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Families clash over belongings in Peterson home
Modesto Bee ^ | May 30, 2003 | BEE STAFF REPORTS

Posted on 05/31/2003 12:45:21 AM PDT by joyce11111

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Families clash over belongings in Peterson home

By BEE STAFF REPORTS

Modesto Bee

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.

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(Distributed by Scripps-McClatchy Western Service, http://www.shns.com.)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: avoidingchildsupport; baby; babyunborn; conner; deathpenaltytime; dontubelievemyalibi; getarope; ibefishing; laci; lacipeterson; smallbaby; smallchild; sonkiller; unborn; wifekiller
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1 posted on 05/31/2003 12:45:22 AM PDT by joyce11111
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To: runningbear; Howlin; oceanperch
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2 posted on 05/31/2003 12:46:32 AM PDT by joyce11111
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To: runningbear
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.

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So that is where the jewlery went...

3 posted on 05/31/2003 12:48:30 AM PDT by joyce11111
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To: joyce11111
Jackie's true colors come shining thru. She would be wise to simply SHUT UP. SHe sure has quite alot of "oxygen" lately!
4 posted on 05/31/2003 12:53:16 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: joyce11111
I wonder if they will try to sell the jewelry for Scott's defense.

Tia

5 posted on 05/31/2003 4:53:00 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: tiamat
On Greta the other night when jackie called in, she said she had or would "leave the plants outside for the Rochas to pick up". tacky tacky. i lost all my sympathy for her then. I bet they know their son is a killer.

I am surprised the Rochas waited so long to go in and get the stuff. i am very happy that they have the jewlry.

re Jackie: if you are gonna be a witch, be a witch. don't go on tv and stretch the truth and lie.
6 posted on 05/31/2003 6:17:13 AM PDT by libbylu
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To: joyce11111
"Scott didn't even know she had journals," Peterson said. "If she did, police have them."

I have much sympathy for the Rochas' but I can see how Laci's journals would be relevant to the trial. How is it, though, that her husband didn't know about them, but her mother did?

7 posted on 05/31/2003 6:23:16 AM PDT by independentmind
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I wonder who the ring is being "crafted" for?

Boy, he didn't waste anytime melting down her wedding rings either.
8 posted on 05/31/2003 6:24:36 AM PDT by Lanza
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To: joyce11111
The Rochas have gone from grieving family go greedy family.
9 posted on 05/31/2003 6:28:36 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: FreePaul
Go should be to.
10 posted on 05/31/2003 6:30:48 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: joyce11111; BunnySlippers; Devil_Anse; ~Kim4VRWC's~
Pingarooni.
11 posted on 05/31/2003 6:52:20 AM PDT by EllaMinnow
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To: redlipstick
Thanks for the ping. I got up this morning at 5am then started posted on yesterday's Laci thread. Moving over her now. :)
12 posted on 05/31/2003 6:54:26 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers
Good morning, Bunny.

This article is sure written from the Peterson angle, isn't it?
13 posted on 05/31/2003 7:01:26 AM PDT by EllaMinnow
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To: joyce11111
Yeah, but WAIT JUST A MINUTE! How the HELL did her wedding ring get OFF her in the first place???????????? In such a way that Scott already knew where it was???????????? Ditto for the "other diamond ring he bought her", which she presumably also wore regularly????????

14 posted on 05/31/2003 7:01:51 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: independentmind
I wouldn't necessarily take that as true, that her husband didn't know she kept a journal. Jackie Peterson has been caught in several "factual misrepresentations" already.

15 posted on 05/31/2003 7:04:12 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Devil_Anse
Perhaps the journals were written at an earlier stage in Laci's life. If they were maintained recently, I can't imagine that the police wouldn't be interested in them.
16 posted on 05/31/2003 7:06:25 AM PDT by independentmind
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To: Devil_Anse
Here's the excuse they will use on the ring. Her hands were swollen from the pregnancy, and she had not been able to wear her rings.

It will be interesting to know if Amy Rocha noticed if her sis had her rings on the night of the 23rd.
17 posted on 05/31/2003 7:06:45 AM PDT by Lanza
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To: redlipstick
Thanks for the ping. This article, if true, bears out all the comments about the Petersons made by posters on yesterday's thread. There's a pattern: Jackie Peterson seems to be perfectly willing for the Rochas to have 1) non-saleable items, and 2) items which she KNOWS her own family could never justify keeping, such as the stuff from Laci's paternal grandmother to Laci.

Oh, but the exception is the salt and pepper shakers in the snail motif, of course. Gee, I'd think the Petersons could get a buck or two out of selling that at a yard sale. Big of them to let the Rochas have the salt and pepper shakers.

What was Laci's wedding ring doing OFF Laci's hand????
18 posted on 05/31/2003 7:07:58 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: bonfire
Her son is alive... all the Rocha's have is property to remember their daughter by...
19 posted on 05/31/2003 7:08:49 AM PDT by sabe@q.com
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To: redlipstick
Yes, apparently the Petersons are the primary source. I love Jackie's quote "They are not Sharon's". And she seems to be deluded that Scott is going to set up housekeeping later and needs the household items for himself ... he even wants the baby items!!!
20 posted on 05/31/2003 7:09:42 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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