Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson

Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson

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The Scott Peterson murder case is the most gripping and highly publicized crime story of the 21st Century. It has captivated a public hungry for the answer to one question: Why would a man with no known history of violent crime or mental illness, with a pretty wife about to give birth to his son, brutally murder her?
To get "inside Peterson's head," the national media turned to forensic psychiatrist Keith Ablow, M.D. His appearances resulted in a deluge of e-mails with most stating that his theories about the spawning of a killer inside Peterson were the first that made sense to them. Members of Scott's and Laci's families have also stated that his comments were the first that helped them understand what happened inside Scott's mind.
Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson takes readers into the mind of a killer, including:
. How Scott Peterson's empathy for others was shattered by a three generation "blood line" of childhood loss and abandonment
. How Peterson came to expertly "imitate" a person, while having no true, core self
. Early signs that Peterson was losing his capacity to empathize with others
. Why an addiction to sex took root in his psyche
. Why Peterson's meeting Amber Frey while his wife was pregnant triggered the "perfect" psychological storm
. Clues to Peterson's guilt in his interviews with Gloria Gomez and Diane Sawyer
. What Peterson was probably thinking as he listened to testimony in court and received his death sentence
Why Peterson could kill again, if released.
Using contacts at the FBI, and hiring private investigators and researchers, Keith Ablow delves deeply into Scott Peterson's life story to answer the question: How did an All American boy turn into a ruthless killer?
As the nation continues to follow the case this summer, and Peterson awaits appeal on his death sentence, Ablow's extensive psychological profile will be a window on Peterson's soul and the pathological gears turning in his mind.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780312352059
Branch Call Number: 364.15230979457 Abl
Characteristics: 242 pages


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Erincharkowy Feb 03, 2015

For real JLA? I was shocked they had this one. It so hard getting the odd cases. :(

Jan 17, 2014

Very disappointing - lurid, amateurish pop psychology. Achingly bad writing, kind of tabloid style, mawkish and melodramatic, and written like the author expected his readers to be 12-year-olds.

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