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Presumed Guilty : What the Jury Never Knew About Laci Peterson's Murder and Why Scott Peterson Should Not Be on Death Row
Presumed Guilty What the Jury Never Knew About Laci Peterson's Murder and Why Scott Peterson Should Not Be on Death Row Author:Matt Dalton, Bonnie Hearn Hill No one knows the story behind the sensational headlines of the Scott Peterson murder trial better than defense attorney Matt Dalton. For six straight months after Peterson's arrest, Dalton was the defense's only full-time investigative attorney on the case. During that time, he lived in Modesto and investigated every element of the case, intervi... more »ewing scores of witnesses, reviewing more than 35,000 pages of police documents, and meeting almost daily with Scott Peterson in jail.
What he has uncovered will astound even the most informed observers of the Laci Peterson murder case and challenge the most deeply held beliefs about what really happened to Laci Peterson on Christmas Eve, 2002.
This is the first book to go inside the Peterson defense team, and the only book to detail all the evidence that the jury did not hear -- evidence that might have led to Scott Peterson's acquittal, and that will surely play a crucial part in his pending appeals.
Among the revelations in Presumed Guilty:
Reports from numerous witnesses who saw Laci Peterson alive and well the morning of December 24, after the police claim Scott Peterson had already killed her; none of them testified at trial
The story of another woman, eight months pregnant, who was harassed by two men the morning of December 24 only five blocks from the Peterson home
The burglary that reportedly occurred directly across the street from the Peterson home on the morning of December 24, and the confessed burglars' questionable claims that the burglary happened days later
Previously unreported details of the autopsy reports on Laci Peterson and her son, which cast strong doubts on key elements of the prosecution's case
The disappearances of six pregnant women, in addition to Laci, reported missing and presumed dead within eighty miles of Modesto between 1999 and 2002
Compelling, provocative, disturbing, Presumed Guilty is the fascinating story of one lawyer's relentless efforts to find the truth behind one of the most complex and notorious murder cases in American history.« less
I followed this case in a way that I haven't followed anything before or since. I was completely wrapped up in it. I honestly tried my hardest to put my personal opinion aside while I was reading this book. And while Dalton brought up a few good theories, I personally was not swayed any. However, it did make me question: If Dalton did indeed find SIX witnesses that could place Laci Peterson alive on December 24, 2002 when Scott was fishing, WHY DID THEY NOT TESTIFY?! I don't understand that. Simply stated: I didn't buy the theories presented in this book.
Candace K. reviewed Presumed Guilty : What the Jury Never Knew About Laci Peterson's Murder and Why Scott Peterson Should Not Be on Death Row on + 57 more book reviews
If you are interested in the Scott Peterson case, this is a must read. As we know, the media can do a lot of damage to those that it decides is guity or it can help to get president's elected. Police can also decide that someone is guity and only look into clues or evidence that would further their opinions and totally ignore other avenues that point elsewhere. This book points out some of these issues. Scott Peterson is a dirtbag, he lies and is a cheater, but he may not have murdered Laci Peterson. This book points to some of the reasons there could be doubt as to whether he should be in jail for murder. It is interesting to say the least.