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Friend: Peterson was frantic
The Modesto Bee ^ | 12/05/03 | Garth stapely

Posted on 12/08/2003 5:52:00 AM PST by runningbear

Friend: Peterson was frantic

Friend: Peterson was frantic

By GARTH STAPLEY
BEE STAFF WRITER

Last Updated: December 5, 2003, 07:25:21 AM PST

Scott Peterson sounded frantic when he called a friend after Peterson's pregnant wife disappeared Christmas Eve, Modesto businessman Gregory Reed said Thursday. Reed's name surfaced in the intrigue-packed preliminary hearing for Scott Peterson. The hearing ended Nov. 18 with a judge ordering the 31-year-old former fertilizer salesman to stand trial on charges of slaying Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner.

Other former acquaintances of the defendant, also mentioned at the proceeding, refused to comment.

Reed and his wife, Kristen, held private Lamaze sessions attended by the Petersons, who lived a few blocks away in the La Loma neighborhood. Gregory Reed previously said the Petersons brought meals and visited after the Reeds' child was born.

"They were good people," Reed said Thursday.

At the preliminary hearing, detectives testified that on the night of Dec. 24, Scott Peterson told them he fished alone briefly that day in San Francisco Bay. Peterson said his wife, who had been planning to walk their dog when he left, was gone when he returned.

Prosecutors contend that Peterson used his pickup to transport the body of his wife to his work warehouse and then to the bay.

Steve Jacobson, a prosecution investigator, testified that Peterson used his cell phone to call Reed shortly after leaving the Berkeley Marina on Dec. 24, and again later that evening. There was nothing unusual about the first call, Reed said.

"I could tell he was driving," Reed said, "but I don't know where. I could hear road noise and feedback.

"A few hours later I did get that frantic phone call. I caught up with him and went over to the house."

Family members, friends and neighbors gathered that night to post fliers and search for the mother-to-be.

Peterson's attorney, Mark Geragos of Los Angeles, appeared at the hearing to draw the image of a man concerned at having returned to an empty house. Jacobson confirmed that Peterson made numerous calls the evening of Dec. 24, including several to his wife's mother, Sharon Rocha, and sister, Amy Rocha, and later to 911........

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Taping calls is legally tricky

By GARTH STAPLEY
BEE STAFF WRITER

Last Updated: December 6, 2003, 07:01:58 AM PST

Amber Frey secretly taped her phone conversations with suspected double-murderer Scott Peterson, but such an action is only legal under very specific circumstances. Recording calls is against the law in California -- unless the one taping gets the other person's consent. Another law permits covert recording to gather evidence of certain crimes, including murder.

That's how Frey did it. In fact, she had help from detectives who bought her a recording device and showed her how to use it -- hoping she could extract evidence from her boyfriend.

Peterson, 31, is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 26 on charges of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

In a preliminary hearing last month, authorities suggested that the defendant's romance with Frey may have provided him with a motive to kill his wife.

Frey approached Modesto police on Dec. 30, six days after Laci Peterson went missing, and began cooperating with authorities. Detective Al Brocchini testified that he gave her taping equipment that same day.

Brocchini said he bought some of it at Radio Shack. The store sells a "recorder control" for $24.19 -- with a caution urging buyers to check local laws because taping without consent is illegal in some states.

Questioning from a defense attorney suggested that Frey had begun taping their calls on her own as of Dec. 16.

In any case, she continued recording their calls for about seven weeks. Transcripts from one featured Peterson saying he was "longing to hold onto" Frey; he repeatedly deflected questions about having previously lied about his wife and unborn baby.

Authorities also obtained wiretap warrants for Peterson's cell phones allowing them to record all of his calls. Those recordings were not discussed at the preliminary hearing, though prosecutors reserved the option of introducing that evidence at trial.

Before 1967, anyone in California could tape a phone chat without fear of going afoul of the law. But state legislators that year adopted a series of eavesdropping statutes, including one prohibiting one-party-consent recording.

"To me, it's just offensive that people record conversations, in terms of .......

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some over the weekend news on the Scott Peterson case....
1 posted on 12/08/2003 5:52:01 AM PST by runningbear
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To: Rheo; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Scupoli; sissyjane; TexKat; Lanza; Mrs.Liberty; ...
pinging....
2 posted on 12/08/2003 5:53:36 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Yaelle; madison10; Devil_Anse; nycgal; crystalk; pbear8; L84AD8; vikingchick; Rheo; Mystery Y; ...
pinging....
3 posted on 12/08/2003 5:54:04 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: amazed; Wednesday's Child; LuvMyNick; RightOnGOP; Valpal1; phd2b; SandyEgo; shattered; ...
pinging....
4 posted on 12/08/2003 5:54:33 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Constitution Day

What's a Scotty to do?

