Drew Peterson and Joel Brodsky talk with InSession's Lisa Bloom.

February 5, 2009

BLOOM: Were you really engaged to Chrissy Raines? Peterson: Yes I was. She asked me to marry her five or six times and I gave her a ring. I don’t think I… BLOOM: She asked you to marry her? PETERSON: Yes. BLOOM: OK, go ahead. PETERSON: She asked me to marry her five or six times and each time I said yes, and I provided her with a ring which is not that good of a ring--it was a temporary ring but I was going to get her a new one--and I thought for all practical purposes we were engaged. BLOOM: Was that Stacy’s ring, the one you gave her? PETERSON: No. No and that’s been confirmed by other people. It wasn’t Stacy’s ring. Definitely not. BLOOM: Chrissy said on the Early Show, and I guess there’s been some confusion about this, that this was a stunt. PETERSON: No. She originally said that and later her father’s calling the local stations in the Chicago area saying that his daughter was confused and it wasn’t a stunt. So now they’re recanting what they originally said to everybody. BLOOM: Well, I think the clarification as I understand it, is that initially there was a stunt in a restaurant where you were horsing around and pretended to propose to her. That that was the stunt and then later on the engagement was real. Is that right? PETERSON: There was never any stunt like that where I proposed to her and there was nothing never documented like that. The engagement was always real and I don’t know where they came up with this stunt thing. BLOOM:OK and Joel, let me get you a chance to respond as well. Were you involved in any type of publicity stunt as well? BRODSKY: Absolutely not. As a matter of fact Drew will tell you when he asked me about having this young lady move in with him—or an engagement—I told him that it probably wasn’t that great an idea. So I was against it and if it was a publicity stunt… BLOOM: Why did you think it was a bad idea?

BRODSKY: I think that the public reaction to Drew getting engaged or having a young woman move in with him right now is probably not in his best interest so… BLOOM: Because it makes it look like, Drew, like you’ve moved on. That you don’t think Stacy’s coming back. PETERSON: Well, whether she is or she isn’t, I don’t know. It’s been over a year now and I’m hoping she comes back just to show her face to clear my name. However, I don’t know. BLOOM: Did you, Drew, ask Chrissy to wear Stacy’s clothes? PETERSON: No, not at all. In fact, I was packing up Stacy’s clothes and I put them in boxes and I’m saving them for her and at a particular time I asked her is there anything here that Chrissy might want and she said no and that was the simplicity of all that. BLOOM: Why would you offer Chrissy Stacy’s clothing? PETERSON: Well, it wasn’t her clothing. It was just different things like…I don’t know she really didn’t have that much stuff so I figured if there was anything that she could use, she could use it. BLOOM: Drew, what attracted you to Chrissy Raines, thirty years younger than you; a very shy, sensitive young woman? PETERSON: Well, I knew Chrissy from when she was around fifteen years old. She was basically, left loose to run the streets by her father who, basically she had no supervision at that age and I met her then. I was bringing her home from being a runaway; I was involved in some of the instances where she was fist fighting with young girls, other young girls so that’s how I met her and then I just ran into her at one of the local nightclubs and I gave her my number she says, he we should go ahead and get together for dinner sometime… BLOOM: Were you struck by how much she resembles Stacy? PETERSON: She doesn’t resemble Stacy at all. I don’t think there’s no resemblance whatsoever. BLOOM: I guess everyone can look at the pictures and decide that for themselves. Same age. They have children roughly the same age. Your children with Stacy, Anthony and Laci, close in age, right, to Chrissy’s two children? PETERSON: Right. They were good friends. They were very close in age and they all got along really well. BLOOM: So, when Ernie, the father of Chrissy, came to your house last week to ask for Chrissy’s things back and you came to the door, did you yell at him, Drew?

PETERSON: Yeah, that was because, like I say, in her younger years when Chrissy was in trouble a lot as a kid I was dealing with him a lot then, so I knew who he was. BLOOM: Why would you yell at the father of your fiancée when he comes to your door? PETERSON: Just the way he acted. He comes to the door and, talk about a stunt, he comes to the door with a news crew? I mean if you watch the “stunt” that he pulled, it was kind of theatrical. BRODSKY: I was on the phone with Drew when this took place. Drew had already; Chrissy had called him the night before to tell him that she wanted her stuff. Drew had it all packed up and ready to go and then this Ernie Raines comes to the front door with the CBS camera crew and Drew reaction was to tell him, you can have the stuff. Just tell the camera crew to leave. I don’t want to do this in front of the camera. There’s no reason for it. He went and called the camera crew and told the camera crew to go away… BLOOM: That’s not quite what his reaction was on camera. I think there was some screaming and some profanities. BRODSKY: Absolutely. Ernie started say, don’t mess with me. You don’t know who you’re messing with and Drew said, ‘blank you’. BLOOM: Joel, you can understand why a dad might not want his daughter to be moving in with Drew Peterson, can’t you? Would you want your daughters moving in with Drew? BRODSKY: Drew? No I don’t think Drew. [Laughter] I’m kidding. But, seriously, I can understand. Absolutely, I can understand it. The point was that Drew had the stuff packed up ready to go. They could have come and, low key, just privately taken it away but he had to bring a camera crew with him so Drew said, camera crew’s got to go then I’ll give you the stuff and Ernie wanted the camera crew to be there to photograph it for his own reasons… BLOOM: Let’s take a look at what Chrissy Raines said to me on the program a few days ago. I know—let’s take a look at what Chrissy had to say about why she left. VIDEO CLIP CHRISSY RAINES: At first I believed that she could have had left. At first I believe…I believed him. I believed everything he had told me because I … BLOOM: That’s his story. She just took off and left with another man. CHRISSY RAINES: But, you know…I love his kids and…seeing the pictures in the house, seeing how she was towards her kids and all her pictures, I kind of think, wait. Just wait a minute. How could you leave them? How could you leave them?

