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Hypnosis testimony use 'a risk'
The Modesto Bee ^ | Sept 10, 2003 | John Cote'

Posted on 09/10/2003 5:27:47 AM PDT by runningbear

Hypnosis testimony use 'a risk'

Hypnosis testimony use 'a risk'

By JOHN COTÉ
BEE STAFF WRITER

Published: September 10, 2003, 04:50:01 AM PDT

Investigators handling the double-murder case against Scott Peterson used an increasingly rare and legally risky tactic by interviewing a witness using "hypnosis techniques," legal observers said Tuesday.

"They're taking a risk," said Dr. David Spiegel, associate chairman of psychiatry at Stanford University. "There must be some reason why they want to take that risk."

The jeopardy stems from a state law passed in 1984 that severely restricts the use of information from a hypnotized witness at trial -- including limiting the testimony to matters the person recalled before the hypnosis.

The law was in response to a 1982 California Supreme Court ruling saying that "most experts agree that hypnotic evidence is unreliable because a person under hypnosis can manufacture or invent false statements."

Since the 1984 law, hypnotism largely has been shelved in criminal investigations, but it's sometimes used when police run out of leads, observers said.

"If you hit a dead end, you might come up with some facts that would help you," said Roger C. Park, an evidence law specialist at the University of California's Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

An example would be a kidnap victim who under hypnosis remembers details such as riding in a car driven on a gravel road and then over a bridge, Park said.

"You go there and find some evidence, and then you don't need that testimony," Park said. "That's what you're hoping during the investigation."

But prosecutors handling Peterson's case indicated in court last week that they intend to introduce testimony from a Modesto woman who appears to have been hypnotized.

Kristen Dempewolf, who lives in Peterson's La Loma neighborhood, was questioned in a "cognitive interview where hypnosis techniques were used," according to documents prosecutors filed in Stanislaus County Superior Court.

Dempewolf was questioned as police probed the disappearance and death of Peterson's pregnant wife, Laci.

Dempewolf, 33, owns a dog and was in roughly the same stage of pregnancy as Laci Peterson when Peterson was reported missing Christmas Eve.

Two witnesses have said they saw Laci Peterson walking her dog after 9:30 a.m. Dec. 24 -- the time her husband told police he left for a solo fishing trip.

Scott Peterson told police Laci was preparing to walk the couple's golden retriever, McKenzie, when he left for San Francisco Bay, and he returned from the trip to find his wife missing.

Prosecutors contend that he killed his wife and unborn son, Conner, on Dec. 23 or Dec. 24. Their bodies were found in April along the eastern shore of the bay, within four miles of where Scott Peterson said he launched his boat Christmas Eve. The 30-year-old fertilizer salesman faces the death penalty if convicted of two counts of murder.

Testimony could be key for prosecution

Dempewolf could be key to the prosecutors' case if she offers an alternative explanation for witnesses who say they saw Laci Peterson walking her dog Dec. 24.

But if Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Al Girolami determines that the hypnosis techniques amount to hypnotism, strict conditions will have to be met for her testimony to be admissable in court.

Testimony must be limited to matters the witness recalled and related before the hypnosis, and the substance of the pre-hypnotic memory must be preserved in written, audiotape or videotape form before the hypnosis.

The law also requires that the hypnosis be performed by a licensed professional experienced in hypnosis, such as a medical doctor or psychologist, and not done in the presence of law enforcement, the prosecution or the defense.

Defense attorney Mark Geragos indicated in court that the interview had been videotaped, but it is unclear from prosecution documents who used hypnosis techniques on Dempewolf.

Prosecutors also would have to prove by "clear and convincing evidence" at a hearing that the hypnosis did not make the witness's earlier recollection unreliable or "substantially impair" the ability to cross-examine the witness.

Interviewer may lead subject

Hypnosis subjects are susceptible to suggestions -- even subconscious ones -- by their questioner, said Dr. Emily Keram, a forensic psychiatrist at the University of California at San Francisco.

"It's natural for a person to be helpful, and they're prone to give the wrong answers," Keram said. "There may be a question where the interviewer inadvertently demonstrates their need and leads the subject to report things in an effort to address those cues."

