He got there because he was convenient, an easy target for the detectives assigned to the case and an easy target for the prosecutors who neglected their oaths to protect the rights of all citizens. The detectives and prosecutors were much more interested in clearing the case because of the intense media pressure (pressure they created in order to convict my son in the public eye) than in justice.
To the detectives it was oh so easy to bring suspicion on Scott. According to the detective manual it is usually someone close to the victim. This was enough reason to target Scott and not conduct an unbiased investigation. Court testimony has a policeman telling a citizen "we are pretty sure we have our man" This was within hours of Laci's disappearance and of course "their man" was Scott.
Now that they had their target they needed to build a case. Simple, bring pressure on Scott by leaking untrue and incomplete information to the media and to Laci's mom and other relatives. In the case of media leaks it was to make Scott's life unbearable because of the media presence. He was literally driven from his home and forced to live out of his car. The lies leaked to Laci's mom and others were to cut off any support Scott had from them. Their swarmy tactics had their effect. Scott was as good as convicted by the daily drumbeat of the media and the jury pool was polluted against him.
Perhaps even more disgusting was the lack of follow up by the police of leads. As mentioned in our most recent article on our web-site, there were many sightings of Laci the day of her disappearance. There were also two witnesses (one who saw Scott on the morning of the 24th and another who saw criminal activity on the 24th at the house across from Scott and Laci), who were improperly hypnotized by police, which then disqualified them from testifying in court. There was another lead placing Laci at a specific location. A helicopter fly over confirmed there were people at the location. However it was decided to not investigate further as the location was known to be frequented by persons who were "anti law enforcement". In other words the police lacked the courage to confront these people and attempt to rescue my daughter-in-law and grandson. What a disgrace.
The state spent over 4 million dollars to convict Scott, an innocent man. Imagine the impossibility of one ordinary citizen of average means defending himself against the awesome power and unlimited resources of the state. As the indictment reads "The State of California vs. Scott Peterson"; that is no where near an even playing field.
A now deceased, eminent lawyer once said "If a cop decides he is going to convict you of a crime he has the unquestionable power to do so." What happened to my son could happen to any of us. All it takes is one bad cop.