In a statement released a week earlier, Laci’s kin asked for privacy so that family and friends could mourn.
“Please treat her in death respectfully,” read the statement, “so that we as her family will be allowed to lay her and Conner to rest in dignity and peace.” Dignity they will always have. 9 preliminary hearing approaches, it’s hard to imagine that Laci and Conner will find much peace.
Laci asked a friend to give Peterson her phone number; they began dating, and lived together until after Laci's graduation, when they were married.
Together they ran a successful restaurant in San Luis Obispo, but eventually sold it to return to their shared home town of Modesto.
She was a cheerleader in high school, and majored in horticulture at California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo.
She met Scott Peterson, a fellow student at Cal-Poly who worked as a waiter, when he took her order at a cafe.
Peterson's murder was surely a tragedy and an outrage to those who knew her. Her father ran a tractor rental business, but divorced her mother when Laci was very young.
Her body was found in San Francisco Bay more than three months later, along with her fetus, which had been ejected at some point following death.Dean Cain played her husband in the 2004 TV movie, The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story.The case has fueled America's endless abortion controversy.When Peterson's rotting corpse was first found, comedian Bill Maher cracked on HBO, "Laci Peterson's body was discovered this week.I've heard of breaking up with someone before Christmas so you don't have to buy a present, but that's harsh." When the audience didn't laugh, Maher asked, "Oh, I can attack the president, the economy, the war, but don't mess with Laci Peterson?In June, Stanislaus County superior court judge Al Girolami slapped everyone involved in the Peterson affair with a gag order; since then, only bits of evidence have leaked out.