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9, according to Brocchini, she had asked Peterson if he was married.
He had responded with a lie that was as bald-faced as it was chilling.
As such, her testimony could go a long way toward determining her former lover’s fate.
Meanwhile, her notoriety has already left her feeling hounded and exhausted.
“What happened to [Frey] could have happened to anyone,” says close friend Angela Caglia, who was at the retreat.
(But as the defense pointed out, Peterson had already told the owner that he wanted to buy the boat the day before the confrontation.) Brocchini, an 18-year police veteran, told other stories of Peterson’s behavior that had set off alarm bells in his mind: On Christmas Eve Brocchini found a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the glove compartment of Peterson’s Ford pickup.
Her dad partly ascribes his daughter’s lifelong passion for fitness to the fact that when she was a teen, he had a woman who was a bodybuilder come to babysit.
After high school Frey clerked at a jewelry store and then worked at a child-care center while getting her two-year degree in child development from Fresno City College.
He said he had “lost his wife” and that “this would be his first holiday without” her.
Frey evidently accepted that sob story at face value.Friends say that at a Christmas party in Fresno she showed up with Peterson and ebulliently went around introducing her new beau.