Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Timeline: Why there was no time to do what the Prosecution said Peterson did

December 23, 2002
5:45 to 8pm
Scott and Laci went to Salon Salon where Laci's sister, Amy, works. Amy cuts Scott's hair. Scott and Laci picked up pizza on the way home from the salon at Mountain Mikes.


Amy Rocha confirmed the above to be true.


*If Scott was planning a murder, why would he invite Amy over for pizza?!!!*


8:30pm
Laci calls her mother.

Scott said after Sharon's phone call at 8:30, they watched the rest of the football game then watched the movie "The Rookie". Scott estimated they went to bed around 10:30. Scott said Laci wore his blue pajama bottoms to bed "because they fit her".

the pants Laci wore to the salon were hung in the closet and the shirt she wore to the salon was placed in the hamper. The blue pajama pants were also found in the hamper during the December 26th search warrant.

December 24, 2002

(this is the day Laci was missing, and all the world began to watch that evening, when Scott returned home from a fishing trip, called her mother, and had relatives notify police while he and Laci's mother went out searching for her.)

5:00 am
Susan Medina, the neighbor across the street, sees Scott's truck in the driveway through her kitchen window. According to Scott, he would have been sleeping at this time.

Scott estimated that Laci woke up around 7:00am.
8:00-8:30
Scott said:
Scott estimated he woke up between 8 and 8:30. He said Laci had already eaten cereal by the time he woke up. He said she ate right when she got up to avoid feeling sick. He said Laci ate toast with him while he ate cereal. Scott said the cereal was Cinnamon Puffins from Trader Joe's.


Sharon Rocha testified in the preliminary hearing that Laci had told her she needed to eat right when she woke up to avoid feeling sick.

Laci had just purchased Cinnamon Puffins cereal from Trader Joe's on December 23rd. receipt is shown on Peterson web page.

Scott said:
He made a morning decision to go fishing, it was too cold to golf. He said he had recently purchased a boat and wanted to get the boat in the water. Had not tried it out yet.

*As a supposed criminal mastermind, who would trust the delicate matter of body disposal to a boat one had not even tried out?!*



Bruce Peterson (no relation) testified that he had sold Scott a boat on December 9th. (See Bruce Peterson testimony)


Detective Wall testified that on December 8th, Scott used his home computer to search for information on fishing for sturgeon, to search for boating regulations, to search for Department of Fish and Game Rules and Regulations, and to search boat want ads. He printed out a page that day from a web-site called Captain Hooks Sportfishing. In all Scott's computer use there is only around 30 seconds total of material that contained any kind of charts for the San Francisco Bay (See Detective Wall testimony). Many news reports referred to these 30 seconds as "researching" the currents in the San Francisco Bay.

9:39am
Neighbor and friend, Kristen Reed, saw Scott's truck in their
driveway. She did not see Scott. (See Detective Brocchini testimony)


Scott said the Today Show was on the TV then Martha Stewart. He remembered seeing something on Martha Stewart that morning about meringue and cookies. Prosecution claimed there was nothing on the show about meringue, then had egg on their face when a transcript showed that there was a discussion of meringue.


10:08 am
Approximate time Scott left home per his cell phone records. Given his estimates ranging from 9:30-10:30, he was accurate. (See Ivestigator Jacobson testimony)

The prosecution again used this as an opportunity to call Scott a liar. In the closing argument, right after stating how embarrassed they were about Martha Stewart, they go on to call him a liar again. Since the Martha Stewart segment aired at 9:48, that would mean that Scott was still home at that time. He had estimated to some people that he left around 9:30, so Distaso says the following:

"...nobody at 12 minutes to ten says they're leaving at 9:30, so he's lying about that."

(me: rolls eyes)


10:08-10:17am Featured Fact:
Scott is on his cell phone for 1 min 21 seconds somewhere between his home and his office. He's checking his voicemail. Based on cell tower records, he is probably pretty close to home when the call begins at 10:08. The drive from Scott's home to the warehouse is 3.1 miles and an estimated 9 minutes per Yahoo maps.(523 Covena, Modesto to 1027 N Emerald, Modesto)
10:17-10:30am Scott said:
He logged onto his computer at work, checked his e-mail, then sent an e-mail to his boss who had left him a voicemail.
10:30-10:56am Featured Facts:
Computer forensics showed Scott continuously logged onto his work computer for 26 minutes. He checked e-mail, sent e-mail, and looked up instructions on how to assemble a wood working tool called a mortiser. (See Detective Wall testimony)

Scott said:
From when he logged off the computer to when he left the warehouse, Scott said he cleaned up the office a bit, assembled the mortiser, unloaded some tools from the tool box in the bed of his truck, cut his knuckle on the tool box, got some of his blood on the driver's side door of his truck, hooked up the boat and left.