5 posted on 12/08/2003 5:57:06 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (SSDD - Same S#it Different Democrat)
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To: runningbear
Ah, lets see.. Whats on Fox today..9am Scott Peterson debate, 10am Scott Peterson 11am Scott Peterson 12pm Michael Jackson 1pm Rita Cosby head explodes talking about Scott Peterson 2pm Scott Peterson 3pm Scott Peterson
6 posted on 12/08/2003 6:03:04 AM PST by metalboy (I`m still waiting for the mass protests against Al Qaida and Saddam)
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To: metalboy
your mouse has you on automatic pilot to click on? ....Yep, it is the Scaughty peterson hour.... ;o)
7 posted on 12/08/2003 6:11:25 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear; alexandria; Spunky; Devil_Anse; Jackie-O; Velveeta; Canadian Outrage; All
Taping by Amber is legal. NOW, will you guys belive me. LOL.

Have a Merry Christmas, all. I may be deeply involved in other matters until then but I'll be back. That darn paying job getting in the way of my FReeping again. ;~)
8 posted on 12/08/2003 6:12:14 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: Canadian Outrage
"No kidding. Jury selection will be extremely tedious and thorough I believe. Out of likely hundreds of prospects, they will choose 12 PLUS the alternates. I too, think it will be a nightmare for both sides."

I pulled this over from the last thread. Won't they have to select a death penalty qualified jury? I hadn't really though about that - but that would be a huge advantage to the prosecution.
9 posted on 12/08/2003 6:28:10 AM PST by drjulie
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To: RGSpincich
have a great x-mas RG...

Me, in about 2 weeks,,,,, I'm blessed .... lol....

10 posted on 12/08/2003 6:34:02 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
sorry for the delay... work interrupted!

Poor Scotty, he's just a...


11 posted on 12/08/2003 6:34:14 AM PST by Constitution Day (Please do not emanate into the penumbra.)
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To: RGSpincich; runningbear
Thanks for the ping rb!
RG, thanks for the info...I didn't thing they were going to find Amber's taping illegal...MG wasn't crying foul too loudly... ;o)
12 posted on 12/08/2003 6:53:05 AM PST by Jackie-O ("The horror...the horror"- Col. Kurtz)
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To: RGSpincich
Never doubted you, RG.

Merry Christmas to you as well! Looking forward to your return, you'll be missed.
13 posted on 12/08/2003 7:28:10 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: runningbear; All
http://msnbc.com/news/1002248.asp

Article about Mark Geragos titled: "King of the Tabloid Case"
14 posted on 12/08/2003 7:53:09 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: drjulie
Yes, they will.
15 posted on 12/08/2003 7:56:20 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Velveeta
I bet Geragos already has that story printed up and framed on his office wall!

UGH.
16 posted on 12/08/2003 7:57:57 AM PST by Howlin
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To: runningbear
Lots of people can sound convincingly "frantic" in fact we have a name for these people...
they are called actors...some of them are so good at faking things they become multi millionaires doing it...these actors even give each other awards for being such great fakers...
17 posted on 12/08/2003 8:07:21 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: joesnuffy
Right. Any one of us could sound "frantic"....especially if we killed our spouse.
18 posted on 12/08/2003 8:13:00 AM PST by bonfire
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To: Constitution Day
sorry for the delay... work interrupted!

WORK!

PS: Nice return volley BTW.

19 posted on 12/08/2003 8:20:11 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (SSDD - Same S#it Different Democrat)
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To: bonfire
Right. Any one of us could sound "frantic"....especially if we killed our spouse.

But we wouldn't get into that state until we had spent some time determining whether the spouse was really missing, or had just gone out somewhere. Sounds to me as if Scott's "frantic" activity was a bit premature--typical of someone who's trying to convince someone of something.

20 posted on 12/08/2003 8:38:41 AM PST by Agnes Heep
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To: Howlin
I should have forewarned with a gag alert!
21 posted on 12/08/2003 8:39:49 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: runningbear
LOL!!
22 posted on 12/08/2003 9:02:43 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Jackie-O
Even better! The question of whether she taped illegally, and the question of whether the info garnered could be used against Scott in his trial, are TWO separate questions, and the answer to ONE of them is not necessarily dispositive of the other question.
23 posted on 12/08/2003 9:05:35 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: joesnuffy
Amen!!
24 posted on 12/08/2003 9:06:36 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Howlin; runningbear
I bet Geragos already has that story printed up and framed on his office wall!

