Posts Tagged ‘Kathleen Savio’

It’s been interesting watching the media report the story of my alleged participation in the autopsy of former Bollingbrook police officer Drew Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio.

For all of you who preferred to regurgitate inaccuracies, and didn’t take the time to simply call to check the facts, here they are:

It was through my work on Greta’s show, that we uncovered documents leading us to facts that questioned the original classification of Kathleen Savio’s death as an accident, and exposed egregious errors by the Bollingbrook Police Department, the original coroner and the coroner’s jury. Dr. Michael Baden agreed that the findings indicated Savio’s death was a homicide. After reviewing the same documents, the State Attorney’s office decided to exhume the body of Kathleen Savio and perform a second autopsy. The family of Kathleen Savio, weary of the State Attorney’s office, discussed with me having an additional private autopsy done, but knew they could never afford such an expensive endeavor. I took their interest to Dr. Michael Baden, and he volunteered his time. I was already in Chicago covering the case, and accompanied Dr. Baden on every endeavor while he was in town. I asked permission of the family to be in the room with Dr. Baden while the autopsy was performed, and they agreed. I agreed with the Savio family that I would only film Dr. Baden, and no images of the body would ever be filmed or aired. The family knew Dr. Baden would be reporting his findings, whichever way they concluded. During the autopsy, which lasted approximately 3 hours, I took extensive notes and shot video. I never had any physical contact with the body of Kathleen Savio, nor participated in “performing” the autopsy in any way. There were a least 6 Illinois State Police troopers in the room at any given time, and the entire experience was handled with the utmost respect to the Savio family, and most importantly to Kathleen.

There is no magic wizard behind the FOX News curtain, pulling strings to influence the findings by one of the country’s finest Forensic Pathologists. In conclusion, if Drew Peterson’s defense attorney is basing his case on the fact that I was in the autopsy room of a woman his client likely murdered, I would suggest he size Peterson up for a few more of those fancy orange jumpsuits he seems to like so much.

Pastor Neil Schori (http://www.napervillechristian.org/) found himself thrust into the media spotlight when he came forward with information that Stacy Peterson confided in him shortly before she disappeared. She stated that her cop husband, former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson, not only murdered his ex-wife, but Stacey helped cover up the crime. As Peterson sits in jail awaiting trial, Neil has just met with the State Attorney’s office again. Will Drew be charged with Stacey’s murder as well? Neil will talk to us exclusively for the hour about his experience, his struggles to come forward with what a parishioner told him in confidence, his own fears and his family’s fears of Peterson. Now known as the twittering Pastor (resurrectedheart.com), learn how Neil has used this experience to better his Ministry, the lives of others and his work helping other victims of crimes. Please join us with your questions, Sunday night 12/20/09 at 8:00 p.m. live at Blogtalkradio.com/Watts-Up-with-This.

Neil Schori serves as lead pastor of Naperville Christian Church in the Chicago suburbs. Neil has a Master of Arts in counseling from Lincoln Christian Seminary. Over the past 10 years, Neil has served full time in several pastoral roles, ranging from family care and counseling to community groups and assimilation.

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Please join me for an exclusive interview with husband and wife team Dr. Michael Baden and Criminal defense Attorney Linda Kenny Baden.

Dr. Baden is the former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, and he is the host of the HBO “Autopsy” series, now in its thirteenth year. He is also a Contributor for FOX News Channel, and is a reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine. He performed the autopsy on Kathleen Savio, 3rd wife of Bolingbrook Police Officer Drew Peterson, now behind bars. Dr Baden’s results reclassified Savio’s murder from an accident to a homicide.

Linda Kenny Baden, an expert Criminal Defense Attorney and Author, best known for her work on the Phil Spector defense team, is also preparing to defend Casey Anthony in her death penalty case in Florida. Together they penned two thriller novels — “Remains Silent” and “Skeleton Justice.” Available on amazon.com. They will take us inside their cases, inside their lives together, and take your calls!!

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SUNDAY, NOV 8TH 8:00PM — GUEST: MARK FUHRMAN AUTHOR OF “THE MURDER BUSINESS”

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The show debut will feature an exclusive interview with Mark Fuhrman. Fuhrman rose to infamy during his involvement as a detective in the OJ Simpson case. He has gone on to author several books, and is a FOX News Consultant. In an exclusive interview, and for the first time ever, Fuhrman will talk candidly about what really happened in the OJ Simpson case. Additionally, he will bring us behind the scenes of other high profile cases like Casey Anthony, Drew Peterson and Haleigh Cummings. All of these cases are featured in his new book “The Murder Business” available now on amazon.com. We will be taking your calls.

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Please join me for an exclusive interview with husband and wife team Dr. Michael Baden and Linda Kenny Baden. Dr Baden is the former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, and he is the host of the HBO “Autopsy” series, now in its thirteenth year. He is also a Contributor for FOX News Channel, and is a reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine. He performed the autopsy on Kathleen Savio, 3rd wife of Bolingbrook Police Officer Drew Peterson, now behind bars. Dr Baden’s results reclassified Savio’s murder from an accident to a homicide. Linda Kenny Baden, an expert Criminal Defense Attorney and Author, best known for her work on the Phil Spector defense team, is also preparing to defend Casey Anthony in her death penalty case in Florida. Together they penned two thriller novels — “Remains Silent” and “Skeleton Justice.” Available on amazon.com. They will take us inside their cases, inside their lives together, and take your calls!!

