Thursday, July 24, 2008
Drew Peterson Case Is Cheap Entertainment
Bollingbrook, IL—It was 1968 when the late artist, Andy Warhol proclaimed that, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."
I can’t imagine how the tragic case of a missing woman was become a way to fame and fortune for any and every opportunist. Anyone who can generate the most meaningless gossip about Drew Peterson automatically gets face-time in the major media.
Rather than wage a campaign dedicated to finding the missing mother of two, Stacy Peterson this has become another kind of war. The minor players are competing to see who can profit the most from or get enough attention as to make or advance a career for minor players.
I call this the O.J. phenomena, where even the most minor players and pundits got really rich. The only convicted felon of the Simpson case was a police detective who was indicted, convicted, disgraced and fired. Today he is a bestselling author and paid contributor for Fox News. Did I forget to mention that Mark Furhman is also a multi-millionaire?
Such is the case for self-proclaimed police informants, Len Wawczak and his wife, Paula Stark. They seem to have stolen the show with their sensational revelations of spying for the Illinois State Police.
The couple claims to have gotten a few somewhat nasty quotes from Drew Peterson over a seven-month period. No tape was produced or any arrest generated by the couple's activities. Forgive me if I don’t find their lame and unsupported story even slightly newsworthy.
Some of Peterson’s busybody neighbors have gotten in on this circus act like, Sharon Bychowski who never misses any opportunity to mug for cameras or show her hatred for Drew Peterson.
All of the gossip and media posturing has not gotten the police a single inch closer to solving the mystery of Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.
So far the Illinois State Police spokesman, Sgt. Tom Burek has declined to comment about the electronic eavesdropping claimed to have been done with their equipment by Wawczzak and Stark. Burek also refused to answer my questions about how much tax money was given to the couple. I can’t help but believe that poor Sgt. Burek was embarrassed by his department’s association with this salacious spy story gone wrong.
Drew Peterson and his attorney Joel Brodsky have been booked, not for a court appearance on criminal charges but for Thursday’s NBC and CBS morning news shows in New York.