Scott had some very good advice from Kirk McAllister, a seasoned attorney who was a DA for many years. McAllister told him NOT to talk to Amber or go on television.<quoted text>
I actually think the biggest problem Scott Peterson had was that he didn't have a media advisor / PR manager from the start to limit the impact of the news that he cheated with Amber Frey on Laci.
Cheating, while really common, is still perceived really bad in the US society.
That Scott decided to do these things is--to me--evidence that he really thought things would work out since he was innocent. He may have figured talking to Amber was the right thing to do, since he had lied to her about being married. I believe he talked to her for a number of reasons: loneliness, a hope they could be friends in spite of everything, and remorse for lying to her. Yes, I believe Scott DID show remorse, over and over and over---but only for lying about Amber. He apologized to a Modesto police detective after he said on Diane Sawyer that he had told them about Amber December 24th---it's in the evidence, like the other phone conversations. In the same conversation he keeps breaking down and is telling the detective he's losing it and can't function well without his wife but insists he will find her; the detective ignores his remarks except to ask if he's going to hurt himself; then tells him he's the only one the evidence points toward. This was a flat-out lie, since Xavier Aponte from Norco Correctional turned in a tip that defintely was legit and definitely pointed away from Scott. The MPD covered up that tip, and it didn't come out until a concerned citizen alerted the court when the trial was almost over. Jury never heard about it. If one reads the transcripts of Scott's phone conversations, it's clear that he is NOT the evil asshole he was accused of being--in fact, he's so mild mannered that you want to tell him not to take so much abuse from people. Laci's family said he was nice to his wife even when he shouldn't have been, maybe---and that is confirmed by his conversations.
But what I meant to say at the beginning was that McAllister strongly advised him against talking--McAllister also confronted Modesto PD detective Craig Grogan because he kept calling Scott and trying to get a confession; Grogan responded he wasn't breaking the law, and McAllister retorted his concerns were ethical ones. Scott was invariably polite and never gave Grogan or any of the others ANY grief at all and never refused to talk to him. The only weird thing he did was drive crazy when there were six or more vehicles on his tail, and he was being swarmed by media, National Enquirer, and getting death threats daily; of course he's not going to give his location over the cell phone!!!! Good grief, everyone knows cell phones aren't remotely private, they are radios.
Scott was getting guilt-tripped by Amber (the trancripts are amazing--as if someone she's known a month owes her more than one apology, but of course, she was working with the police---)and she insisted that he go on TV. So he did!! Got up in front of the whole world, apologized to Laci's family for the affair, said they were wonderful people, and it did no good, all they wanted to do was kill him. McAllister knew a lynching was underway and told Scott he was playing a "deadly game."
Scott was *NOT* the deadly one.
And he believed, I'll bet, that people would see him get up before the world, express remorse for the affair, and reach out to Laci's family. It did no good and the entertainer/TV heads who interviewed him accused him of crying fake tears and looked at him with disgust and disrespect. He should not have gone on TV, but he thought it was the right thing to do.
People said he was cocky and that he thought he could go up before the whole world and "get away" with it---but it's clear he went on TV because he felt bad about the affair.
Did him no good.