Hypnosis, which induces deep relaxation, is effective in reducing ......

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Peterson's ex-girlfriend sticks close to home


Amber Frey

Peterson's ex-girlfriend sticks close to home

By JOHN COTÉ
BEE STAFF WRITER

Published: September 6, 2003, 10:02:24 AM PDT

The woman who admitted having an affair with Scott Peterson is being protected by private guards and now lives in a gated community with round-the-clock security, her father said Friday.

"She hardly goes out now," said Amber Frey's father, Ron Frey. "She goes to work. She's got to live, but she mostly stays home."

Amber Frey, now 28, burst into the public spotlight in January when she announced that she had had an affair with Peterson, saying that he had told her that he was not married.

Peterson's 27-year-old pregnant wife, Laci, had been reported missing Christmas Eve in Modesto. Her body and that of the couple's unborn son, Conner, were found in mid-April along the eastern shoreline of San Francisco Bay.

Peterson, 30, was arrested several days later and charged with two counts of murder in the deaths. He could receive the death penalty if convicted.

Ron Frey said he was concerned for his daughter's safety after she became ensnared in a case that plays across tabloid news racks and cable television news shows.

"What good would it do to put her in witness protection? Everybody knows her," Frey said. "Sure there's security. I cannot account for the police, whether they've got people involved or not."

Modesto police said Frey cooperated with their investigation, and court documents show that officers tapping Peterson's phones monitored a call between her and Peterson on the night of Jan. 20, almost a month after Laci Peterson was reported missing.

Prosecutors and Gloria Allred, the attorney representing Frey, have declined to say if the Fresno massage therapist will testify at Peterson's preliminary hearing, now set for Oct. 20.

But Ron Frey said his daughter was dismayed after the hearing was pushed back earlier this week.

"She's anxious for this to be over," he said. "She was very ........

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GPS use on Peterson in question

GPS use on Peterson in question

By JOHN COTÉ
BEE STAFF WRITER

Published: September 5, 2003, 05:05:13 AM PDT

The use of electronic devices by investigators to track Scott Peterson's movements was an unorthodox move, observers said Thursday.

Prosecutors intend to introduce evidence from a global positioning system tracking device, Senior Deputy District Attorney Rick Distaso said at a hearing this week.

Defense attorney Mark Geragos countered that he would seek to have the evidence excluded, indicating that there were problems with the GPS equipment.

The issue is likely to be hashed out at an Oct. 20 hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to put Peterson on trial on charges of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and the couple's unborn son, Conner.

Authorities used "wiretaps on phones, tracking vehicles, all of the technology available" as they probed Peterson's death, state Attorney General Bill Lockyer said at a news conference April 18 the day that her husband was arrested in La Jolla.

Peterson, 30, could receive the death penalty if convicted of both murder counts.

His wife was almost eight months pregnant when she was reported missing Christmas Eve. Her body and that of her son were found in mid-April along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, several miles from where her husband said he went fishing Dec. 24.

During a four-month probe, investigators employed a range of tactics, including "hypnosis techniques" on a witness.

Police also attached a tracking device to Peterson's pickup, Lockyer said at the April news conference.

Such tracking equipment usually is employed by state and federal law enforcement in major drug cases, according to experts.

"The fact that they used one in this case shows law enforcement were being very resourceful," said James Hammer, San Francisco assistant district attorney. "They were doing things that are not particularly done in a homicide case."

Most police and sheriff's departments do not have the budgets for tracking equipment, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Sharon Chow said.

"That's out of our league," Chow said. "Tracking devices for vehicles are very expensive."

It is unclear what evidence the tracking devices produced. Authorities and the defense have successfully sealed most documents in the case, and Judge Al Girolami has imposed a gag order preventing the parties from talking about evidence.

Tracking devices could serve the prosecution if they show that Peterson returned to the bay, tie him to a location where physical evidence was found or indicate that he was preparing to flee the country, Hammer said.

"If he's going back to the bay to make sure nothing floated up, that he didn't leave anything behind, that would help a prosecution theory," Hammer said.

But prosecutors will have to demonstrate that the tracking evidence is relevant to the case and that the equipment worked properly, some observers said.

"If he went to Mexico, so what? He came back," veteran ..........

