A piece of the Drew Peterson -- and the Harley-Davidson -- lifestyle can be yours if you score the high bid on an eBay auction for his motorcycle.
Peterson, the serial marrier and accused wife killer now jailed on murder charges for a few days more than a year, has his prized Harley-Davidson on the Internet auction block with a starting price of $50,000.
While Peterson could use some money to cover his legal expenses, that is not the sole reason for selling the motorcycle, said his attorney, Joel Brodsky of Chicago.
"First of all, the bike's been sitting there for over a year now," said Brodsky, who has his own Harley-Davidson up for sale on eBay as well. The minimum bid for Brodsky's bike is $8,500.
"Mine's got nothing to do with money," Brodsky said of unloading his motorcycle. "I'm just getting older."
Peterson allegedly murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in March 2004, but was not arrested until May 2009. The state police had maintained that Savio accidentally drowned in her bathtub but changed their tune when Peterson's next wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in October 2007.
Peterson and Stacy owned matching Harleys and rode together before she mysteriously disappeared. State police suspect that Peterson had a hand in possibly slaying Stacy but have not charged him with harming her.
The day the state police finally arrested Peterson on murder charges, the former Bolingbrook cop spent a good deal of time tooling around town on his motorcycle. He also cut a dashing figure in the days following Stacy's disappearance by roaring away from his home astride the Harley with an American flag bandana covering his face.
The website Justice Cafe, a blog devoted to the Peterson case, broke the news of the Internet auction. The motorcycle was listed on eBay by Jim McGovern, who said he is an investigator for another of Peterson's lawyers, Ralph Meczyk of Chicago. The listing boasts that "this is the actual bike owned by Drew Peterson," which must count for something, as the original manufacturer's suggested retail price is only $24,995.
Brodsky insists the bike is valuable even without the Peterson connection.
"It's a collector's item, in addition to being Drew Peterson's motorcycle," he said. "If the person who buys it doesn't care where it comes from, that's fine, too."
And just because Peterson is selling this motorcycle -- and facing what would surely amount to a life sentence in prison if convicted on the murder charges -- does not mean he does not plan to ride another day.
"When he gets out he can always buy another one," Brodsky said. "They're not going to stop selling Harleys."
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