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Monday, April 13, 2009

Scott Peterson's Life on Death Row


By Vickie Bane

People.com
Saturday April 11, 2009

Sitting in a 4-by-9-foot cell on San Quentin's Death Row, Scott Peterson doesn't have a lot of choices in life, but he can decide how to decorate his wall. While many cons plaster their cells with pictorial collages, Peterson has only one photo hanging across from his bunk: a smiling shot of him and his wife, Laci.
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It's a much different pose from his most recent mug shot – taken in June of 2007 – where his dark hair was clipped short by fellow cons in the exercise yard. Under his half-smiling face is a placard with his inmate number and the word: "Condemned."
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Peterson, 36, was sentenced to death by lethal injection in March of 2005 after being convicted of murdering Laci and their unborn son, Conner, and tossing them in the San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve day of 2002. His case is on appeal, which means he isn't likely to face execution for two decades.
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In the four years he has called San Quentin home, not much has changed except the view: eight months ago Peterson moved from a fifth tier cell on East Block with a slivered view of the bay to being "on the yard side," says Samuel Robinson, a lieutenant with the California Department of Corrections who has been at San Quentin since before Peterson arrived.
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Plays Cards, Basketball
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It's the same yard where Peterson now spends five hours a day shooting hoops, doing pull-ups and playing cards with other inmates like William Noguera, a prison artist who was convicted of murder for financial gain in 1983. "There are a group of guys that he hangs with," Robinson tells PEOPLE, "but it's not anyone of any (criminal) notoriety."
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Predictions that Peterson might be ostracized – or worse – because of Conner's death have proven not to be true. "In Scott's case," says Robinson, "the perception [among the inmates] is that he killed his wife, and yeah she was pregnant, but he killed his wife. He hasn't encountered the challenges others face who have killed kids individually."
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Robinson says Peterson still gets regular visits – several each month – from family and friends. He also receives numerous letters from female admirers who send him checks for his commissary account. "He has a significant amount of money in his account from people all over the world," says Robinson. Peterson can spend $180 a month on items such as soda, candy, cookies, toothpaste and deodorant.
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Blogging from Prison
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Peterson's only communication with the outside world is the blogging he has done for nearly a year on his family's Web site: scottpetersonappeal.org, where he comments on his case and news events. Since Robinson says inmates are not allowed to have computers or access the Internet, his blogs are composed on a typewriter and mailed to his family to post. His most recent post, headlined "Media spotlight wrong again," concerned the arrest of a man in the Chandra Levy murder.
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Despite being locked in a cell for 19 hours a day, Robinson believes Peterson has adjusted well to his confinement. "You're still able to forge relationships with people who live around you and you try to make the most of your condition," says Robinson. "I think that's what Scotty is doing."

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aw...what a good time little Scotty is having on
Death Row. I'm so relieved that he has a nice circle of murderer friends who have such a wonderful time in the Yard with fun games of basketball and playing Go Fish. Hey I have a nice psychopath girlfiend (spelling Correct) for him. He tried to contact her a while ago and I think prison officials shud let him write to Casey Anthony. What a Power Couple!

Anonymous said...

I agree, Casey Anthony and Scott Peterson would
make an ideal couple but there is one thing wrong with it....They are both spoiled brats and they both think that the moon hung for them....so they would end up killing each other...hey that's a thought!!!! Both are killers anyway in my book....

Anonymous said...

This makes me sick to read that women are sending this poor little killer money so he does not starve. Then you have his parents calling us Nazi's for thinkong that there baby is guilty. Really what evidence do we have other than while all of the real people who cared about Laci and Conner were holding a vigil for them, ole Scotty was hanging back telling his girlfriend he was in Paris and having a grand ole time. What a piece of garbage this jerk is. His parents are no better. Laci was such a beautiful girl, and I am sure she would have managed just fibne without this maggot. I would have loved the chance to meet someone like Laci. This jerk wanted to be single so instead of just walking away and showingh himself for the scum he is, he killed a girl who made the mistake of loving him. Any sane man would have got on his knees and thanked God everyday for giving him a beautiful and sweet girl like Laci to be his wife, and to also be blessed to be the father to her child. She was 1 in a million, and he killed her and the baby she wanted so much. I hope he dies sooner than later. Screw you Scotty, and tell Jackie to KMA, as the people of the U.S.A. are not Nazi's because they see that your punk son is a lying murdering SOB.

