Hi again - to clarify what I meant when I wrote "go to the prison records" - I meant that Mr. Peterson must have stood trial in about 1984 or sometime in 1985 in order for him to go to jail in 1985. Since you say he lived in Carthage at that time, I am presuming that you believe or you know that he stood trial in Carthage. Carthage is in Jasper County, Missouri. So it is the Jasper County court records you want. I'm not an expert - as an ordinary citizen, it's my presumption that records of trials are public information. Also I presume that a man on trial must state his real full name and date of birth - no nicknames, no kidding around. Also I presume a search for appropriate Petersons in that time period in those county records narrows the field a lot - maybe you will find only a couple of men - or even only one man - who could be the right guy.