Congressman William E. Dannemeyer
1105 E. Commonwealth, Box
Fullerton, CA 92831
Tel: 714-871-4318 Fax: 714-871-4221
Attorney General Bill Lockyer
California Department of Justice P.O. Box
944255 Sacramento, CA94244-2550
Dear Attorney General Lockyer:
a friend of mine handed me a book written by Attorney Matt Dalton
entitled “Presumed Guilty.”Mr. Dalton was at one time a
member of the defense team which defended Scott Peterson who was charged
with and convicted of first degree murder for the death of his wife, Laci Peterson and second degree murder for the death
of their unborn son, Conner.Mr. Dalton wrote the book because of concerns he expressed on page
had happened to the information I’d uncovered about the van that
was sitting across from Laci’s house the
morning of the twenty-fourth and was later seen speeding away from the
area where shewas last seen
walking?The pregnant woman
who was being terrorized in the neighborhood?The numerous other pregnant women
who’d disappeared in the area?The crime spree in Laci’s
neighborhood that started hours before she disappeared?The screaming coming from that
park bathroom where Laci was seen walking the
morning of December 24, 2002?Why was there no testimony from the witnesses the morning of
December 24th I’d interviewed who’d seen Laci with her dog that day?What about the felons who were
breaking into the house across the street.
are the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in the State of California, or one
of the District attorneys or Sheriffs of one of the fifty-eight counties
in the State of California, or the Chief of Police in one of the four
hundred and seventy-eight incorporated cities in the State of California,
and each of you is charged with the responsibility to take whatever
action is necessary to protect and defend the people of this State from
the criminal element where ever it is found.
elected District attorneys of the fifty-eight California counties administer the criminal justice system
but in a real sense these men and women are subject to your supervision
and leadership, hence this letter is addressed to you.
knowledge of the tragic death of Laci and
Conner Peterson has been gleaned primarily from the book written by Mr.
Dalton.No member of the
Peterson family has asked me to read Mr. Dalton’s book nor has any
person retained me as a practicing member of the State Bar of California
to concern myself with the Peterson family or with Scott Peterson.
believe a grave injustice has been done.An innocent man is in prison and
condemned to die for a crime that he did not commit.
blame the trail jury which convicted Scott Peterson.Trial jurors can only reach a
verdict on the evidence presented in the courtroom and the instructions
by the trial judge.
factors contributed to the jury verdict:
journalistic accounts constantly unjustly pointed the finger at Scott
Peterson preventing him from getting a fair trial.Statistical information available
on the internet reveals that each year about 1,400 husbands kill their
wives.What prompted the
super market tabloids to wrongfully and
repeatedly over many months depict Scott Peterson as the killer even
before it was known that Laci Peterson might
have been a homicide victim?
outset the Modesto police department concluded that Scott Peterson
killed his wife and unborn child and they refused to pursue other
evidence and leads that came to their attention.This would have implicated the
satanic cult members who actually killed Laci
and Conner Peterson.
exculpatory evidence developed by Mr. Dalton was not investigated and
presented to the jury which would clearly establish that members of a
satanic cult very active in the Modesto area were responsible for the death of Laci and Conner Peterson.
the California State Supreme Court reviews the death penalty conviction
of Scott Peterson, each of these factors will have to be considered on
the issue of whether Scott Peterson received a fair trial.
letter is not designed to attempt to describe the detailed information which
Mr. Dalton disclosed in his book but some of the highlights are deserving
of mention for your consideration:
50-51, LEADS NOT PURSUED BECAUSE OF LACK OF FUNDS.
earlier excitement and optimism I had felt on the plane ride from Modesto was turning into an overwhelming sense of
information regarding a rape and abduction two weeks before Laci’s disappearance, and a boast that there
was to be a Christmas Day death.The victim claimed all of this took place in a brown van.The police had been told where the
group in the van was staying.A witness had described a brown van in Laci’s
neighborhood the night before her disappearance and another witness had
described a brown van involved in a burglary at on December 24, the morning of Laci’s disappearance, literally across the
street from the Peterson residence.
gold watch that we believed could have belonged to Laci
had been pawned within a week following her disappearance.The last name signed by the person
pawning the watch was almost the same as the people in the brown van
staying at the Woodward Reservoir.
six months earlier, as a deputy district attorney, I could have quickly
and easily pursued these seemingly incriminating circumstances.However, things were different
now.Nobody is required to
talk to the lawyer or investigator for an accused murderer.
defense had limited funds, no subpoena power for investigations, no way
to offer benefits or immunity for cooperating witnesses, no unlimited
access to documents, and very little, if any, cooperation from public
agencies and prosecution witnesses.
was feeling a sense of helplessness and frustration that I had never
experienced when I was a deputy district attorney.
69-70, CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND PREGNANT WOMEN TERRORIZED ON DECEMBER
24, 2002, IN
NEIGHBORHOOD OF LACI PETERSON.
the Peterson neighborhood around the time of Laci’s
felonies were all occurring there between the evening of December 23 and
afternoon of December 24.We
have questionable people from the airport district going door to door
posing as neighbors and asking for money.
have the burglary at the Medina home, a burglary resulting in generous plea
bargains for Steven Todd and Donald Glen Pearce, both of the airport district as well.
brown van was described in a possible attempted abduction the night of
the twenty-third, a daytime burglary the morning of the twenty-fourth,
and possibly the satanic rape and abduction days before Laci disappeared.The group in the van at the
Woodward Reservoir was from the airport district of Modesto.
the afternoon of December 24, a woman eight months pregnant was
terrorized by two men in a car, five blocks from where Laci was last seen alive.She told me that she thought they
were trying to “get” her. She got the license plate number of
the vehicle, and it was registered to a residence in the airport district
– a few blocks from where the other criminals lived.
day was not calm.It was not
peaceful and certainly not your typical day before Christmas in Modesto, California.However, none of what I discovered was apparently pursued as the
case continued to build against Scott Peterson.