BLOOM: Drew, Chrissy says she believed everything you told her about Stacy’s disappearance. What did you tell her? PETERSON: We didn’t really then talk a lot about it. Basically, it was a simplicity, she just simply left and that was pretty much the extent of the conversations we had about it. I really told her that I really didn’t want to talk to it…talk about it or have any long explanations. I would, but we just never really talked about it. She was OK with that. BLOOM: You still have pictures of Stacy in your home, don’t you? PETERSON: Yes, I do. BLOOM: And your daughter, Laci, talks about her mom fairly often? PETERSON:Once in a while. Once in a while she does. BLOOM: Is your daughter Laci, Laci Peterson, named for the Lacey Peterson who went missing and who was killed by Scott Peterson? PETERSON: No that was just a coincidence. Basically, Laci was a family name and Laci was the name of Stacy’s sister who had died earlier as an infant. BLOOM: What have you told your children about what happened to Stacy? PETERSON: Basically, she went on vacation and according to psychologists that we have and child specialists they said that’s age-appropriate for them. BRODSKY: That’s for the younger ones. The older ones know what’s going on. BLOOM: And you’ve said, Drew, right after Stacy’s disappearance, that she called you about nine PM on that Sunday night and said that she’s going off with another man. If that’s so, why isn’t there a missing man? PETERSON:Don’t know. Is there a man missing? The thing is if there’s a man who maybe keeping in touch with his family and they’re aware of it, why would he be called in as missing? BLOOM: Why would he she call you and let you know…? PETERSON: I think I’d like to get back in focus on the issue with Chrissy BLOOM: Wait a minute, let me finish my question. Why would she call you and let you know that’s what’s happening but then she wouldn’t call her mother, her sister, her children or any of her close friends? PETERSON: Well, her mother disappeared the same exact way and Stacy was always... BLOOM: Why wouldn’t she tell anybody else but you that she was leaving with another man so that they wouldn’t worry?

PETERSON: Ma’am! Ma’am, it’s my understanding this conversation was to focus on my relationship with Chrissy. BRODKSY: Drew, I can help with that question. Lookit. Mothers, we especially here on court TV, we see trials, there’s trials all the time about mothers who, parents who’ve done horrible things to their children, who people say that, we had no hint this was going to happen, that they were always loving and caring to their parents. BLOOM: Actually, we don’t see that and what we see when a wife is missing and she’s told family members in the days before, if anything happens to me my husband did it, usually they did do it. BRODSKY: That, with the stuff regarding Stacy and those statements regarding Stacy, those didn’t show up until later, until it became publicly known that Kathy Savio had written a letter to the State’s Attorney saying that if anything happened to her that it was Drew’s fault, and then after that became public, all of a sudden… BLOOM: And that Stacy’s pastor came out and said that Drew had told her that he killed Kathleen Savio… BRODSKY: No, and actually to be true, there was an interview done with the pastor by the author of a book called, Drew Peterson Exposed, and he did an interview with the pastor and the pastor said that that was, never happened. That there was in fact… BLOOM: So drew you had thirty years as a police officer and you’re now retired, right? PETERSON: Thirty-two years, yes. BLOOM: Thirty-two years. Just as a police officer isn’t it confounding to you that she would take off with someone? There’s not a single phone record, there’s not a single email, there’s not a text. They just “poof” two people vanished into thin air. PETERSON: Well, what happened is we found a fellow classmate of hers that had talked to her two days before she had left and they actually planned it and talked about it and then two days later she acts on what they talked about. BLOOM: Yeah but in this day and age when people are videotaped an average of twenty times a day, she would have had to take off with somebody, that even before she left, she never communicated with by cell phone, by text or by email. I mean, that’s pretty hard to believe, isn’t it, Drew? PETERSON: I’m finding it hard to believe myself.

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