Saturday, September 8, Neil Schori discusses his role in the trial of Drew Peterson on
Justice with Judge Jeanine
After almost five years of guarding his testimony, Pastor Neil Schori finally got the chance to tell a jury about his conversation with missing Stacy Peterson which helped the jury return a guilty verdict in the trial of Drew Peterson, charged with 1st degree murder in the bathtub death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004.
Schori repeatedly turned down recent interview requests to preserve any breach of integrity in his testimony before the trial, and it seems it was a smart move as the guilty verdict was read today, September 6, 2012, and justice was served for Kathleen Savio. The jury requested readings of two key witness testimonies, that of Neil Schori and divorce attorney, Harry Smith, before concluding their deliberations and finding Peterson guilty of murder in the first degree.
Justice with Judge Jeanine host, Jeanine Pirro, is a former Westchester District Attorney who successfully prosecuted many murder cases before joining Fox News Channel in 2006.
In 1978, Pirro started the first domestic violence unit in a prosecutor’s office in the nation. Additionally, in 1997, she was appointed by then-Governor George Pataki to chair the New York State Commission on Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, whose research helped pass increased protection for domestic violence victims.
Pastor of Naperville Christian Church, Neil Schori has been active in promoting the church’s role of assisting victims of intimate partner violence for the last several years.
In 2008 Neil Schori and Susan Murphy-Milano met in Naperville Christian Church, the church attended by Stacy Peterson before she went missing. At that meeting a unique new tool was created for victims of abuse, like Stacy and Kathleen before her, the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit©. Murphy-Milano subsequently wrote the book, Time’s Up: A Guide on How to Safely Leave an Abusive Relationship with explicit instructions and blank forms for victims and advocates to use to create individualized safety planning, documenting the abuse in the form of witnessed, notarized and video taped testimony should she/he go missing or be incapacitated.
Had Stacy and Kathleen created an EAA, Drew Peterson would have been arrested and charged much earlier, saving Illinois taxpayers millions of dollars in investigatory funds. The Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit© (iEAA), developed by Wetstone Technologies, is currently available as an app from the Apple App Store or iTunes, and soon will be available for the Android market. There are also opportunities to be involved with victim assistance at the website Document the Abuse. Com, as well as detailed information on the EAA.
Tune in at 9pm ET Saturday to Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News
For more information please visit the following sites:
Safe Relationships Magazine.Com
- Pastor: Peterson’s 4th wife spoke of 3rd’s death (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- In Peterson trial, jurors quickly confront hearsay (onlineathens.com)
- Pastor: Peterson told 4th wife to lie to police (kansascity.com)
- Naperville Christian Church Providing Hope for Victims of Violence (conqueringcancer.me)
- Celebrate Independence! Apple Store Unveils the iEAA (Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit) App for Victims of Violence (imaginepublicity.com)
- An Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit can save your life! (annyjacoby.wordpress.com)
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Wildninja Thanks so much for the compliment… I share your concern regarding all of the children who are the ultimate innocent victims. This is an area that has always been of great concern to Susan as well. Custody should not be based on biological factors…. As SMM would say, the pattern of conduct is so important in establishing what should be done going forward. However, until people like Neil can enlighten judges, I fear that the same ol’ practices will prevail!
FYI…if you are reading this and you have not had a chance to read the wonderful early 1990’s expose about Susan when she was in the “courtroom trenches” on these very issues in an article entitled “Life Saver” by the Chicago Reader, please do so…. DRG
Donna, I just came on here to post my congratulations and found that you have phrased it perfectly. I watched Judge Jeanine’s show tonight and must say that it was so refreshing to see Neil be able to speak out with these details at long last. What a literal hell of a ride these past five years must have been. It is clear that Neil coming forward to speak the truth was a huge part of obtaining this conviction and I feel confident that this is going to lead to an even greater dose of justice for all of the families involved.
One concern I have is that Drew Peterson still controls all of the children involved. I know of other cases in which the abusers have retained too much control despite them being suspected of killing the mother. Here in Washington we were horrified by the murders of Charlie and Braden Powell, pawns in their father’s control games after he killed their mother. Experts said that he would kill those boys and he did, but the system did not stop him. Now I’m asking myself what can be done to ensure that Kathleen Savio and Stacy Peterson’s families obtain custody of those children– I’ve not noticed an organized effort but may be out of the loop. It is insane that someone could kill one wife, let alone two, and keep both physical control and mind control over their children.
After five arduous years filled with pain, heartache, disillusionment, injustice and hours and hours of effort by Susan Murphy Milano, Neil Schori and the friends and families of Peterson’s victims, the culmination of what a piece of justice might look like has come to fruition. Ahhh bittersweet justice for Kathleen and his other wives left in the wake of his destruction. My heartfelt congratulations to Pastor Neil for his integrity, perseverance and the knowledge that he can continue to effect change with others using the EAA.
May Susan rest in the knowledge that her brainchild began at Naperville and can continue with others taking up the cause. I encourage everyone reading this to do their part in Kathleen’s memory!