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#39) Others Media

(Note: This was copied from a cache file on Zoominfo.com. This was from the original Laci Peterson file from the crimenews2000.com website which no longer exists. I did not write this report or chapter and have not seen it before today. I am posting it as an effort to restore the original Laci Peterson case report from internet oblivion.)

Laci Peterson Case Information:

Others: The Media and the Media Watchers

 

Bill Anderson Set decorator for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

G.W. Bailey 58, Actor playing the fictional character “Detective Gates” in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

William Bailey (William W. Bailey) Chairman and co-founder of WashingtonLive, whose vice president of technology performed an on-line search of articles mentioning Scott or Laci Peterson and prepared a declaration that the defense team submitted as evidence that the preliminary hearing should be closed

Fred Barnes Washington journalist and co-founder of WashingtonLive, whose vice president of technology performed an on-line search of articles mentioning Scott or Laci Peterson and prepared a declaration that the defense team submitted as evidence that the preliminary hearing should be closed

James Bartle Cinematographer (director of photography) for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Lisa Bernard KNTV reporter; complained to San Mateo County officials when there was no audio feed from the courtroom on February 2, 2004: “I’m going on in 20 minutes, what am I supposed to do? I have to know what happened I can’t just go on and tell people there were technical difficulties”

Vicki Behringer (Vicki Ellen Behringer) Courtroom watercolor sketch artist who worked at Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing; profiled in a November 10, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee, which called her and her fellow artists “women who sprinkle spice in a stew that has become a national media obsession”; former art student at Sacramento City College who got her start after taking over for a courtroom artist killed in a motorcycle accident; worked on the trials of Dorothea Puente, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Cary Stayner; Ellie Nesler and Richard Allen Davis, who murdered Polly Klaas; stated that she was a “very fast and impatient artist”: “I don’t want to sit and work on a painting forever, like most artists”; about using “booster seats” to be able to see the proceedings, stated, “People want to see what’s going on in the courtroom, but it’s very tricky if I can’t see”; resident of Carmichael

Trevor Black Production sound mixer for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Wolf Blitzer Anchor of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Reports and host of Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, in connection with his coverage of the Laci Peterson case

Maggie Bowden Columnist for the Cavalier Daily; claimed in an October 1, 2003, editorial that Scott Peterson was planning to write a book

Sarah Brown (Sarah Joy Brown) 28, Three-time Emmy Award-winning actress playing the fictional composite character “Kate Vignatti” in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story; arguably best known for portraying “Carly Benson” on General Hospital; USA Network web site: http://www.usanetwork.com/movies/perfecthusband/sarahbrown.html

Pat Buchanan One of America�s leading conservative voices and three-time presidential candidate; co-host of Buchanan and Press on MSNBC; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, as having abandoned the discussion of politics on Buchanan and Press when the news of Conner Peterson’s autopsy report surfaced on May 29, 2003

Dean Cain 37, Actor playing Scott Peterson in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story; stated that the movie would allow for interpretation: “No matter what happens even if it turns out that he’s guilty or had an accomplice that won’t change what we’ve done”; concerning role of Scott Peterson, said, “I didn’t play him as guilty, but I didn’t play him as innocent of everything, either…my hope is that at the end, you’re not quite sure whether he did it; concerning the real Scott Peterson’s guilt, stated, “I have no opinion whatsoever”; on February 10, 2004, stated on Mornings on 2 that he understood the Rocha family’s displeasure with the movie, but “can’t even imagine what they feel and what they are going through”; best known for playing Superman/Clark Kent in the television series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and as producer and host of the syndicated Ripley’s Believe It or Not; resident of Los Angeles; USA Network web site: http://www.usanetwork.com/movies/perfecthusband/deancain.html

Steve Capus NBC Nightly News executive producer; stated in an Associated Press article concerning media coverage of the Laci Peterson case that he is “entirely comfortable” with his decision to largely ignore the story