LOL, I just bet he does!

Thanks for the ping, RB!

25 posted on 12/08/2003 9:10:48 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Agnes Heep
Yes, his franticity (??) was a bit premature. Kinda like telling his mother-in-law that Laci was "missing" so soon. Whoops, old Scaughty.
26 posted on 12/08/2003 9:12:41 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: RGSpincich
"Taping by Amber is legal. NOW, will you guys belive me. LOL.

I believed you. I remember posting the California code and wondering if she fit into the special category.

I still wonder if she does on those calls she taped before the detective got involved.

From Article:
Recording calls is against the law in California -- unless the one taping gets the other person's consent. Another law permits covert recording to gather evidence of certain crimes, including murder.

That's how Frey did it. In fact, she had help from detectives who bought her a recording device and showed her how to use it -- hoping she could extract evidence from her boyfriend...............

Questioning from a defense attorney suggested that Frey had begun taping their calls on her own as of Dec. 16.

27 posted on 12/08/2003 9:12:59 AM PST by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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To: Devil_Anse
Hey Dev, I got my Dell up and running at home yesterday.
Sweet!! The big monitor is just the ticket for these over 40 eyes! Took some nice pics with the free digital camera too. I have to play with it for a while, but I'm hoping to set up a nice about page here when I get a chance. My little man knows more about the machine than I do! ;o)
28 posted on 12/08/2003 9:32:58 AM PST by Jackie-O ("The horror...the horror"- Col. Kurtz)
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To: Jackie-O
Sounds wonderful, Jackie!! Good to see you here!!
29 posted on 12/08/2003 9:36:53 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Yaelle
his franticity

ROFL!!!

It fits the situation, though!!

Scott's franticity was premature, and his putridity will make the jury hate him.

30 posted on 12/08/2003 9:40:27 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: runningbear
"Peterson's attorney, Mark Geragos of Los Angeles, appeared at the hearing to draw the image of a man concerned at having returned to an empty house."

I remember when the HUGE, EXONERATING evidence was that (gasp) Snotty boy actually CALLED Laci and left a voice mail regarding picking up a gift basket or some such errand he was suppose to do that day. Heard for days how this proves his innocence. Yeah, a sick pig like this couldn't "act" frantic or concerned could he? I swear, people are becoming so stupid, I'm truly becoming afraid of the society we are creating!
31 posted on 12/08/2003 9:47:55 AM PST by tinacart ((I still hate hitlery!!!))
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To: Devil_Anse
But it's his stupiditidity that's gonna nail him!

(and true justicicity, G-d willing!)

32 posted on 12/08/2003 9:54:46 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle
Yes, his franticity (??) was a bit premature. Kinda like telling his mother-in-law that Laci was "missing" so soon. Whoops, old Scaughty.

The logical thing would have been to wait a few hours, then call friends or relatives simply inquiring whether Laci were there, or if they knew where she was.

FBI profiler John Douglas once remarked upon a case where a woman frantically called 911, claiming that her small son had been kidnapped. This occurred right after the time she discovered him missing, and so she immediately conferred suspicion upon herself, because, as Douglas pointed out, kidnapping is the last thing in the world that would occur to a mother under the circumstances--one would normally assume that the child had wandered off, or something far less threatening. Sure enough, the woman had murdered the child and tried to stage a scenario.

Profilers like Douglas are forever pointing out that if you try to stage a crime scene you are bound to fail, primarily because the police have lots of experience with genuine crime scenes, while the average schmuck does not.

33 posted on 12/08/2003 10:12:57 AM PST by Agnes Heep
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To: Devil_Anse
I've been spending all of my time outside of work at home with the kids so I suspect I will be around alot this winter. Just finishing up a major hardwood floor refinish project. Turned out beautiful, good therapy/stress releif too!
34 posted on 12/08/2003 10:19:26 AM PST by Jackie-O ("The horror...the horror"- Col. Kurtz)
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To: Jackie-O
So... when you run out of floors and walls at your house, do you want to come and visit me for, oh, 6 months or so? I'll let you play with my floors all you want! ;-)


