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Cold as Ice

A True Story of Murder, Disappearance, and the Multiple Lives of Drew Peterson

Carlton Smith

St. Martin's True Crime

Kathleen Savio was married to Drew Peterson for eleven years before filing for divorce in 2003. The next year, she was found dead in her bathtub. Her drowning appeared to be an accident—and for years, no one had reason to question it. But when Peterson’s next wife, Stacy—thirty years younger—went missing, the tough-talking and wise-cracking former Illinois cop came under suspicion….With Stacy Peterson missing—and presumed dead—authorities exhumed Kathleen Savio’s body, looking for answers. A new autopsy pointed to homicide, and a 2002 letter was revealed in which Savio wrote that Drew, “knows how to manipulate the system, and his next step is to take my children away. Or kill me instead.” He was arrested for Kathleen’s murder, and is a prime suspect in Stacy’s disappearance, Peterson continues to protest his innocence. New York Times bestselling author Carlton Smith digs deep into the mystery behind the two Peterson wives—and sheds some light on one of the most complex crime cases in modern American history.

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The Circus: 2007
There is a perfectly rational excuse for the newspersons’ seeming callousness: stories change with each retelling. Even a person really trying for the most faithful recital of events is almost invariably susceptible to slight modifications, certain little embellishments, with each recital. Accuracy of a story is in direct relation to how soon after the event it is recorded, and how frequently the story has been retold.
—Walter Cronkite, A Reporter’s Life (1996)
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“Did You Murder Your Wife?”
So there they were, phalanxes of camera wielders,
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  • Carlton Smith

  • Carlton Smith wrote the New York Times bestselling The Search for the Green River Killer. An award-winning journalist for The Los Angeles Times and The Seattle Times during the 1970s and 1980s, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting in 1988. His books include Mind Games, Cold Blooded, The Prom Night Murders, and In the Arms of Evil. There are more than two million copies of his books in print.
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    A True Story of Murder, Disappearance, and the Multiple Lives of Drew Peterson

    Carlton Smith

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