Some Bargain Hunters Get Early Preview Of Mike Peterson's Estate Sale
Posted November 20, 2003 5:30 a.m. EST
DURHAM, N.C. — While Mike Peterson serves a life sentence for murder, much of what he owns is for sale. Some people took advantage of the paid preview that started Thursday afternoon.
Liquidator James Kennedy and his staff have already tagged more than 1,000 items in the Peterson mansion. Oriental rugs, books, furniture will be among the items sold.
Family friend Kerry Sutton, who is overseeing the sale, said every room is loaded with memories from Mike and Kathleen Peterson.
"It has not been an easy task for anyone in this house," she said.
Mike Peterson was convicted in October for the December 2001 murder of his wife, Kathleen.
For $20, those interested received a sneak peak of the sale items Thursday. The sale officially starts Friday at 1 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m. On Saturday, the sale will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, the sale will be from noon until 4 p.m. On Monday, a clearance sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no charge for admission to the sale itself.
Cash and checks are being accepted. Credit cards will not be accepted. Proceeds from the sale will go to his children and his step-daughter, Caitlin Atwater.
The stairwell, where Kathleen Peterson's body was found, is boarded up and closed off. Sheriff's deputies will be on hand, and Sutton said anyone who tries to disrupt the sale will be escorted off the property.