Rape suspect Greg Peterson unapologetic in suicide note

His courageous victims were telling the truth, district attorney says


Return To Article
  • 22ozn44ozglass Southern Utah, UT
    Nov. 28, 2012 6:44 p.m.

    While I am an adamant believer that Peterson deserved his day in Court, I cant hep but wonder why he denied himself his day in Court. IF the allegations against him were indeed false, the best odds of getting to the truth and exposing the lies and fabrications would have been to stand trial and have his defense expose them and let the jury determine what was or was not the truth. I find all fabricated allegations of sex crimes to be nearly as offensive as the crimes themselves as they mock the suffering of legitimate victims, start a witch hunt, and permanently damage the accused reputation and standing.

    However, this man has the distinct flavor of an axis II diagnosis, and his actions speak of his guilt and his contempt for the rule of law.

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 5:22 p.m.

    I found it strange when this story first came up that a woman who claimed to be forcibly held stayed with Greg and his mother. Greg noted in his letter that he and his mother shook their heads at her story. He also mentioned she had problems with her mother in her home; the mother was yelling at her. I think he was being railroaded to some extent. I have been railroaded and it is a helpless feeling.

  • DodgerDoug Salem, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 5:17 p.m.

    I can only think of one word to describe him.... Coward!

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Nov. 26, 2012 5:02 p.m.

    actions speak louder than words. His cowardly suicide certainly adds to reasonable suspicion that he was guilty as accused, regardless of whatever his note says.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    Well said, coleman51. In this aricle, not once, not twice, but THREE times does the Deseret News emphasize that Sim Gill believes he had a good case -- and yet it reports nothing from the defense side.

    @JWB Yes, it takes a lot of courage for a genuine victim to come forward. It takes a lot of courage for a false accuser to come forward with false accusations, as well.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    @rvalens - If he had not fully paid the bondsman, or the bondsman had a claim against real property in exchange for posting the bond - he'll get his original fee from the guy's estate when it's settled. Otherwise, the court returns the money to the "owner" of it, I think the bondsman has to provide the death certificate etc. to the court. Best of my knowledge from a friend's experience 20+ years ago. I would imagine his estate gets the money to distribute to close out claims against it, if no bondsman was involved.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    I find it interesting that this man has been assumed guilty by the DN as well as in their comments section without the opportunity of a trial. There was no comments by the defense and it appears that they were not sought for by the DN. I noticed that everyone had a negative opinion of Greg Peterson in the comments section without ever examining the idea that a death note does have some weight and validity. I am unconvinced that this story has been completely told and that what we hear now is a justification of a narrative by the DN and his accusers that will salve their conscience. Maybe he would have been found guilty in court, but we will never know and to assume guilt without a trial makes me question how objective the DN really is in this and other cases.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    For those that believe it was just a problem with the D.A. and his handling of the case with this many victims need to read the part in his own 5-page letter in his shirt pocket.

    "So many friends and even 2 brothers turned their back on me."

    Brothers who knew this man and brother during their life. There are plenty of people that have such a problem and they cannot face up to it even with their brothers.

    The 9 victims who told their similar facts and since the hearing and the case became public, the brothers would have had discussions with their brother.

    Even in the military, when this type of event happens, the predator almost becomes religious to portray themselves as the victim, even when caught on video and by the police at the moment.

    Rationalization is a tool our adversary uses to help ensnare us in the ever present trap. A little sin is not bad. Then he leaves us to our addiction and path leading downward in this life.

    It is so sad that he appears to have taken so many victims along his path, political and non-political. Staffers should use caution.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    He appeared to have many victims in his life and not just the ones that testified at his preliminary hearing. Those women in a world that try to make victims look like the predator took a lot of courage to do what they did.

    Many politicians of one party are grateful there wasn't a trial as there would have been implications, more than already discussed in their circles, that would have popped up on the radar screen.

    It is too bad he took that form of way out. One accuser is bad enough but all those accusers coming forward didn't help his case.

    He was walking on thin ice and was walking alone even though the pictures of his political events had a lot of people in them. He was deceiving many people and not just the victims at the preliminary hearing and talking with the D.A.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    A Coward in life and a Coward in death.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:48 a.m.

    Does anybody happen to know what will become of the 2 million dollar bond he posted? Does it go back to the bondsman or does the court get to keep it? Just asking.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:37 a.m.

    One may want to seek out, elsewhere on the Internet, and read, for himself or herself, the actual 5-page note.

    Regarding the notion of "grand conspiracy," mentioned by Sim Gill: No, a "grand conspiracy" would NOT have been necessary for the criminal charges to be false. All that would be required was the prompting from Gill for other "victims" to come forward, then perhaps a little encouragement, maybe even a smidgen of coaching of the women on the part of some of Greg's enemies, for an effective conspiracy or coordination to exist. No direct acquaintance or communication between the actual five women would have been necessary. The notion of the five women "not even knowing each other" means nothing in itself.

    I believe there is something very wrong about this case and that we have not heard the half of it.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:33 a.m.

    The more he writes, the way he writes, is is clues into a mind of a man bent on serving only his own interests. He is only sorry that the victims had enough courage to speak out.

  • mytymouse09 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 9:20 p.m.

    I feel badly for his family -- both because of the testimonies of so many women who dealt with his awful behavior, and for his death. I doubt many are going to believe that he is innocent as charged. Too bizarre to think all these women got together, drummed up false charges, and were willing to be questioned/relive their terrible experiences.

  • PAC Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 25, 2012 6:58 p.m.

    @ Old Navy YES! to answer your question.

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    5 page note? Did he think that the more he wrote, the more we would believe his innocence?

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    No mourning for Peteeron from me. Only sympathy for all his victims.

  • cherokee heart fresno, CA
    Nov. 25, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    its obvious he had a mental illness to bad this didn't get taken care of before, these kinds of people are aloud to walk the streets and end up hurting people or themselves all the time. I know, from experience.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    Narcissistic of a man as you will ever read about. Pretty sad.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Nov. 25, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    I think that he had narcissistic personality disorder. Look it up. About 1% of the population are like this. They have a terrible low self-esteem so they do things like bully, lie. They have the uncanny ability to reach into the air and pull out a lie and state it with the utmost confidence.

    In this case, the legal system came down on him with multiple witnesses. He couldn't lie, excuse or justify his way out of the mess he had created. At this point, he had to face the consequences and that was too much for him.

  • JKR Holladay, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 6:39 a.m.

    This is pure narcissism. Mr. Peterson believed that the rules of civil behavior somehow didn't apply to him.

  • Timothy Benton City, WA
    Nov. 24, 2012 11:43 p.m.

    A legend in his own mind,nothing more or less..