Skip to comments.Peterson's Mother Takes Stand
Posted on 12/08/2004 4:07:47 PM PST by stm
I freakin' love it......"He's an exceptional young man and he's my son," she said. "I know he's not perfect ... but he is genuinely a loving, caring, nurturing, kind, gentle person.".....to everyone except his 9 month pregnat wife and unborn child that is....he killed them in cold blood. Apart from that small detail he's a wonderful person!!!
A frail-looking Jackie Peterson (search) tearfully pleaded with jurors Wednesday to spare her son's life, saying that "if you were to take Scott away from us ... we would lose a whole family."
"It would be like Laci never existed," she said, crying so hard at times she was unintelligible.
While defense lawyers flashed Peterson family photographs on a large screen, Jackie Peterson, who uses a portable oxygen tank for a lung ailment, begged jurors to see the good in her son.
"He's an exceptional young man and he's my son," she said. "I know he's not perfect ... but he is genuinely a loving, caring, nurturing, kind, gentle person."
Scott Peterson (search) wiped tears from his eyes as his mother testified.
Defense lawyers are trying to convince jurors that Peterson deserves life in prison, not the death penalty.
The 32-year-old former fertilizer salesman was convicted Nov. 12 of two counts of murder for killing his pregnant wife, Laci, and her fetus.
Prosecutors say he killed Laci in their Modesto home on or around Christmas Eve 2002, then dumped her body into San Francisco Bay. The remains of Laci and the fetus were discovered about four months later near where Peterson claims to have been fishing alone the day his wife vanished
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Still not getting any compassion from me.
He's the kindest, sweetest murderer you'd ever want to meet.
After all, it's his first offense. And he's such a nice, sweet, boy. Always helping people. I'm sure that little matter of the murders was just a one-time slip. So out of character...
Its like those two that killed their parents and asked for mercy because they were orphans.
The mom would have had a family if he hadn't killed them.
This reminds me of the man who killed his parents and then begged the mercy of the court because he was an orphan.
Had she put some sense of Right and Wrong into the boy she raised she could be bouncing baby Conner on he knee right now.
Hey man this is California, he ain't about to Die. He might live in a rather secure facility for the rest of his p.o.s. life but hey Charlie Manson didn't die in California.
In Texas this piece of garbbage would go in about 3 years.
'"It would be like Laci never existed," she said.'
I'm sure Laci's parents will disagree. Scott didn't learn how to be a manipulative liar on his own. Judging by her comments, Mrs. Peterson is at the very least manipulative. I still don't believe she needs oxygen 24/7. I remember seeing a picture of her and her husband after the murders, and she had no oxygen and looked quite fit. Something is very wrong with that family.
This is one scary two faced animal. Sorry mom has the hoses in her nose. Mom shouldn't have lied on the witness stand for him. I guess that is where he get's it.
I know he killed his wife and my grandchild, but honestly, "HE'S A GOOD BOOOYYYY".
Bluch. Fry his a**.
Yea, I don't think genuinely, loving, caring, nurturing, kind, gentle people murder their pregnant wives and dump the bodies in the ocean.
This scumbag needs to get the "juice".
That's still better than he deserves. Although I admire your compassion.
Use the loooonnnngggg rubber hose!
Except for killing his wife and child, having multiple affairs, telling one of his affairs that his wife was dead, lying every stinking day of his life, dying his hair, buying a car and telling the seller that his own name was Jaqueline, and possibly setting up Amber to be killed in the mountians, he was a very good boy.
C'mon....I want the obligatory neighbor!
The only reason bottom-feeding scum-sucking Manson is still alive, sadly, is that the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the death penalty in '72 and everyone's sentences (including Charlie and his minions') were commuted to life with parole. Unfortunately, when California reinstated the Death Penalty, Manson couldn't go back and sit on death row.
I hope that Scut-butt Peterson doesn't get the death penalty. I hope the prison officials say "sorry, shithead, no solitary for you, and then stick him in the general population at San Quentin and let those inmates have their way with him. That way pretty boy and be somebody's bitch before they stick a shiv in him.
His whole family makes me sick. The public isn't being fooled by this crapola fest and from all indications, the jury isn't buying it, either.
