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Psychopaths: Inside & Outside the Law…

On Thursday Police Sergeant Drew Peterson (58) was convicted in the brutal murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.  Peterson joins a growing chorus of such psychopaths tolerated in the nation’s police departments.

Rob Lowe TV depiction…

If he harbored a psychopathic personality at a young age it was subordinated when he joined the U.S. Army after high school and became a military cop.

In 1977 he joined the Bolingbrook Police Department, Illinois, and was able to indulge his deranged appetites for another 30 years. He collects $6,067.71 a month in retirement pay from the public treasury.

Apropos to his inclination, he was a narcotic’s officer for 7 years before being fired for manipulating evidence, brutalizing suspects and diddling witnesses. He got his job back after a law suit.  There were numerous other indications of his pathology.

As with all-too-many thugs in uniform, he was aided and abetted throughout by his comrades in blue. Police-work is often a gang-criminal enterprise—whatever other “protection & service” they may perform.

As with all-too-many on-the-job perks, Peterson was a heavy-handed thug in uniform and out. Married four times, he was often written up for domestic violence—a “good ol’ boy”, as the FBI estimates with some 40% of the police in America.

#3: Kathleen Savio…

He used his position to escape prosecution and, in fact, conspired with other cop-thugs to arrest and persecute her. No doubt, he returned the favor for them.

Given my own history in law, I would counsel the families of his victims to sue him and his co-conspirators for wrongful death, and the Bolington Police Department and prosecutor’s office for failure to enforce federal law (the Lautenberg Amendment) disarming him (and thus effectively firing him).

After a particularly brutal divorce, his then wife (#3, Kathleen Savio) was found dead in a bathtub back in 2004. A coroner’s jury depending on police testimony ruled the death an “accident.”

After the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy in 2007, Kathleen’s body was exhumed and found to be “a homicide staged to look like an accident,” in the opinion of the attending pathologist.

Testimony at trial conveyed Peterson as a particularly self-entitled sociopath, utterly controlling and physically brutal in his relations with women when not getting his way.

Given that he was clever enough and that his buds covered his back, the only evidence against him was circumstantial. However, the jury found it so overwhelming that they returned a guilty verdict. Whether or not it will stand further scrutiny before his like-minded appellate pals is problematic.

#4: Stacy Ann Cales…

The prosecuting attorneys are currently contemplating another murder charge in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy. He started dating her as a high school senior when she was 17 and he was 46 and married to wife #3. Stacy disappeared at 23 and has never been found.

As both a Criminal Defense Investigator of high-felony crimes myself in Detroit for 17 years, and as a former prisoner in the federal system, I have some experience and opinions regarding this case (as you might already have judged).

I’ve had more than my share of sociopaths (another term for psychopath) in both experiential periods. One of my cell-mates that best fits the personality and pathology of Police Sergeant Drew Pearson is that of Scott Robin Roston, the cruise-ship honeymoon-killer.

Roston, a 37-yr-old chiropractic “doctor,” married 26-yr-old Karen Waltz in 1988. For their honeymoon, they took a cruise ship off of Southern California. On the final night of the cruise, he beat her unconscious and threw her to her death.

Scott Robin Roston…

Roston, much like Peterson, was an OCD-controlling sociopath who could not tolerate independence in others.

Witnesses who shared their dining table that night related how his young bride “ate sweets” when he warned her not to, and “embarrassed” him by using the “wrong utensils” in dining. In the early hours he reported her missing.

Unfortunately for Roston, the ship recovered her body and a brief investigation led to his arrest and conviction. He is scheduled for release in 2017.

There are an estimated 3.15 million sociopaths in the US (1% of the general population).  Less than an estimated 150,000 are in prisons.

Many of the remaining 3 million-or-so have gravitated into ultra-conservative law enforcement, prosecutions, judges and politicians.  These are authoritarian areas that best suit their pathology and to which they’re attracted…assuming they stay felon-record-free long enough.

Because Peterson’s a cop and therefore he may be considered under threat by “criminal” prisoners, they may send him to a fed prison. Perhaps he can be cellmates with his doppelgänger, Roston.

Drew Peterson has simply come full-circle.  Ironic…the vast majority of non-sociopathic prisoners now have to live with this social predator.  I expect that we’ve not heard the last of him.

Dr. Publico

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  1. Sue Pearson says:

    Hello, I’m a fan and always enjoy your articles. Today, you wrote “Drew Pearson” instead of Drew Peterson. You might be able to correct.

    I hope you are doing well. You are a great writer. I recently moved from the Detroit area to Yakima, WA for a position and am enjoying this area of the country. Sue

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