Julie Chen Co-anchor of The Early Show; in June 2004, interviewed Betsy Gleick about a pro-Peterson family article that was appearing in People magazine

Dante Chinni Senior associate with the Project for Excellence in Journalism; stated in an Associated Press article on June 21, 2003, that the problem with the heavy media coverage of the Laci Peterson case is that it distorts the gravity of the story: “People do start thinking Laci Peterson is the most important story in America”

Tim Christenson Associate producer of the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Richard Cole Reporter with the Palo Alto Daily News; asked to comment on Brian Skoloff’s interview of “Citizen Q” and the possible importance of his uncovered “evidence,” stated that Skoloff “didn’t write anything about it,” adding, “That should tell you something”

Alan Colmes Co-host of Hannity and Colmes on Fox News; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, in connection with his coverage of the Laci Peterson case

Steve Coz Former editorial director of American Media, which publishes the National Enquirer, the Globe and the Star; according to Maureen Orth’s The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, stated that every Laci Peterson cover increased sales of each of the three tabloids by as many as 300,000 copies

Catherine Crier Host of Catherine Crier Live, which featured numerous segments on the Laci Peterson case, and Court TV Investigates: The Laci Peterson Murder, a one-hour primetime special featuring a review of the investigation and also a round-table discussion; stated about the Laci Peterson case in a February 15, 2004, San Francisco Chronicle article that “we were all drawn into the search Christmas Eve this beautiful young woman on the verge of delivering her first child”

Michael Davis Key hair stylist for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Roberto De Biase Location scout for the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

David Denman 30, Actor playing the fictional composite character “Tommy Vignatti” in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story; arguably best known for his role as a deaf tight end in the feature film The Replacements; resident of Los Angeles; USA Network web site: http://www.usanetwork.com/movies/perfecthusband/daviddenman.html

Tom Donnelly (Thomas R. Donnelly Jr.) Former White House official, principal at Jefferson Government Relations and co-founder of WashingtonLive, whose vice president of technology performed an on-line search of articles mentioning Scott or Laci Peterson and prepared a declaration that the defense team submitted as evidence that the preliminary hearing should be closed

Molly Dugan Modesto Bee reporter; with Judy Sly, wrote first news story concerning the Laci Peterson case

Rob Dunson Co-location manager, with Lisa Rothmuller, for the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Ronal Ellison ABC News producer; covered Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing between trips to Southern California to report on the wildfires there

Dave Erickson (David Erickson) Writer of USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story, a script that KTVU says was “based on available evidence and extensive research”; best known as the writer of other USA Network true-crime movies: Murder in Greenwich and D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear

Mark Famiglietti Actor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, a 2003 film release in which his character’s name was changed from “Scott Peterson” to “Scott Mason” to avoid the notoriety attached to the former name; stated that film shooting was completed in late August 2002, four months before Laci Peterson was reported missing

Matthew Felling Employee of the Center for Media and Public Affairs in Washington, D.C.; stated in an Associated Press article on June 21 2003, concerning the press feeding frenzy over the Laci Peterson case that “the media shows all the symptoms of an addict, all the way down to denial”; in a December 21, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee called the Laci Peterson case “a perfect storm of crime stories” that could “draw in mystery novel fans and magazine readers alike” and said that “when a titillating, accessible crime story is out there to be told, the news media will run to it”

Peter Fenton Former National Enquirer writer; author of Truth or Tabloid?; stated in a December 21, 2003, Modesto Bee article that the phenomenon of the Laci Peterson case was created by cable news shows, which carefully monitor ratings and craft their programming accordingly: “They need these soap opera stories to keep an audience…they know people will follow this for months on end”

Sonya Fitzpatrick Host of The Pet Psychic on Animal Planet cable television network; subject of urgings by observers to be a source of information to the Modesto Police Department; web site: http://www.sonyafitzpatrick.com/

