Drew Peterson's Mother Dies

The convicted wife-killer's mother passed away this week.

OUTSIDE CHICAGO -- Drew Peterson's mother died a month and two days after her son was convicted of murder.

Betty Morphey, 84, never attended a single day of her son's five-week murder trial. She also never visited Peterson in the three and a half years he has been locked up in the Will County jail.

Morphey suffered from severe dementia, according to a source close to the family.

Morphey was married to Peterson's father, Donald Peterson, for 38 years. When her husband died she married Albert Morphey, Donald Peterson's boss at Northern Illinois Gas Company.

One of Albert Morphey's sons, Thomas Morphey, has said he helped Peterson carry a blue barrel containing the dead body of Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, out of his house.

Thomas Morphey also said he and his family always suspected Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in March 2004.

Peterson was convicted of murdering Savio last month.

Morphey last lived at an assisted living facility. Before that, she and her deceased husband Albert Morphey lived in Burr Ridge.

Betty Morphey's visitation is from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Modell Funeral Home in Darien. Her funeral will be at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Darien.

Will County Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said the issue of whether Peterson will be taken out of jail for the funeral has not been brought to his attention.

"I think this would be something that would have to be asked for by his attorneys, and I haven't seen an order to that effect," Kaupas said.

Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky, failed to return calls for comment.

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The Care Bear Here October 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM
WOW Now vera wants to be the judge of Rozeeta's body.... does this strike anyone else as WIERD ? I think vera volpe on dope likes the attention of making STUPID,ODD and WIERD comments, i think we should all ignore her/him...................
Tami Hunter November 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM
bill zim: Actually, it's people like you who never made it through school far enough to understand the principals of punctuation who are wrecking this country with your stupidity and illiteracy. If you are going to post, at least TRY to sound as though you have a working brain cell. That said, I would also like to point out that your "crush" has already been convicted of the murder of his second wife so it is highly likely that he also murdered Stacy and he is right where he needs to be. Also, your "crush" is simply a weak little man with a huge ego. That's why he became a cop. Perhaps that's a turn on for you.
Tami Hunter November 06, 2012 at 02:26 PM
bill zim: The best part of you WAS swallowed by your mother! Jeff: bill zim has a huge crush on Mr. PETERson. ;)
Tami Hunter November 06, 2012 at 02:30 PM
bill, bill, bill, it's 2012. It's okay to come out of the closet! Just find yourself a nice guy. Hooking up with Mr. PETERson could be dangerous for you. ;) I'll bet you have pictures of him hanging on your ceiling above your bed. Am I right?
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