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Posted on 05/31/2003 12:45:21 AM PDT by joyce11111
Families clash over belongings in Peterson home
By BEE STAFF REPORTS
May 30, 2003
MODESTO, Calif. - Scott Peterson's family had planned to voluntarily turn over only some of the items that his wife's family wanted from the couple's home.
Laci Peterson's family and friends acted first, though, and took what they wanted Friday from the Covena Avenue house - over the Peterson family's objections.
Jackie Peterson, Scott's mother, expressed dismay: "Yesterday we see a coroner's report about a baby, and today we're talking about salt-and-pepper shakers," she said by telephone from her home in San Diego County.
In discussing the Rochas' request for property from the home, Peterson said some of the items, like Laci's journals, could not be turned over.
"Scott didn't even know she had journals," Peterson said. "If she did, police have them."
Peterson said her son has a request, too: He wants his wife's wedding ring, another diamond ring that he bought her, and a few diamonds given to Laci by her grandmother. Peterson said the rings and gems had been taken to a jeweler, for crafting into one ring.
"We want those," Peterson said. She said the Rochas picked them up from the jeweler.
The Rochas had submitted a 22-point list of items sought from the house. Peterson said Laci's mother, Sharon Rocha, later revised it to 16 points. The Rochas still wanted the crib intended for Conner, the boy with whom Laci was pregnant at the time of her disappearance. And they wanted the rocking chair from the baby's room, too.
Crib and rocking chair went out the door Friday. Earlier this week, family attorneys said the Rochas needed to "sit in Conner's room in the rocking chair Laci had purchased to rock him in, and just to have the opportunity to feel her presence."
Peterson said she and her family bought almost everything in the baby's room, including crib, rocking chair and ottoman, clothes, toys and a baby book - all given as gifts at a baby shower. And Scott wanted to keep the baby's things, his mother said.
She said Sharon Rocha was welcome to take back the crib bedding that she had purchased.
Peterson said her son previously agreed to give some property to Laci's brother and half sister: for Brent Rocha, flower vase wall sconces that he had given to Laci as a gift; and for Amy Rocha, wicker furniture and lamps given to Laci by the women's paternal grandmother.
Other items, she said, Scott and Laci acquired as a couple - such as two white chairs and an end table. "They are not Sharon's," Peterson said.
Nor did her son want to turn over kitchenware - a food processor, a mixer and cookbooks - "that Scott will need to keep house," his mother said.
Scott already had decided to turn over the salt-and-pepper shaker set, in snail motif.
The Rochas also had asked for "Laci's fine china and stemware." Peterson noted how the listing omitted Scott's name.
She described the china and stemware as wedding gifts to the couple, entitling Scott to keep them. She added that she and her husband bought most of the china, filling out the set after the wedding.
There are no photos of Laci to turn over, Peterson said. She said police took every one that included Laci, leaving four photos in the house. She said police also took most of Laci's clothing. "But she (Sharon Rocha) can have all of it."
The Rochas also had asked for Peterson's wedding dress. Scott's mother revealed that the dress was taken in a mid-January burglary at the house, during a weekend when Scott was in Los Angeles for a one-day search effort for his wife.
A few days later, police said they had identified a suspect but did not report an arrest. They gave no name but described the suspect as someone known by the Petersons, and said the suspect was one of many people with access to the home.
Jackie Peterson said her son got the wedding dress back, then had it cleaned and boxed. She was adamant about a glass memento box. She said she gave the glass box to her son and daughter-in-law, for display of photos and seashells from their honeymoon in Tahiti.
"That's a no way," Peterson said about giving the box to the Rochas.
It was not know where the box is today.
(Distributed by Scripps-McClatchy Western Service, http://www.shns.com.)
Amazing how some people will "go for the gold" in a tragedy.
Reminds me of my in-laws when their grandma died.
The looting was fierce.
(BTW...not all pregnant women get swollen fingers..voice of experience here.)
That's interesting. One of the women who went to the Peterson house yesterday said that Sharon was able to get the bridal gown.
The Petersons are being a-holes about this. I heard Jackie Peterson the night before on Fox News tell Greta that there was no problem with Sharon going into the house and taking what was Laci's. Then yesterday, we see one of Peterson's lawyers ranting for the cameras about the Rocha's planting evidence at the scene. Of course nothing was said about the Peterson's having been in and out of that house since the beginning of all this, and that they could have REMOVED evidence. What a nightmare for the Rochas. I feel so bad for them, and then they have to put up with the pathetic antics of the Petersons and their lawyers.
I'm afraid Mrs. Peterson is still delusional. She actually believes that her son is going to be back in that house during her lifetime? And on top of this, her murdering son wants the diamonds that Laci's grandmother gave her. I'm sure they were taken to a jeweler for resetting. More like he took them somewhere to hock them. If those diamonds can be recovered, they should either be returned to the grandmother if she is still alive, or they should be turned over to Sharon or her ex-husband, based on whichever grandmother gave them to her. But they should most definitely not be given back to Scaughty or his family
This story gets uglier all the time, and I guess we can thank Mark Geragos for this. He may think he's helping his client, but all he's doing is alienating the public. After all that's happened, it's pretty obvious that the Peterson's have been less than honest in their statements about letting Sharon Rocha into the home. But that doesn't surprise me. They raised a lying, sack of murdering $hit for a son, why wouldn't they be liars themselves?
I don't know about the rest of you, but the treatment of the Rochas at the hands of the Peterson's has disgusted me. Jackie Peterson's lucky I'm not Laci's mother. Right now she'd be turning blue, because I would have wrapped her oxygen hose around her neck and pulled it tight!!
AND an important point made last night by the Rocha's attorney: Until the death certificate is signed and filed, Laci is STILL legally the half owner of the house and its contents, a point seemingly ignored by Geragos and the Petersons.