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Thread: Returning to the story of PTA Mom Kelli Peters ...

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    Default Returning to the story of PTA Mom Kelli Peters ...

    She was the PTA mom everyone knew. Who would want to harm her? - Los Angeles Times

    I can't post the entire article because it's super long and engrossing. I can't remember (or find) if this was discussed here before but I ran across this in an unsolved mysteries subreddit.

    This is just the beginning.

    The cop wanted her car keys. Kelli Peters handed them over. She told herself she had nothing to fear, that all he’d find inside her PT Cruiser was beach sand, dog hair, maybe one of her daughter’s toys.
    They were outside Plaza Vista School in Irvine, where she had watched her daughter go from kindergarten to fifth grade, where any minute now the girl would be getting out of class to look for her. Parents had entrusted their own kids to Peters for years; she was the school’s PTA president and the heart of its after-school program.
    Now she watched as her ruin seemed to unfold before her. Watched as the cop emerged from her car holding a Ziploc bag of marijuana, 17 grams worth, plus a ceramic pot pipe, plus two smaller EZY Dose Pill Pouch baggies, one with 11 Percocet pills, another with 29 Vicodin. It was enough to send her to jail, and more than enough to destroy her name.
    Her legs buckled and she was on her knees, shaking violently and sobbing and insisting the drugs were not hers.
    The cop, a 22-year veteran, had found drugs on many people, in many settings. When caught, they always lied.
    Plaza Vista School was a jewel of Irvine's touted public education system. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)Peters had been doing what she always did on a Wednesday afternoon, trying to stay on top of a hundred small emergencies.
    She was 49, with short blond hair and a slightly bohemian air. As the volunteer director of the Afterschool Classroom Enrichment program at Plaza Vista, she was a constant presence on campus, whirling down the halls in flip-flops and bright sundresses, a peace-sign pendant hanging from her neck.
    After becoming pregnant, Kelli Peters valued safety above all. She found it in Irvine. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)If she had time between tasks, she might slip into the cartooning class to watch her 10-year-old daughter, Sydnie, as she drew. Her daughter had been her excuse to quit a high-pressure job in the mortgage industry peddling loans, which she had come to associate with the burn of acid reflux.
    No matter how frenetic the pace became at school, the worst day was better than that, and often afternoons ended with a rush of kids throwing their arms around her. At 5 feet tall, she watched many of them outgrow her.
    Peters had spent her childhood in horse country at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. She tossed pizzas, turned a wrench in a skate shop, flew to Hawaii on impulse and stayed for two years. She mixed mai tais at a Newport Beach rib joint. She waited tables at a rock-n-roll-themed pasta house. A married lawyer — one of the regulars — grew infatuated with her and showed up at her house one night. He went away, but a sense of vulnerability lingered.
    In her mid-30s she married Bill, a towering, soft-spoken blues musician and restaurateur who made her feel calm. She spent years trying to get pregnant, and when it happened her priorities narrowed.
    “I became afraid of spontaneity and surprises,” she said. “I just wanted to be safe.”
    In Irvine, she found a master-planned city where bars and liquor stores, pawnshops and homeless shelters had been methodically purged, where neighborhoods were regulated by noise ordinances, lawn-length requirements and mailbox-uniformity rules. For its size, Irvine consistently ranked as America’s safest city. It was 66 square miles, with big fake lakes, 54 parks, 219,000 people, and 62,912 trees. Anxiety about crime was poured into the very curve of the streets and the layout of the parks, all conceived on drawing boards to deter lawbreaking.
    From the color of its lookalike homes to the height of the grass, life in Irvine was meticulously regulated. (Christina House / For The Times)For all that outsiders mocked Irvine as a place of sterile uniformity, she had become comfortable in its embrace. She had been beguiled by the reputation of the schools, which boasted a 97% college-admission rate.
    The muted beige strip malls teemed with tutoring centers. If neighboring Newport Beach had more conspicuous flourishes of wealth, like mega-yachts and ocean-cliff mansions, the status competition in Irvine — where so many of the big houses looked pretty much alike — centered on education.
    Plaza Vista was a year-round public school in a coveted neighborhood, and after six years she knew the layout as well as her own kitchen. The trim campus buildings, painted to harmonize with the neighborhood earth tones, suggested a medical office-park; out back were an organic garden, a climbing wall and a well-kept athletic field fringed by big peach-colored homes.
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    Around campus, she was the mom everyone knew. She had a natural rapport with children. She could double them over with her impression of Applejack, the plucky country gal from the “My Little Pony” TV series. She would wait with them until their parents came to pick them up from the after-school program, but she couldn’t bring herself to enforce the dollar-a-minute late fines.
    The school had given her a desk at the front office, which provided an up-close view of countless parental melodramas. The moms who wanted the 7th-grade math teacher fired because their kids got Bs. Or the mom who demanded a network of giant umbrellas and awnings to shield her kids from the playground sun.
    Smile, Peters had learned. Be polite.
    That afternoon — Feb. 16, 2011 — the karate teacher had texted her to say he was stuck in traffic, and would she please watch the class till he arrived? She was in the multi-purpose room, leading a cluster of tiny martial artists through their warm-up exercises, when a school administrator came in to find her. A policeman was at the front desk, asking for her by name.
    She ran down the hall, seized by panic. She thought it must be about her husband, who was now working as a traveling wine salesman. He was on the road all the time, and she thought he’d been in an accident, maybe killed.
    Officer Charles Shaver tried to calm her down. He was not here about her husband.

