|Scott Peterson hinted to his lover that the picture-perfect portrayal of his marriage
in the news was an exaggeration and refused to say whether he had slept
in the same bed with his wife the night before she disappeared.
Laci Peterson had been missing less than a month, and like so many times since her
disappearance, the Modesto fertilizer salesman picked up his cell phone and called
his girlfriend, Amber Frey. He apologized. He cajoled. He begged for a second chance.
He swore that he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance. He assured Frey that his spouse
knew about their brief affair. He promised that he had told his parents about the clandestine relationship.
He spoke lovingly of the single mother's little girl. And he plied her with honeyed words and Bible verses.
What he didn't do was talk much about his feelings for his wife, who was eight months pregnant
when she disappeared just before Christmas 2002, and the son they were expecting in February.
Prosecutors played four telephone conversations Monday between Scott Peterson and the Fresno
massage therapist that took place in early January 2003. It's part of a series of phone discussions
between the pair that investigators secretly recorded with Frey's help. Each one is being played to the jury.
Prosecutors are trying to show that Peterson, 31, was a cold-blooded, pathological liar who could murder
his wife one day and then woo his paramour the next. The defense concedes that the calls were caddish
and the romance completely inappropriate. But a philanderer, they say, does not a murderer make.
Frey, on the other hand, said she believed her lover might have done away with his wife to make way for
his relationship with her. So she agreed to help the Modesto police just weeks after 27-year-old Laci
was reported missing by trying to get Peterson to open up while investigators monitored his calls.
She told him that she had been through some rocky relationships in her time, but now she was
unwittingly caught up in the sinister intrigue of his wife's disappearance -- and she wanted answers.
"I have a hard time finding your innocence in this," Frey told Peterson on Jan. 14, 2003.
"I hope that's just defense and rationale as opposed to your true spirit," Peterson responded.
He told her he was sorry for lying to her about not being married when the couple first met
in early in December. He said that he had told his wife about the two of them but had
failed to come clean with Frey because he feared she would reject him.
"I just don't know why I lied to you," he told her. "I mean, you know, the obvious
reason is just I lied to you because then I could, you know, be with you."
Frey told Peterson that she found it difficult to believe that he had told his wife about
them and pushed for details on the married couple's last night together.
"So you watched the movie together?" she asked. "And then you went to
sleep together or went to bed together, right? Where did you sleep?"
"In a bed," Peterson answered.
"You went in separate beds to go to sleep then?" Frey continued.
"I can't say yes or no to that," Peterson responded.
"Why?" Frey asked.
"Because those are details that we can't talk about now," Peterson said.
He pleaded with Frey to believe that he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance
and insinuated that his relationship with Laci wasn't as good as it had been painted, but
that he wasn't ready to disclose what the troubles might have been just yet. He made
it seem like it could compromise the investigation into his wife's disappearance.
"When you get all the facts, it'll make sense to you," Peterson told Frey.
"You know, at this point you sound like a broken record, Scott," Frey scolded.
But Peterson wouldn't give up.
On Jan. 12, 2003, he told Frey in a phone call that "the situation will be resolved. ... They will find her."
"And that's gonna make sense of everything to me?" Frey asked.
"Then you'll know everything," he told her.
That same day Peterson read Frey a parable from the Bible's book
of Matthew. Four days earlier he asked for her forgiveness.
"I know that I need to gain your trust," he said. "It's only through time that I'll
be able to do that, Amber. I hope I have the opportunity. It's all up to you."
Peterson is accused of murdering his wife and their unborn son in the days before
Christmas 2002. Prosecutors say he wrapped her body in a tarp and drove from
Modesto to the Berkeley Marina, where he dumped her body in San Francisco Bay.
If convicted of double murder, the jury will have to decide whether
Peterson should be executed or be sentenced to life in prison.
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