Friday, May 18, 2012

Drew Peterson : Letter From Jail - Statement Analysis

Drew Walter Peterson (born January 6, 1954) is a former Bolingbrook, Illinois, police sergeant who is suspected of killing his third and fourth wives. The story has received national media attention in the United States. Peterson has repeatedly denied involvement in both cases. On May 7, 2009, Peterson was indicted by a Will County, Illinois grand jury and charged with the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

I talk to my kids a couple of time a week and the hardest part about being in here is missing their events, birthdays and just watching them grow.

note "talk" is present tense; with "I" first person singular.

My little girl, now 5, ask me where I’m at and when are you coming home. It breaks my heart that I don’t have the answer for her. I don’t let my children visit me here. This is just a childhood memory I don’t want them to have.

"my little girl" is not indicative of a good/poor relationship given that this is a letter to the press. Had this been a statement to police we would expect the use of a name; where there is no name, we would look for a poor relationship. However, because this is not an investigation, it may be that Peterson does not want to use his daughter's name which is reasonable.

Also, we would need other writing samples to compare what he calls the 5 year old elsewhere. This is too small of a sample to learn about his relationship with her.

"just" is sometimes used to reduce. We are not told if it is a childhood memory he also shares.

It is interesting, however, that he tells the media that he does not allow his children to visit.

My other visits are few.

This is interesting. Look at the order:

1. I don't allow my children to visit
2. My other visits are few.

What other visits? He has not told us who visits; only who does not visit and that he has visits. This is common among deceptive people. He reports in the negative.

I do get

After reporting who doesn't visit (negative) he now turns to report in the positive; who sends letters:

I do get a lot of letters from new friends

"new friends" We don't know who visits him and we don't know if he has "old friends". Peterson is 56 years old and we would expect to hear about old friends supporting him. It is not what he reports.

all sending

Extra words give us additional information. "all" is an extra word used for emphasis. If a sentence works without it, the additional word tells us the subject is sensitive. Why is it sensitive? We would need to ask Peterson, however, in context, he first tells us that his children do not visit (1) then the tells us, in a vague and passive way that others visit (2) but now, his 3rd issue is that he gets letters.

I suggest that the "all" sensitivity indicates that Drew Peterson no longer has the support of friends and family and that "new" friends are not friends at all, but lost souls who seek to connect with infamous people via writing to prison; much like the troubled ones who send Casey Anthony money or marriage proposals.

Drew Peterson is boasting yet the words he has chosen reveal that he is actually lonely and casts doubt on whether or not it was his decision not to have his children visit.

encouraging words of love, friendship and hope.

Note the order of the words that his "new friends" send to him:

1. Love
2. Friendship
3. Hope

1. Love. In his history, we learn of many affairs with women and this may be that he continues to delude himself as a "ladies man". I suspect that his ego will continue along the line of "love" and romance, in his mind, at least.

2. Friendship. Here we have the repetition that in Statement Analysis is sensitive: when a word is repeated, always note it. Not only is is repeated, but it is redundant. Do "new friends" send "friendship"? "Friendship" is presupposed by the word "friend".

Drew Peterson is likely friendless in this world, outside the realm of the mentally ill and troubled who write letters to murderers.

3. Encouragement from "hope" is last. Does Drew Peterson believe he is going to be a free man? We will see if his letter reveals his thoughts.

One lady wrote me a letter calling me her hero due to the fact I saved her from an abusive home as a police officer several years ago.

Here is the ego; the hero saving the "lady" (not "woman" indicating that she likely did not meet his expectation of "woman" either by age or by enclosed photo. To be a "woman" I would suspect that she would have had to have been many years younger than himself.

I get contact visits

slightly passive. When something is passive, it is generally withholding of information. "the gun went off" is an example of passivity; withholding that the person pulled the trigger. Peterson likely does not get many (or lengthy) visits from attorney. I doubt he is someone an attorney would like to spend time with.

from my lawyers to prepare my case for trial. My legs are shackled to the floor and I sit on a small round stainless steel stool.

Rather than report about "my trial" and the lawyers visiting for preparation and how that is going, Peterson immediately follows this with how he is suffering by being shackled and note the sensitive extra wording about the stool. He didn't need to tell us that he sits during the visit. When "sit, stood, stand, sitting, standing, etc" enter a statement, it is an indication of stress or tension. Remember, it is important enough for a subject to state it, it is important.

Then, this seemingly dull unimportant sentence is given additional words. Not only does he "sit" during the visit, but it is a "stool". Not only is it a "stool" but a "stainless steel" stool. Not only is it a "stainless steel stool" but it is a "round" stainless steel stool. Not only is it a round stainless steel stool, but is is a "small" "round" stainless steel stool! Each additional word shows sensitivity to an already stressful topic.

Question: Why is it sensitive?

