Amber Frey remembers recorded calls with Scott Peterson: ‘I was shaking’

Amber Frey, the California woman who was romantically involved with Scott Peterson, talked to ABC about secretly working with police to help convict the now 44-year-old San Quentin prisoner of murdering his pregnant wife and unborn son.

Scott Peterson has served 12 years of his sentence after the remains of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son, Conner Peterson, were found a day apart in April 2003 on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay.

At nearly 8 months pregnant, Laci Peterson disappeared from her Modesto, California, home on Christmas Eve, 2002. According to reports, the 27-year-old was last seen by her husband Scott that morning.

Scott Peterson was convicted in November 2004 of first-degree murder for Laci’s death and second-degree murder for the death of Conner.

Frey, then a 27-year-old a massage therapist and a single mother from Fresno, was a witness for the prosecution during Peterson’s trial. From her testimony and her wiretapped phone conversations with Peterson, jurors learned that he had lied about being married in order to date Frey and continue a relationship with her.

…at that point, it wasn’t about me.

In a recent interview with ABC’s “20/20,” Frey opened up about the case and the infamous telephone calls with her then-lover Peterson, which were recorded for Modesto police. Frey said she “had fear,” but was willing to take risks to expose Peterson and help police in any way she could.

“[S]eeing this woman, knowing she’s missing [and] she’s pregnant,” Frey told “20/20.” “Being a mother … at that point, it wasn’t about me. It was about finding this woman.”

Family photo/The Modesto Bee/AP
In this undated photo, a pregnant Laci Peterson of Modesto, Calif., shows off her growing belly. With Scott Peterson was convicted of two counts of murder for killing his pregnant wife Laci and her fetus.

Frey said that on Nov. 20, 2002, she met Peterson, then a 30-year-old fertilizer salesman, through a mutual friend. She said he told her he wasn’t married.

“[H]e was good looking, he was nice, he was funny and attentive to me,” Frey added. “All the things any woman would want.”

The truth about Scott

Frey said it wasn’t until a friend showed her a news article on a missing Modesto woman named Laci Peterson that she learned Scott Peterson was married. The article mentioned Peterson’s truck and occupation, Frey said.

Convinced that the man described was her lover, Frey said she immediately called the Modesto Police…

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