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    This is very local to me. The people that did this to this poor woman are such shitbags.

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    I read the whole thing a few weeks ago when the LA Times first printed it. The level of arrogance and entitlement in the couple who framed her is just jaw dropping.


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    The best part is those assholes lost everything. Everything because they believed some PTA volunteer insinuated their son was a slow poke. As the principal said, "not intellectually slow, but pokey slow". Two lawyers with three children, living in safe, suburban paradise, making $400K a year and they lost everything.

    Poor kids, though. Too bad they couldn't have lost the kids, too. Can't imagine being raised by these two horrible parents.

    Love that the woman, who has some other issues, changed her name to Ava Everheart. Sounds like a fucking My Little Pony or something.
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    I found the 911 call especially ridiculous. He starts off as a stuttering American (I mean, he was a high profile attorney, he didn't know how to speak?) and after he gives the fake Indian-sounding name, comes up with a pathetic Indian accent half way through the call. Clearly he or his attorney wife didn't study criminal law ... he had the same drug baggy in his car that they planted in Kelli's car.

    KrisNine, that is exactly why I posted it. A small misunderstood word and these two attorneys start a months long campaign to get Kelli arrested, fired, restrained, humiliated. They filed lawsuits and restraining orders. When none of that worked, they took a year (almost to the day) to plan this great caper against this school volunteer and president of the PTA that literally everyone but them liked. All because the mother thought that when Kelli said her son was slow to line up, she meant he was intellectually slow. It's almost hard to believe or understand that someone could have such laser focus to destroy someone's entire life and reputation because of one word. I hope it was all worth it ... they lost everything, including their law licenses, and both spent time in jail. On the other hand, Kelli should thank her lucky stars that the officer who showed up was suspicious. It seemed so easy to believe, everyone that gets caught with drugs swears they aren't theirs. But this cop thought it was too perfect. It's a great story and I'm glad these people's lives were destroyed ... I do feel awful for their kids though.

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    I just read that whole thing. Wow. I don't understand the police resources used on this though. I mean, glad that it happened so those assholes were caught, but I'm curious why the police took such a huge interest in the case to begin with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CornFlakegrl View Post
    I just read that whole thing. Wow. I don't understand the police resources used on this though. I mean, glad that it happened so those assholes were caught, but I'm curious why the police took such a huge interest in the case to begin with.
    Google "Irvine". Cops don't have much to do.

    Nothing going on here. N-O-T-H-I-N-G!! Super safe, super clean, super schools, super expensive, low crime.
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    I read this. What a couple of damn psychos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CornFlakegrl View Post
    I just read that whole thing. Wow. I don't understand the police resources used on this though. I mean, glad that it happened so those assholes were caught, but I'm curious why the police took such a huge interest in the case to begin with.
    It said in the article that Irvine is consistently one of the most safest places to live in the country. I think it's a little of what KrisNine said (that the cops had all the time in the world because there's not much crime there), a little of the cop being super suspicious (Kelli passed a field sobriety test, had a solid alibi for when there was an erratic car supposedly driving in the school parking lot and was beloved and respected by everyone at the school) and the officer had never seen a pot user keep their pipe in with their stash (he doesn't know why, just that it's his experience), among other reasons. I also think the PD was outraged that their safe town had a bit of a mystery.

    The cop (a sharpshooter on the SWAT team) made all the difference in this case. If it was just some inexperienced beat cop, I think the Easters would have gotten away with it. It's definitely a very weird case.

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    Yeah I read all that. But at one point they had 20 offficers investigating. Damn, I guess there is really nothing else going on there.
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    the officer had never seen a pot user keep their pipe in with their stash (he doesn't know why, just that it's his experience)
    The shake gets into the stem and clogs it up. Not that I'd know anything about that.

    (At least, not since I was busily misspending my youth.)
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    i read the whole story and am positively sickened. ugh. thank goodness that irvine is so sleepy and had such diligent detectives on the case, ow these two trolls would've gotten away this smearing the volunteer.

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    I'm on the 4th chapter now but getting ready to leave work, I'll have to pick up later. It amazes me how evil people can be.
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    evil. entitled. arrogant. just vile. i am sickened over this. and what bothers me the most is that i could see this happening at my kids' school ....

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