Monday, April 10, 2006

Blood Brother 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson is Guilty, By Anne Bird

By Christina VanGinkel

With a title as provocative as the one that appeared on the cover of this book, Blood Brother, 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson is Guilty, it was hard for me not to pick up a copy. As just one of the masses who have been fascinated by the case against Scott Peterson, surrounding the death of his wife Laci, I as I am sure many others thought, that if a sister could believe her brother guilty, I wanted to read the reasoning behind it myself.

I must admit right here though, that I believed him guilty from the first time I saw him do an interview about his missing wife. When I later heard about Scott's mistress, Amber Frey, this only solidified my personal belief that he was as guilty as the night is dark. I also followed along with the news reports before and during the trial, though not as religiously as some. Still, for some reason, this case of a man who killed his pregnant wife and then dumped her body in the ocean, made me wonder how a human being could do this to someone he professed to love, someone that he lived with, had created life with.

The book tells how Anne Bird, adopted as an infant, found her birth mother Jackie, and also discovered that she had a half brother by the name of Scott. The book tells how over the span of a few years, Anne became quite good friends with Laci too. It chronicles vacations that they took together as a family, and how they attended events such as family reunions and weddings. Though she did not grow up with Scott, forming your average sibling relationship, she did become very much a part of the family unit that both her birth mother and half brother Scott were a part of.

The book is also filled with a lot of speculation about details relating to the events building up to and during the days that surrounded Laci's disappearance. On December 24, Christmas Eve 2002, instead of Laci and Scott showing up at her mother's house for what should have been a celebration, instead her mother receives a call from Scott asking if Laci is already there. When her mother replies that she is not, Scott uses the word missing in reference to Laci, which even that early on, struck a cord with nearly every person who later heard that he referred to her in this manner.

Surprisingly, many of the author's speculations are similar to those that I recall hearing from many people who followed the unfolding real life drama of this heartbreaking case. As close as the author was to the very people who were intimately involved, she ended up noticing many of the same details that people sitting home on their couches waiting for the evening news each day to announce any new breaking information on the case might also be speculating about. His newly dyed hair color is one example that jumps out. The author, Anne Bird, actually relates how Scott told her that he did not color it, that it was bleached from swimming in a pool. This only exemplifies how he thought that small lies such as this would be bought by those around him.

Some of the 33 reasons she relates are different from what someone building up a court case against a man who killed his wife would be, but from the perspective of this same man's sister, they can be quite compelling. I found the book to be a very different look at what in my opinion is one of the saddest and most cold-blooded murders I have ever read or heard about. If you are someone, who seeks to delve even further into the psyche of what might have been at the roots of the origination of a man capable of killing both his wife and unborn child, then this book, Blood Brother 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson is Guilty, by Anne Bird, the half sister of Scott Peterson, is just the book you have been in search of. It is ready to provide you with a different perspective than any other book or news broadcast out there.

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