Party's over for Scott Peterson

By April Avison

Scott Peterson may have dodged police for four months as they tried to connect him to his wife's disappearance, but his luck is running out.

The Associated Press reported that Peterson was carrying $10,000 when detectives, fearing he might try to flee the country, arrested him 30 miles from the Mexico border over the weekend.

Seems young Mr. Peterson, newly single, was planning a vacation, which conveniently fell a little too close to the date that authorities announced they positively identified two bodies as that of Peterson's pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son.

We all remember the pictures of Laci Peterson, who was reported missing on Dec. 23 of last year. A 27-year-old natural beauty and a mother-to-be, the public couldn't help but become interested in this missing person's case.

Then we were "introduced" to the husband, Scott Peterson. He denied any involvement in her disappearance, but guess what? It's always the husband.

And he might have even gotten away with it if he wasn't so damn stupid. He shied away from public statements, a big red flag. The man's pregnant wife was supposedly snatched up by a kidnapper and instead of offering rewards and making public pleas for help, he goes off selling the family vehicles and shopping for real estate.

That's what Peterson did, and when police pulled him over on Friday, they found that he had dyed his dark hair a reddish-blond and he had grown a goatee. Seems he felt he needed a spring makeover for his trip to Mexico. Funny coincidence that in Mexico, law forbids the extradition of anyone facing the death penalty.

So what's the motive for this dummy to kill his beautiful wife? Aside from the usual life insurance, Scott Peterson acknowledged he'd been having an affair while his wife was pregnant. True to form, he only acknowledged it after the other woman came forward and told police about the affair.

But Peterson's luck ran out and police say they plan to charge him with two counts of capital murder.

Adding to Peterson's stupidity is the fact that he told police he was fishing at the Berkeley Marina on the day his wife disappeared. Guess where the bodies were found?

It's really tragic that this idiot would even think he could get away with murder. It's not an easy thing to pull off. Forensic investigations are so advanced today, something as simple as a hair or a spot of blood can be all the evidence needed to convict someone.

But it's stupidity, not DNA, that will convict Scott Peterson. If he was smart enough to figure out how, he could go ahead and start mixing up chemicals for his lethal injection.

April Avison is the city editor of the Daily Herald. Her column appears on Mondays. She can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or via e-mail at aavison@henryherald.com.