71-72, WTINESSES NOT PRODUCED AT TRIAL – MODESTO POLICE IGNORED LEADS WHICH WOULD IMPLICATE
eyewitnesses I interviewed were convinced that they saw Laci Peterson alive and well after she was supposed
to have disappeared.None of
these witnesses testified at trial.
Geragos cross-examined the police about their
knowledge of these witnesses and what they reported, but the court
correctly instructed the jury that they could not consider this for the
truth of what the witnesses said because it constituted hearsay.That meant that in their
deliberations the jury was precluded from considering that six witnesses
claimed to have seen Laci walking her dog on
the morning of December 24.If even one witness had convinced the jury of this fact, Scott
should have been exonerated, since it would have established that Laci was alive and well after Scott had left home.
testified that these sightings of Laci were not
a priority for the investigation.They had, however, issued a press release asking for witnesses who
may have seen Scott the day Laci disappeared,
and they used the media to publicize pictures of his boat and truck.Clearly, it was not a priority to
investigate any evidence that did not support their theory of the crime.
Geragos said in his opening statement that the
witnesses would be called.I
do not know why they were not.These are decisions that can be made only by the trial
lawyer.In his final
argument, the prosecutor argued that the failure to produce the witnesses
was not the responsibility of the prosecution but rather that of the
Pages 103-104FOUR WOMEN HAVE DISAPPEARED
– NO TRACE FOUND – TWO BODIES OF WOMEN HAVE BEEN FOUND, ALL
WITHIN 80 MILES OF MODESTO.
thirty –six, disappeared from Modesto on October 10, 1999.
October 1999, Michelle Chan of Fremont disappeared.
Sin, twenty-one, of Pinole, west of Sacramento, was reported missing on November
21, 1999.Her body was found in January 2000
in the Nevada desert.
Joy Evans of Sacramento was last seen May 21, 2001, getting into a truck in Sacramento.
August 2002, the body of twenty-four-year-old Salvadoran immigrant Evelyn
Hernandez washed up in San FranciscoBay.Neither the child
Hernandez was carrying not her six-year-old son, Alex, has been found.
Rebekah Rachel Miller, thirty-three, disappeared October
15, 2002, from Modesto, twelve blocks from the Peterson home.
was shocked by these numbers, and I was especially struck by the
parallels between the Evelyn Hernandez case and that of Laci Peterson.Here we had an abduction, with the
victims personal belongings, her wallet, found in the street.A witness in the Peterson case
said that he found a pair of women’s sandals on the street and
pointed them out to a Modesto police officer, who apparently did nothing about it.The description given by the
witness matched a pair Laci owned, and Laci’s pair could not be located.
Laci and Evelyn disappeared on satanic holy
days, according to the satanic calendar, and they both ended up in the San FranciscoBay with their hands, feet, and heads missing.I began to read everything I could
about Satanism, satanic cults, and ritual abuse.
this mountain of evidence not used at the trial, evidence that would have
cleared Scott Peterson, why was it not used?Why did Mark Geragos
not present it at trial?
an attorney and as a former Deputy District Attorney, and former
Congressman, I am appalled and astonished that this could happen in America.
is the motivation for an attorney to withhold evidence that could clear
his client of a 1st degree murder charge?
Laci Peterson’s body washed up on shore with
her head, both hands and both feet missing.The press reports conjectured that
the fish did it.It is absurd
to believe that fish would remove a body’s appendages symmetrically
and then eat off the head.In
addition, the baby’s body washed up on shore the very next day,
reportedly in the same spot – and reportedly had no loss of limbs
or head.Why would the fish
attack an adult’s body and not a baby?
in this fashion is the hallmark of Satanic cult killings, a style of a
killing that is not foreign to California or many other parts of the U.S.A
number of law enforcement leaders in major U.S. cities have set up special task forces to
investigate Satanic cult killings, specifically of which Laci Peterson’s murder fits the picture
evidence of Satanic cult involvement in the Laci
Peterson case is stunning and yet it was not even mentioned during the
it be that high level political and or civic leaders in California are involved in practices as has been found in
other states in the U.S?Could it be that they are using as their agents people like those
in the brown van known to be involved in the other numerous crimes
occurring around the same time and in the same location as Laci Peterson’s disappearance and subsequent
murder?Could it be that California law enforcement personnel are involved in the
cover-up?Could it be that a
high profile attorney such as Mark Geragos
could also be shielding the involvement of prominent people by
withholding evidence at trial and assuring the conviction of Scott
men, and thinking attorneys like myself and others who now know something
is clearly amiss, believe that something must be done to restore the
faith of the people in their law enforcement officers as well as the
you are the chief law enforcement officer in the State of California, I am asking you to investigate this terrible
miscarriage of justice.
same request is made to the District Attorneys and Sheriffs of the
fifty-eight counties in the State of California and also to the Chiefs of Police of the four
hundred and seventy-eight incorporated cities in the State of California.
William E. Dannemeyer
(end of letter)
This letter was mailed to the District Attorneys and
Sheriffs in the fifty-eight counties of the State of California. In addition,
it was also mailed to the Chiefs of Police of the four hundred and
seventy-eight incorporated cities in the State of California.
Former Congressman Dannemeyer is a lawyer and a member of
the State Bar of California. He served
as a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Barbara County. He has had
extensive jury trial experience in the courts of California. He served as
a Judge Pro Tem in Orange