Did you know that the movie “Gone Girl” starring Ben Affleck was inspired by the true murder of eight months pregnant Laci Peterson whose headless and limbless body and unborn fetus was found washed ashore in the Bay of San Francisco, California on April 14th 2003.
The case gave rise to the novel of the same name (as the movie) by Gillian Flynn. The grisly tale of the murder that rocked America is now on CI Channel 732 Astro (Malaysia) in the series “Murder Made Me Famous”. The story is as follows.
This is all about an American couple, Scott Peterson and his wife Laci Peterson and how Laci ended up being murdered alongwith her unborn child, eight months pregnant at the hands of her husband.
In one of the many interviews that took place, Scott Peterson (The Convicted Murdrer) was once recalled saying,
“I was at the end of my rope,” Scott Peterson said. “It was either her or me. So I decided that it should be her. At the time I couldn’t stand being around her anymore. … I hated her by the time I killed her.”
Brief: According to conversations and a book containing a confessions by convicted murderer Scott Peterson – Peterson, strangled his 27-year-old wife, tied four cement weights to her wrists and ankles and drove to the Berkeley Marina.
He cast off and read Playboy magazine for about 35 minutes to make sure no boaters were nearby, then dropped the body overboard, nearly capsizing his newly purchased fishing boat, according to the book, “Gone Girl” by American novelist Gillian Flynn. Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant with her son, Conner. He also had purchased a gun to make sure nobody would stop him.
Autopsy Report Findings: Laci Peterson’s head and parts of her limbs were missing and plastic tape was wrapped around the neck of her child, according to the full autopsy and coroner’s photographs exclusively seen by ABCNEWS on US TV.
According to the autopsy, the skin of the child was not decomposed at all, though the right side of his body was mutilated, and the placenta and umbilical cord were not found with the body.
The autopsy said that the cause of Laci Peterson’s death was undetermined, and there was no evidence of man-made wounds, despite the fact that her head and all or part of her limbs were missing.
Peterson’s body was so badly decomposed it barely looked like a body after it was found in San Francisco Bay. However, the autopsy report showed her cervix was intact.
Laci’s body was found at a different location to the unborn fetus, her son Conner who was found first. More to come.
Have a look at the map below – where Scott dumped his wife’s body and where both Laci and Conner washed up months later, in the Bay of San Francisco, California.
First more on the details.
TIMELINE Of EVENTS
July 5, 2012: Eight years after being sentenced to death for the murders of wife Laci Peterson and unborn son, Scott Peterson files an automatic appeal to the California Supreme Court.
March 17, 2005: Peterson arrives at California’s San Quentin State Prison.
March 16, 2005: Judge Alfred Delucchi formally sentences Peterson to death, calling the murder of his wife “cruel, uncaring, heartless, and callous.” Delucchi also denies the defense’s request for a new trial and orders Peterson to pay $10,000 toward the cost of Laci Peterson’s funeral.
Dec. 13, 2004: A 12-person jury recommends the death penalty for Peterson.
Nov. 12, 2004: A reconstituted jury convicts Scott Peterson of first-degree murder with special circumstances for killing wife Laci and second-degree murder for killing the fetus she carried.
May 27, 2004: Twelve jurors are selected for Peterson’s trial. The six men and six women say they would be willing to sentence Scott to death if he was convicted of killing his wife and unborn son.
Feb. 5, 2004: Peterson’s defense team announces it is ready for trial.
Feb. 2, 2004: Judge Delucchi bans cameras from the Peterson trial courtroom, and delays the trial by a week in response to a defense request citing Geragos’ obligations to a separate murder case in southern California.
Jan. 27, 2004: Alfred A. Delucchi, a retired Alameda County judge, is appointed by the state’s chief justice to preside over the Peterson trial after prosecutors exercises their option to remove Arnason as the trial judge, claiming he would be biased against the state’s case.
Jan. 21, 2004: Retired Contra Costa County Judge Richard Arnason is selected to preside over the Peterson trial. The prosecution asks for the trial to be postponed for two weeks.
Nov. 18, 2003: Judge Al Girolami rules that Peterson will stand trial on double murder charges. Proceedings are scheduled to begin Jan. 26.
Nov. 6, 2003: A police detective testifies that Scott Peterson told Frey he was a recent widower on Dec. 9, 2002, two weeks before his wife disappeared, and that Peterson had a handgun in his truck when police responded to his report of a missing person.
Nov. 3, 2003: A defense expert testifies that mitochondrial DNA tests, which cannot link evidence to a specific individual, are scientifically flawed.
