It’s our first anniversary at True Crime Campfire, y’all, and we decided we wanted to do something special. So this week and next, we’re doing a deep dive into the much-requested case of Scott Peterson, whose death sentence for the murder of his wife was recently overturned. If you’re not familiar, here’s a thumbnail sketch. In 2003, a radiantly beautiful young woman named Laci went missing on Christmas Eve. She was 8 and ½ months pregnant, and her disappearance immediately captured the attention of the nation. As the case unfolded, it became increasingly clear to most that Laci’s husband, handsome salesman Scott Peterson, knew more than he was saying about the case. For months, revelation after revelation popped up about Scott’s double life, and the many lies he told to cover it up. Finally, the bodies of Laci and her unborn son, Connor, washed up on the beach at the San Francisco Bay, and Scott was arrested, tried and convicted for murder. Now, in the years since, Scott has acquired some very vocal supporters. A documentary series on A&E theorizes that the jury may have gotten it wrong—that Scott might actually be innocent.
Yeah, not so much, in our opinion. We’re not going to pretend we don’t have a stance on this, because we wouldn’t be us if we did—we have pretty strong opinions on this case, because both of us have been obsessed with it for years. I watched the trial gavel to gavel in real time. But we do want to give Scott’s supporters their due—so here’s the plan. We’re doing this one over two weeks. This first part will be your basic TCC format—we’re going to tell you the story as we believe it went down, and based on the jury’s guilty verdict. But next week, we’ll get into the trial, including the arguments on both sides, and we’ll examine Scott’s defense in detail. And hey—if you end up disagreeing with us on this one, we’re not mad at you. Just don’t break up with us over it. We hope you’ll reserve judgment until we’ve released both parts.
A Deadly Game by Catherine Crier
Blood Brother by Anne Bird
Witness for the Prosecution of Scott Peterson by Amber Frey
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