Drew Peterson’s Twisted Path to Prison Involved at Least One Dead Wife

Peterson got briefly engaged to Carol, a twenty-year-old after the end of his marriage in 1980. Kyle Piry and then married 23-year-old single mom Victoria Rutkiewicz in 1982. He was his former stepdaughter. LisaFox News interviewed her. Greta Van SusterenIn November 2007, Peterson appeared only in silhouette. She claimed that she had been physically abusive to her mother and their nine-year marriage and that she was also a cheater. Peterson denied the allegations.

Drew and Victoria divorced in 1992 and married 28-year-old Kathleen Savio that same year. Drew was 38.

Piry told the story of meeting Peterson as he investigated a crime in the station. Today‘s Meredith VieraShe stated that in 2007, she wasn’t afraid of him even though she was together with him. She said, “He was beautiful.” He was funny. He was a funny guy. He liked to be kind and generous. He was charming.”

But, she did recognize some of the behavior—jealous, possessive, abusive—she’d heard about in accounts of his second, third and fourth marriages. Piry stated that it seemed to have started with her. “I heard his first wife said there was no abuse of any sort—and maybe snowballed—with each woman got a little worse.”

Ultimately she broke off their engagement after four months, Piry said, because “there were too many things that just made me really uncomfortable.” He continued stalking and harassing her. She even claimed that he pulled her over to issue fake traffic tickets. Piry said in multiple interviews that she called the police on him after he pushed her when she returned to his house to pick up some of her possessions, but officers on the force who were friendly with Peterson encouraged her not to press charges. According to ABC News, they “swept the matter away.”