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Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson [Kindle Edition]

Keith Russell Ablow MD
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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.



Editorial Reviews

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"Psychiatrist Keith Russell Ablow has reintroduced the idea of "character" into his practice. . . highly controversial . . ." --U.S. News & World Report
"Ablow's work stands alone."--Ann Rule

"America's leading forensic psychiatrist."--Star Magazine

"Fascinating clinical insights."--The New York Times

"Superb investigative reporting."--Michael Palmer on Without Mercy


From the Back Cover

THE FIRST BOOK TO EXAMINE NOT ONLY WHAT SCOTT PETERSON DID
BUT WHY HE DID IT…

The highly publicized Scott Peterson murder case captivated a public hungry for the answer to one question: Why would a man with no known history of violent crime or mental illness and with a pretty wife about to give birth brutally murder her and his unborn son? Forensic psychiatrist Keith Ablow's national media appearances, including a groundbreaking interview on Oprah, resulted in enormous public response, saying 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 might have happened inside Scott's mind. Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson takes readers into the psyche of a killer, exploring:

How Scott Peterson's empathy for others was shattered by a three-generation "bloodline" of childhood loss and abandonmentWhy an addiction to sex took root in Peterson's psycheWhy Peterson's meeting Amber Frey while his wife was pregnant triggered the "perfect" psychological stormClues to Peterson's guilt in his interviews with Gloria Gomez and Diane SawyerWhat Peterson was probably thinking as he listened to testimony in court and received his death sentenceWhy 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?

"Ablow's work stands alone."
--Ann Rule

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  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003G93ZHM
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best interpretation January 17, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Forensic psychiatrist Keith Ablow's thesis here is that "Laci and Conner lost their lives to a psychological 'perfect storm' that began gathering over the Peterson family over five decades ago and reached hurricane strength in the psyche of Scott Peterson." (p. 8)

In concrete prose (which is not Dr. Ablow's strength) the beginning of the storm was Scott Peterson's maternal grandfather being murdered by a disgruntled ex-employee. Following this his maternal grandmother gave her children to an orphanage run by catholic nuns. Jackie Peterson, Scott's mother, was then two years old. She endured a childhood filled with abuse. When she had her first child the father left her. She then gave up that child for adoption. Another man, another child. He left her too, and she gave that child up for adoption. A third man, a third child. He too abandoned her, and she would have given up that third child, but was persuaded not to by her pediatrician. And then along came Lee Peterson who stayed, and they had Scott. Shortly after his birth he contracted pneumonia and had to be placed in an oxygen chamber.

At this point Dr. Ablow remarks that researchers believe "that the roots of a sociopath's twisted personality...can sometimes be traced to early, sudden separation between an infant and his or her mother." (p. 39) He adds on the next page that "with the cold reality of masked nurses and doctors peering at you, their eyes filled with worry that you will die, your body pierced unpredictably and uncontrollably by needles, it should come as no surprise that you may wish to 'disappear' psychologically from the earth, to crawl back inside a womb..." This is the infant Scott that he is talking about, but one wonders what a newborn infant's eyes can see.
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231 of 275 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Why would a man who is seemingly normal, and has never been in any trouble, kill his very pregnant wife and dump her body in the bay? The Scott Peterson trial leaves this question unanswered. Dr. Ablow's book is an attempt to answer it. Ablow, a forensic psychiatrist, presents the thesis that the roots of Peterson's sociopathy lies in the murder of his maternal grandfather sixty years ago. Unable to care for her children, grandmother Peterson placed her four children, including Scott's mother Jackie, then two years old in a Catholic orphange to be raised by nuns and priests who routinely physically and sexually abused them. After leaving the orphanage around the age of 18, Scott's mother had three children out of wedlock with different men who left her. Two of these she placed for adoption. A third she reluctantly raised and then sent away when he began being troublesome. Then along came Lee Peterson who married her and the birth of Scott her "Golden Boy".

Raised by a mother who seemingly had not much feeling about the three children she sent away, and a father who left his own children by a previous marriage, Scott developed into a sociopathic monster - hollow at his core. He was incapable of feelings and could only imitate real feelings, which was the reason he appeared emotionally wooden in his behavior after Laci's disappearance. In addition, Ablow argues, Scott was damaged by his separation from his parents when he contracted pneumonia shortly after birth and had to remain in the hospital in an oxygen tent for several weeks. Jackie demanded perfection in her growing boy, thus to survive he had to approximate perfection, deadening himself to who he really was.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Dr. Keith Ablow is a forensic psychiatrist whose specialty is profiling, analyzing and exploring the black holes that seem to comprise the minds of criminals who have committed the most heinous crimes. His mission is to find out what happened in the formation and life of these felons in order to determine why they act the way they do.

Ablow is also a prolific author who writes both nonfiction books and a series of novels that star a fictional forensic psychiatrist (his alter ego, perhaps?). His new book is titled INSIDE THE MIND OF SCOTT PETERSON. And if truth is stranger than fiction, the theories expounded here posit a very frightening account of the murders of Scott Peterson's wife and unborn son. Ablow was pulled into the case on a professional level and a human concern. He feels there are some questions that still haunt the people both inside and outside of the Laci and Conner Peterson murders: Why did this awful and senseless killing happen? Why would a seemingly happily married father-to-be destroy his wife and unborn son? Why didn't this clean-cut, soft-spoken young husband completely dissociate himself from the searches for Laci and adopt the persona of a man on the run?

In order to understand the premise upon which his ideas are built, readers need to have a sense of how Dr. Ablow works and what he believes is the basis for the creation of a sociopath (psychopath). He explains: "My work has included evaluating dozens of murderers, rapists, pedophiles, and other violent criminals and testifying about them in district, state, and federal courts. Without exception, my task has been to find the story that explains not what happened to victims but why it happened --- why some people destroy others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
3.5 I feel that the M.D. that wrote this book was particularly kind to Scott and tried to get the reader to feel sorry for the monster. Read more
Published 16 days ago by avid reader U.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating!
The most interesting read I've experienced in quite some time. I couldn't wait to pick the book up again. The thing that touched me most was the empathy Dr. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pen Name
1.0 out of 5 stars Yes, we KNOW you're a 'famous' psychiatrist.
This book is uninformed, narcissistic, biased and a lot of the 'evidence' is based purely on rumours and what was reported in the papers. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sdot
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
A very insightful look into not only the topic at hand but also an insight into human nature as well.
Published 5 months ago by Wesley J. Szypszak
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, kept my interest
excellent book, kept my interest, an in depth look of how a deranged person can easily fool those around them. He is where he needs to be, hopefully he'll stay there.
Published 6 months ago by Terry Carley
3.0 out of 5 stars This book i feel was not written well and it ...
This book i feel was not written well and it is difficult to keep my attention on reading it. It does not draw me in.
Published 7 months ago by Janice Robison-Crawford
1.0 out of 5 stars When I got to the part
where the writer pointed out the similarities of Lee and his mother's name....I forfeited my 7.99....all too much theory..not enough facts
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast delivery, no problems whatsoever. Thank you
Published 7 months ago by janet ledesma
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like it
did not like the book
Published 8 months ago by A GRANNY OF 9
1.0 out of 5 stars It deserves zero stars!
I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this drivel! This "author" just repeated what I already read in other books about this case. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kathy
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