Answer: Because it is beneath Drew Peterson. (beneath his view of his own dignity and worth). the extra words show that it is not only sensitive, but highly sensitive; with each additional word holding meaning.

Not many people would even mention that they sat for a visit, but the sensitivity attached is extreme. Drew Peterson has been called a narcissist and this would certainly confirm it. He deludes himself into thinking that he is of such high value that the recipients of this letter would actually be offended that he is forced to sit on a small, round stainless steel stool rather than a chair.

The small round stainless steel stool is better than what his ex wives got.

Somewhat tedious, the written description above is to remind students of Statement Analysis NOT to overlook any additional word to a statement. As ponderous as it appears when writing and reading is as important as the topic is to Peterson.

The process of going to court can be hellish. I’m removed from my cell and pod, walked to a holding area then shackled. Placed into a transport vehicle alone. Then to the courthouse.

Note: does this sound "hellish" to you? To the subject, this is a humiliation he cannot bear. Note the missing pronoun before "Placed". This, apparently, is the worst of it for him that he is placed "alone". Being deemed as low as those he once shackled burns away at him; that he should be considered a danger and worthy of being "alone" is more than he can bear. This is his hell: not the murders nor the violence nor the affairs; but that he would not be shown the respect he so believes that he deserves.

The vehicle is normally parked next to the courthouse jail door to avoid the press getting pictures.

If you were to be in prison on certain charges, but knowing that the country believes you murdered 2 women, would you care to mention the type of chair you sit in? Likely not. But here, we see how self-important he is: a celebrity. You might take the time to talk about the injustice of it all and how you didn't do it. He complains about the chair, and brags about the press interest. This is important to him; far more than his children. He now romanticizes about it:

I remember the first time.

This sounds like someone might remember the first time he kissed his "missing" wife; or the first time he heard his child cry, or any romantic, marvellous recollection. What is his nostalgia?

As the vehicle went down the ramp to the courthouse door, it was parked away from the door: I was paraded in front of what looked like over 100 news cameras on the walls looking down at me. I guess they needed a “perp walk” to satisfy the press’s need to further exploit me.

He believes that the recipients of this letter will pity him; being exploited. He was "paraded" (notice the passive language; in an interview, I would explore this with him and likely discover that during his 'perp walk', a guard likely whispered something very unpleasant to him, perhaps on behalf of a dead woman's family, or something: he is withholding information and it is likely something highly sensitive and personally enraging.

Drew Peterson likely has a fierce temper; far beyond what many of us have ever witnessed. I would not have wanted to be one arrested by him; just as I would not have wanted my daughter or sister (or anyone!) involved with him.

"over 100 news cameras" grandiose language, yet, what really bothers him is found in the choice of words:
"looking down at me"

This is his hell: he is above the shackles, even above the stool. He is above being deemed dangerous and they are "looking down" at him.

I will venture a guess:

when his inflated self esteem felt attacked even by the slightest provocation was when he got the most physically violent with women.

"further exploit me" meaning that he has been "exploited" previously.

I was going to comment about the size of the two officers who escorted me into the courthouse. “I was going to go on a diet but I can just hang with these guys and look thin.”

Note the tense: "was going to" is weak. He gets the insult across and has focus upon body type and size; consistent with a misogynist and a narcissist, but not terribly bright knowing that any guards who feel insulted by him, are likely already provoked by his arrogance, and may want a moment of revenge. Foolish, but he cannot help himself.

They were nice guys so I just said, “Three squares a day and these spiffy clothes and check out this bling.” I heard those comments went national. It’s not easy being a national pastime.

Drew Peterson calls himself a "national pastime". No analysis nor commentary needed.

If you believe he is being sarcastic or "tongue in cheek" I refer you to the teaching on humor.

Comics and people who are being humorous, including sarcasm, still are subject to analysis as they choose their words for a reason. A stand up comic reveals more personal information than realized.

Once I’m in the courthouse I’m handcuffed, searched, and placed into a small 7×9 room awaiting court with nothing to do.

Verb tense change. Note that he has "nothing" to do. Does Drew Peterson believe that those who are paid to guard him must provide entertainment to him as well?

After being called for court I’m re-shackled and taken to the courtroom via a small elevator. I’m kept shackled in court and not allowed to talk to or signal anyone in the room except for my lawyers.

Note the number of lines dedicated to the routine that all prisoners go through. Now go back and note the number of lines he dedicated to his children. In fact, count the number of lines dedicated to his personal comfort, then note the number of lines he dedicates to declaring his innocence.

I really feel bad for the female inmates in court. They aren’t allowed any makeup and all look very stressed out.

This is how a domestically violent man may view himself. Feigned care for females is noted. Note the sensitivity connected to feeling bad ("really") and note why: they aren't allowed make up and looked very stressed out. Note that make up comes before stress. Order speaks to priority. He cannot hide his disdain for women.