Chris said...

I wish he would get attacked for wondering onto the crip yard accidentally.

Anonymous said...

You people have your own opinions on what happend and can think what you want did you see him do it did you watch him kill her everybody acts like they are so perfect in the bible it states no sin is greater then the other they are all equal. For every finger you point there wll be 10 more pointing right back at you! Im not taking either side of anyone but you people are so rediculouse to point fingers put yourself in his familys shoes. But you cant everyone just follows the media even though they change storeys and make them worse then they are or even falsify them. Stop being so stupid

Janet said...

Why, thank you. I WILL think what I want. And like the jury of 12 of his peers plus a judge, I think he cold-bloodedly murdered his wife and his own child, and can rot in that jail until the end of time.

Send him money if you want, but there a few charities on my page that could put your money to good use.

Personally, I think it's great that he's getting fat off of the high-carb diet and that he has attained that wonderful pale, pasty look that prisoners get over time.

No more secret cell phone calls, no more steak dinners or flirt-ini's. No more nooky. tsk tsk.

Anonymous said...

Karma, ....when is he sentenced to die anyway? Staci and little Conner were sentenced in Scotts mind when they wwere going to die so how abpout it....Lets start the New Year off w/ a BANG!!!!
Now thats Donnas issue....

Anonymous said...

why are so many people vindictive concerning Scott Peterson?? He is going to die in prison whether he gets the needle or not--Let it go!!!!

Janet said...

The original article I posted was in April of 2009. Couple weeks ago I watched a documentary on msnbc.com about San Quentin. Things have changed for Scott.

He's still on death row, but has been shunned by the prison population. Convicts out on "the yard," serving life without parole stated "that's trophy, right there". One said if an inmate is never getting out anyway, killing Peterson would elevate that inmates status instantly.

I'm not vindictive concerning Scott. I'm just really grateful that the justice system worked, that he is not going to live life in my world and that he is living in conditions that prisons were built for. No luxury.

ASHLEE said...

I AM CURRENTLY READING "FOR LACI" THE BOOK HER MOTHER WROTE FOR HER I HAVE A BABY GIRL MYSELF AND I WOULD LOSE MY MIND IF I LOST HER FROM WHAT PEOPLE SAY SHE WAS A VERY BEAUTIFUL MINDED WOMAN,AND CARING AND TO EVERYBODY WHO IS STICKING UP FOR SCOTT SHOULD GO DOWN WITH HIM!! THAT IS WRONG AND SICK MINDED WHAT HE DID AND I FEEL HE SHOULD GET TORTURED ALIVE!!!

frank said...

You people are all sick with your vicious nasty evil comments and minds,there was no proof that he did it ,and whether he did or didnt he is still a human being and i dont think he fits the profile of somone who should be put to death ,but as long as he is alive he deserves to be treated like a human being reguarless not the way he is being treated in there and others as well,if they can follow the rules an act like civilized humans like scott ,they should be treated so and live a little more comfortably and be treated with respect by all they treat with respect.scotts a nice quiet guy who minds his own bussiness and is good to others ,if he did commit the crime nobody knows what makes people do these things we can only ask god to forgive them and heal their minds and let them see how wrong what they have done was,not touture and kill those that can be reformed and live somwhat of a decent life behind bars ,i agree for life,but not death ,killing him or torteringing him wont bring back laci all it does is breed more hate

Anonymous said...

