Peterson: ‘I’m Being Held Hostage Against My Will’

JOLIET, Ill. (CBS) — Drew Peterson recently remarked in a letter to a friend that he was “being held hostage against his will” in jail and made a long list of grievances about the conditions he is suffering through.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the former Bolingbrook police sergeant’s letter– a copy was obtained by CBS 2 — uses a fair amount of dark humor to describe the conditions in the Will County Jail.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

Peterson says he is stuck in a 17-by-19 foot cell with a “concrete bed with a lawn chair mattress,” is always cold, and is kept in solitary confinement with only a few moments a day to talk to others, Sneed quoted the letter.

He wrote that his only outside human contact is when his meals come at 6 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., when his clean clothes come once a week, or when guards come to check on him. Otherwise, he says, he watches TV all day.

Peterson also complains that he is allergic to the laundry soap, the meals are high in fat and carbs, and he is only allowed to call his attorney, Joel Brodsky, and his family during “time outs” in a small nearby dayroom. He says he cannot contact his mother, despite the fact that she has “legal, financial and health issues.”

“It is cruel and unusual punishment to hold somebody in these conditions so long without the opportunity for a trial,” Brodsky tells CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli.

“Help I’m being held hostage against my will,” Peterson writes in his letter, which is dated Dec. 2, 2011.

Further, Peterson says: “It’s been said to me the guards aren’t allowed to talk to me due to my charismatic personality and their fear I will manipulate them. LOL.”

Peterson has been held since May 2009 on charges that he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio, whose body was found in a dry bathtub in March 2004.

Savio’s death was originally ruled an accidental drowning by the Will County Coroner’s office. But after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in October 2007, Savio’s body was exhumed and her death was reclassified as a homicide.

Peterson has not been charged in Stacy’s disappearance, but Illinois State Police believe she is dead, and have named Peterson a person of interest.

The complaining prisoner gets no sympathy from Cassandra Cales, Stacy Peterson’s sister.

“He’s the one that made the decisions to take these womens’ lives, and that’s why he’s being held. He’s not being held hostage,” she tells CBS 2.

“It does sound like he’s miserable in there, and I’m glad to see that,” she adds.

Meanwhile, the Lifetime movie “Drew Peterson: Untouchable” is set to air on Jan. 21, even though Peterson’s attorneys have tried to stop it.

In the made-for-T V movie, Rob Lowe plays Drew Peterson, Kaley Cuoco of “The Big Bang Theory” plays Stacy Peterson, and Cara Buono of “Mad Men” plays Savio.

The news release for the movie does not take a definitive position on whether Peterson killed Savio, or whether he was responsible for Stacy’s disappearance.

“Are Kathleen’s death and Stacy’s still-unknown whereabouts just a tragic coincidence? Or is there more there than meets the eye?” the release says.

  • My thoughts

    no, no,no ..Serial dad, …ypur suppose to say you killed them against THEIR will///you moron…they going to love an ex-cop in prison, just look at what you have forward to in life…big bubba coming home to you, he’ll show you he’s a wife beater…ha ha .have fun serial dad…..

  • Jack

    I hope Drew receives the proceeds from the movie. He’ll need it for his defense. The movie has been made before any kind of conviction, so the laws that keep a convict from profiting from his crimes doesn’t apply. It’s kind of strange that Drew was arrested before the prosecuters gathered any sort of damning evidence. It’s also strange that someone can pay a coroner to come up with a different conclusion than the county’s coroner. Sounds kind of fishy, doesn’t it? I’m curious to see when the trial starts, exactly what it is he found that the first coroner didn’t find..

  • Tammy Burns

    I think from now on, we all should base a person’s guilt on whether or not we like the accused. This would save police and prosecuters alot of time, effort, and money. Who needs proof? We all know when someone is guilty, based on the media reports. Maybe we can just skip the trial and take a survey of citizens as to whether or not someone should go to prison. Maybe we can call this new system, Communism. Oops, we can’t use that one, it’s already taken

    • Alex J. Claussen

      @Tammy, For some strange reason, the people on this blog just don’t get it. I don’t know if they don’t understand our legal system or their hate for this guy has blinded them to the facts. If it were up to most of the other people commenting here, they would just lynch the guy because they hate him and believe he is guilty, regardless of the fact that there is no evidence against him.

  • Jim Hamilton

    sounds to me like his mattress is to thick and maybe his laundry to frequent cut it back to once a month on the laundry and burn the mattress so he can be warmed oh yeah cut 2 of his meals out per day and save tax payers money. Get rid of the cable and show non stop slide shows of his past wives.

