Laci Peterson was the subject of a highly publicized murder case after she went missing while eight months pregnant with her first child. She was reportedly last seen alive on December 24, 2002. Her husband, Scott Peterson, was later convicted of murder in the first degree for her death, and in the second degree for the death of their prenatal son, Conner. Perhaps the most notorious case of a husband killing his wife, there have been dozens of books and movies based on the Peterson case over the past 14 years. Join us as we discuss the public fascination with this case, the psychological disturbance which allowed a man to kill his wife and unborn child without regret or conscience, and the anguish left behind for those who loved Laci.
First, I want to say how much I love your Podcast. the two of you just have a chemistry and flow when you tell a story. Also, I am not a big beer drinker, but when Dick describes a beer it makes me want to try them all.
I have heard the John List murders story many times, but I recently saw the episode on Forensic Files (for at least the 3rd time) and am amazed with the bust created for age progression. I couldn’t believe they could even choose the glasses they thought he would wear.
Keep up the great work. you make my work day much more enjoyable when I can listen to your podcast.
Hi Jill and Dick,
I first saw this case on American Justice. The book I read, then, explained that the investigators did go to the Lutheran church for help in tracking John List and the church refused, citing privacy for all their members, as they weren’t sure if this would help esp if List abandoned the church, despite his longtime belief. (Lutheran religion is very strict and regulated, far more than most other religions. Doesn’t lend itself to introspection.) Agree with Jill that List expressed profound rage through the murder of his family. The 8 bullets shot into the last son arriving home confirms this. A thoroughly unlikeable man who used his religion for his own dark motivations. (He was embezzling his mother’s money.) This case launched America’s Most Wanted into the stratosphere in its 2nd year. It was lagging in the ratings the 1st year. I wasn’t a fan, but admired John Walsh for the steps he took to redirect his rage over the murder of his son, which was yet unsolved then. Thanks for another excellent episode.
It is in fact required of priests in the Roman Catholic Church that, if they learn in the confessional that someone is intending to cause harm to another person, they take whatever steps are necessary to avert the harm. A priest who learns through confession that someone has committed a crime is not obligated to turn that person in, but if someone confesses plans to commit harm, the priest must stop them. Sorry to keep pinging you. 🙂
I especially like the episodes that include Jill asking Dick to expatiate on medical conditions. Thanks for this!