The spiral notebooks have brightly colored covers and look as though they might belong to a schoolchild. But police in San Jose, Calif., who seized the notebooks from the home of a suspected pedophile last week, say they contain the chilling records of a man who may be the most prolific child molester the country has ever known.
Not long before 9/11, Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas posted a motto on her refrigerator door: "Get busy living or get busy dying." The 38-year-old marketing executive, pregnant with her first child, had recently started work on a book encouraging women to pursue their dreams--no matter how outlandish--even as they struggled with the daily demands of children, marriage and career.
In his first interview since client Scott Peterson was convicted of murder, defense lawyer Mark Geragos talked to NEWSWEEK's Karen Breslau. Some excerpts:You told the jury you'd show Scott was "stone-cold innocent." Where did you go wrong?There's a multitude of things you wish you could do differently.
It may take years for California courts to decide whether Scott Peterson will be executed for the murder of his wife, Laci, as a jury recommended in December, but one thing is certain: he won't lack for reading material while sitting in his cell. "Witness," the memoir by Peterson's former girlfriend Amber Frey, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks and is now in its fifth printing.
I was skeptical when I headed to San Francisco's city hall on a drizzly Friday afternoon just before Valentine's Day. Mayor Gavin Newsom, then only six weeks on the job, had announced--to the surprise of even the gay community--that same-sex couples would be granted marriage licenses, effective immediately.
Jamie Bailey came from Las Vegas. Adrienne Hensen was in from New York. Bill Winnegar drove from across town. "It just felt like the kind of news you wanted to hear with other people," explained the retired accountant, who joined the throngs in front of the courthouse in Redwood City, Calif., last Friday afternoon as word spread that the jury had reached a verdict in the Scott Peterson murder trial.
Last Wednesday, Wendy Becker and her family were planning a funeral for her 29-year-old-son Matt. That was after officials in Montana had announced that Matthew Ramige was one of five people who'd perished aboard a small plane that had crashed two days earlier into a mountainside south of Glacier National Park.
Scott Peterson may have told Amber Frey he wanted her to play a big role in his future, but certainly not like this. Taking the stand last week in Redwood City, Calif., as the prosecution's star witness in Peterson's murder trial, Frey cut a more respectable figure than she had as the tabloid siren who had an affair with Peterson in the weeks before his wife, Laci, disappeared in December 2002.
It's not often a politician is so popular that people want to buy his spit. But a cough drop purportedly used and then discarded by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger--and retrieved from a trash can--was fetching more than $15,000 late last week on eBay. "I was kind of disappointed," Schwarzenegger joked to NEWSWEEK. "I thought it would go for $100,000."It's not hard to see why many California Republicans regard Schwarzenegger--rather George W.
Most Oregon voters have never heard of Rives Kistler. Unless they are legal junkies, they know little about the impressive resume of the justice who sits on the Oregon Supreme Court, who clerked for the late U.S. Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell and has been endorsed in next Tuesday's Oregon primary by nearly every major newspaper in the state.
Can't spend enough on your pet? There's a new way to unload a fortune. For $50,000, Genetic Savings & Clone, a Sausalito, Calif., company, will offer cat owners a genetic replica of their pet later this year. (Dog cloning won't be available until 2005 at the earliest.) The company, which claims that five paying customers have signed on to receive cloned kittens in November, caused a stir two years ago.