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1 posted on 09/10/2003 5:27:47 AM PDT by runningbear
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To: Rheo; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Scupoli; sissyjane; TexKat; Lanza; Mrs.Liberty; ...
Pinging......
2 posted on 09/10/2003 5:29:39 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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Pinging......
3 posted on 09/10/2003 5:30:06 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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Prosecutors to use DNA against Peterson in delayed preliminary hearing

Prosecutors to use DNA against Peterson in delayed preliminary hearing

Tue Sep 2, 7:31 PM ET Add Crimes and Trials - Court TV to My Yahoo!

By Harriet Ryan, Court TV

MODESTO, Calif. (Court TV) — Prosecutors plan to use DNA to link Scott Peterson (news - web sites) to the murder of his wife and unborn son, but they will have to wait seven more weeks to do so.

A judge Tuesday postponed Peterson's scheduled Sept. 9 preliminary hearing — a "mini-trial" in which prosecutors lay out a bare bones case — until Oct. 20 to allow high-profile defense lawyer Mark Geragos to try two other cases in Los Angeles.

During the 20-minute hearing in Stanislaus County Superior Court, prosecutors, who have been tight-lipped about their case, referred to "mitochondrial DNA" they plan to introduce at the hearing. They did not specify what the genetic material was, but mitochondrial testing, a less exact method than traditional nuclear DNA testing, is often used on old, degraded or extremely small samples of hair, fingernails or bone. It is rarely used for blood evidence.

Laci Peterson disappeared last December about a month and a half before she was to give birth to the couple's first child. Her badly decomposed remains, along with those of the son she planned to name Conner, washed up on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay in April. Her 30-year-old husband, who told police he was fishing in the bay when she went missing, was charged with two counts of murder and now faces the death penalty. He denies any involvement, and his defense has suggested a satanic cult may be to blame.

In addition to the DNA, prosecutors Rick Distaso and Dave Harris alluded Tuesday to several other pieces of evidence they plan to introduce at the preliminary hearing. They listed the results of a satellite tracking device as well as testimony from dog handlers who searched for Laci Peterson (news - web sites) and a pregnant woman who was hypnotized as part of the investigation.

Lawyers for Peterson said they will challenge the admissibility of much of the evidence disclosed by prosecutors. Without giving reasons, Mark Geragos said he plans to file paperwork asking the judge to throw out results from the dog searches and from a GPS (Global Positioning System (news - web sites)) tracking device used during the investigation. It was unclear what was tracked.

Peterson's defense also plans to challenge the testimony of Kristen Dempewolf, a neighbor of Peterson who was also pregnant in December. Detectives apparently believed neighbors who say they saw Laci Peterson walking her dog after the time Scott Peterson is alleged to have killed his wife actually saw Dempewolf. Court papers refer to a hypnosis technique used during interviews with Dempewolf.

Geragos did not say on what grounds he would oppose her testimony, but he did say that at least one detective in the case did not realize she was hypnotized until recently. A spokesman for the district attorney's office referred to Dempewolf as a "supposedly hypnotized" witness, but declined to comment further citing a gag order in the case.

The defense also may attack the DNA results. Mitochondrial DNA testing is routinely used in court cases and was used to identify the remains of Sept. 11 victims. According to San Diego prosecutor Woody Clark, who specializes in DNA evidence and worked on the prosecutions of O.J. Simpson and David Westerfield, nuclear testing reveals genetic profiles that occur only one in a "quadrillion" people while mitochondrial results are often described to juries as occurring once or perhaps twice in a scientific data bank of 5,000 people.

Geragos also said Tuesday that the defense only recently learned about 31 pieces of potential evidence recovered near the remains of Laci and Conner Peterson. Geragos did not specify the materials, but said the defense is eager for them to be tested.............

4 posted on 09/10/2003 5:50:44 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, runningbear!

