Nov. 19 -- Transcripts of taped phone conversations between Scott Peterson and his mistress, Amber Frey, have been released. NBC's Dan Abrams reports.
updated 11/19/2003 10:37:42 AM ET 2003-11-19T15:37:42

Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing concluded Tuesday with testimony from Modesto police Detective Jon Buehler about a Jan. 6 phone call secretly recorded by Peterson’s girlfriend, Amber Frey, at the request of police. Laci Peterson was reported missing Dec. 24, two weeks after Scott Peterson told Frey he was a widower.

THE FOLLOWING are excerpts from a transcript of the 23-minute call entered into evidence Tuesday:

Scott Peterson: I am so sorry I hurt you in this way. ... It’s the worst thing. I’m sorry, Amber. I’ll just tell you.

Amber Frey: OK.

Peterson: Uh, you haven’t been watching the news, obviously?

Frey: No.

Peterson: I have lied to you. ... I haven’t been traveling.

(He tells her he’s been in Modesto looking for his wife, Laci).

Frey: You told me that you had lost your wife. What was that about?

Peterson: She ... she’s alive.

Frey: Where? She’s alive? Where?

Peterson: In Modesto. ... The media has been telling everyone that I had something to do with her disappearance. So the past two weeks I’ve been hunted by the media. ... You deserve so much better.

Frey: I deserve to understand an explanation of why you told me you lost your wife and this was the first holidays you’d spend without her. That was Dec. 9 you told me this and now all of a sudden your wife’s missing. Are you kidding me?

(Peterson stammers and says he can’t explain it now. He repeatedly says he needs to protect “all of us.”)

Frey: So where is she?

Peterson: That’s what we are trying to find out. ... I’m so sorry. You should be so angry at me and, God, I hope you are.

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Frey: You sat here (Dec. 9) in front of me and cried and broke down. I sat here and held your hand, Scott, and comforted you and you were lying to me.

Peterson: Yeah.

———

Peterson: If you think I had something to do with her disappearance ... er, it, that is so wrong.

———

Peterson: I never cheated on you.

Frey: Ha, ha, ha.

Peterson: I never did.

Frey: You’re married. How do you figure you never cheated on me? Explain that one to me?

(Peterson says he can’t explain it to her at this time, a refrain throughout the conversation).

———

Frey: How did you lose her then before she was lost? Explain that.

Peterson: There’s different kinds of loss.

Frey: Then explain your loss.

Peterson: I can’t.

———

Frey: How would you explain your baby to me?

Peterson: Sweetie, you don’t know everything.

(He refuses to tell her if he’s the father of the child Laci was carrying).

———

Peterson: I want to tell you everything but I can’t.

Frey: Why should I not go to the police with this?

Peterson: It’s your decision.

Frey: Really?

Peterson: Of course.

Frey: What stopped you from telling me this?

Peterson: It was probably just weakness and hoping that I could hold onto you.

Frey: Just a weakness and ... holding onto me?

Peterson: Longing to hold on to you.

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