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Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother, Scott Peterson, Is Guilty

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What happens if, after being given up for adoption in childhood, you reestablish contact with your biological family — only to discover that your newfound brother is a killer?

Anne Bird, the sister of Scott Peterson, knows firsthand.

Soon after her birth in 1965, Anne was given up for adoption by her mother, Jackie Latham. Welcomed into the well-adjusted Grady family, she lived a happy life. Then, in the late 1990s, she came back into contact with her mother, now Jackie Peterson, and her family — including Jackie's son Scott Peterson and his wife, Laci. Anne was welcomed into the family, and over the next several years she grew close to Scott and especially Laci. Together they shared holidays, family reunions, and even a trip to Disneyland. Anne and Laci became pregnant at roughly the same time, and the two became confidantes.

Then, on Christmas Eve 2002, Laci Peterson went missing — and the happy façade of the Peterson family slowly began to crumble. Anne rushed to the family's aid, helping in the search for Laci, even allowing Scott to stay in her home while police tried to find his wife. Yet Scott's behavior grew increasingly bizarre during the search, and Anne grew suspicious that her brother knew more than he was telling. Finally she began keeping a list of his disturbing behavior. And by the time Laci's body — and that of her unborn son, Conner — were found, Anne was becoming convinced: Her brother Scott Peterson had murdered his wife and unborn child in cold blood.

Filled with news-making revelations and intimate glimpses of Scott and Laci, the Peterson family, and the investigation that followed the murder, Blood Brother is a provocative account of how long-dormant family ties dragged one woman into one of the most notorious crimes of our time.

Review:

"As true crime books go, this addition to the Scott and Laci Peterson library isn't particularly riveting, salacious or revealing, which is strange considering Bird's unique perspective. Adopted as a child, Bird reunited with her birth mother, Jackie Peterson, Scott's mother, in late 1997. Bird takes every opportunity to stress that she grew very close to the Peterson family, but there's very little evidence of this apart from Bird's own assertions. The reader learns tidbits about Scott and Laci: i.e., Laci loved flowers, and Scott 'was a real charmer, the kind of guy who lights up a room.' But such details hover on the surface. In fact, this book reveals more about the author's self-delusional behavior than the crime itself. Laci's abduction occurs early on, and for the rest of the book, Bird relates how, despite all evidence to the contrary, she refused to believe her brother could be guilty. Her denial is such that, after Scott's arrest, Bird writes letters to him in which she replaces the word 'jail' with 'camp.' Despite Bird's frequent protestations, one wonders if she isn't disingenuous at times. She professes her love for her birth mother, for example, yet paints her in an unflattering light ('I was beginning to understand why Jackie was so critical of Laci. No one was good enough for her golden boy'). With the help of a therapist, Bird finally accepts the evidence and devises her list of 33 reasons why her brother is guilty. This list-which takes up a mere five pages and offers such banal reasons as Scott 'flirted with our babysitter'-is just as superficial as the rest of the book. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The story no one else can tell for the first time, the sister of Scott Peterson comes forward with her account of his marriage and her brother's disturbing behavior and how she slowly realized that her brother was capable of murder. The most chilling inside look at Scott Peterson from the first family member to open a public window on the Peterson family. Blood Brother includes dozens of headline-making revelations and contains previously unpublished photos, e-mails, and letters, including Scott's bizarre letters to Anne from prison.

About the Author

The mother of two sons, Anne Bird lives outside of San Francisco, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060838577
Subtitle:
33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty
Author:
Bird, Anne
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Murder - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20050301
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.81 in 16.4 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As true crime books go, this addition to the Scott and Laci Peterson library isn't particularly riveting, salacious or revealing, which is strange considering Bird's unique perspective. Adopted as a child, Bird reunited with her birth mother, Jackie Peterson, Scott's mother, in late 1997. Bird takes every opportunity to stress that she grew very close to the Peterson family, but there's very little evidence of this apart from Bird's own assertions. The reader learns tidbits about Scott and Laci: i.e., Laci loved flowers, and Scott 'was a real charmer, the kind of guy who lights up a room.' But such details hover on the surface. In fact, this book reveals more about the author's self-delusional behavior than the crime itself. Laci's abduction occurs early on, and for the rest of the book, Bird relates how, despite all evidence to the contrary, she refused to believe her brother could be guilty. Her denial is such that, after Scott's arrest, Bird writes letters to him in which she replaces the word 'jail' with 'camp.' Despite Bird's frequent protestations, one wonders if she isn't disingenuous at times. She professes her love for her birth mother, for example, yet paints her in an unflattering light ('I was beginning to understand why Jackie was so critical of Laci. No one was good enough for her golden boy'). With the help of a therapist, Bird finally accepts the evidence and devises her list of 33 reasons why her brother is guilty. This list-which takes up a mere five pages and offers such banal reasons as Scott 'flirted with our babysitter'-is just as superficial as the rest of the book. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The story no one else can tell for the first time, the sister of Scott Peterson comes forward with her account of his marriage and her brother's disturbing behavior and how she slowly realized that her brother was capable of murder. The most chilling inside look at Scott Peterson from the first family member to open a public window on the Peterson family. Blood Brother includes dozens of headline-making revelations and contains previously unpublished photos, e-mails, and letters, including Scott's bizarre letters to Anne from prison.
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