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The Murder of Laci Peterson

The Murder of Laci Peterson

  • Premiered: 
    August 15, 2017
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  • Network: A&E
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Showcasing new interviews with Scott Peterson himself from prison, THE MURDER OF LACI PETERSON is a one-hour documentary series that explores the infamous Scott Peterson trial, the case that destroyed a family, gripped a nation and defined an era, as a vehicle for understanding America's criminal justice system and the ways in which outside influences can affect that system. The mystery of Laci Peterson's disappearance on Christmas Eve 2002 captivated the nation. Eight months pregnant, she vanished without a trace. Her body and that of her unborn child, Conner, appeared four months later on the shores of the San Francisco Bay causing a media frenzy on both a local and national level. To this day, no one knows exactly when, where or how she died, only that her husband Scott Peterson was convicted of murder and sentenced to death, despite the absence of DNA evidence or eyewitness testimony. Scott's conviction was less a tribute to the efficacy of the legal system than it was a case study for the overwhelming power of modern media to deliver the facts of news in a way that creates irresistible tabloid fodder. As the 15th Anniversary of Laci's disappearance approaches, this series takes a fresh, new look at the case, re-examining the circumstantial evidence and assessing the media's influence on the case and its outcome. Plus, the program includes unprecedented access to Scott and his family as they speak directly and candidly about Scott's conviction. In addition, the series includes interviews with an expansive and impressive list of key eyewitnesses, experts, lawyers, cops, journalists, detectives (professional and amateur), including Nancy Grace, Gloria Allred, Amber Frey, Detectives Jon Buehler and Ed Steele, journalists Ken Auletta and Maureen Orth, reporters Gloria Gomez and Garth Stapley, Scott's trial co-counsel Pat Harris, his appellate attorney Cliff Gardner, attorney and CNN and ABC contributor Chris Pixley and local reporter turned CNN correspondent Ted Rowlands among many others.
On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 10-11:30pm ET/PT, A&E premiered the season finale of THE MURDER OF LACI PETERSON. In the 90-minute season finale, "Reasonable Doubt?," new theories emerge in the wake of the verdict condemning Scott to lethal injection.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Left/Right Productions
  • Produced by BQE Films