His is a crime still well remembered in the American public mind. Laci Peterson’s date and cause of death have not been determined, and unless Scott confesses to what he did, which is unlikely as he maintains his innocence on appeal, the facts will never come to light. What is known is that she went missing on Christmas Eve, 2002, eight months pregnant with their first child, whom they intended to name Conner. The fetus washed ashore in San Francisco Bay on April 14, 2003, and Laci’s headless, handless and footless body washed ashore, in the same area, the next day. Laci’s 5th, 6th and 9th ribs were broken before death.
It is now believed that Scott suffocated her in their home, probably after a fight, dismembered her, and dumped her in the bay. His motives are generally thought, now, to consist of depression at a lack of money, and a desire to be single and childless again, as well as an affair with Amber Frey.