SUNDAY NOV. 22ND — GUEST: GIRLS GONE WILD FOUNDER JOE FRANCIS
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Joe Francis, Founder of the Multi-Billion dollar empire “Girls Gone Wild” sits down with me for the hour, to talk openly about prison, fame, beating the latest tax evasion charges, and what really went down with Brody Jenner’s girlfriend, Jayde Nicole.  Joe, often referred to as a “Modern Day Larry Flint”, tells it like is and takes your calls!!

SUNDAY NOV. 29TH — GUESTS: ANNA NICOLE REMEMBERED; PATRICK SIMPSON AND POL ATTEAU
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The day after what would have been Anna Nicole Smith’s 42nd birthday, her 2 closest friends, Patrick Simpson and Pol’ Atteu open up about what Anna’s life was really like. For the first time ever, they will reveal what happened right before Anna died, talk about her relationship with the 2 doctors who prescribed her drugs, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, now charged in her death, reveal the truth about Larry Birkhead and what they witnessed Howard Stern doing to Anna. You won’t want to miss this!!! Join them live for the hour and we will be taking your calls.

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Tonight I had the pleasure of discussing the Haleigh Cummings and Caylee Anthony cases on the Levi Page Show (link below). My “partners in crime” were Bounty Hunter Leonard Padilla and Sheryl McCollum, a cold case investigator. I enjoyed discussing/arguing with them both. Sheryl and I agreed we would not be good on a jury together!!! I respect both of them, I enjoyed Levi as a host, and I appreciated his invitation….

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While at FOX News, (THE best job ever!!), I had the pleasure of working closely with Mark Fuhrman. Mark is a FOX News Contributor and I often called him for guidance on the crime stories I was covering for Greta’s show. Mark gave me direction on cases that lead to insight that no other journalist had, and I credit him for much of my success in digging up information.

FOX partnered Fuhrman and I in the field for Greta’s Show, and we spent months together in Bolingbrook, IL (freezing) investigating the Drew Peterson case. It was our work uncovering the documents in the Kathleen Savio case (Kathleen was Drew Peterson’s 3rd wife) that lead to the reclassification of her death from an accident to a homicide. Mark talks about this and other cases we worked on together in detail in his book.

Mark sent me an advanced copy of his new book “The Murder Business” about to hit the stands. On the heels of the article I wrote for yesterday’s blog, the timing of this book is impeccable. When Mark and I worked together, we would whenever we could wrap up or weeks with what we called ‘F*@# em Up Fridays. It was the day we would usually confront people, let the police in on something they didn’t know, or just out and out cause some kind of trouble at the end of the week. So, in Honor of F*@# em up Fridays; here’s an excerpt from “The Murder Business.”

“The unfortunate truth is that today, each murder has many victims, and high-profile murders can hurt innocent people who get burned by the spotlight, whether or not they sought it out themselves. I learned that firsthand as a police witness in the O.J. Simpson trial, a wrenching experience that showed how the criminal justice system can be manipulated by money, power, politics and fame. In twenty years of police work, I thought that the guilt or innocence of the suspect was all-important. Then I started covering high-profile murder cases, where ratings and profits often far outweigh the importance of facts.”

Mark’s book provides explosive insight into cases like Casey Anthony (which Mark and I worked on together), Scott Peterson, Trenton Duckett, Haleigh Cummings and Jon Bonnet Ramsey. The book is an honest look at what is happening in our culture as we try to feed the 24-hour news cycle with our appetite for crime. And now, for the first time ever, Fuhrman recounts in detail, what really happened behind the scenes of the OJ trial.

“In preparation for my court appearance, my lawyer, Darryl Mounger said I’m not advising you to take the fifth.” “If the prosecution would ask me a question where I could clarify my testimony I won’t take the fifth.” I said. But no one in the DA’s office would talk to me. I was completely on my own and left with no choice but to take the Fifth Amendment. I wish they had given me a chance to explain why I had denied using a racial slur. The question F. Lee Bailey had originally asked me was compound and unclear. I took it to mean whether or not I had called anybody the “N” word to their face, where my using it the writing of a fictional screenplay clearly didn’t apply. It was so irrelevant, it didn’t even cross my mind when I was testifying. I had completely forgotten it. But O.J. Simpson’s criminal trial was no place for me to make these arguments. Certainly not with anyone in my corner.The defense lawyer knew that once I had taken the Fifth on one question, I would have to respond similarly to any further questions, or waive my privilege against self–incrimination. So after I pled the Fifth defense attorney Gerald Uelman asked “Detective Fuhrman, did you plant or manufacture any evidence in this case?” And I had to take the Fifth on that question too, even though I had not planted or manufactured any evidence. When the question was asked, Marsha didn’t object to it. I had put most of my adult like into being a cop; now in an instant, I saw it all destroyed, perhaps because she was still hoping she could win her big case. But the jury came back with the verdict of “not guilty” and Simpson got away with murder. After the verdict I was famously blamed for Simpson’s acquittal. I can understand why people thought it was my fault, if all they knew about the case was what they saw on television and read in the newspapers.

I have to thank Mark for the kind words about me and my work as a journalist in this book. Mark and I remain friends. I still call him for guidance on every case I’m working on, and I look forward to the day when we can work together again. Mark’s book tour begins Oct 12th. It should be interesting to see what shows he appears on.

While working on the Ceasar Lorean case, (the marine who murdered and burned his pregnant girlfriend then fled to Mexico), we travelled deep into the heart of Mexico. Within days we had located Lorean, and when we took our finding to the local authorities and the American Consulate, they looked at us like we were crazy. It seems the proper paperwork had never been filed and the Mexican police couldn’t make an arrest because he wasn’t actually “wanted” in Mexico. This is just an example of some of the crazy things we went through together. So we celebrated anyways with a couple of margaritas.

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