Kathleen and Michael Peterson
Candace Zamperini and Lori Campell
Veronica Hunt and Caitlin Atwater
George Ratliff with Patty Peterson
Peterson and never adopted Ratliff
Defense Attorney, David Rudolf.
District Attorney, Jim Hardin.
Assistant DA, Freda Black.
Prosecutor Jim Hardin agreed
police never found a murder weapon, but told jurors the State could
prove beyond a reasonable doubt that something fitting the
description of the missing blowpoke is what killed Kathleen Peterson.
Shortly before the trial ended, David Rudolf entered a brass
blowpoke into evidence, telling jurors it was accidentally found in
Michael's basement by an unspecified person at an unspecified time.
The jury paid little attention to Rudolf's blowpoke since it wasn't
in the condition the bloodied and bent murder weapon would have been
in. Rudolf on the other hand, thought the newly discovered poker was
the central piece of evidence in Peterson's trial.