Michael Fleeman (Michael B. Fleeman) 41, Author of Laci: Inside the Laci Peterson Murder; also author of “If I Die…” and The Stranger in My Bed; Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter for People magazine; former employee of the Associated Press, for whom he covered the O.J. Simpson and Timothy McVeigh trials; married to Barbara; has two children, Katherine and Scott; resident of Altadena

Devin Friedman Reporter for whom GQ magazine requested a press pass to cover Scott Peterson’s trial

Louise Gallagher Actress playing Jackie Peterson in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Sandy Genelius CBS News spokeswoman; concerning the network’s coverage of the Laci Peterson case, stated in an Associated Press article on June 21 2003, that “six minutes over six months it certainly doesn’t seem like saturation coverage to me”

Betsy Gleick (Elizabeth Gleick) Assistant managing editor of People magazine, which ran several pro-Peterson family articles; appeared on August 28, 2003, edition of Today, promoting the magazine’s viewpoint that important information helping Scott Peterson’s defense was overlooked in the case; suggested that Conner Peterson may have been born alive: “Our team of reporters, based on a look at confidential documents, crime scene photographs, interviews with many many sources over many weeks, can confirm that the bodies were actually in very different conditions…there are some indications that the baby may we do not know but may have lived outside the womb”; stated on The Early Show in June 2004, “The whole family has been completely devastated by this, consumed by this for a year and a half, and they’re sort of coming out swinging they are just completely 100 percent, 200 percent as they say, convinced that their son and brother is innocent”; also referred to as “Betsy Glick”

Karen Gordon Actress playing “Reporter #3” in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Randy Grany Manager of a sign shop; sold T-shirts on eBay showing a mug shot of Scott Peterson and the capion: “Modesto, California: What a killer place to live,” eliciting a negative response from Sharon Rocha; featured in a June 20, 2003, article in the San Jose Mercury News

Phil Griffin MSNBC vice president and head of prime-time programming; likened the story of Scott and Laci Peterson to a Shakespearean drama: “Is it possible that he killed his pregnant wife? It’s so horrific, so terrible, that you just want to know”; stated that the case was “the kind of visceral story you can’t get in newspapers�that plays better on TV”; defended the reporting of Conner Peterson’s autopsy details before notifying the Rocha or Peterson families: “If you did that, you’d spend all your time trying to reach people to tell them…I don’t think it’s our job”; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, in connection with the Laci Peterson case

Heidi Grotsky 34, Key makeup artist for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Stephanie Hagen Associate producer of the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Robert Handa KTVU reporter; commented in the Modesto Bee on the dullness of the exchanges between Mark Geragos and Connie Fisher during Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing: “While they were going back and forth about DNA evidence, our eyes start to glaze over, but even though we’re bored, we still have to focus, because this will be a key piece of evidence”

Sean Hannity Co-host of Hannity and Colmes on Fox News; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, in connection with his coverage of the Laci Peterson case

Michael Hanrahan Reporter for the National Enquirer; referred to in Maureen Orth’s The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex as being “silver-haired,” in his 60s and one of the Laci Peterson story’s “most prodigious propagators”; stated that Mark Geragos was “all smoke and mirrors”

Peter Hartlaub Journalist; wrote an April 8, 2004, editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle bemoaning the lack of media celebrities at Scott Peterson’s trial; wrote a June 3, 2004, editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle in which he said some people may view Mark Geragos as “the patron saint for rich people who want to kill their spouses and get away with it”

Miriam Hernandez KGO anchor; stated to the Modesto Bee following proceedings at Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing on October 30, 2003, that her reporting there may have been in vain because of a scheduled news conference by Arnold Schwarzenegger: “If Arnold’s news conference goes too long, I may not even make air�that means I’ve done all this work for nothing”

Lester Holt MSNBC anchor; on May 29, 2003, when told by Court TV reporter Lisa Bloom that Mark Geragos was “floating unsupported theories and using the press to try to get witnesses and evidence to support his theories,” replied: “Isn’t it working? We’ve spent the last 20 minutes talking about this”; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, in connection with his coverage of the Laci Peterson case

