Drew Peterson Calls Lifetime Movie ‘Hysterical’

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.

CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller said last week that the release of the film would poison the jury pool and possibly give the defense attorneys grounds to ask that the trial be moved.

“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.

  • Bill

    I think Drew’s prtrayal in this movie is so innaccurate and far fetched, that anyone that believes it is completely weak minded. What a horrible dipiction of Petersen. It looks like Lifetime will also be contributing to Drew’s lawsuit settlement after his aquittal!!

    • lynne

      how do you know?

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  • Martin

    I agree with ya Bill. Leave it to Lifetime to completely muddy the waters surrounding this case.

  • Chivi

    Drew is a woman killer!!!! He thought being a cop was going to save him. Everytime he laughs I feel chills!! The wives are missing. That”s the point. The movie is just icing on the cake.

    • Bill

      @Chivi, Wow, that’s quite a statement. What leads you to the conclusion that Petersen is a woman killer? The media’s negative depiction of him? A goofball movie not based on facts, but rather a fictional account of reality? You obviously have no interest in how our judicial system works. What the media says and what you saw in a Hollywood movie is not relevant evidence. The fact is, there is no evidence!!!

  • Lil' Bycracke

    What’s better than not bringing a person to justice? Denying his justice.

    Unfortunately being creepy and stupid is not a crime, so I like the situation he’s in now. It just can’t get any better seeing him sit in jail being denied his Constitutional rights.

  • shamrock

    He is an abusive killer that thought he would get away with it because of his “power.” I hope that the families of his wives, his family, the victims, and God will eventually forgive him. I also hope he will fess up and stop being the ego filled a$$ that he portrays himself as–I personally hope he rots in jail.

    • Bill

      What have you based your opinion on? Media reports or the movie? You do realize that prosecuters have absolutely no evidence to present to the court. Eliminate the second autopsy, bought and paid for. Forget about hearsay from people that hate his guts. What’s left? The grounds for a massive lawsuit against the state as well as prosecuters.

      • Martin

        Jaw…I’ve never met Peterson and judging by his own acting and words, I don’t want to. He seems like a 24k a-hole and very creepy.

        But I’ve watched the same news reports and have not seen anything that cconvinces me he is guilty. I will wait for the trial…and hope that I’m not on the jury. The Prosecutors and Brodsky has kept as much as possible hidden from Joe\Joan Q Public so that when the trial finally starts, they will have a relatively taint-free jury pool. The only information has been the hear-say comments given by family and friends of both ladies or the outside doc the Prosecution brought in for the 2nd autopsy….and comments by Peterson himself.

      • jaw

        Bill, you sound like a friend of Petersen. I have followed the news reports for years now and even though you’re going to disagree with everyone… he sounds very guilty. The guy personally creeps me out and I think he belongs in prison! I’m going to follow the trial when it starts and I hope justice is served at least for Kathy, if they can’t convict him of killing Stacy.

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