I admit I've been watching to hear about your next project. lol

Pinz
35 posted on 12/08/2003 10:33:02 AM PST by pinz-n-needlez
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To: Howlin; Devil_Anse; drjulie
What are the laws wrt:recording conversations via phone in california? For example, in missouri, only one party has to know that they are being recorded..and that means either party.. In Kansas... it's not legal at all.
36 posted on 12/08/2003 10:39:43 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: pinz-n-needlez
You would love what I've done with my stairs and landings to my second floor. The landings I've stripped and refinished to a golden pecan. I stenciled a border design before I put the polycrylic on to give an inlaid wood look.
The I refinished the woden stair treads and put mosaic tile on the "kick" part of the stairs. I'm so pleased with the way it turned out!
37 posted on 12/08/2003 10:42:42 AM PST by Jackie-O ("The horror...the horror"- Col. Kurtz)
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To: Spunky
Thnx for the info about recording in california... It missouri, only one party has to know. It helps in many ways.. IE:domestic violence, stalkers etc..

38 posted on 12/08/2003 10:43:46 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: Jackie-O
That sounds awesome! Do you like to watch vern on trading spaces? He's my favorite decorator.
39 posted on 12/08/2003 10:44:36 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: pinz-n-needlez; Jackie-O
I've been enjoying hearing about your floors, too. I was hoping to start the same, but the project has been put on hold for a bit.

Jackie, did you already know how to install, or did you study up on it before beginning?
40 posted on 12/08/2003 10:50:19 AM PST by cyncooper ("The evil is in plain sight")
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To: Jackie-O
Geez, that's what I get for skimming...you've been *refinishing*. I hope to *install* hardwood floors.

Your tile treatment sounds intriguing...
41 posted on 12/08/2003 10:53:57 AM PST by cyncooper ("The evil is in plain sight")
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
According to the article above, she can do it with the police's help; I'm assuming that they had a court order, although I do not know that for sure.

From the article: "Another law permits covert recording to gather evidence of certain crimes, including murder."
42 posted on 12/08/2003 10:54:11 AM PST by Howlin
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
I know here in Illinois you have to announce to the other party that the call is being recorded/along with the date. I had the misfortune of having to record calls a few years back due to harrasment. All I had to do is make my announcement once and the harrasment stopped.
43 posted on 12/08/2003 10:57:15 AM PST by Jackie-O ("The horror...the horror"- Col. Kurtz)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
Allot of my projects at home have been inspired by that show as well as shows on HGTV. I like the guy on TS that looks like a little Santa w/o the beard. I forget his name, but his makeovers are always detailed and whimsical.
44 posted on 12/08/2003 11:00:41 AM PST by Jackie-O ("The horror...the horror"- Col. Kurtz)
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To: cyncooper
I've installed them with help before. But I'm glad I had them under my carpet in the home I'm in now. They don't make them the way they use too. My house is 30 years old, beautiful hardwoods under the carpeted floors. The woman that owned my home before me was single w/o kids so all 3 of the bedrooms had nice unstained floors to work with.
45 posted on 12/08/2003 11:04:17 AM PST by Jackie-O ("The horror...the horror"- Col. Kurtz)
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To: Jackie-O
Goodness, I go do some errand and come home to HGTV. lol

We ought to mention that Laci probably would have enjoyed this conversation. :-/

Sorry to get us off on a tangent. Well, not really, but it only seems right to apologize. :-)

Pinz
46 posted on 12/08/2003 11:34:27 AM PST by pinz-n-needlez
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To: Yaelle
Justicicity, and then electricicity!!
47 posted on 12/08/2003 11:43:15 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~; RGSpincich; Spunky
I believe both Spunky and RG Spincich have posted these laws. Let's see if they'll post them again for you! If not, they are online somewhere and we should be able to find them fairly easily.

There is an exception for the type of recording that Amber was doing under police direction.
48 posted on 12/08/2003 11:46:00 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: pinz-n-needlez
I know that during times when news is at a lull, we kinda go off topic a bit, but yes, I'm sure Laci would love to add her ideas to our little chats.
There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of her and poor little Connor, what could have been.
And I will never forget Sharon's anguished press conference. Think of her often too.
This Christmas will be a most difficult time for the Rochas.
49 posted on 12/08/2003 11:48:13 AM PST by Jackie-O ("The horror...the horror"- Col. Kurtz)
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To: Agnes Heep
Absolutely. There is no way a criminal can be as familiar with crime scenes as the cops. Plus, they have also seen previous staged settings. They can just smell the phonies. I am sure Scott stunk to high heaven from the first moment, even when the world was treating him as the perfect husband whose wife went missing.
50 posted on 12/08/2003 11:57:24 AM PST by Yaelle
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