Joseph Honig Television writer for the Los Angeles Daily News; wrote a column published on February 22, 2004, entitled “U.S. Turns to Our State for Perry Mason” in which he wrote, “When it comes to courtroom theatrics, California is Spielberg with a gavel”

Joe Howard 55, Actor playing Lee Peterson in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Craig Huston (Craig Wright Huston) First assistant director of USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Laura Ingle Reporter with KFI radio; attended Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing; appeared on Larry King Live on October 31, 2003, to comment on Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing

Chris Isaak Musical performer listed as Laci Peterson’s favorite musician in sidebar “Laci’s Favorite Things” in In Touch Weekly

Sara James Regular on Dateline; appeared on The John Walsh Show on October 27, 2003, to discuss the Scott Peterson case with Nancy Grace and Erin Moriarty

Peter Jason 59, Actor playing Ron Grantski in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Chip Johnson Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle; in his December 26, 2003, recap of the “winners and losers” of the year, included the crime lab of the California Department of Justice on the “winners” list and Mark Geragos on the “losers” list

Beth Karas Host of The Early Show on Court TV; analyzed the Scott Peterson trial

Kevin Keeshan KGO news director; in a January 29, 2004, San Mateo County Times article, stated that KGO was planning to have about 10 people working in Redwood City for Scott Peterson’s first appearance in court there

John Kelley USA Network spokesperson; contradicted reports that the script for The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story was based as least partially not just on “available evidence” but also on “extensive research” by stating, “There is virtually no information in this movie that hasn’t appeared in print or on newscasts”; stated in a February 10, 2004, San Mateo County Times article, “We firmly believe our film could not have a significant impact on the jury”

Diana Kerew Producer of USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Samedy Khun Film student at Modesto Junior College; hired by KCRA on October 29, 2003, to run errands during Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing, after coming to the courthouse to document the media’s impact on Modesto; featured in Modesto Bee article about the media

Morton Kondracke Washington journalist and co-founder of WashingtonLive, whose vice president of technology performed an on-line search of articles mentioning Scott or Laci Peterson and prepared a declaration that the defense team submitted as evidence that the preliminary hearing should be closed

Howard Kurtz Columnist for the Washington Post; in a column published June 29, 2003, noted the media focus on the Laci Peterson case

James Kyle Coordinating producer for NBC News; noted in a July 4, 2003, article concerning the media presence in Modesto that crews employed scaffolding during the trials of O.J. Simpson and Timothy McVeigh as a way to deal with the onslaught

Angela Lambert Actress who portrayed Diane Sawyer, though shown only from behind, in USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Doug Lantz ABC News sound engineer; covered Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing between trips to Southern California to report on the wildfires there; told the Modesto Bee that covering the hearing was “like a vacation” compared to covering the wildfires

Meredith Lieber Actress playing Laci Peterson in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story; according to an article in the January 3-9, 2004, TV Guide, had role limited to a cameo because of a limiting of the timeline to events between Laci Peterson’s disappearance and Scott Peterson’s arrest: “She’s more a body double than an actress,” according to executive producer Diane Sokolow; according to later reports, not listed as appearing in the movie; related web sites: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0509345/, http://www.imdb.com/gallery/hh/0509345/030530-Lieber.jpg and http://www.imdb.com/gallery/hh/0509345/HH/0509345/dbscan202.jpg?path=pgallery&path_key=Lieber,%20Meredith

Ann Lim KVBC reporter in Las Vegas; first reporter to note that investigators are acknowledging similarities between the Laci Peterson and Ladonna Milam murders and that attorneys for Scott Peterson believe that the cases are linked

Cliff Linedecker Compiler of The Murder of Laci Peterson, a mass-market paperback

