More than a decade after being a star witness in the conviction of former boyfriend Scott Peterson for murdering his wife and unborn child, Amber Frey has no regrets about testifying in the case that put her in national spotlight.
"It changed my life, (and) my children's as far as normal I guess you would say,'' Frey told Matt Lauer on TODAY Friday. "We're doing good. I don't regret anything. As crazy as it sounds as what came out and whatnot, I would do it all over again because it wasn't about me. There was a missing woman carrying a child that if I had something that would help, without question (I would)."
She was thrust into the media glare as the so-called "other woman" who was romantically involved with Peterson at the time Peterson's pregnant wife, Laci, was reported missing on Christmas Eve in 2002. Scott claimed he went fishing that day, and four months later Laci's body and the body of her unborn child were found in the San Francisco Bay.
Frey, 40, who claims that she had no idea Peterson was married when she was involved with him, began recording her conversations with him at the time. The prosecution played 12 hours of those conversations at the trial, which resulted in Peterson being sent to death row in California, where he remains incarcerated.
The interview with Frey is a part of TODAY's week-long "Where Are They Now?" series exploring news stories that captivated the nation through the eyes of the people who experienced them. Frey also wrote a first-person account for TODAY.com about how her faith has gotten her through the difficult times surrounding the ordeal.
Frey now has two children, ages 14 and 11, and continues to work as a massage therapist, which was her occupation at the time of the trial. Her notoriety from that time has not waned appreciably despite the 13-year distance from the case she still calls "surreal."
"Still very recognizable,'' she said. "It's not really ever gone away in that sense, that recognition. Very proud mother of my two children, doing great. They love their mother. It's been a road. I's been a journey."
Peterson has made no attempt to contact Frey in the intervening years and is currently looking to appeal the decision.
"If anything, it's the same as anybody else, just why?" Frey said about lingering questions over the case. "Don't think we'll ever have those answers."
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