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Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A Psychological look at a Sociopaths' development

After all the other books gave us the who, what, when, and how, this book gives us the WHY. A penetrating look at the life of Scott Peterson from a Psychologists viewpoint. Keith Ablow looks at the Peterson family history, his mother's disfunctional(and possibly abused...
After all the other books gave us the who, what, when, and how, this book gives us the WHY. A penetrating look at the life of Scott Peterson from a Psychologists viewpoint. Keith Ablow looks at the Peterson family history, his mother's disfunctional(and possibly abused)childhood, his pattern of lying from the early years, his sexual disfunctions, and his need to be the "perfect child".
Ablow delves into Laci's family history as well(though not as deeply) and makes a good case for her desire to see only the good(her previous abusive relationships are documented in her mother's book "For Laci") Altogether, Ablow paints a pretty clear picture of how something so monsterous could happen and take so many people by surprise("they were the perfect couple" goes the many quotes of family and friends)
The scariest part is that when you read to the end, you realize that Scott Peterson is not that rare in society. He just got caught.I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in True Crime, Abnormal Psychology, or just a good read. I have read all of the Scott Peterson books out there so far, and this is a favorite of mine. "For Laci" by Sharon Rocha is the best, though.

posted by miztexrgv on April 20, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Keith Ablow, MD should stick to his day job!

This man has A LOT of nerve calling himself a "scientist" and a "writer". This book is full of shallow insights and horrificly pretentious references, ie, Camus, (as well as his own "poetic" banter)--all constructed in an extremely disjointed and cheesed-out fashion. I ...
This man has A LOT of nerve calling himself a "scientist" and a "writer". This book is full of shallow insights and horrificly pretentious references, ie, Camus, (as well as his own "poetic" banter)--all constructed in an extremely disjointed and cheesed-out fashion. I swear at one point I thought I was reading a 1950s porno excertp, as he explains the psychodynamics of Scott and Ambers' sexual activities!! UGH, Gross!!! I wish I could get a refund!

posted by Anonymous on February 7, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2005

    Nothing new here

    This book to me was mostly psychobabble, full of questionable symbolism, speculation, theories, and unrelenting repetition. The attention paid to Cleckley's 'Mask of Sanity' was excessive, I thought. It was constantly referred to, along with certain phrases (i.e., 'life = death'). As a person interested in this case and the people involved, I was not enlightened by these factoids regarding Scott and his family.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Not that great.

    I think peterson is a psycho and is guilty but the authors reasoning is a little far fetched. Killed Laci cuz he didnt want to be tied down but yet he wants to make a life with a single mom? His parents were blamed because dad wanted him to have an interest in golf? Who doesnt wish their kids like some of the same things as them? I would read Deadly Game and skip this one because crier's book was all based on facts.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2008

    Boo Hoo Hoo Poor Little Golden Boy!!

    If only most kids had such attention poured on them they may have better lives. Give me a break. Maybe Jackie is a bit nuts, but many, many kids have had tough breaks and the world would be filled with many psycho killers!! I was expecting so much more. It was a snore fest!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2006

    The Whole Truth??

    Reading this book I thought you had figured Scott out! Scott tried to do everything perfect so he would not be given away like the others. The only thing is he didn't know his Mother had given any children away till he was grown so that doesn't explain his actions. If you took out all the times the same thing is said more than 2 times you would loss about 25% of the book & then all the 3 & 4 pages between chapters another 5% wouldn't be a very long book. There is no way everything goes back to Scott's Grandfather being killed with a blow to the head. Laci wasn't hit on the head, there was NO BLOOD!

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