you better really be LE. IF you really are who you say you are, then you should know it is against the law to act, or impersonate a law enforcement official. if your not. Not to mention in previous threads mentioning ex LE , and SGT's names! Screen name in trouble for defamation? Your the one that brought up people's names and initials saying they were corrupt, and bad officers. I personally am going to see if you can be tracked down, and something done about you! You sound unstable, and a threat to people's safety! If you really are from BPD people need to be questioned as how officers as yourself even get past the psych exams and are allowed to protect and serve us citizens. You need help Francis you seems to be harboring a lot of anger, and resentment toward other officers, and the BPD.
Lorie Taylor August 11, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Why are you so worried about what people are saying about your friend on trial? Are you worried something about yourself might come out? You seem to be really worried about something on here, and people knowing things about you. If you have such a good file, and did so much in your career, what is it that you are worried about people finding out, or knowing? If I were you, I would stop while your ahead, and stop trying to threaten, and intimidate people on here. Your kind, and your threats, and intimidation tactics no longer work! The only thing that is going to happen, is you behind bars if your actions keep up.
screen_name August 11, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Lorie, He is who I say he is. He is now retired from BPD. Scary that he use to patrol the streets of Bolingbrook with a loaded gun. He is more than just unstable. His actions on here prove that.
screen_name August 11, 2012 at 04:53 PM
If Fran Keeps it up, I will give you my email address for you to contact me then I will give you his full real name so you can go have a talk with L.E.. Print out his threats that he has made to me and others so you have proof when you go talk to L.E then maybe an arrest can be made. He is just like his buddy Drew Peterson. Both of them always thought they were above the law.
Francis M. Regan August 11, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I'm scared. Call L.E. ? Threats? Maybe an arrest? D.C.? Go head and call then, I'll sit here and wait for no one to show up! Lori also learn to read and see what screen_name says about ones job and rude comments about ones wife and it has no bearing on this thread! You think that's okay? Oh track me down Lori and then what? What ex L.E, and Sgt. did I mention, Initials ? By the way screen_name are you the thread Police? What I have to stay about Drew with my comments and to others is none of your dam business as long as nothing is directed to you! :-)
Francis M. Regan August 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
screen_name write to my old job and others? Now that's funny! What would they do , but ignore you! There is squat they can do or say.
Francis M. Regan August 11, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Lori one other thing, I never said anyone is corrupt or dirty at BPD. I know a lot of great guys there and get along with many of them. Like any other job , there's some I didn't care for. Is that a crime?
screen_name August 11, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I didn't say I would write to your old job. I said that Lori and a few others could if they wanted to. I'm fully aware that your old job cant do anything to you. The writing of letters would just show how you act and who you really are. Might change the minds of a few people that think you're such a great guy. You can get in trouble for offering to eliminate someone though. You were never bright anyway so it dont surprise me that you dont understand that part.
screen_name August 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
very few liked you at BPD when you worked there. I know you'll say different but it's true when I say most didn't like you. The ones that now work there and like you (as you say) dont have a clue what it was like to work with you or around you. You were a constant bother to most and rude as hell to say the least. I'm sure a lot of them went to your retirement party just to confirm that you were really leaving.
Francis M. Regan August 11, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Here screen_name , here's another definition for eliminate. Main Entry: elim·i·nate Pronunciation: \-ˌnāt\ Function: transitive verb Inflected Form(s): elim·i·nat·ed; elim·i·nat·ing : to expel (as waste) from the living body
Lorie Taylor August 11, 2012 at 05:51 PM
No, but threatening to eliminate someone is! You made a threat to have somebody removed, or get rid of them basically if they didn't be quiet. Tell me you didn't? You posted it, and that is how some of you seemed to work at the BPD. Do as you say, or we will get rid of you, or make your life a living hell. Your words are proof of it right here on this blog! I personally know there is bullying going on with BPD one of them goes around threatening and bullying on a daily basis almost. All the younger adults in their 20's knows all about him, and who he is! He does what he wants, and when he wants! Along with his patrol buddies that drive along with him in his black undercover car he drives in. He is going to be in trouble soon to if he doesn't lay of these kids, and stop harassing them! I myself am sick of his antics and the way he uses his badge to bully people!
