Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty

Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty

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by Anne Bird

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What happens if, after being given up for adoption in childhood, you reestablish contact with your biological family — only to discover that your newfound brother is a killer?

Anne Bird, the sister of Scott Peterson, knows firsthand.

Soon after her birth in 1965, Anne was given up for adoption by her mother, Jackie Latham. Welcomed into the


What happens if, after being given up for adoption in childhood, you reestablish contact with your biological family — only to discover that your newfound brother is a killer?

Anne Bird, the sister of Scott Peterson, knows firsthand.

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 came back into contact with her mother, now Jackie Peterson, and her family — including Jackie's son Scott Peterson and his wife, Laci. Anne was welcomed into the family, and over the next several years she grew close to Scott and especially Laci. Together they shared holidays, family reunions, and even a trip to Disneyland. Anne and Laci became pregnant at roughly the same time, and the two became confidantes.

Then, on Christmas Eve 2002, Laci Peterson went missing — and the happy façade of the Peterson family slowly began to crumble. Anne rushed to the family's aid, helping in the search for Laci, even allowing Scott to stay in her home while police tried to find his wife. Yet Scott's behavior grew increasingly bizarre during the search, and Anne grew suspicious that her brother knew more than he was telling. Finally she began keeping a list of his disturbing behavior. And by the time Laci's body — and that of her unborn son, Conner — were found, Anne was becoming convinced: Her brother Scott Peterson had murdered his wife and unborn child in cold blood.

Filled with news-making revelations and intimate glimpses of Scott and Laci, the Peterson family, and the investigation that followed the murder, Blood Brother is a provocative account of how long-dormant family ties dragged one woman into one of the most notorious crimes of our time.

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Blood Brother

33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty
By Anne Bird

Regan Books

ISBN: 0-06-083857-4

Chapter One


On a quiet midweek afternoon in early June 1997, I received a phone call that almost destroyed my life.

"Is this Anne Grady?" the caller asked. It was a man's voice, unfamiliar.

"Who is this, please?"

"My name is Don," he said. "You don't know me, but I'm related to you."

I immediately knew who he was. As an adopted child, this was the day I had been praying for, and dreading, my entire life. I was about to meet my biological family, and that family included three brothers I hadn't even known existed.

One of those brothers was Scott Peterson.

At the time of that fate-changing call, I was working at Cubic Corporation, a defense contractor in San Diego. Cubic does a lot of work for the U.S. government, and my father, Tom Grady, was president of Cubic Videocomm, the firm's high-tech division. Only two months earlier, in late May, I had been living in San Francisco, but I had a job I didn't like, no boyfriend, and a landlord who suddenly decided to double my rent.

So I returned home to Point Loma, in San Diego, to stay for a while with my parents, the people who adopted me at birth. I was adopted in 1965, when I was just a few days old; my brother Stephen was adopted three years later. My mother had been diagnosed with cancer, and she'd been told it was unlikely she'd ever have children, but five years after Stephen came along she became pregnant with her first child, Susan, and three years after that she gave birth to a son, Michael.

We lived in San Diego until I was twelve. Our parents loved all four of us equally. They had led a charmed life long before we came along. My father got his BA at Berkeley and his MBA from Harvard. After he graduated he became a navy officer and was stationed in San Diego. My mother, Jerri, was a teacher in landlocked Galesburg, Illinois, but she had a yen for the Pacific. One day she was talking to recruiters about teaching jobs out west, and when they mentioned San Diego she jumped at the chance. It was a good job, and San Diego was a navy base; she thought she might meet a man in uniform. As it turned out, she was right. One sunny afternoon not long after she settled in Mission Beach, she saw a tall, tanned, handsome man strolling past with a surfboard under his arm. He was exactly the kind of man she had hoped to meet, so she had the good sense to invite him to dinner. They were married in 1960.

Not long afterward, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. They got through it, however, and they even found a way to deal with the news that they might never have children of their own.

"You can adopt," the doctor said.

"Where would we start?" my father asked.

"I think I may know someone," the doctor replied.

He did know someone. He had a patient called Jackie Latham. She was unmarried and pregnant for the second time, and once again she didn't feel capable of caring for the child. The doctor told her about my parents' desire to adopt, and Jackie was tempted because the doctor described them as terrific, salt-of-the-earth type of people. When she heard about my mother's illness, she nearly changed her mind. She didn't want to give her little girl to someone who might not be around to care for her. But my father sent word back through the doctor that, if anything happened to Jerri, he was both willing and able to care for me by himself. Reassured, Jackie handed me over.

When I was six years old, my parents told me I was adopted. They explained that my mother, a nice lady, had felt ill equipped to care for me, that they had wanted a little girl just like me, and that they felt very lucky to have found me. I wasn't sure I understood what they meant, but I wasn't at all troubled by it. As far as I was concerned, they were my parents and always would be.

I never felt strange, different from, or less loved than other children, and I remember only one occasion where my history had any impact on me. I was in second grade at the time, and the class had been festooned with flags from many countries. We were told to stand under the flag of the country of our ancestors, and of course I had no idea where to go. When I noticed a large crowd under the British flag, I just joined in, and no one objected. There was safety in numbers.

