On Christmas Eve, 2002,
after Laci was reported
"missing", Scott Peterson led
detectives to his fertilizer
warehouse, where they
inspected his 14-foot fishing
boat. In it, they found
a tackle box and a rod.
Police responding to the report of a
missing pregnant woman at 523 Covena
found Laci Peterson's Land Rover parked
in the driveway next to her husband's
pickup truck. Detective
Al Brocchini
testified that when he opened the
door of the truck and accidentally
dinged the SUV's door, Peterson was
very concerned and got a leather glove
to hold as a buffer between the door and
the vehicle. The prosecution argued that
he was more concerned about a scratch
on his truck than his wife's disappearance.
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In taped interviews with three different reporters, Peterson
said he was so distraught about his unborn
son that he
could not venture into the
nursery he and his wife had
prepared and decorated in a nautical theme.
"That door is closed. I can't look, you know, in that door,"
he said to a reporter. When
Detective Craig Grogan
took the stand, he pointed out that when investigators
searched the home, the nursery was being
used as a
storage room for chairs and linens.
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When police searched Peterson's truck on
Feb. 18, they found these children's books.
The defense suggested they were gifts for
his nieces and nephews--proof that he had
no intention of fleeing when he was arrested
on April 18, two days before Easter. However, Peterson was also known to give
gifts to his mistress, Amber Frey, and her toddler daughter.