Featured Facts:
The photographs below taken during the December 27th search show the mortiser assembled and sitting on the trailer in Scott's warehouse. The box and Styrofoam are sitting next to it. He had received the mortiser via UPS on December 20th. (See Brocchini testimony)
Forensic testing showed one drop of Scott's blood on his car door. (See Criminalist William Hudlow testimony)
Featured Fact:
Neighbor and friend, Kristen Reed, saw Scott's truck in their
driveway. She did not see Scott. (See Detective Brocchini testimony)

Scott said:
Scott said the Today Show was on the TV then Martha Stewart. He remembered seeing something on Martha Stewart that morning about meringue and cookies.
Scott said:
Scott said Laci was mopping the floor. He put the mop bucket near front door for Laci so she wouldn't have to lift it. He last saw Laci wearing black pants, a white shirt, ring, watch, necklace, earrings, unsure of shoes.

Featured Fact:
As outlined last month, Laci's body was found in khaki capris. The reasonable explanation that points toward innocence would be that Laci changed her clothes after Scott left. Testimony showed that Laci had changed her clothes three times the day before. (See testimonies of Margarita Nava, Tina Reiswig, Amy Rocha)

Scott said:
Scott was asked why he backed his truck into the driveway. He told the police that some tools had been stolen out of the tool box in the bed of his truck, and he needed to load some patio umbrellas into the bed. He was going to store them at the warehouse. When asked why the umbrellas were still in the bed of the truck at the end of the day, Scott said he forgot to unload them at the warehouse.

Featured Fact:
Neighbor Kristen Dempewolf claimed she saw Scott in the bed of his truck that morning. She estimated she passed Scott and Laci's house around 9:20-9:40am. Kristen did not notice Scott until he called a greeting out to her. Kristen was not allowed to testify because she was inappropriately hypnotized.

*this does not indicate Peterson was up to anything in the nature of concealing or transporting a body, to me. why would he call out to someone?*


Featured Fact:
Computer forensics later showed Scott was logged onto his computer (at the warehouse) by 10:30. This leaves a 13 minute window from when he arrives at the warehouse to when he logs onto the computer. This time window must include parking his truck, unlocking and entering the pedestrian door and turning on his computer.

Scott said:
He saw a couple people at the warehouse complex that morning.

There was no room for Scott to pull his truck into the warehouse and close the rollup door so that his truck could be hidden from view.



Scott said he logged onto his computer at work, checked his e-mail, then sent an e-mail to his boss who had left him a voicemail.

10:30-10:56am
Computer forensics showed Scott continuously logged onto his work computer for 26 minutes. He checked e-mail, sent e-mail, and looked up instructions on how to assemble a wood working tool called a mortiser. (See Detective Wall testimony)

Scott said:
From when he logged off the computer to when he left the warehouse, Scott said he cleaned up the office a bit, assembled the mortiser, unloaded some tools from the tool box in the bed of his truck, cut his knuckle on the tool box, got some of his blood on the driver's side door of his truck, hooked up the boat and left.

10:56-11:18am
From when Scott logged off the computer to when he left the warehouse would be about a 22 minute window. During this 22 minutes, Scott would also need to open the roll up door to the warehouse, back his truck up, hook up the boat, pull the boat out, close the rollup door to the warehouse from the inside and exit back out the pedestrian door through the office.

Scott said:
He estimated he was at the warehouse about an hour

Featured Facts:
Scott arrived at the warehouse around 10:17 and left around 11:18
(see next entry). He was one minute off.


Scott said he thought it took him an hour and a half to drive to the Berkeley Marina, maybe a little longer because he was pulling a trailer.

Per Yahoo maps, it is one hour and 36 minutes to the Berkeley Marina. We know he was at the marina at 12:54 (see next entry), so working backwards, he left the warehouse around 11:18. (1027 N Emerald, Modesto to 201 University, Berkeley)


Scott said he purchased a ticket in parking lot at the Berkeley Marina. Scott gave this receipt to the police the evening of Dec. 24th when they asked him if he had any proof he'd been at the marina.

12:54pm
The ticket Scott purchased at the Berkeley Marina was time stamped at 12:54pm.

12:54 to 2:12 pm
From the time Scott bought the ticket to when his cell phone records show him leaving the area is about 1 hour and 18 minutes. Scott had estimated 90 minutes, he was 12 minutes off.


2:12-3:25pm Featured Facts:
Scott's cell phone records and debit card records confirm all of the calls Scott claimed he made on his way home from the marina. At 2:12 pm Scott checks his voicemail, calls home and calls Laci's cell phone (left message).

At 2:34pm records show a 5 minute 1 second call to Greg Reed. According to testimony they confirmed plans for New Years Eve. (See Greg Reed testimony) At 2:40pm there is a 3 minute 9 second call to Lee, and at 2:24pm there is a 2 minute 27 second call to Lee. (Scott's father)

3:25-4:26pm
Scott's Chevron purchase was at 3:25pm. It is a one hour and one minute drive from the Chevron to his warehouse per Yahoo Maps, (1025 N Vasco Rd, Livermore to 1027 N Emerald, Modesto) placing him back at the warehouse around 4:26pm. Scott makes another call to Laci's cell phone at 3:52pm but does not leave a message.

