Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson

Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson

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by Keith Russell Ablow
     
 

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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

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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?

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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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250010551
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/27/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
618,398
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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Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
miztexrgv More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book on scott and the murder. Worth the read if your interested in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!