Modesto Bee, Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Story by Garth Stapley, Bee staff writer, focuses on the assertion of Dr.Keith Ablow, a forensic psychiatrist, that Scott Peterson's mother is really to blame for the murder of Peterson's pregnant wife and that he is innocent by reason of insanity. Ablow claims that Peterson's mother was "damaged by her own childhood" and then wrecked Scott's. Stapley includes comments by Dr. Katherine Ramsland, assistant professor of forensic psychology at DeSales and an expert on serial killers. Ramsland states that Ablow's secondhand diagnosis is "suspect at best," since he never interviewed Peterson or reviewed his psychiatric history. She mentions those most likely to respond to his requests have memories tainted by the well-publicized case and adds that statistics show insanity pleas rarely work with jurors.
Press Release: Author blames Peterson mother | Posted on: 8/16/2005
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