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Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson

Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson

Keith Ablow

St. Martin's Press



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.


Praise for Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson

“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

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Keith Ablow

Dr. Keith Ablow is America's most well-known forensic psychiatrist anda consulting forensic psychiatrist on COURT TV. A graduate of Brown University and the Johns Hopkins Medical School, he has been retained to testify in some of the nation's most highly publicized murder cases. He has been a guest not only on COURT TV, but on The Today Show, Larry Elder, CNN, Charlie Rose, Maury, Montel, Charles Grodin, MSNBC, Fox News and many others.

Keith Russell Ablow MD

Keith Russell Ablow MD

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