Oct. 29, 2003: Peterson’s preliminary hearing is held. An FBI expert testifies that mitochondrial DNA tests had loosely-linked a strand of hair found embedded in a pair of needle-nosed pliers on Scott Peterson’s boat to Laci.
Oct. 15, 2003: Sources tell Fox News that telephone logs show that Scott Peterson called Frey hundreds of times after his wife’s disappearance, contradicting prior claims that Frey pursued him.
Aug. 29, 2003: Laci Peterson and her unborn son are buried in a private ceremony.
Aug. 22, 2003: The Stanislaus County coroner announces that the bodies of Laci Peterson and her unborn son have been released, but does indicate to whom. Later that day, sources tell Fox News that Scott Peterson had admitted — then denied — involvement in his wife’s disappearance in a wiretapped telephone conversation with his then-girlfriend Amber Frey.
Aug. 5, 2003: Defense attorneys claim Scott Peterson turned down an offer by the Stanislaus County district attorney to exchange a promise not to seek the death penalty for a confession.
June 6, 2003: Scott Peterson appears to cry as a judge decides to keep autopsy reports of his slain wife sealed. Judge Al Girolami denies request to issue gag order on lawyers involved in case. Separately, a broker offers nude pictures of Amber Frey to the highest bidder.
June 2, 2003: Scott Peterson’s attorneys announce they are searching for a man named “Donnie” as the possible killer and claim the man may be linked to a mysterious brown van spotted in the area of the Petersons’ house on Dec. 24, 2002.
May 16, 2003: Peterson’s lawyers announce theory that “Satanic” cult kidnapped and murdered Laci.
May 4, 2003: Thousands of people attend Modesto’s First Baptist Church for Laci’s memorial service.
May 2, 2003: Scott Peterson hires high-profile attorney Mark Geragos to take over his case.
April 25, 2003: Stanislaus County District Attorney James Barzelton announces he will seek the death penalty against Scott Peterson.
April 21, 2003: Scott Peterson pleads not guilty to charges of murdering his wife and unborn child.
April 18, 2003: Police in San Diego arrest Scott Peterson, who is found carrying a large amount of cash and his brother’s passport. Attorney General Bill Lockyer says bodies found in Richmond are those of Laci Peterson and her unborn son.
April 14, 2003: The body of a woman and a male fetus that washed ashore in Richmond, Calif., are found.
March 6, 2003: Modesto police officially declare the case a homicide.
Feb. 18, 2003: Authorities issue a search warrant for the Petersons’ home in Modesto, where they remove possible evidence.
Feb. 17, 2003: Scott Peterson’s mother, Jackie, tells The Associated Press her family believes kidnappers abducted Laci Peterson with intentions of holding her captive until she delivered the baby.
Feb. 10, 2003: Laci Peterson’s expected due date.
Jan. 24, 2003: Amber Frey, a massage therapist from Fresno, confirms she had a romantic relationship with Scott Peterson.
Jan. 23, 2003: Laci Peterson’s family says Scott Peterson told authorities he had been involved with another woman.
Jan. 17, 2003: Relatives of Laci Peterson hold a news conference to demand Scott Peterson tell authorities everything he knows about the case.
Dec. 24, 2002: Laci Peterson, while 8-months pregnant, is reported missing from her home in Modesto, Calif., by husband Scott Peterson. He claimed to have returned from a fishing trip and was unable to find his wife.
Now for some videos about the case:
Perhaps these videos will help you on your way to better understanding this murder case and what really happened on that fateful Christmas Eve in 2002.
Laci Denise Peterson (née Rocha; May 4, 1975 – c. December 24, 2002) was an American woman who was the subject of a highly publicized murder case after she went missing while eight months pregnant with her only child.
Laci Peterson was reportedly last seen alive on December 24, 2002. Her husband, Scott Peterson, was later convicted of murder in the first degree for Laci’s death, and in the second degree for the death of their prenatal son Conner. Scott Peterson is on death row at San Quentin State Prison. He’s still on death row after 13 years.
Lets start with the basics.
Now onto something shocking about the case. New revelations, new leads and never seen before video footage.
One of the most notorious crimes in American history , the murder of Laci Peterson at the hands of her husband, Scott on Christmas Eve 2002. Author says Peterson confessed how and why he killed Laci.
Scott Peterson strangled his pregnant wife in their kitchen on Christmas Eve 2002, according to a book written by a woman claiming he confessed to her 15 months ago during a prison visit.
