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Divers Search Bay Waters For Peterson Evidence
KTVU News ^ | May 16th, 2003

Posted on 05/17/2003 8:04:53 AM PDT by runningbear

Divers Search Bay Waters For Peterson Evidence

Divers Search Bay Waters For Peterson Evidence

POSTED: 7:50 a.m. PDT May 16, 2003
UPDATED: 2:54 p.m. PDT May 16, 2003

RICHMOND, Calif. -- Divers from several Bay Area law enforcement agencies and members of an FBI dive team joined police boats equipped with side-scan sonar Friday, searching the waters off Richmond for further evidence in the murder case of Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Connor.

The search was taking place not far from where the bodies of the missing Modesto woman and her child were found washed up on the shore of a Richmond regional waterfront park.

"It's unknown whether we'll finish today or if we'll go beyond," said Sgt. Doug Pittman of the Marin County Sheriff's Office, which has 11 divers involved in the search.

He declined to say if divers were looking for anything in particular.

"All I can say is, I know the Modesto Police Department has certain objectives that they want to accomplish with this search," he said.

The Coast Guard provided security around the diving area, according to the agency's station in San Francisco.


Ted Rowlands Friday Report On Search And Autopsy

Meanwhile, a reliable source has told KTVU Channel 2 that Peterson's remains were missing her head, hands, feet and some internal organs when recovered. However, the source would not speculate on whether the missing parts were the result of the natural decay of the body or from dismemberment.

There was a broadcast report circulating Friday Laci Peterson's may have fallen victim to a satanic cult.

Speaking On Friday's Mornings On 2, Benny Del R.....

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Divers searching for Laci Peterson evidence in San Francisco Bay

Divers searching for Laci Peterson evidence in San Francisco Bay

Friday, May 16, 2003

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(05-16) 12:06 PDT RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) --

Police divers have resumed a search in San Francisco Bay for more evidence in the murder case of Laci Peterson, the 27-year-old pregnant Modesto woman who disappeared just before Christmas last year and was found dead in the Bay last month with the remains of her unborn son, Modesto Police said Friday.

Modesto Police Department Capt. Greg Savelli said police dive teams began an underwater search Friday related to the murder investigation, and added it could continue through the weekend.

Contra Costa County Sheriff's officials said their marine patrol officers and at least two divers were working at the scene at the request of the Modesto Police Department. U.S. Coast Guard officials also confirmed Friday they were providing security for police divers in an ongoing criminal investigation.

Peterson's body, and remains of her unborn eight-month-old son, Conner, washed up in San Francisco Bay near Richmond and were discovered by passers-by on April 15. Published reports indicated at the time that not all of Laci Peterson's remains were found, and that they may have been wrapped in plastic and held down by heavy material.

The bodies surfaced about three miles from where Peterson's husband, Scott, said he went sturgeon fishing on the day of Christmas Eve.

Modesto Police arrested Peterson April

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Divers return to bay in Laci Peterson case

Posted on Sat, May. 17, 2003

Divers return to bay in Laci Peterson case
MORE EVIDENCE SOUGHT IN DEATHS OF WOMAN, FETUS

By the Mercury News

Members of the Marin County sheriff's dive team returned to San Francisco Bay on Friday to search for more evidence in the Laci Peterson case, authorities said.

Stanislaus County Chief Deputy District Attorney John Goold confirmed that divers were out in the bay but said he couldn't comment about what they were seeking for fear of jeopardizing the investigation into the slayings.

``Several law enforcement agencies are involved,'' Goold said.

The Coast Guard, the Marin County Sheriff's Office and a patrol boat from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office started the search Friday and may continue to comb the waters for more evidence today.

Peterson's body and that of her unborn son washed ashore near Richmond in April. Scott Peterson, Laci's husband, was arrested in the killings and is being held without bail in Stanislaus County Jail. There have been reports that Laci Peterson's body was not intact.

Prosecutors declined to say whether the search is designed to add to evidence against Scott Peterson, who may face the death penalty. The bodies washed ashore about three miles from the spot Peterson said he was fishing Dec. 24, the day his wife disappeared.

Autopsy reports on the bodies by the Contra Costa County coroner concluded this week were sealed Thursday by a judge in Stanislaus County Superior Court, prosecutors said. It wasn't clear whether a cause of death had been determined.

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Peterson Autopsies Complete, Clearing Way For Funerals
12 Court Records Sealed

Peterson Autopsies Complete, Clearing Way For Funerals
12 Court Records Sealed

POSTED: 4:44 p.m. PDT May 15, 2003
UPDATED: 5:56 p.m. PDT May 15, 2003

MODESTO, Calif. -- The autopsies of Laci Peterson and her unborn son were completed by the Contra Costa County coroner and sealed Thursday by a judge in Stanislaus County Superior Court, prosecutors said.

