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Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson I didn t agree with a lot of the author s theories but it was very interesting so I give it 3.5. The Scott Peterson Murder Case Is The Most Gripping And Highly Publicized Crime Story Of The St 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, MD 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 MindInside 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 ReleasedUsing 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 Informative about the case, but almost insultingly speculative Not only about Scott, but about Laci and his parents. Ablow, Keith Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson 2005 Not the best interpretationForensic 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 disgrun Ablow, Keith Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson 2005 Not the best interpretationForensic 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 personalitycan 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 They focus on faces as they learn to see, but as Ablow should know that takes months It s hard to imagine that a newborn can read the faces of masked nurses and doctors Ablow s argument is that Scott Peterson is a sociopathmade than born This is crucial At another point Ablow speculates that Jackie Peterson might have wondered referring to Scott Peterson s half brother Don who was put up for adoption if her baby would be better off dead rather than abandoned by its father He asks, Did Jackie Peterson ever think that before she sent her baby boy away forever And then he asks the clincher Did Scott Peterson think that before he sent his baby boy to the bottom of the sea p 33 The lurid prose aside, here I think Ablow is beginning to make the right connection On page 89 he quotes Scott s half sister Anne Bird as saying, Scott and Jackie seem very similar to meShe was able to dispose of her children without much thought or emotion, and he followed suit He disposed of his child At another point, Ablow quotes a family source as telling him, Jackie lies about anything and everything p 47 This is the key a genetic predisposition toward sociopathology inherited from the mother Scott Peterson s sociopathic personality had nothing to do with his grandfather being murdered or with his being in an oxygen chamber after birth It had everything to do with inheriting his mother s sociopathic genes and being raised by a mother who is a sociopath herself That s nature and nurture working together like mother, like son.How did the other children escape being sociopaths They did not inherit the same combination of genes, and their childhoods were not under the direction of a sociopath It takes both a genetic predisposition and an enabling environment for the sociopathic personality to be expressed.This is the weakest of the books on the Peterson case that I have read, although there is some interesting material about Scott Peterson growing up Both Catherine Crier s and Amber Frey s are better, particular Crier s The problem here is 1 Ablow s failure to understand sociopathology in evolutionary biological terms his reliance on outdated psychologies that put too much blame on the environment and not enough on biology and his overly rhetorical and speculative prose As a final example of the latter he writes on page 150 imagining Scott Peterson moments after he had killed his wife and unborn son Then he stepped into the bathroom, looked at his face in the mirror, and smiled a defiant, unrepentant smileHe felt utterly and intensely alive Perhaps, but he might also have felt terribly afraid for himself since he had now done something that could not be undone, something he could not talk his way out of and therefore there was the very real chance that he would have to suffer the consequences I imagine that after he had murdered Laci, Scott Peterson felt sorry for himself.Ablow s idea that Scott Peterson was unmoved by his plight when arrested and then when sentenced to death is almost silly Scott put on a stoic face, but Scott Peterson cares deeply about Scott Peterson All sociopaths care only about themselves, first, foremost and exclusively.Since they don t know how normal people feel not having those feelings themselves they are always acting in public, and Scott was acting when the sentence was announced He was telling himself as he later told Anne Bird that he would get out on appeal and that she shouldn t worry.Ablow s explanation for his unworried demeanor goes like this Scott Peterson had already been spiritually dead a very long time He had walked among us as an emotional vampire feasting day to day on the life force of others, particularly women p 17 Yes, Scott used women, but he did so with a great sense of entitlement and lust And yes he can be said to be spiritually dead because he was never spiritually alive, but he doesn t care about that He is a pure sociopath Dennis Littrell, author of Dennis Littrell s True Crime Companion Horrible book Keith Ablow begins by passively insinuating that Scott Peterson s paternal grandfather was murdered by his parents In the same chapters that he calls Scott a manipulative, calculating, empty shell of a person, Ablow makes the assumption that if Scott s first child had been born, perhaps Scott wouldn t have gone on to kill Ablow also claims that Scott s relationship with Amber was genuine, the one thing in Scott s life he truly cared about, and he wouldn t have gone on to kill i Horrible book Keith Ablow begins