Drew Peterson was found guilty of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, earlier this month, and now new groundbreaking evidence could convict him in the unsolved disappearance of missing wife number four.
According to the new issue of the National Enquirer, police have a secret witness who claims the former Chicago cop asked him to help stalk Stacy Peterson and may even have lured him into helping bury the body.
“Police brought (the witness) in for questioning,” said a source. “He arrogantly went in and told investigators he didn’t have any problem talking.”
The wannabe cop and police academy dropout told investigators that he met Peterson in martial arts class and soon began trailing Stacy because “Drew was suspicious that Stacy was cheating on him and wanted her followed,” said an insider.
The chatty witness reportedly became uncomfortable when police asked about a blue barrel that they say Drew carried from his home in Bolingbrook, Illinois, the day Stacy went missing in October, 2007, and which his step-brother believes her body was hidden inside.
“Once they started questioning the witness about the blue barrel he flipped out,” the source said. “He immediately insisted that he needed a lawyer.”
The questioning session ended, but sources say police believe that the witness helped Drew get rid of the barrel.
Apparently spooked, the witness suddenly moved more than a thousand miles away in 2009, soon after Drew was arrested for the murder of his third wife Kathleen, whose naked body was found in the bathtub of her home on March 1, 2004. The witness’ wife then sold their Chicago home and joined him.
“Why leave your hometown? He just bailed. Guilty people act like that,” revealed the insider, explaining that State’s Attorney James Glasgow is drawing up a case for a murder indictment and may offer the witness immunity to testify against the convicted killer.
As for Peterson, when he’s sentenced in November, he faces between 20 and 60 years in prison, but will not be eligible for the death penalty as it was abolished in Illinois in 2011.
For the full story, the new issue of the National Enquirer is on newsstands Thursday.