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Peterson Removed From Segregation

Posted July 21, 2007
Updated July 23, 2007

— Correctional officers removed convicted killer and former Durham mayoral candidate Michael Peterson from administrative segregation Wednesday.

Officers placed Peterson, 63, a former newspaper columnist and novelist, in segregation July 12, while they investigated allegations against him. Correctional officers did not describe the allegations.

The investigation did yield one charge against Peterson: an infraction for hoarding stamps.

Peterson lost his job teaching literacy skills to other inmates for that infraction, and his behavior will be closely monitored over the next months, said officers.

Officers said they limit the number of stamps inmates can have in their possession to prevent them using stamps as currency.

In segregation, Peterson was isolated from other inmates, confined to his cell for 23 hours a day and denied visitor, television and phone privileges.

Peterson is serving a life sentence for killing his wife, Kathleen Peterson, in December 2001. Her body was found on a stairwell in their home on Cedar Street in Durham.


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  • terriersrfun Jul 21, 2007

    They should have let him keep teaching if it would help in any way to keep his fellow inmates from returning to jail if they get released.
    Let him clean the showers with a toothbrush or something equally as gross and tedious.

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 21, 2007

    Sorry pushed button to quick.

    Peterson took care of her as well. Let him endure life in prison.

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 21, 2007

    lishaxlisha - What about the German girl he, um, was friends with. She ended up at the bottom of the stairs as well.

  • gopanthers Jul 21, 2007

    One day he'll get what he deserves in Prison. He's not Man enough to protect himself. He has to push women done the stairs. That's a true Man? Please!

  • the river rat Jul 21, 2007

    Should have just taken him out back and shot him after the trial.

  • ladyblue Jul 21, 2007

    Poor little po po--Hope you crawl on your belly like the snake you are. I don't care you got problems.

  • Like that Jul 21, 2007

    Who cares!!! Is there going to be a big headline everytime he gets a write up in prison? If they made this big of a deal with all the NC inmates there would be no space for other news. HE IS NOT SPECIAL, he is a convicted FELON!!!

  • lishaxlisha Jul 21, 2007

    I know he wished a million times he would have just left and divorced that woman, instead of pushing her down those stairs

  • not pc Jul 21, 2007

    who cares!!!!! murderer