This is the only place I have interacted with the other inmates. I normally get them laughing. I ask them how they think I would look in cornrows.

He is not funny. Does he think that other inmates (specifically those he mentioned who have no make up and are stressed) find him cute?

My time in court is normally short and I’m taken back to the small room where I wait for sometimes as long a five hours, to be taken back to my cell. I get a sack lunch with a bologna or peanut butter sandwich.

Note the additional words indicating sensitivity: his time in court--HIS time is short; the room HE goes to is small, where he has to wait for 5 hours and then he gets a meal that is beneath him. He eats better than 2 ex wives. He includes these details because they are important to him and he believes the readers of his letter will share their concern.

As I’m moved about the courthouse it drives the officers nuts when the other inmate call out my name or ask for autographs.

Present tense is not reliable. We may question that this ever happened. He may want us to believe it is a regular happening since he is a celebrity in his mind, but note not only the present tense but the singular "inmate".

I just laugh. When I’m taken back to the jail I’m shackled up again and isolated in a transport vehicle.

"just" is reduction. He wants to impress the reader that all of this doesn't bother him. This, after using up most of the letter showing us just how much it does bother him; noted by repeated high levels of sensitivity. The low view of him is his personal hell; not prison, not the deaths of others, not the separation from his children. It is that anyone could look down upon him and not see him as he sees himself is living hell to Drew Peterson.

One time I was transported back with about five female inmates on the opposite side of the vehicle partition. We were all joking back and forth.

Another "fond recollection" having to do with females. Note "we" indicates cooperation. Whether or not they joked "with" him or not, he believes it was a cooperative effort, ie, that they enjoyed his presence.

One young girl was complaining that her parents weren’t coming up with her bond money. So I asked her to marry me. She said yes.

Note first person singular, past tense. This is reliable.

Drew Peterson was engaged to a 23 year old at the time of his arrest. He includes this because it is important to him to show that even at his age, "young girls" and "females" can view him as he views himself.

I then told her to call her parents and tell them she got engaged to DREW PETERSON in the county jail. I said her parents would have her bond money that night. Big laugh.

Note that "told" is strong where "said" does not carry authority or weight. He instructed her, under his authority and his name would carry weight with her parents, so much so, that they would get money.

Drew Peterson has been called a narcissist. He has done his best to confirm it.

At the jail I’m strip searched again. I laugh every time I’m told to squat and cough while naked.

Drew Peterson's sexuality is of concern to him; and likely his sexual safety. It is important for him, as he addresses the public, that the public knows that he is so above such things, that "every time" he "laughs". He is likely the only one there laughing.

I’m then walked back to my pod and turned over to officers there. I normally greet my captors with “HONEY I’M HOME” and then directed to my cell.

When someone reports what they "normally" do, it does not mean that it happened. Although little relevance here, in Statement Analysis it is often used in deception.

Q. What time did you get to work Thursday?
A. Oh, Thursday? Hmm, let me see. I normally get to work early each day, as it makes my clients comfortable. I am a real go getter and my clients come first for me. I have been often said to...

Note: The subject was likely late for work Thursday.

It’s a funny phenomenon. The days in here drag but the time flies.

The comic and the philosopher.

I have always been a busy man working as many as six jobs. I sometimes earned as much as $100 per hour. Now I’m begging for the staff here to allow me to work as a pod worker, for long hours to earn $7.50 a week worth of Moon Pies and or stamps just for something to do.

It is the small, petty man who equates his money to his worth. This is sensitive to him as he must declare his value and the "hell" continues as others do not share his opinion of his value.

From time to time they place me on suicide watch but the only time I think about suicide is when they ask me if I’m thinking about suicide.

Drew Peterson thinks about suicide.

Even as he attempts to make a denial with humor and sarcasm, we find the words "I think about suicide".

He is on watch for good reason. His narcissism has not deceived the professionals there. He may have fooled his women and their parents, but he apparently struggles to get past the prison professionals.

As far as my case goes, my lawyers are ready for trial.

Finally a single sentence about his trial.

I heard that Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow had a tantrum about the judge’s ruling in my case so the state is appealing to a higher court. The law says I was supposed to be freed. But like most of my other constitutional rights this too has been violated.

"I heard" is passive and as such, is not reliable. Is he hiding who may have said it to him, or was it never said?

I can’t believe I spent 32 years defending the United States Constitution with my life which now doesn’t seem to apply to me.

His view of his work was not that he gave out tickets for illegally parked cars, but was actually as a natiional treasure defending the United States Constitution for 32 years! This is his view of his own life, his own hell, and his work.

And hey Jim, didn’t you take and oath of office to defend the Constitution, not to change it. Too much power, too much ego,

Prison has not humbled Drew Peterson a bit.

The words he chooses are important; especially "too much power, too much ego".

To quote Judge Strictland,