I was wondering, isn't the testimony of those who say they saw a pregnant woman more important than that of Dempewolf herself? I mean, it's THEIR recall that is important, it would seem--more so than her recall.
5 posted on 09/10/2003 6:27:13 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: runningbear
Thanks for the update.
6 posted on 09/10/2003 9:17:05 AM PDT by joyce11111
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To: runningbear
Thanks, rb! Some interesting stuff here.
7 posted on 09/10/2003 9:57:44 AM PDT by Sandylapper
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To: runningbear
Thanks for the ping rb! In semi-lurk mode at work....
8 posted on 09/10/2003 10:10:21 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: runningbear; Rheo; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Texas Eagle; Scupoli; Lanza; ...
I was just on my way home from visiting my Step-Mother in the hospital and I had my radio on.

Nancy Grace is filling in for Neal Boortz and she has Ted Rowlands on and they are discussing the Laci Peterson case.

I caught something about the reason Mark Gregaros had the preliminary hearing date changed was because he has another murder case he was starting shortly.

He thought he would be finished in about 4 weeks after it starts. Ted Rowlands said he is pretty sure Gregaro's other murder case will not be finished in four weeks so therefore the Judge will have no choice but to postpone it beyond the Oct. date.

9 posted on 09/10/2003 10:54:20 AM PDT by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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To: Spunky
OOOOOh, jeez......I had thought that woulld happen...stall, stall,stall,......maybe everyone will justforget what snottie did.

Thanks, Spunky, for the news.

10 posted on 09/10/2003 11:33:02 AM PDT by joyce11111
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To: runningbear
Thanks RB!

Laci Peterson Disappearance

11 posted on 09/10/2003 11:45:04 AM PDT by hergus
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To: Spunky
Thanks, Spunky! Fill us in on anything else you remember about it, okay? (Of course I managed to miss it... hopeless case here... tuned in 2 p.m. c.s.t... by then Sean was on...lol)
12 posted on 09/10/2003 12:16:55 PM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Spunky; All
P.S. Regarding the probability of this being continued again on Oct. 20, I am trying to keep hope that it won't. Suppose the other trial was almost over on Oct. 20, couldn't that judge recess for a few days for Geragos to handle this hearing? I mean, a lot depends on how long this prelim is going to be. I can't see it being THAT long. No one wants to show their whole hand at this stage.

Or the guy in Geragos' current trial might decide to settle...?

I guess what we need to do is find out what IS this supposedly 5-6 week trial that Geragos is going into right now. Let's find out what it is and follow THAT! LOL... then near Oct. 20, we can post updates to each other re: "looks like they'll finish b/f Scott's hearing" or "uh-oh... they might not quite finish b/f Scott's hearing..."
13 posted on 09/10/2003 12:23:43 PM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Spunky; All
I had heard over a week ago on CTV, that Garagos' trial he is doing will more than likely over extend the date he gave. The commentator, I can't remember now who it was, said : (paraphrased) " This is typical of Mark Garagos, he has done the same thing in ...this case...and this case, etc. as a tactic for delay ". He named the cases Wynona Ryder was one, and McDougal was another.

They also talked about I think the Prosecutor had a case starting the week after the Peterson trial is suppose to end. Garagos is about to end the one before Peterson, and if that be the case, and Garagos does not end in say 4 weeks, they can see it extend till JANUARY !!!!

I was going to post that, but it was not set in concrete, because it is only speculation as to how long the trial Garagos is doing, how long it will take.

From watching Garagos take charge over that court room...slick...I can see it extend till Jan. but we will have to wait and see.

14 posted on 09/10/2003 1:13:22 PM PDT by Neenah
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To: Devil_Anse; Neenah
"I guess what we need to do is find out what IS this supposedly 5-6 week trial that Geragos is going into right now.'

I believe Ted Rowlands said it was a murder trial also.

15 posted on 09/10/2003 1:56:51 PM PDT by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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To: Spunky
Excerpts from Catherine Creier today.

When I tuned in, she was talking to a young reporter. I didn't get her name. I only have little exerpts here, as I was typing as I watched it. It lasted about 10 min. at the top of the hour.

He talks about Amber Frye..not about Laci

The pregnant lady, 8 mo...who had been hypnotised, was interviewed by this reporter. She was the lady walking her dog, AND WATCHED SCOTT LOADING THINGS INTO THE TRUCK. SHE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH HIM..SHE HAD BEEN UNDER HYPNOSIS FOR OVER 3 HOURS..TRYING TO RECALL WHAT HE WAS UNLOADING INTO THE TRUCK.

