She's now known as the love letter lady friend of Drew Peterson. Diana Grandel doesn't apologize for writing to the accused wife-killer. In fact, she admits to being a prolific pen pal with Peterson , estimating they exchanged 200 letters.
"We were catching up for a long time," Grandel said, adding they wrote constantly for about a year and a half. "It was, he'd write to me, I'd get it maybe a week after he wrote and then I would write back."
Grandel spoke to FOX Chicago at the Glen Ellyn offices of her attorney, George Kallas.
She said she met Peterson when she was about 15. Peterson, as a Bolingbrook police officer, rescued her from a violent father.
"He removed me from the house and took me to a neighbor’s house. He was concerned for my safety," Grandel recalled.
Her feelings for Peterson did not change even after he became a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife Stacy in 2007, or when he was charged in 2009 with murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio.
In fact, Grandel felt so bad for Peterson after his arrest on May 7, 2009 that she began to write him in jail.
"I was absolutely supportive, I told him I couldn't wait for him to get out, that I never believed that he did anything, I thought he was being rail-roaded," she said.
In the months that followed the tone of the letters moved from friendly to flirtatious and even downright sexual.
"I want to spend a lot of time with my lips on yours," Peterson wrote in one letter.
"He found me to be attractive and you know he would joke, you know I should have just stayed with you when you turned 18. I should have just married you, stayed with you. So it kind of went from there just joking, and I never took it seriously," Grandel said, referring to Peterson's advances as just typical guy stuff that you'd expect from someone in jail.
In one letter - at Peterson's request - she sent him bikini photos saying: "not my best 'beauty' pics, but I just got out of the pool and my hair was wet."
Grandel said the photos are no big deal.
"Oh my God, it's a bikini, I wasn't naked, right, it's a bikini," she said, laughing.
One of Peterson's attorneys said the love letters are getting blown out of proportion.
"It's just another way of social networking, if he had the ability to go on Facebook, I'm sure he'd be on Facebook," said Joseph Lopez.
Last summer, though, things suddenly changed after Grandel lost everything in an apartment fire.
In love letters she sold to the National Enquirer, Peterson wrote, "I have a closet full of new or like-new clothes that Stacy left behind when she abandoned us."
He then offered the clothes to Grandel. That left her stunned and wondering, if she felt so devastated about what she lost in the fire, how could Stacy have just run off?
"I can't imagine she walked away from everything, and hasn't wanted anything back, her kids, nothing," Grandel said.
All of a sudden Grandel no longer believed Peterson's story. Now she thinks he killed her.
"It's hard to say that he might have done it, but yea you can't help but think it, that Stacy just didn't leave on her own."
That is when the pen pal friendship ended.