Scott Peterson lives comfortable life on death row, author claims

Scott Peterson's 'Cushy' Life On Death Row
Scott Peterson's 'Cushy' Life On Death Row


Ten years after being sentenced to death for the murder of his 8-month pregnant wife, Scott Peterson is comfortably living on death row on taxpayer money.

In a special one-hour report on Peterson and his life behind bars, Fox's Geraldo Rivera spoke with Nancy Mullane, the award-winning author of "Life After Murder: Five Men In Search of Redemption." She is one of the few outsiders to have a glimpse of the 42 year old convicted murderer.

Mullane describes seeing a buff-looking young man playing basketball -- who looked more like a college athlete playing on his neighborhood court than a prisoner on death row. She compares his experience to that of other convicts. Geraldo Rivera noted that this prison experience is perhaps "the cushiest environment" Mullane had seen in the prison system.

"They are not having the life Scott Peterson is having. Scott Peterson has an exclusive life inside San Quentin," Mullane said.

While many convicted murders feel remorse for their crimes, Mullane says Peterson has not taken responsibility for killing his wife, Laci, and their unborn baby boy, Connor.

Laci Peterson disappeared Christmas Eve 2002. While her husband was initially not a suspect, he was arrested April 2003 after her body was recovered on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay -- where Scott Peterson had been boating the day of Laci's disappearance. In March 2005, Peterson was convicted of first degree murder in the death of Laci and second degree murder in the death of their unborn son.

He was sentenced to death by lethal injection, but until then, he'll likely continue living a somewhat luxurious life on death row on taxpayers' money.

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