Molly Lopata Co-casting director, with Stacey Rosen, of USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Joan Lynch Courtroom watercolor sketch artist who worked at Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing; profiled in a November 10, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee, which called her and her fellow artists “women who sprinkle spice in a stew that has become a national media obsession”; grandmother of three; started her career as a courtroom artist at a San Francisco proceeding stemming from the mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, in 1978, about which she said, “I couldn’t sleep for three months because of the adrenaline it’s a total drive of something I love”; worked on the trials of Cary Stayner; Ellie Nesler and Richard Allen Davis, who murdered Polly Klaas; stated concerning her work on the Scott Peterson case: “If the cameras come in, it’s zero for us”; resident of Alameda

Heidi Marnhout Actress playing the fictional character “Donna Traynor” in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Elizabeth Martin President of the American Association for Public Opinion Research; in a January 13, 2004, Modesto Bee article, stated that the organization’s online message board had heavy traffic after the revelation that California State University, Stanislaus, students falsified survey results related to the Scott Peterson case: “This certainly makes survey researchers look bad…like it was done without sufficient training or oversight…like the students were exploited”

Chris Matthews Host of MSNBC’s Hardball With Chris Matthews; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, in connection with his coverage of the Laci Peterson case

Laurie McAdam Artist for the Modesto Bee; illustrator of three children’s books; courtroom sketch artist who worked at Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing; profiled in a November 10, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee, which called her and her fellow artists “women who sprinkle spice in a stew that has become a national media obsession”; used colored chalk on squares of common brown butcher paper for her caricatures in the Bee and sketches of the preliminary hearing; concerning the Scott Peterson case, stated, “It’s exciting, but it’s such a tragic story…you realize why you’re doing it, and that part is hard”; friend of Valerie Harris

John McManus Director of Grade the News; suggested in a February 15, 2004, San Francisco Chronicle article that the Laci Peterson case was “a tragedy just waiting to be cashed in on”

Bob Melrose KCBS reporter who on January 27, 2004, announced the appointment of Al Delucchi as judge for the Scott Peterson trial

Tracy Middendorf (Tracy Lynn Middendorf) 32, Actress playing Amber Frey in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story; resident of Los Angeles; winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the Ovation Award for her lead role in Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke; guest star on numerous television series, including 24, The Practice, Alias, Six Feet Under and The Guardian; USA Network web site: http://www.usanetwork.com/movies/perfecthusband/tracymiddendorf.html

Erin Moriarty Regular on 48 Hours; sparred with Nancy Grace over the Scott Peterson case on The John Walsh Show on October 27, 2003

Dan Mulvaney Second second assistant director of USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Larry Myers (Larry J. Myers) 55, Playwright and associate professor of theater at St. John’s University; profiled in a July 6, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee; announced plans to write a play about the city of Modesto, tentatively titled Persons of Interest; stated he broke down for the first time in 3 years when watching Sharon Rocha speak at a televised news conference in April; resident of Brooklyn, New York

Jerry Nachman MSNBC editor in chief; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, in connection MSNBC’s coverage of the Laci Peterson case; stated that the Laci Peterson case was “crack for us in the business…we can’t stop ourselves”

Tom O’Brien 38, Actor playing the fictional character “Det. Frank Ross” in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Paul O’Connor (Paul Vincent O’Connor) Actor playing Dennis Rocha in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Mike Okowita (Michael Okowita) Production designer for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story; also listed as simply “Okowita”

Steve Oney 49, Widely published magazine writer; author of And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank, an investigation into the 1913 case and the media frenzy surrounding it; found parallels between the Leo Frank case and the Scott Peterson case: “We delude ourselves when we think that coverage of the Scott Peterson case or the O.J. Simpson case is new; With the Leo Frank case, it was constant coverage and constant stimulation”; former resident of Atlanta now living in Los Angeles

Bill O’Reilly Host of The O’Reilly Factor; told Maureen Orth of Vanity Fair, “We do Laci Peterson every 15 minutes and see the numbers go up,” and remarked that the Laci Peterson case is the “only thing keeping Larry King on the air”; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, in connection with his coverage of the Laci Peterson case

Maureen Orth (Maureen Ann Orth) 60, Writer and special correspondent for Vanity Fair; author of The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, a book that examined the impact of such events as the Laci Peterson case; dissected media coverage of the Laci Peterson case in a summer 2003 edition of Vanity Fair magazine; stated that Amber Frey “is the most valuable person in terms of the prosecution’s case, as far as we know”; stated that, for Mark Geragos, “a day without flashbulbs and microphones is like a day without prayer for the pope”; married to Tim Russert of NBC News; resident of Washington, D.C.