When I went home I told my parents what had happened and asked them if they knew anything about my ancestry. "Well," my father said, "from what I recall, your mother had a little French and English on her mother's side and some German on her father's side."

"So did I stand in the right place?"

"You sure did," my mother said.

My parents are very grounded people. They have been married for almost forty-five years and have lived in the same house for nearly all that time. They seldom argue, they love to travel, and they're still friends with most of the people they knew when they were first married. In short, they are solid, reliable, and steady, and I can talk to them about anything.

I had a comfortable childhood, which bordered on privileged. We went on many vacations. We took road trips all up and down California - the beaches, the deserts, and the mountains - and often traveled to Mexico. We also went to Berkeley from time to time, to visit my paternal grandparents, and we loved to visit San Francisco. We also loved visiting my mother's parents in Illinois ...


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Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As someone who has read all of the books concerning this subject, I feel that this book gave the better perspective. All the rest were indeed books that you could write directly from court tv. But this one is from the point of view of the defendants biological, recently reunited sister.It is also intriguing that her point of view is pretty negative. These are actions that he definitely took not heresay not speculation. Excellent job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written by Anne Bird. I could feel her agony and her conflict throughout her story. To have found your family (blood family that is) and then have this horror occur is almost impossible to imagine. I admire Mrs. Bird for her courage and her very honest writing. This is definitely a 5 star book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. An amazing book with a completely new perspective. An excellent look at Scott's irrational behavior and the dysfunction of his parents from an insider with morals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book if you'd like a behind-the-scenes look at Scott Peterson and his actions and attitudes during Laci's disappearance and murder. This book was written by his sister who wanted to believe in her brother's innocence, but who could finally no longer deny the obvious. And I think you will be shocked, as I was, at some of Jackie Peterson's actions and comments too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cahterine Crier hit the nail on the head when she wrote that Scott was playing a deadly game. Crier's book was the best by far on the case, but Bird's book goes a long way to proving Crier's theory correct. Imagine the horror of being this guy's sister, taking him into your home, and then realizing he killed his wife and unborn child. Anne's book is a survivors story and I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
having a child out there that my niece gave up, i understand not only the way you must feel from having 'parents' to having a birth mom.You where very honest and handled this w/ grace that Lacy and Conner would adore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rarely purchase a book, but this one sounded so interesting. I could not wait to get home to start reading--I opened it up as soon as I got in my car and read for 45 minutes in the parking lot. This book 'fills in the blanks' that television and the news could not cover. Anne gives great insight into the Peterson family, and details about Scott's personality and upbringing that make this tragedy not such a total surprise. You will know without a doubt that Scott got the sentence that he deserved. After reading the book, you'll feel that you really know the personalities involved. Anne shares her thoughts and admiration for Laci, as well as many wonderful photos. Anne Bird was very brave to tell this story and it was not without great sacrifice to her. She is a lady of great integrity and did what she had to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seemed to me that the only people in America that thought Scott was innocent was his own family, but then I bought Anne Bird's facinating book and read profound words of truth on every page. I couldn't put it down. Bird's love for her brother didn't blind her to the reality of Scott's odd behavior, his lies, and the incriminating evidence against him. Anne didn't bury her head in the sand like her biological mother Jackie Peterson, whom I think is a revolting and manipulative woman in every sense. (It's my sincere hope that the author stays a million miles away from that woman) Anne, unlike her bio mother and the rest of the Peterson clan, was not willing to forgive murder, especially the senseless killing of someone she obviously adored, Laci. It's clear in BLOOD BROTHER, that Anne Bird see's the murder of Laci as we all do, a great loss of a vibrant, kind, loving human being. And as a mother herself, Bird is obviously pained to the core that Connor never breathed a day of life. The book includes inside details never before made public. I found it facinating and for those of you that followed this case closely, you will too. A thousand applause to Anne Bird for writing the TRUTH.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A crushing, excellent, compelling and honest account from Scott Peterson's sister that dispels the slightest doubts that he could have been innocent about the murder of his wife and the unborn child. A better read than Amber Freys' this book, tells us a lot more that we did not t know. One gets a better picture of the workings of the mind of a psychopath and even see a connection to Scott Peterson's mother, Jackie Peterson. These is always a time when a psychopath or sociopath loses the ability to feel or the gift of conscience and Scott certainly lost it early in his life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very fast read for me, with Anne¿s conflicting feelings, understandably so, about Scott. I felt that a few of the items on the 'List' did not prove his guilt one way or another, however his behavior displayed in this book would prove otherwise. I did find that #20 on the List which is most likely related to #25 on the List was cause for a whole new book to be written and had me wide eyed and wondering!