    • Jack

      Wow, Jim, that’s pretty harsh, considering they haven’t proven him guilty. In addition to that, there hasn’t been one single piece of evidence, at least not that the public has been aware of, that implecates Drew at all. Read Tammy’s comment, is that really the kind of system you would prefer?

      • Jim Hamilton

        He is a hipocrite has nothing to do with him guilty or not hes was a cop and placing people in to the same situation he is in now and he didn’t have mercy on them now he sees how others were treated during his watch. He can suck it up burn his mattress if he wants warm all i said still stands i have no problem with it it’s jail not some luxey suite

    • judy


      I like your comments and totally agree, Jack get a life buddy what are you a copy in Bolingbrook or something, or a friend of his, or someone who is just totally ignorant to what has happened. Yeah he is not found guilty yet, but you can bet that slime ball had something to do with it. Wake up.

  • Jim Hamilton

    I’m sure the hypocrite thought nothing about these things when he was a police officer and as far as his watching Cable TV none of them deserve it but I would think pictures of his missing wife was being nice I would like to see pics of my wife if she came up missing

  • geenielyn

    I thought you were innocent until proven guilty. He may be a person very full of himself and not very likeable – but that doesn’t make him guilty. I can’t believe that he is in jail without any real evidence. If he’s found actually guilty – yes, throw the book at him. And Jim – most police officers are good at their jobs – people who hate police officers are ones who are trouble makers and/or have commited a crime. Quit your whining.

    • judy

      Who is targeting police officers here? He is in jail because there is probable cause that he had something to do with it. Are you stoned or stupid?

      • Brian

        Sorry Judy, there is NO probable cause whatsoever. No evidence, no witnesses, no murder weapon, ZERO. It doesn’t matter what you think of the guy, there is no reason this guy should be sitting in jail. Forget about the “Purchased” second autopsy, most people know better, and forget about statements of speculation from people who hate his guts. At this point, his guilt is irrelevant, all that matters is what can be proven beyond a doubt. Meaning PROOF that nobody else could have commited the crime.

      • Jim Hamilton


        he is being held in jail on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his former wife Kathleen Savio.

        Read the entire article when you are charged they don’t just let you wander around untill a Judge set bail and a Judge on these charges don;’t have to grant bail to him he is a flight risk.

      • Brian

        @Jim, The problem here is, the prosecution failed to show any piece of evidence to warrant the arrest to begin with. For some reason the judge allowed it even without any evidence. I have a feeling that might come back to bite him in the ass. It seems to me, the ONLY thing they have, is the fact that he was her husband. Other than that, they have nothing!!!

    • Jim Hamilton

      I’m not even going to waste my time on you. anyone who reads both of our posts can see you have issues

  • Doby

    Forget the BS this guy is guilty as sin he acs guilty he don’t coparate hes arogant thro the white boy in prison gets on wit the charges gets on wit the trail gets on wit his free hotel. lock hims up forever and see if more of his wife disapear if they don’t then wees bees correct in our judgment lock tis white trash up How it feels white boy you got that 2 inch foam? remeber what you done did told me? Get used to it! HAHAHAHAHA

    • Paul M.

      @Dooby, Where in sam hell did you go to school? At first I thought you were making a joke, but then I realized you just spell like a first grader. What the hell?

      • Doby

        @Paul M.

        why? Did understand mees? I dont’s needs to go der wit u its
        always bees the same stuf whites bees makeng fun of my ejucashun I nevr bens to no skool I was hoam skool

  • Doby

    hom skool

  • Doby

    hoem hoam or it home

  • Lyndia

    This man is guilty as hell but I do not believe they will be able to prove it because they have no proof.

  • Centurion

    I AGREE WITH DREW! He is in solitary confinement when he should be allowed to walk the tier in General Population. Release this man from solitary, and allow him to walk the tier.

  • Doby

    When they bees puttin him genral you no hees bees done fo Centurion peoples hangs and dies mostriously bump in the nite hees bees a x cop

  • Bob Hamilton

    He murdered two women who trusted him. He’s being fed three times day and gets to watch television all day. He is not being beaten and he gets to write letters with poor grammar. It’s going to only get worse Petersen. There are people waiting to see you.

  • jstcnw

    Sounds like Drew Peterson has achieved every retiree’s dream: free medical; free prescriptions; free dental; free vision; free rent; phone calls from loved ones; a pension of $80,000 a year; savings totally over $200,000; a cook; maid service; nothing to do but watch TV! Send your mother some of that money, you bum!

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