Although most of me wants to see this guy get the ultimate penalty, perhaps spending the rest of his life being passed around as a "prison bitch" by dozens of big, ugly cons would be a fitting future, too.
I figure "life" for Peterson would be about six minutes.
Scott should have thought that out a year ago, but I guess he thought he was so smart that he'd never get caught.
They had the obligatory neighbor on yesterday. Basically she said she was against the death penalty. She got up from the defense side, made her comments, then went over to the prosecution side and hugged Sharon Rocha.
Was that an attempt to imply that Sharon Rocha agrees with her.
Folks said the same thing about Ted Bundy.
And that charmer John Wayne Gacy was a clown at children's parties.
Perhaps that family should be read the definition of "sociopath" again. Because I understand the new editions of the dictionary have Scott's picture as an illustration.
Don't most people dye their hair, grow a goatee, chat up their mistress, try to sell their house and car, take a new identity, $15,000 and head for the border?
I guess the "Age Appropriate Missing Spouse Behavior For Dummies" was sold out at Borders.
He would have gottten away if he'd just had a white Bronco
I agree. When all the family dynamics of the Peterson's are known, and they will be, the parents complicity in this crime will emerge.
Maybe the Rochas and Ron Grantski should have some police protection. I wouldn't put it passed Lee P'sin to hire someone to hurt them.
Death row is probably the safest place in the world for the POS. If he's release into general population, dudes will be killing each other for the chance to get at Scott.
Whoever kills Scott gets to be famous. He's such a dead man if he gets life.
I doubt it. Eventually they will take it out on Scott. If he lives.
What do you mean they'll take it out on Scott? Have you followed this case? Do you understand this family dynamic?
Ok, and even though what about 20 years ago the death sentance has been reallowed, how many have met their makers in Calif?
Just guessing. After a while the familial protection will turn to resentment. I assume that the Peterson family hocked all they had to pay for Scott's defense. It's all going to eventually grind on them. As well, someone will probably write a book and analyze all the dynamics of this sad tale.
I know marked men don't last long inside.
I know Peterson is a marked man.
Why is that maudlin soap opera NATIONAL news???? When it's over Greta Van Suteren will have nothing to blabber on about. Maybe she can have the 10 year reunion special in 2014
Not in this co-dependent/enabling family.
"Justice" won't be served either way (LWP or Death) here in KA. A caller-in to KFBK (Sacramento) radio, who works in the Folsom Prison "VIP" wing (hi-profile killers and other scum), reports that those inmates *aren't* placed in the general population.
He reports that they get big cells (even by themselves), are *served* meals (no mess hall for them), and really do lead a handled-with-kid-gloves existance.
Hard to believe but, why *has* Charles Manson survived all these years "in the system"???
Seems the Department of Corrections is concerned about the "risks and rights" aspect. If anything happened, the families, with Prisoner Rights Group backing (and maybe the ACLU), could sue big time.
So...if LWP "good old Scotty" wll be the much-coddled permanent guest of the CA taxpayers @ $60K per year. If Death, the appeals process will drag 20 years...but the Death Row cells *are* smaller.
Not much comfort to Laci's family either way.
I wish this -had- taken place in Texas.... they know what to do down there
OMG, I've never seen excuses like this; today when she was talking about her THREE illegitimate children, she said she gave them away because she was CLUELESS.
If Scott didn't know how to "act" upset, why didn't SHE tell him?
I've said it before and I'll say it again: there's not a mother I know that couldn't have gotten the truth about what happened out of that sissy boy.
If she wanted to.
Frankly, I'm more interested in hearing what we haven't heard about this case because of the gag order than what his penalty will be.
I think he hates his mother; and I think it all started the day he was married when she told him about his "missing" brother and sister.
They all did; the entire family.
It's all going to eventually grind on them
If they ever realize he's actually guilty, it's going to be ugly. They've given up everything to save his sorry a$$.
I agree with you 100 percent.
No doubt about it, mamma is complicit in this crime. Scott seems like a mammas's boy. Most killers are. Some reporter or shrink will eventually write a book about all the stuff in these people's lives. Available on Amazon.com in about 6-12 months.
"I know he's not perfect ..."
Yeah...murder and dismember your pregnant wife without a thought.
Oh well...who are we to judge?
I think Ann Rule is still in denial.
These are sick people who deserve NO sympathy at all. NONE