Friday, May 8, 2009

Drew Peterson Finally Arrested for Murder

The Larry King interview took place about a year ago. Today The Chicago Tribune reports that Drew Peterson has been arrested for the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Peterson, 55, was arrested at an intersection near his home shortly after his indictment in the murder of third wife Kathleen Savio, who was found drowned in an empty bathtub of her Bolingbrook home in March 2004.

The former Bolingbrook police sergeant -- whose bizarre encounters with the media, his neighbors and law enforcement played out on a world stage -- will see his next act, the one that determines if he ever walks free again, unfold in a courtroom.

Savio's death was originally thought to be an accidental bathtub drowning. Her family, as well as many others, never believed that. Suspicions mounted with the disappearance of the fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. Henry Savio, brother of the third wife, said his family is "really happy. Drew's arrested, and we're really happy."

The rush of relief carried over to Stacy Peterson's family, the couple's neighborhood and everywhere else where people were offended by the ex-cop's flaunting of his freedom with absurd stunts involving dating contests, Nevada brothels and TV appearances with his new 24-year-old girlfriend.

I wonder if Drew Peterson has conducted himself this way because he feels he's too smart to get caught. That attitude, combined with having had a career in law enforcement, which does make him knowledgeable about committing crimes and avoiding detection, makes him an especially dangerous man. It's not uncommon behaviour for criminals to exaggerate their self-worth, to think they can get away with murder, but when these traits find themselves in policemen, they're especially heinous.

What's your opinion? Should law enforcement people be held to a higher standard? Is that fair? Are any crimes they commit automatically compounded by the breach of trust which must necessarily take place? What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad that man got arrested. I just hope they lock him up for good.

    That smugness of his was a sure sign to me that he had something to do with Stacy's disappearance. He seemed completely unmoved, too, by the fact that his wife was missing... smiling and goofing for the news crews early in the investigation.