I agree with you 100% on both premises, CF.
Peterson could have gotten away with it had the bodies not washed up where he dumped them.
It was a close call. Nobody has ever been arrested for the murder of Chandra Levy.
Even though i was always on the fence about this case, Scott has to be guilty for these following reasons:
1- an innocent man gladly accepts to take a lie detector test...he flat out refused
2- an innocent man can look at his mother in law in the eyes, which he didnt do the day laci vanished
3- an innocent man would have crumbled in tears and terror when he heard the guilty verdict
4- an innocent man would have defended himself alot more than he ever did.
Scott's reaction to the guilty verdict says it all. He was stone faced...why? Because his plan didn't work. They didn't buy his lies. I believe that Scott almost committed the perfect crime. He researched the currents in the bay because he wanted to find where he could dump the bodies for them to wash into the sea. Some people say, why would he be so stupid as to place himself where the bodies were found? Scott didnt expect the bodies to ever be found! he wanted them to wash into the sea and forever be gone. Somehow, miraculously perhaps, the bodies came back and that is what caused his arrest and conviction.