Thursday, December 18, 2008
Christina Raines is Drew Peterson's new fiancée. The 24-year-old waitress would be the suspected murderer's fifth wife after his third wife, Kathleen Savio, was murdered in March 2004 and his fourth wife, 23-year-old Stacy, went missing in October 2007. Peterson is a 54-year-old retired police sergeant and lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois.
First meeting at a coin-operated laundry several years ago, Christina Raines and Drew Peterson started dating months ago. He took her to see the Blue Man Group, promised to buy her a car, and got her roses.
Christina's father, Ernie Raines, heard of their engagement and drove to Peterson's house to deliver a message: "I (told him), 'You know me, I'd kill for my kids, you know that. He told me, 'I will never do nothing to hurt your daughter, that's why I didn't put her name out.'"
Ernie Raines is "doing everything I can to try to get her away from him."
Before meeting Christina Raines, Drew Peterson was dating a 22-year-old tanning salon worker, Kim Matuska. Their relationship ended because of media pressure and publicity, and she was even called to testify before a grand jury over Stacy's disappearance.