The autopsies were completed sooner than expected, but it wasn't clear if a cause of death had been determined in the homicides. Jimmy Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa sheriff would not comment, but has said in the past that the cause of death may never be known.

Scott Peterson, 30, is being held without bail on two counts of murder and could face the death penalty if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty.

He was arrested last month after the decomposed remains of his wife and the son they planned to name Conner were found on the shore of San Francisco Bay in Richmond near where Peterson told police he went fishing on Christmas Eve, the day he reported his wife missing.

Police have not revealed how they believe Laci Peterson, a 27-year-old substitute teacher, was killed or any of the evidence they compiled against her husband, a fertilizer salesman.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers asked to seal the autopsy and Judge Al Girolami agreed. The autopsy report could be unsealed at a May 27 hearing in which news organizations are seeking the release of other court documents, including search warrants and police reports.

About 12 court records, including a wiretap and an affidavit supporting an arrest warrant, have been sealed.

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With the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, searchers cluster together Friday as divers search the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay for evidence in the Peterson case.

BART AH YOU/THE BEE


Coast Guard and Marin County sheriff's vessels meet off Point Isabel in San Francisco Bay. Officials returned to the bay Friday to search for more evidence in the Laci Peterson case. BART AH YOU/THE BEE

Divers search San Francisco Bay again

By JOHN COTÉ and GARTH STAPLEY
BEE STAFF WRITERS

Published: May 17, 2003, 04:30:47 AM PDT

RICHMOND -- Divers returned Friday to search murky San Francisco Bay for evidence in the slayings of Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Conner.

Authorities declined comment late Friday on the search, and it was unclear what evidence, if any, was recovered.

Dive teams from the Marin County and Contra Costa County sheriff's departments assisted investigators from the Modesto Police Department. Coast Guard crews also took part, with their vessels taking up positions near divers south of Brooks Island, about 2 1/2 miles from where Laci Peterson's decomposed body was found last month along a rocky shoreline near Point Isabel.

Conner's body was recovered roughly a mile north of his mother. Peterson was eight months pregnant when she was reported missing Christmas Eve from her Modesto home. Her husband, Scott, has told authorities that he went fishing off Brooks Island on Dec. 24.

Stanislaus County prosecutors allege that Scott Peterson murdered his wife Dec. 23 or 24, according to court documents.

Peterson, in jail since his arrest last month near San Diego, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Search lasted at least five hours

Friday's bay search lasted from at least 9 a.m. to about 2 p.m. Two orange buoys bobbed to the east of a diver at about 1 p.m. as three law enforcement boats maneuvered in the area.

A statement from the Marin County Sheriff's Department said the search "began early (Friday) and will continue under the direction of the Modesto Police Department investigators."

Unspecified "civilian assets" were used in the search, according to a written statement from Stanislaus County District Attorney James Brazelton.

Modesto police spokesman Doug Ridenour refused to say whether Brazelton referred to diving or sonar equipment. Police Chief Roy Wasden also refused to comment.

Gene Ralston, who conducted a side-scan sonar search of the bay in mid-March for Modesto police, said his "strong opinions on what's going on" kept authorities from inviting him back for Friday's search. He would not elaborate, saying he continues to be involved with the case.

In late April, Ralston told The Bee that he believed he saw Peterson's body during the March search, about one month before it washed up.

Waves prevented retrieval of the suspected body in March, and the object was gone when searchers returned a week later, Ralston has said. He speculated that large ships in the channel set the water churning, and that could have moved the object.

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This one is weird story, not about Laci

Cows At Marin County Ranch Run Off Cliff

Cows At Marin County Ranch Run Off Cliff

May 15 (AP) — A dozen Holstein cows grazing near Skywalker Ranch in Marin County apparently got spooked and ran off a 50-foot cliff, according to authorities.

Motorists on Lucas Valley Road saw the cows cascade over the hilltop at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, said Marin County Sheriff's Sgt. Doug Pittman.

Some of the cows tumbled end-over-end as they slid down the slate and gravel cliff, witnesses told sheriff's deputies......

All these stories are excerpted...

(Excerpt) Read more at ktvu.com ...


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latest from yesterday's news events online print... ;o)

RG when in that area of water, it is only good for certain times to conduct this kind of search? Tides?

