Georgia Got a Gun

The accused stalker of newscaster Kristi Krueger is still fighting childhood demons

The charges were dropped, but the trouble continued. On November 16, 1988, a letter with no return address was mailed to Georgia at her father's house with words cut out from newspapers that said, "Your mental ill... You R Murder homicide criminal... I we will put you in Jail again."

After that, Georgia sued Peveler twice for malicious prosecution and defamation. The lawsuits were settled in August 1989, when Peveler agreed to write a letter of apology to Georgia. "As I am in the process of moving out of state, it is my hope that any differences between us can come to an end and we can both go on with our lives," she wrote.

Mary Puccetti was also ready for Georgia to get on with her life, or lives, as it were: "She would pretend to be one person and then another person, and it was getting on my nerves. One was a little girl's voice, one was a mean woman, one was real nice, one was kind of ditzy... it was crazy."

Georgia (top left) broke from her father and the constrictions of a strict Greek upbringing. She partied with Angela (bottom left and at right in right photo).
Georgia (top left) broke from her father and the constrictions of a strict Greek upbringing. She partied with Angela (bottom left and at right in right photo).

Georgia now says Braun's diagnosis was wrong and points to the fact that his medical license was suspended in 1999 after a flurry of malpractice lawsuits.

Whether or not the diagnosis was genuine, Mary Puccetti says she and her husband could no longer take Georgia's voices -- or her constant court activity. They told her to move out after about six months.

"If she had put half that energy into going to law school, she could have been a lawyer," Angela's mother says. "And she would have made a good one."

The reason Georgia pulled the trigger will likely never be known. It might have been a mistake or a prank gone awry, as Georgia suggested to police. Or it might have sprung from a deep-seated desire to take over Angela's life and boyfriend, as some believe. Or she might have killed Angela in the place of Peveler, as the alleged phone call to her ex-roommate suggests.

It's a mystery that private investigator Wayne Black, a former Miami-Dade police officer who was hired by Kristi Krueger's family to scour Georgia's background, wants to solve. After his three assistants dug up reams of information on Georgia during several trips to Chicago, Black began to favor the theory that Georgia pulled the trigger out of jealousy over Brian Hooker. The investigator flew to Chicago last month to urge police to take a new look at the case.

Black contends that Georgia's fixation on Krueger was a continuation of the pattern that started with Angela. The similarities are obvious: Both were blond, involved in some way with journalism, and, while Angela was a cheerleader, Georgia would later describe Krueger as a "cheerleader type."

Black's work for Krueger torments Georgia.

"He is running around like Mark Fuhrman trying to get me," she cries, her voice trembling with emotion. "I could lose my children. What does Wayne Black know? He doesn't know anything."

Mary Puccetti says she would welcome criminal charges against Georgia -- but only if there were more proof. "The evidence isn't there right now," she says.

Brian feels the same way: "If there was intent to kill her, what kind of intent was it? It's really hard to know."

Laura Heller says it's impossible to know. "We've all played it out in our heads, and all we have is conjecture," she says. "You know how sometimes when you drive over a bridge, you think, 'If I just turned the wheel, it would be that simple'? Did she think of what she could do in that one split second and pull the trigger? No one knows but Georgia."

But even Georgia says she doesn't know. "Ultimately, I was responsible, but there is no way I made a conscious decision to pull that trigger," Georgia insists. "But was it unconscious? That is what all these questions have made me wonder. Did I have resentment toward Angela? I don't think so. I had no clue. It wasn't like I was bearing down and preparing to execute this poor girl."

As the years passed, Georgia remained in the grips of an identity crisis. In 1992, she even gave herself a new name: Georgia Forbes, telling people that her new identity was in honor of an ex-boyfriend named "Johnny Forbes," who had been decapitated in a motorcycle crash.

The only problem: He never existed. Peveler suspects this was more Single White Female behavior, since she -- not Georgia -- had a boyfriend who died in a motorcycle accident during high school. Georgia now claims that the story was a blend of fact and fiction that had nothing to do with Peveler. She says it was all about rebelling against her father and "Greekness."

"I did see someone wipe out on Lake Shore Drive, but I don't think his head was fully cut off," she recalls. "I think I chose Forbes because it was such an all-American name."

But the new name didn't solve her problems. That same year came an ugly legal battle with a boyfriend. Georgia agreed to a contract with the boyfriend and accepted money to compensate her pain and suffering but later claimed the document was invalid because she wasn't herself when she signed it. "When Georgia Forbes is in a dissociative state, she has NO RECOLLECTION of events because she is in the form of another personality," she wrote in court papers, adding that the personalities "pride themselves as unique individuals 'outside' of Forbes."

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