Linda said....
anyone that takes a human beings life, and THE life of an unborn baby that was a human being that will never be able to tAKE A BREATH OF AIR SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BREATH AIR EITHER,,SCOTT PETTERSON IS THE ONE WHO TOOK BOTH HIS WIFE AND SONS LAST BREATH AWAY,,NO AIR SHOULD ENTER HIS LUNGS ONLY WATER TO DROWN HIS BREATH...WHAT I AM SAYING IS AN EYE FOR AN EYE AND WE CAN'T TAKE 2 HUMAN LIVES FOR TWO HUMAN LIVES BECAUSE SCOTT PETTERSON CAN ONLY LOSE ONE LIFE WHICH SHOULD BE DONE TWICE AS FAST AND TWICE AS HORRIBLEY AS WAS DONE TO HIS WONDERFUL LOVING MOTHER OF HIS UNBORN CHILD WHICH HAD A NAME AND A PICTURE OF CONNER INSIDE LACEY'S STOMACH.THERE REALLY ISNT ANY WORDS OR TRUE PUNNISHMENT THAT WILL EVER COMPARE TO SCOTT PETTERSON'S EVIL WAYS, HEARTLESS SELFISH LIEING SON OF A BITCH. AND ANYONE WHO CAN JUSTIFY THEIR WORDS THAT SCOTT SHOULD BE ALIVE ON THIS EARTH NEEDS TO PUT THEMSELVE'S IN LACEY'S AND CONNER'S SHOES. WHICH NEITHER OF THEM HAD ON WHEN THEY WHERE FOUND.......DEAD....!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Someone up thread said we should just "let it go". Really? This man took the life of an innocent young woman and her longed for baby, took them both from this earth and from their families, who will never get over it. Murder so vicious is not something to "let go".
I am not a vindictive person. I don't want to see this guy tortured, etc. But I am very satisfied that he will sit for the rest of his life in prison, away from society and without the simple pleasures we all get to enjoy. I think about Laci every now and then and then my thoughts turn to this monster and how happy I am he will never again walk free.
And, that's how it should be. If we as a society just "let it go" as if murder is nothing more than a bad breakup, our priorities have shifted to a degree that threatens us all.

Anonymous said...

Let it go, let it go, someone said? Are you insane? This man is as evil as they come, he's scum and now while his poor wife and baby are dead thanks to this murderer, he still gets to play cards, basketball and hang out with some of the other guys and he even seems to have adapted well, I didn't think when people went to prison they would have nice times, you should make it unbereable for him, he deserves to be mistreated, raped and whatever else those guys do in there. He still has not suffered even 1/4 of what Laci went through. Coward, you are going to burn in hell for eternity, I wish they would put you to death tomorrow, people are right about one thing, they should throw in your cell Casey Anthony, you know the whore from Orlando that killed her child. Wow what a pair. you should both burn together. i hate both of you and hope you pay in hell. You're both EVIL.

Anonymous said...

ok all i have to say is that nobody knows for one hundred percent sure if he did it or not...he never confessed to it..so that always has to be kept in the back of your mind..its a horrible thing that happened to laci and i sympothize greatly for her family. but has anyone heard of the saying two wrongs dont make a right. The death penalty is disgusting and not to mention hypocritical..they suffer just as great sitting behind bars for life. I think most of you people need to watch the movie true crime with clint eastwood..yes its a movie but these things do happen and it makes a great point..also the life of david gale with kevin spacey..again they are movies but they are reaslistic...

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!! Everyone want's to judge!! It was a tragedy what happen to laci and her unborn son. may they rest in peace. God is the only judge!!! If in fact scott killed them, God will deal with him!!! Read the scriptures people!!! Perhaps you wouldn't be as hateful. Let those without sin cast the first stone.

Anonymous said...

Did little Scotty murder the lovely Laci and innocent Conner? Well, let's see....hmmmm....1 + 1 = 2. Their bodies were found in the SF Bay yards from where he was "fishing" or should we say "anchoring?" RIP, Laci & Conner. Unlike the Anthony case, the jurors got this one right. Not that they were "judging" or anything like that. They were just trying to insure that Little Scotty meets his judge and maker sooner rather than later.

PHILIP MC ILHENNON IRELAND said...

I served time in prison and to think I WOULD STAY THERE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE IS THE ULTIMATE PUNISHMENT SCOTT PETERSON IS GOING TO WISH FOR THAT NEEDLE ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS