Serial suer Jonathan Lee Riches made a splash when he filed a wild letter in convicted wife-killer Drew Peterson's court case, but it wasn't the first legal action he's taken against the disgraced former Bolingbrook cop.
Riches, who has filed lawsuits against Bill Belichick, George W. Bush, Steve Jobs and Perez Hilton, sued Peterson and slain third wife Kathleen Savio back in January 2008.
At the time, Savio had been dead for nearly four years, Peterson was more than a year away from being charged with her murder, and Riches was doing time in a South Carolina federal prison for wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aiding and abetting.
In the 2008 lawsuit filed in California's Northern District, Riches accused Peterson and Savio of conspiring with the administrators of Williamsburg federal prison to deprive him of his money, rights and privileges.
Peterson and Savio put in the word to "freeze my funds and take all commissary away from me," Riches said in his lawsuit.
"I can't use the phone or see medical," Riches complained. "This is unconstitutional. I seek $33 million."
As shocking as Riches' lawsuit may have been at the time, he ratcheted up the freak factor more recently when he accused Peterson of forcing him to "commit identity theft to finance his sexual lifestyle."
Riches also claimed he and Peterson "were in a sexual relationship in the 1990's" and that Peterson "made" him have an affair with his missing fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.
Not only that, but Drew Peterson and Penn State football coach and child rapist Jerry Sandusky are already jailhouse pen pals, Riches said in his recent court filing.
Federal Judge Martin J. Jenkins dismissed Riches' 2008 lawsuit eight days after it was filed. In the same order, Judge Jenkins dismissed 59 other cases filed by Riches.
Jenkins' order called Riches' accusations "irrational, baseless or frivolous." The judge did not mention the Peterson and Savio matter by name in the explanation of his order to dismiss, but did point out that he believed "claims that actors Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal 'subjected' plaintiff to violent inmates" and "that the editor of 'Smart Money' magazine is 'picking on (his) brain and torturing (him) in solitary, squeezing (his) ideas'" were less than credible.