Christmas Eve 2002 was the last time Scott Peterson called his wife’s cell phone. Laci Peterson never answered the call, so Scott left a voicemail.
Hours later, Laci, who was eight months pregnant at the time, was reported missing. Four months later, her body was found floating in the San Francisco Bay. The body of her unborn son, who had been cut out of her, was also found.
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In 2005, Scott was convicted of Laci’s murder and sentenced to death by lethal injection. However, to this day, the now 44-year-old maintains his innocence.
According to earlier reports by Dearly, Scott believes that the lack of physical and forensic evidence led to his wrongful conviction. He also believes these factors led to a “failed” attempt to find out who truly took his family away from him.
During a new documentary on A&E, which details the case in its entirety, Scott asserted that he wasn’t the last person to see Laci that day, noting that over 11 eyewitnesses saw his wife walking their dog near their home after Scott left for work:
“I wasn’t the last one to see Laci that day. There were so many witnesses that saw her walking in the neighborhood after I left.”
Scott admitted to being completely blindsided by his guilty conviction, saying:
“I, I was staggered by it. I had no idea it was coming.”
During the first episode of the documentary titled, “The Murder of Laci Peterson,” Scott detailed their routine on the morning of Laci’s disappearance.
Laci Peterson with her husband Scott Peterson. Laci Denise Peterson (née Rocha; May 4, 1975 – c. December 24, 2002)…
He discussed what she ate and what they watched on TV:
“I don’t know what time we got up, probably Laci got up and went in the shower, she had some cereal for breakfast. Eats right when she wakes up otherwise she gets sick because she’s pregnant.
I laid around in bed a little longer and got up at eight o’clock probably or so. We were watching her favorite show, “Martha Stewart.” She was gonna finish cleaning up, she was mopping the kitchen floor and then she was going to take the dog for a walk.”
Scott explained that the weather that day seemed better for fishing than golfing:
“[I] just decided it seemed too cold to go play golf at the club so I just decided, you know, to go fishing.”
The then-30-year-old left the house around 10:00 a.m., allegedly not knowing that it would be the last time he would see Laci and their unborn son, Conner.
He said he attempted to get ahold of his wife about four hours later to let her know he was on his way home.
Scott’s defense team released the last voicemail he left Laci the day of her disappearance:
“Hey beautiful, I just left a message at home. Uh, it’s 2:15. I’m leaving Berkeley, I won’t be able to get to Vella Farms to get that basket for papa. I was hoping you would get this message and go on out there. I’ll see you in a bit sweetie. Love ya, bye.”
A receipt proved Scott was in Berkeley that day. He allegedly arrived back home around 5:00 p.m.; he said Laci was nowhere to be found.
Despite the fact that the dog still had its leash on and the back door was unlocked, nothing seemed out of the ordinary to Scott, and he assumed Laci was visiting her mom.
Laci pregnant. Laci Denise Peterson (née Rocha; May 4, 1975 – c. December 24, 2002) was an American woman who was the…
After Scott talked with his sister-in-law and Laci’s stepfather, they notified the police of the mom-to-be’s disappearance.
Days after Laci and baby Conner’s bodies were found, in April 2003, Scott was arrested and charged with murder.
Scott’s conviction is now under appeal.
The makers of the documentary hope their six-part series will force more people to ask the question, “What actually happened?”
The second part of A&E’s “The Murder of Laci Peterson” aires next Tuesday at 10:00 p.m.