Matthew Osburn 25, Production assistant for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story; resident of Pasadena; web page: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm1455433/bio

Lawrence Pazder Michelle Smith’s psychiatrist and, later, husband; coauthor of Michelle Remembers, Smith’s supposedly autobiographical account of survival of ritual abuse by satanists as a child�a book that helped fuel the “satanic panic” of the late 1970s and early 1980s, although no concrete evidence of such abuse was ever documented; cited in a June 10, 2003, article by Fox News concerning the defense team’s theory of satanic cult involvement in the Laci Peterson case

Bill Press Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and one of America�s leading liberal voices; co-host of Buchanan and Press on MSNBC; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, as having abandoned the discussion of politics on Buchanan and Press when the news of Conner Peterson’s autopsy report surfaced on May 29, 2003

William Purcell (William A. Purcell) Day player grip for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Tim Quill (Timothy Patrick Quill) Actor playing Brent Rocha (according to Internet Movie Database, “Brent Peterson”) in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Michael Reel Producer with CBS News; mentioned in connection with the Laci Peterson case in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, defending the media obsession with the Laci Peterson case as something other than hard news: “Our mission is different�it’s not being factual; it’s a different genre…we see people going through tragedy in the midst of the storm”

Scott Remick (Scott D. Remick) Second assistant director of USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Geraldo Rivera Host of At Large, a national news program on Fox News that featured early and continuing coverage of the Laci Peterson case; according to a February 7, 2004, article in the San Mateo County Times, drew criticism for an insensitive remark related to the dredging of San Francisco Bay in an effort to find the remains of Laci and Conner Peterson: “Every tuna in San Francisco Bay is going to be looking for lunch”; rumored to be attending Scott Peterson’s trial; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, in connection with his coverage of the Laci Peterson case

Stacey Rosen Co-casting director, with Molly Lopata, of USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Lisa Rothmuller (Lisa S. Rothmuller) Co-location manager, with Rob Dunson, for the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Joan Ryan Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle; wrote a June 13, 2004, article in which she compared Scott Peterson’s case to that of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

MaryLynn Ryan Managing editor of CNN/US; stated that the network is responding to the public’s continued interest in the story of Scott and Laci Peterson: “They appeared to be a young married couple with their whole future ahead of them, and she disappeared; that got people hooked�people have become invested in knowing the outcome of what happened to her”

Joe Scarborough Host of MSNBC’s Scarborough Country; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, in connection with his coverage of the Laci Peterson case

Jeffrey Schneider ABC News vice president; stated in an Associated Press article on June 21 2003, that the Laci Peterson story is one of those that captivates people’s attention: “There will always be room to cover other stories that are gripping the nation�this is a story that has fascinated the American people”

Ilya Seperich (Ilya M. Seperich) Assistant property master of USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Don Shaw Former English teacher at Thomas Downey High School and Fred C. Beyer High School; wrote December 18, 2003, editorial in the Modesto Bee about the USA Network movie based on the Scott Peterson case, calling the movie “inevitable” but asking, “Why in the world was there such a rush?”; resident of Turlock

Bill Shine Fox News executive producer; commenting on the frequency of the Laci Peterson case in the media, stated, “It’s a compelling story with many angles that people�judging from the ratings�seem to be interested in”