by passively insinuating that Scott Peterson s paternal grandfather was murdered by his parents In the same chapters that he calls Scott a manipulative, calculating, empty shell of a person, Ablow makes the assumption that if Scott s first child had been born, perhaps Scott wouldn t have gone on to kill Ablow also claims that Scott s relationship with Amber was genuine, the one thing in Scott s life he truly cared about, and he wouldn t have gone on to kill if that relationship had lasted either Overall, this reads like a cheap arm chair psychology novel I m half way through the book and I m trying to save my eyes from rolling over to the back of my skull I ve got Catherine Crier s book on Peterson to read next, why do I do this to myself.Edited Catherine Crier s book is a much better account of Scott Peterson and the trial Ablow spends too much time sensationalizing his own opinions of Peterson by omitting certain facts For example, Ablow significantly downplays how much Peterson lied to Amber Frey, all to propagate the idea that Scott s relationship with Amber was the one real thing in Scott s life.Complete waste of time, thankfully this book was a quick read This author really tried his best to get into Scott s head what was he thinking What were his motives Ultimately, I don t think he succeeded I think he over simplified Scott s motives and got a few of them flat out wrong For example, the author contends that Scott was madly in love with Amber, but based on his actions during their affair I tend to think that she was just another one of his many marital affairs This book is worth its weight in gold, however, not for the author s assump This author really tried his best to get into Scott s head what was he thinking What were his motives Ultimately, I don t think he succeeded I think he over simplified Scott s motives and got a few of them flat out wrong For example, the author contends that Scott was madly in love with Amber, but based on his actions during their affair I tend to think that she was just another one of his many marital affairs This book is worth its weight in gold, however, not for the author s assumptions into Scott s mind, but from all of the background research on Scott and his family The author dug deep into the history of Scott s grandparents and mother, which was not widely reported in the media.This book is well written, and a good true cime book for anyone I loved this book It was a perfect account of the crime and everything leading up to it It was interesting to get into Scott Peterson s head, to understand what kind of person he was and still is that led up to the murder of his wife and son.I have read a few books on this case, written by his sister, his mother in law, and finally Amber Frey, but they were all personal standpoints and opinions It was nice having an unbiased forensic psychologist take me through his life, step by step.I truly I loved this book It was a perfect account of the crime and everything leading up to it It was interesting to get into Scott Peterson s head, to understand what kind of person he was and still is that led up to the murder of his wife and son.I have read a few books on this case, written by his sister, his mother in law, and finally Amber Frey, but they were all personal standpoints and opinions It was nice having an unbiased forensic psychologist take me through his life, step by step.I truly feel like I really got to know him So much so that I actually feel pity for Scott Peterson He is a pathetic, sad person, yet fascinating I was sick of the media oversaturation of the Peterson case, but a co worker gave me this book and I finished it in about two work shifts Keith Ablow, a forensic psychologist, makes a pretty good case for why Scott Peterson killed his wife Laci, which is something the media never really touched upon too busy playing up the pretty dead pregnant wife and slightly trashy mistress angles, I suppose Keith Ablow is a bit of a media whore himself, though, and I m not sure if that casts suspicio I was sick of the media oversaturation of the Peterson case, but a co worker gave me this book and I finished it in about two work shifts Keith Ablow, a forensic psychologist, makes a pretty good case for why Scott Peterson killed his wife Laci, which is something the media never really touched upon too busy playing up the pretty dead pregnant wife and slightly trashy mistress angles, I suppose Keith Ablow is a bit of a media whore himself, though, and I m not sure if that casts suspicion or doubt on his credentials or ideas, but I was fairly convinced by his arguments Some interesting insights were made but the writing was a little redundant at times Dr Ablow must have said that Scott Peterson was a person impersonating a person and that he was already dead at least a dozen times each, throughout the book It was a quick read, though, and held my interest enough to finish it I d recommend it for things like airplane rides or over night stays in hotels, etc. My daughter was born within days of Laci s and Connor s deaths, so I ve been captivated by the terrible story from the start This book does present some background on Scott that is sad and disturbing, though the author does seem overly confident in his psychological background I got very tired of reading his hypothesis of Scott being a dead man over and over.


About the Author: Keith Ablow

Keith Russell Ablow is an American psychiatrist, New York Times best selling author, and television personality.


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