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His third wife suspiciously dead, his fourth wife missing for more than a year, Drew Peterson has been living in a cloud of suspicion. But he still had plans for the future, namely moving to Las Vegas and staring in a reality show set in a brothel. He had hoped to play a security guard.
But the silver screen must wait. Drew Peterson was charged Thursday with murdering Kathleen Savio, his third wife. He is being held on $20 million bail bond.
Savio, 40, was found dead in a dry bathtub in her home in February 2004, her hair soaked in blood from a head wound, just before the couple's divorce settlement was finalized. Despite the lack of water, her death was ruled an accidental drowning.
But when Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in October 2007, Savio's family became suspicious and had Savio's body exhumed. Authorities later declared her death a homicide made to look like a drowning.
In an odd twist, the star witness against Peterson may be Savio herself. Prosecutors say Savio warned family members that if she wound up dead, Peterson would be her killer.
A 2008 change to Illinois law allows posthumous statements from murder victims to be admitted as evidence.
Since his fourth wife's disappearance, Peterson has seemed to relish the spotlight, appearing in a People magazine cover story and on multiple national talk shows - most recently to tout his new engagement to a 24-year-old woman, Christina Raines. Although they were living together, Raines later denied that they were engaged.
Peterson is still a suspect in his fourth wife's disappearance and while he can technically get engaged, he cannot remarry.
As for the reality show, Peterson's publicist, Glenn Selig, said he was up for a part in HBO's brothel reality series, 'Cathouse,' set in Nevada's Bunny Ranch. The opportunity arose after disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich declined to be part of the show. Selig represents both Blagojevich and Peterson.