The focus of the hypnosis was on the conversation with Scott also.

She said..(reporter) she talked to this lady, and she said she saw things and talked to Scott and called the police to tell them after she learned about Laci's disappearence, that she had done this on the day Laci was to have disappeared.

Scott had close to 15,000.00 on him when he was caught near Mexico. he also had camping gear ( he told people he was going to live off the land in Mexico ). He was going to buy a car that day. Why did he have his brother's I.D. ? He wanted to play golf, and it was easier and cheaper to use his brother's membership card.

Then Catherine talked to David Thompson from THE GLOBE. This was about the latest Globe stories about oral sex in jail.

Sorry I didn't get the lady reporter's name or where she works. Basically, we didn't learn much here., other than I hadn't heard that Scott had talked to the pregnant lady. Who's leaking ? Because this lady reporter interviewed that lady who had been walking her dog AFTER she had had hypnosis.

16 posted on 09/10/2003 2:27:24 PM PDT by Neenah
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To: Neenah
Should be : Catherine Crier
17 posted on 09/10/2003 2:28:36 PM PDT by Neenah
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To: Devil_Anse
Dev - it is undisputed that "eye-witness" testimony is the MOST UNRELIABLE of ALL evidence. More people have been released after wrongful conviction after DNA testing proves that they were NOT the one the eyewitnesses identified. I got the impression from the eyewitnesess in THIS case that they are people attempting a little bit of fame by inserting themselves into this case. Taken all together these people had Laci walking on different streets in different directions at the same time!!
18 posted on 09/10/2003 2:35:06 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: joyce11111
I don't think OUR group is gonna forget it!!
19 posted on 09/10/2003 2:36:59 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: Devil_Anse
You could be right. I think Girolami said THIS last date was the last time he was putting it ahead.!! Geragos will just have to ask for a recess as you say. It shows me that Snott does NOT have his full attention. The other guy is probably paying full price. LOL The Judge could make one of the other Lawyers, eg McAllister, go ahead with the Prelim!!
20 posted on 09/10/2003 2:42:09 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: Neenah; runningbear; MaggieMay; Velveeta; Devil_Anse; All
KOVR's Gloria Gomez was on CTV's CCL, she interviewed the Laci look-alike that was hypnotized, Kristen Dempenwolf, at Kristen's home. I have her picture here and notes from what she said:

http://community-2.webtv.net/westttrial/laci5/page2.html

21 posted on 09/10/2003 3:02:19 PM PDT by hergus
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I think I also heard on Catherine's show that Scott had some kind of map of an "escape" route into Mexico. I think I also heard this on another news outlet today. As for the Oct. 20th prelim date..I think the judge said he was firm on the September date back in July. Sounds like delaying is quite common out there in California & this is, also, strategic for Garagos. I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall when Garagos shared this strategy with Mom, Dad & Scott. I bet that was interesting.
22 posted on 09/10/2003 3:36:03 PM PDT by drjulie
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To: Neenah
"The pregnant lady, 8 mo...who had been hypnotised, was interviewed by this reporter. She was the lady walking her dog, AND WATCHED SCOTT LOADING THINGS INTO THE TRUCK. SHE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH HIM..SHE HAD BEEN UNDER HYPNOSIS FOR OVER 3 HOURS..TRYING TO RECALL WHAT HE WAS UNLOADING INTO THE TRUCK."

Is this the same pregnant lady who an older couple supposedly saw and thought it was Laci? The one who supposedly looks like Laci and has the same kind of dog?

Or is this another pregnant women who lives closer to Scott's and Laci's house?

23 posted on 09/10/2003 4:01:26 PM PDT by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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To: Devil_Anse
Let's find out what it is and follow THAT!

Okay, I'm game!

