Blood Brother

Blood Brother

33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty

Book - 2005
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The story no-one else can tell. Scott Peterson's sister gives her account of his marriage and his disturbing behaviour - and tells how she realised that her brother was capable of murder.

What happens if, after being given up for adoption in childhood, you reestablish contact with your biological family - only to discover that your true brother is a killer? Anne Bird, the sister of Scott Peterson, knows first-hand.

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 got back in contact with her mother - now married - and her family, including Jackie's son, Scott Peterson, and his wife, Laci. Over the next several years, Anne shared the Petersons' holidays, family reunions, trips to Disneyland. Anne and Laci became pregnant at roughly the same time, and the two became confidantes. On Christmas Eve 2002, Laci Peterson went missing, and the happy facade of the Peterson family began to crumble. Anne helped in the search for Laci; Scott even stayed in her home while police tried to find his wife. Noticing Scott's bizarre behaviour, Anne grew suspicious that her brother knew more than he was telling. Then Laci's body - and that of her unborn son, Conner - were found . Had Scott Peterson murdered his wife and child in cold blood?

Filled with newsmaking revelations and intimate glimpses of Scott and Laci, Blood Brother is an account of how long-dormant family ties dragged one woman into one of the most notorious crimes of our time.

Publisher: New York : Regan Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780060838577
Branch Call Number: 364 .1523 BIR
Characteristics: 214 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), ports. (chiefly col.) ;,24 cm


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Sep 10, 2018

I feel very, very bad for Anne Bird, and this was a hard book to read. Bird is the biological sister of Scott Peterson, convicted of killing his wife Laci and their unborn child, Connor. Bird was given up for adoption at birth, and only met her biological family after Scott and Laci were married. She formed a bond with her sister-in-law, and then when the horror of the murder happened she was caught between her desire to believe the best of Peterson - who Bird says she resembles - and her growing uneasiness over his actions.

Bird is not a trained writer, and it shows. But I couldn’t put her story down for more than a few minutes because I wanted to give her hugs and witness her horror and grief. I think most readers will be glad to know she sought therapy to help her process her feelings and deal with both them and her husband’s suspicions. She went into meeting her family fairly warily, trusted them, and then came to believe that Peterson had committed the crime. To make matters worse, the world at large believed she was supporting him.

This isn’t a book that’s easy to review. It’s as raw as most memoirs, a scream from her heart about the unfairness of it all. Because she’s not a trained writer, there are places where it could have been tightened up. But I’m glad her editor let her voice come through as clearly as it does. She deserves that, in the face of the betrayal and pain and mourning. Mostly, this feels as inevitable and brutal as any Poe story. I am very sorry it’s nonfiction. Four of five stars.

ymangual Mar 05, 2013

This was a very interesting book, Anne Bird really explains her insights as to why her brother is guilty in her eyes.

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