1 posted on 05/17/2003 8:04:53 AM PDT by runningbear
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To: runningbear; Rheo; spectre; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Scupoli; sissyjane; ...
pinging from the search team stories...
2 posted on 05/17/2003 8:07:28 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: jdontom; HoHoeHeaux; blondee123; hergus; submarine; texasbluebell; truthkeeper; BobFromNJ; ...
pinging from the search team stories...
3 posted on 05/17/2003 8:08:04 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: lakey; oc-flyfish; SunnyUsa; ~Kim4VRWC's~; amazed; Wednesday's Child; LuvMyNick; RightOnGOP; ...
pinging from the search team stories...
4 posted on 05/17/2003 8:09:02 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear; All
some photos

Many photos of scott, to the memory of Laci and Conner.

From the Modbee.com photo gallery.

6 posted on 05/17/2003 8:29:52 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Thanks rb...Happy Birthday!
That photo of Laci/holding haunts me...Wonder if Snotty...nah, sociopath/narccist..doesn't bother him, he falls asleep when his head hits the pillow!
7 posted on 05/17/2003 8:36:48 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O
Laci/holding=Laci/holding baby
8 posted on 05/17/2003 8:38:10 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: runningbear
Happy Bithday Runningbear!!!

Check out those first three pictures of Scott's forehead, he needs some Botox injections real bad. But come to think of it, maybe it's a Geragos ploy, to give the illusion Scott can show concern and feelings,which is total BS.
9 posted on 05/17/2003 8:50:46 AM PDT by MaggieMay (A blank tag is a terrible thing to waste)
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To: MaggieMay
thank you...
11 posted on 05/17/2003 8:58:15 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Jackie-O
thank you...;0)

Yeah, those different facial shots are a telling story..

12 posted on 05/17/2003 9:00:45 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Thanks for the ping ... and HB, rb.
13 posted on 05/17/2003 9:06:03 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggiefluffs
;o) and a thank you too...


14 posted on 05/17/2003 9:18:11 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
He looks really good in those first ones, with the "bars" superimposed over him...
15 posted on 05/17/2003 9:43:26 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: runningbear
Thanks for keeping me on your ping list
16 posted on 05/17/2003 9:49:27 AM PDT by joyce11111
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To: runningbear; hergus
Here is a site with case photos, files

Laci Peterson

17 posted on 05/17/2003 9:54:08 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: All
Here is a site with case photos, files

Laci Peterson

18 posted on 05/17/2003 9:54:28 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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From Purgatory linked site, another good refreshner of inoformation

findlaci2003

19 posted on 05/17/2003 10:00:17 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Thanks, rb!
20 posted on 05/17/2003 10:07:43 AM PDT by Sandylapper
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To: runningbear

21 posted on 05/17/2003 10:27:24 AM PDT by trussell (HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUNNINGBEAR!!)
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To: MaggieMay
maybe it's a Geragos ploy

You mean like the "other woman". Here's one back at Geragos. The police are, this very day, looking for that "other woman", too.

Splash, splash, ping, ping

Scotty killed his brief fling

She knew too much, she's out of touch.

Pull her ashore and shut the door

Time to tally the Devil's score.

Satanic rituals they may be...

Yet still the work of our Scot-ty.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law ...or until their lying scumbag attorney convicts them in the press.

22 posted on 05/17/2003 11:30:16 AM PDT by RGSpincich (Geragos isn't the only one who can float trial balloons.)
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To: allyoop77
Do you think the cows are being spooked by the cultists? Geragos should look into this.
23 posted on 05/17/2003 11:40:32 AM PDT by WellsFargo94
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To: runningbear
Thanks for the coverage, you are my first point of contact. Apparantly a Happy Birthday is in order...so hope that will be the case!
24 posted on 05/17/2003 11:48:57 AM PDT by WellsFargo94
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To: runningbear

Hmm, looks like a cold-blooded killer to me.

25 posted on 05/17/2003 12:18:05 PM PDT by The Great Satan (Revenge, Terror and Extortion: A Guide for the Perplexed)
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I am still floored by the fact that Geragos is trying to plant the idea of a ritualistic killing and saying that poor Laci was carved up...I'm going to attempt to repost dighton's post 331 from last night...day four in the cronology shows that during the decomopsition process the body, it does not take any great effort to damage tissues, etc.. (easily destroyed by sealife, turbulance in the bay)
It's obvious to me after reading all of this download that Snotty did not visit this bit of info via the internet.
Thanks again, dighton!
http/www/freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/912690 post?page=331#331
27 posted on 05/17/2003 12:43:24 PM PDT by Jackie-O (Oh well, it's not working like I thought it would, but please check it out!)
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To: runningbear

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUNNINGBEAR


28 posted on 05/17/2003 12:43:47 PM PDT by Wednesday's Child (Today's my brothers birthday too, but I'm sure he's MUCH older :))
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To: WellsFargo94; allyoop77
COWS?

