As former Chicago, Illinois police officer Drew Peterson enters a court room on Tuesday, July 31 in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, another police officer from Catoosa County in Georgia is seeking a new trial for his wife’s murder conviction.
Both men are alleged to have masterminded the murders of their wives before the women could end the marriage and leave them. In Peterson’s case, he is actually a suspect in the death of two wives, with his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, still missing but presumed dead
The former Illinois officer appeared to escape justice in the death of wife number three, Savio, at least initially. Her 40-year-old body was found in her dry bathtub on the eve of their divorce finalization in 2004, and her blood-soaked head didn’t prompt a foul play conclusion as one might have suspected.
Fast forward to 2007, when Peterson’s fourth wife Stacey went missing and some began to link the two women’s mysterious ends.
Fox news reported that police suspected Peterson in his fourth wife’s disappearance despite not being able to locate her body. And after exhuming his third wife’s body they concluded he at least murdered Savio and charged him with the crime.
In Lafayette, Georgia, in 2007 another officer’s wife named Theresa Parker went missing, and her husband at the time, Sam Parker, was suspected of killing her too. Investigators believed he did away with her body on the eve of his wife’s divorce proceedings against him, but they couldn’t find her body.
Less than a year later, however, in February of 2008, he was arrested anyway and charged in her disappearance and death, despite the continued absence of the missing 911 Walker County dispatcher.
Parker was eventually tried and convicted of his 42-year-old wife’s murder without a body and had served a year in prison when it was eventually found in 2010. His wife’s bones were found in a cornfield a mere 13 miles from where her husband grew up as a boy.
Now, on the eve of Drew Peterson’s day in court for the alleged murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, Sam Parker is trying to get the courts to give him a new trial.
And he’s claiming that the absence of any bullet holes or other wounds found in his wife’s remains indicates no foul play occurred. But experts contend that the absence of all of Theresa Parker’s body prohibit anyone from saying definitively that she wasn’t murdered. And the same scenario might one day play out if Stacey Peterson’s body is ever recovered.