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Drew Peterson's questionable response

Van Zandt: Inconsistent statements and lack of emotion don't help ex-cop

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“And if Stacy is out there, as you say, where she wants to be, perhaps with another man, perhaps even watching this interview, what would you say to Stacy, your fourth wife?”  “Come home,” Peterson said.  “Tell people where you are. And that’s all I can say.”

As the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer concluded his lengthy probative interview with suspended police sergeant Drew Peterson concerning the now-questionable cause of death of his third wife Kathleen Savio and the disappearance of his current wife Stacy, Drew Peterson seems to be a man of few words. He doesn't seem to be one who wears his emotions on his shirt sleeves. 

What happened to “I love you,” or “our two children, ages 2 and 4, miss and cry for you,” or “If you just come home I promise that I’ll never give you cause to fear me again?” Or anything other than just “come home”?

Lauer’s interview provided a unique insight into the man many have come to believe may be responsible for the death or disappearance of both known women in his life. Consider a number of Peterson’s responses, notwithstanding the almost total lack of emotion concerning his now missing wife (who he began dating when still married to wife number 3, when Stacy was but 17 years old).

Inconsistent statements

  • Lauer pointed out that Stacy had asked Peterson for a divorce just two days prior to her disappearance, this after sending an e-mailed to a friend in which Stacy wrote, “As I mature with age, I’m finding that the relationship I’m in is controlling, manipulative and somewhat abusive. If you could keep me in your prayers, I could use some wisdom, protection and strength.”  Peterson dismissed the e-mail, suggesting this was not her words, something, he said, that must have been “fabricated or made-up.”  If someone was really trying to make Peterson look bad or trying to make him look like a realistic threat to Stacy, why wouldn’t the “fabricating” writer say something like, “My husband said if I tried to leave him, he’d kill me.” Stacy had already told friends her husband Drew had said these words to her. Otherwise the questioned e-mail appears age and emotionally appropriate, especially for someone who had apparently had reason to fear of the man she married.  
  • Peterson has previously stated his belief that Stacy had simply run off with another man.  When Lauer pressed this point, Peterson initially backed off from this statement, saying “She never told me she was seeing another man.”  He immediately changed his statement again, now saying, “She— well, maybe she did. But I believe she’s with somebody else right now.”  “Well, Sgt. Peterson,” anyone of us might ask, “did she say this or didn’t she?”  How could a husband forget such a critical sentence?   
  • Peterson then said her exact words to him were that “she found somebody else,” this allegedly from the woman he described as a great mom with her own two children at home.  Remember Peterson was also described by Stacy and others as controlling, manipulative and a somewhat abusive individual; someone who limited his wife’s telephone and social contacts with others; someone who allegedly followed his young wife to college to make sure she actually went to class.  Add to this Stacy’s responsibility for her own two young children and the two children from Peterson’s third marriage. You have to wonder how she would have had the time or guts to develop an extramarital relationship with a secret boyfriend, and how his identify could have escaped the investigative talents of Sgt. Peterson. 

His response was just too simple:  “She’s just gone.  She’s where she wants to be…”

Peterson believes his wife ran away due to hormonal problems, similar to those experienced by wife number 3.  According to Peterson, his current wife is in no trouble, simply having run, like her mother used to do, but in Stacy’s case due to excessive emotions, depression and mood swings; drugs, raging female hormones, and the loss of her religion when a close relative died.  An emotional real basket case capable of anything, he might have us all to believe.


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