*hello...anyone? why would this not indicate police that Scott was genuinely trying to get hold of his wife?*

Scott said:
He arrived back at the warehouse and unhooked the boat. He estimated spending no more than five minutes in the office.


4:30-4:45pm Scott estimated he arrives at home between 4:30 and 4:45. He entered through the side gate where he finds their dog, McKenzie, with his leash on. Scott removes the leash and puts it on the patio table.


It is discovered later that night that the next door neighbor, Karen Servas, had found McKenzie in the neighborhood with his leash on and put him back in Scott and Laci's yard. (See Karen Servas testimony)

Scott said:
He assumed Laci was at her mom's preparing for dinner. His clothes were a bit wet so he undressed and put them into the washer and dryer.

Scott said:
He showered and got dressed. He went back into the kitchen and listened to the phone messages. He heard the message he left Laci when leaving the marina. Then he heard a message left by Ron (Laci's mother's companion) asking Scott and Laci to bring whipped cream with them when they come. This prompts Scott to call their home, since he was assuming Laci was already there. Scott asks if Laci is there. She is not. Scott tells Sharon that Laci's car is in the driveway, but she's not home. Sharon asks if McKenzie is in the yard and that is when Scott remembers that the leash was on the dog. Sharon tells Scott to check the park. And then begins the search for Laci.

Featured Facts:
Ron Granski testified that he did leave the message for Scott and Laci to bring over whipped cream.

5:17pm
Sharon Rocha (Laci's mom) testified that Scott called at 5:17 to see if Laci was there.


OK. There's the timeline. It's a little condensed from what the Petersons have on their site (their timeline has references to court exhibits and also photos and details about testimony).


If you're innocent, all you can do is say: here's where I was, and what I was doing.
Peterson was truthful and cooperated with police.

Now: in Matt Dalton's book, there were six people he interviewed who saw Laci walking the dog the morning of December 24. None of these witnesses testified at trial, and police did not pursue these witnesses with any interest at all. Apparently they had a call center with 70 officers taking tips from the public--so why didn't they return the calls of these people who saw Laci? These people called independently of each other, and they saw her in the same area, on a route she frequently walked.

Not only that, but one of the witnesses saw Laci and the dog being followed closely by two men, who were shouting at her to "shut the fucking dog up." She wondered why someone would yell at a pregnant woman like that.

There was a separate report of screams coming from a public restroom (this was in police logs and noted in Dalton's book) near to where the witness who saw Laci walking in front of the two men.

The police covered up the facts of the burglary which occurred across the street from the Peterson's home on the morning of December 24th. They caught the burglars, and allowed them to admit to doing the burglary---but the burglars were allowed to say they did the burglary on the early morning of the 27th.

This is impossible for two reasons: 1) the burglary was witnessed, in progress, by a neighbor to the Petersons.

2) The couple who lived in the house, the Medinas, returned home December 26th and immediately reported the burglary to police.


Other reasons this was an abduction, and not a domestic violence killing:

In the weeks following Laci's disappearance, a prison inmate had a phone conversation (which was recorded, and reported to authorities) about Laci Peterson. The discussion centered on Laci walking up during the burglary across the street, and Laci being threatened by one of the men doing the burglary. Police did follow up on this (though not quickly) but it did not come out at trial.

It was not a peaceful Christmas holiday in the Modesto neighborhood where Laci and Scott Peterson lived.
There was an extremely under-reported crime wave in the Peterson's neighborhood the night of December 23 and the morning of December 24th. Several people called police about suspicous persons in the neighborhood the night of December 23rd. One person in the neighborhood was robbed by a man who came to her door with a story about needing money to help his wife, whose car had broken down. She gave him money, and when he came back to supposedly give it back to her, he asked for change; and when she got it, he grabbed that money and fled. There were several other incidents in the neighborhood that night. In Dalton's book, he tells of a pregnant woman with a shop five blocks from the Peterson's home, who called police because two men were terrorizing her at her place of business. She had a male employee in the back, and the men went away when she went to get the male employee.

Six pregnant women disappeared within an 80 mile radius of the Peterson's home, in the three years leading up to her disappearance. One of those women also turned up in the bay without hands, feet or a head----just like Laci.

There is also evidence that Laci lived beyond December 24th. This is a little complicated and controversial because medical experts do not necessarily agree.

There was duct tape found on Laci's clothing. Duct tape is often used in abductions.

Connor's neck had something around it. There's no telling what this means. But there's no way the baby was inside his mom, with something around his neck. It was not a piece of sea derbris that could have wrapped around---it was fastened.


I hope to refine this, but these reasons, with special emphasis on the police coverup of the date of the Medina robbery, are the backbone of why I believe California got the wrong man.

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