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notorious criminals: scott peterson

Posted by dorian on April 13, 2009

Scott Peterson’s Life on Death Row

Originally posted Saturday April 11, 2009 10:45 AM EDT


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. 

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.”

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. 

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. 

Plays Cards, Basketball

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.” 

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.” 

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. 

Blogging from Prison

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. 

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.”

next week in the notorious criminals series: dennis rader, the BTK killer


12 Responses to “notorious criminals: scott peterson”

  1. jaime pike said

    I think that prisoners on death row have far too many freedoms. I don’t think that Scott Peterson should be able to have visitors or claim his ‘innocence’ on his family’s blog. I really don’t think that he should be able to receive letters and money from female admirers. What is wrong with those women anyway?


  2. dorian said

    hi james, thanks for dropping by!

    i agree with you. criminals who’ve committed heinous crimes like peterson who have been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt are given privileges to blog, etc.!! what’s with that? how do you think the victim’s family feels about that? then we have our twisted sisters sending him love letters…


  3. obama the antichrist said

    I hear its better to be in prison than it is to be homeless and that some people have it better of in prison than they did at home. Is that a good thing? shouldnt prison be a punishment or a hell hole not a better place for some?


  4. Anonymous said

    Sure can see how fast Ole’ Scotty is aging! HA!


  5. Enkill_Eridos said

    It should be, but a lot of people’s lives in prison is improved, mainly because the situations they put them selves in. I mean some places of America are not nice places. That and we have to feed them, clothe them, give them something to do so they don’t do something stupid, Etc. Is much more than they got in the outside world.I mean many people in prison, are lucky to get one meal a day when they are out of prison. So short of us forcing them to run around naked, and not feeding them anything. Prison for some will be better than where they lived.


  6. Rhonda said

    2/3/2011 Thursday evning.I think Scoot needs a picture of what his wife looked liked when she was found noe one where thier together smiling


  7. Lisa said

    I think it’s time to rid of the rodent Scott. He doesn’t deserve to breathe the same air we breathe. To bad the prisoners haven’t rearraged his face (it may have helped the way he looks)I hope he thinks about Laci and Conner every single day. They said all he has on his walls is 1 picture of Laci and himself. We all know that is definately for show. Do you really think he even looks at the picture? He has no conscious? Never! Hope hes missing his freedom, his affairs, wines, eating out, and everything that we take for granted.

    I hope he rots in prison, and when hes excuted, his soul goes straight to hell for eternity!

    Drop dead Scott … unfortunate that hell never get to read this.
    Scott you are so ugly and I have no idea what Laci and Amber Frye saw in you?


  8. vicki hutchinson said

    I think that the women who admire scott are wrong for sending him checks. How the hell could you support a murderer, I dont think they are much better than Scott himself, and it makes me wonder what they are capable of doing, QUITE DISTURBING if you ask me. MY BOYFRIEND THINKS THAT PEOPLE THAT ARE LIKE SCOTT PETERSON SHOULD BE PUT ON A TERMINAL ISLAND, THAT IS WHERE THEY SEND ANIMAL TEST SUBJECTS. BUT FREE THE ANIMALS.


  9. Anonymous said

    there you go…free the animals on terminal island, replace them with scott peterson and his kind.


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