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Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1597776066 ISBN-10: 1597776068 Edition: 1st ed

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books; 1st ed edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597776068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597776066
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JOSEPH HOSEY has been a reporter for the Chicago area's Sun Times since 1999 and has been on the cusp of every major development in the Drew Peterson case. He is the only member of the media to cover Kathleen Savio's inquest, having broken the stories of her death and, later, the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.

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This is a crazy story and Hosey does an incredible job of telling it.
Jess R.
The author seemed to be throwing everything he could find out in this book, the problem was he went off on unrelated tangents.
B. Stranak
I found it very compelling and read the whole thing in a couple days.
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on September 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This story is a chilling account of a suspected serial killer who lives in Illinois. Unfortunately, it's a true story. The story is chilling not because of how it's told (which is, by the way, superbly done), but because of the insights Hosey provides into the thoughts and behavior of the main character, Drew Peterson. While Hosey goes to great lengths to provide a balanced viewpoint, there's simply no hiding the fact that Drew Peterson is one sick man and very likely the man who killed two of his four wives.

I'm originally from Illinois and am quite familiar with its "Save the Criminals" (as opposed to Save the Whales) programs, which seek to protect criminals from their victims rather than the other way around. These whacko laws are why, for example, the south side of Chicago is so dangerous. And these whacko laws have made no minor contribution to the Illinois careers of famous killers, such as John Wayne Gacy. It did not surprise me in the least that this drama took place in Illinois.

I stopped watching television in 1990, breaking that pattern only on September 11, 2001 for obvious reasons. Not wishing to be disinformed, I don't read newspapers. So, this book was my first exposure to this case and to several other cases mentioned in the book. That means I didn't come at this with any pre-existing ideas about the case.

One of my favorite authors is Ann Rule, who covers similar topics in a similar way. She's also a favorite among a small group of people with whom I have detailed discussions about "what we're reading now." When I first heard of Hosey's book, my thought was that I'd need to cut him some slack and not hold him up to Ann Rule as the standard by which to review his book.

As it turns out, Hosey holds his own.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Fowler TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Drew Peterson was a cocky, self-assured sociopath who never figured he'd get caught. His mentality seemed to shrink with age and his wives and liaisons grew younger to match. Stacy was a mere seventeen years old when he began to court her. A man approaching fifty should be settling down, but not Sergeant Drew. He may have thought he was some sort of Casanova, but in all likelihood the only people who bought that story were teenagers like Stacy. He was so brazen, they even had sex in the basement while third wife, Kathleen and their children were asleep on the floors above.

He was going to make an honest woman of her and very conveniently Kathleen Savio died in an accidental bathtub fall. Was it accidental? The first coroner said yes, the second, who had her exhumed, said no. No, no, no. Stacy had two children by him and took the other youngsters under her wing. Something stank in Bolingbrook and it wasn't the sewer system. Something smelled mighty fishy when twenty-three-year-old Stacy joined the missing wives club. Now she was a gal who would never leave her children. Joseph Hosey, journalist and close follower of the ins and outs of Peterson's recent life and lies, penned the riveting book, FATAL VOWS: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Patterson.

When Geraldo Rivera showed up on the scene Peterson's behavior became even more bizarre. The confirmed "serial abuser," possible murderer and nut case began to dote on the attention he received. He consistently insinuated that Stacy "had the nerve to leave him and four children in the lurch." But then there was the instance where his stepbrother Tom Morphey helped him move that barrel of chlorine. Just what was going on in Bolingbrook?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Clover on February 11, 2012
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Joseph Hosey is an incredible writer. He provided extensive background for the victims, so it makes sense why these two women were attracted to abusive men. The most riviting part of the book, in my opinion, was the psychological analysis of Drew Peterson. The only criticism I have is that I would have liked to know more about Drew Peterson's upbringing and family background.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Stranak on December 30, 2012
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I purchased this book because I have seen this case on tv and thought it would be an interesting read. I was disapointed. The author seemed to be throwing everything he could find out in this book, the problem was he went off on unrelated tangents. For instance he was talking about Stacy going missing, then he brought in another unrelated missing wife and then we went on to police incompetency in other unrelated crimes. . . . except he never came to a point before changing to another train of thought. It was interesting enough that I read 80% of the book, but when the autor went off again, I felt I had gotten as much as I would from the book. Enough was enough. I don't really recommend this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda J. Smith on October 6, 2012
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As a retired police officer, I know that people go missing every day. I also know that police families are often the victims of domestic violence that goes unreported because of the potential loss of income or child support.

We know what other police officers look for at a crime scene. Often police officers are treated as a brotherhood/sisterhood, and given slack that a common citizen would not. That being said, if an officer is arrested or convicted of a murder such as those profiled in this book, they are considered a common criminal and face the future alone.

It is a must read because it truly gives an insight into a world those not in blue, brown or gray rarely see.
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