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Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty

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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 well-adjusted Grady family, she lived a happy life. Then, in the late 1990s, she came back into contact ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060850333
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/3/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 689,467
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

The mother of two sons, Anne Bird lives outside of San Francisco, California.

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First Chapter

Blood Brother

33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty
By Anne Bird

Regan Books

ISBN: 0-06-083857-4


Chapter One

Jackie

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    better than the rest

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2005

    From the Heart

    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!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    A Great Read

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2005

    If you had any interest in this case, you'll love it.

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    A Deadly Game

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2005

    CHILLING

    I GIVE ANNE A HIGH FIVE FOR HER COURAGE IN HELPING BRING SCOTT IN. HOW COULD HE DO THAT TO HIS WIFE? HOW COULD HE DO THAT TO HIS OWN SON? VERY WELL WRITTEN.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2005

    first hand view

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    The 'real' inside story!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2005

    I THOUGHT SCOTT'S FAMILY WAS DEAF, DUMB & BLIND...UNTIL ANNE.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    Don't waste your time on this book

    I agree with Nicole--you hit the nail right on the head. Those were my thoughts exactly. What a waste of time. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2005

    Plan to be up all night!

    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!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2005

    A recommended read

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2005

    you wont stop reading

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    Awesome book

    This book was so good. It was so hard to put it down. I would recommend this book to all.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005

    Awesome insight

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2005

    An Insider's Point of View For A Change!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    The Truth Came Out

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2005

    Taking A Look Inside Of This Family

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2005

    Brave and Conflicted Sister/Daughter

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    A disappointment ....

    I did not find this book to be very interesting at all. It seemed to be a book about Anne's life more than anything. It seemed to me that she was overly trying to get her point across that she had a 'mother' (her adoptive mother) and that her biological mother Jackie, gave away two kids and kept the other two. Well I think we all know that .. no need to keep bringing that fact up throughtout the book. Seemed rather pointless I thought. I think that this book was partly written to get 'back' at Jackie. I definately think Scott is guilty but I really don't think she made any good points in this book. We know about most of the stuff that she brought up, not much new here. I would not recommend it to anyone. I think it was a book written just to profit off of this horrendous murder .. what a tragedy.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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