Amy Singer Founder and president of Florida-based Trial Consultants; nationally recognized jury consultant; commenting on the tainted survey done by Stephen Schoenthaler’s students, stated in a January 10, 2004, Modesto Bee article that sending students home to make survey calls at their own expense was “lunacy”; in a February 1, 2004, Modesto Bee article, noted the differences between Stanislaus and San Mateo counties and that those differences would affect strategy: “If the community likes cowboy music, you don’t want to play opera”; stated that liberal jurors tend to hand out more liberal verdicts and asked rhetorically, “Who would Scott Peterson rather have sitting on his jury: Bill Clinton or George Bush?”; asked and answered her own question in a March 8, 2004, Modesto Bee article about jury selection: “How do you know whether someone is lying? We’re trained to do that”; stated in a March 31, 2004, Modesto Bee article that Mark Geragos taking swift action against a “stealth juror” was something that “should send a message to everyone else: Don’t make a mockery of justice”

Paul Slavin Senior vice president of ABC News; stated in an Associated Press article concerning media coverage of the Laci Peterson case: “Is it an important story? I can’t say; but I can say it was a very, very interesting story”

Michelle Smith Coauthor of Michelle Remembers, supposedly an autobiographical account of survival of ritual abuse by satanists as a child a book that helped fuel the “satanic panic” of the late 1970s and early 1980s, although no concrete evidence of such abuse was ever documented; cited in a June 10, 2003, article by Fox News concerning the defense team’s theory of satanic cult involvement in the Laci Peterson case

Diane Sokolow Co-executive producer of USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story; stated about the movie, “There’s a moment and it may or may not end up in the film where Laci’s dad walks in her house and thinks he sees her”; also said, “We unfold the facts; there isn’t a point of view we are just showing what there is”; stated in a February 9, 2004, KTVU report that she found true crime “a wildly interesting topic” and suggested that reflecting it in movies and plays has a noble history: “Check Willy Shakespeare, the original ripped-from-the headlines man”; stated she first became attracted to the Laci Peterson case because of “the very beauty of everything the couple, the place, the time of year,” but that news of Scott Peterson’s affair with Amber Frey really made the story interesting to her because it was then she realized, “Nothing here seems to be what it is”; best known as the producer of other docudramas, such as Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson; also referred to as “Diana Sokolow”

Linda Stasi Writer for the New York Post; in a January 29, 2004, piece about The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story, called Scott Peterson “everybody’s idea of the evilest creature on earth”

Andrew Stone Production manager (unit production manager) for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Robert Thompson Director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University; in a February 12, 2004, ABC News article about The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story, stated that true-crime movies have become irresistible to television executives because of the built-in promotion provided by cable news networks: “It used to be that when you had just three major networks, you got 15 minutes of news and that was all that you would get and that’s all that you could tell�now, when you get a huge story, MSNBC, FOX and CNN become like ad-hoc promotional departments”

Jeffrey Toobin Author of The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson; CNN legal analyst covering the Laci Peterson case

Tom Touchet Executive producer of Today; stated in an Associated Press article concerning media coverage of the Laci Peterson case: “It just has so much: She was the girl next door, she was full of hope and enthusiasm, she was thrilled to be pregnant and she goes missing on Christmas Eve”

Mike Twohy Cartoonist; created New Yorker cartoon that a smiling Al Delucchi shared with reporters on April 5, 2004, depicting a seated jury with a standing jury foreman telling the judge, “Your Honor, we feel the trial failed to deliver on its pretrial publicity”

Andrew Tyndall (Andrew D. Tyndall) News consultant and president of ADT Research, which produces The Tyndall Report, a report on the amount of coverage of stories by the broadcast network news programs; stated concerning the Laci Peterson case: “True crime is a staple of the morning shows”; stated in an Associated Press report on the amount of coverage devoted to the case: “If the Peterson family had decided not to go public or turned down requests for interviews, it would not have been a big story”; echoed those thoughts in a December 21, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee in which he credited the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation for helping to raise the Yosemite sightseer murders, the Chandra Levy case and the Laci Peterson case into national stories; stated in a February 15, 2004, San Francisco Chronicle article that the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation was “like a booking agency”