24 posted on 09/10/2003 4:17:04 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Neenah
Great information Neenah, thank you! My personal opinion is that he was loading "market umbrellas" that were dressed in white maternity pants.
25 posted on 09/10/2003 4:22:01 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: hergus
WOW, thanks Hergus. Dark hair and a big smile from what I can see. How strange is the coincidence that a pregnant woman who appears to resemble Laci would be walking by at *that* exact time. I wonder if Scott freaked a bit at the sight of her??
26 posted on 09/10/2003 4:25:26 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta
I gotta have a look at that. That's what I mean about eyewitnesses. Some of them may be very sincere but sincerely wrong!! Like that OLD lady (83) just recovering from surgery and probably medicated. Remember her husband was so SURE because of a game that was on TV that WASN'T on that day.!! Okay, going to look now.
27 posted on 09/10/2003 5:40:54 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: Spunky
That I don't know. All I know is she is the one who was 3 hrs. with hypnotism.

Wasn't that lady that the older couple saw out thier window, eliminated? Some of this is getting fuzzy now.

28 posted on 09/10/2003 6:55:44 PM PDT by Neenah
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To: hergus
thanks Hergus, always a joy to view your site.... A tremendous job you have done! ;o)
29 posted on 09/10/2003 6:56:36 PM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Spunky
I kind of remember that Geragos took on some murder case in the LA area.... maybe the same one?

30 posted on 09/10/2003 6:57:36 PM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Jackie-O
I know the feeling...

I get to work nowadays, and just enough time to maybe lurk for news, and other stuff, (Ebay), then out in the field for duties... gone all day, only now to take a peek on FR... ;o)

31 posted on 09/10/2003 6:58:42 PM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Sandylapper
I still get a kick out of the SNIFF artwork.... strange people..

Also, on hergus's site, what an errie resemblence of Kirstin, and Laci... That KOVR pic ....

32 posted on 09/10/2003 7:00:00 PM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Devil_Anse
Geragos twisting words, and twistin in the wind?....lol...
33 posted on 09/10/2003 7:01:02 PM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: joyce11111
;o)
34 posted on 09/10/2003 7:01:17 PM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: hergus
Thanks again Hergus, for the link.Good work! Your website,is always informative to visit.
35 posted on 09/10/2003 7:08:21 PM PDT by MaggieMay (A blank tag is a terrible thing to waste)
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To: Canadian Outrage
I'm curious to know if Kristin was wearing black pants and a white top that day.
36 posted on 09/10/2003 7:34:15 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: hergus
Thanks. I went to your website and read it. See that picture of the lady opening the door? I guess that's Kristen Dempewolf? She has a big smile, and is a brunette. How about that.

And so SHE is the one who saw Scott loading something into his truck that morning!
37 posted on 09/10/2003 7:50:44 PM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Velveeta
Yeah, and I heard it's a murder trial!
38 posted on 09/10/2003 7:51:33 PM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Canadian Outrage
Yeah, Mrs. Mitchell. In her 80's, recovering from hip surgery at the time... but standing at the sink washing dishes? Sure, right.
39 posted on 09/10/2003 7:52:57 PM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Devil_Anse
Yes, the blonde (who knew?) is Gloria Gomez who went right up to Kristen's front door for an impromtu (IMO) interview.

Kristen is opening the door to her home.

Laci Peterson Disappearance

40 posted on 09/10/2003 10:00:03 PM PDT by hergus
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To: All
Gloria Gomez is on a run lately, from today's:

9/10/2003 KOVR 5pm News

"SCOTT PETERSON
NEXT ON KOVR-13 NEWS AT FIVE: ENG VO ENG VO

WILL A PARADE OF WOMEN TAKE THE STAND TO SAY THEY HAD AFFAIRS WITH SCOTT PETERSON? WE'VE GOT THE EXCLUSIVE STORY!
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ONCAM KOVR-13 NEWS ***PETERSON ANIMATION  ((((PAUSE HERE FOR ANIMATION))))
SCOTT'S AFFAIR

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. THANKS FOR JOINING US. OUR TOP STORY AT FIVE:
A NEW STRATEGY EMERGES FOR SCOTT PETERSON.... ON THE FACE, IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A GREAT ONE. SOURCES SAY DEFENSE ATTORNEYS WILL TRY TO PORTRAY HIM AS A MAN WHO CHEATED ON HIS WIFE FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF HIS MARRIAGE!

