Scott Peterson lives comfortable life on death row, author claims

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.

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Convicted murderer Scott Peterson is escorted by San Mateo County Sheriff deputies as he is walked from the jail to an awaiting van, March 17, 2005 in Redwood City, California. Scott Peterson was transported to San Quentin Prison's Death Row after he was formally sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Laci and their unborn son. REUTERS/Justin Sullivan/POOL js/dr/HB
Convicted murderer Scott Peterson is escorted by San Mateo County Sheriff deputies as he is walked from the jail to an awaiting van, March 17, 2005 in Redwood City, California. Scott Peterson was transported to San Quentin Prison's Death Row after he was formally sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Laci and their unborn son. Pictures of the Month March 2005 REUTERS/Justin Sullivan/POOL js/dr/HB
Scott Peterson is seen during defense closing arguments in the penalty phase of his murder trial at the courthouse in Redwood City, California, December 9, 2004. Peterson was convicted of two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn child. REUTERS/San Francisco Chronicle/POOL SCM
Scott Peterson (R) and his lawyer Mark Geragos are seen during defense closing arguments in the penalty phase of his murder trial at the courthouse in Redwood City, California December 9, 2004. Peterson was convicted of two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn child. The jury will deliberate after the Defense rests on what sentence to give Peterson. He was convicted of first degree murder for killing his wife and second degree murder for the death of their unborn son. He faces either life in prison or the death penalty. REUTERS/Fred Larson/POOL SCM/GN
REDWOOD CITY, CA - AUGUST 18: Amber Frey (C), former mistress of Scott Peterson, leaves the San Mateo Superior County Courthouse with attorneys Gloria Allred (L) and Nate Goldberg (R) after a delay in the Scott Peterson trial August 18, 2004 in Redwood City, California. Frey, a prosecution witness, did not take the stand today. Scott Peterson is on trial for the murder of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son. (Photo by Arleen Ng-Pool/Getty Images)
REDWOOD CITY, CA - AUGUST 18: Amber Frey, former mistress of Scott Peterson, leaves the San Mateo Superior County Courthouse after a delay in the Scott Peterson trial August 18, 2004 in Redwood City, California. Frey, a prosecution witness, did not take the stand today. Scott Peterson is on trial for the murder of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son. (Photo by Paul Sakuma-Pool/Getty Images)
Amber Frey (L) leaves the courthouse with attorney Gloria Allred after a day of testifying during the Scott Peterson double murder trial August 10, 2004, at the San Mateo County Superior Courthouse in Redwood City. Scott Peterson is the Modesto, Calif., man who faces the death penalty for the murder of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn child. REUTERS/Ron Lewis/Pool RL
Her face partially hidden by the rear-view mirror, Amber Frey (C) arrives at the San Mateo Courthouse in Redwood City, California, August 11, 2004, for her second day of testimony in the Scott Peterson murder case. Scott Peterson, 31, could face the death penalty if he is convicted of two counts of murder for the deaths of his wife Laci Peterson, 27, and the couple's unborn son, Connor. Peterson was having an affair with Frey at the time of Lacy Peterson's murder. The man at left is Detective Jon Buehler of the Modesto Police Department. The man at right is unidentified. REUTERS/Lou Dematteis LD
Amber Frey leaves the courthouse after her second day of testimony during the Scott Peterson double murder trial in Redwood City, California, August 11, 2004. [Peterson, 31, could face the death penalty if he is convicted of two counts of murder for the deaths of his wife Laci Peterson, 27, and the couple's unborn son, Connor. ]
Sharon Rocha, Laci Peterson's mother, walks out to stand with her husband as he addresses the media outside the courthouse after the formal sentencing of Scott Peterson in Redwood City, Calif., March 16, 2005. The judge formally sentenced Scott Peterson to death Wednesday after calling the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci, "cruel, uncaring, heartless and callous." REUTERS/San Mateo Times/John Green/POOL SCM
Ron Grantski addresses the media outside the courthouse after the formal sentencing of Scott Peterson in Redwood City. Ron Grantski, Laci Peterson's stepfather, addresses the media outside the courthouse after the formal sentencing of Scott Peterson in Redwood City, Ca, March 16, 2005. Also seen are (L-R) prosecutor Rick Distasto, prosecutor Birgit Fladager, and Sharon Rocha, Laci's mother. REUTERS/POOL/Lou Dematteis
Sharon Rocha, mother of Laci Peterson, weeps during the sentencing of convicted murderer Scott Peterson in California. (L to R) Sharon Rocha, the mother of Laci Peterson, Brent Rocha (C) and his wife Rose Marie Rocha are seen during a news conference after the sentencing of convicted murderer Scott Peterson, in Redwood City, California December 13, 2004. A California jury recommended the death sentence for Scott Peterson on Monday for killing his wife and unborn son following a sensational trial that riveted much of the country. The jury of six men and six women, who found Peterson guilty on November 12, deliberated for about 12 hours before deciding that he should be executed for the murders of his 27-year-old wife, Laci, and unborn son, Conner. With appeals, death sentences in California often take decades to carry out. REUTERS/ REUTERS/Monica Davey/POOL
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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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