The Murder of Laci Peterson
The Best-Laid Plans
Shortly after he found out that Laci Peterson was pregnant, Scott Peterson took out a quarter-million dollar life insurance policy on her. That may have been nothing more than careful planning for the child that was on the way, not something suspicious. But weeks before Laci Peterson went missing Scott also bought four fake diplomas. Investigators would later conjecture that it was all part of a plan to start a new life.
In November 2002, Laci Peterson inherited some jewelry from her grandmother, and the way she handled this would later make investigators suspicious. She hocked some of the cheaper jewelry at a pawnshop for a total of $250, telling the pawnbroker that she was cleaning out her jewelry box. This was not the most lucrative way to sell jewelry; it's what someone might do if they wanted to reclaim the items lateror if they wanted to raise a little cash quickly. The pawnbroker would later say that Laci looked "uncomfortable" when she came in with her laid-back husband. It may be that Scott Peterson pressured her into this to raise money for a getaway, and that she sensed something was wrong.
When police later had her mother look over the jewelry box to determine if anything was missing, Sharon Rocha didn't recognize the absence of the pawned jewelry. She reported only a diamond watch and a pair of diamond earrings missing.
Scott and Laci seemed to have kept the inheritanceand its salequiet.
That wouldn't be the only mystery.