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SCOTT'S AFFAIR

BY NOW MUST OF US HAVE HEARD ABOUT SCOTT PETERSON'S AFFAIR WITH AMBER FREY..BUT NOW WE'RE LEARNING THERE WERE MORE-- A LOT MORE. SOURCES SAY SCOTT CHEATED ON LACI SEVEN TIMES DURING THEIR MARRIAGE.

THE FIRST TIME CAME SHORTLY AFTER THE TWO WERE MARRIED BACK IN 1997. LACI WAS LIVING IN PRUNEDALE, WORKING AS A WINE DISTRIBUTOR AND SCOTT WAS STAYING WITH A ROOMMATE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO. SOURCES SAY LACI FOUND OUT ABOUT THE AFFAIR AFTER MAKING A SURPRISE VISIT. THAT NIGHT LACI IGNORED SCOTT DURING A DINNER DATE WITH ANOTHER COUPLE.

LACI NEVER TOLD ANYONE ABOUT SCOTT INFIDELITY AND IT WAS NEVER MENTIONED AGAIN. SO WHEN LACI DISAPPEARED AND THIS SINGLE MOTHER FROM FRESNO CAME FORWARD..IT LOOKED LIKE POLICE HAD FOUND THEIR MOTIVE.

EVEN AMBER'S FATHER RECALLS THE HAUNTING WORDS SCOTT SHARED WITH HIS DAUGHTER.. DAYS BEFORE LACI VANSIHED..

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HE HAD IMPLIED THAT HE LOST HER A YEAR AGO HE DIDN'T SAY HOW HE LOST HER A YEAR AGO.. AMBER TOOK IT HOW…THAT SHE HAD PASSED AWAY. BUT PETERSON CAMP MAY TRY TO WATER DOWN THOSE STINGING COMMENTS BY SAYING SCOTT TOLD THREE OTHER WOMAN THAT HE HAD LOST HIS WIFE…

IT WAS HIS STANDARD LINE—AMBER WAS JUST ANOTHER FLING. BUT THIS D.A. IN NEIGHBORING COUNTY BELIEVES IT CERTAINLY MAY WEAKEN THE PROSECUTION'S MOTIVE, BUT IT COULD ALSO HURT THE DEFENDANT

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IF I'M THE DEFENSE I HAVE TO THINK LONG AND HARD BEFORE I PUT ON THAT OH… HEY IT'S NO BIG DEAL HE HAD AFFAIRS ALL THE TIME. IN MEAN YOUR AVERAGE MIDDLE CLASS JUROR SITTING ON THE JURY IS GOING TO GO..AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO LIKE HIM..."

http://www.kovr13.com/newsscripts/FIVE.HTM
41 posted on 09/10/2003 11:14:51 PM PDT by hergus
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To: hergus
revelations!

If defense puts that scenario before the jurors, Scott's trial is way downhill ........ Huge motives on the murder of Laci and Conner if defense proposes these affairs. (just my thoughts....) ;o)

42 posted on 09/11/2003 2:29:40 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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from KOVR 6PM news link:

"PETERSON NEW DEFENSE TOP PREV NEXT

A NEW TWIST IN THE PETERSON CASE COULD HAVE THE DEFENSE TEAM ADMITTING SCOTT HAD MORE AFFAIRS.

IT’S BELIEVED PROSECUTORS COULD CONTEND PETERSON MURDERED LACI TO BE WITH FORMER GIRLFRIEND AMBER FREY. BUT SOURCES FAMILIAR WITH THE DEFENSE'S STRATEGY SAY THEY MAY TRY TO DOWNPLAY SCOTT’S AFFAIR WITH FREY BY ACKNOWLEDGING SCOTT HAD SEVEN AFFAIRS DURING HIS MARRIAGE WITH LACI... AND CLAIM AMBER WAS JUST ANOTHER FLING. A DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN A NEIGHBORING COUNTY BELIEVES IT COULD WEAKEN THE PROSECTIONS MOTIVE, BUT IT COULD ALSO HURT THE DEFENDANT.

"If I'm the defense I have to think long and hard before I put on that. Oh..hey it’s no big deal he had affairs all the time. I mean your average middles class juror sitting on the jury is going to go..and there not going to like him any better."

