Drew Peterson Movie Set to Air in January

Rob Lowe stars as the former Bolingbrook cop

By Al Romero
|  Friday, Dec 9, 2011  |  Updated 11:00 AM CDT
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Actor Rob Lowe in full makeup as former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson.

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Drew Peterson Movie "Sensationalism," Savio Brother Says

If Kathleen Savio were still alive, she would have just turned 48 years old on Monday. But instead of getting the chance to quietly remember her, the Savio family learned this week that Lifetime Television is developing a movie about Savio's death and the ex-husband charged in her death, Drew Peterson.
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It appears that Hollywood was able to produce a movie about Drew Peterson faster than his case will get resolved.

The Lifetime Network announced its movie about murder suspect Peterson, played by Rob Lowe, will air at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21.

A former Bolingbrook police sergeant, Peterson is charged with the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, whose body was found in a waterless bathtub in 2004. His fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, mysteriously vanished in 2007 and has not been found.

But Peterson hasn't been tried yet. He's been jailed in Will County since 2009 because his case is mired in legal arguments that have gone all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Lifetime's website describes the movie like this: "Based on a true story, the film follows the fascinating tale of police officer Drew Peterson's fall from grace after the mysterious disappearance of his fourth wife."

Peterson's lawyers have tried to halt the movie, saying the book the movie is based on is "extremely opinionated (and) blatantly biased."

Joseph Hosey, author of "The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson," disputes that. "They obviously failed to halt the movie and there's nothing biased or opinionated in my book," Hosey said.

Nick Savio, the half-brother of Kathleen, has said he realizes he's powerless to stop Lifetime from airing the movie but would prefer the network wait until the trial is over.

"The important point is ... we want this to go to trial. We want him to be found guilty. We want him to rot in jail," said Savio.

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