Eight months pregnant with her first child, her and her husband a boy Scott Peterson had already named Conner, Laci was last seen alive on December 24, 2002, several weeks after Scott told his lover, Amber Frey, who was about to celebrate his first Christmas since the death of his wife. Because when they met, Scott had told Amber he was recently widowed.
Two days before Laci’s disappearance, “I had gone with the intention of having Scott straighten my Christmas tree,” neighbor Karen Servas later told al. Modest Ape. “He was a little quiet. Just before he walked out the door, he spontaneously turned to me and said, ‘Oh, by the way, we’ve picked a name. We want to call little Conner.'”
At Christmas, Servas continued: “I went there and we watched the news. There was a number of people: Laci’s friends, Scott’s mom and dad and Scott had just arrived in town. news, I left and Scott said, “Why don’t you stay? Let’s go to dinner. “I said,” No, I don’t eat meat “because there was a turkey on the counter that someone had brought. I felt really uncomfortable. I just wanted to go home.”
Laci’s remains were washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay Area in April 2003 and the same day they were identified with certainty, Scott was arrested for murder.
He claimed he was innocent, but a jury found him guilty of the murders of his wife and unborn son and sentenced him to death. In August 2020, the California Supreme Court overturned the sentence, agreeing with the defense that there may have been a problem during the jury selection that prevented the proper application of the death penalty. In October, the high court also ordered a review of Scott’s conviction, and there is a possibility that he will be granted a retrial. He was again sentenced to life in prison on December 8, 2021.