Laci Peterson’s Mother Writes Book About Daughter, Grandson’s Death

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 29, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 29, 2005

Modesto, CA ( — Laci Peterson’s mother Sharon Rocha has written a book about the deaths of her daughter and unborn grandson Conner and the trial of Scott Peterson that followed. Rocha calls the ordeal a "nightmare" that hasn’t ended even though the two died three years ago.

Rocha’s book, entitled, "For Laci" will be released Saturday by Crown Publishing, a division of Random House Inc. The book’s subtitle is "A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss and Justice."

"You wake up from most nightmares and they’re over," Rocha writes in the opening line of the book, according to the Modest Bee newspaper, which obtained an advance copy. "Mine was different."

Rocha writes that she hopes Laci is "remembered for her life, not her death."

"In the hours, days, and, eventually, months that followed, Sharon struggled to avoid accepting what no parent should ever have to face: the certain knowledge that her child is never coming home," according to the publisher’s promotional material.

"In For Laci, for the first time, Sharon tells us what it was like to live through the long nightmare and opens our hearts to the Laci she loved," the promotional said.

The publisher says Rocha goes far beyond her previous interviews with the media to tell more revealing details about Laci’s disappearance, the murder, her conversations with Scott and his mistress Amber Frey as well as her dealings with police and other officials.

In losing Laci, Rocha says she lost a daughter with "her beautiful smile, her contagious giggle, her happy heart, her love of life, her great expectations of becoming a mother, her generous soul, her knowing how much I love her, and my knowing how much she loves me."

After Laci and Conner’s death, Rocha actively campaign for laws in Congress and around the nation to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from act of violence.

Though it drew strong opposition from pro-abortion groups, Congress approved the measure to protect pregnant woman like Laci and President Bush signed it into law in 2004.

Scott Peterson is in prison on death row at San Quentin and his family recently hired the attorneys for the Menendez brothers to oversee Scott’s appeal of his conviction in the deaths of Laci and Conner.