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne did a wonderful job with this book in describing things about what was going on in her own life while all we were hearing was the media coverage. She goes into so many details that the reader would otherwise not know about Scott. If there was any doubt in my mind that he was guilty before I read this book, there definitely isn't now that I've read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have followed this story from day one. I purchased this book along with A Deadly Game. I chose to read this book first and found it to be an excellent source to the Peterson family. Anne Bird did a terrific job with this book, so much so that I read it in one day. I tip my hat to her due to the situation she was in and she handled it with such grace and integrity. For her to write this book took a lot of courage on her behalf and sacrifice. I just hope I am never in the situation that she found herself in. After reading the book, I recommend reading The Deadly Game with Catherine Crier which will go into more detail. Anyone who reads Anne Bird's book will be very appreciative for her personal story. I highly recommend this book because you will see a side of the accused that you didn't know existed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading about Anne's childhood and life situation, it really makes you realize that she was giving up A LOT by writing this book. Which tells me that what she is saying is true and would not want to risk losing her family all over again. Why would she write a 'fictional' account if she was going to end up loosing her family? That is just a waste of time on her part. That is one reason I believe her accounts. She has nothing to gain and no reason to lie. Don't even try to tell me that money is why she did it because from the description of her lifestyle etc, she was NOT hard-up for cash. She would not want to loose her family over money. But she felt the truth HAD to be put out there. I could not put this book down. I found it intriguing to look at the Scott Peterson case from an 'inside' view. Not from the view of the media who can definately distort things. But from the view of someone who personally knew Scott and Laci. Recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne Bird did a beautiful job in telling how she became involved with this family and ultimately got used by them. I admire how candid she was and applaud her for coming forward and telling the truth. I wish her all the best of luck in putting her life back together and raising her boys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne writes a compelling account of the events leading up to the trial. She shows her emotional roller coaster that she had to ride.. She wanted to believe that her birh's mother's family was as honest,caring, and loving as the family who raised her. This is a very easy read. You share her anxieties and finally her awful realization that her new family is just not what they seem. The Golden Boy is anything but
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all Anne, there is a bed and breakfast in Mendocino CA that does look like the house of Murder She Wrote.Its called the Joshua Grindle Inn, Little Lake Rd.Anyway, You did a great job writing this book. I read it till the end. And followed with Catherine Crier's Deadly game, then yours again. I personally think there is no way Scott is not guilty, I just can't understand why, how could someone, anyone do such a heartless crime? You did the right thing, please don't let people tell you differently.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good. It was so hard to put it down. I would recommend this book to all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was great. I have been following the case from the beginning, and this books helps with the understanding of certain elements that have been left out. It is a must read for anyone interested in the case.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at the same time as Crier's Deadly Game and read it first. I don't care for it as much as Crier's but it did give a different perspective. I am sure Ann shutters now when she thinks of having that monster around her kids. She is to be admired for admitting to the truth!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book did give more inside details than Witness, Amber Fry. Anne has been through alot to have found her family after all these years, then to have them taken away again. I was glad to see all the pictures in the book of the Laci and that wonderful smile everyone talks about. Thanks Anne for doing what was right. God Bless Laci and Conner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing Anne Bird on 'Larry King Live' I purchased the book, hoping not to be disappointed. Anne relives her account of meeting Jackie and Scott Peterson, and their extended families. She takes readers through the real life turmoil she experienced when Scott was accused, arrested, and convicted of Laci and Conner's deaths. Anne stood by Scott's side holding out all hopes in Scott's innocence until there was no denying the truth. Anne is to be commended for her bravery in telling her story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I usually don't read a book so quickly but I read this book in under two days! It was very interesting and I felt like I really got to know everyone in the book, including poor Laci, my heart still bleeds for this woman and her family. I knew Scott did it from the beginning but Anne's book definitely sealed the deal for me! The book tells you about the 'real' Scott Peterson and his lies, moodiness and cheating ways. I really applaud Anne for writing this book even though she knew this would destroy her new found family. Good for her! Cheers to Anne! I hope she can some how move on with her life now? My condolences go out to Laci, Conner and Laci's Family, always. I just want to give Sharon Rocha a hug, that poor woman, she breaks my heart every time I see her on Television.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An insightful book; a courageous author; and a captivating title. I was enthralled my Ann Bird's life story --- the loving life given her by her adopted parents; the way she embraced them as her 'true' parents made for a fairytale story and then . . . she meets the real mother and brother and her fairytale life turns to a nightmare. I agonized with her as she tried to understand and cope with an almost impossible situation --- love and loyalty to her blood brother and mother vs. the truth. The first 60-80 pages were a bit tedious, although necessary to learn about Anne's adopted family and life followed by her meeting of the Peterson's and Laci. But, once Laci disappeared the book was impossible to put down. I am grateful she wrote this book and I know her children will be grateful one day, as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely fabulous! I'm not a big reader personally, but this book intrigued me so much that I couldn't put it down. I finished it in 3 day (I didn't read it non-stop of course). I've never read a book so fast in my life. THIS BOOK BROUGHT ME TO TEARS!! It was such an endearing look into the life of Anne Bird and the Peterson case. I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS BOOK!! My sympathies go out to Laci's family!