The new series on CI Channel 732 Astro (Malaysia) that was mentioned at the start – covers the complete story of this murder case with new evidence, revelations, new transcipts, evidence from Scott Peterson’s telephone conversations with his mistress at the time he was married to Laci, namely Amber Frey and more. This video feature (below) introduces the series “Murder Made Me Famous”.
Meet Scott Peterson, your typical handsome low profile “boy next door” – former writer and former fertilizer salesman, until murder made him famous!
By the way the episodes featuring this case have just come to an end as of last night (was on air for about two weeks) but its worth a replay mind you. Lets all call for one!.
More on “Murder Made Me Famous” on the Laci Peterson jurder case. As seen, Harvey & Charles talk to one of the Producers (the lady in this video at the “other end”) of “Murder Made Me Famous” to talk about newly discovered details on the Scott Peterson case.
By the way…who is this woman Amber Frey? And how did she get into all this?. Read on and watch this video about her.
She was Scott Peterson’s girlfriend prior to Laci’s death and even after. Watch and listen to what Amber has to say about Scott now. You’d be surprised at what she has to say!. It certainly doesnt help his defense as he has recently appealed his conviction, awaiting the outcome.
Now before we get too engrossed with the case and the timeline of events, evidence brought up by both sides, defense as well as the prosecution, how about we take a look at Gillian Flynn’s famous novel giving rise to the hit movie ‘Gone Girl” starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike ?.
Have a watch and come to your own conclusion whether this movie adaptation sounds and looks familiar. Screenplay was by the author too. After watching it myself, I was kinda spooked! Its creepy!
A woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary. Based on the novel, “Gone Girl.” by Gillian Flynn (I’ll get into her in short while, below)
And whilst we’re on the subject of “Gone Girl”, Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike..by the way a pretty low budget movie which started out at around a few million to make ended up being a blockbuster hit making well over 350 million in the box-office!, heres one of the newer tracks from its soundtrack composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – “The Way He Looks At Me” OST Gone Girl
Click here for the complete “Gone Girl” Soundtrack if youre into listening to all of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_lJchhzuvE. Great soundtrack, eery, apt and spellbinding to say the least. Certainly worth your time.
Brief on “Gone Girl” – Storyline:
Gillian Flynn – Author of “Gone Girl”
“Ice-pick-sharp… Spectacularly sneaky… Impressively cagey.”
NEW YORK TIMES”
Gillian Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri to two community-college professors—her mother taught reading; her father, film. Thus she spent an inordinate amount of her youth nosing through books and watching movies. She has happy memories of having A Wrinkle in Time pried from her hands at the dinner table, and also of seeing Alien, Psycho and Bonnie and Clyde at a questionable age (like, seven). It was a good childhood.
“What are you thinking, Amy?” Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears.
The police immediately suspect Nick.
Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war…
Watch as Gillian Flynn talks to Richard and Judy about her book Gone Girl.
In high-school, she worked strange jobs that required her to do things like wrap and unwrap hams, or dress up as a giant yoghurt cone. A yoghurt cone who wore a tuxedo. Why the tuxedo? It was a question that would haunt her for years. Read on.
What makes liars even better liars?.
Have a peek at this video (below) which is narrated by a specialist on facial and body language of people who have been already convicted by a court of their peers, in this case, Scott Peterson, the murderer of the late Laci Peterson, his wife, eight months pregnant and whose body was found washed ashore off the Bay of San Francisco alongwith her unborn child (which came afloat much earlier) namely Conner (son).
For me, this guy is lying all the way! This video is really great, helps us laymen to understand what it takes to visualise, understand and “focus on” what a real psychopath is all about. A must watch!
Why Do Killers Speak Out? My Body Language Analysis. The Behavioural Psychology of a Criminal.
Are there Similarities or Differences to the novel “Gone Girl” and the movie of the same title?
So what are the differences between the movie “Gone Girl” and the book written by Gillian Flynn?. Are there any in the first place or are most of us just being busy-bodies for the sake of sensationalism?. Here goes;
Earlier on, many fans of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 thriller Gone Girl were dismayed to learn that the author had changed the story’s ending for the film adaptation. As Entertainment Weekly reported, director David Fincher quoted Ben Affleck as saying, “This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.”
But that’s not quite true—and Flynn later described the reports that the ending had changed as “greatly exaggerated.” Indeed, the overall arc of the story remains the same in the movie as in the novel. Still, in adapting the book for film, some changes had to be made. So how closely does the movie stick to the novel?
So whats the latest on Scott Peterson and his court appeal on his conviction? Does he deserve to stay put in jail never to be executed? Or is something coming up for all of us to jump at?.