Lorie Taylor August 11, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Well Francis if you weren't hiding behind a screen name I am sure I would know who you were, and you, me. I grew up there and knew most of you now retired officers. Some are still there on the force, and have no retired yet. You might not know this name because this was my married name. You need to stop threatening people , and saying this crazy stuff! It is making you look deranged and off your rocker.
Francis M. Regan August 11, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Lorie I support all active members at BPD and they are doing a great job as usual. Did you read the original comment that was directed at my wife and why I retorted with eliminate! So you think it's fine for someone to talk vulgar and rude to my wife and not get a nasty remark back.
Francis M. Regan August 11, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Screen_name guess what I will leave my honest opinions here about Drews trail w/o like you would say insulting somebody. If my comments are only about Drew and no one else, mind your own business and I'll mind my own. But once someone attacks me, I'll attack back.
screen_name August 11, 2012 at 06:37 PM
That is not how you meant it. Your previous comments proves that. Threaten me all you want but have some class when it comes to others on these news threads and remember you were a police officer at one time. start acting like it.
screen_name August 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I never once typed vulgar of your wife. prove me wrong. post the whole comment that I supposedly made. I typed wife/it. I typed that she and you both have low standards and I typed, Just spit on her instead of giving her a sponge bath. None of that is vulgar and it dont come close to how you treat people on here. You refer to my wife ( I dont have one) as a fat pig, she holds your fat crayon while you pee, you left a deposit of you with her when you were drunk and having sex with her, etc,etc,etc,etc. Like I said, I dont care what you type to me, I trash you because you're ignorant and very rude to so many others on here and I will continue to do so unless you stop. I can have a civil conversation with you or I can keep on going with slamming you! Your choice. Have some respect for people. You are not God almighty!
Francis M. Regan August 11, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I agree! I may never figure out who you are, but I still can't figure out your ill willed feelings toward me, if I never done wrong to you. Like I said you can check out my unblemished file and see no public complaints or any wrong dong against the public.
screen_name August 11, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Fair enough Francis Regan. I will conduct myself in the same fashion. Let's keep it civil and talk about the case. People come here to express their opinions and should not be bashed because of it and they shouldn't have to read our bickering comments.
Francis Regan August 11, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Lorie, I don't mind that my wife slept with dozens of men before I started dating her. It makes no difference too me that some of them were black and about 8 or 10 were Mexican. I like her just the way she is , my little golden shower girl.
Francis M. Regan August 11, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Better yet screen_name man up and remove your nasty comments about me and I will reciprocate.
Melissa Sersland (Editor) August 11, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Please do. We would all appreciate it.
Francis Regan August 11, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Thousands of people come her too read my posts daily. The Patch would be nothing with out me.
Francis M. Regan August 11, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Melissa please check the e-mail associated with the fake Francis Regan and remove his comments and suspend his account! Here's the comments that are still posted here! Thank you! Francis Regan 2:15 pm on Saturday, August 11, 2012 Lorie, I don't mind that my wife slept with dozens of men before I started dating her. It makes no difference too me that some of them were black and about 8 or 10 were Mexican. I like her just the way she is , my little golden shower girl. Reject Francis Regan 2:20 pm on Saturday, August 11, 2012 Thousands of people come her too read my posts daily. The Patch would be nothing with out me.
Terri Neismith August 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Free Drew.
CATHERINE DeGabrielle August 14, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Drew Peterson wanted his son to leave the court room because he didn't want his son to hear the horrendous and abusive things Drew did to Kathleen, his mother. Right now the children are living in his fathers home because he got rid of Stacy the step Mom and what else can the kids do but hope there dad is not guilty. It's really a shame that Drew was that greedy, never thinking about his children. GUILTY!
CATHERINE DeGabrielle August 14, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Kathleen had his children. Of course she would have gotten half of his pension for child support.
CATHERINE DeGabrielle August 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Drew Peterson was corrupt.


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