PETERSON'S PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR OCTOBER

I had edited out some lines.... verbage....;o)

43 posted on 09/11/2003 6:06:43 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: jdontom; All
a great follow up from a story crime alert of home invasions in Merced and Stanislaus county I posted some time ago on the Laci Peterson thread.

Home invasion arrests


Agencies including the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, police and K-9 units hunted in Turlock for two home invasion robbery suspects Wednesday. DEBBIE NODA/THE BEE


David Wayne Morrison is taken into custody by deputy Richard Gonzales

Home invasion arrests

By JOHN COTÉ and DARYL FARNSWORTH

BEE STAFF WRITERS
Published: September 11, 2003, 06:36:43 AM PDT

Authorities arrested 10 people after a violent, pre-dawn robbery Wednesday north of Denair, and said evidence links them to a string of 18 other home invasions in Stanislaus and northern Merced counties.

"The reign of terror that has paralyzed our community is over," Stanislaus County Sheriff Les Weidman said. "These suspects are part of a vicious outlaw group."

Four of them allegedly stormed into a home in the Denair area, east of Turlock, about 3 a.m., attacked the family living there, then took off with several pieces of property and some money. The robbers fled in a sedan that had been parked in an orchard, authorities said.

Undercover deputies assigned to a strike team had been watching the suspects for about four weeks and were in the area, Weidman said.

They swooped in after the dispatch center relayed word of a panic alarm going off at the house at Roeding and Swanson roads. Deputies saw the suspects leaving the area and followed them.

Officers tried to stop the suspects' car near Keyes and Geer roads, Weidman said, but the car sped through the intersection.

The suspects' car continued into south Turlock, stopping a block from Wakefield Elementary School, and they scattered into the neighborhood.

At least two of them, one with a handgun and the other a shotgun, fired several times at deputies, the sheriff said. Officers returned fire with high-powered rifles. No one was wounded.

EXCERPTED.....

44 posted on 09/11/2003 6:52:00 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Neenah; hergus; Velveeta; Devil_Anse; runningbear; Jackie-O; Sandylapper; STOCKHRSE; All
Neenah,I copied this paragraph,from your post #16."The pregnant lady, 8 mo...who had been hypnotised, was interviewed by this reporter. She was the lady walking her dog, AND WATCHED SCOTT LOADING THINGS INTO THE TRUCK. SHE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH HIM..SHE HAD BEEN UNDER HYPNOSIS FOR OVER 3 HOURS..TRYING TO RECALL WHAT HE WAS UNLOADING INTO THE TRUCK". It will be very interesting if under hypnosis,the woman was able to reveal any more about what else she observed while,Scott was loading those market umbrella's. We know for sure it was market umbrella's because,here is a link to a article,in which Scott in the last paragaph,admits to loading the umbrella's. I think this is perhaps some of that connective evidence, that Stockhrse always talked about.
http://www.nbc11.com/news/1943509/detail.html




45 posted on 09/11/2003 9:09:27 AM PDT by MaggieMay (A blank tag is a terrible thing to waste)
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To: Devil_Anse
I haven't been able to find anything, have you?
46 posted on 09/11/2003 9:18:59 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: hergus
SEVEN??? Poor Laci never had a chance.
47 posted on 09/11/2003 9:19:44 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: runningbear
Oh grief! Almost instantly we will hear Geragros trying to tie this group with Laci's murder...only nothing was taken from the home that day.....
48 posted on 09/11/2003 10:40:59 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Devil_Anse
Found it!

Aguirre trial date pushed back


GLENDALE — The trial of three people accused of killing Hoover High School student Raul Aguirre was pushed back a few days while one of the lawyers in the case wraps up an unrelated hearing in Northern California.

Mark Geragos, who represents 21-year-old Karen Terteryan, asked that the trial date of Sept. 8 be rescheduled for Sept. 15 because he had to attend a preliminary hearing in Modesto, Deputy Dist. Atty. Darrell Mavis said.....snip
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/glendale/news/la-gnp-trial3sep03,1,5343251.story
49 posted on 09/11/2003 11:52:16 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Devil_Anse
Writ copy here:

http://www.calawlinks.com/CasesRecent/B147452.htm
50 posted on 09/11/2003 12:00:01 PM PDT by Velveeta
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