Brian VanderBeek (Brian L. VanderBeek) 44, Reporter for the Modesto Bee; visited the home of Lee and Jackie Peterson on January 26, 2003, only to be greeted by a sign stating that they were not receiving visitors; interviewed neighbors of Lee and Jackie Peterson

Paul Varrieur Camera operator for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Judith Verno Co-executive producer, with Rachel Verno, of USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Rachel Verno Co-executive producer, with Judith Verno, of USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Linda Vester Host of DaySide with Linda Vester on Fox News; frequent commentator on the Laci Peterson case; mentioned in Maureen Orth’s book, The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex, as having discussed the Conner Peterson autopsy report story initially broken by Dan Abrams

Jeffrey Victor Author of Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend and a former professor of sociology at the State University of New York; alleges that the satanic hysteria was fueled by special interest groups that perpetuated the myth of satanic cults to advance their ideology or make money; stated in a June 10, 2003, article by Fox News: “There are no satanic cults as organizations, not even as minuscule groups”; stated that the physical description of the bodies in the leaked parts of the Laci and Conner Peterson autopsies don’t resemble any known descriptions of satanic rituals

Jeff Wachtel USA Network executive vice president for original scripted programming; stated regarding concerns of tainting the jury pool with the made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story: “Our little movie is a grain of sand on the beach compared to the nonstop coverage of CNN and MSNBC”; said concerning the Scott and Laci Peterson story in an October 9, 2003, article in the New York Daily News: “I think this story challenged basic assumptions about two people who looked like the perfect couple”; stated in a November 11, 2003, Associated Press article that “The Perfect Husband is not just a movie about a specific crime, it’s also a movie about our culture”

Rosalie Wallace (Rosalie Samplin Wallace) Costume designer for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Dee Wallace-Stone 54, Actress playing Sharon Rocha in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story; stated concerning the movie, “What’s interesting is even though all of this dramatic evidence and I put ‘evidence’ in quotes�seems to point the finger, at the same time the teleplay allows you to go, ‘You know, not necessarily'”; arguably best known for her role in the feature film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial; also referred to as “Dee Wallace Stone”; resident of Woodland Hills; USA Network web site: http://www.usanetwork.com/movies/perfecthusband/deestone.html

Diane Waryold Executive director of the national Center for Academic Integrity; stated in a January 10, 2004, Modesto Bee article that the center’s research shows that about 75 percent of undergraduate students cheat at least once, but rarely is connected to something like the Scott Peterson case, as was the case with a tainted survey conducted by Stephen Schoenthaler: “I don’t think data collection has ever been connected to something as high-profile as this”

Gary Weeks 31, Actor playing the fictional character “Jail Reporter #3” in the USA Network made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Benjamin Weissman Film editor for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

Wendy Whitworth Executive producer of Larry King Live; dismissed suggestions that she was trying to boost ratings by airing programs about the Laci Peterson case: “I don’t determine what I do according to Fox”

Patrick Williams Musician who wrote the music for USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story

David Wright Veteran reporter for the National Enquirer, having been with the tabloid for 27-plus years; native of Great Britain; referred to in Maureen Orth’s The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex as being “silver-haired,” in his 60s and one of the Laci Peterson story’s “most prodigious propagators”; stated, “The Peterson story has broken perfectly: The tabs kept Laci going during the Iraq war, and as soon as the war finishes, her body washes up”; stated that Mark Geragos was “all smoke and mirrors”

Roger Young 61, Two-time Emmy Award-winning director; won multiple Directors Guild Awards for the television series Lou Grant and the docudrama Murder in Mississippi; director of USA Network’s made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story; stated that he agreed to direct the Laci Peterson film because he thought it was “a really intelligent look at this situation,” and fairly written, focusing on what happened not to Laci Peterson but to those who knew her in the aftermath of her disappearance: “I hope very much it is not exploitive”

 

 

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