There remains an unsolved case of death in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the hometown of Peter Vandever. At least as far as most of those with awareness of the case believe, the tragic drowning of Faith Vandever in September 1990 had only one eyewitness: her brother Peter.
The official story is that her death was an unfortunate accident. Peter himself has long made this claim. It is said that she had fallen off of a raft on the lake while Peter sat by helplessly and watched her fight, unsuccessfully, for her life. Faith was only a small child at the time.
This version of the event is not universally accepted. In fact, it would appear to have at least a few critics. Following is a partial online exchange between someone close to the Vandever family and someone that he thought was Peter Vandever (but actually wasn’t Peter). This source does not buy the story that the drowning was an accident. He is convinced, quite firmly, that Peter is an unstable bully who actually murdered his own sister. To protect the confidentiality of the source, identifying detail has been redacted. He will be referred to simply as Mr. M in this article.
The conversation continues.
“You killed your own sister … You are a murdering fuck Pete.” The charge that Peter burned down the house of his own family is something I’ve heard from other sources in Saint Joseph, but the accusation that Peter carried out his sister’s death was new to me.
This does beg the question, if Faith had simply fallen off of the raft, why didn’t Peter just reach down and pull her back up, regardless of any swimming ability?
Peter has been a dark character for most of his life, even in adolescence, but what else gives Mr. M such a strong sense of certainty that Peter purposely killed his little sister? What would have been his motive?
Intense jealousy and bullying those he resents are core Peter Vandever traits. Would Peter abuse those who are vulnerable or weaker than him? Of course he would. Did the alleged jealousy of his little sister drive him to push her into the lake and kill her? Take note of a peculiar detail in the following brief video.
Remember, Peter’s story has always been that Faith died in a drowning accident. He only has one other sister and she is still alive. Perhaps Peter doesn’t even realize his word choice here: murder. Who would refer to the accidental death of a family member as a “murder”, unless that’s what it actually was? The truth slipping out, perhaps?
It’s certainly possible that Faith was not murdered by her own brother. But if Peter is calling her death a murder, and he wasn’t the aggressor, then who was? This remains to be a case worth pursuing further. Anyone with new details to add to this case are urged to contact the local police of Saint Joseph, Missouri.