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JOLIET, Ill. (CBS) — “Hysterical” was the word Drew Peterson used for the Lifetime made-for-TV movie about his legal troubles that aired over the weekend.
Peterson watched the movie in the Will County Jail, and chuckled repeatedly over the film’s inaccuracies.
Meanwhile, as WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, Peterson’s attorney and the family of his missing fourth wife, Stacy Peterson both dismiss “Drew Peterson: Untouchable” as laughable and full of mistakes.
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But as WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, Drew Peterson’s attorney, Joel Brodsky, says the movie will not influence a potential jury pool as Peterson awaits trial for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
“Look it, anybody that believes a made-for-TV movie accurately portrays the facts probably doesn’t belong on the jury in the first place,” Brodsky said.
Even though she is no fan of Drew Peterson, Pamela Bosco, a spokeswoman for Stacy Peterson’s, might agree.
“This is just purely for entertainment reasons, and I think the public generally understands that, because they’ve already heard the story,” she said.
Bosco says at least the movie will keep Stacy Peterson’s memory alive.
“I think it is more likely that he will be convicted of murder because the jurors will be biased. They will be prejudiced because of this movie,” Miller said.
In the movie, the former Bolingbrook police sergeant Peterson is portrayed by Rob Lowe as a womanizing and controlling misogynist. Kaley Cuoco of “The Big Bang Theory” fame portrays Stacy Peterson, while Cara Bonon of “Mad Men” notoriety plays third wife Kathleen Savio.
Peterson’s stepbrother, Thomas Morphey, is played by William Mapother and renamed “Glenn,” and is shown helping a suspicious blue barrel into Peterson’s sport-utility vehicle. Stacy Peterson’s family has suspected her body might have been in the barrel.
Published reports say neighbor Karen, played by Catherine Dent, is based on Sharon Bychowski, a next-door neighbor who befriended Stacy. Names are also changed for Stacy’s sister, Drew Peterson’s would-be fifth wife Christina Raines, and radio host Steve Dahl.
The real Drew Peterson was charged with murder after Savio’s body was exhumed, and investigators concluded that her 2004 death was a homicide, rather than an accidental drowning. Peterson has not been charged in Stacy’s disappearance, but remains a person of interest.