I thought it said SCOWS!!!

29 posted on 05/17/2003 12:45:56 PM PDT by Jackie-O (Whewww...that's a relief, I thought I lost some of my pals! ;0))
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To: Jackie-O
That magic "self-making URL" thing only works if you have no other HTML in the post, and even then it is unpredictable.

The link to post # 331 you wanted.

30 posted on 05/17/2003 12:49:40 PM PDT by Yeti
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To: Jackie-O
You're welcome, and my thanks again to whoever linked this originally.

One point to keep in mind: a "great number of variables ... affect the onset and rate of decomposition."

31 posted on 05/17/2003 12:50:05 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Yeti
Thank you Yogi-Yeti!!
32 posted on 05/17/2003 12:51:11 PM PDT by Jackie-O (Newbie still learning every day!)
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To: dighton
"great number of variables"
yes that's why I thought that Snotty obviously didn't do his homework, and Geragos needs to read up on this info before tries to fool the public and potential jury pool with this "carved up" theory.
He will be laughed out of the courtroom after experts point this out.
33 posted on 05/17/2003 12:55:52 PM PDT by Jackie-O (Newbie still learning every day!)
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"It's something that spooked them very badly. They'll break fences but not go off cliffs," said Lorraine Silveira, whose family owns Silveira Ranch, which has been operating for more than 100 years. Not meaning to beat a dead horse, but where was our red-eyed heroine while this was going on??!?!
34 posted on 05/17/2003 1:04:02 PM PDT by Yeti (Happy Birthday, RB!)
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Thanks for the ping rb and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!
35 posted on 05/17/2003 1:21:34 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: Jackie-O
I feel the same as you Jackie, I just CANNOT get over the fact that Geragos is stupid enough to attempt to "fly" that theory. The baby alone, debunks the ENTIRE theory. He looks like a desperate slimebag Defense Lawyer.
36 posted on 05/17/2003 1:24:53 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: Canadian Outrage
The divers have been out in the bay for over 6 hours now and they still plan to go back another day or two...they must have seen or KNOW that something is down there....Muddy bottom visablility si only a foot or so at best and the water is cold..divers have to take turns...Tide is rising.
37 posted on 05/17/2003 1:35:46 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O
si=is
38 posted on 05/17/2003 1:36:54 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O
We need 'Dirk Pitt' and his underwater team!
39 posted on 05/17/2003 1:43:52 PM PDT by justshe
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To: Jackie-O
YUP, I think they are deadly serious about finding what they are missing. They know that it is down there. The "whole" package, anchors and all went down in the same place. Sure some underwater currents etc will move things around but it won't make them disappear. IF they can get their hands on this "crucial" evidence it IS OVER for SP!!
40 posted on 05/17/2003 1:45:53 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: justshe
I'm not familiar with "Dirk Pitt"
Could you tell me who he is? :0)
41 posted on 05/17/2003 2:17:39 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: allyoop77
I wonder if Scaught has any religious teaching in his back ground.

Most folks are pretty up front about their religious beliefs.

I have never heard the Petersons even talk about Prayer as a tool to comfort the pain of all this. Has anyone else?
42 posted on 05/17/2003 2:17:46 PM PDT by oceanperch (Who will represent Amber?)
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To: justshe
I just did a search...LOL!
43 posted on 05/17/2003 2:19:55 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: runningbear
Happy Birthday!

King Vanity has one coming up on the 23rd. We have reservations at the Governors Hotel in Portland for two nights. Going to the Big City to celebrate.
44 posted on 05/17/2003 2:25:49 PM PDT by oceanperch (Who will represent Amber?)
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To: Jackie-O
From what I have seen, someone posted pics of sonar, you can see clear as day with the fancy equipment.
45 posted on 05/17/2003 2:33:16 PM PDT by oceanperch (Who will represent Amber?)
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To: Canadian Outrage
Yeah I bet ol' Scaughty is sweatin' so much this week end knowing the sonar ship is back on the job that his orange jumpsuit has bled the color out all over him giving him that Tan in a Bottle look.
46 posted on 05/17/2003 2:38:20 PM PDT by oceanperch (Who will represent Amber?)
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To: oceanperch
LOL - I hope he's sweating good.
47 posted on 05/17/2003 2:42:23 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: allyoop77
Do any of you know WHY Jackie Peterson has that oxygen contraption??? She seems to have been a very "loose" and mixed up person in her youth, perhaps she smoked very very heavy too. Frankly, imo, neither her nor her husband look like very healthy specimens.
50 posted on 05/17/2003 2:53:18 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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