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 twenty-first 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 and with a pretty wife about to give birth brutally murder her and his unborn son?" "To get "inside Peterson's head," the national media turned to forensic psychiatrist Keith Ablow. His appearances resulted in a deluge of e-mails, with most stating that his theories about the spawning of a killer ...
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Overview

"The Scott Peterson murder case is the most gripping and highly publicized crime story of the twenty-first 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 and with a pretty wife about to give birth brutally murder her and his unborn son?" "To get "inside Peterson's head," the national media turned to forensic psychiatrist Keith Ablow. 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 might have happened inside Scott's mind." 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?
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No trial in the new millennium captivated Americans more than the Laci Peterson murder case. But even the extended court proceedings left one central question unanswered: What makes Scott Peterson tick? Dr. Keith Ablow thinks that he knows. In this persuasive book, he takes readers inside the psyche of a killer who is bereft of all empathy. Court TV's forensic psychiatry expert describes how Scott's addiction to sex took root and explains how his response to his wife's pregnancy is typical of narcissists and sociopaths.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250010551
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
  • Publication date: 12/27/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 789,617
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

KEITH ABLOW, M.D., is America’s most well-known forensic psychiatrist and consults 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 Larry Elder, CNN, Charlie Rose, Maury, Montel, Charles Grodin, MSNBC, Fox News, Today, Oprah, and many others.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    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)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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    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 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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2005

    Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson

    Catherine Crier's book A Deadly Game absolutely blew me away with its never before seen revelations. If you're a newbie Peterson trial junke, definately pick up Crier's book first. Then breeze past the other books and head straight for the Ablow pile. He does an amazing job of explaining complex psychological terminology in a highly readable manner. Some of his theories shed light on parts of Scott's personality I'd never noticed myself.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Overwhelmingly insightful

    I recently revisted the Laci and Connor Peterson murders and was still perplexed how Scott Peterson could of committed such horrendous acts. How he seemed so displaced from it all. Well this book, which was intelligent, well written, insightful, in depth, and bold in its premise explained alot. It shed light on that "perfect psychological storm" which was Scott's psyche. It gave me chills, saddened me but also made me think about the very concept of empathy. A crucial human emotion Scott lacked. The revelations about his parents alone is worth the read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    Love The Psychology

    This is a well written look at how Scott Peterson became a man capable of such an atrocious crime. Also takes a look at the weird dynamics of his family. Not a bad read!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book held me spellbound,as a psychologist I had so many questions as to 'why' 'when did this man start becoming so enraged?' Keith Ablow not only did a wonderful job on explaining Scott Peterson and what led up to the killing of his wife and son- but he explained so many more things that sociopaths do. It made so much sense-clear, concise and had you on the edge of you seat all the time.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought that the perspective of the book was well written and was very indepth. Ablow's veiw on the case was exciting and kept me on the edge with his sycopath statings. You will deffinityly find this a hard book to put down!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson

    I really enjoyed reading this book, I thought that the perspective of the book was well writen and was very indepth. Ablow's veiw on the case was exciting and kept me on the edge with his Sycopath statings. You will deffinitly find this a hard book to put down.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2006

    A New Perspective

    This was a fast read because it all lines up. Mr. Ablow hits the nail on the head with his perspective and cuts to the chase. A truly scary rendition of those who walk among us.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Refreshing Insight!

    I bought this book and finished it in two nights. I thought it was very well written, and gives indepth insight from a psychological aspect cleverly interlinking it with the criminal mind. Not only did I find it intriguing, but educational as well. Written with finesse, one documentary you will find hard to put down!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2005

    A slap bang blockbuster

    This book and Catherine Crier's 'A Deadly Game' are my favorite books on this riviting case. Crier's book took you so deep into the case I felt like I knew the detectives. Ablow's does the same, but his explores Scott Peterson's sociopathic mind. Read both and achieve the full perspective. Way to go Ablow and Crier! You two rule!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2005

    Very Insightful

    'Inside the Mind' not only gave you a startling glimpse at the Peterson murders, but a true revelation into the mind of a sociopath. How family history affects generations later. As a psychology major, this book was amazing. Read it in two days. Very much recommended.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2005

    Goes well beyond the headlines. A Must-Read!!!

    I was already hooked on Ablow's skills as both edge-of-your-seat writer and intuitive forensic psychiatrist, through his Frank Clevenger thrillers (THE ARCHITECT). But this true-crime account was just as riveting. I couldn't put it down! Ablow's extensive research into Scott Peterson's history and psyche has uncovered a story that reads like a modern Greek tragedy. Reading this work takes you well beyond any other true-crime narrative. Ablow's insights into the Peterson family help you understand the hidden psychological forces that can shape a seemingly 'golden' child's life. It uncovers the buried truths which could deprive a child of his or her normal ability to feel pain and thus to empathize with the pain of others. INSIDE THE MIND OF SCOTT PETERSON will make you wish that every dysfunctional family could have the benefit of Dr. Ablow's insights, before the seeds are planted in some of them to create more Scott Petersons in generations to come.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson

    Nobody can get into the mind of an evil sociopath with the skill and finesse of Dr. Keith Ablow. Between consulting with Catherine Crier, author of A Deadly Game, and access to members of the Peterson family, this book truly takes you INSIDE. You'll never look at the boy next door the same way again. Ablow's book is a perfect companion to Crier's. Pick up both and save a second trip to the store.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    Pretty eerie!

    It just goes to prove what the BIBLE says: 'The sins of the father will be revisited on thier children'. I don't recall the verse offhand, but this shrink verifies it in secular terms. You must deal with what hurts and angers you and not sweep it under the rug, or it'll surface eventtually, possibly more than one gerneration hence when you least expect it. I've long believed in watching what you say and do around a newborn baby, and the traumatic events in Scott's bloodines and his getting pneumonia as an infant eventually surfaced in his murdering Laci and Connor. This book is so addicting! A miniseries could be made of this entire ordeal, starting with the murder of Scott's grandfather, his mother's rough childhood and early adulthood, Scott's meeting Laci, her and Connor's violent deaths, and finally, his trial and conviction. You'll be hooked in minutes!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Fantastic psychological profile on Scott Peterson

    Excellent depiction with insightful details upon this man's mind. I'm fascinated with the psychological development of children who later become murderers or serial killers. These inhumane creatures were made not born this way. If we can learn how and why, we must reach out to those children set up in the perfect psychological storm to kill and help them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Not worth 10 cents

    I may not be a MD, but I am an educated person with a masters degree. Dr. Ablow spends so much time talking about how others create Mr. Peterson. I continued to read and just had to laugh because Dr. Ablow could barely write the words that Scott Peterson was basically a sociopath of his own creation. We can be influenced by those around us, but ultimately WE make our own choices and decisions on who we are..

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Tripe

    Utter stupidity to associate a newborn's illness with sociopathy. I couldn't read any further. Separation at birth due to pneumonia for a few weeks does not make one a murderer.

    0 out of 3 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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