Will Scott Peterson conviction be thrown out?
Convicted for murder of wife, unborn child in 2005
A more than 200-page petition for a writ of habeas corpus has been filed with the Supreme Court of the State of California on Scott Peterson’s behalf to have his murder conviction overturned.
Peterson was convicted in 2005 of first-degree murder for the death of his wife, Laci, and second-degree murder for the death of their unborn child.
On a website dedicated to Scott Peterson’s appeal, his family said there are 19 claims in the petition that highlight new evidence that shows the court should overturn his conviction.
”It’s been difficult and we’re on the long path to justice,” Janey Peterson, Scott Peterson’s sister-in-law, told 10News from her San Diego home. “The basis of a habius petition is new evidence that was not presented in the courtroom.”
For most of America, he is guilty without any doubt. Even one of the original court jurors told in an interview that “he would volunteer to hang him (Scott Peterson) himself if given the choice”. Scott Peterson is probably the most hated man in the United States?.
Looks and sounds like it.
Im not going to take sides on this as this is after all an investigative article and I am stating the facts and nothing more except for when that video earlier on (above) shows Scott to be a pathological liar with a bit of “flair”.
Now: Thirteen years following Scott Peterson‘s conviction of first-degree murder of his wife, Laci, he lives what is considered a luxurious life in prison, according to a Fox News report.
Peterson, 42, was also convicted of second-degree murder for the death of his unborn child.
According to the report from Geraldo Rivera who spoke with author Nancy Mulane, the inmate looked like a college athlete playing on his neighborhood court rather than what would be expected for death row inmates. Mulane is one of a few people who have had a glimpse of Peterson and what she considers to be his comfortable lifestyle inside San Quentin State Prison.
“It sounds to me that what you’ve described is the cushiest environment that you’ve seen,” Rivera said to the author.
Mulane said there are men who “are serving death sentences in California …. they live in cells 23, 24 hours a day, without getting out, without seeing another person, without even seeing another inmate on death row. They are not having the life Scott Peterson is having.”
“Scott Peterson has an exclusive life inside San Quentin,” she said.
Scott Peterson has not taken responsibility for killing Laci and the unborn baby, Mulane said. So there you have it folks, after thirteen years, on appeal, two innocent deaths..nothing has happened.
He is still alive and kicking and apparently living an wonderful life even inside San Quentin Prison. What on earth is going on? For me, this is an injustice and even though I’m not taking any clear position on what should happen to this man, I will say the above and one more thing when it comes to ALL crimes –
“In all crimes, Nobody is innocent. Everyone ends up a Victim!”
Having said this, I believe justice will prevail as the “dead always talk from the grave”. If he is indeed innocent as his lawyer and family claim, then prove it. If he isnt, then there is only one recourse. The Death Penalty, whether its California or not.
“Laci and Conner should not be allowed to have died in pain and in vain. Someone is guilty of this utterly odious and henious crime.”
Go and purchase the book “Gone Girl” if you like but dont ever forget to watch this movie by the same name. Reading the novel is your best chance towards understanding the plot of the movie, twists and turns and the acting prowess of both Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, both did an amazing job!
Conclusion: Is there a Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Will there be closure?
Probably not in the sense that Scott Peterson is unlikely to be put to death by lethal injection and will continue to live a life of luxury somewhat at San Quentin Prison, California until his last breath.
He is awaiting the outcome of his appeal (stated above in an earlier section) but that remains a long-drawn issue which may never be resolved.
For me whatever side I decide to take on…Laci and Conner Peterson’s deaths need not be vain, as justice will prevail and sometimes I dread to think how it will prevail.
Most Americans following this case for years, hope “he will burn in Hell”. Let’s hope there is a Hell. I wonder sometimes.
If youre not sure on which side you wish to take when it comes to whether Scott Peterson is inncoent or guilty, perhaps you should watch this video, an interview:
…And come to your own conclusion.
There is so much more to write on when it comes to this gruesome murder case and I hope that all the above will give you better a insight into what this murder case is all about, the accused, the victims, families involved, how it relates to the movie “Gone Girl”, the Novel by the same name, its Author, the Movie actors, the real-life interviews, the grisly photos & details… etc?.
For one, it sickens me that such “evil can exist” …amongst us.
“Murder did made Scott Peterson famous and in some way….has for us all!”
Before I close “shop” on this story, lemme share some other interesting “crime” stories with you on www.livingmsia.com – have a read – Jack The Ripper: The Shocking Revelation On Who He Really Was and Letter(s) from Jack The Ripper?